Get Free Stuff – Join Birthday Clubs

I love free food. And I like making my birthday celebration last as long as possible. How to combine the two? Join some birthday clubs! I did this and enjoyed several complimentary meals and desserts for two weeks. Sign up at the restaurants or online. You may get a few mailings throughout the year but many times this includes coupons and, of course, birthday treats. Some places, like Denny’s, BJs and  CPK offer free meals  only for kids. Here are some of the better deals I found this year that include adults:

If you live in the LA area, there is a great Mexican restaurant called El Cholo. Sign up for their e-mail club and you can receive a $25 certificate to be used within 2 weeks of your birthday. Also a $10 coupon just for joining. Heck yeah! Sign the whole family up!

El Torito offered me a free entrée which I was not ashamed to collect on my own.

Black Angus – free steak dinner with purchase of 2nd entrée.

Red Robin and Fuddruckers offer free burgers.

Corner Bakery offers a free cookie.

Get free ice cream at Baskin Robbins and/or Cold Stone Creamery.

Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt – free yogurt.

Disneyland restaurants offer buttons, balloons and desserts throughout the resort.

Chilis, Applebees, TGI Fridays, Buca di Beppo – free desserts.

I did not sign up for this in time but I hear you maybe can get something good from the Cheesecake Factory. Sweet!

If you have local restaurants that you really love, check out their web sites and see if they offer freebies for signing up. Create an e-mail just for these offers if you don’t want them crowding your existing box. You can combine these with the deal alert e-mails I mentioned before.

Please post any great offers that I missed.

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The Perfect Christmas Present

My friend and I went out to lunch the other day, and after I loaded Mouse into the car and swept a half-dozen goldfish crackers into the gutter (bird food!) and then leaned over from the driver’s seat to relocate a snack catcher, sippy cup that had been in there for who knows how long (just water, thank God), some napkins, a receipt, some papers from something, and a Happy Meal toy, my friend sat down and said:

These things are so convenient

Friend: I just thought of the perfect Christmas present for you!

Me: Diamonds? A cruise? Sister wives?

Friend: No, getting your car detailed!

Now in a previous life I would have been embarrassed and then made a mental note to clear out the junk before I ever drove her anywhere ever again, but in THIS life, I just said:

Me: OMG, you’re right!!!!! That would be awesome!!!! And a sister wife too, yes?

So let me make this clear first–my car has always been a mess. Back when I used disposable water bottles, they’d collect on the floor and breed like rabbits. Train Guy used to refer to the passenger footwell as “The elephant graveyard for water bottles.”

And let’s not even talk about the glove compartment.

Well, actually, let’s talk about the glove compartment! My parents have this habit of keeping napkins in the glove compartment. Like extra napkins from fast food or coffee or whatever. My dad in particular used to have a napkin collection that kids these days would call “epic.” So of course, having been raised that way, I do it too. The first time Train Guy opened my glove compartment, a sheaf of napkins sprung out at him. He totally laughed at me. TOTALLY. Like, mocked me for keeping all these napkins around. And then I started putting them in his glove compartment, again when we’d have fast food or whatever (I make it sound like we eat fast food every day. Which sometimes is true. Heh.), and he would be like, “Okay [insert my dad’s name]!”

And then what happened? That’s right! He totally spilled a soda one day and guess what was handy and available to instantly clean it up?


Now my car is just where goldfish crackers go to die.