NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Having kids might provide a nice little tax deduction, but they also cost a lot to raise. Even if you’re not going to bother saving for their college education, you’ll at least have to keep them well-fed, and that costs money.
Fortunately, plenty of restaurants offer special deals on kids’ meals. Chili’s, for instance, offered a coupon last month for free kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult entrée. Today we came across a site that helps thrifty parents find all the best kids’ meal deals at their local restaurants. KidsMealDeals.com has a simple premise: Type in your zip code, and the site tells you if any restaurants in your area are offering special deals on kids’ meals. Using the site, I found out that Brother Jimmy’s BBQ here in New York has a deal every day where you get a free kid’s meal for every $10 you spend on the regular menu. I’m almost tempted to have kids just so I can take advantage!
The site offers free mobile applications for when you don’t have time to go home and look up a deal before taking the kids to basketball, football and soccer practices. And the site also has a Twitter feed with updates on national and local deals, so be sure and check that out if you’re sick of paying so much to keep your children fed.
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