Get Free Food At Any Fast Food Joint With This Secret

This budgetologist tells you how to get discounted products that will save you tons and help you maintain a frugal life…but let’s take it a step further now.

In an earlier post, I showed you how to get free drinks at any fast food joint with a simple secret.

Now that you’re on your way to becoming scientists in budgeting…or budgetologists…I’m going to teach you a simple secret that will allow you to get free fast food at any joint you want. It requires a little bit of digging, literally, but it’s worth it when you are seriously strapped for cash.

Step 1: Find some kind of fast food receipt. This can be your friend’s receipt, on the ground, from the garbage…where ever your  ego and dignity will allow you to search. Keep looking until you find a special order receipt. Something like “one burger, no pickles.” You can also just order a burger with no pickles and use that receipt, but it will cost you for the price of the first burger.

Step 2: Call the number on the receipt.

Step 3: Say something along these lines “hi, I came through your drive-thru today and ordered a burger with no pickles but mine had pickles and I’m allergic…can I get a new one?” They will say why yes, of course, come through the drive thru again and just present your receipt.

Step 4: Drive through the drive thru and give them the receipt. They will make you delicious fast food that you will get without paying a single dime.

Step 5: Repeat this to your heart’s desire. Just make sure you go to different fast food places so they don’t recognize you!

♥ The Budgetologist

Make Your Own Shampoo and Conditioner To Save $$

Not only can shampoo and conditioner be expensive, it can also be cancerous! That’s right, studies show that shampoo has cancerous chemicals in it that are bad for your body. If you want to talk about budgeting, the best thing you can do is not get cancer, which has wiped many out financially despite health insurance…but that’s a whole ‘nother subject.

The point is, something that is cheaper, healthier, and heck, even fun to do is make your own shampoo and conditioner. It will save you money and leave you so fresh and so clean.

To make what this budgetologist likes to call “po man’s shampoo and conditioner” you will need two ingredients:

  1. Baking soda
  2. Apple cider vinegar

So how does it work? First, you’re going to need old shampoo and conditioner bottles with nothing left in them. Take the shampoo bottle, fill it with two parts baking soda one part water. Then shake-a shake-a shake that. That’s your shampoo. Baking soda cleans the hair and leaves it refreshed. Scrub the mixture into your scalp like normal shampoo then rinse.

Next, it’s time to make the conditioner. In your empty conditioner bottle mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water. dump that on your scalp and hair after the baking soda to leave it shiny and soft. And that’s it! Not only have you created way cheaper conditioner and shampoo, you’ve gone all natural. Rock on with your bad self.

Here’s another fun thing you can do with apple cider vinegar: use it as a natural appetite suppressant so that you don’t spend as much money on food. Just one table spoon accomplishes this. Then you can do the costly craving avoidance method and there you have it! Multiple uses for cheap-ass products.

♥ The Budgetologist

Get Free Drinks At Any Fast Food Joint With This Secret

Do you love soda but hate shelling out the cash to pay for it? Well, you’re in luck. This budgetologist has figured out how to get free coke, pepsi, sprite, you name it at any fast food restraurant with very low initial cost — not more than two dolla.

The first step is to order a soda at a fast food restaurant. This will be your only start up cost and will range from a dolla to two dolla and some amount of cents. Pay it, it’ll be worth it. For this example, I’ll use this Jack in the Box cup I bought about a week ago.


There’s coke in here

Now, it gets real simple. All you have to do is keep the cup. Whenever you have a soda craving, simply walk into Jack in the Box and refill your soda. Any day. Any time. I wash out the cup with water in between to make sure it stays clean. None of the store workers will question you — you could’ve just gotten it in the drive thru and now you’re refilling it before you leave again.

If you want to get real fancy, you can continue acquiring cups from different fast food places. Whenever you need a soda, simply go into your trunk and pick the fast food cup that your closest to. This is a fool proof and simple way to get non-stop soda for only an initial buck.

You can also use your presence in the place to get free sauces. For example, this budgetologist was at a fundraiser and bought some tri-tip (I forked over the money because it was for a good cause.) The tri-tip was dry though! And desperately needed BBQ sauce. So, I killed two birds with one stone. I saved money on soda by walking into the building and filling my cup full of free coca-cola, then I simply asked the cashier for BBQ sauce. It made my charity tri-tip more delicious and satisfied my coke-craving all in one trip.

