One of the perils of working within walking distance of a Culver’s is my tendency to go there too often. Culver’s, while the most delicious fast-food chain, also happens to be the most expensive fast-food chain. A full grown-up meal with a side of frozen custard can run you almost $10, which is 50% of my “work fast food lunch” budget each month. Here are some proven strategies I’ve developed to stretch your dollar at Culver’s:
- Sign up for their email and text club. They send out BOGO offers, discounts, and freebies quite often, and you can subscribe to the location(s) you frequent.
- Find a Culver’s buddy. In order to take advantage of a BOGO, you need a friend. Pair up with another Culver’s aficionado and share BOGOs, effectively getting a 50% discount on your meal every time.
- When you use a BOGO, get the largest amount of food possible. The reason Culver’s is so expensive is that they give you a lot of food. A regular Culver’s meal can last for two regular human meals. Eat half your food when you buy it, and heat the second half in the toaster oven the next day. When you do this, you split your $5 meal into two $2.50 meals, which is actually a fantastic deal.
- Buy custard by the pint, not the cup. The more custard you buy, the cheaper it is per serving. A cup of frozen custard costs over $2, and all you get is one measly scoop. Splitting four pints with your aforementioned Culver’s buddy, on the other hand, will cost $5 each and allow you to partake in a daily “Custard Flight” tasting experience every day for over a week. This also gives you the added value of having the opportunity to sample four flavors rather than just the flavor of the day.