October Is Loaded With Food Deals. Here's How to Get Free & Cheap Food Every Day

Don't miss out on all the treats. We've pulled together the best deals here, and it's updated regularly.

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The spookiest month of the year has arrived, and it's bringing very non-spooky food deals. (Though, there are definitely a couple of deals trying to have some spooky vibes.)

It's a great month for food deals. Not only do you get to walk around to your neighbors and take candy from them (or maybe you have to give out the candy), but you're getting to partake in excellent events like National Pizza Month and National Taco Day, both of which land in October. To make life as easy as possible as we slide toward the colder month, we've pulled together all of the best food deals you're going to find in October.

Check back often. We're updating this list of food deals frequently—sometimes daily—and there's always something worth giving a try. Here are the best food deals you'll find in September.

Ongoing Food & Drink Deals

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
If you got your COVID-19 vaccine, Krispy Kreme will give you a free donut every day for the rest of the year.
When: Through December 31

Jimmy John's
The deal: The sandwich shop's Freaky Fast Rewards program will set you up with a free eight-inch sandwich after your first order through the app. 
When: Ongoing

Friendly's
The deal:
Join the Friendly's Sweet Rewards Club and you'll get a free medium sundae.
When: Ongoing

Del Taco
The deal:
The code "DELTACONOW" will get you free delivery with no minimum order through Postmates.
When: Ongoing

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
The deal: Kids can grab a book tracker to participate in the restaurant's Bucketeer Bookworms program. After every five books they read, they'll get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. 
When: Ongoing

Halo Burger
The deal:
Nab a free QP Burger after your first loyalty visit to the burger chain. 
When: Ongoing

Miguel's Jr.
The deal:
Order through Uber Eats for free delivery. New DoorDash customers can get free delivery with a $15 minimum order. Additionally, if you order through Grubhub, you can get $5 off orders placed from 11am to 7pm. 
When: Ongoing

Uberrito
The deal:
The chain is running a "$5 chicken for pick-up" deal as well as offering a $0.99 kid meal with the purchase of an entrée.
When: Ongoing

Casa Olé
The deal:
Order an entrée and it'll cost you just $0.99 to add a kid meal to your tab. Also, the restaurant is offering double points every day on all pick-up orders. 
When: Ongoing

B.GOOD
The deal:
The restaurant has expanded its usual kid meal deal. Kids can eat free every day of the week with the purchase of one adult entrée. In fact, you can get two free kid meals for every adult meal purchase. 
When: Ongoing

Penn Station East Coast Subs
The deal:
Order a sub online and you can get a free small sub with the code "PSBOGO."
When: Ongoing

Rubio's Coastal Grill
The deal:
Place an order directly through the Rubio's app or Rubios.com to get free delivery on any order of at least $20. 
When: Ongoing

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
The deal:
The restaurant now offers Family Bundles to-go. Entrée options include House-Smoke Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Tenders, and Grilled Salmon. For $24.99, the Bundle also comes with two family-sized sides and a half-dozen Honey Butter Croissants. 
When: Ongoing

Jamba
The deal:
Toss in one of Jamba's Functional Boosts for free with every smoothie order made through the app.
When: Ongoing

Olive Garden
The deal:
The pasta chain is now offering alcohol delivery with $15 bottles of wine and $10 six-packs. You have to order food to get alcohol, and the deal is only available where local laws permit.
When: Ongoing

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal:
Get free delivery when you order online through the Dickey's site or mobile app when you select the "Doorstep Drop Off" option. 
When: Through September

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal:
To celebrate eight decades of slinging meat, it's offering something called the Anniversary Meal. You get a Classic Pulled Pork Sandwich with Double Berry Cobbler and a side for $8.80. 
When: Through December 31, 2021

Taco Cabana
The deal:
If you work in a restaurant, hotel, food service industry, grocery store, big-box store, or drugstore, you can get 50% off your order when you purchase while wearing a uniform or show an ID. 
When: Ongoing

Starbucks
The deal:
Order delivery through Uber Eats and you'll get a $0 delivery fee. (Though, there will likely still be an order fee involved.)
When: Ongoing