♥ The Budgetologist 

DIY Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper can be expensive…the cheapest I’ve seen for plain gold paper is $4 a roll! That $4 could be spent elsewhere like going towards your savings account. Or, you could buy two and a half hotdogs and cokes at Costco for that!

One thing that this budgetologist’s mother used to always do is wrap gifts in newspaper comics. It’s a cute and actually aesthetically pleasing way to save money on wrapping paper. Your friend or family who you’re giving the gift to will probably get a kick out of it as well.

You can find comics in pretty much any major newspaper, which you’ll probably see sitting around neighbors lawns or in one of those ancient dispensaries on the street for free.

Best of all the gift receiver will think you took that extra step to come up with some unique way to wrap their gift, but really you’re just being cheap! It’s a win-win!

♥ The Budgetologist 

Broke? Eat lunch at Costco!

You gotta love cheap prices, right? Someday my future fiancé will buy my engagement ring from Costco and this bugetologist will know he’s the one because he’s frugal and reasonable.

I remember my first adult purchase was a Costco membership card. I paid $55 for it for the year. They even took my picture and everything. But after a few months, I realized I wasn’t using it and so, in defeat, I returned it like a sucker. I got the money back and quickly my spirits were lifted as I thought about how many Costco hotdogs I could now buy.

Anyway, Costco, like Jack in the Box offers one option that is so cheap this budgetologist takes advantage of it on the regular.


Honestly, tho. A dolla fiddy for a hot dog AND a coke. That’s a frugal lady’s dream. You can even upgrade it to the coveted polish sausage for the SAME DAMN PRICE!

Now remember, when you’re at the condiments portion of the transaction, stock up on that shit! Get enough ketchup, mustard and onions to last the next few weeks. You can then use that to make your own hotdogs at home, put it in deviled eggs, a burger, whatever your heart desires.

In that way you’re saving money on condiments while getting a cheap ass meal at the same time. Score!

♥ The Budgetologist 

Cut Cable, Curb Costs

There is absolutely, positively no reason to have cable nowadays. A bold statement I’ll stand by it. Cable costs hundreds of dollars a month for a service you can get online for free.

Want to watch your favorite TV show? Just wait until the next day and it’ll be streaming online. Want to watch sports? You can watch those online too. Movies? Yep, it’s called Netflix, hop on the train people.

You can watch a lot of different TV shows on Project Free TV. It’s a free service! Hulu has a lot of television shows on it for free, or borrow your friend’s Hulu Plus account. If you type in any TV show or movie, chances are you’ll be able to find it if you go to Google and put “Gone With The Wind Streaming Online Free.”

You’re probably saying to yourself, “But Budgetologist, I hate sitting through the ads on the MTV website when I’m trying to watch Teen Mom 2 what the ef mannnnn.” To which I reply, get on Google Chrome and get AdBlocker. It works fantastically no commercials and best of all…it’s freeeeeee.

If you haven’t seen my other cost-eliminating techniques to get out of debt check those out. But for christ sakes, get rid of your cable now. It is a luxury that is completely useless…like paying a phone operator to connect your cell phone.

Cable can cost anywhere from $60-$300 a month WHAT?! Cut it now and put that money right into your savings account.

Don’t just sit there eating your popcorn watching your expensive ESPN that isn’t even making you happy anymore, cut that cable! You’ll thank me later.

♥ The Budgetologist 

Save Money on Make Up

I work in television, which means people have the misfortune of looking at my mug every day. It also means I must buy a lot of make up to glob on so I look camera ready on the daily.

Make up is very expensive. Very, very expensive. Upwards of $40 for some face crap then anywhere from $8-16 for mascaras, eyeliners and eyeshadows. Um, no thank you. Frankly, I just don’t have that kind of money to spend.

That’s why I say, praise the lord for ELF brand make up. Now you may be asking, “But Budgetologist, won’t ELF and other cheap make up make my skin break out and make my prom date spit in my eyes and never talk to me again?” To which I reply: shut your dirty mouth, you know nothing.

It’s true, ELF might make you break out for the first month. I broke out slightly the first month of wearing it daily. But, a month of break outs is worth a lot of savings. And oh the savings you’ll see.

I’m gonna be flat out honest with you right now and say there’s really no reason to buy those more expensive brands with ELF on the market now. They’re no longer higher quality, they just can’t compete.

And if you’re still caught up on the acne thing, I’ll put my make up removing regiment in a post you can find here this so you definitely won’t break out (4 steps). And duh, of course the make up removing regiment is cheap as hell.

