Sep 22, 2010

Free on Your Birthday (Janssen)

Last week was my birthday. And so, in honor of my big day, we did what I like most - got things for free.

I was inspired by my friend Erin's post about the free birthday food tour of Ann Arbor. The fact that I do not live anywhere near Ann Arbor did not deter me - I would find free food in my city.

And oh, did I ever.

On my birthday, I stopped at Schlotzsky's for my free small sandwich, then drove through Sonic for my free creamslush (delicious). I picked up Bart from work and we went to Firehouse Subs where you can get a free medium sandwich on your birthday if you have ID that verifies that it is indeed your birthday. We split the two sandwiches and the slush and went on our merry, none-the-poorer way. Happy birthday indeed (also, neither of us had ever been to Firehouse before and WOW, it was delicious).

After Bart was done at work, we went to Benihana for dinner because they send a free entree/$30 gift certificate for your birthday. We got the largest sushi combo on the menu that was under $30 and it fed us both - no cost except a nice tip.

I still have my coupons (that are good for another week or so) for a free cone at Maggie Moo's, a free Blizzard at Dairy Queen, free ice cream from Baskin Robbins, a free entree at Kona Grill, a free burger at Fuddruckers, and a free burger at Red Robin.

I also got a coupon for a free ice cream at Cold Stone but tragically all the Cold Stones in the Austin area have closed. The nearest one is some 80 miles away and even I am not dumb enough to drive that far for a free ice cream cone.

If that isn't ENOUGH free stuff for you, here's even more comprehensive lists of places that offer a birthday treat of some sort: Birthday Freebies, Hey It's Free!, and Happy Birthday Deals.

I can't wait for Bart's birthday in the spring. . .

8 comments:

Kimberly F. said...

oh my goodness thank you so much for this!

Melanie said...

I did the same thing on my birthday. Don't forget to sign up at Ben & Jerry's. You get a coupon for a free scoop when you sign up for their newsletter and then another coupon for a free scoop for your birthday.

Corbett Family said...

Cool. My birthday is in a couple of weeks and now I know everywhere I can go to get free stuff!

the Danosaur said...

You are the get-free-stuff goddess. It's inspirational, really. I think you should make a temple trip and get some Coldstone just down the street. :)

Erin said...

Hurray for free things! Abe's bday is coming up - can't wait to cash in (yes, I will drag him around in the car for an afternoon so I can claim his rewards...do you think I can do this when Genghis turns 1?).

Marie said...

Haha! I love how you strategize. Thanks for all the great information. Also, Sephora gives out freebies on your birthday. Just sign up in-store or online and receive free makeup. Happy birthday too.

Carly said...

Seriously impressive. I'm one of those people who gets really embarrassed to get stuff for free. We had a coupon the other day for a free entree at Panda Express and I made Jeremy do the drive thru so I wouldn't have to be seen!

But I should seriously look into this since my birthday is in less than a month. I'm sure Jeremy would have no problem being my moral support :)

Melissa said...

Thanks so much! I always get free stuff for my birthday through word of mouth but having these websites is awesome. Since my husband's birthday is in my same month we have two 30 dollar gift certificates from Benihana so awesome! We also have a free dinner from Texas de Brazil which I've been dying to try out but since it is so expensive we haven't dared eat there. That means we'll go there and Beni's in October and eat out more in one month than we have this entire year lol.