Birthday Swag: Getting Free Stuff On Your Birthday

birthday swag: how to get free stuff around your birthday

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Yesterday was my birthday, and I received lots of swag!

My sister took me to Chili’s.  While we were there, I remembered that Chili’s had sent me an email before my birthday for something free.  I searched my phone and pulled up the email.  Sure enough, I got a free dessert with my meal.  That’s not the only free email I received.


I have had issues this year and in the past with some freebies and coupons becoming nullified if the email is opened more than twice.  I think companies who do this should put the reward, freebie, or discount in the subject line so we don’t have to open it to remember what the deal is.  When I go to a business to get a freebie, it is a promotion that is supposed to make me feel good about the company and the product.  When I leave disappointed and angry, I am definitely NOT feeling good about the company nor the product.

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Freebies I Received Leading Up To My Birthday

Lands’ End sent me 20% off my order.

Genghis Grill Khan’s Klub sent me a free bowl.

Hot Topic sent me $5 off my purchase of $30 or more.

Michaels sent me 20% off.

Captain D’s sent me a free meal (from a selection of 3).

Fazoli’s sent me a free dessert.

Longhorn Steakhouse sent me a free dessert.

Baskin-Robbins sent me a free 2.5 oz scoop or 3 oz. swirl of soft serve.

Red Lobster sent me $5 off any two adult dinner entrees.

Olive Garden sent me a free appetizer or dessert.

Dairy Queen sent me a BOGO coupon.

O’Charley’s sent me a free dessert.

Ruby Tuesday sent me a free burger.

Mazzio’s Italian Eatery sent me a free small pizza.

Cold Stone Creamery sent me a BOGO ice cream.

TCBY sent me $3 off my next treat.

IHOP sent me a free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes.

Logan’s Roadhouse sent me a free appetizer or dessert.

Great American Cookies sent me a free cookie cake slice.

Schlotzsky’s sent me a free small sandwich.

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen sent me a free slice of pizza.

Arby’s sent me a free small shake.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut sent me one free doughnut plus one free small coffee or fountain drink.  (HOWEVER, I opened my email twice before presenting it at the restaurant and got a “We’re sorry.  This offer has been viewed too many times.”) 🙁

Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery sent me $5 off any entree and a free slice of pie.

Krystal sent me a free Krystal or Sunriser.

TGI Fridays sent me a free dessert with the purchase of an entree.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill sent me a free appetizer or dessert.

Outback Steakhouse sent me a free dessert.

Bonefish Grill sent me a complimentary order of Bang Bang Shrimp or dessert of my choice.


It’s not just for birthdays.  All these restaurants and stores (and more) send me specials, deals, coupons, and special events throughout the year.  McAlister’s has free tea days.  Chik-Fil-A has free sandwich when you dress as a cow days.  There are lots of reasons to open your emails.  If you have a favorite store that isn’t listed here, I bet they have an email list for deals that you would love.


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About Trisha

Trisha Kilpatrick is a homeschooling mother of three. She has a degree in Education with a double major in Elementary and Special Education, but she is more proud of her countless hours of volunteer work in Children's Church. She believes that all children can learn and that, in life, simple is almost always best. *Affiliate links are used on this site. I may be compensated when you click on or buy from these links. If you have any questions, you can contact me at questions@trishadishes.com .

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