Free samples of food like snacks, sweets, drinks, meats, produce, and more are given out almost all the time. All you have to do to get them is to be on the look-out for these freebies, and know a few ways on how to get them.
Below you will find our top 10 ways to get free samples of food, but you can also score some other free goods like beauty supplies, cleaning samples, and other household items.
Top 10 Ways to Get Free Food Samples
1. Your Local Hypermarkets
Go to your local big hypermarket chains, and you will more than likely able to find a ton of free samples of food every time you go in.
Walmart for example is pretty well known to host a lot of free samples on Thursday and on the weekends, so make sure you and check them out.
You can also check out Costco and Target, they usually have some free food sample sections throughout their stores.
Many times you will find snacks, meats, cheeses, drinks, sweets, and other food samples to try out. You can probably fill in and skip lunch just by going through a stroll in one of these department stores.
2. Your Neighborhood Shops
Big box stores aren’t the only ones offering free samples of food. Check out your neighborhood shops as well. From grocery stores to deli’s and even coffee shops, there’s always a small business trying to gain more customers by offering free products.
Of course, it depends on what area you live in, but usually many of these smaller grocery stores will host events that include free food samples on weekends. So make sure you go check them out.
Hint: Take a look at what events are happening around your area ahead of time, you can search online or go for a walk outside and check out some posters.
3. Free Food from Takeaway Apps
There are many takeaway companies that offer you free food the first time you sign up to order through their app.
For example, takeaway and delivery apps like Uber Eats will offer you some discounts on your first order, and if the order is small enough you can basically get it for free.
Other delivery apps like Delivery.com, Grubhub, and Seamless will have reward clubs where you get to earn points with every order you make through the app. You can then redeem those points and turn them into gift cards, and other goodies.
4. Use Coupons
Yes, you read that correctly, people still use coupons. And believe it or not, couponing is still one of the best ways to get free food and save a lot of money when going grocery shopping.
You don’t even need to stack coupons in your wallet like George Costanza anymore, you can use a more modern solution, like for example your phone or on your store loyalty card if you have one (and you should).
To find out fresh coupons for your favorite food brands you can check some online sites like Coupons.com and RetailMeNot.com, but you can also get them from going into stores, check out your receipt most of the time it has a coupon on it.
5. Get free coffee or tea when you shop
You can go sign up for an Ikea Family Card and get to enjoy a hot beverage every time you pass by their restaurant when you’re going to do some shopping at IKEA.
There are also many other stores except IKEA that offers this, but it depends on your local area, so be on the lookout next time you get to your favorite corner coffee shop, they might have some great deals or freebies.
6. Become a mystery diner
Did you know that you can get paid to go and eat free foods at restaurants around your town? Well, now you know. It’s called mystery shopping, or in this case dining.
Restaurants are interested in knowing how good their service is and for this, they need to hire people to act like regular customers.
To get started, all you have to do is check out some sites and see if there are any mystery dining offers in your area. A couple of popular sites are Bestmark.com and MarketForce.com.
After that, all you have to do is find a “job”, go to the restaurant, order and eat, and then fill out a quick survey to give the owners feedback on your whole experience.
Most of the time the “pay” is simply just the free food that you have served, but some will even pay you extra money on top of the free food. That’s a win-win situation in our eyes.
7. Use supermarket cashback apps
Big supermarket chains like Walmart, Costco, and Target, have cashback apps that you can download and check for offers at any time.
Usually, the offers don’t always offer 100% free food all the time, but they do have some pretty substantial discounts, and often than not they will also include some free food too.
8. Browse Sites That Post Free Samples of Food
The internet has everything, including websites that post regularly deals where you can get free samples of food and other goods and items. Most of the time you will even find out directions and instructions on how to get that free sample mailed to you.
So here are a few popular freebie sites:
Free Samples – is a website where you can go and immediately see a list of free samples of food or other household items.
We checked the site and found out they have added some new freebies such as Free Fries at Steak n Shake, Free Nightfood Ice Cream Sample, Cinnamon toast crunch, and more good stuff.
Make sure to also sign up for their newsletter as they promise to send more exclusive freebies to their email list.
Freeflys – Similar to FreeSamples, Freeflys also has a great collection of free items including food samples. Some of their recent freebies include Free Bags of Cheetos, El Yucateco hot sauce that you can get for free, a sample pack of Italian tomato cans, and free organic protein powder.
Check out their free food samples page to see all the good stuff that they have available.
Gratsy is an awesome community where you can join and get sent free samples based on your personality and lifestyle.
To get started you should head out to their website and then start talking with their Facebook Messenger bot to answer some quick questions about yourself to get paired with samples that make sense for you.
You don’t need a credit card to sign up and there are no other gimmicks involved other than simply sharing your feedback about the products and free samples that you will receive from them.
Free Stuff Times – As the name suggests, this site has a ton of free items available for you to get your hands on. But more importantly, they have a page filled with free food samples. You can also find coupons and other contests on their website if you decide to join and sign up for their newsletter as well.
Sample Source – Another great site offering a variety of stuff including free food samples. You will have to register and create an account, answer a few questions about your lifestyle and after that, you get to pick some samples that you would like to try. You will then get them delivered to you free of charge.
All you have to do is rate the products and give honest feedback about them and that’s it.
Bzz Agent – is a website that’s similar to Sample Source and Gratsy, but they have some unique freebies as well. So make sure to also join their site, create a profile, and sign up to receive free samples of food and other goods.
Some of their participating leading brands include Nestle, Hershey’s (free chocolate anyone?), P&G, L’oreal, Purina, Gilette, and more.
Tryspree – You will find a variety of freebies on Tryspree not just free food samples, but last time we checked the site they had free samples of Mountain Dew Melon, coffee pods, and even some vitamins and supplements.
MySavings – also lists a bunch of freebies that they find from all over the internet, and lists them in categories on their website. On their Free Samples of Food page, I was able to find: Free wavy chips, Free buffalo wild wings, Free Baguettes, and pizza dough, and more.
9. Sign up for newsletters
You know how you enter a website and you immediately get a pop-up asking you to sign up for their newsletter? Well, don’t ignore these anymore, because you could get free samples of food and other everyday items that you use (like shaving razors, soap, etc).
It only takes you a minute or so to sign-up, and you don’t have to do anything else after that, just wait to receive occasional newsletters from the company, and maybe they will include some free goodies too.
So next time you’re shopping or browsing online grocery stores, or your favorite brand’s website, make sure you sign-up for their newsletter to receive potential discounts, rewards, and free samples.
10. Contact manufacturers directly
But what if your favorite food brands or stores don’t have any newsletter forms on their site? How can you get free samples of food then? Well, you can always contact them directly through their website contact page or even message them on social media and straight up ask for free samples.
Sure, it might seem like a bold move, especially for some of us introverts out there, but there’s nothing you can lose anyway, other than a few minutes that it takes to actually do it.
Where do you get free samples of food?
So where do you get your free samples of food from? Share your tips with the world in the comments down below, especially if you know some super ninja tactics that we’re not aware of.