Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Land of the free!

Whoever said, “there is no such thing as a free lunch” did not do his homework. With a little digging, finding a complimentary meal isn’t as hard as you may think. Some may require a little bit of elbow grease on your part, but at least your bank account remains untouched. With a few of these tips, you may actually end up with money!

Social events and festivals are a great way to fill your belly without working to hard for it. Small artisan businesses actually want you to try their new bbq sauce on hot dog or burger samples. With the high foot traffic, getting seconds or thirds will probably remain unnoticed. Want a whole meal? Offer to help for free in the booths. Meeting new people, probably getting a tan, and dinner sounds like a great day to me.

Want to get paid to eat for free? Become a taste tester. There are food labs all over the U.S. that want your opinion, and are willing to shell out up to $50.00 an hour for it. Large corporations rely on these companies to find out if their food is even worth pushing on the general public. Be aware that you have to fit specific requirements for that test. Age, tax information, and where you live may be asked of you.

Hit up your local farmers markets for fresh goods on their last leg. Farmers often have produce that cannot be sold for regulatory reasons. If you are willing to take a little risk than ask for what they can’t sell. If they say no, than move on to the next willing soul. Most people with a heart would rather see it go to you than the trash.

So step out of your comfort zone and eat on less than your budget for once. With these ideas and little creativity on your part, you might even be able to eat “on the house” permanently. Free just tastes better anyways, doesn’t it?

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