Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?
I’ve put together a list of my favorites that will give you more than a mouthful of free food.
Some of them only require filling out a form. Some of them take a bit more effort, but you can easily knock out all of these in a weekend.
How to Get Free Food
Want free money?
Without further ado, here are ways to get free (or cheap) food right now:
1. Install Free Food Apps
Some of the popular ways of getting free food are by signing up through these fast food restaurant apps:
- Auntie Anne’s.
- California Pizza Kitchen.
- Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
- Jamba Juice.
- Jack in the Box.
- Krispy Kreme.
By downloading the Baskin-Robbins app, you can get access to coupons and promotions right from the app! Any time there’s a special offer or flavor update, you’ll be one of the first to know about it.
- Free food: One free pretzel
- Requirements: You can get a free pretzel with a purchase of $1 or more.
- Where to download: iOS or Android
Now you can earn free pretzels even faster than before. The more you snack, the more you’ll earn. With each purchase at participating Auntie Anne’s locations, you’ll get points toward free pretzels. So start your ovens!
California Pizza Kitchen
The CPK Rewards app is your go-to hub for tracking rewards, online ordering, surprise offers and seasonal menu updates!
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
- Free food: Free brewed coffee or hot tea
- Requirements: Installing for the app and earning one point per dollar spent.
- Where to download: iOS or Android
You can be brewing a whole new way to get The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the go. Get rewards, order ahead, browse the menu and customize your drink exactly how you want, pay with your phone, send gift cards and find a store near you with just a few taps.
It’s here…the new My Jamba Rewards – a refreshed rewards and app experience that’s easier to use, easier to earn, and easier to enjoy.
Jack in the Box
The Jack in the Box mobile app makes it easy to order and pay for your food before you arrive at the restaurant. It’s just like having a Jack in the Box in your pocket.
Games that pay you to play. Yes, we're serious.
These 3 apps will pay you to play games on your mobile device:
- Mistplay (Android) - If you have an android device, you can download this app and start getting cash rewards for playing new games.
- Solitaire Cube (iOS) - Earning money by playing games on your phone sounds like a dream. But this app really pays you for playing solitaire with cash rewards.
- Lucktastic (Android) - This free app offers the same daily scratch-off cards that you find at your local convenience store — but here you can play for free and win real money.
The Krispy Kreme® app is filled with tons of delightful surprises! Download now to experience the joy of Krispy Kreme and get a free doughnut!
- Free food: Free small sub with your first purchase
- Requirements: Download the app and register
- Where to download: iOS or Android
Download Quiznos Toasty Points loyalty app. You eat, and get rewarded with the Quiznos Toasty Points, find the closest Quiznos location, and get great deals/offers/coupons – all from the app!
2. Install Cashback Apps
Several companies offer some rather good deals through their cashback offers. While free food is not always guaranteed through these apps, the amount of savings you can get from the discounts is substantial.
These can be saved over a period of time and used to get free food. This is a simple way of getting free food as all you need to do is download the app and assess the eligibility criteria. While some companies offer 50% cash back on food purchased, others offer up to 100%. You can, therefore, enjoy your meal without worrying about paying for it.
There are several companies out there that will give you free money just for signing up.
The cashback app that we like best is Fetch Rewards, which is a mobile rewards app that pays you for shopping (from any store).
This is a great way to make money, the easy way, and can add up to a large wad of cash with time which you can use for free food.
Here are the steps:
- Click here to download Fetch for free
- Scan any receipt from any stores that you use daily.
- Get cash (via PayPal).
Enjoy your free money and food.
2. Attend Restaurant Openings
Another brilliant way of getting free food is by attending new restaurant openings. Whether it’s a supermarket or a food store that is opening, chances are high that you will treat yourself to a free meal.
There are usually free samples served on an opening day. Work up a good appetite and be at the site of the opening early to enjoy the free food.
3. Use Coupons
Another effective way of getting free food is through the use of coupons. In as much as using coupons may seem outdated, there are actually newer and better ways of getting free food by using coupons.
Unlike traditional coupons that were clipped off newspapers, modern coupons are digital. They are therefore easier to get since they have been moved to the phone and are a whole lot more convenient.
