Yes, you can save money at Chick-fil-A! Check out these 7+ Ways to Save at Chick-fil-A. Coupons, Cows and more! It’s my pleasure to share these savings tips.
In case you didn’t know, I LOVE Chick-fil-A! (My social media shout outs give it away). But I realize that it is on the pricey side for “fast food” (you really are paying for the quality!). But don’t fret! I have some great tips on ways save at Chick-fil-A!
How to Save Money at Chick-fil-A
NEW CFA One App
Chick-fil-A updated their app in 2016 to include mobile ordering and SO MUCH MORE. In addition, you will now be able to earn freebies and special offers, all based on your buying preferences. So be sure to download the CFA One App TODAY and scan it EVERY Time you make a purchase at the register (even if you are paying with cash, your points will rack up!). Often my location will send me “A little something” treats. This is also where you will get your birthday reward and so much more. And with the calendar being gone, I think the App will be making up for those missing coupons- so be sure to get in on the rewarding app action. Plus the mobile ordering is an awesome time saver too!
Cow Appreciation Day
Unfortunately, again this year Chick-fil-A has made the difficult decision to postpone/cancel Cow Appreciation Day for 2022. Here is a comment from the CFA website:
While Cow Appreciation Day continues to be one of our favorite days of the year, the best decision for our restaurant teams is to not hold the in-person event this year. This was a difficult decision, but we look forward to giving our guests delightful cow interactions in future years.
My favorite day of the year! Every July, Chick-fil-A hosts the nationwide Cow Appreciation Day. All locations give away meals for customers who come in dressed like a cow. Every year my entire herd (including extended family) dress from hoof to head to enjoy a Free meal together. Not only is it a flat out fun day, but how generous too! Just another way that Chick-fil-A show how much they value their customers. (Take a looks at my easy tips for cow appreciation day costumes). NOTE: Starting in 2016, the giveaway will be for a free entree or free kid meal.
Kids Meal Toy Trade In for Free Ice Dream
If your kiddos are like mine, they have too many books and toys already- we really don’t need another kid’s meal prize. So many locations have the option to trade a kiddie size Ice Dream cone for the kids meal book or toy. Have your child take the book/toy (unopened) back up to the register and ask to trade it in for Ice Dream.
Local Store Specific Promotions
Chick-fil-A store locations are all franchises, owner-operated. That means each owner is free to have their own special promotions. Whether it’s monthly Family Nights, Freebie promotions for Facebook fans, or events in the community; Chick-fil-A stores are full of great activities and promotions. My store, Chick-fil-A on Sawmill Road is always coming up with great family activities and ways to give back (like freebies on Memorial Day, 9/11 and Good Grades too). Each store will have their own Seniors and Military offers too. The best way to find out about these promotions is to follow your local store on Facebook and or subscribe to their eNewsletter. Find your nearest Chick-fil-A location.
Don’t forget to check the bottom of your receipt. Sometimes you will find a random coupon at the bottom of your receipt. Now that’s an awesome way to get me to come back! Usually the coupon comes in the form of a code received after filling out a quick survey. I have gotten Free sandwiches and free drinks. Also, Chick-fil-A franchises love to be a part of community activities. So when you are at a VBS, community carnival or sporting event- be on the lookout for the Chick-fil-A Cow! He (or she or the “kid” ones too) might just have a hoof full of coupons to pass out. And unlike the card from the cow calendar, some locations will take expired paper coupons from community events.
Free WiFi at Chick-fil-A
One of my fave spots to “work” when the kiddos are in school is Chick-fil-A, all thanks to the Free WiFi! I have mentioned before that using Free WiFi is the single best way to save on monthly cell phone data usage. After you sign in once, each time you enter the store you should be prompted to “sign in” to use the free service. Just another great customer perk!
Annual Chick-fil-A Cow Calendar and Savings Card
Well, I am so very sad to report. After YEARS of savings and kitchy pics of cows dressed up in silly scenarios…. The Chick-fil-A Cow Calendar will be discontinued in 2019. WHAA!!! I know we are alllll (even store owners and managers) sad about this. BUT, have no fear! There are still ways to save at Chik-fil-A! Including, what I believe is what corporate feels is the Cow Calendar replacement – The Chick-fil-A One App.