You can get all this shit at Target or Walmart, BTW.

  • Granted, there are some ELF products that are just crap, and I will take my money with me elsewhere to get something that actually works. Here’s the make up I use with the cost: Foundation – I get the ELF studio flawless finish ($6) it lasts me about a month and a half to two and a half months wearing it every day. And let me tell you, it saves so much money. This quality foundation would normally be at least $40 for a bottle like this. I take my loads of savings and put it right into my investing account. Wahoo!


  • Powder / Concealer – I use the ELF essential cover everything powder ($2) I swoop it over my whole face and it covers all my hideous blemishes with the liquid foundation above! Now all the boys at the bar will buy me free drinks saving even more money. It’s a win-win, ya dig?


  • Eyeshadow – I use the ELF essential flawless eyeshadow ($2) You know how much those Naked Pallets are? Well, cut that shit out it’s just not worth upwards of $50 every time you need new color for your eyelids. And btw, DO NOT get the studio baked eyeshadow it’s absolute garbage and doesn’t even work at all.


  • Any brushes at all – They’re all good whether it be for your eyes, bronzer, powder, whatever. And they’re pretty much all a dolla. Again, saving you tens (possibly even hundreds at this point). ELF Subpage Designs
  • Bronzer / Blush – contouring blush and bronzing powder duo pallet – do NOT get the cream version of this, that stuff is absolute garbage. But the powder is a little cheap miracle. It’s based on that good Nars shit but it’s only a fraction of the price. ka-CHING!

Did you really think imma pay for this picture?

Things I don’t use ELF for:

  1. Lipstick – Don’t use ELF lip anything it’s all absolute garbage. I still opt with a cheap option of course. I go with the Wet n’ Wild brand ($0.99) it’s a nice color and surprisingly stays on. Plus, it’s below a dolla. Cheap cheap cheap!
  2. Eyeliner – This is the one thing I’ll drop coin on. Eyeliner is the lion’s nest of the face (WHAT?!) To me, it’s the most important part of my look. ELF brand is absolute garbage don’t even go there. Any drugstore eyeliner will be more than you want to spend, but sometimes that’s just necessary in this cruel girl world.
  3. Mascara – This is at your discretion. Usually, I steal mascara from my mother and sister until they yell at me, give up trying and finally go buy more for themselves, but I’m hearing that Wet ‘n Wild, which you can get at Target as well, has mascara that is quality and inexpensive. Elf brand mascara is absolute garbage and dries out after like…30 minutes.

♥ The Budgetologist 

Debt Be Gone

When you’re getting out of debt, no matter how long it takes, it’s hell. Straight up. You just will not be able to live the life you were once accustomed to…you know…the life that, oh, I don’t know…got you into debt in the first place? Hmmm? Moving on…

When getting out of debt your first question should be: what am I spending my hard earned cash on that I shouldn’t be spending it on? You will find there are probably a lot of things in the month that suck up your money.

There are a few things besides your expensive morning coffee you should consider getting rid of immediately like:

  1. Your gym membership — anywhere from $30-$60 a month and you really don’t need it. Bust out that dusty elliptical, go for walks and runs or swim in your pool. Heck, even look up free YouTube tutorials on how to be fit and shit.
  2. Have a second car? Guess what, it has A GOTS TA GO! You only need one car at this point in your life and there is no good reason at all to be paying for a second one.
    1. Afraid you’ll lose money on your second car because you haven’t paid down the loan enough to make it worth the sell? Sell it anyway. Holding onto it now is what I like to call financial insanity. Everyone has to cut their losses in finance at some point. Remember, your ultimate goal is to get out of debt FAST. That means zoom that car into the dealer and get rid of it.
  3. Your clothing budget. It’s gone. No new clothes. No new shoes. No new purses. You have perfectly good stuff that will look as great this month as it did last month. Desperate for new clothes for a job interview or because you get bored of your wardrobe every 15 minutes? Borrow something from a friend, or buy a dress you know is returnable from Ross, Kohl’s, Target, or somewhere else they’ll definitely give you a full refund. Keep the tags on (I won’t tell anybody).
  4. Electricity bill — there’s never an excuse to leave on lights. They waste energy and, more importantly, money! Shut off lights no matter what. Another interesting tidbit: if you leave things plugged into the wall they also use a minute amount of energy so unplug everything in your house when you’re not using it.
  5. Don’t be spending money on the movies. There’s tons of free ways to see anything you’ve ever wanted. Ask for your friend’s netflix or Hulu Plus account, find it streaming online, if you’re a girl go on a date and get some chump to pay for you, or torrent it (you won’t get caught…most of the time). Spending your money on movies, music or any sort of apps is a huge waste. Saving these expenses now will only help grow your money!

