by D. Sharon Pruitt
Birthdays are wonderful things because they're a time to spend with friends and family. They are also excellent because of the gifts and treats you're rewarded with for your year of hard work. But why depend solely on your loved ones to provide you with those much needed rewards when there are companies that are eager to congratulate you on your big day? Here are five places ready to offer you some great birthday freebies:
Booster Juice has locations all over the city that provide hungry Torontonians with delicious and nutritious smoothies. For their freebie, all you have to do is go to Booster Juice website and sign up to become a member of their "Booster Nation." They will then e-mail you a coupon for a free regular sized booster juice on your birthday. It's the perfect breakfast to welcome you into a new year!
What a Bagel
This is definitely the easiest freebie out there. All you do is go into your nearest What a Bagel on your birthday and show your I.D. to receive a dozen bagels completely free. And with the huge variety they offer, you can certainly find flavours to please the whole family!
Sign up for their Club 31 on their website and they'll email you a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream that can be redeemed five days before or after your birthday. So even if you've filled up on Booster Juice and bagels on the actual day, you can make use of this freebie at another time. What says birthday better than a free scoop of ice cream?
With Starbucks, it's as simple as 1, 2, 3.
- Put some money on a gift card (even if it's just $5) or make use of one you received for your birthday in the past.
- Register it on the Starbucks website.
- Receive their voucher for a free birthday drink in the mail. Let's face it: those Venti frapps can be pricey, so seize the opportunity for a free birthday beverage!
Jet Fuel Coffee
If you're not into the big chains and prefer a smaller joint (or are just in need of a second caffeine hit after Starbucks), head over to Jet Fuel Coffee in Cabbagetown. The staff there are super friendly and would be more than happy to get you a steaming hot cup of Joe on them.
You work hard all year and deserve a day all to yourself, so get out there and get your free birthday treats!