Deal of the Day September 19, 2008

Mickey Mouse wants to celebrate your birthday with you.

FREE .  Well, except for the souvenirs and the parking and the food and the…

Start your birthday off right with the most mousical birthday present of all: free admission on your birthday during 2009 to one of the Theme Parks of Walt Disney World® or Disneyland® Resort*.

You can pre-register, or just show up at the gate with proper ID (but have to fill out the form).  And if you have a Season Pass or other multi-day ticket  you can choose from one of their other birthday gifts instead.

Visit their website for all the details.

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Thirty-nine Hours

Thirty-nine hours.

My Dad’s big move from the 5 bedroom house to the 2 bedroom condo is was today, and I’ve been out there all day every day this week packing and organizing what’s going, what’s staying and what’s going to be donated. There is much craziness, especially since Son’s birthday party is on Saturday.

At this point there is nothing done for this party, except for the invitations. I have not finalized the menu, done the goodie bags, decided on a cake, nor gone to Costco, Publix or Walmart.

And I’m not crazed. Which is very surprising, considering that this is the only large party I throw each year, how anal I usually get (just ask my sister-in-law) and how normally 90 percent of what needs to be done would be done by now.

So, tomorrow I will take Son to his swim lesson and afterwards drop him off with my sisters (who came into town to help with the move). Then I will do two weeks worth of errands in one afternoon, start the set-up, bake most of the cakes (I think I’m doing cars, which means several separate cakes). Saturday I’ll have plenty of help from my sisters, which is good since I’ll need at least four hours to decorate the cake(s) and the party starts at two.

I know I don’t have to put new Son-centric labels on the Play-doh or spend six hours on a cake, but I enjoy it, and so does Son.  Last year he and his friend A sat mesmerized by the train cake I made, practically drooling with anticipation.  Son has an unhealthy love of cake, but really, who can blame him?

So, do it I will. And if there are only burgers and dogs and two types of hors d’oeuvre instead of ten, so be it.

And in forty-eight hours I will get to relax and enjoy the memory of my son’s glee as he blows out the candles, sees his friends and plays hard enough to make him fall asleep before his head hits the pillow.

Deal of the Day March 24, 2008 – Happy Frugal Birthday to Me – Happy Birthday Freebies For You

In honor of my birthday I did an internet search to see if I could actually eat free all day. I found lots and lots of possibilities, and here they are.

A note of warning: Some of these could possible be out of date, or outright wrong. So please check ahead of time. I’d hate to see any of you washing dishes. Unless they were my dishes. Please, feel free. Any time.

ALFY’S PIZZA – free mini pizza
ALL-AMERICAN CAFE – free dessert
APPLEBEES – free dessert
AUSTIN GRILL – Register First – free meal
BAKERS SQUARE – free pie
BANDIDO’S – free entry
BASKIN ROBBINS – free ice cream treat
BENIHANA’S JAPANESE RESTAURANT – free dinner WITH 3 other paying guests ( Verify first with your local )
BENNIGANS – free dessert + song
BERN’S – free meal
BILL KNAPP’S – gives adults a % discount equal to age; plus a free birthday cake (w/purchase of a meal) during the week of your B-day
BLACK BRISKEE – free meal
BOB’S BIG BOY – free hot fudge ice cream
BUFFALO WILD WINGS (BW3) – free dozen hot wings
BURGER KING – free kids meal to all kids club members
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN – Register First – free kids meal during the month of their birthday
CAPTAIN DIZZY’S CAR WASH – free car wash
CARROWS – free cake
CATTLEMEN’S – free dessert and cowboy hat
CHARLIE BROWNS RESTAURANTS – free meal for “Handshake Club” members
CHEVY’S – free dessert and sombrero
CHILI’S – free song
CHIPS N GIGGLES – free meal

COLD STONE CREAMERY – Register online for yourself (and up to 5 children) and get a free treat
CLAIM JUMPER – Free Dessert
CROWN THEATRES – Buy One Movie Ticket, Get One Free
CRAZY BUFFET – free meal
DAVE AND BUSTERS – $5 game card credit
DENNY’S – free meal (said to be only kids under 10 now)
DUKE’S CHOWDER HOUSE – b1g1 coupons (register first). FREE dinner for your birthday!
EINSTEIN’S – free meal
EL CHICOS – free dessert
FAMOUS DAVE’S BARBECUE – free meal (w/advance sign-up)
FUDDRUCKERS – free burger
FUNNY BONE COMEDY CLUB – free cake (party of 5 min.; 2 drink min.)
GOLDEN CORRAL – free meal to Birthday Club members (not just kids!) during month of birthday
GRILLFISH – free meal
HANA JAPAN – free meal
HARD ROCK CAFE – free dessert
HOMETOWN BUFFET – free birthday cake
HOLLYWOOD VIDEO – one free video rental
HOOTERS – free song + t-shirt
IHOP– free meal
JOE’S CRAB SHACK – free cake
JT WHEATFIELDS – free coupon in phone book
KING BUFFET – free meal

