Caveat emptor: free food tips

Finding free complimentary food is an art form lost on most but college students and journalists. With times being what they are, people are looking for short-cuts wherever they can and Arizona Republic writer Scott Craven was quick to round-up the best complimentary eats.

Some of Craven’s ideas are practical if not very inventive. Yes, a person can snack like royalty at Costco (Saturday afternoons are the best) but every Costco member knows that and the Costco membership itself costs $50. What Craven doesn’t tell readers is that Costco’s business membership credit cards look exactly like silver American Express cards except with a small picture in the corner. I’ve heard from non-members that flashing a regular American Express card is quite effective at gaining entrance into Costco. You won’t be able to buy anything but if your goal is just free samples it works like a charm.

Another of Craven’s tips is that you can exploit many churches’ free doughnuts and coffee. Again, a good tip that could go farther. I would never condone crashing a church picnic or dinner but a quick Google search showed that it could probably be done with almost no effort.

Where I have to vehemently disagree with Craven is his tip called “Mex Best”:

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink