Mr. K (As in Mr. Kirbie. Yes I’m phasing out DH. He’s still a dear husband to me, but for several reasons, I’ve decided to change it for future posts. Sorry to those who’ve grown attached to the “DH” name and sorry for changing it again.) and I recently celebrated our birthdays.
We’ve signed up and participated in some of the birthday freebies that restaurants usually offer throughout the years, but usually only one or two. This year, Mr. K requested one day of his birthday weekend to be all birthday free meal things. So I signed him up for a bunch of restaurant clubs prior to his birthday and we spent a few hours driving around and picking up all his free items.
It’s been a little disappointing to see that a lot of restaurants have pulled back from their offers. Some of our favorites got rid of their free birthday meals this year, or added a lot of limitations, so we didn’t partake. Here’s a round-up of stuff we did get:
Noodles & Company
If you sign up for their eclub, you’ll receive an email with a coupon, allowing you a free bowl up to $9. It’s actually a generous offer because when we went there, we realized everything was under $9. They also give a generous amount of time to use it. We received the certificate 5 days before his birthday and it was good for another 3 weeks after.
Of course we had to take full advantage and got one of the more expensive bowls, beef stroganoff.
Both of us have Starbucks rewards cards which gives you stars every time you buy a drink and entitles you periodically to free drinks after you’ve accumulated enough stars/points. What I especially like about Starbucks’ system is that their free drink is always any drink of your choice. A lot of restaurants that offer a stamp card for a free drink after a certain number purchased usually restrict the drink to one with a very minimal value. But Starbucks doesn’t have that restriction. You can get the largest size drink, add as many shots, extra syrups, etc, and it’s still free.
The same goes for their birthday free drink. If you put in your birthdate on your online account, they will put in a free reward into your rewards account, good on any drink or a bakery item. They give you the reward a few days before your birthday and give you about a month to redeem it.