I usually treat myself to something indulgent on my birthday—maybe a trip to the spa, some jewelry or a new pair of shoes. This year I decided to put my champagne taste on a beer budget to see how much free birthday stuff I could get (no actual beer was involved, unfortunately).
I already knew about a few offers—I’ve been hitting up Red Robin for a free birthday burger for years. But some quick web research revealed several lists of free birthday stuff. There are lots of discounts and BOGO’s (buy one get one) offers, but I decided to focus on things that I could get for free, straight up.
Now the question was: how much free birthday stuff could I get in just one day? And so began my epic birthday challenge. Here is the first part in a three part series on birthday giveaways.
Birthday offer: Free drink
How to get: Join My Starbucks Rewards loyalty program
Timing: Available two days before your birthday and expires the day after your birthday
This is probably the most well known birthday offer. Super easy to redeem—just scanned my card on the Starbucks mobile app. I considered getting a really expensive drink to up the value, but after discovering that the most expensive drink on record is a 101-shot latte that cost $83.75 and contained almost 6,500 milligrams of caffeine, I decided not to get into that crazy game and went with a Venti Decaf White Chocolate Mocha. The two cashiers that helped me were very excited that it was my birthday and suggested other free birthday stuff after I told them about my birthday challenge.
Birthday offer: Free Original Grand Slam breakfast
How to get: Show valid ID on your birthday
Timing: On your birthday
Value: $10.29 (taxes and gratuity extra)
Next up I met my sister at Denny’s in Burnaby for some breakfast. No need to sign up for anything—just show your ID on your b-day and get a free Original Grand Slam Breakfast, consisting of two eggs, two strips of bacon, two sausages and two pancakes. My scrambled eggs were overcooked, but they actually did me a favour—I had a long day of eating ahead and was happy to skip the eggs!
Birthday offer: Free gift
How to get: Join Beauty Insider club
Timing: Any time during your birthday month
Value: $30 (estimate)
I went to Metrotown after breakfast to pick up my free gift at Sephora. The current gift (it changes annually) was two NARS mini lip pencils: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien. A pretty good value considering the regular size lip pencils are worth $32 each.
4. Freshslice Pizza
Birthday offer: Two free slices of pizza and medium fountain drink
How to get: Join the Freshslice Fan Club (unfortunately they are no longer accepting new applicants, but will still honour the birthday offer if you’re already a member)
Timing: On your birthday
This is when I started to get a bit creative. Most birthday offers are food related and there is only so much you can eat in one day. I live close to a Freshslice, so I picked up my free za and put it in my fridge at home. Bam. A meal for tomorrow.