How to get Free and Super Cheap Food!

What if you Could get Your Groceries for Free? How Much Could you Save?

Groceries take up a huge chunk of the household budget. Below I have shared discount codes, coupons and tips to reduce your groceries. For more frugal tips, over 100 frugal recipes, ideas for leftovers and ways to make money check out The Ultimate Guide to Make and Save Money at Home

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EveryPlate has 40% off your first box and HelloFresh offers $50 off your first box too. 

1.) Discounts + Free Delivery + 5% off Gift Cards!

Through Cash Rewards, you can get cashback your grocery shop if done online. Activate Cash Rewards when you are on the Woolworths website.

New customers also get free delivery! Plus, get an Everyday Rewards Card to collect points and get $10 off your shop occasionally! (Note, do not increase your spending to get more points. It isn’t worth it). Cash Rewards also has an option for 5% off gift cards.

Also, big discounts on meal deliveries. HelloFresh (get $50 off) and EveryPlate (get 40% off). I’ve used them all. 

2.) Play the Shops Against Each Other

Humans are creatures of habit, but this can result in lost savings! Spread your shopping between the supermarkets and you will get sent better offers. Sign up to FlyBuys, Everyday Rewards and whatever other loyalty programs you find for your supermarkets.

Do not shop at the same one every week. Instead, shop at one for a few weeks, then another or split your shopping between Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and anywhere else. Supermarkets track how you shop, how much you spend, what you buy and send offers accordingly. The more you spend in one store, the more you will have to spend to get great rewards.

Supermarkets regularly send out offers such as spend $xx for the next 3 weeks to get 10,000 points! If you only spend $50 at each shop, they will only ask you to spend $60 or something similar to your regular spending habits.

If you regularly spend over $100 they will want you to spend $120 or $150 each week to get the same deal! By splitting your shopping, buying only what is on sale and using your reward cards, you maximise the discounts supermarkets will give you.

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    3.) Get Cash Back

    I have 3 main sites I use for this, depending on which one has the best offer when I am shopping. Cash Rewards , Shopback and Honey. Cash Rewards and Shopback offer cash back only. Whereas Honey scans for discount codes you can use as well.

    Find a list of Australian discount and cash back sites or apps here.

    4.) Search Deal Sites

    Groupon is free to join here and it has massive discounts on hampers, toiletries and other groceries items regularly, plus I have seen discount gift cards for Woolworths. Check deal sites regularly or set up alerts for food-related discounts.

    5.) Access Birthday and Similar Freebies

    We have a huge list of Aussie birthday freebies here, many of which are meals. These aren’t ongoing options but good around your birthday (and for other family members if you get everyone signed up!)

    6.) Try Samples

    Keep an eye out for free samples. The other week a company offered free cheese. You can check out our full list of freebies here and we share any we come across on our Facebook page here as well as our Facebook group here.

    7.) Mystery Shopping

    Mystery shopping involves you going to a shop on behalf of a company, purchasing what they ask, possibly take photos and filling out a form about it. It can be time-consuming but it can also provide groceries, food and even holidays. Find out more here.

    8.) Foraging

    I am not a dumpster diver but I have foraged berries, herbs and similar produce growing in the wild or asked neighbours if we can pick fruit they clearly aren’t picking. Find out where to get fruit, herbs and vegetables through this map.

    9.) Receipts and Surveys

    Do the survey on your receipt and you can get $5 off, bonus reward points and other offers. Many large supermarkets have this as an option now.

    10.) Discounts, Coupons and Offers

    If you thought Australia doesn’t have coupons or amazing discounts, think again. We have listed 12 ways to get coupons and discounts here plus a post here on how to get discounts on everything! Not all of it applies to groceries, but you’d be surprised at what is out there.

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      11.) Enter Competitions

      I have won hampers, meals, restaurant vouchers, snack packs and other food through blog giveaways and other competitions. While you won’t win all the time, you have to be in it to win it. I’ve found blog and social media giveaways are easier to win. Check out where to find the best Aussie comps and giveaways to enter.

      12.) Barter

      Do you have something you can swap for food? Maybe you grow herbs and can barter with next door for some plums? Bartering doesn’t need to be limited to swapping similar things, you can swap services such as mowing someone’s lawn, babysitting, cleaning or anything else. It’s a matter of doing an exchange you are both happy with.

      13.) End Of Day Freebies

      Some restaurants, bakeries, cafes and other food businesses offer end of the day freebies or massive discounts. Some pass the day old bread onto churches and similar. Find out who does it in your area and how you can access it.

      14.) Food Banks and Community Pantries

      If you are in need, there are specific food banks and community pantries available to assist those who cannot afford groceries. Proof of being on a pension, having a low income or other needs may be necessary to gain access to it.

      At Christmas, there are many who will open their doors and allow you to pre-order hampers as well which can include meat. My recommendation is to leave these options unless you are truly are in need. Being frugal is fun, be ethical about it though. Don’t be too proud to access any services if you are in need though!

      15.) Points From Survey Sites

      Sites such as Swagbucks will let you convert the points into gift cards at stores such as Big W, Dan Murphy’s and Wish gift cards which you can then use on groceries.

      16.) Go To The Markets As They Close

      If you head to a farmer or produce market just before it closes you will often find everything drastically reduced. We get our meat for less than wholesale prices this way, free range eggs for a fraction of the cost in stores and large boxes of fruit and vegetables for the price of one kilo of the produce normally.

      How do you get free food? 

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        1. Thank you for all the work you do. I read almost everything you write, even when it sounds familiar. I find I often forget things which I KNOW I’ve read before, and not put into practice.

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