♥ The Budgetologist 

Cash in the Box

What’s your biggest priority at this point in your life? Is it to move up in your career? Live a healthy lifestyle? Achieve financial independence and get the hell out of this place (wherever that might be).

Here’s something that is kind of controversial to say, but fuck it, I’ll say it: It’s nearly impossible to live a life of a true budgetologist and eat healthy. Eating things like organic kale spinach salad for dinner every day requires a ton of money that I just don’t have right now, do you? Well good…go munch on your kale we don’t want you here anyway.

In my last post I told you how to save money on your morning coffee. Now, I’m going to tell you what I’ve been doing for the last week or so that has saved me a lot of money.

One thing is for sure: if you want to save money you should consider eating at Jack in the Box. Jack in the Box is so cheap it will make your head spin and your wallet full.


You really think imma pay for this image?

2 tacos for a dollar. How can you beat that?? A taco for fifty cents. Can you think of anything cheaper at any fast food restaurant? Because I can’t…and trust me, I’ve tried. But, it gets even better. What if you could purchase something on the menu and get those tacos for free? It might actually be worth your time and you can keep that dollar in your pocket to use on a rainy day.

Here’s how I save money on coffee and get my lunch for free at the same time.

Jack in the box iced coffee is cheap and delicious. It’s only $1.99 for a mocha, when I would normally pay $5.50 or even upward at other places. After the initial coffee purchase, you’re going to want to hold onto your receipt.

This receipt will quite literally be your meal ticket. That’s because if you fill out a survey on the receipt you can receive two free tacos on your next purchase. Damn!

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Here’s my receipt from today. As you an see, I got my mocha iced coffee for less than two dolla. Then, they tell me if I take this little survey and fill in the code, I will get 2 free tacos on my next visit.

The next time I go in, I will go in with the will of 1,000 horses and the bargaining chips of the Russian mob.

I will order my same iced mocha in the morning, then will show my receipt for two free tacos. They will then hand me said tacos and my lunch will be taken care of and paid for.

Best of all, they will give me another receipt with the same damn set up on there, and the cycle will continue indefinitely until either the cashier or I croak. Who will be the first to go? Judging by all these tacos I’m eating…I could make a bet.

Is it the healthiest option? No. But, I will tell you the first month I got to my new job I was surviving mostly on Jack in the Box tacos and I lost about 10 pounds. So, maybe you’ll cut off a few years of your life…you were just going to spend them with your bratty grandkids who don’t even call you on your birthday anyway.

So there you have it. I get my morning coffee and my lunch for $1.99. Then I go and eat my 80 cent potato for dinner and I’m under my $3 limit for the day. I might even have some $2 wine afterwards ooh la la.

♥ The Budgetologist 

Saving money could save your life

Why is it important to save? Because life is a big old machine of who-knows-what tossing unexpected bullshit your way at any given second. No money in the bank is probably the worst fate there is.

Here’s an example: Suppose you’re walking along and bam! you get cancer. A physically fit 30-something year old like yourself should be healthy with no problems right? Wrong! It happens all the time.

Never fear though, you have health insurance! Through your job! And that will pay for all of your treatments right? Wrong! In reality, do you think if something serious happens to your health, your insurance will pay for even a fraction of what it will cost you? Do you think you’ll be able to go to work every day and do what you need to do to earn the money you need to survive? Hell no, you won’t. This is when savings becomes a matter of life and death.

Did I scare you? Good! You needed a J.K. Simmons in Whiplash moment to snap into reality. Realize this: saving money is crucial and therefore budgeting is crucial. You’re not going to work forever, you’re not going to be able to work forever, and you most certainly will not want to work forever. You’ve got to have money in the bank before you bank your butt (what?!)

Here’s the deal: I have budgeting down to a science. I think about my finances and budgeting more times in the day than I care to admit. This year, I’ve been living on wages that are barely above minimum for the state of California. Why? Because I’m in my dream job and everyone’s gotta start somewhere. It’s taught me more about budgeting than I thought I knew. I want to share some of my secrets with you.

♥ The Budgetologist