Whether inflation has your budget a tad tighter than normal or perhaps you just love the thrill of finding a good deal, it is pretty accurate to say that we all love free food. It is mind-blowing how many places will offer free food just for joining an app or signing up by e-mail.
These deals are plentiful if you know where to look so we have rounded up a list of 73 restaurants that offer free food for app or email signups.
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How Do I Get Free Food?
Signing up for the free food offers listed below is very easy. Most of the time it is just entering your e-mail or downloading the app and registering. You are then rewarded with the free food right away.
In most cases, you will receive an email confirming your reward along with extra details.
A few of the restaurants wait about 24 hours before they send you a sweet deal, but this article makes sure to note which ones you would have to wait a bit before enjoying.
It is also important to note that these deals are the current deals on the market. Many restaurants have revolving deals, so it could be that next month, or even in the next quarter, the deal is slightly different.
What matters the most though is that regardless of the deal, you are still getting free food with a simple e-mail signup or app download.
73 Free Food Offers for App and Email Signups
Let’s take a look below at these 73 restaurants that have some crazy good deals for free food:
#1 Atlanta Bread Company
Atlanta Bread Company: Immediately enjoy a free bakery item on them when you sign up for their e-club. If you aren’t sure which free item to choose from their amazing options, their melt-in-your-mouth Cheese Danish is oh-so-tasty!
#2 Andy’s Frozen Custard
Andy’s Frozen Custard: Download their app and join their Yum Squad, and you will receive a free treat following your first visit.
Arby’s: Sign up for their e-mails by creating an account and you will get a free Classic Roast Beef with the purchase of a full-price menu item on your next Arby’s order.
#4 Auntie Anne’s
Auntie Anne’s: Download their app and with your first purchase of $1 you will get a free pretzel reward.
A&W: Rest assured you will get free food with this app download as they will send you a special, root beer float for your birthday.
#6 Backyard Burgers
Backyard Burgers: Get a free, Backyard Classic Burger just for using your e-mail to sign up.
#7 Baskin Robbins
Baskin Robbins: Enjoy a free regular scoop when you download their app and sign up for mobile deals. Plus, they will send you coupons through the app so that is an added bonus.
#8 Ben & Jerry’s
Ben and Jerry’s: Ben and Jerry’s keeps their signups simple. Just sign up with your e-mail and cell phone number and when you go to their store, use your phone number at checkout to get 10% off all orders. They will also send you a free scoop coupon for your birthday and other rewards through e-mail.
#9 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Sign up as a member to receive a free Pizookie when you sign up and on your birthday. Double bonus savings here!
#10 Black Bear Diner
Black Bear Diner: Get a free meal just for signing up for this e-mail club. Breakfast has never tasted better.
#11 Blaze Pizza
Blaze Pizza: Join Blaze Rewards and immediately receive a coupon for $5 off $25 on your first order. Five dollars of free food for this e-mail signup sounds oh-so-yummy.
#12 Bob Evans
Bob Evans: Sign up in their app and they will send you a coupon for a free, original Farmer’s Choice Breakfast. Three pancakes, breakfast meat, 2 eggs cooked to order and hashbrowns all for free.
Bojangles: Download and create a login in their app and you will get a free Bo’s chicken sandwich.
#14 Buca di Beppo
Buca di Beppo: Tap into the inner Italian in you as you savor $10 worth of free food when you join their e-club.
#15 Burger King
Burger King: Although Burger King does not technically give free food at sign-up, their deal is pretty sweet. Download and use their app to order and you can upsize your fries, drink, hashbrowns or coffee for free once a day. Every order you make through their app will also get you points to free food.
#16 Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings: This reward will not come immediately with an app download, but once you sign up for their rewards program, you will start earning points towards free food. Technically, you do not even have to make a purchase because you can earn points on this free food app by checking in at the bar, telling them your favorite teams and playing games while in-store or close by.
#17 California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen: Sign your e-mail up to their rewards program and you will instantly get a free small meal. If you keep on using their apps with purchases, you will be able to accrue and redeem points for free food.
#18 Caribou Coffee
Caribou Coffee: Sign up to be a Caribou Perks Points member and you will get a free (any size) drink after your first visit.
Checkers: Sign up for the Checker and Rally’s Rewards Program and you will automatically receive 250 points which puts you at the halfway point to receiving a $5 reward for free food.
#20 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Join Cheddar’s Eclub and you will get a free order of chips and queso just for signing up.
Chili’s: Theirs is the gift that keeps on giving! Join their rewards program and you will receive free chips and salsa with every visit. They will also send you personalized rewards like free kid’s meals, desserts, drinks, among others from time to time.
