There is something magical about birthdays – I just love birthdays, and especially my own! In our household birthdays are a major event, with the birthday boy or girl having the privilege of being “Ruler for a Day”, which means bossing the rest of us around for 24 hours!
But as fun as birthdays are, they can be quite expensive – think cakes, presents, a special meal out with the family, and so on. So what better way to save yourself some money on your birthday than to snag yourself a whole lot of freebies! I also must admit that I do love getting a very special “Happy Birthday” from everyone who serves me as I redeem my birthday vouchers for my very special birthday treats!
How do I get freebies and discounts on my birthday?
It’s simple. Sign up for their loyalty programs and enter your date of birth. Many retailers are getting smart with email marketing these days and automate messages and offers based on your birth month. Visit their site, sign up (even if you aren’t buying something) and wait for the offers to stream in. Perhaps you could even open a specific email account with Gmail or similar specifically for this?
Some freebies to get you started
Below you can find a list of items that are available to you on your most special day, so make sure you put in that annual leave form so you have plenty of time to go around collecting all your goodies! Luckily not all of them have to be redeemed on your actual birthday, but some do, so please bear that in mind when planning your free spree. I have included all of the relevant links that you will need to make sure you are all signed up and ready to go on your birthday!
Anaconda – receive a $10 voucher on your birthday when you sign up for the Anaconda Adventure Club
Baskin Robbins – sign up to Baskins Robbins Club 31 newsletter and they will send you a voucher for a free scoop of ice cream during the week of your birthday
Boost Juice – a free boost juice if you are a Vibe Club member (it is free to sign up)
Cold Rock Ice Cream – become a Cold Rock VIP member and they will send you a voucher for a free ice cream with 1 mix-in on your birthday
Crossroads – free $10 birthday voucher with no minimum spend
Gloria Jeans Coffees – sign up to their loyalty program to get a free regular sized drink on your birthday
IKEA – get a free Princess Cake on your birthday by signing up to be an IKEA family member
Jamaica Blue – get a voucher for a free slice of cake during your birthday month
Jeans West – receive an email for a $10 birthday voucher to spend on full priced items with no minimum spend
Katies – receive a $10 voucher for signing up to the VIP Style Card, plus a $20 birthday voucher with no minimum spend
Kikki.K – you will be emailed a $10 birthday voucher with no minimum spend when you become a Kikki.K member
Nando’s – you will receive a voucher for a free meal during your birthday month if you have signed up for their Peri-perks loyalty program (please be aware you must have made a purchase in the past 6 months to receive the free birthday meal email)
Oporto – get a $5 voucher for signing up to their loyalty program, and a free meal on your birthday
Priceline – print out your $5 birthday voucher to redeem in store
Salsa’s – an email voucher will be sent to you for a free burrito, redeemable two days before and after your birthday
San Churro – get a voucher for free birthday churros by signing up to their newsletter, which is valid a day either side of your birthday
Shingle Inn – get a free cupcake and coffee during your birthday month
Subway – during the week of your birthday you can get a free 6-inch sub of your choice and a 600ml drink
Sumo Salad – you will need to pick up a Sumo Society card in store before you can register online, but once you have you will get a free Sumo salad on your birthday
What other freebies do you know about from major Australian stores and restaurants?
Please feel free to share them in the comments below so that we can all enjoy a little something extra on our birthdays!