Nowadays, everyone is out there to save money.
Yes, this includes spending less on the edibles.
In order to do so, people resort to all sorts of means – discounts, coupons, apps…
Still, freebie hunting is probably the most appealing way to satisfy your food cravings.
Why pay money for it (even if it comes with a discount) if you can get it for free?
And no, eating for free does not necessarily involve turning someone’s rubbish bin upside down and digging for leftovers.
The methods we’re about to reveal will make you see how easy this can be.
And the best part?
You don’t even need to be financially compromised to qualify.
- Mystery dining
There are certain restaurants that hire mystery diners to check whether the quality of their service matches up with the standards.
Although the name might suggest otherwise, there’s no need to wear a hat, a pair of sunglasses, and a fake mustache.
With this method, not only will you get a meal for free, you’ll also be compensated for your efforts on top of that.
Now who doesn’t want to eat for free and make money at the same time?
The only caveat is that you’re going to be asked to file a report, which includes making an accurate assessment of the experience.
Also, it can take up to a month to get paid sometimes.
But apart of that, it’s as good as it gets.
- Pay as you feel cafés
Have you heard of the ‘Real Junk Food Project’?
This is one of the many pay as you feel cafés you can find scattered all across the UK.
Even though you’re expected to pay with money, technically, the meal can be free if you’re prepared to offer something else in return.
This can be your time or a skill – it’s up to you.
The menu offered depends on the amount of donations they’ve received recently.
Some of the food they serve gets intercepted from going to waste, since the it’s either expired or on the verge of expiration (the staff use their best judgement to ensure it’s still safe to eat, so don’t worry about it).
However, don’t let that confuse you; everyone is welcome, even those who are just looking to help the environment!
- Free samples
In order to promote their brands, companies and restaurants often decide to give out free samples in a busy public section.
Since it doesn’t cost them a lot (except paying a student-level hourly wage and a fraction of the food they make), it easily makes it worth their while, and you can take advantage of that.
The next time you’re in a large shopping mall, keep your eyes peeled for these ‘free sample’ booths.
Train stations are not a bad place to scout for them either.
The idea is to keep under the radar and take a little bit here and there, as opposed to letting yourself loose and stuffing your face at any particular booth.
Otherwise, you’ll easily come across as disingenuous, homeless, or both.
Unless public ridicule is what you’re after, this is obviously not the route you should take.
Remember, moderation is key.
These 3 methods should come in handy whenever you feel like treating yourself to a meal for free without getting involved in any illegal activities.
Of course, if none of these sound appealing to you, there’s always the good old fashioned option of growing your own food.
While nowhere near as fancy or clever, it should cut the mustard just fine.
However, you’re probably not going to be able to get away with it without doing a little bit of work.
Maintaining a garden can be a chore, but if you like spending time outside the house and don’t mind getting your hands dirty every once in a while, it’s worth a shot.