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How to Get Free Food Delivered (So Many Legit Options)

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I know, the title sounds clickbait-y, sure.  I agree.

But, I can promise you that it is possible to get free food delivered to your door.  And yes, before you ask, it’s 100% legal and ethical.

In today’s post, I wanted to talk about the many ways you get free food delivered to your house.  What you’re going to find out is that in many cases, as long as you’re a new member, you can take advantage of some amazing discounts, often leading to 100% free delivery, sometimes money in your pocket.

As long as you live in the United States, one of these options will work for you.


Let me first start with Swagbucks, a company I have mentioned many times before.  This company will pay you to take surveys, sign up for offers and so forth.  There are a lot of ways to earn.

If you’re not a member of Swagbucks, I wanted to show you how you can take advantage of free food delivery and in some cases, make money.  Yes, so you can get paid to have food delivered to your door.

Let me give you an example here:

This was on my offers page while I was writing this post.  And, as you can see, Swagbucks will pay you 500 SB, an equivalent to $5 in value, to sign up for DoorDash and have food delivered to you.

Now, if you read the fine print, it will say you need to be a first-time customer, so if you have ordered from DoorDash before, you won’t qualify.  However, don’t let that deter you as there are many other options as you’re about to find out.

Anyways, I will mention DoorDash again, but the great thing is that not only will you get $5 from Swagbucks, but DoorDash often throws you a first-time credit, sometimes as high as $20.  Oftentimes, this means you can get about $20~ in food delivered for free if you consider your $5 from Swagbucks.

With all of that being said, I highly encourage you to sign up and see what kind of offers are available at the moment.  From food delivery services to food subscription boxes, there’s always a deal popping up.

Take Surveys or Complete Offers (Best Method)

I’m about to mention a few companies further down on this list, but the problem is that you have to be a first-time customer, and oftentimes, you have to meet certain restrictions.  While free food delivered is possible, it can take more work than this option.

Now, you won’t get rich taking surveys or completing offers, but you can earn at least $100+ a month, depending on how hard you work.  It’s as simple as answering some survey questions or completing an offer and getting paid.  Best of all, you don’t even need a credit card.

When you hit the minimum payout, sometimes as little as $1, you can then cash out for a food delivery service gift card, such as DoorDash or Uber, if you so choose.  You can even choose a cash option.

I have researched so many companies in the past, but a few of my favorites include the following:

It’s 100% free to join every single one and you can start earning in as little as a few minutes.


DoorDash, one of the largest food delivery services, almost always has a deal going on for first-time customers.

For example, as I write this, they were offering a $20 off your order in the past, as seen here:

Granted, they won’t always have these deals, but if you’re patient, I have seen $10 or $20 off.  If you’re able to snag something as high as $20, plus using the Swagbucks deal, it can be very easy to get $20 in food delivered after your fees.  The great thing about DoorDash is that they often waive some of the delivery fees if it’s your first order.

As a note, if you don’t see at least $12+ off, wait as the promo codes are always changing.

Uber Eats

Uber Eats is another food delivery service that almost always offers a free coupon to first-time subscribers.  For instance, while I was writing this, Uber Eats was offering one of the better coupons at $25 off for your first purchase.  It isn’t always this high, but I have always seen something.

With that kind of discount, it’s very easy to order food delivered to your door for almost nothing.

Just download the app, search for a coupon online and then apply it.  Even after you sign up, you can refer friends to save more.


Grubhub, another powerhouse like DoorDash, offers a hefty discount for first-time buyers.  If you have never ordered from Grubhub before, then this is one to consider as well, but do keep in mind that the first-time promotions can range anywhere from as little as $7 off to more than $20+.  In some cases, even returning customers can save as well.

No matter how little your discount is, Grubhub makes it easy to get free food.  Just filter your results so that you’re able to see what you can afford.  And, to do this, here’s what you will want to do…

First, go to the restaurant icon near the bottom of the app.  It will look something like this:

Then, you will want to filter the restaurants by distance since the shorter the drive, the lower the delivery fee will be.  Also, make sure the “coupons” button is selected as well as this can save you even more.  You will then want to look for something like this in your results.

