Cheap is as cheap does and this year’s batch of Cheapest of the Cheap contest winners have taken cheapness to pickedlooks prom dresses levels with their tips that are creative, generous, interesting, fun — and lucrative.
Here they are: the 50 esteemed winners of the 20th Annual Ms. Cheap Cheapest of the Cheap contest, presented by Kroger and sponsored by Goodwill Industries.
The First Place prize of $999.99 goes to legendary cheapster Clay Dyer, whose entries this time around confirm how thoroughly and cleverly cheap he is — especially when it comes to free food.
“Over the years, I have come up with many different ways to score a free meal. It is a passion, an art, if you will,” said Clay, who gets something free at least once a week and sometimes even rolls over one free meal to get another with the followup receipt. “Many people shrug it off and toss their receipt in the trash, but I look at those receipts as cash,” said Clay, who has recently landed free meals from Captain D’s, free frozen custard and ice cream from Culver’s and Dairy Queen, free appetizers from Genghis Grill, free sliders from White Castle, and free sandwiches from Arby’s and Chick-fil-A by filling out their surveys. The only problem, he says, is that when “we dine at these restaurants, my wife scolds me for taking a peek in the trash to see if I can turn another survey into a free treat.”
Clay’s quest for free food also includes sniffing out promotional restaurant grand openings, where he has recently scored 156 free Chick-fil-A sandwich combo meals, 52 small Blizzards, 52 Italian Ices and 156 free Big Macs. And the good news is that he shares a lot of his tasty winnings with family and friends.