Celebrate and indulge for more than a day

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Several years ago in college, I was put up to a challenge by a friend: Acquire as many birthday freebies from restaurants as possible.

At the time, I was a little unfamiliar with this process. He informed me that he went to about six or eight restaurants that day and had at least one free item per restaurant. As a college student who, of course, enjoyed getting free food, I was quite ecstatic at the idea of these restaurants I enjoy offering me free food rather than paying.

I then went to my good friend Google; began to search “birthday freebies” and was amazed at how many restaurants offered either free items or buy one get one free for your birthday. I must have signed up for email lists to 20 or more restaurants and stores that day.

A week later and it was my birthday. We went to several restaurants throughout the day. We got a buy one get on free meal at Moe’s, a free sub at Firehouse Subs, free doughnut at Krispy Kreme, and ended the day with a free drink of choice from Starbucks. This was only my first year experiencing the concept of birthday freebies from restaurants, but it wasn’t the last.

Since then the raining of birthday coupons has been continual for a month rather than just a day or two. My birthday isn’t until the 20th of the month, but when the calendar hit April 1 I began to get emails for birthday coupons. The first one came from Red Robin offering me a free burger. Then came coupons including free items from ice cream places such as Ben & Jerry’s and Cold Stone, free coffee from Starbucks. Tupelo Honey Cafe even gave me a free dessert as well as a free pint glass to take home. Some retail stores have sent $5 off coupons.

Birthdays are a fun time. When you live in a situation such as us where you have family in more than one state you can celebrate your birthday more than just a day. We visited my family in South Carolina this weekend and were able to go out with my family to celebrate my birthday.

Next weekend, we’ll most likely have dinner with my wife’s parents and family for my birthday dinner. I was already asked last week, by my father-in-law, where I plan to eat for my birthday and when we would like to go.

Birthdays are a good time to bring people together and celebrate. Sometimes we can celebrate with the company of others or celebrate by getting free things from restaurants.

I encourage you to sign up for birthday deals from restaurants, you’ll be quite amazed at how many places may offer free or discounted items. Remember, treat yo self!

Tony Feagin is a member of The Daily Record newsroom staff. He may be reached at 910-745-7874 or tfeagin@mydailyrecord.com.

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