KRISPY KREME – free dozen donuts + travel mug of coffee (register first)

LADONNA – free meal
LOMBARDI’S IN BALLARD – Register First – free meal w/another during month of birthday
LOTUS – free meal
LUTHERS BBQ – free stuff (varies) for “Great Rewards” members
MACARONI GRILL – free dessert + OPERA-style “Happy birthday” song
MAGGIANOS – Sign up online and they will send you a coupon for a free appetizer, dessert, or whatever.

MARIE CALENDERS – free dessert
MAX AND ERMA – free $5 dessert
MOONIES DINER – free meal
MUCKLESHOOT CASINO – free sushi dinner + player’s club points
NITTY GRITTY – free drink + souvenir glass
OLIVE GARDEN – cake (some say free, most say $$)
ONAMI – free dinner WITH 3 other people paying
OUTBACK Steakhouse – free dessert + song
PANCAKE HOUSE – free entry
PAPPA’S RESTAURANTS – free dessert
PARADISO’S – free meal
PERKIN’S – free stack of pancakes
PF CHANGS – free cake or cheesecake
PIZZA EXPRESS – free meal
PONCHO’S – free meal, dessert & picture
PROVINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT – free $10.99 meal and ice cream dessert
Radisson – free entree in their 12th floor restaurant
REAL SEAFOOD COMPANY – free meal and dessert
RED LOBSTER – free slice of cake + song
RED ROBINS – Register First – free burger coupon / discount coupon
RICE & COMPANY – free meal for Robinson Rewards Club members
ROCK BOTTOM – free appetizer for Mug Club members
ROUND TABLE – free personal pizza
SCALINI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT – up to 10.95 off pasta specialties
SHEPARD’S BUFFET – free dinner buffet w/3 other paid customers
STEAK AND ALE – free mini choco cake
STEAK-N-SHAKE – free dinner for “birthday club” kids
TACO BELL – free combo meal of your choice
TGI FRIDAYS – Free birthday Dessert
THE 99 – free meal
THE BARNSIDER’S/DEPOT RESTAURANTS – 1/2 off meal + cake & song
THE LOFT – free meal
THE PALM – 3lb lobster (must be a member/register first)
THE PARADISO – free entry + sombrero & song
THE VINE TAVERN – free meal
TODAI SEAFOOD BUFFET – Free Meal or voucher for Meal Next Visit
TONY ROMA’S – free dessert, free meal
UP THE CREEK – free meal and dessert
VACCARO’S ITALIAN PASTRY SHOP – free dessert and drink
WENDY’S – free kids meal to all kids club members
Z’ TEJAS – Register First – $15 coupon for the month of your birthday
ZIO’S – free dessert mini pizza

I hope you all enjoy March 24th. It’s always been a great day for me!

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Happy Leap Day To You

I had a teacher in junior high who took great pleasure out of telling us that we were actually older than him, as he was only twelve. He’s the only person I’ve ever known who had Leap Day as their birthday.

I remember as a kid feeling sorry for anyone born February 29th, as they only got to really celebrate their birthday once every four years. Sure, they may have had parties and cakes and celebrations, but they didn’t have that special birthday day experience that only a child can feel, and only on their actual birthday.

In my house the birthday person ate off of the good china while everyone else used paper plates. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus were at the behest of the birthday girl. Activities were planned based on what the birthday girl wanted to do. It was fun and special and we always felt blessed. My sister and I have birthdays only twelve days apart, so it made for a fun month.

Now that I’m an adult birthdays don’t revolve around me any longer (how did that happen?). I do still usually make sure I get a special treat of some kind on my birthday, and Husband knows I’d better get a homemade white cake with chocolate frosting (this is your reminder, honey).

And since time seems to speed up so much the older I get, an only-once-every-four-years birthday is looking much more attractive.

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