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At the beginning of 2015 I thought it might be an interesting experiment to collect a year's worth of those fast food coupons that appear regularly in the mail. In my neighborhood, the two most frequent fast food restaurants to send out coupons are Carl's Jr. and Arby's. These two, by far, outshine any other fast food chain. Between those throwaway newspaper-style circulars and the more glossy ad inserts, I get 2-3 from each chain every month. It's crazy. So I waded through a stack from each chain and followed a few popular fast food menu item prices as they changed over the course of the year. Here is the first report on the experiment following the Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger (the WBC).

carls jr western bacon cheeseburger coupon

Things were pretty consistent during the first half of the year, with the WBC coupon remaining Buy Two Get $3 Off through the beginning of July. Note, this is already a big trend in recent times where you have to buy two items to get a discount. You'll see that there are still deals to be had on single sandwiches, but it is obvious that the fast food marketers are getting creative with various offers in an attempt to squeeze as much margin out of each menu item while still giving a perception of value. For the purpose of this exercise and for clarity, let's call this $1.50 off each WBC.

wienerschnitzel chili combo

The number five combo at Wienerschnitzel is a winner for those of you who are fans of the classic chili at this, the world's largest hot dog chain. The standard combo comes with a chili cheeseburger, chili cheese dog, fries, and a drink, all for about six bucks. Well, I had this wonderful coupon:

wienerschnitzel chili combo

which afforded me the opportunity to enjoy a chili cheeseburger, chili cheese dog, and chili cheese fries all for $4.99. Even adding in the price of a drink I came out way ahead.

carls jr western bacon cheeseburger

The Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger (or as I call it, the WBC) is a staple for me. Super straightforward in its design, the sandwich is always satisfying and strikes the perfect balance in the meat-to-condiment ratio of 0.9:1, if you count Bacon as a condiment like I do. A single beef patty, two onion rings, cheese, bacon, and bbq sauce on a sesame seed bun. 

arbys chicken bacon swiss

The Arby's Chicken Bacon Swiss sandwich is a fast food item that's been on the menu for decades. I can remember eating this sandwich back in the '90's and enjoying the fact that they make honey mustard a standard topping instead of the ubiquitous mayo at other chains.

The sandwich is simple, honey mustard, shredded lettuce, and tomato on the bottom; bacon, Swiss cheese, and more honey mustard on the top, all surrounding a crispy chicken breast. 

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Del Taco always offers some special perks if you purchase their gift cards. This season's crop of fast food freebies is noteworthy in that they have a Cyber Monday deal that doubles their standard offer:


In Store Gift Card Purchases

  • Purchase $15 in gift cards and receive one coupon* good for 2 FREE Grilled Chicken Tacos.
  • Purchase $25 in gift cards and receive two coupons* good for 2 FREE Grilled Chicken Tacos.

Online Gift Card Purchases

  • Purchase $30 in gift cards online and receive one coupon* good for 1 FREE Small Size Combo Meal ($6.50 value)
  • Purchase $100 in gift cards online and receive four coupons* good for 1 FREE Small Size Combo Meal ($26 value)

Cyber Monday ONLINE ONLY Deal (11/30/15): During this 24 hour period, guests will receive double rewards:

  • Purchase $30 in gift cards online and receive two coupons* (each good for 1 FREE Small Size Combo Meal)
  • Purchase $100 in gift cards online and receive eight coupons* (each good for 1 FREE Small Size Combo Meal)


The value statements above come from, where you go to make these online purchases. Eight free combo meals, a $52 value in addition to the $100 gift card value is like true free money. Check it out!

EDIT: I just received an email ad for the gift cards and it should be noted that the free food coupons are only good through 2/29/16. So keep that in mind - especially if you buy the Cyber Monday $100 card and have to burn through eight combo meals in the next three months.

del taco salsa fresca and chicken soft taco compare

I love the Grilled Chicken Taco at Del Taco. Formerly called the Chicken Soft Taco, that little gem is a delight largely due to its "savory secret sauce." This week, I thought I'd compare it side-by-side with another mini chicken taco: the Salsa Fresca Chicken Taco. We've previously reviewed the Salsa Fresca Chicken Taco, but here's how the new guy stacks up against my old standby.

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