Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on Living on the Cheap.
When you’re discussing anniversary dinner ideas with your loved one, consider booking a restaurant with anniversary specials. You know you can get free stuff on your birthday, but you can also score anniversary freebies at a number of restaurants near you. These anniversary deals include free food and drink and other surprises, perfect for the frugal couple.
To qualify for a free anniversary gift, you must sign up for a restaurant’s mailing list, eClub or loyalty program. Essentially, you allow the restaurant to market to you in exchange for that free pasta dish or slice of cake.
Restaurants define anniversaries loosely, which gives bargain hunters more ways to take advantage of these anniversary freebies. Here are some tips to scoring big with anniversary deals:
- None of the restaurants ask for proof of a wedding or an anniversary date beyond the date you enter in the registration field. If you sign up for each restaurant with a different anniversary date, you can celebrate your love with free food and restaurant discounts every month, rather than having to choose where to go on your wedding date each year.
- Restaurants also do not judge you if you have not followed the traditional path to marriage. If you’re in a committed relationship or partnership and have an anniversary you celebrate, go ahead and sign up for these bargains. Don’t remember the exact date you got together? Make it up!
- Speaking of committed relationships: Some of the deals listed below are for the anniversary of the date you committed to the restaurant’s club or mailing list, not your partner. Since it is an anniversary, we’ve included those deals.
2022 anniversary freebies and deals
Celebrate your anniversary of any kind on the cheap with free food or drink, a coupon or some kind of discount on your meal. Following are the current offers from restaurants near you.
Sign up for the I Love Big Boy email club and get a free dessert on your birthday and anniversary.
Buca di Beppo
Sign up to the eClub for the first time and provide both your anniversary and birth dates for a special deal.
Join the Rounder’s eClub for offers on your birthday and anniversary.
GQT – Goodrich Quality Theaters
Get a free popcorn on your sign-up anniversary of joining GQT movie rewards.
MyHop members get free pancakes on their birthday, when they sign up and on every anniversary of signing up.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Join their E-Club for $10 off your next visit, a birthday surprise and an anniversary treat.
Members of the E-Club can enjoy a wedding anniversary gift, plus a birthday treat.
Sign up for Mimi’s E-Club, and enjoy anniversary and birthday treats.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Sign up to receive emails and get offers on your birthday and anniversary.
Ted’s Montana Grill
When you become a Ted’s Insider, you’ll get a coupon for a free appetizer on your anniversary.
Texas de Brazil
Sign up for the eClub at this churrasco restaurant chain and receive a special deal for your anniversary plus $20 off two dinners when you become a member.
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