With these coupons, you can use them no matter if you’re a first-time customer or a returning customer.  Take that discount and then apply it to a meal so that the coupon/perks offsets the price.  For example, buy a $7 burger to offset the $7 coupon.  In some cases, there will be a minimum, but this isn’t always the case.  Just read the fine print.

Now, if you have it delivered, it may raise the cost, but you can always discount that fee if you choose the pick-up option, but that’s up to you.

Mystery Shopping

I have mentioned mystery shopping before plenty of times.  In short, you will act as a shopper, with the key difference is that you will report back to the company and get paid for your efforts.

The fun thing about mystery shopping is that you can often get food delivered to your home and get paid for it.  For example, I have worked with a few that have not only paid me $10 but they gave me $25+ to spend on food, so I got paid a few dollars to eat food I may have already wanted.  All I had to do was take pictures of the food when it arrived as well as comment on how fast it came.  It maybe took me five minutes at most to answer the questions.  Everything you need to know direction wise is presented to you before you even accept a job.

There are so many mystery shopping companies out there, but I did write about the more than 75+ companies hiring.  Some work with delivery companies, but that list is always changing.  What I recommend is that you sign up for a few of the more popular and see which jobs come your way.  It’s free to join all of the ones I mentioned.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron is quite possibly one of the most popular meal delivery services.  While you won’t get hot, fresh food delivered to your door, it’s an option as long as you don’t mind cooking.

The cool thing about the company is that they almost always offer a coupon code to first-time subscribers.  For instance, while I was researching this, here’s a pop-up that showed up on my screen:

As you can imagine, $60 off your first subscription box is quite high.  In fact, it can be enough to get your first box for free.  Just make sure you cancel your subscription after receiving your first box as they will continue to auto bill you.  Don’t worry as it’s very easy to cancel your subscription right on your dashboard.


HelloFresh is another popular meal delivery service, right up there with Blue Apron.  And, just like Blue Apron, they almost always offer a free deal and/or a great coupon to first-time subscribers.

In many cases, they may ask you to select a “box,” but usually, no matter which offer you choose, the offer can make your first order next to free, especially if you combine it with a Swagbucks offer.  For instance, while I was typing this, you could get $30 in SB if you used their links PLUS the coupon.

When I clicked on a random box, I was offered $90 off, which was enough to get a few boxes for free after I combined the Swagbucks offer.  In fact, it was what is known as a money-maker, where I would be paid to try the service.

Again, with a lot of these offers, you may have to combine Swagbucks, as well as a coupon, to take full advantage.


Gobble works just like Blue Apron, wherein they will mail you a meal box every week so that you can cook it from home.

A lot of these meal subscription companies offer deals, but I feel Gobble is one of the better ones.  As a first-time customer, the company almost always offers free meals plus a certain dollar value off.

For instance, while I was writing this, they were offering six meals and a $36 offer on my first week’s box. Doing the math, it made my first week almost free, but it would depend on which subscription box you signed up for.

Play around with the site if you don’t mind these meal boxes and see how much you can potentially save.  In some cases, it could be free if you combine it with a Swagbucks deal.

Take Advantage of Free Food Apps

If you have a favorite restaurant, there may be a chance they have an app you can download and order food.

And, the nice thing about these apps is that some of them will offer you free food just for joining.  While many won’t deliver, you can get free food, the reason I wanted to mention it here.

There are so many to list here, but thankfully, I created a post in the past that highlighted more than 115+ apps that can help you snag free food.  Be sure to check it out.

Final Thoughts

If you want free food delivered, it can be done, but most of the time, you will have to be a first-time customer.  So, it’s not going to work for everyone.  Honestly, these food delivery companies can be expensive and you’re much better off picking up your food.  Unless you have a great coupon, you’re going to pay double  what you would pay if eating out.

Nonetheless, be sure to sign up for Swagbucks if you do take advantage of these deals as it can almost always add more cash to your pocket.  This company works with just about every company I mentioned above.  It’s free to join and you can earn $100+ a month easily completing offers and surveys.

That wraps it up for now.

If you have any options I missed or maybe you want to comment on what I mentioned, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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