How to get FREE Food at Restaurants

Do you remember that episode of Friends where Joey, Phoebe, and Rachel are invited out to a celebratory dinner and they’re broke so they can only afford the cheapest items on the menu (that are still expensive)? Well, that sort of thing can happen real life. It can be a bit embarrassing. But, what if there was a way around it?


Sure, these may not be expensive or fancy restaurants– but if you can suggest one of these places for your next outing, you may be able to score a free meal.

How, you ask?

These restaurants give you free food just for signing up by email or downloading their app. I’m not sure about you, but free food always tastes better!

Here you’ll find a listing of the reward programs you can join that will give you some free food with no other purchase required.

  1. TCBY – Download the TCBY App and you’ll get a free treat up to a $5 value.
  2. Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a free coffee when you enroll, on your birthday, and for every 200 points spent when enrolled in the DDPerks Rewards Program.
  3. Chili’s: Join the Chili’s Rewards program and you’ll get 60 free points just for joining, which is enough to get a free menu item.
  4. IHOP: Join IHOP’s Pancake Revolution, and you’ll get a free Rooty Tooty Fresh N’ Fruity stack of pancakes for signing up, on your membership anniversary, and on your birthday. You can also get free pancakes on IHOP Free Pancake Day.
  5. T.G.I. Friday’s: Get a free appetizer or dessert just for joining their Give Me More Stripes rewards program. You’ll also get a free dessert on your birthday.
  6. Krispy Kreme: Join Friends of Krispy Kreme and you’ll get an email for a free doughnut of your choice. There are plenty of other times during the year you can get free Krispy Kreme donuts.
  7. Panera Bread: Join MyPanera and you’ll get a free pastry item just for joining. They also give out tons of other freebies when you’re a member.
  8. Bob Evans: Sign up for the My Bob Evans email list and they’ll email you a coupon good for a free stack of hotcakes.
  9. Qdoba: Get a free order of chips and salsa or regular drink when you sign up for Qdoba Rewards.
  10. Buffalo Wild Wings: Jon the Buffalo Circle and you’ll get a coupon for a free shareable side.
  11. Cinnabon: Sign up for Club Cinnabon and you’ll get a free minibon roll at participating bakeries.
  12. Joe’s Crab Shack: Get a free appetizer when you join Joe’s Catch.
  13. Del Taco: Get 2 free grilled chicken tacos for signing up for Del Taco’s raving fan club. You’ll also get a free premium shake on your birthday.
  14. Buca di Beppo: Join the Buca eClub and you’ll get a coupon redeemable for free small pasta.
  15. Backyard Burgers: Sign up for the Backyard Burgers Clubhouse and you’ll get a coupon for a free burger emailed to you in a few weeks.
  16. Dunn Brothers Coffee: Download the Dunn Bothers Coffee Rewards App and you’ll get a free $3 credit.
  17. Moe’s Southwest Grill: Get a free cup of queso when you sign up for their Rockin’ Rewards program.
  18. Bravo! Cucina Italiana: Just for joining myBRAVO! you’ll get a free appetizer.
  19. Panchero’s Mexican Grill – Download their app and register with Facebook and you’ll get a free burrito.
  20. Golden Corral: FREE buffet on your birthday. (Or if you’re desperate, put in your birthday the day before you sign up and you’ll get the coupon within a day or two for the free buffet.)
  21. Penn Station:  FREE 6″ Sub when you download the app.

You’ll get a very good coupon redeemable for some free food with these programs, but you’ll need to make a minimum purchase to get them. Free with purchase.

