BY KEA YENGST
There are many ways teens can celebrate their birthday. Maybe it’s a party with their friends and family, a nice dinner or even bringing a platter of treats to share at school. But there are other ways to celebrate your special day off-campus with some of your favorite restaurants and stores, especially with the fact that they give complementary merchandise to those who provide verification or are loyal members. Here are the five ways to get free things on your birthday at stores and restaurants near you.
1. Denny’s “Build Your Own Grand-Slam” deal Craving a breakfast combo that’s not from your home kitchen? On your birthday, head on over to Denny’s in Monterey with your driver’s license or any other verification of birth to create your own breakfast of champions with Denny’s “Grand Slam” breakfast. Note that the deal only works on your birthday with a valid ID.
2. Cold Stone Creamery’s birthday BOGO coupon Are you at the Del Monte Shopping Center and looking for a delicious birthday treat other than cake? Cold Stone Creamery has just what you need!Sign up for CSC’s “My Cold Stone Club,” and once you join, a Buy One, Get One FREE Creation coupon is loaded onto your account and accessible on your birthday. In addition to a birthday coupon, you will get 25 bonus points to redeem later just for signing up! Nothing better than a reduced-price ice cream that you can eat during a trip to the Del Monte Shopping Center.
3. MyPanera free pastry Ice cream, smoothies and pancakes not your thing? Sign up for Panera’s “MyPanera” rewards program and receive a member card on your next visit. Once you sign into your account on your birthday, you will receive a free pastry coupon to redeem in store! If you don’t like Panera’s pastries, however, your online MyPanera account gives you the option to give your coupon to a friend. It’s definitely better to be kind and give a friend a delicious pastry rather than it going to waste. Remember to redeem your coupon before the expiration date, depending on which day your b-day falls on.
4. Jamba Insider Rewards free smoothie Looking for a refreshing and, sometimes, healthy alternative to traditional birthday treats that’s not as overpriced as a bottled juice? Sign up for Jamba Juice’s “Jamba Insider Rewards” program and not only receive a free birthday smoothie or juice, but also $3 off your next order! Similar to Cold Stone, customers can redeem accumulated points to earn more discounts on future purchases.
5. Sephora Beauty Insider mini birthday gift Ever at the mall and needing a quick fix of some lip gloss or are running low on your favorite cosmetic products? Not to worry! Sephora offers a freebie if you own a Beauty Insider card! If not, go to Del Monte’s Sephora and sign up with your birthday and a valid email address. You’ll receive a card and a free gift of your choice during your birthday month. You can claim your birthday gift any time during the month of your birthday, but ONLY during that month. Note that Sephora changes their birthday gift options every year, and there are only two options each year to choose from. Sephora allows Beauty Insiders to redeem points for travel-sized makeup from different brands.