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Food & Drink

9 hacks to get cheap and free Greggs

Greggs has been a student-favourite chain for as long as we can remember and we've found ways to get their hot treats and sweet things for free (or as good as)!

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We couldn't imagine uni without the option of getting a hot Greggs instead of a supermarket meal deal... after all, it costs a lot less and can be more filling.

Whether it's the breakfast baps, sausage rolls or that classic jam doughnut – there's something for everyone. The hard part is deciding what you want when you get to the till. What if they don't have any fresh sausage rolls out of the oven? Nightmare.

As cheap as Greggs is, and can be, we still want to give you the tips and tricks to get as much cheap (or even free) food as possible... why wouldn't you use them?

If you're wanting more freebies, look no further. Take a look at our Starbucks hacks guide.

How to get free Greggs

Check out how to make the most of everything Greggs offers:

  1. Free pizza and bakes

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    One of the best freebies we've ever had is a free slice of pizza and a doughnut from Greggs, and all you have to do is download the Greggs Rewards app and sign up.

    By doing this, as a new user, you'll get a reward – which can range anywhere from a slice of their pizza to a doughnut or even a coffee.

    In the past, we've also received vouchers for a free Lucozade or cookie as we hadn't used the app in a long time, so keep an eye out for these. Best used when you're out and about and super hungry... nothing better than a free, tasty snack!

  2. Pay 47p for a sausage roll

    What if we told you that you could get a Greggs sausage roll, hot from the oven, for just 47p*? Well keep reading... we're going to save you that cash.

    Iceland sells both four and eight packs of Greggs (yes, actual Greggs) sausage rolls.

    Usually, we'd roll our eyes (a bit like you want to do now) and say it's not the same. But honestly, give us a blind taste test with these fresh out of the oven and one from Greggs directly and we wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

    Of course, you could go the whole hog and get your Greggs sausage roll for free...

    *Prices accurate at the time of writing.

  3. Get a free Greggs sausage roll, vegan roll or sweet treat

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    As a student, it's important you make the most of your student discount and offers while you can. Much like the McDonald's free cheeseburger/McFlurry trick (when you buy a meal and show your student card), you can do the same at Greggs.

    Every time you buy a sandwich deal at Greggs, you can claim a free sausage roll, vegan roll or a sweet treat. Every. Time.

    We'd also suggest claiming your freebie when any family members or friends buy a sandwich deal, making it totally free for you.

  4. Get 50% off your Greggs order

    It's a big saving, and one we all wish we had...

    The staff discount at Greggs is 50% on own-produced goods and 25% discount on bought-in products. So we heavily suggest making friends with someone who works there, especially as they can get £25 worth of discounts a week. We're not saying to ask them to bring the whole shop home but, hopefully, you'll be able to ask for a few bits.

    If you work at Greggs, let us know if there are any more perks by messaging us on Facebook – we'd love to know more.

    We're the masters of fast food hacks, and we've got these tips on how to get free Burger King to prove it.
  5. Get free Greggs coffee

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    Free coffee offers are a big one to pop up on the Greggs Rewards app and appear not only when you sign up as a new app user, but occasionally at random points afterwards to cheer you up. They're great to use when you're out running errands and need a pick-me-up.

    Just make sure your notifications are turned on so that they can send you a push notification when you have a freebie available. Otherwise, it may be hard to know when they've added something to the app or, like us, you may forget to check.

    Oh, and make sure you check the expiry date of your freebies too – there's nothing worse than getting your phone out to redeem a freebie, only to find that the code expired the day before. Classic money mistake.

  6. Free Greggs for Vodafone customers

    If you're a Vodafone customer, count yourself lucky. The Vodafone Rewards app, VeryMe, often gives away free Greggs coffees, sausage rolls, sweet treats and more to their customers.

    All you have to do is log onto the app, head to the rewards section and redeem your code in-store by scanning it at the till.

    To stay up to date with what freebies you can get or when, without having to constantly check the app, look at the Student Deals section of the website or sign up to our Weekly Deals Newsletter or Telegram updates (straight to your phone).

  7. Make cheap bakes at home

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    You might think this a little bit of a stretch, but we've tried to make sausage rolls and other baked goods at home and they've turned out great.

    The more treats you make, the cheaper they will become, although we'd suggest getting good quality ingredients for the best possible taste.

    For example, making their Sausage and Bean Melt bakes at home should cost around 40p. If you purchase the puff pastry from Lidl (about 90p), use half a tin of beans (20p), a small amount of grated cheese (literally pennies) and some sausages (Iceland have 30 for £3), that's all you need.

  8. Collect rewards on the Greggs Rewards app

    So, let us get this straight... you can be rewarded for every delicious purchase you make at Greggs? Yes! You can collect rewards for every transaction, and you'll also get exclusive app-only gifts from them.

    In the Greggs Rewards app, you'll have six different stamp cards (for each category of tasty treat). Every time you purchase a delicious product, you'll gain a stamp on the corresponding card – cool, eh?

    Once you've collected nine stamps in a single category, your 10th of that category will be free.

  9. Get 20p off when using a reusable cup

    Love a hot drink? Make sure you grab yourself a reusable cup and use it when visiting Greggs to get 20p off your hot drinks.

    This way, they won't have to give you a disposable one that you'll only use for about 20 minutes and you get to save some money. Plus, you'll do your part in cutting your carbon footprint at the same time!

Now that you've managed to get these sweet treats cheaper, you may want to have a look at the best Domino's hacks we've come across.


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