Chipotle: Nothing is possibly better than Texmex food – oh wait, how about FREE Texmex food? Download their app and sign up for e-mails to receive a free order of chips and guac after your first visit. They will also send you a special birthday reward.
Cinnabon: Download the Cinnabon Rewards app and you will soon be enjoying a free 4 count Bonbites just for joining.
Coldstone: Join the Coldstone E-club and you will automatically receive a buy one get one free creation coupon loaded to your account for your birthday.
#25 Corner Bakery
Corner Bakery: Use your e-mail to be a part of the Corner Bakery E-club and you will get instant access to a $5 reward for some of their scrumptious food items.
Culver’s: Join the MyCulver’s Club, answer a few questions and you will receive a buy one get one free Value Basket coupon.
#27 Del Taco
Del Taco: Download their new Del Yeah! App to receive two free The Del Tacos upon registration.
Denny’s: Although not technically an entire free food item, if you sign up with your e-mail for their Rewards Program, you will get a coupon for 20% off your next order.
#29 Einstein Bros Bagels
Einstein Bros Bagels: Get a free bagel and schmear when you sign up to the Schmear Society Rewards program with your e-mail.
#30 Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs: Sign up for Firehouse Rewards and receive a free drink with the purchase of a sub.
#31 Golden Corral
Golden Corral: This endless buffet option offers a coupon for $5 off $25 on your meal when you sign up for their rewards program.
Hardee’s: Free sandwich? Yes, please! Sign your e-mail up for their rewards program and you will receive a FREE Western Bacon Cheeseburger, Famous Star or Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich with a minimum $1 purchase.
Hooter’s: Register on the Hooter’s App and you will be the proud recipient and connoisseur of a delicious, free order of fried pickles.
#35 Jersey Mike’s
Jersey Mike’s: Join their e-mail club and you can snack away on a free sub on your birthday.
#36 Jimmy John’s
Jimmy John’s: Use your e-mail to sign up and receive a free sandwich after your first order with Freaky Fast Rewards.
#37 Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme: Use your e-mail to sign up for the Sweetest Rewards Around Program and you will receive a free donut.
#38 La Madelaine
La Madelaine: Use your e-mail to join their rewards program and you will receive a free Lemon Madelaine or a butter croissant.
Lemonade: Sign up your e-mail and you will get a $2 reward to use on any item.
Magiano’s: Sign up for their rewards program and get a $10 coupon for free food on your next visit.
McDonald’s: Download the app and get an instant reward of a free, 10-piece nugget!
#42 Melting Pot
Melting Pot: This deal is a little too sweet not to pass up. Sign up and you will get an order of six Signature Dipper Strawberries for free!
#43 Moe’s Southwest Grill
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Sign up for e-mails and you will get an awesome, free queso dip. They will also send a free burrito coupon on your birthday, so you will not want to miss out on this program.
Newk’s: Get a free drink just for signing up! Refer a friend and you will get a free slice of cake.
O’Charley’s: Use your e-mail to sign up and be rewarded with a free appetizer! Let me just say that the Buffalo Shrimp App looks a little too tasty to pass up on this reward…
#46 On The Border
On the Border: Get a free dessert just for signing up with your e-mail. Use their rewards program when you order and you will get 1 point for every dollar that you spend which you can redeem for free food.
#47 Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom: You will be sure to find free food near you with this e-mail sign up! Just for signing up, you will receive a free app (worth up to $10) and they will send you a coupon for free pizza on your birthday.
#48 Panera Bread
Panera Bread: Get a free pastry, sweet treat or bagel just for signing up.
#49 Pizza Inn
Pizza Inn: Enjoy a free, medium chocolate Pizzert within 24 hours of signing up your e-mail.
Popeye’s: Take advantage of this awesome deal for a free regular side, small drink or apple pie when you sign up for e-mails!
Qdoba: You cannot go wrong with a free chips and queso order for this e-mail sign up.
Quiznos: Get a five-dollar reward for free food when you download the app and place your first order.
#53 Raising Cane’s
Raising Cane’s: You can immediately start snacking away on this free box combo you will get when you sign up for the Caniac Club.
#54 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews: Get free food with this e-mail sign up as they will send you a free birthday burger PLUS every 10th item is free.
#55 Rubio’s Coastal Grill
Rubio’s Coastal Grill: Sign up for Rubio’s Rewards and you will get $5 of free food on your first order.
#56 Ruby Tuesday
Ruby Tuesday: Join their e-mail club and get $5 of free food on your first order.
#57 Smoothie King
Smoothie King: Get $2 worth of free food when you sign up for their rewards program.
#58 Steak ‘n Shake
Steak ‘n Shake: Nothing tastes as good as a free milkshake! Start sipping on your free reward once you sign up for e-mails.
