I didn’t have anything planned for my birthday but after hitting the ‘Y’ for a short run and my son’s basketball clinic, I thought it would be a treat to go out for a little mother/son birthday dinner on a Tuesday. I had already spent a good portion of my restaurant budget for the month, so I was looking to make this a strategically cheap event and still have my cake and eat it too, literally! I took to Google and found this list of 400 restaurants that offer free food on your birthday. Applebee’s became my choice so we headed over in our sweats with no time to get spiffy.
I hadn’t been in a long time, so I was excited to find out they have completely upgraded the menu but disappointed I couldn’t find any satisfying (and healthy) meals under $10. I opted to get the appetizer sampler deal where you can pick 2 for $9. That was Win #1. Win #2 came when I was going over the dessert menu and spotted the daily deals. All day on Tuesdays kids eat for 99 cents when you order an adult entree. I hadn’t exactly ordered an entree, but my waitress was nice enough to have already put us on for the deal. Then of course, my Brownie Bite and ice cream were free (all desserts under $1.99 are free on your birthday) and I convinced D* to order a $1.99 Hot Fudge Sundae Shooter as well (Win #3).
For the meal we had, my impromptu birthday splurge rang up to just $13.62 before tip. We both left feeling pretty full and content (I think D was even more excited about the ice cream than I was) and I was happy I’d made another calculated move to control my spending.
…and you can too! It doesn’t take much effort to plan a little in advance in order to save a few bucks that add up over time.