Enjoy freebies from area businesses on your birthday

8:38 PM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - If you enjoy free stuff then get out a calendar and put a big circle around your birthday.

More businesses than ever are offering bigger and better free birthday deals thanks to online birthday clubs and internet coupons.

Coffee, breakfast and burgers are free at dozens of places, but when you dig a little deeper the discounts and freebies are even greater.

"I think I've topped out at around $200 in total value of freebies I've gotten on my birthday," smiled Michael Hamerlind.

Hamerlind has made it an annual tradition to collect all the free stuff he can. He has signed up for so many birthday clubs he now gets more offers than he can possibly use.

His birthday typically starts off with a free cup of java along with breakfast, but then the celebration really begins.

"One of my favorites is the free car wash," said Hamerlind. "They vacuum the inside, wipe all the surfaces and windows."

The full service wash can be found at the Downtowner in St. Paul and you're given a week to redeem it, the wash retails for $21.99.

Benihana takes things up a notch with a $30 gift card that can be used Monday through Thursday during the entire month of your birthday.

For free golf you can head over to the Shamrock Golf Course in Corcoran. If your birthday lands during the winter, they'll offer you a free round the month that they open.

KARE 11 Facebook fans found a few more deals. Shannon Watson's tip is a free eyebrow wax at Ulta and Megan Tredinnick said she gets bath salts with her $25 Aveda gift.

Nearly all of the freebies require you to join a club or give up your email address, which to Hamerlind, is a small price to pay.

"If it's there for the taking, why not sign up for it and see what you can get," smiled Hamerlind.

We'll leave you with one more offer and a links to others, Walmart offers a free portrait valued at $29 on your birthday, you must make your appointment in advance of the big day.

An entire list of birthday freebies can be found at www.freebie-depot.com/birthday-freebie-list.

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