More restaurants are offering free meals for kids to try to entice mom and dad to dine out once again.
Families who do not have enough money for new school supplies certainly don't have money to eat out, but the campaign aims to save them money.
"(We) probably saved $10 or $20, just enough to push us over the edge to go out to dinner," a parent said. "It does add up, a freebie's a freebie, that's for sure."
The National Restaurant Association said business has been down for 22 straight months.
Among the restaurants now offering free meals for kids at certain times are Marie Callender's, El Torito, Denny's and IHOP.