Best Birthday Freebies in the Peoria, IL area

Before my birthday last week I signed up for a bunch of birthday clubs and such for restaurants in the Peoria area. A lot of the coupons you get with these are BOGO, which is nice if it’s for a place you frequent anyway, but not really worth for places you only go on occasion. I did collect a few nice completely free freebies (most of which I still need to use as my original plans were derailed by have having so much fun shopping with friends that I lost track of time), and I promised a couple different people to post about them here so they’d know which birthday clubs are worth signing up for.

(There are a lot of lists of birthday freebies on the internet, but I got tired of having to wade through a bunch of chains that don’t have locations near me in order to find the pertinent deals, which is why I figured this list would be useful to others in the area.)

Pro tip: you’re going to get a LOT of promotional e-mails if you start signing up for a bunch of clubs like this. Gmail now has a separate tab for promotional e-mails, which helps, but if you’re an obsessive notification checker, or just really like to cut down on e-mail clutter, I highly recommend getting a secondary e-mail address someplace (I use Yahoo) to use when signing up for offers like this. I also use that e-mail address when registering at most store websites, when signing up for freebies, etc.

Baskin Robbins: free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream OR 3 oz soft serve swirl

Format: printable only

Fine print: free + applicable sales tax

Expires: mine expired 5 days after my birthday

I got my offer over e-mail. I don’t know if the text club offer gives you anything additional or different for your birthday or not.

UPDATE: I have now used the Baskin Robbins free scoop coupon. We presented the coupon after ordering and were informed that the coupon is for a kid’s sized scoop, but he did go ahead and take off the $2.09 value of a kid’s sized scoop, so we got my scoop of ice cream for $0.40. It was still a very pleasant experience and a good deal, but I’d suggest showing the coupon before you order, or specifically ordering a kid’s size scoop to make sure you get your ice cream free.

Caribou Coffee: free medium drink

Format: present Perks card (or account linked phone number)

Expires: valid only on your birthday

I’ve used this one without any problem on previous years, though this year I had a little problem with remembering which phone number was linked to the account, so I was sadly not able to use my free drink reward.

Culver’s: Free one scoop sundae

Format: printable only

Fine print says: Sundae includes two toppings, Additional charges may apply for nuts.

Expires: two weeks from when they send your coupon (they sent mine on the day of my birthday)

I joined the e-club so I got my offer over e-mail. I don’t know if the text club offer gives you anything additional or different for your birthday or not. I haven’t used this coupon yet, but I’ll try to come back and update the post if and when I do, and tell you if there were any additional restrictions or hassle with using my coupon.

Denny’s (click join now in the Rewards box): Free Grand Slam breakfast (the picture shows two eggs, two small sausage links, two strips of bacon and two pancakes)

Format: printable only

Fine Print says: Present ID upon ordering to redeem coupon.

Expires: Valid ONLY on your birthday

FYI, there are no Peoria locations for Denny’s, so you have to go to East Peoria to use this one. I haven’t used this coupon yet, but I’ll try to come back and update the post if and when I do, and tell you if there were any additional restrictions or hassle with using my coupon.

IHOP: Free order of Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity pancakes OR of World Famous Pancakes (second option listed in fine print)

Format: printable only

Fine print says: Valid ID required to redeem. Dine-in only. Limit one coupon per table.

Expires: two weeks from when they send your coupon (they sent mine the day before my birthday)

I was a little disappointed to see they have a limit of one coupon per table, because we also got a coupon for free pancakes for signing up for the e-mail list, and I was hoping we could use both in the same visit. Though, realistically, my husband I would probably both be fine doing a light Saturday breakfast of splitting the order of pancakes and just do lunch a little earlier… I’ll try to come back and update the post if and when I do use this coupon, and tell you if there were any additional restrictions or hassle with using my coupon.

