There’s something about getting free stuff that just feels great. Walking into Dunkin’ Donuts, flashing a coupon on my phone, and walking out with a free latte? It’s like the universe has temporarily suspended the law of You Get What You Pay For.
The surest way to get free stuff is to sign up for restaurant email clubs. Sure, this method can fill up your inbox quick, but to me, it’s a worthwhile trade.
To find out what email clubs are worth it, I went ahead and signed myself up for a ton of restaurants. Some sent nothin’, but for others, I hit gold. Check out the whole list below!
The best things in life are free... no entree or minimum purchase required. These spots reward your email sign-up with the gift of 100% free food! Of course, times change and so might these deals. Drop us a line at email@example.com if you sign up and get a different deal.
Au Bon Pain: Free travel mug—plus, when you bring the mug back into the store, you’ll get discounted refills for LIFE
Ben & Jerry’s: Free single scoop of ice creamBuca di Beppo: Free small spaghetti marinara, fettuccine alfredo, or baked ziti
Chili’s: Free chips with your choice of salsa, queso, or guacamole. (May I point out that the chips and guacamole also come with salsa?)
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit: Free Big Yellow Cup drinkDunkin’ Donuts: Free medium drink
IHOP: Free order of Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity pancakes. (Coupon etiquette alert: Even if you don’t buy anything, you still need to leave a nice tip.)
Krispy Kreme: Free donut
TGI Friday’s: Free appetizer or dessert, plus a “Jump the Line” pass (apparently to cut in front of your fellow restaurant patrons?)
Waffle House: Free waffle!
If you visit any of these places regularly (or just have upcoming plans), these kinds of coupons come in handy. But don’t expect to be able to sign up while you wait for your order and have an email in your inbox by dessert—restaurants have gotten wise to this trick. Sign up at least 48 hours before you’re planning to visit (and earlier if you can).
Arby’s: Free roast beef classic sandwich when you buy a drink
Buffalo Wild Wings: $5 off your order
Cold Stone Creamery: Buy one ice cream, get one freeCulver’s: Buy one value basket, get one free
Denny’s: 20% off your entire check
Domino’s Pizza: Choose two or more items for $5.99 each from a select menu
Dairy Queen: Buy one medium or bigger Blizzard, get one free (plus $3 off a Blizzard Cake)
Flat Top Grill: Free appetizer with entree purchase
Fuddruckers: $7 for a 1/3lb. burger, fries, and drink
Jamba Juice: $3 off your next purchase
Maggiano’s: $10 off a minimum purchase of $30
Maggie Moo: Buy one cup or cone with unlimited mix-ins, get one free
Olive Garden: Free app or dessert with purchase of two adult entreesOn the Border: Free bowl of original queso or sopapillas with entree purchase
Pizza Hut: Free cheese sticks with order
Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert with purchase of two adult entrees
Red Mango: $2 reward credit
Steak ‘n Shake: Buy one specialty milkshake, get one free
Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation: 20% off all adult mealsTCBY: $2 off a 6oz. cup of yogurt Did we miss any great offers? Have any of these changed since we made our list? Let us know! Or check out collection of free samples for even more free stuff.