Is there anything in this world that’s better than food?
Going for food can take a big bite out of your budget, that’s why we’ve listed some of the best ways you can get your hands on freebies at your fave restaurants 💕
PSA: Always check rewards apps before visiting a restaurant. We wouldn’t want you or your wallet to miss out on the latest deals 💡
Free fast food
Getting free food is actually quite straight forward.
All you need to do is take a couple of minutes to sign up for reward programs 🍔
Here’s a few top deals we’ve spotted online:
Arby’s: Free classic roast beef sandwich with any purchase when you sign up for Arby’s Rewards. You can also get $3 off a $10 spend and free small fries every Tuesday. And it doesn’t stop there – if you’re visiting on a weekend, you can get $5 off a $20 spend
Chili’s: If you sign up to My Chili’s Rewards, you’ll get free chips and salsa or a non-alcoholic drink on every visit when you spend a minimum of $5. Plus free dessert on your birthday, free kids meals and appetizers
Chipotle: Join Chipotle Rewards to get an instant freebie. There’s rumored to be 10 Freepotle drops this year which include guac, queso blanco, chips, double protein, fountain drink, and more
McDonald’s: When you sign up to MyMcDonald’s Rewards you can get free large fries with a $1 minimum purchase. And when you make a purchase, you can collect points which can be used to unlock free McDonald’s faves. For every dollar you spend, you’ll receive 100 points
Auntie Anne’s: Get a free pretzel after your first order and on your birthday
Buffalo Wild Wings: 6 free wings during your birthday month. Plus, if you sign up to the rewards program, you can start collecting points with every order which you can then use on free food 🎈
Burger King: Royal Perks members can get free fries with any purchase every week at participating locations. Limit one per week, per account
It’s time to wake up and smell the… free ways to grab yourself a cup of coffee ☕
Starbucks free coffee: Join Starbucks Rewards and once you’ve registered, you’ll get a free drink (or snack) of your choice.
And that’s not all… your snazzy new Starbucks Rewards membership will get you free refills of hot or iced brewed coffee and tea.
Caribou Coffee: Sign up for Caribou Perks and after your first visit, you’ll get a free drink of your choice of any size.
Other membership perks include:
- A special treat on your birthday
- Skip the queue and order ahead
- Earn points when you spend money on food and beverages
For more ways on how to get your daily dose of caffeine, here’s 6 ways to get free coffee.
Free birthday food
We’ve rustled up a list of places you can get free breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts on your special day.
PSA: Most of these places do require you to download their app or sign up to some sort of membership or email club. And they like you to do it at least 7 days before your big day 🎂
A few of our top picks:
Cinnabon don’t stop at your free snack. They’re also gonna give you something to compliment it
What you get: A free iced coffee
What you gotta do: Be a member of Club Cinnabon (and prove it’s your birthday)
🍩 Krispy Kreme
What you get: Free donut 🇺🇸
What you gotta do: Become a friend of Krispy Kreme (in writing. You can’t just call your Original Glazed buddy and be done with it)
Also, yes. You should have a donut for breakfast on your birthday
What you get: Free 2.5 ounce scoop on your special day
What you gotta do: Join the joyously named Birthday Club
What you get: A full stack of pancakes. Yeehaw
What you gotta do: Join IHOP’s Pancake Revolution club. Not as intense as it sounds
Head over to Where to get free food on your birthday for the full list.
PSA: If it’s not your birthday, it is now 👀
And for more ways to save on food…
Use an app like Olio and Too Good to Go 📱
Each year, more than $408 billion in food is thrown away. Shockingly, nearly 40% of all food in the US is wasted.
Apps like Olio and Too Good to Go are helping fight the good fight 🌎
For a fraction of the price, you can grab perfectly good food before it’s thrown in the trash.
And it’s not just restaurants that sign up to the apps, it’s grocery stores too. At certain times throughout the day (mainly towards the end), you can find some great deals. The food is still perfectly good, and in some cases, you can get full meals.
✅ Bonuses: you get to fight food waste by eating delicious food.
❌ Downsides: you do have to pay some, but you get a good chunk of it for free - one user wrote “I've spent perhaps $25 this week and gotten over $100 in delicious food.”
For tips on how to become a waste warrior, here’s 5 easy ways to reduce food waste and save money.
If you’re a student make sure you carry your ID with you at ALL times. You can get at least 10% off at some of your fave restaurants.
Some of which include:
- Dairy Queen
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Firehouse Subs
And if money’s tight at the moment (thanks inflation), we’ve got a list of places where kids eat free 🍕
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Big love. Cleo 💙