First, please stroke my ego: how do you like the new header/logo? I played around with making a new one this weekend and I think I like this option. Seems more adult/classy/professional than the last one, I think? Maybe? Just agree with me :)
Moving on. This is a post I've been brainstorming for quite awhile but kinda procrastinated posting because I was never sure when I was actually done researching. I mean, there are SO MANY FREE THINGS you can get on your birthday. It's kind of insane.
It's also funny timing to finally publish this today because yesterday I (finally) redeemed my Starbucks birthday reward. Mike & I split a venti chestnut praline frapp and it was really good! I made sure to get the most expensive drink on the menu ($5.25 !!!!! whoa) ... obviously ;)
And before I dive into the freebies, two things to mention:
#1. Double check my research
I tried really, really hard to get this all right but some of the restaurants are a little secretive about their rewards so I might not be 100% accurate. If you're really excited about getting a reward, I'd suggest double checking my facts before you set out for your freebie :)
#2. Use those fancy email filters once you sign up for all these lists
Most of these offers are for people who sign up for Rewards clubs/email lists/etc. That means that as soon as you sign up, you're going to start getting MASSIVE amounts of emails from these companies. Be prepared for this. Maybe use one of your secondary email addresses that you rarely check (we all have those, right?) or create some sort of fancy filter in your inbox that can divert these emails into a separate folder.... whatever you do, just make sure you AREN'T forced to look at all these emails every day because they'll tempt you into spending money and that is not good for our wallets. Just do something to hide all these emails until it's your birth month and you're ready to take advantage of the freebies :)
With that said... here's a list of everything I found-- I hope this helps you get a whole bunch of freebies on your birthday!! :)
A Big List of Birthday Freebies:
Au Bon Pain- free sandwich or salad for eClub members
Baskin Robbins- free scoop when you sign up for their Birthday Club
Bruegger's- I believe you get a free bagel with cream cheese with purchase of a coffee if you're an eClub member
Caribou Coffee- free coffee for email list members, but I think it's only on your actual birth DAY and you'll be sent a coupon for it.
Cinnabon- free MochaLatta chill (some sort of coffee drink?) for Club Cinnabon members
Dairy Queen- you get some sort of discount/freebie-- might be a free blizzard, might be BOGO? I can't quite tell--for Fan Club members
Dippin Dots- free ice cream for Dot Crazy Rewards Club members (what a name...)
Dunkin Donuts- free medium coffee for DD Perks Program members (you become a member by getting a gift card and registering it online or through the mobile app). I think the birthday reward is good for 90 days after your birthday, so that's pretty cool!
Firehouse Subs- you don't even need to sign up for an email list, just show your ID on your actual birth DAY and you'll get a free medium sub!
Honeybaked Ham store- free sandwich for Rewards club members... I think you have to go to their website and pick your local store before you can sign up for the Rewards club (thanks for the tip, Amy!)
IHOP- free meal for members of the "Pancake Revolution" (which I guess is their rewards program?)
Jersey Mike's- free sub and drink for email list members ... but be sure to sign up at least a week before your birthday! (they even specify that on the website)
Krispy Kreme- free donut and small coffee for email subscribers
La Madeleine- free pastry for E-club members (thanks for the tip, Debbie!)
Maggie Moo's- free kid's cone for email subscribers
Noodles & Company- coupon for a free (!!!) dish sent if you're in their eClub
Panera- free pastry (I got a delicious pecan roll this year!) for Rewards members
Red Robin- free burger for people in their eClub
Starbucks- free drink/food (I never get the food but I believe that's an option) for Rewards Members (are you a rewards member yet? you should be)-- but be sure you sign up at least 30 days before your bday! The offer is valid for a week or so before your birthday, through about a month after your birthday (don't quote me on those specifics)
Waffle House- free meal (not sure what that includes, though) for "Regulars"
Got any others to add? Let me know and I'll add 'em to the post! :)
What's your favorite birthday freebie?
I think mine would have to be Starbucks-- shocker, right? But I really want to try Firehouse next year; they have awesome subs!