  1. Arby’s: Sign up with Arby’s and you’ll get a coupon emailed to you that can be redeemed for a free roast beef classic with the purchase of a drink.
  2. Famous Dave’s: Join the Famous Nation and you’ll get a free burger or sandwich with any $5 or more purchase.
  3. Pizza Hut: Get free cheese sticks on your next online order when you sign up for Hut Lovers.
  4. Auntie Anne’s: Download the free Auntie Anne’s My Pretzel Perks app and you’ll get a free pretzel after your first purchase. They also give away a free pretzel as part of National Pretzel Day.
  5. LonHorn Steakhouse: Get a free appetizer with the purchase of one adult entree when you join their eClub.
  6. Coldstone Creamery: When you join Coldstone Creamery’s eClub,  you’ll get a coupon for a buy one creation, get one creation free.
  7. Biaggi’s: Join Club Biaggi’s and you’ll get a coupon for a free appetizer with purchase of a full-size pasta or entree.
  8. Village Inn: Sign up and get a free slice of pie with an adult entree purchase.
  9. Fazolli’s: Get a free build your own pasta with the purchase of any adult entree when you sign up for Fazoli’s efamily.
  10. Backyard Burgers: Join the Backyard Burgers Clubhouse and you’ll get a coupon for a free burger with the purchase of a burger.
  11. Dairy Queen: Get a buy one, get one free Blizzard treat coupon when you join the Blizzard Fan Club.
  12. On the Border: Sign up for Club Cantina and you’ll get free guacamole, queso, or sopapillas with a purchase of an entree.
  13. PretzelMaker: Join the PretzelMaker fan club and you’ll get a free pretzel when you buy one.
  14. Orange Julius: Get a buy one drink get one free offer when you join the Julius League.
  15. The Melting Pot: Join The Melting Pot’s Club Fondue and you’ll get a free box of chocolate-covered strawberries with a purchase of $60 or more.
  16. Bakers Square: Sign up for Bakers Square eClub and they’ll email you a coupon good for a free entree with the purchase of another adult entree and two drinks.
  17. Great American Cookies: Sign up for emails and you’ll get a coupon for a free regular cookie with purchase of a regular cookie.
  18. Black Angus Steakhouse: Join the Prime Club and you’ll get a coupon for a free dessert with purchase of an entree. You’ll also get a free steak dinner with entree purchase for your birthday.
  19. Boston Market: Join the Boston Market VIP Club and you’ll get a coupon for $3 off a purchase of $10.
  20. Johnny Carino’s: Each month you’re a member of Pasta Points, you’ll get a free offer of your choice at Johnny Carino’s that includes a free appetizer, dessert, kid’s meal, or Italian wedge salad. A purchase is required for the freebies.
  21. Checkers: Sign up for Checkers’ Flavorhood and get a coupon for a free large fry with any purchase.
  22. Johnny Rockets: Join the Rocket eClub and you’ll get a coupon good for a free burger with the purchase or any entree and drink.
  23. Chevys Fresh Mex: Join Chevy’s eClub and you’ll get a free appetizer with two adult entrees.
  24. Culver’s: Culver’s has two offers – join the eClub and you’ll get a free value basket with a purchase of a value basket, or join the text club and get a free scoop of frozen custard with any purchase.
  25. Country Kitchen: Get a free short stack of pancakes with a minimum purchase when you join their eClub.
  26. UNO Pizzeria & Grill: When you join the Uno Insider’s Club, you’ll be emailed a coupon to get a free mini-dessert with the purchase of an entree.
  27. Juice It Up: Sign up for the Smooth eClub and you’ll get a free juice or smoothie with purchase of a medium or larger juice or smoothie.
  28. Friendly’s: Join the Friendly’s BFF Club and get a buy one burger get one free coupon.
  29. First Watch: Join the First Watch Sun eClub and you’ll get a free entree when you buy one.
  30. El Torito: Get a free appetizer with two adult entrees when you sign up for their eClub.
  31. Gold Star Chili: Get a free regular 3-way when you buy one for joining.
  32. Acapulco: You’ll get a free appetizer with the purchase of two adult entrees when you sign up for their eClub.
  33. BGR The Burger Joint: Get a free burger with the purchase of any side and a fountain drink when you sign up for their eClub.
  34. C.B. & Potts: Sign up and you’ll get a free burger or chicken sandwich with purchase of a second burger or chicken sandwich.
  35. Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: Join their CapAddicts eClub and you’ll get a free upsize from a 9″ to a 12″ sub.
  36. Duke’s Chowder House: Sign up for Duke’s VIP Club and you’ll get a buy one get one lunch or dinner entree offer.


Hopefully these will be useful to you, I know they have been for me.



Fight Club – Was Tyler Durden a Minimalist?

If you’ve ever seen the movie Fight Club (which, I hope you have – if not, go watch it right away), then you’ve probably noticed a thing or two about Tyler Durden.

Warning: Spoiler Alert –

According the the Fight Club wiki fan page, “Tyler Durden is the Narrator’s split personality. He was created by the perfect storm of the Narrator’s insomnia-induced insanity and his frustration with a hollow life of wage-slavery and consumerism. He is the manifestation of the completely free person the Narrator wishes he could be.”



Here are some quotes from Fight Club. I’ll let you decide if he was a minimalist.

  • The things you own end up owning you.
  • If you are reading this, then this warning is for you: Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think everything you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity, you will become a statistic. You have been warned.
  • It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
  • You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
  • Fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns. I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let’s evolve—let the chips fall where they may.
  • Reject the basic assumptions of civilization—especially the importance of material possessions.
  • The liberator who destroyed my property has realigned my perceptions.
  • Do you know what a duvet is? It’s a blanket. Just a blanket. Now why do guys like you and me know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then? We are consumers. We’re the byproducts of a lifestyle obsession.
  • Man, I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. Goddammit, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables—slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man: No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war; our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.
  • We’re consumers. We are the byproducts of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty—these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra…fuck Martha Stewart. Martha’s polishing the brass on the Titanic. It’s all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns.
  • What do you want? Wanna go back to the shit job, fucking condo world, watching sitcoms? Fuck you—I won’t do it.
  • Explaining consumerism: We are all part of the same compost heap.
  • A metaphor for the modern consumer-driven lifestyle: How embarrassing—a house full of condiments and no food.
  • Hitting bottom isn’t a weekend retreat. It’s not a goddamn seminar. Stop trying to control everything, and just let go! LET GO!
  • Only after disaster can we be resurrected.


We should all learn something here and start ridding ourselves of corporate, consumerism, and cultural influences that control our lives. “Our lives are ending one minute at a time.” Do what makes you happy. Don’t let third parties dictate what we want and feel. Be you, not your things.