Pexels At: StokpicYou’ve probably heard of the expression ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ about a million times! Yet, we’re telling you it’s entirely possible to enjoy complimentary food and drink, obtain fantastic discounts on meals out and enjoy a romantic three-course dinner for two for next to nothing! Become A Food Blogger Believe it or not, these days companies are willing to give free food away to people as long as they, tweet, Instagram and Snapchat it so in other words as long as they share it on social media. One of the quickest, most rewarding ways to eat for free is to set yourself up as a food blogger, start by reviewing local eateries and before you know it you’ll be invited to sample the menu of somewhere a little more upmarket. A good food blogger always takes their camera, even if the restaurant’s PR firm said they`d provide pictures, orders something off the menu to see how the chef copes with pressure and makes sure they get the review published promptly. Do Something For Someone Else If we’ve babysat a friend’s kids, helped someone move or looked after your boss’s annoying pet terrier while they’re out of town without complaining you’ll often be taken out to dinner, or at least coffee to say thank you. Why not cash? Unless the service was in a professional capacity, i.e. you’re a proofreader and were approached by your friend to look over their novel for a fee it’s seen as rather rude to offer a cash payment for a good deed. For instance, if you’ve got a spare amp and speakers lying around and someone in your area’s looking to play a gig you could give them a ring, or list your items on a peer to peer equipment rental site. Once the deal’s gone through they may give you cash, or a discount on something that they have to sell like that gorgeous ice blue electric guitar. Visit A Community Cafe Community or outreach cafe’s often serve meals for people on a low income, or because the town has pulled together to create something special like a park and people want to give back to the volunteers. Community cafe’s often employ culinary school students looking for experience, so you eating there not only boosts their confidence, but gives them the chance to see what it’s like in a busy professional kitchen. Some places let you eat for free as long as you do an hour’s table service, washing plates or taking customer’s orders after. Smaller delis also have snack plates that are complimentary to regular customers. Birthday Freebies So many restaurants including TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts have ‘birthday clubs’ where, if you sign up, you’ll get free drinks, dessert, starters or a $25 bar tab the week of your birthday. Which means, depending on how many places you sign up with, you could eat like a king one week of the year without spending a single penny. Don’t forget about store samples either! You’ll find supermarkets and grocery stores often hand out complimentary cakes, snacks, and crackers to get honest customer feedback for their marketing teams.