GoPuff
The deal:
New users to the convenience store delivery service will get $10 off their first two orders with the code "GET20." Though, you're going to have to hit the $20 order minimum both times. 
When: Ongoing

Golden Chick
The deal:
To celebrate the arrival of its new boneless wings, you can get $1 off an order and free delivery through UberEats. 
When: Ongoing

Tuesday, October 12 - National Pizza Month

Wendy's
The deal:
Grab a free Frosty when you buy any size fries through the mobile app. 
When: Through October 31

Wendy's
The deal: For just $1, you can buy a Wendy's Boo! Book. It gives you coupons for five free Frostys and a free order of fries with a purchase through the mobile app. All proceeds will go to benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
When: Through October 31

Wendy's
The deal:
Both the Sausage, Egg & Swiss Croissant and the Bacon, Egg & Swiss Croissant will run you just $1.99 for the end of summer and the start of fall.
When: Through October

Boston Market
The deal:
The rotisserie chain is offering free kid meals. No purchase is required at all. Kids 12 and under can just grab a free one. 
When: For just a little while

Taco Cabana
The deal:
There are a few deals you can snag at Taco Cabana right now. Get two Nutella empanadas for $2.99 (or a dozen for $14.99), $2 margaritas, or a gallon of margaritas to go for $34.99. 
When: Ongoing

Applebee's
The deal: Order a steak entrée and you can add a dozen Double Crunch Shrimp for $1. 
When: Through October 31

Quiznos
The deal:
Get four meals for $29.99. The family meal comes with four 8-inch subs, four bags of chips, and four cookies. Use the very memorable code "8026."
When: Ongoing

Hooters
The deal:
Make a $30 purchase and you'll get $10 off with the code "GET10." Place an order for $50, and you'll wind up with $15 off when you use the code "GET15." However, if you think you've spotted a trend, you'll be disappointed to find out there's no "GET20."
When: Ongoing

Steak 'n Shake
The deal:
Every weekday features a happy hour where you can snag half-price drinks and shakes. 
When: Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm

7-Eleven
The deal:
The convenience store is offering two different "Gameday Bundles" through the 7NOW app. Get a large pizza and 16 boneless wings or a large pizza and four Big Gulp drinks for $10. 
When: Through December 31

Pret A Manger
The deal:
Sign up for the coffee subscription available in New York and Washington, DC, and you'll get the first month for free. After that, it's $19.99 for up to five coffees or teas per day every month.
When: Through December 31

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Chili's
The deal:
For $5, you can get the Spiderbite 'Rita, which comes with Lunazul Silver Tequila, Triple Sec, sour, blood orange syrup, and a spider ring.
When: Through October 31

Pasqually's Pizza & Wings
The deal: Take $5 off any online order of at least $30 with the code "PizzaMonth."
When: Through October 31

Pasqually's Pizza & Wings
The deal: Every Saturday and Sunday during National Pizza Month, you can take $3 off a Specialty Pizza with the code "PizzaMonth2."
When: Through October 31

Whole Foods
The deal: Take 50% off all frozen pizzas if you're a Prime member. 
When: Through November 2

Baskin-Robbins
The deal: Take $5 off any Halloween cake of at least $35 when you order through the Baskin app. 
When: Through October 31

Baskin-Robbins
The deal: Get a $0 delivery fee on your first Baskin-Robbins order of at least $15 through Uber Eats, Postmates, or DoorDash. 
When: Through October 14

Jamba
The deal:
Order any new food item with a smoothie and you'll save a dollar when ordering online, through the app, or in-store. (Pick the "Smoothie Bestie" pack.)
When: Through the end of the summer

Wing Zone
The deal:
You can grab 36 boneless wings with sharable fries, chips, celery, and carrots for $39 with the code "2197."
When: Through November 14

Cappello's
The deal:
Take 10% off pizzas ordered at their site with the code "pizzaparty10."
When: Through October 31

Macaroni Grill
The deal:
First responders can grab a free order of Mom's Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti. Just show your credentials to snag a complimentary meal. 
When: Through October 31

Red Lobster
The deal:
The chain's new Two for Tuesday deal lets you get two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each meal comes with your choice of two sides. This deal is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Tuesday

Bertucci's
The deal:
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Every Tuesday, it's BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected from the dead. 
When: Every Tuesday

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
The restaurant that reminds you of Big Bird's imaginary friend is offering $5 cheeseburgers every Tuesday.
When: Every Tuesday

Head over here to find even more food delivery deals or check out this list of all the places offering free food when you show your vaccine card.