Logan’s Roadhouse: Free Dessert OR Appetizer

Format: printable (not sure if you could show the coupon on a smart device or not)

Fine print says: Good on any menu item $7.99 or under OR one full size dessert. Not valid on alcoholic beverages.

Expires: thirty days from when they send your coupon (they sent mine one week before my birthday)

I haven’t used this coupon yet, but I’ll try to come back and update the post if and when I do, and tell you if there were any additional restrictions or hassle with using my coupon.

Panera BreadFree pastry

Format: present Rewards card (or account number)

Fine print:Cannot be redeemed for bulk pastries, souffles or bagels.

Expires: mine expires nearly three months after my birthday

I haven’t used this coupon yet, but I’ll try to come back and update the post if and when I do, and tell you if there were any additional restrictions or hassle with using my coupon.

Red Robin: Free Burger

I didn’t complete my sign up (which requires getting a call or text with a verification code) in time to get this coupon so I don’t have any details on it. Do note that there are no Red Robin locations in Peoria, so you have to go to East Peoria for this one.

Ruby Tuesday’sFree Burger

Format: printable, or show code on smart device

Fine print says: Recieve a free burger (up to $9). Not valid on limited time offers or daily specials.

Expires: mine was valid from the day before my birthday until two weeks later

FYI, there are no Peoria locations for Ruby Tuesday’s, so you’ll have to go to Morton to use this one. I haven’t used this coupon yet, but I’ll try to come back and update the post if and when I do, and tell you if there were any additional restrictions or hassle with using my coupon.

In case you’re interested, here are additional birthday clubs in the area that give you a discount (usually something free with purchase):

Applebee’s: BOGO entree

Auntie Anne’s: BOGO pretzel product (Auntie Anne’s also has a perks app which offers a free birthday pretzel. I don’t know if that’s also a BOGO offer or not.)

Dairy Queen: BOGO medium blizzard

Einstein Bros Bagels: free breakfast sandwich with drink purchase (We used this coupon because Einstein Bros is a favorite breakfast spot for us anyway. On the same visit we also used the free bagel and schmear (with other purchase) coupon we got for signing up for the e-mail club, and between the two coupons we ended up paying about $12 for two breakfast sandwiches, a latte and a bagel with schmear. No hassle whatsoever about using the coupons, and they didn’t even make me show my ID to prove my recent birthday, though the fine print said they would.)

Famous Daves: Buy one entree get one 1/2 off

Flat Top Grill: Free ‘birthday bowl’ with purchase of equal or greater value

Hometown Buffet: BOGO dinner buffet

Longhorn Steakhouse: free dessert with purchase of entree

Red Lobster: $5 off purchase of two dinner entrees

Sonic: Free medium tater tots with purchase (I also got a coupon with the option of free creamslushie or tater tots, but I think that one was for the anniversary of my signing up for their e-mails. It’s a little confusing though, because both used the word ‘birthday’ in the coupon.)

Here are a couple more non restaurant coupons and freebies that seemed worth mentioning:

Driscoll’s Berries: .50 coupon off your next purchase of Driscoll’s Berries. I’m a fan of coupons on fruit, but this would would be more awesome if my birthday happened while berries were in season…

Famous Footwear: $5 off $5 or more shoe purchase coupon (Officially only ‘Gold’ members get a birthday offer, but I haven’t spent enough there to possibly be a Gold member, and they still sent me this coupon. It’s not valid on accessories, slippers or a few select shoe brands. Oh, and limit 21 pairs of shoes, in case that was going to be a concern with a $5 coupon…)

Redbox: free movie rental (near your birthday they’ll email you a code that’s valid for two weeks)

I’d love it if you would comment below and let me know of any good birthday freebies in the Peoria, IL area, or of any experience you’ve had redeeming the above birthday coupons (restrictions, etc). I’d especially like to hear of any local restaurants or coffee shops that have some kind of birthday reward, because I’d often rather get a small discount at a favorite local place than drive out of my way for a minor freebie at a chain restaurant I never ordinarily go to.

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