Did you know that the average American spent over $3,000 on takeout food in 2015? In 2016, Americans spent over $54 billion on takeout and bar drinks. Meanwhile, they only spent about $52 billion on grocery purchases. That is incredible when you think about it. Americans are more likely to get takeout or dine out instead of cooking at home.

It’s summer. It’s hot. I get it. I have bought so many White Castle sliders in my lifetime that I should be an honorary shareholder. But $3,000 is a lot of money. That can buy you a used car or be a down payment on a vehicle. That is the kind of four-figures that one can use for an investment. I doubt I can persuade you to cut down on takeout. However, there are many free food offers for the summer that you should know about to cut down on takeout expenses.

Bertucci’s Brick Oven & Pasta

Bertucci’s Brick Oven & Pasta is offering a buy-one-get-one-free, or BOGO offer, this summer at participating restaurants. Just buy any large pizza, and you will get a large cheese pizza for free. However, this offer is only for dine-in and carry out, not delivery.


You can get a free regular-sized scoop of ice cream just for downloading the Baskin-Robbins app and redeeming a digital coupon. This is an ongoing offer, though only good for one time. However, you will receive future offers for free and discounted ice cream treats through the app.


Register for the Quiznos’ Toasty Points Loyalty app online and you will get a coupon for one 4-inch sub sandwich free with a regular purchase. You’ll also receive free future offers through the app. This is a free and discounted foods ongoing program.

Del Taco

Del Taco is a great fast-food franchise that specializes in Mexican-themed fast food and hamburgers. When you register online for the Del Taco Raving Fan eClub, you’ll be eligible for two free Del Tacos or two regular grilled chicken tacos. Then, download the Del app on your mobile device, and you’ll get two more free Del Tacos.

Olive Garden

Olive Garden has a BOGO offer for select entrees happening now. Buy any select Olive garden entrée priced $12.99 or more and you’ll get another take-out entrée for free. Your entrée choice includes Cheese Ravioli, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. This offer is good through July 29.

UNO Pizzeria & Grill

UNO Pizzeria & Grill has a BOGO offer that is good until the end of summer. Just order one of the five select UNO Signature pasta entrée dishes, and you can choose your own free meal. You can get a pizza or one out of three pasta entrees absolutely free.

Check Out Similar Offers Nearby

Always keep in mind that such offers can always be canceled or altered at any time. You should check online or call ahead if you are unsure if an offer is still ongoing. Also, check out the local restaurants in your area to see if they have similar offers.

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