Tuesday, October 12

Red Lobster
The deal:
The chain's new Two for Tuesday deal lets you get two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each meal comes with your choice of two sides. This deal is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Tuesday

Bertucci's
The deal:
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Every Tuesday, it's BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected from the dead. 
When: Every Tuesday

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
The restaurant that reminds you of Big Bird's imaginary friend is offering $5 cheeseburgers every Tuesday.
When: Every Tuesday

Wednesday, October 13

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
Insomnia's annual Treat Yo Self Day lands on October 13, and you can get a Deluxe Cookie for $2 in-store and online. 
When: October 13

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée and beverage. You can eat it or slam it in the face of the next person who says "happy hump day." Your choice. 
When: Every Wednesday

O’Charleys
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie on Wednesdays when you buy a meal.
When: Every Wednesday

Carvel
The deal:
Grab an ice cream sundae and it’ll throw in another one for free because hump day calls for double the sundaes.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday

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Thursday, October 14 - National Dessert Day

Ike's Love and Sandwiches
The deal:
Grab a free cookie with any in-store sandwich purchase. 
When: October 14

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
You can get BOGO boneless wings on any size B-Dubs order every Thursday. The deal is available for takeout at select locations. 
When: Every Thursday

Wingstop
The deal:
You can add Thigh Bites to any order for just $4.49. 
When: Every Thursday

Friday, October 15

Wendy's
The deal: Wendy's is offering deals every Friday this month. This week, when you buy fries, you can grab a free Junior Bacon Cheeseburger.
When: October 15

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, there's a new set of happy hour deals available weekly. The happy hour includes $2 fountain drinks, Mexican beers, chips and salsa, Uno Taco, or Churros. For $5 you can get Loaded Guac, a burrito (no specialty burritos), a bowl (no specialty bowls), or a quesadilla.
When: Every week, Friday-Sunday, 2-5 pm 

Red Lobster
The deal:
The Fish Fry Friday deal gets you hand-battered, wild-caught cod with fries and coleslaw for $11.99. This one is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Friday
 

Sunday, October 17

Moe’s Southwest Grill
The deal:
 Every Sunday, kids under 12 get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée of at least $6.
When: Every Sunday

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal
: Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code "KEFOLO." Though you have to order at least one entrée and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Every Sunday

Monday, October 18

Papa John's
The deal:
The Jack-O-Lantern pizza is back this year. The large pizza shaped like a jack-o-lantern will only run you $11. 
When: October 18-31

Grimaldi's Pizzeria
The deal: Grab a 16-inch traditional cheese pizza for $12 every Monday this month. 
When: Every Monday in October

Steak 'n Shake
The deal:
Every weekday features a happy hour where you can snag half-price drinks and shakes. 
When: Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm

I Heart Mac & Cheese
The deal: Kids eat free on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entrée. 
When: Every Monday

Tuesday, October 19

Red Lobster
The deal:
The chain's new Two for Tuesday deal lets you get two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each meal comes with your choice of two sides. This deal is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Tuesday

Bertucci's
The deal:
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Every Tuesday, it's BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected from the dead. 
When: Every Tuesday

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
The restaurant that reminds you of Big Bird's imaginary friend is offering $5 cheeseburgers every Tuesday.
When: Every Tuesday

Wednesday, October 20

Banza
The deal
: Banza's Margherita, Roasted Veggie and Plain Crust pizzas are half-off at Whole Foods if you're an Amazon Prime member. 
When: October 20 - November 2

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée and beverage. You can eat it or slam it in the face of the next person who says "happy hump day." Your choice. 
When: Every Wednesday

O’Charleys
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie on Wednesdays when you buy a meal.
When: Every Wednesday

Carvel
The deal:
Grab an ice cream sundae and it’ll throw in another one for free because hump day calls for double the sundaes.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday

