How to get FREE* FOOD!
Free food has to be the best kind of freebie, am I right? I’ve been searching for free food since being a teenager and I’m still on the lookout today! Luckily these apps and websites make it very easy to find free food.
Visit Pay as You Feel Cafés
The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) is an organisation that uses food that would otherwise have been discarded from supermarkets, restaurants, and other independent food suppliers to produce meals that are sold on a “pay as you feel” basis.
Every single Pay As You Feel café that is part of the Real Junk Food Project network adheres to all Environmental Health regulations within their respective establishment. This includes transporting food safely, storing it safely, cooking and re-heating it safely.
Why are they giving away free food? TRJFP aims to raise awareness of the amount of food waste in the food system!
If you love a good deal from your local supermarket this is the app for you. Shopmium offer fab deals on food, drinks and cosmetics & there’s always something for free in the available offers section!
How does it work?
– Browse the discount offers and deals (there’s usually several freebies on there).
– Buy the products next time you go shopping.
– Scan the barcode of the product & take a picture of your receipt.
– Get your cashback in your PayPal (or bank account) within 2 days.
If you sign up here (or with code: AEFAMUGY) you’ll get some free chocolate too!
The CheckoutSmart App!
CheckoutSmart is very similar to Shopmium in that it is an app (available on iOS and Android) that has a range of food, drink and beauty products that you can claim for free. The only difference is that you don’t get your money paid to you automatically. You’ll need to manually cash out, and if you cashout anything less than £20 you’ll be charged a small transfer fee.
I check CheckoutSmart daily for freebies from my local supermarket and cashout when I hit the £20 mark.
Become a Mystery Shopper
As a Market Force mystery shopper, you’ll get paid to eat and shop for free at your favourite shops/restaurants. I usually do one mystery shopping assignment a week – I get the money I spent on food/clothes back as well as a payment for my time. Sounds like something you’d like to do?
There are various other companies out there that pay you as a mystery shopper but I prefer to stick with Market Force as I’ve never had an issue with them & the money has always gone into my account a week or so after the assignment has been cleared.
Learn how to Forage
Foraging is the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing, or the gathering of plant matter.
If you’re new to foraging I’d recommend staying away from mushrooms/fungi (lots of these could be potentially harmful), but things like berries & nuts are easy to identify! If you feel like becoming a foraging pro try this guide to foraging (it has images of over 100 edible plants found in the UK).
Here are a few easy ones to get you started:
• Chestnuts: The Sweet Chestnut tree produces edible nuts. These are usually roasted & eaten.
• Berries: If you’ve ever gone blackberry picking at some point in your lives, you’ll know that it grows just about anywhere! Add them to smoothies, yogurts, jams or if you’re not ready to use them yet, freeze them!
• Nettles: They can be found pretty much anywhere. Use them to make soup, tea, & nettle beer.
• Cockles/mussels: If you live by the seaside, you can also go cockle picking! Check Google to find out the best spots to go picking cockles.
I particularly like the idea of foraging because A. it’s free and B. it’s self-sufficient!
Get cashback from Groceries
TopCashback offer money back from your online & (some) in-store grocery shop! If you’re not already sign up to TopCashback what are you doing?!
When you shop online, simply sign in to your TopCashback account & click through to the store you want to shop at. By doing this, you’ll earn cashback on every purchase you make. When shopping in store you either have to set up your card to get cashback (at selected stores) on the website and shop as normal or use the snap and save page to upload your receipts – note that they only offer cashback on selected items.
Eat out on your birthday
Now I wouldn’t usually suggest eating out to save money but there is one rule to this exception – your birthday! Tons of restaurants and cafes have a policy to offer free food on customer’s birthdays!
Be birthday savvy and you could dine like royalty for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and have a few cheeky free snacks to keep for the next day) without opening your wallet once. Check out my guide to birthday freebies for the full rundown on getting your free birthday cake and eating it!
Free Graze Snacks
Graze allows you to claim your first snack box completely free (you will need to put your bank details in but don’t worry you can cancel your subscription at any time!).
They also offer you your 5th & 10th box free too!
From time to time Greggs offer freebies on their loyalty app. These freebies have included free bottles of pop, packets of crisp, sandwiches and hot drinks!
If you pay using the app you’ll also be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Greggs voucher! Winner!
Have you found a (legal) way to bag some free food? Let us know in the comments section below!