If you weren’t on a food plan in college, likely you were subsisting on ramen and pizza. But once you’ve graduated, you look forward to better culinary fare. Tragically, if you’re overburdened with student loans and underburdened with income, you may find yourself back on the noodle train. Not cool. Our suggestion? Learn the fine art of mooching for food. Here are nine tips for scoring free eats – bon appétit!
#1 Hit up happy hour buffets
Tell the bartender you’re a designated driver and you’ll get a free soda. Stuff your face, sip your Pepsi, and then clear out before they figure out you’re alone…
#2 Munch free refills at movies
Only go to theaters that have free refills. Keep your bag and cup and use it until it melts. (P.S. Only go to cheap matinees!)
#3 In late, out early maneuver
Show up to dinner after everyone orders, munch off their plates and then fake an emergency and leave before the check comes.
#4 Get religion!
Look for pancake breakfasts and potluck dinners. You eat for free, the food rocks, and you can ask for a prayer to end your student loan plague!
#5 Culture plus calories
Scan the web for free art gallery and museum exhibit openings with fine wine and appetizers – go get your snob on!
#6 Pull a dinner drop-in
Show up at the homes of friends/family to “borrow a book.” They’ll have to ask you to stay. Decline once, but grudgingly accept when they offer again.
#7 Creep around Costco
Print out a free one day pass and go gorge yourself on samples. On Fridays, vendors line the aisles and hand out nibbles!
#8 Never pass on a party
Never RSVP “no” to any party – especially one that doesn’t require a present! Free food, drink, and at no cost to you!
#9 Keep a freeloader file
Be sure to keep track of when you mooch and who you mooch from so you don’t get busted for taking advantage…
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