Happy birthday, gentle readers! If it is your birthday today I bet I just knocked your socks off ;) If it is not your birthday today, it will be at some point.
For me birthdays mean a day with lots of good will greetings and people treating you like a minor celebrity. And we all know what celebrities get, right? FREE STUFF!
Lots of places offer free items or substantial discounts on your birthday. Most do not openly advertise as much. But because I like you, gentle reader, I have composed a list for you. This list is mostly relevant to Canadians, but many of these companies are international so their policies regarding birthdays should be similar across the board.
Since pretty much every offer is dependent on your signing up for the club or newsletter, you may consider opening a separate (free!) e-mail account for e-mails/notifications and newsletters from all these places. This way as you head out to do some shopping you can scan this e-mail inbox for deals and sales.
Let's get started on where you can get freebies in celebration of your day:
(These will require ID, of course)
-Free small Slurpee on your birthday
American Eagle Outfitters
- sign up with them and get 15% off your purchases during your birth month (Nice one AE!)
Baskin Robbins Ice Cream
- You will have to join the Baskin Robbins Club 31 but then you will receive a coupon for buy one get one free ice cream scoop or cone.
- Once you sign up for their newsletter you will receive a coupon for a free regular sized smoothie on your birthday
- Sign up for their newsletter to get a coupon for a free pasta or dessert on your birthday
Cold Stone Creamery
- Join the My Cold Stone Club and get a coupon e-mailed to you for a buy one, get one free creation sundae on your birthday
- Choose a free birthday item. They usually have three or four items for you to choose from
-sign up with them and get a coupon for 10% off your entire purchase
-Join the Medieval Times Birthday Fellowship (that's really what its called, haha) and get free admission on your birthday
Milestones Bar and Grill
-Join the Milestones Club and get a free birthday coupon valid for a week (that's pretty cool). Plus, buy three entrees get the fourth for free (so make your friends buy their meals and get yours for free!)
- When kids under 11 join the Montana's birthday club they will receive a free meal from the kids menu on their birthday
-Register for the birthday club and get a free birthday item
- Get free lunch buffet on your birthday
- Sign up for the Seafood Lovers Club and get a "special birthday offer" (but they do not disclose what offer that might be)
-sign up for their newsletters and they will e-mail you a coupon around your birthday. Print it off and bring it on for 25% off the last ticketed price on all merchandise.
- Get their Beauty Insider Card and get a mascara and highlighter.
Shoppers Drug Mart
-When you sign up for e-mail newsletters with Shoppers, be sure to include your birthday. That way you can get a free makeover or beauty consulation.
- Get a free birthday beverage. They do make you jump through hoops a bit here though. First you have to have and register your Starbucks card. Then you must buy something at a participating Starbucks using your Starbucks card within 12 months of your registration. Then you should find a birthday postcard in your mailbox 3-7 days before your birthday. You'll need to bring that card in before the expiration date to cash in on your free drink
-Join the e-mail newsletter and get a free dessert on your birthday
- Get a free slice of Billie Miner Pie on your birthday
PLUS many mobile providers offer free minutes/data on your birthday. Since these often vary depending on your monthly plan go ahead and reach out to your mobile host to find out what they will offer you.
Once again, happy birthday gentle readers- whenever that might be.