The 15 Best Employee Discounts at Fast Food Restaurants

November 20, 2020 by Kyle
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It you found this page you either work at a fast food joint and want to know what their employee discount is, or you’re thinking of applying and looking for the best employee discount out there. Well, you’ve come to the right place as I’ll answer all of your questions so you can start scoring some free, or highly discounted, food and drinks. Let’s break it all down.

1. Chipotle

I might get a job here just for the great Chipotle employee discount.

You’ll score a free burrito during every shift that you work…yes please.

Plus, on your days off, you can still come in and score a 50% discount on food and drinks.

2. In-N-Out Burger

As an employee at In-N-Out you’ll get 15% off at the company store and FREE meals on the days you work.

This is for BOTH full-time and part-time workers which is pretty awesome.

I wonder if this includes a double-double “animal style” or just stuff from their regular menu? Anybody know?

See Also: The Ultimate In-N-Out Secret Menu (Some of Which Will Save You Money)

3. Starbucks

Baristas score a Starbucks employee discount good for 30% off drinks and food.

Employees also get a free drink (even stuff from their secret menu) along with food of their choice when they go on their lunch break.

I’ve also been told that employees score 1 free pound of coffee every week.

If you’re not a coffee drinker you can opt for tea or a K-cup pack if you wish.

4. Sonic Drive-In

FREE DRINKS for employees who work at corporate locations…yep, you read that correctly, now go apply.

It should be noted that this policy varies at franchise stores.

Also, according to this site, if a food order gets screwed up, the manager will usually let you chow down on it.

5. Subway

As a general rule of thumb you’ll score a free sub at Subway when you work at least 5 hours.

On the days you don’t work, most locations will still give you a 25% Subway employee discount on food and drinks.

Disclaimer: The Subway employee discount can vary by location as most are independently owned.

6. Five Guys Burgers

Five Guys will give you a free meal for every shift you work.

Come in on your day off and you’ll still score a cool 50% discount which ain’t too shabby.

Try one of these crazy good burgers from the Five Guys secret menu too.

Be careful as those free meals can be hell on your waist size….trust me on this one.

7. Dutch Bros Coffee

If you’ve never been to a Dutch Bros you’re missing out as it appears the employees are having a GREAT time inside the coffee “hut” sorta building thingee.

Maybe it’s because the employees are all wired up on free drinks which they get with every shift.

They also score 30% off on Dutch gear and products from the Dutch Store.

See Also: 80+ Drinks From the Amazing Dutch Bros Secret Menu

8. McDonald’s

Once you work for Mickey D’s for 1-month you’ll get an Employee Discount Card.

This card will get you a McDonald’s employee discount along with a slew of other retailers.

Aside from their employee discount card, you’ll get a 30% discount on the days you don’t work and 50% on the days you do work.

9. Burger King

Burger King hands out a generous 50% discount on food on the days you work.

Most locations will also give you a FREE meal if you come in for your shift early or have to stay late.

You’ll also score a free soda on the days you work.

10. Kentucky Fried Chicken

The KFC employee discount allows for one free meal for every 6+ hour shift.

I was also told that you get 50% off on the days you’re not scheduled to work.

See Also: The KFC Secret Menu Will Make You Salute the Colonel

11. Taco Bell

You’ll score a 50% discount as a Taco Bell employee.

PLUS, all immediate family members will also score 50% off Taco Bell employee discount which is pretty cool.

It’s also widely known that you’ll get free meals during your actual shift.

12. Wendy’s

The employee discount at Wendy’s is 50%, even when you’re not on the clock.

Managers apparently get a completely free meal when working.

If you love a square burger this could be a great place to work.

13. Carl’s Jr/Hardees

Employees get a 50% off discount when working, even on their big ol’ juicy Angus Thickburgers.

When you’re not on shift, you can still come in and get a 25% discount.

14. Chick fil A

This one depends on the franchise owner, but most Chick fil A employee discounts will get you a free meal when they work at least 4 hours.

If you come in on your day off, you’ll still typically get a 50% discount on your food.

See Also: The Chick-Fil-A Secret Menu: Fun Ways to Spice Up Your Next Meal

15. Jack In The Box

Jack In The Box offers a 50% employee discount on the days you work (up to $10).