Looking for an easy way to coupon without having to clip coupons?
The Drop app tracks your purchases when you link up your credit card and debit cards to the free app. Then, it automatically adds Drop points to your account when you spend at certain merchants you’ve picked from their list. It’s simple.
When you reach a certain threshold, you can redeem Drop points for gift cards to popular retailers, like Amazon, Dunkin Donuts, Whole Foods, JC Penney, and many more!
4. Birthday Freebies
Although this might come in handy only once a year, eating out during your birthday can treat you to a hearty free meal. There are more than a few cafes and restaurants that offer a free food policy to customers on their birthdays.
You will need to begin looking for birthday freebies well in advance to avoid the last-minute rush. You may even get certain restaurants that offer breakfast, lunch as well as dinner. I actually did the digging for you and found over 200+ birthday freebies for you to sign up for! Talk about free food!
Click here to see all the companies offering birthday freebies:
Food Freebie Description
|Acres of Clams||Locator||Free entree|
|All Star Club||Locator||Free entree|
|Amy’s Ice Cream||Locator||Free ice cream|
|Aquarium Restaurant||Locator||Free $25 reward|
Free 12oz. milkshake with any purchase
|Atlanta Bread||Locator||Free cookie|
|Au Bon Pain||Locator||Free meal|
|Argo Tea Cafe||Locator||Free drink|
|A&W||Locator||Free root beer float|
|Auntie Anne’s Pretzels||Locator||Free pretzel|
|Azteca Mexican Restaurants||Locator||Free entree|
|Back Yard Burger||Locator||
BOGO free combo meal coupon
|Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern||Locator||Free $5 Bagger Bucks|
|Baja Fresh Mexican||Locator||Free burrito|
|Bailey’s Sports Grille||Locator||Free burger or sandwich|
Free slice of pie with any adult entree purchase
Free 2.5 oz scoop and $3.00 off an ice cream cake
|BD’s Mongolian Grill||Locator||Free meal|
|Beef ‘O’ Brady’s||Locator||
Free dessert with the purchase of any entree
|Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream||Locator||
Free scoop of ice cream plus $3 off an ice cream cake
|Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant||Locator||Free $30 gift certificate|
|bd’s Mongolian Grill||Locator||Free meal|
|Biggby Coffee||Locator||Free grande beverage|
Free Birthday Meal, plus 15% off your check
Free $5 reward on your birthday and beverage
|Black Angus Steakhouse||Locator||Free meal|
|Black Bear Diner||Locator||Free meal|
|Black-Eyed Pea||Locator||Free dessert|
|Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill||Locator||
Up to 50% off your birthday meal
Free kids meal on their birthday w/ purchase of a regular adult entree
Free biscuit with purchase and free birthday biscuit
|Booster Juice||Locator||Free birthday smoothie|
Free individual dessert with purchase of any create your plate meal
|Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza||Locator||Free flatbread|
BOGO free coupon for one steak or buffet
Free Bang Bang shrimp or Coconut Pie
|Bravo Cucina Italian||Locator||Free birthday reward|
|Brio Tuscan Grille||Locator||Free $10 Birthday Reward|
|Bristol Seafood Grill||Locator||
Free entree on your birthday (up to $25)
Free bagel and cream cheese
BOGO free coupon for a waffle cone
|Bubba Gump Shrimp||Locator||Free $25 Birthday Reward|
|Buca di Beppo||Locator||Free Birthday Gift and more|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Locator||Free Starters|
Free pizza or entree (up to $10)
|Burger Lounge||Locator||Free milkshake|
|C.B. & Potts Restaurant & Brewery||Locator||Free mud pie|
|Cantina Laredo||Locator||Free dessert|
Free 2 piece fish dinner, fish & shrimp dinner or season tilapia dinner
|Cafe 50’s||Locator||Free meal|
