Fabulous Birthday Freebies
Despite the grandiose name of this blog post, most of these freebies were not actually fabulous. But, getting something for free is still pretty good. Hence, I decided that this year for my “birthday month” I was going to try to get as many free things as I could. Now, there are certainly more free items that one can obtain for their birthday. But, I feel satisfied with my efforts and what I obtained. While they might not all be fabulous, I can’t argue with something given to me for free just for being alive! So, here is the list of my free birthday loot.
Hot Topic: $5 Off
Reward Members can get $5 off of any purchase in store or online. I chose to buy a pair of snake earrings for $5.90. Thus, the earrings cost less than a dollar plus tax. You might think that I am too old for Hot Topic. The large amount of Disney products they sell seems to support this claim. However, I learned that uneven sized earring sets and friendship necklace sets seem to be popular right now. Yep, I am old and keeping up with the trends of the youth. The offer expires about one month after the birthday. Free earrings are pretty fabulous, so I will have to try to get another pair next year!
Photo from Hot Topic.
Olive Garden: Free Dessert
This is a pretty good deal, considering that desserts are over $7 at Olive Garden. I almost forgot to take a photo. Like all of these promotions, you need to be a rewards member to obtain the free dessert, which appears as an emailed coupon. The featured item is a Black Tie Mousse Cake. I don’t believe that a purchase was necessary, but I ate other food so I am not certain. The value cannot exceed $8.50 and the coupon expires within a few days of the birthday.
Starbucks: Free drink of any size
Starbucks rewards members can receive a free drink of any size. I redeemed the offer on my actual birthday. Unlike other promotions, it expires on the birthday, so it is good for one day only. The pictured item is an Iced Matcha Latte with oat milk. No other purchase was necessary.
Noodles and Company: Cookie or Krispie
Noodles and Company Rewards members can get a free cookie or rice krispie bar for their birthday. The promotion expires near the birthday. If I remember correctly, it expires within a few days. I redeemed the offer on my birthday. No other purchase was required.
Qdoba: Free Entree
This is one of the better deals, since most places only offer a dessert item. Rewards members can have a free entree for their birthday. I forget when it expires, but if I remember rightly there was at least a week after my birthday to redeem the promotion. The pictured item is a vegetarian burrito bowl. No other purchase was necessary.
Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven
I don’t really like breakfast, but hey, it’s a free meal. I actually planned on letting my friend Adam eat this, but he was not feeling well. So, neither of us was keen on eating the eggs, pancakes, and meat item (for Adam). I ended up eating some of the pancakes. No other purchase was necessary, but I ate an appetizer and iced tea.
Photo from Perkins
Caribou Coffee: Any Drink
Caribou Coffee offers a free any sized birthday drink. To access this deal, you need to be a rewards member. No other purchase is necessary, but the promotion expires a week after the birthday. My drink of choice was an Iced Matcha Latte with oat milk. It is less sweet than the Starbucks version. It was pretty fabulous!
Dairy Queen: Blizzard
This isn’t the best deal, since you must buy one to get one free. But, if you happen to have a friend who wants a Blizzard or feel like eating two, you can get a “free” Blizzard for your birthday. This promotion appeared in the Dairy Queen app. I forgot to take a photo until I was nearly done, but this is a Double Fudge Cookie Dough Blizzard. This was the Blizzard of the Month for February.
Marcus Theaters: Soda
To my great surprise, when I went to see the movie Parasite, I was informed that because it had been my birthday, I could get a free junior sized soda. Even a small movie theater soda is around $5, so this was a pretty good deal. To get the free soda, you must be a Magical Movie Rewards member. I didn’t get a free movie, but I went for $5 movie night, so it was a pretty cheap visit to the theater. That was pretty fabulous!
The final free food item that I received for my birthday was a cookie from Subway. To get a free cookie, you must be a rewards member, but no other purchase is necessary. The coupon was valid until about two weeks after my birthday. It was not the most exciting birthday freebie, but nice to end the month with one final thing. Yes, this was a bit anti-climatic, as my brother pointed out, but I was happy to add another item to my collection of birthday freebies.
It’s March now, so the birthday fun is over (mostly). I had a fun time trying to find some birthday freebies and it gives me a starting point to up my efforts next year. Other places with freebies include Applebees (dessert), Texas Roadhouse (appetizer), and Jersey Mike (sub sandwich). Of course, none of this is really “free” as I am doing the labor of providing free advertising for these corporations by sharing this information. I also get more advertisements from these companies because of my reward memberships. The companies most likely recover the cost of these “free items” in my spending over the year. Nevertheless, it is fun to get something for mostly free!