No discount on the days you aren’t scheduled.

But you will get free drinks and snacks while actually working.

Ask the Reader: Do you work at any of these restaurants and have more updated information on their employee discount? Please let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to keep this article updated.

By Kyle James

American Eagle Return Policy: Everything You NEED To Know

November 16, 2020 by Kyle
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As a coupon nerd whose been adding new coupon codes to my American Eagle page literally since 2004, I’m quite familiar with how AE operates. So I figured it was time to breakdown how the American Eagle return policy works as it’s kinda awesome. But with any policy, there are nuisances that need to be examined and questions that need answered. I hope this information makes your next AE return a breeze.

American Eagle Return Policy: Everything You NEED To Know

How Many Return Days Does American Eagle Allow?

Amazingly, American Eagle Outfitters has NO time frame on returns.

I asked a AE chat rep if this was due to COVID-19 and was told that they have never had a time frame on returns.

Can Clothing Be Worn?

No, items must NOT be worn if you want to return them.

This doesn’t mean you can’t try the item on at home and wear it around a little bit…just don’t take the tags off and wear it to work or to the bar (for example).

Also See: 15 Slick Hacks to Save Big at American Eagle (Like Really Big)

What If I Lost My Receipt?

You’re not completely screwed if you loose your American Eagle receipt.

They’ll still let you do an even exchange or get store credit.

Keep in mind they’ll take more than just a receipt as proof of purchase. These things also work: Invoice, order confirmation page, order details page, and order emails.

Do Items Need Tags On Them?

If you take the tags off, but don’t wear the item, you can still return it.

But if you take the tags off, throw them away, then try to make the return (even if you didn’t wear it) you might run into issues.

What If Items Have Never Been Worn But Tag Has Been Removed?

I asked the chat rep this exact question and was told, “It will be up to the manager’s discretion”.

So your best bet is to keep the tag attached if you can.

What Price Will Be Refunded to Me?

Example: If I’m returning something that is unworn, but over a year old, you might be wondering what price will be refunded to you.

I asked AE this question specifically and was told “The price you purchased it at”.

Apparently, this is even the case if the item is not stocked any more.

I’m curious to hear from my readers on this one as it seems too good-to-be-true.

Usually you’re stuck with the lowest selling price of the item in the past year or 6 months.

Can I Return Online Purchases In-Store?

Yes, this is highly recommend, especially now as exchanges via the mail are NOT being accepted due to COVID-19.

Straight online returns are possible via the mail though and AE asks you to reuse the original packaging if possible.

Here is the link to visit to start your online return.

Who Pays the Return Shipping Costs?

AE Returns

After doing some digging around on the AE website it appears only some items qualify for free returns.

From the screenshot above, those items include bras, swimwear, Apartment items, Tailgate Items, and 3rd party shoes.

Otherwise, it looks like a $5 fee will be deducted form your refund to cover shipping costs.

How Long Will It Take For My Return to Post?

Whether your return was to a debit card or credit card, the average wait time is 5-7 business days for it to post to your account.

Any Exceptions to Their Return Policy?

From my research, there only seems to be 1 exception and here it is…

– Swimsuit or Bikini Bottom – If the hygiene liner is removed you CANNOT return the item.

Can I Return Clearance Items?


You can return both sale items and clearance items with NO problems.

Can I Return Damaged Items?

Yes, you can absolutely return stuff that arrives damaged.

Just bring it back to any store.

American Eagle Outfitters ask you to call them at 1 (888) 232-4535 if you have any specific questions about a damaged item you received.

Does AE Track How Many Returns I Make?


It’s almost certain they are tracking your returns, especially those you make without a receipt for store credit.

So don’t abuse their lenient policy or it will surely get dialed back.

Is the Aerie Return Policy Different?


The return policy for Aerie products is identical to the regular AE policy.

Ask the Reader: What’s been your experience with the return policy at American Eagle? Good, bad, or ugly?

By Kyle James

These 9 Retailers Will Surprisingly Price-Match Black Friday Prices

Updated November 13, 2020 by Kyle
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Wouldn’t it be nice if retailers would give you a price match on a Black Friday price? Think of how much you could save. Oh wait, turns out these 9 retailers will do exactly that and give you a price adjustment as long as you still have proof of purchase. Some of these stores just might surprise you. I hope this information helps you save some money this Black Friday.