|Cafe Express||Locator||Free special dessert|
|Cafe Zupas||Locator||Free meal|
|California Pizza Kitchen||Locator||Free dessert|
|California Torilla||Locator||Free burrito|
|Caribou Coffee||Locator||Free medium drink|
|Carrabba’s Italian Grill||Locator||
Free dessert w/ purchase of an entree
|Carson’s American Bistro||Locator||Up to 50% discount|
|Carvel’s||Locator||Free ice cream|
|Champps Kitchen & Bar||Locator||Free dessert|
|Charley’s Crab||Locator||Free birthday voucher|
|Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse||Locator||Free $10 birthday voucher|
|Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant||Locator||Free dessert|
|Cheeseburger in Paradise Bar & Grill||Locator||Free fun stuff|
|The Cheesecake Factory||Locator||Free birthday sundae|
|Chevys Fresh Mex||Locator||Free entree|
|Church’s Chicken||Locator||Free piece of chicken|
Free random Cinnabon birthday treat
|City Crab & Seafood Company||Locator||Free meal|
BOGO free coupon for an ice cream creation
|Corner Bakery Cafe||Locator||Free birthday surprise|
|Cotton Patch Cafe||Locator||Free dessert|
|Country Cookin||Locator||Free= meal|
BOGO free coupon for an adult dinner buffet
Free drink & chips with sub purchase
|Country Kitchen||Locator||Free meal|
|Culver’s||Locator||Free one-scoop sundae|
|Cups Frozen Yogurt||Locator||Free frozen yogurt|
|Dairy Queen||Locator||BOGO free blizzard coupon|
|David’s Tea||Locator||Free tea|
|Del Taco||Locator||Free premium milkshake|
|Denny’s||Locator||Free Grand Slam breakfast|
|Dickey’s Barbecue Pit||Locator||Free BBQ sandwich|
|Dippin’ Dots||Locator||Free Dippin’ Dots|
|Duke’s Chowderhouse||Locator||Free entree|
|Dunkin Donuts||Locator||Free beverage|
|Dutch Bros. Coffee||Locator||Free beverage|
|Earl of Sandwich||Locator||Free brownie|
|Einstein Bros Bagels||Locator||Free egg sandwhich|
|El Chico Cafe||Locator||Free sopapilla|
|El Pollo Loco||Locator||Free meal|
|Erik’s Deli Cafe||Locator||Free soup or dessert|
|Famous Dave’s Barbeque||Locator||Free entree|
|Firebirds Wood Fired Grill||Locator||Free $10 off coupon|
Free medium celebratory sub
|Four Rivers Smokehouse||Locator||
Free birthday treat of your choice
|Fox and Hound||Locator||Free entree|
Free sundae + 25% off your next purchase
|Fuddruckers||Locator||BOGO free burger coupon|
Free bowl, appetizer, or dessert
|Glory Days Grill||Locator||Free dessert|
|Gigi’s Cupcakes||Locator||Free cupcake|
|Gold Star Chili||Locator||Free meal|
|Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard||Locator||Free gift|
|Gordon Biersch||Locator||BOGO free entree coupon|
|Grandy’s Buffet||Locator||Free steak dinner|
|Great American Cookies||Locator||
Free cookie cake slice w/ the purchase of a regular soda
|Green Mill Restaurant & Bar||Locator||
Free small one-topping Deep Dish Pizza
|Habit Burger Grill||Locator||
Free Charburger with cheese
|Hard Rock Cafe||Locator||Free offer|
|Hof’s Hut||Locator||Free meal|
BOGO free adult dinner buffet
|Honeybaked Ham||Locator||Free sandwich|
|Hooters||Locator||10 free wings|
|HuHot Mongolian Grill||Locator||Free grill meal + appetizer|
|Iguana Mia||Locator||Free entree|
|IHOP||Locator||Free meal purchase|
|Islands Fine Burgers||Locator||Free kona pie|
|Ivar’s Seafood Bar||Locator||Free entree|
|Jamba Juice||Locator||Free smoothie or juice|
|Jason’s Deli||Locator||Free $5 coupon|
|Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream||Locator||
Free single, standard, or trio size ice cream
Free regular sub and 22 oz. fountain drink
|Joe’s Crab Shack||Locator||Free appetizer|
Free hamburger with the purchase of any entree and drink
|Juice It Up||Locator||BOGO Free 24 oz. smoothie|
|Keg Steakhouse and Bar||Locator||Free birthday offer|
|Kona Grill||Locator||Free $15 birthday gift|