Chick-fil-A First 100
When a new stores opens, Chick-fil-A Restaurants often run a First 100 promotion. This means that the First 100 people in the store will win the grand prize of 1 free Chick-fil-A sandwich a week, for a whole year! This prize is so awesome that yes people camp out to be the first 100 in line to win. See the details on First 100 here.
These are the best 7 ways to save money at Chick-fil-A. But there are some other perks that are worth noting too.
Some locations have what’s called the “Mom’s Valet” program. This is such a time and sanity saver for moms (and my store extends it to “child caretaker” with kids in tow). So when the kiddos are with you, place your order in the drive thru- let them know it’s for moms valet. Then you go park, haul in the kids and find a seat. You meal will be brought right to your table. Such awesome customer service! (Remember offers like these are not available at all locations, ask your local store if they offer a similar service).
Ever wonder how that classic chicken sandwich is made? Or are all those salads really fresh made in the store? Then ask if your store offers a Backstage Tour. I was blown away by the care and preparation that goes into each item on the menu. It certainly gave me a better perspective on the prices too (definitely getting fresh products and high quality!). If your store offers the Tours, be sure to call ahead to make arrangements.
Store VIP A- List Program
Some participating locations have a VIP program called the Chick-fil-A A List. This program is meant for the most loyal customers at that particular location. Swipe your card each visit and rack up points toward free food. A listers are also invited to special events and more. Once again, this is a program that is not offered at all locations, so ask if your store is participating (Mine does not).
Did you know about all these ways you can save at Chick-fil-A? Which one was new to you? Which is your fave way to save? Have another one to add or just want to profess your love of Chick-fil-A? Leave your comments in the “Reply” field below.
I am a proud member of both the national Chick-fil-A Moms Panel and a Chick-fil-A Sawmill Rd Mom Ambassador. I love promoting this amazing company and their quality product!
I work at Chick-Fil-A in Jasper Alabama and on Monday night from 4-8pm we have “senior night” if you are 55 or older you buy any meal and get a Cfa sandwich meal or 8ct nugget meal free.
Mary Hoover says
Janell- thanks for stopping by and commenting. I know each store has its own promotions (so not all stores will offer that particulate Offer). What a generous perk for your guests with more “experience”.
Thomas Anderson says
I live in 41017 zip and have never received a Chick coupon or free sandwich offer in the last 3 years.
That makes me mad and I stopped going to your Florence , KY. store. One opened near Route 17
in Northern Ky. and I never received even 1 coupon or offer. I have not purchased at that store because of this. I would like to know what is the problem?
Mary Hoover says
Thomas, I do not work for Chick-fil-A directly. The only thing I can tell you is that each store is franchise owned, so they each can determine if they are going to offer coupons. Some offer more than others. The best way to get offers is by getting the CFA One app or the Calendar Card.
Thanks for the great tips to save at Chick-fil-a. We just had one open near us.
Mary Hoover says
I saw somewhere that some locations have a box that if you turn your cell phones off and put them in the box for the entirety of your meal (encouraging quality family time) you can get a free ice dream cone.
Mary Hoover says
I have not heard of that one yet. But what a great idea!
We all love the CFA Palmer, so we just order one large drink and share it. With free refills, we always have enough.
Irene Jackson says
Our Chick-fil-as also have a birthday club for kids 12 and under. Once a month they have a special event for all the kids that had a birthday that month in the club. They give your child free goodies (cup, stuffed cow, etc) and a free meal. The cow comes to visit and they have special seating. My kids love it!
Erica Chorosevic says
We also often just order two 12 piece nuggets and two large fries and split it 3 or 4 ways (depending on how many kids are with me so we each get either 6-8 nuggets/each). Saves a ton vs. buying 3-4 separate meals.
Another one is checking the back of your grocery store receipt. My local store (HEB) has them this week. But one meal, get a chicken sandwich free! For my family of 6, that’s a huge money saver!!