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Thursday, October 21

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
You can get BOGO boneless wings on any size B-Dubs order every Thursday. The deal is available for takeout at select locations. 
When: Every Thursday

Wingstop
The deal:
You can add Thigh Bites to any order for just $4.49. 
When: Every Thursday

Friday, October 22

Wendy's
The deal: Wendy's is offering deals every Friday this month. This week, when you buy fries, you can grab a free 10-piece Spicy or Crispy Nugget order. 
When: October 22

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, there's a new set of happy hour deals available weekly. The happy hour includes $2 fountain drinks, Mexican beers, chips and salsa, Uno Taco, or Churros. For $5 you can get Loaded Guac, a burrito (no specialty burritos), a bowl (no specialty bowls), or a quesadilla.
When: Every week, Friday-Sunday, 2-5 pm 

Red Lobster
The deal:
The Fish Fry Friday deal gets you hand-battered, wild-caught cod with fries and coleslaw for $11.99. This one is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Friday
 

Sunday, October 24

Moe’s Southwest Grill
The deal:
 Every Sunday, kids under 12 get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée of at least $6.
When: Every Sunday

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal
: Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code "KEFOLO." Though you have to order at least one entrée and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Every Sunday

Monday, October 25

Grimaldi's Pizzeria
The deal: Grab a 16-inch traditional cheese pizza for $12 every Monday this month. 
When: Every Monday in October

Steak 'n Shake
The deal:
Every weekday features a happy hour where you can snag half-price drinks and shakes. 
When: Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm

I Heart Mac & Cheese
The deal: Kids eat free on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entrée. 
When: Every Monday

Tuesday, October 26

Red Lobster
The deal:
The chain's new Two for Tuesday deal lets you get two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each meal comes with your choice of two sides. This deal is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Tuesday

Bertucci's
The deal:
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Every Tuesday, it's BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected from the dead. 
When: Every Tuesday

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
The restaurant that reminds you of Big Bird's imaginary friend is offering $5 cheeseburgers every Tuesday.
When: Every Tuesday

Wednesday, October 27

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée and beverage. You can eat it or slam it in the face of the next person who says "happy hump day." Your choice. 
When: Every Wednesday

O’Charleys
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie on Wednesdays when you buy a meal.
When: Every Wednesday

Carvel
The deal:
Grab an ice cream sundae and it’ll throw in another one for free because hump day calls for double the sundaes.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday

Thursday, October 28

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
You can get BOGO boneless wings on any size B-Dubs order every Thursday. The deal is available for takeout at select locations. 
When: Every Thursday

Wingstop
The deal:
You can add Thigh Bites to any order for just $4.49. 
When: Every Thursday

Friday, October 29

McAlister's Deli
The deal:
Kids 12 and under eat free when you make a purchase online, in the app, or in-store with the code "HALLOWEEN21."
When: October 29-31

Wendy's
The deal: Wendy's is offering deals every Friday this month. This week, when you buy fries, you can grab a free Classic Chicken Sandwich. 
When: October 29

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, there's a new set of happy hour deals available weekly. The happy hour includes $2 fountain drinks, Mexican beers, chips and salsa, Uno Taco, or Churros. For $5 you can get Loaded Guac, a burrito (no specialty burritos), a bowl (no specialty bowls), or a quesadilla.
When: Every week, Friday-Sunday, 2-5 pm 

Red Lobster
The deal:
The Fish Fry Friday deal gets you hand-battered, wild-caught cod with fries and coleslaw for $11.99. This one is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Friday

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Sunday, October 31 - Halloween

Schlotzsky's
The deal:
Get a free Classic Cinnabon Roll with the purchase an entrée online or in-store.
When: October 31

Hardee's
The deal: The holiday-appropriate Monster Angus Burger Small Combo will cost just $8.49 today. 
When: October 31

Moe’s Southwest Grill
The deal:
 Every Sunday, kids under 12 get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée of at least $6.
When: Every Sunday

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal
: Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code "KEFOLO." Though you have to order at least one entrée and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Every Sunday

