There’s no shame in making your life a little easier by being a little extra clever – in fact, these AskReddit users are so clever that I think I’m going to go ahead and adopt some of their hacks. I mean, some of these loopholes are – technically – illegal, but others are just downright brilliant. And who am I to deny brilliance?

No one, that’s who.

1. Better tip extra

At my university I would always order delivery from a late night eatery and get a ride home with the delivery guy. Less expensive than a taxi, with a meal included.

2. Sneaky Pizza

Papa Johns offers an unadvertised (maybe unofficial) deal where pizzas that were ordered but never picked up are sold for $5 just before closing. Size and toppings doesn’t affect the $5 price, so, my friends and I used to order family sized meat lovers pizzas and opt to ‘pay-at-pickup’ but never show up. We would wait till closing, pop our heads in and ask if there were any leftover pizzas on the rack for sale, thus, getting our huge pizzas for $5.

3. Mail Fraud?

I’m from Northern Ireland, and when ordering stuff online I’d always write ‘Belfast, Ireland’ on it instead of NI – the post’ll still get there, as yes, technically Belfast’s in Ireland. The post would be directed via the Dublin sorting office instead of coming into the UK routes. Nine times out of ten, the Dublin sorting office would just send it on up to Belfast, instead of forwarding it to Royal Mail in London who would then slap a huge import bill on it (whereas the southern Irish postal service can’t charge me import, as I’m a UK citizen). The Republic of Ireland couldn’t give a crap if the Queen’s out of pocket over a few quid.

My granddad was a royal mail postman for years, he taught me that one.

4. Doin’ Double Duty

For me it doesn’t go much further than crapping on company time. Still, I like those craps so much more than the ones at home.

5. Black Friday is the WORST

In the good old days of Black Friday, before stores like Best Buy started getting very crafty and clandestine with their deals (8+ years ago), there used to be a slight buffer where someone would leak the sales and the items wouldn’t be removed from the shelves.

I don’t remember specifically but they had a system to prevent you from purchasing then price matching retroactively. As soon as this happened I strolled on down to Best Buy, took a bunch of stuff that I wanted, and put it in their dryers and washing machines. Basically whatever hiding place that didn’t look like it got a lot of browsing or consideration. Then when Black Friday comes: sleep in, head to the store around noon and pull the door busters out of a washing machine.

6. I might steal this…

Back in high school I discovered that if you call any “Questions/Comments” number on a food product, you could make up literally anything and get a coupon for a free whatever it was. So for instance we’d call a company for pancake mix and say we bought a jar of mix but inside we found three already-made pancakes… Crap like that, just nonsensical stuff. We did it so much that we’d pile up the coupons, go to the grocery store and check out a full cart of groceries and just hand the cashier a stack of these coupons and not pay a cent for hundreds of dollars worth of groceries. We did that multiple times, and eventually the big companies catch on and you have to use different names and addresses. I’ll never forget the exasperation of the poor person on the other end of the line when I told them the chicken patties I bought just get more frozen every time I put them in the microwave. “The kids are outside playing hockey with that thing right now, this is ridiculous!”

7. Learning from a Master

A teacher I had in high school always said to his students “if you can get away with cheating go for it”. Turns out he had gotten a raise for getting his masters degree, but never actually got the degree. This went on for over 10 years before the school system figured it out. Somehow he got hired at a new school too.

8. That is creative, eh

Here is a Canadian one (being Canadian its even ethical).

Wait outside a Superstore gas station and watch for users that leave the receipt. On the end of each left receipt is a “Superbuck”. 20 minutes and you can collect enough for lunch.

Saw someone doing this… Thought it was pretty creative…

9. Ha HA!

I used to be a member of NY sports club. It is a semi expensive gym here. At the time if you forgot your ID card you could just tell the person behind the desk your number. I always forgot. After a while I noticed I was transposing two numbers in my ID and they were still letting me in. I cancelled my membership and had free all access gym membership for three years. Ha!

10. Yup, might steal this too.

If you want to cancel your cellphone contract without paying a fee, pull up the provider’s service map.

Find a huge hole in the map, like a desert out west. Look for a town name in that map. Tell them you’re moving to Putzachateeawaka, Arizona and you want to cancel because they don’t provide service there. Boom.

3 times now. 3 times.

11. Duh – I mean, I cannot condone stealing.

Torrenting college textbooks. I love the internet.

12. I’m not sure this is worth the $13 a pack.

Old job gave us smoke breaks, but no 15 minute breaks for non-smokers. I explained this was ridiculous to my boss, he didn’t get it. So I took up “smoking” again. I’d take 15 minutes every shift to stand behind the building with a lit cigarette, puff it once, and then call my girlfriend on the phone.

13. How was that free?

When I was a (precociously computer savvy) 10-11 year old, I found a website that parents could set up as a reward system for children doing chores. The parent would set up an account listing several chores and assign them point values. The child, after completing these chores, could then use the points to buy various items offered on the website. There was (somehow) no charge for any of the stuff.

So, I created two e-mail accounts, two passwords on the site, and set up a really generous reward system where I got tons of points for doing imaginary chores. I used this to “buy” a load of Pokemon cards. That I then played with my Grandpa because I didn’t actually have any friends.

14. Gotta have a lot of free time though

I do this thing where you buy the ticket for one movie and then nonchalantly walk into the theatres for other movies within the theatre after the first movie finishes.

I believe the technical term for this is: movie hopping.


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