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With him about to apply for disability for Fibromyalgia, we’ve suddenly had to rework our monthly budget to include ½ our normal household income. Entertainment, grocery, and other categories have been slashed. Every single thing we can pitch from our expenses, we’ve been pitching.
So. when my birthday came up last Friday, I wasn’t expecting it to feel like a “real” birthday. I had cake and dinner with my family planned for the weekend, but I was planning on the day itself being just another work day. (Freelancing from home, so at least I got to stay in my PJs, but otherwise not very special.)
Then, I started receiving my birthday freebie e-mails.
My (Super Cheap) Special Day
I’d forgotten all about them in the course of dealing with our current budget crack-down, but years ago, I signed up for a ton of birthday freebies, and every year, they show up in my inbox like lovely extra gifts.
Thanks to birthday freebies, my husband and I enjoyed a delicious lunch at Red Robin—a free birthday burger for me, a gift card I’d received as a present paid for my husband’s burger and our drinks, and I got a free birthday sundae in lieu of being sung to. (Side note: being one of several tables in the restaurant sung to that day vs. free ice cream? I’m choosing the ice cream.)
For dinner, I claimed my free birthday Grand Slam at Denny’s (gotta love pancakes for dinner), and my husband ordered a $4 item off their “$2, $4, $6, $8” menu—two chicken wraps with salsa, more than enough for a filling meal.
The total damages, for the meals and the movie we decided to splurge and rent on the way home? Under $10. For two good meals and a movie.
Claim Your Free Stuff!
Usually, freebies are things like a free dessert with your meal, a BOGO entrée, or a certain dollar amount off your check. But sometimes, you can make out like a bandit. Did you know Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant gives you a free $30 gift certificate? (Makes me wish there were a Benihana’s in my area!)
Some deals are only good on your birthday, but many are good for the week if not the entire month of your birthday—so technically, you could spread the birthday celebration out for weeks! Combine your freebie with other discounts (like we did with our Red Robin gift card and the Denny’s value menu), and you can get some seriously cheap meals simply for being born.
And it’s not just limited to restaurants—you can find birthday deals at retailers and entertainment centers, too. So have a free meal, go get yourself a free present at Aveda, and then enjoy a free game of bowling.
Being showered with gifts and saving a ton of money? Now that’s my definition of an awesome birthday.
How about you all? What cool birthday freebies have you come across?
Share your experiences by commenting below!
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