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15 Ways to Get Free Food from Your Favorite Restaurants

There IS such a thing as a free lunch (or appetizer, or breakfast) if you know when to visit these restaurants.


Free food at Ruby Tuesday

Whether you frequent this classic Americana joint for its savory burgers or its fresh Garden Bar offerings (or both!), the So Connected club has something for you. Immediately after you join this free email club, you get a coupon for a free appetizer with a purchase of an adult entree. So Connected members should also come in on their birthdays to get a free burger or garden bar entree. For more penny-pinching food tips, get a look at the eateries that offer the best deals for your money.

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Free food at Long John Silver's

Ahoy, matey! To celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, exchange some fun pirate jargon for free food. On September 19, would-be buccaneers were able to get a free fried Twinkie at Long John Silver's if they *arrrr* willing to talk like a pirate. Check in again next year to see if they run this promotion again. Not to be outdone, Krispy Kreme has offered free donuts to celebrants of this holiday in past years. (And rumor has it that customers in pirate costumes would get a full free dozen!)

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Free food at Carvel

You scream, I scream, we all scream for free ice cream! At Carvel every "Wednesday is Sundae." When you buy one soft-serve ice cream sundae, Carvel will give you another one for free. Ice cream fanatics won't want to miss this ongoing 2-for-1 deal each Wednesday. If you want to save even more money, keep an eye out for these 10 most overpriced foods you'll find on restaurant menus

HICKORY, NC, USA-15 AUGUST 18: A Checkers Fast food restaurant, an American chain headquartered in Tampa, Florida.MilesbeforeIsleep/Shutterstock

Free food at Checkers

If you're new to the Checkers scene, you've got to try their famously seasoned (and seriously addictive) cracked pepper and salted fries. By signing up for a Checkers' Flavorhood membership, you'll receive a coupon for a free large fry with any purchase. And as a Flavorhood member, you'll also be the first to know about the latest promotions, coupons, and contests at Checkers.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA/USA DECEMBER 22, 2015: Johnny Rockets restaurant exterior and sign. Johnny Rockets is an American restaurant franchise.Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

Free food at Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets offers a fun dine-in experience that takes you back in time with a classic 1950s diner feel. The restaurant is best known for its classic shakes and burgers, a sweet and salty combo that will have your taste buds salivating. Now you can snag yourself a free burger with your purchase of an entree or drink when you sign up for the Rocket e-club. Plus, you can even buy discounted movie tickets at select locations as a part of Johnny Rockets' Movie Meal Deal. Here are some more tips from restaurant workers on how to save money while dining out for dinner. 

KUWAIT - DEC 8: T.G.I's Friday sign in Kuwait City. TGI Fridays is an american themed restaurant chain which is popular in arabic countries. December 8, 2014 in Kuwait, Middle EastPhilip Lange/Shutterstock

Free food at T.G.I. Fridays

Sign up for their Fridays Rewards program and you'll get a free appetizer or dessert for simply joining including a free birthday treat with the purchase of an entrèe and more free food as you earn points. Members-only treats and getting passes to skip the line for a table are just a few other sweet perks you can get as a rewards member.  Now that you know the best spots for free food, learn the 14 secret menu items you should be ordering at your favorite restaurants.

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