Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

Eat until you drop: A survey of Birthday Coupon Land

Well, it's been a fun (and fattening) two weeks! As you may have gathered, I've joined a lot of restaurant mailing lists. I'm not too worried about the volume of email since I use separate email accounts for these. Just about every mailing list has some kind of birthday special or other. Some restaurants offer free items with no strings attached, while others require some kind of purchase. Some offers are birthday-only specials, while others are similar to coupon specials sent out at other times of the year. For chain restaurants, birthday coupons are generally good at any restaurant location in the chain, except for the Applebee's offer, which seems to be tied to the location you select when you sign up.

Coupons started trickling in at the beginning of the month. Most of those coupons were valid only from one week before to one week after my birthday, so as you can imagine, I wasn't able to use them all. However, I did use a good number of them. Anyway, for reference, here's the list of offers I received:

Free Items

99 Restaurant: Free dessert
Baskin-Robbins: Free 2.5-oz scoop of ice cream
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free dessert
Chevys Fresh Mex: Free entree
Denny's: Free Grand Slam on birthday
Don Pablo's: $10 reward on club card
Dunkin' Donuts: Free medium beverage
Famous Dave's: Free entree on birthday or free appetizer on other days
IHOP: Free Rooty Tooty
Moe's Southwest Grill: Free entree
Red Robin: Free burger
Ruby Tuesday: Free burger

Purchase Required

Applebee's: Free dessert with purchase of entree
Arby's: Free shake with any purchase
Boston Market: Free dessert with purchase of individual meal
Chili's: Free brownie sundae with purchase of entree
Coldstone Creamery: Buy one, get one free
Dairy Queen: Buy one get one free Blizzard
Fuddruckers: Free 1/3-lb burger
Greene Turtle: Buy one sandwich/burger/wrap, get one free
Lone Star Steakhouse: Free appetizer with purchase of entree
LongHorn Steakhouse: Free dessert with purchase of entree
Matilda's Pub (Newark, DE): Buy one entree, get one free
Old Country Buffet: Buy one meal and beverage, get one meal free
On The Border: Free dip trio or brownie sundae with purchase of entree
Qdoba: Buy one entree, get one free
Red Lobster: $5 off two entrees
Shady Maple Smorgasbord (East Earl, PA): Buy one meal, get one free
TGI Friday's: Free dessert with purchase of entree
Texas Roadhouse: Free appetizer with purchase of entree
Uno Chicago Grill: $10 off $25 purchase

A final note: If you get a free item for your birthday, please consider giving them some business at other times of the year too. Some restaurant chains may not be doing too well in this economy.
Tags: birthday, coupons, specials

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