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13+ Best Frugal And Free Ways To Celebrate Birthdays

Birthdays can be an expensive affair.  Especially when you have a big family.  And while some people don’t mind spending hundreds to thousands of dollars, we prefer to find ways to be a bit more frugal.  Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to save money?  ESPECIALLY right now with all these uncertain times.  Because saving money here means there’ll be extra cash to use somewhere else.  So today, we’re sharing the best frugal and free ways to celebrate birthdays.

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Best Frugal And Free Ways To Celebrate Birthdays

Looking for the best free stuff to help celebrate a child’s birthday?  Or maybe a special adult in your life has their day coming up.  No matter who it is, we’ve compiled a list of the best frugal and free ways to celebrate birthdays to help you out.  Some ideas are no cost and some offer steep discounts.  So we hope this helps you to be able to celebrate the next birthday with flair!

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Free Burger At Red Robin

Jump online before your birthday month and sign up to get their emails.  They’ll send you a coupon for a free burger on your birthday!

Breakfast In Bed

To celebrate someone special in your home, serve them up breakfast in bed featuring all their favorites.

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Groupon

Even if it’s not time to line something up just yet, get signed up TODAY!  They will often send promo codes for an extra percentage off a variety of options.

Get A Kohls Card

For your birthday month, Kohl’s will send you a $10 coupon that’s good for any purchase of $10 or more!  

Bath & Body Works

Card holders of Bath & Body Works receive a free purse size lotion in celebration of their birthday.

Homemade Photo Booth

Hit the dollar tree and grab some tablecloths or streamers for the backdrop and fun accessories for props.  Make some signs by hand and you’ve got a real live photo booth to commemorate the day!

Homemade Photo Booth Hit the dollar tree and grab some tablecloths for the backdrop and fun accessories for props.  Make some signs by hand and you've got a real live photo booth to commemorate the day! - 13+ Best Frugal And Free Ways To Celebrate Birthdays (1)

Home Depot Birthday Party

Check your local store to see if they offer this.  But many Home Depots allow 2 hours free in their party room!  You can bring in your own food and then the kids get aprons, certificates, and a free wood project with tools to complete at the party.

Annual Museum Pass That Carries You Through The Year

At Christmas time, consider gifting the family a year long family museum pass.  Then visit on each family member’s birthday.  This will ensure you get your moneys worth AND offer a special activity on birthdays!

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Go On A Picnic

Pack a lunch and visit a local park, beach, or fun location and have a relaxing picnic.

Celebrate At Lunch Time

Visit a local restaurant during lunch time as the prices are typically a discounted rate compared to supper.

13+ Best Frugal And Free Ways To Celebrate Birthdays

Local Mexican Restaurant

Call your local Mexican Restaurant as most offer a free dessert for birthdays!  Ours doesn’t require any email sign up or anything.  We just go in, show our drivers license, and get a FREE fried ice cream dessert that day!  Then we just share it between everyone with each taking a couple bites.  It’s the perfect ending to a wonderful meal!

Applebees 

If you sign up for emails from Applebees, they will send a coupon for a free dessert to use during your birthday month.

Olive Garden

Olive Garden guests can receive a complimentary dessert on their birthday.  And to receive other great offers, simply sign up for their eClub.  Be sure to include information like your birthdate so they can get your your birthday coupon.  Also, when you sign up for the Olive Garden eClub, you will also get a FREE Appetizer or Dessert!  Another plus about getting their emails is you’ll receive free and $1 kids meal alerts, usually several times a year.

Best Frugal And Free Ways To Celebrate Birthdays

Additional Restaurants To Check:

There are many other great restaurants that offer a free perk on your birthday.  Be sure to check with your local franchises to see if they are still offering these specials:

  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Free snack size wing pack
  • Caribou Coffee – Free drink
  • China Star Buffet – Free on your birthday with the purchase of an entree
  • Culvers – Free one-scoop Sunday
  • Dairy Queen – Free blizzard
  • Einstein Brother’s – Free egg sandwich
  • Extreme Pita – Free pita
  • Famous Dave’s – 50% off your entree
  • IHOP – Free stack of pancakes
  • La Casita – Free entree with the purchase of an entree
  • Mexican Villiage – Free entree with the purchase of an entree
  • Noodles & Company – Free bowl of noodles
  • Panera Bread – Free bakery item
  • Pepper Jax Grill – Free entree
  • Perkins – Free bacon, egg, sausage and pancake meal
  • Pretzel Maker – Free pretzel bites
  • Red Lobster – $5 off your check
  • Sbarro – Free pizza slice
  • Starbucks – Free drink or food item
  • Texas Roadhouse – Free appetizer
For more great frugal and free ways to celebrate birthdays ideas, google 'free birthday stuff'.

And don’t forget to whip up a batch of Rainbow Cupcakes for an awesome, affordable birthday treat too!

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Lisa P.

Monday 14th of November 2022

I never knew Home Depot had kids' birthday parties. The photo booth is a really fun ide. If you get creative, you can always pull together a fun and inexpensive party.

gloria patterson

Wednesday 18th of May 2022

This is a lot of good information. Todays parents plan birthday parties that really hurt their budget. My great niece (5) was at a birthday party last saturday. They brought in petting animals and they were there about 3 hours. Then they moved to another location where girls dressed up.

Ashley Parks

Monday 28th of March 2022

I didn't think about the free food on birthdays idea! My hubby has a birthday tomorrow and we have a Culver's nearby. I didn't realize Starbucks did a free item as well. I'll have to pass on the info! I know he'd be excited to go by there in the morning before work if he knew that.

Lauryn R

Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

These are super fun frugal ways to celebrate Birthdays! I really like the idea of a group craft, like at Home Depot.

Donna

Thursday 26th of November 2020

I love these ideas! The Home Depot birthday party sounds fun. Those cupcakes look yummy. Thanks for sharing!