|Krispy Kreme||Locator||Free doughnut|
|La Madeleine||Locator||Free pastry|
|Landry’s||Locator||Free $25 birthday reward|
|Landry Select Club||Locator||Free $25 birthday reward|
Free $5 off your $20 purchase coupon
|LongHorn Steakhouse||Locator||Free dessert|
|Luby’s Cafeteria||Locator||Free slice of dessert|
|Maggie Moo’s||Locator||Free $5 birthday reward|
|Marble Slab Creamery||Locator||Free ice cream|
|Marie Callenders||Locator||Free breakfast|
|McAlister’s Deli||Locator||Free $5 coupon|
|Melting Pot||Locator||Free chocolate fondue|
Free $5 towards a frozen yogurt purchase
|Mimi’s Cafe||Locator||Free crepe cake or croissant|
|Moe’s Southwest Grill||Locator||Free burrito|
|Nestle Toll House Cafe||Locator||Free special birthday offer|
|Ninety Nine||Locator||Free dessert|
|Nick-N-Willy’s Pizza||Locator||Free special birthday offer|
|Noodles & Company||Locator||Free rice crispy treat|
|Nothing Bundt Cakes||Locator||Free Bundlet|
|Not Your Average Joe’s||Locator||Free entree and dessert|
|Old Country Buffet||Locator||
BOGO free adult dinner buffet
|Olive Garden||Locator||Free dessert or appetizer|
|On The Border||Locator||Free appetizer|
BOGO free 20 oz. Julius or premium fruit smoothie
|Panera Bread||Locator||Free pastry|
|Pie Five Pizza||Locator||Free pizza pie|
|Pizza Ranch||Locator||Free $5 birthday voucher|
|Pizza Studio||Locator||Free pizza|
Free Magnificent Seven breakfast meal
|P.F. Chang’s||Locator||Free appetizer or dessert|
|Planet Smoothie||Locator||Free small smoothie|
|Ponderosa||Locator||Free steak dinner|
|Pretzelmaker||Locator||Free birthday offer|
|Qdoba Mexican Grill||Locator||BOGO free burrito|
|Portillo’s||Locator||Free slice of chocolate cake|
|Rainforest Cafe||Locator||Free $25 reward|
|Raising Cane’s||Locator||Free combo box|
|Red Lobster||Locator||Free appetizer or dessert|
|Red Robin||Locator||Free Gourmet Burger|
|Rita’s||Locator||Free birthday treat|
|Rodizio Grill||Locator||Free dessert|
|Romanos Macaroni Grill||Locator||Free slice of cake|
|Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion||Locator||Free dessert|
|Ruby Tuesday||Locator||Free burger|
BOGO free adult dinner buffet
|Sandwich Bros of Wisconsin||Locator||
Free Box of Sandwich Bros of Wisconsin
|Sam & Louie’s Pizza||Locator||Free pizza slice|
Free pizza slice with drink purchase
|Schlotzsky’s||Locator||Free small sandwich|
|Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt||Locator||Free drink|
Free classic burger with fries
|SmashBurger||Locator||Free side or shake|
|Smokey Bones||Locator||Free dessert|
|Smoothie King||Locator||Free smoothie|
|Sonny’s BBQ||Locator||Free Big Deal|
|Souper Salad||Locator||Free 1/2 off coupon|
|Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes||Locator||Free birthday offer|
|Sprinkles Cupcakes||Locator||Free cupcake|
|Spaghetti Warehouse||Locator||Free meal|
|Starbucks||Locator||Free handcrafted beverage|
|Steak ‘n Shake||Locator||
Free Double Steakburger with Cheese ‘n Fries
|Strickland’s Ice Cream||Locator||Free dirt sundae|
|Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt||Locator||Free cup of frozen yogurt|
Free cheesecake chimichangas with the purchase of any entree
Free flauta plate, which includes 3 chicken flautas with rice, beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and 2 fresh flour tortillas
|Taco Time||Locator||BOGO free item|
|Tahoe Joe’s||Locator||Free Gift|
|Tasti D-Lite||Locator||Free medium cup or cone|
|Ted’s Montana Grill||Locator||Free dessert|
Free appetizer or sidekick of ribs
Free dessert with the purchase of an entree
|Three Squares Restaurant||Locator||
Free dessert with any food purchase
|Tom & Eddie’s||Locator||Free milkshake|
|Tropical Smoothie Cafe||Locator||Free smoothie|
|Tully’s Coffeeshop||Locator||Free beverage|