Reward Program Freebies

Carl's Jr.
The deal:
 Sign up for the Carl's Jr. promo club, and you're going to get a free small order of fries and a small beverage with the purchase of a Western Bacon Cheeseburger. You're two-thirds of the way to lunch already. 
When: Ongoing

Hardee's
The deal:
Sign-up for the Hardee's email promo club to get a free small order of fries and a beverage with the purchase of a Western Bacon Cheeseburger. 
When: Ongoing

Baskin-Robbins
The deal: When you download the Baskin-Robbins app for the first time, you get a free regular-sized scoop as an in-app offer. (Baskin requires face coverings for all customers.)
When: Ongoing

Bruegger's Bagels
The deal: You get how this goes now. Sign up for their Inner Circle club, and new members get a coupon for a free bagel with cream cheese.
When: Ongoing

Einstein Bros. Bagels
The deal: Find a similar deal here. Sign up for the Shmear Society and grab a free bagel.
When: Ongoing

Baja Fresh
The deal: 
Join the restaurant's Club Baja membership program, and you'll get an offer for a totally free taco, valid for one chicken, carnitas Baja, or Americano taco.
When: Ongoing

Quiznos
The deal: Sign up for the Toasty Points loyalty app and get rewarded with a free 4-inch sub with any purchase.
When: Ongoing

Del Taco
The deal:
 Sign up for Del Taco's Raving Fan eClub and get two free grilled chicken tacos or Del Tacos for signing up. If you download the Del App, you can also land another pair of free Del Tacos. 
When: Ongoing

Wingstop
The deal: Get a free order of fries when you sign up for "The Club."
When: Ongoing

Bojangles 
The deal: Sign up for the E-Club, and you'll get a coupon for a half-gallon of Legendary Iced Tea with any purchase. You'll also get a coupon for a free Bo-Berry Biscuit with any purchase on your birthday. 
When: Ongoing

MOOYAH
The deal: A free order of personal fries are headed your way if you sign up for MOOYAH Rewards.
When: Ongoing

Cold Stone Creamery
The deal: If you're new to My Cold Stone Club Rewards you'll get a buy-one-get-one-free coupon on Creations. 
When: Ongoing

Mimi's Cafe
The deal:
 Sign up for the e-club and get a free two-pack of croissants or muffins because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
When: Ongoing

El Pollo Loco
The deal: If you sign up for Loco Rewards you'll bag a free pollo bowl.
When: Ongoing

Red Cow
The deal:
Join the Minneapolis-based chain's e-club and you'll get a coupon in your inbox for $10 off your bill next time you dine-in. 
When: Ongoing

Rubio's Coastal Grill
The deal: Sign up for the Beach Club and you're getting a free taco to say cheers to your new friendship. 
When: Ongoing

Wetzel's Pretzels
The deal: Download the Wetzel's Pretzels app, and you'll be gifted a free pretzel item from the pretzel shop. You'll also get a freebie on your birthday. Happy early birthday!
When: Ongoing

BJ's Brewhouse & Restaurant
The deal: 
Join the Premier Rewards Plus program, and the chain will hook you up with a free Pizookie. (That's a deep-dish-inspired cookie if it wasn't immediately clear from the weird portmanteau.) Bonus: You'll get another free Pizookie on your birthday. 
When: Ongoing

Black Angus Steakhouse
The deal: 
Join the restaurant's Prime Club, and you'll automatically get a free dessert. (You also get a free steak dinner on your first birthday after joining the club.)
When: Ongoing

Maggie Moo's and Marble Slab Creamery
The deal:
 Sign up for the rewards program -- the wonderfully named Slab Happy Rewards -- and a free ice cream is headed straight for your mouth.
When: Ongoing

Corner Bakery
The deal: 
Get a free sweet when you sign up for Corner Bakery's e-club, which is basically just the email newsletter. 
When: Ongoing

Papa Murphy's
The deal: Sign up for the take-and-bake chain's email offers, and you'll get a code for 25% off your next online order of $20 or more. 
When: Ongoing

Bonefish Grill
The deal: Become a Bonefish Grill Insider (that's their rewards program), and you'll get 50% off your meal on every fourth visit. 
When: Ongoing

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