Sonic: You will definitely want to download this app for free food because every time place an order through the app, you only have to pay half the price on drinks and slushes! That’s a pretty sweet deal.
Surcheros: They are giving you something to taco’ bout! This friendly TexMex chain rewards you with a free small cheese dip when you download their app and sign up for their rewards program. They will also send you a free birthday entrée, so make sure you keep your email signed up for rewards.
#61 Taco Bell
Taco Bell: Choose from several tasty options to select a free reward when you download their app and sign up as a member! Plus, you will get a free Mountain Dew Baja Blast on your birthday.
#62 Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse: Snack away on a free appetizer that you will receive within 48 hours of signing up for their rewards program.
#63 TGI Friday’s
TGI Friday’s: We’re all thankful when it is Friday, but we’re even more thankful when TGI Friday’s gives us free chips and salsa at every visit because we’ve used our e-mail to sign up for rewards.
#64 Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Tropical Smoothie Café: Experience the beach vibes as you sip away on the free smoothie you will get after your first purchase through their app.
#65 Waffle House
Waffle House: Be a member of their Regulars Club by signing up your e-mail and you will instantly receive an order for free hashbrowns. Pair those free hashbrowns with a crispy waffle and you’ve got yourself an awesome deal for breakfast!
#66 Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers: Sign up your e-mail for this exclusive deal: a free classic burger after your first purchase as a member.
Wendy’s: Don’t walk, but run for this reward. This one is one of the best deals out there. When you sign up for their rewards program, you will get a free 10-piece chicken nugget as well as 150 reward points which translate to a free small Frosty.
#68 Which Wich
Which Wich: Join the Vibe Club Rewards and start vibing as you are sipping your free drink just for signing up.
#69 Wild Wing Cafe
Wild Wing Cafe: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! Download this app to get free, 6 piece wings with a $5 purchase.
Willy’s: Join this Texmex’s e-mail club and you will get a coupon for 50% off your burrito.
Wingstop: Use your e-mail to sign up for e-mails and get a free small order of fries just for signing up.
Yogurtland: Register your e-mail and you will get enough points to be halfway to a free $5 reward for free, frozen fro-yo. Earn the rest of the rewards by getting 2 points for every dollar you spend.
Zaxby’s: Join the Zax Fanz Club and get a free Zaxby’s Signature Chicken Sandwich just for signing up.
How to Sign up or Download the App
Although you might be a little worried about how to receive these extensive deals just know it is as easy as signing up with your e-mail or downloading the app.
If the requirement was just for you to sign up your e-mail for free food, it should come pretty quickly to your inbox.
If it is been a minute and you haven’t seen the deal come through, you may want to check your Spam folder or your Promotions folder as sometimes new emails end up going there.
Once you get to the restaurant, pull out your phone and show them your free food deal email and you will be good to go.
If the free food requirement involved you downloading an app and signing up, just go to your App Store and find the restaurant – or simply click on the links that were included above.
Once you download the app, go ahead and register and your free reward should be waiting. Different apps show the rewards in different ways, but the majority of them all have a rewards tab where you can see current offers, rewards, and points accrual.
How to Get Some Extra Savings for the Family
Be aware that these deals are for each person registered by e-mail or with the app download.
So, if you and your significant other both sign up for these deals, that translates to a double offer for your family. If you have kids over the age of 16, they can also sign up for these deals for triple (or quadruple!) savings.
Let’s just say a family night out just got even better with these deals.
Want to save even more on a family night out?
Start with an app in one restaurant, an entrée at another, and dessert at a third location. This will most assuredly be tons of fun for the whole family.
What If I Want to Eat Healthily?
While looking at these deals you may have thought to yourself that you’d rather eat healthier food than what was being offered. The truth is that many of these free food offers can be made healthy just by subbing a thing or two.
For example, want to enjoy that free burger from Red Robin and Wayback Burgers?
Be sure to ask for your burger to be wrapped in lettuce instead of having a bun to knock off some carbs and make your meal keto friendly.
When you are enjoying those free drinks, try to order a diet or zero drink for the fewest calories. Tropical Smoothie Café and Smoothie King both offer some great breakfast smoothies that will keep your calories down and your protein high – be sure to check those out when you want a super healthy start to your day.
The Bottom Line: You Can Work Magic on Your Budget
Eating out can be expensive.
The bottom line is that there are creative and resourceful ways to save money when you do decide to eat out. Many of the options above could be a free meal in itself, and even if it is not, it is still a great way to collect some cents and put those towards savings.
Saving money starts with the little things. If you manage to save a few dollars on your food budget, you’re already a step ahead of the game. Remember, every cent counts. A dollar not spent is a dollar saved and your bank account will definitely thank you.