May 26

How to Eat for Free Overseas

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How to get free food while travellingSome people just like to do everything as cheap as possible to prove a point or to show that they can, though some people do it as to try and conserve resources such as Freegans. So I’ll be listing here the ways that you can get food for free or at a substantial discount.

Dumpster Diving: Dumpster Diving is illegal is some Countries so it’s always best to check what the laws are before you go rummaging around. A great website to do this is Trashwiki, a fantastic source of information on how and where to get the freshest free food.

France: If you know a little bit of french and don’t mind waking up early you can get some free bread from bakeries, though you’ll have to be up at around 5am as this is when they dispose of yesterdays bread.

Discounts: In most restaurants in Europe you can order something from the dinner menu at lunch for between 30-50% off.

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3 Responses to “How to Eat for Free Overseas”

  1. From Mel:

    Great little post!

    I’ve done dumpster diving/skipping in the UK and I found I ate better doing this than I did on a budget shop at our local supermarket! I’m not a huge fan of getting my hands covered in trash so I was ecstatic when I found out food past it’s sell by date is in a completely seperate bag to the actually rubbish you wouldn’t want to touch. Also during the winter it is brilliant because the bins act as huge freezers!

    Word of warning though, alot of big supermarkets just crush everything and where they don’t, it is illegal (In the UK anyway). By saying the bins are Storage Compartments you are technically stealing from the Supermarket. Which is ridiculous when there is so much thrown out each year! But on the plus side, even when there has been a security guard he has just asked us to stop and nothing more has come of it.

    Posted on June 17, 2012 at 9:31 am #
  2. From Nicole B Damiano:

    I might start trying the dinner menu at lunch. 50% off! Thats amazing, and the dinner menu is a large portion so you could split it into lunch and dinner. 2 meals for one :). Also another bakery tip, often the bread doesn’t turn out how they want it, and so they toss it and make a new one. Be sure to ask if they have one of these as they may give it away or sell it at a reduced price.

    Posted on June 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm #
  3. From Lois Sandbourne:

    I don’t know about dumpster diving, but I find in Europe that if you buy a drink, you do get an aperitivo meal at some places. Obviously some are better than others, and Italy seems to be more generous (Best is Kitsch in Florence imo). Drinks tend to be between 3 and 8 euro for this ‘service’ so not as cheap as usual, but if the meal on offer is good, it saves you some pennies.

    Posted on April 8, 2013 at 6:46 am #

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