These 9 Retailers Will Price Match Black Friday Prices

1. Target

By far the most popular store on this list is Target and I was a bit surprised to learn they would do Black Friday price adjustments this year.

According to their official policy, if you buy anything labelled a “Black Friday deal”, either in-store or online, you can request a price match if the price goes lower on or before December 24th.

Be sure to keep your receipt or packing slip (for online purchases) as evidence of the price you paid.

For an online price match, you’ll need to call them at 1-800-591-3869.

For in-store price matches, just head back to the store with your receipt in-hand and head to any checkout lane for assistance.

See Also: 7 Target Clearance Tips: Learn How to Save BIG at Tarzhay

2. NewEgg

NewEgg Black Friday

NewEgg has a REALLY cool policy they call “Black Friday Price Protection”.

If you buy something from NewEgg between November 1 – 22, 2020 that has the badge that reads “Black Friday Price Protection” you’re in business if the price goes lower on or before November 30th, 2020.

The best part is that NewEgg will actually track the price and refund you automatically if it goes lower.

Expect your refund to be processed by December 7, 2020.

3. Dick’s Sporting Goods

There is ZERO mention of not being able to price match Black Friday pricing on Dick’s price-match page.

As long as the product is identical, they’ll match the lower price.

So if you buy something at Dick’s, or another major retailer, and it goes on sale over Black Friday weekend they’ll give you a price adjustment.

Make sure you keep your receipt to make it an easy process.

4. Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shop will “not be undersold” and this includes on Black Friday.

If the price drops on something you bought from a competitor, or on the Bass Pro website, they’ll give you the difference, both in-store and online.

CLUB members will even get an extra 5% back on their price match.

See Also: Price-Match Policies: These 14 Retailers Make the Grade

5. Cabela’s

Bass Pro and Cabela’s are owned by the same company, so guess what, their price match policies are identical.

So be sure to get some money back if they drop the price during Black Friday on something you’ve already purchased.

Also, they’ll match direct competitor’s pricing on Black Friday as well.

6. Lowe’s

The Lowe’s site makes no mention of NOT accepting a price match on Black Friday.

I take this to read that you should definitely try to get a price match if you find a lower price at a local competitor or online.

They’ll also price match items bought at Lowe’s up to 30 days before Black Friday.

They’ll even price match online pricing PLUS warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club.

See Also: Lowe’s Military Discount: If You Served, It’s a No-Brainer Way to Save

7. Michaels

In the weeks leading up to Black Friday, it’s good to know that Michaels will match the price of competitors on Black Friday weekend.

Items must be in-stock and identical to make it happen.

Anything bought at Michaels 7 days before Black Friday is eligible for a Black Friday price adjustment.

8. PetSmart

PetSmart will price match on Black Friday as long as the item is not advertised by a competitor as clearance or liquidation.

Also, they will NOT price match sale prices on Amazon or eBay listings.

As always, hold on to those receipts to make it a smooth process when requesting a price match in-store.

See Also: 14 Popular Stores That’ll Happily Price Match Amazon’s Lower Price

9. Petco

Similar to PetSmart, Petco is also happy to price match on Black Friday so keep an eye for a lower price from local retailers.

As for an online price match, they’ll only price match these 6 websites:,,,,, and

They ask you to call them at 1-877-738-6742 to request an online price match.

Bonus Retailers:

Upon further investigation it appears the following stores will also price match Black Friday pricing:

– JCPenney

There is nothing on the JCPenney price match page that says anything about NOT price matching on Black Friday so I’d definitely give it a shot this year.

As a matter of fact, buried in the boiler plate they say “we offer our price match guarantee 365 days a year, including Black Friday.”

– Macy’s

Similar case with Macy’s, they appear to price match Black Friday pricing.

Keep in mind that they only give you 10 days after your purchase to come back and get a price adjustment, so maybe don’t do your shopping at Macy’s until 10 days before Black Friday.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever gotten a price match on a crazy low Black Friday price? Was it an easy process or more trouble than it was worth?

By Kyle James