In my last post I told you about my epic birthday challenge to see how much birthday fun I could have without spending any money (if you missed it, read Free birthday stuff – part 1).
I covered the first four stops on my journey and ended with a pit stop at home. From there I headed out for lunch.
5. Booster Juice
On my way to lunch, I stopped at Booster Juice for a smoothie. I needed my strength to get through the rest of the day, so I got a high-protein superfood smoothie with a fancy booster.
Birthday offer: Free stack of pancakes
How to get: Join the Pancake Revolution
Timing: Coupon sent week before birthday, valid for two weeks
I happen to love breakfast food, so I was pretty excited to have pancakes for lunch. However, I was starting to fade after that GIANT smoothie. This is the point when I realized that the main limitation to cashing in on free birthday stuff is your own appetite, as most offers are food-related. I was also rolling solo at this point of the day and was slightly worried that I might attract looks of pity for eating pancakes alone on my birthday. But let’s be real. Everyone there was eating pancakes at 2 pm on a weekday. There was no judgement happening.
Birthday offer: Free drink
How to get: Show valid ID on your birthday
Timing: On your birthday
There was some discrepancy about the size of the free drink you receive. When I called previously to confirm the offer, I was told you get a free small drink. At the store, one cashier said I get a regular drink and the other said any size drink. I think I ended up with a large tea latte. I was losing steam (pardon the pun) at this point, so I spent about an hour sipping my drink, reading my book and soaking in some rays to recharge for the rest of my birthday challenge.
8. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Birthday offer: $5 coupon
How to get: Sign up for My Smileage club
Timing: Coupon valid two weeks prior and two weeks after your birthday
After my tea break, I met up with my friend Christina and got back to business. We hit up Menchie’s for some fro-yo. The crushed peanut butter cup topping is the best.