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Top Meal Deals $5 and Under

by Advance Financial | August 17th, 2016


Let’s face it, fast food isn’t the healthiest of options but it’s definitely the quickest and most convenient. When you want to feed yourself or your family with no hassle, it’s a great option. Though fast food has traditionally not only been fast but cheap, now-a-days one meal at a fast food restaurant can get up to $12. To help fill up your belly while also keeping your wallet full, we have ranked the top 10 best fast food deals for $5 and under running right now.


5 for $4

Includes a bacon cheeseburger, crispy chicken nuggets, fries, drink and a chocolate chip cookie.

2 for $4 Breakfast

Includes 2 of either the ham, bacon, or sausage egg or cheese Croissan’wich.

2 for $5 Mix and Match

Choose 2 items with the options of the chicken sandwich, extra long cheeseburger, or fish sandwich.

2 for $10 Whopper Meal

Includes 2 whoppers, 2 orders of fries and 2 drinks.

Other Deals

10pc nuggets – $1.50


$5 Fill Up Chicken Tenders

Includes 3 extra crispy tenders, larger mashed potatoes, biscuit, cookie, medium drink, and dipping sauce.

$5 Fill Up Famous Bowl

Includes a bowl of chicken chunks, mashed potatoes, corn and gravy, a cookie, and medium drink.

$5 Fill Up Chicken Breast

Includes 1 chicken breast, larger mashed potatoes, biscuit, cookie, and medium drink. 

$5 Fill Up Pot Pie

Includes a chicken potpie, cookie, and medium drink.


$4 Real Deal

Includes a double cheeseburger, spicy chicken sandwich, fries, and a drink.

$5 Frisco Combo

Includes a Frisco Thickburger, fries, and drink



4 for $4

Includes choice of JR. bacon cheeseburger or crispy chicken BLT with fries a drink and 4 chicken nuggets.

50¢ Frosty

Choose between a small chocolate or vanilla frosty.


$2 for 2

Choose McDouble or McChicken with a side (small fries or 3 pc. mozzarella sticks).

Other Deals

Get a cheeseburger, fries, and a drink for $4.89.

Get 20 chicken nuggets for $5.00.


$5 Doubledilla

Includes steak or chicken Doubledilla with chips and salsa.

$5 cravings deal

Includes cheesy Gordita crunch, beef burrito supreme, crunchy taco, chips with cheese, and a medium drink.


$5 Boom Box Deal

Includes one of your favorite 6-inch hot dogs, a Jr. deluxe cheeseburger, medium tots or fries and a medium drink.

½ Price Shakes

After 8pm you can get any flavor milkshake for half off.


$3.99 boneless wings meal

Includes bbq or buffalo boneless wings with a side of fries and drink.

59¢ Krystal or Icee

Between 2-5pm all regular Krystal burgers and 12oz Icees are only 59¢.


$5 Buck Lunch

Includes choice of bacon cheeseburger, regular cheeseburger, or chicken tenders with fries, drink and a world-famous DQ sundae.


2 for $5.00 Mix and Match

Choose 2 items from loaded curly fries, roasted beef classic sandwich, crispy fish fillet or a beef ‘n cheddar classic.                     

$1 Each 2-5pm

Get any sliders, fries, shake or drink for $1.

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Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

by Advance Financial | May 31st, 2016


We know the struggle is real. You have great intentions of eating healthy, but the convenience and price of fast food reels you in every time. And let’s face it; a greasy hamburger is a lot more satisfying than a kale salad. Positives aside, eating that McDonalds burger and fries isn’t getting you any closer to a healthier you. Price can be a big contributing factor to losing the battle against fast food, as many healthier food options are actually more expensive. To help guide you toward budget friendly, healthier eating, we have compiled a list of money saving tips.

Meal plan

So this is the part where convenience goes out the window (sorry). Eating healthy needs to be looked at as part of your lifestyle, which means you have to be dedicated to preparing your meals instead of racing through a drive-thru window. Planning your meals ahead of time makes budgeting a lot easier as you have more control over what you’re spending per meal. Plan to make foods like stews, casseroles, or stir-fries, which stretch more expensive items like meat into more portions.

Buy in season

Not only are the prices for fruits and vegetables cheaper when bought in season, but also fresher, adding to a better taste. An issue of concern with buying fruits and vegetables for a lot of shoppers is that the items will ruin. If you think that you won’t be using certain fruits or vegetables right away, buy ones that aren’t fully ripened yet. You can also freeze any leftover fruits and use them later for a smoothie.

Cut out the snacks

We don’t mean all snacks, just those unhealthy vending machine snacks that catch your eye between lunch and dinner. Sodas and sugar filled treats not only are extremely unhealthy for you, they also add up in cost. Instead, try making your own healthy snacks. Items like nuts and yogurt are great to hold you over till the next meal and are super cheap when buying in bulk.

Bulk buy

It’s going to hit your bank account hard at first, but in the long run you will spend less on groceries leading to savings. Items like chicken, steak or fish, as well as large bags of potatoes and frozen vegetables will almost always be cheaper to buy in bulk. Even if you don’t think you’ll use them all in a week’s time, you can always freeze these items and use for the next week.

Start a garden

It’s a lot easier than you might think to grow your own food, and the savings are big for this one. If you’re going to eat healthy, fruits and vegetables are a must for your diet, so you can expect to spend money on these items. So let’s break it down. The average cost for a pound of organic tomatoes is $4.00. The cost to buy a potted tomato plant at Home Depot that will produce 8 pounds of tomatoes costs $4.98. Yep, that’s a lot of savings. And don’t think you need a back yard to have a garden. You can find multiple tutorials online on how to create window vegetable gardens for those living in an apartment or condo.


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