This is the tops in frugal travel!
Last year we traveled from Alabama to North Carolina during Chick-fil-A's "Cow Appreciation Day" and got free breakfast and lunch (in Opelika, AL and Atlanta, GA, respectively). This year, we were traveling back to Dallas from New Orleans and got free early lunch just outside New Orleans and dinner in Shreveport, LA.
I must say that the Louisiana CFA stores didn't come close to being as festive as the AL and GA stores we visited last year. Particularly in GA last year, the store where we ate lunch gave out free brownie samples (to all customers), had a spinning wheel where you could win more free food coupons, a bounce house for the kids, and cow toys for the kids. It was truly a celebration with them!
We didn't take photos at our first stop yesterday (near New Orleans). First, I didn't realize the store I located was actually in a mall. Second, we were the ONLY people dressed up. They looked a little surprised to see us, but then gladly offered us five free meals!
We dodged the rain to stop at a Chick-fil-A in Shreveport on the southeast side of town near LSU. We had been driving for a long time and still had 3 hours to go, so we let the kids play for a bit and then hit the road after we'd all filled up on meals again.
We stopped for an in-between snack in the afternoon, so I think our total food bill for the day was about $5. Not bad for a family of 5 traveling 500 miles!