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A Style & Savings Guide to Birthday Freebies

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Whether you’re celebrating your 21st birthday, or looking fondly looking back on those days, birthdays are always a reason to celebrate!

Birthdays are a time to reflect, to be grateful for another year , and to time spent with people who make you happy.

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Indulging on your special day doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of stores and restaurants that offer free gifts for your birthday.

All of these treats require minimal effort to create an account by signing up with an email address. If you don’t already, I would suggest setting up a separate email account for store coupons and rewards cards.

Some of the treats don’t have to be collected on your actual birthday – so you can extend your celebration all month long!

Breakfast


Panera – Sign up for MyPanera and get a Free Pastry reward added to your account. The offer is good until 1 week after your birthday.

Starbucks – Sign up for Starbucks Rewards to receive a Free Drink, of your choice in any size. Must redeem on your actual birthday, offer is only good for 1 day.

Lunch


Firehouse Subs – Sign up for the Firehouse Subs rewards program to receive a Free Medium Sub. The offer is loaded to your account immediately and is good for up to 6 days after your birthday.

Shopping Trip


Sephora – Once you sign up for Sephora’s Beauty Insider Rewards, you will receive an offer for a Free Birthday Gift, which is a small sample size of a popular brand-name beauty product.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – Must sign up before your birthday month begins to receive a Free Classic Pretzel for your birthday. This perk is automatically loaded to your account on the first day of your birthday month and you have until the end of the month to use it

Dinner & Dessert


Applebee’s – Sign up for Applebee’s email club to receive a Buy One, Get One Free Entrée reward, good for up to 30 days after your birthday. Bring a friend!

Chili’s – My Chili’s Rewards members receive a Free Dessert birthday reward

Olive Garden – Olive Garden eClub members receive a Free Dessert on birthdays

Cold Stone Creamery – Join Cold Stone Club Rewards to get a Buy One, Get One Free Ice Cream offer added to your rewards account. Bring your bestie : ) The reward is available 1 week before your birthday and can be used up to 1 week after

*Note: There are other restaurants not mentioned above that will give free dessert on your birthday if you ask!

What are your favorite Birthday Freebies?

Where do you like to celebrate?

 

 

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Mini Chocolate Lava Birthday Cakes

This year, for my birthday I wanted to make a unique, chocolate dessert. After scrolling through my Pinterest boards, I found an idea on this site.

I don’t normally order dessert at restaurants, but I remembered trying this one at Chili’s before. It has gooey, hot, melty chocolate with the ice cream scoops on top to cool it down.

The mini versions were pretty simple to make – but there were a couple of tricky steps that I will note below.

Cake Ingredients:
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners’ (or powdered) sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, and 2 large egg yolks  (* a total of 4 eggs)

Toppings:

Ice Cream

Sprinkles

Birthday Candles

Directions:
Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray (these can also be made in 4 ramekin dishes)

Preheat oven to 425°F

Chop the chocolate into smaller pieces. Put butter and chocolate into a glass bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave for 30 more seconds until completely smooth

In another small bowl, whisk the flour, powdered sugar, and salt together

*In a third small bowl, combine 2 entire eggs plus only the yolks of 2 more eggs

Pour the flour mixture and eggs into the bowl of chocolate. Slowly stir everything together using a wooden spoon. If there are any lumps, gently use a whisk or a fork.

Spoon chocolate batter evenly into muffin tin (I was able to make 9 total).

To bake in a muffin tin, the cakes only take about 8 minutes. *(I added an extra 2 minutes and that was tooo long, The extra time completely cooks the center, and you don’t get the lava effect).

Allow to cool for 1 minute, then using a knife, go around the edges of each cake to make sure they are not stuck to the pan. Cover with a plate and turn the pan completely over, so the cakes are on the plate.

Top with ice cream, sprinkles, (and a candle for the birthday girl!) and Enjoy!

See this post for desserts from last year’s birthday