How to celebrate your birthday in style and economically

George Meredith once said, “Don’t just count your years, make your years count.”

And who says you need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to have a wonderful and memorable birthday? You don’t, because there are a number of restaurants and other service providers that offer you discounts and freebies on your birthday. You just have to take note of them and make sure that you collect on the day of your birthday or your birthday month, finds Alina Hardcastle.

Vida e Caffé – Nationwide

Provided you have a loyalty card, start your morning with a free cup of coffee on your birthday at Vida e Caffé. This will save you R20.

Ensure that you get your free loyalty card before your birthday, as you won’t qualify if you only present a valid I.D.

JC Brasserie – Cape Town

Head over to JC Brasserie and treat yourself to a free drink and meal to the value of R80 on your birthday. Simply present your valid I.D. and dig in to hearty meal.

Slick Card Birthday Voucher – Cape Town, V&A Waterfront

The Slick Restaurant Group will issue Slick cardholders with a R200 birthday voucher. The voucher will be loaded onto your card to spend any time during the month of your birthday and is only redeemable once, during your birthday month. This card is valid at Balducci, Balducci Asian Noodle & Sushi Bar, Gibson’s and Belthazar. If don’t already own a card, ask a waitron or store manager at any one of the restaurants mentioned above for an application form.

Cape Town Fish Market – Nationwide

Get your hands on Cape Town Fish Market’s accrue card, free of charge, and receive a R100 birthday voucher, which will be uploaded onto your card and is valid for 30 days from the date of your birthday.

Piano Bar – Cape Town

If you’re in the mood for something sweet then head over to Piano Bar, a spot that is all about spoiling guests with good music and food, and enjoy a free slice of cheesecake (valued at R45) after your meal on your birthday.

Spur – Nationwide

Along with Spur’s specials during week, brace yourself for a very public birthday cheer from the waitrons, along with a bowl of complimentary ice-cream (R15.90) on your special day.

Rush – Cape Town

Doesn’t matter how old you are, you’re never too old to jump around and have fun.

Rushian’s can jump around for an hour for free on their birthday – that’s a saving of R115. All you need to is bring along a valid ID in order to qualify. This special excludes Rush non-slip jump socks which is R25 per pair.

Table Mountain – Cape Town

Get a Table Mountain cable car ride for free on your birthday – it’s a saving of R240 per adult (correct as of 17 June, 2016) This deal is only valid for those who are 18 years and older. You must also be South African and have a valid I.D. to present at the counter.

Please note that the Cableway will be closed from 25 July to 7 August 2016 for annual maintenance. If your birthday falls between these days then you can collect your birthday ticket one week before or after annual maintenance.

Ster kinekor – Nationwide

You need to put in a bit of effort to get this deal! Make sure to sign up for a loyalty card and if you watch 15 movies within a year you will be upgraded to a SK VIP card that entitles you to free movie on your birthday, as well as invitations to all the exclusive Ster Kinekor VIP events.

Body Shop – Nationwide

The Body Shops’ loyalty card holders get R50 gift vouchers to celebrate their birthday, so hurry up and get your loyalty card before it’s time to blow out your candles.

How much you’ll save on your birthday month?

Here we look at the total saving you’d make on your birthday month if you took advantage of all the specials listed above. (We know some of these specials are only available in Cape Town but if you live elsewhere do take note of the nationwide deals available):

Vida E Café: R20
JC Brasserie: R80
Slick card birthday deal: R200
Piano Bar cheesecake: R45
Cape Town Fish Market: R100
Spur ice-cream: R15.90
Rush: R115 (adult)
Table Mountain cable car ride: R240
Ster Kinekor: R91
The Body Shop: R50


Total birthday saving: R956.9