How to Live on Crypto: Buy Food

Hey everyone and welcome back to the sixth installment of how to live on crypto! Today I’ll be showing you how to buy food.

Buying With Bitrefill

Most of the places you’ll find food is from Bitrefill, same as most of the other categories we covered before.

Go to and select the “food” category to see all the different options.

Go to the “groceries” category and find gift cards to grocery stores in your country. A great option, if available, is Instacart, which allows you to get groceries delivered straight to your door. Let’s do that. Go to Instacart, enter the amount, add to cart, go checkout, pay with Dash, copy and paste the amount and address, then send. Then, at checkout at Instacart, under payment method, select “add gift card”, enter gift code, and check out.

Don’t forget! Bigger retailers like Amazon and Walmart can also be used to buy food.

When you get tired of eating at home all the time, try the “restaurants” category. It’s the exact same process when paying in-person, except you show the bar code on your phone for the server or checkout to scan. Sometimes you write the gift code and PIN on the paper receipt when you get your bill instead.

Finding an In-Person Restaurant

Now if you get tired of doing everything through Bitrefill, it’s time to find some places to buy food at directly in crypto.

As mentioned previously, gets you the most reliable directory for in-person crypto businesses, color-coded by how recently they took a crypto payment, so you know if they’re still valid. CryptWerk can also help: go to, select Dash, select the map, under “offline locations” select “cafes bars and restaurants”, and see what you can find.

Don’t forget to keep a cash tip handy depending on where you live, as many servers don’t have a crypto wallet and not every business is set up to take tips in crypto.

That’s it for this time, next week we’re wrapping up this series with the tough one: how to pay your bills. See you next time!

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