Mother and daughter in a cafe

Where can kids eat free (or cheaply) this Christmas?

Over the school holidays, it pays to know where kids eat free – or cheaply. And there are offers for the rest of us too

With children off school and the extra costs of Christmas, it’s good to know there are places where kids eat free, or for very little, over the holidays.

Supermarket chain Asda is leading the charge, with a kid’s hot or cold meal in their cafes for just £1 until the end of the year.

And Ella’s baby food pouches are free with any cafe purchase.

Over-60s can also get the ‘Winter Warmer’ for £1. That includes soup, a roll and unlimited tea or coffee. And emergency responders on shift and in uniform get a free tea or coffee from Asda’s cafes or their self-service machines. That includes paramedics, police and firefighters – and the offer’s on every day until the end of the year.

At Morrisons, kids under 16 eat free in their cafes every day, at any time, when an adult spends £4.50 on a meal.

And in Sainsbury’s a kid’s hot meal or lunch bag is just £1 when an adult buys a meal at £5.20 or more. The deal is on every day from 11.30am.

It’s not just supermarkets

Ikea is offering kid’s pasta and tomato sauce and a soft drink in their cafes for 95p. The deal also includes other meals with a drink for £1.50 and it’s on every day after 11am.

And for adults, a bowl of soup with a roll and butter is just £2 every day between 11am and 4pm.

At Dunelm, a kid’s meal in their Pausa cafe is free with every £4 spent.

The Hungry Horse pub chain offers kids’ meals including sausages, chicken nuggets and fish fingers for £1 with every full-paying adult. There’s also a range of meals, including tacos, katsu burger and double cheeseburger at £1.50.

Waste not, want not

And we shouldn’t forget about Olio. We can sign up on the app and be notified about food that retailers in our area are giving away.

Householders also offer up food if they’ve bought too much. And we can also find all sorts of other unwanted items that are looking for their next home.

As the network grows, the choice is also improving. So if we think we could benefit, we should sign up today.

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