Let’s face it, none of us are rich. At least not anyone I know. True, some are better off than others, but at the end of the day, we ALL could use a break. And although the savings from a feel meal aren’t enough to stave off an eviction notice, it is almost always guaranteed to being a smile to anyone’s face.
So how do I do it? Or should I ask, how do YOU do it? I’m sure you know by now, but I don’t think you know just how far down the rabbit hole you can go.
It’s all in the birthday, which you’re reminded of every time you hear the restaurant team come out from the kitchen, clapping in unison. All the way up to the celebrating party’s table. You clap along with the rest of the patrons as they present the piece of birthday cake with the candle in it. You’ve done it before too; let your server know it’s your birthday as you enter the restaurant or when you’re at the table. Back in college, we constantly tried sneaking word to the server about a (supposed) birthday of one of the friends in the group, unbeknownst them. And someone always got caught off guard.
Today, thanks to social media and restaurant web pages, in the form of “E-Clubs” aka “Birthday Clubs”, you’re rewarded in advance via email notification. All you have to do is go to the site of your favorite places and sign up with your email address. That’s it. Sign up. Sure, it takes some time, the first time around, but if you do take the time to identify all of your favorite spots and join their clubs, you’ll get a nice surprise when your birthday rolls around.
And here’s an added bonus: Many places will offer you a deal at the time of sign up. For example, Scrambler Marie’s gave me a free meal, just for signing up and you better believe I was there the day after to redeem it!
Amd now, my birthday has come around. Actually, it falls on December 28 but yesterday (the 21st) I woke up to a barrage of emails with coupons for free entrees, appetizers, desserts and BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) deals.
And because I belong to so many Eclubs, I’ve got breakfast, lunch AND dinner covered. The deals usually begin 7 days prior and last for 14 or 21 days.
Originally, you had to print the email, so I copied and pasted every coupon to a Microsoft Word document then printed them all at work, after hours.
Nowadays, you show them your email on your phone, they scan/enter the barcode, then voila! Git’cho grub on! But do be kind enough to tip them based on the percentage of the original amount (oh, stop your whining. I just gave you the hook-up!).
…and that’s it!
Now, for those of you who actually read this to the end, if you’re following me (and you must be following me – if not, go here and enter your email address at the bottom to follow) I will post the names AND links to several popular Eclub sign-up pages and save you a lot of research.
All you need to do is stay tuned (because I will NOT make any announcement on social media) and look for it in a blog post very soon!!
In the meantime…