My husband's birthday is almost exactly one month after mine. Since many of these birthday clubs send birthday freebies one month in advance, the restaurant free-for-all typically spans from early August to late September for us. Two months of dining out is actually more stressful than you'd think.
So now, whenever I sign up for a new birthday club, I tell them my birthday is in April or October. I'm shameless.
This year feels a little bit different, though. I'm not sure why, but I feel like I haven't received as many birthday freebies as I have in the past. Maybe these restaurants have somehow gotten word that I've formed new eating habits and either are doing me a favor or don't want to deal with all of my pain-in-the-ass questions about what contains wheat and what cooking oil they use. I've been holding off on posting this list because I feel like more should be coming - but with one week left, I guess maybe a lot of restaurants aren't giving away birthday freebies this year.
Or maybe I've just forgotten the extent to which I've lied about my birthday... Should I expect an ambush of freebies in October? Well, if you are interested, here are the restaurant birthday clubs that have sent me something so far this year. Most of these I can't actually use because these are restaurants that are in the Northeast, and I moved last year.
- Applebees - Free dessert
- Baskin Robbins - Free sundae AND a $3 off ice cream cake coupon - This cracks me up. Should I buy my own birthday cake?
- Bonefish Grill - Free Bang Bang Shrimp
- Cold Stone Creamery - Buy One Get One Free Any Size Creation
- Dennys - Free Grand Slam- They'll substitute something of equal value
- Dunkin Donuts - Free Coffee
- Friendly's - Free medium sundae
- Houlihan's - Free Entree
- Kahwah Coffee - $3 towards purchase
- Panera - Free Coffee - They used to give out a free pastry. Happy they made the change!
- Red Robin - Free burger - Hello, lettuce-wrapped Royal Red Robin burger!
- Ruby Tuesday - Two Free Cupcakes
- Starbucks - Free beverage
- Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation - Buy One meal w/ drink, Get One Free
- Ted's Montana Grill - Free Dessert