how to get free food all year round.
Calling all students, broke young people or frugal Freddie's – How does free food sound? Yes, FREE!
Getting by as a student or a young person on a budget can be tricky, so we have some ways for you to take advantage of the freebies around you!
A free app used by people just like me and you. Users upload any food (or non-food) items they no longer need. Just simply browse free items, reserve them, and pick them up at a designated time slot you arrange. The best part is, Olio also features local bakeries, cafés, and restaurants. This means your local Costa, Pret or Starbucks may upload their pastries or sandwiches, free of charge.
Another nifty free app, primarily used by businesses. Local café’s, supermarkets or restaurants upload cheap or sometimes free ‘magic’ boxes! These almost always include savoury pastries, sandwiches, cakes and fresh produce. Like Olio, you browse and book a pick-up slot – but you'll have to be quick, these magic boxes get grabbed up very quick!
Signing up to apps is one of the easiest ways to get freebies. Food apps will almost always give you free drinks, free starters or big discounts, just for downloading! You do have to sign up to their newsletters so I’d recommend using an old email, or starting a new email dedicated for discounts and newsletters.
Sign up to their app and get a free appetizer! TGI’s are known for their freebies, so don’t be surprised when they send you the occasional free cocktail or sides.
Sign up to their newsletter and you’ll be gifted a free original glazed doughnut just for registering. They will also give you a free doughnut of your choice on your birthday, not to mention countless discounts throughout the year. There most common offer year-round is their BOGOF dozen boxes, double doughnuts for the price of one!
Download the app and you receive a free side! These include their popcorn chicken, hot wings, or if you want something a little more veggie, their fries and ice cream sundaes.
The following restaurants offer occasional freebies, so it’s worth checking them out.
Known for giving away free Big Macs, fries and drinks. Their app is the only known way to receive these rare freebies.
Has previously offered free six-inch subways and cookies. Cookies are the easiest freebie to receive, simply leave them a review and a subway cookie is all yours. (It's also worth asking for any cookies available near closing time as they will most likely get chucked at the end of the day - you may get some for free.) The free subs, however, have only been given away on ‘World Sandwich Day’ in previous years. Whether they’ll continue this tradition this year, we aren’t sure, but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye out!
(These freebies and discounts were available at the time of writing and may not be available now.)