|Twin Peaks||Locator||Free birthday meal|
|Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse||Locator||Free bottle of champagne|
|Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food||Locator||Free cajeta birthday dessert|
|Uno Pizzeria||Locator||Free entree|
|Village Inn||Locator||Free Slice of pie|
|Waffle House||Locator||Free waffle|
Free $1 off any premium combo coupon
|Wetzel’s Pretzels||Locator||Free birthday pretzel|
|Which Wich||Locator||Free regular sandwich|
|Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill||Locator||Free birthday appetizer|
|Wienerschnitzel||Locator||Free corn dog|
|Wild Wing Cafe||Locator||Free dessert|
|Wings To Go||Locator||Free birthday wings|
Free large fresh cut seasoned fries
|Wolfgang Puck’s Grand Cafe||Locator||Free $25 birthday reward|
|World Market||Locator||Free birthday discount|
|Wow Bao Hot Asian Buns||Locator||Free birthday reward|
|Yard House||Locator||Free mini dessert|
|YEAH! BURGER||Locator||Free $10 birthday reward|
Free frozen yogurt on your birthday
|Yogurt Mountain||Locator||Free yogurt on your birthday|
|Your Pie Pizza||Locator||Free birthday credit|
|Zarco Oasis 66||Locator||Free sub or coffee drink|
|Zaxby’s||Locator||Free birthday nibbler|
|Zia’s||Locator||Free birthday dinner|
|Zio’s Italian Kitchen||Locator||Free entree|
|Zito’s Pizza||Locator||Free birthday garlic knots|
|Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth||Locator||Free dinner|
|Zengo||Locator||Free $10 birthday gift|
BOGO free coupon for an entree
|Z’ Tejas||Locator||Free $10 coupon|
|4 Rivers Smokehouse||Locator||Free Treat/Dessert|
5. Eating Competitions
A brilliant idea of getting free foods is by entering eating competitions. These competitions give you the opportunity to enjoy free food to your fill. Signing up for eating competitions is always simple and straightforward.
All you need is an appetite and a name to enter the contest. More often than not, these competitions are always free of cost. You, therefore, need not worry about parting with any of your money.
6. Become a Mystery Diner
Ever wanted to try free and good food and get paid? Mystery diners get the opportunity to get free food and drinks, and they rate the experience they had at these restaurants.
You’ll have to recall your experience quite vividly though, and keep notes and be able to speak about it over the phone.
You’ll have to pay for the food upfront but will get reimbursed later on.
7. Use Coupons to Get Cheap Bites at Uber Eats
Uber Eats is an American online food ordering and delivery platform launched by Uber in 2014 and based in San Francisco, California.
It partners with restaurants in dozens of cities around the world. Ordering can be done on their website or with a smartphone/tablet application (only iOS and Android). The website claims a delivery time of 30 minutes or less. Use your Uber account to order food you crave from restaurants you love, delivered right to your door.
If you aren’t a current Uber Eats user, sign up for a new account using this Uber Eats coupon code to get $5 off your first order: eats-ubersignupfree
Enjoy Your Free Food
There you have it. If you’ve finished the list, you’ve just been able to get free food near you.
Whether you are on a budget or just wish to cut down on your expenditure, getting free food is sure to come as a big win for you.
Another instance in which free food may come in handy is when you would like to try out a meal but do not want to spend your money on it.
While the idea of free lunch may sound farfetched to many, there are actually a number of legit ways through which you can land a free meal.
Knowing where to look and when to look for free food is about everything you need to enjoy free meals.
Feel free to take the weekend off.