Guide to the Best Birthday Freebies

Did you know there are scores of businesses that want to lavish you with free awesomeness on your birthday? They are hoping you’ll not only come in for your birthday freebie, but also bring along 10 of your closest family members and friends who will spend big bucks. Better for you, many of them are flexible, so your freebies don’t all have to be claimed on your actual birthday. Some may be snapped up before or after your big day.


Play your cards right and you could be enjoying free food, discounts, coupons and goodies from various retailers all month long. Getting in on the fun is free and easy. Just be sure to sign up well in advance of your big day for a company’s birthday program, email newsletter, or social media page. If you’re not sure if your favorite retailer has a birthday program, it doesn’t hurt to ask an associate or host. And, of course, bear in mind the disclaimer that companies can and do change promotions without advance notice.

Here is a list of restaurants and retailers that offer birthday freebies to help you celebrate your big day.

– Denny’s: Free Grand Slam breakfast (no sign-up needed; show ID to server)
– Cracker Barrel: Free dessert (no sign-up needed)
– Applebee’s: Free dessert
– Baskin Robbins: Free ice cream
– Buffalo Wild Wings: Free dessert
– Orange Julius: Free drink
– Einstein Bros Bagels: Free sandwich
– IHOP: Free meal
– Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut
– Red Robin: Free burger
– Starbucks: Free drink
– TCBY: Free yogurt
– TGI Fridays: Free dessert
– Blimpie: Free sub
– BDs Mongolian Barbeque: Free meal
– Caribou Coffee: Free drink
– Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Free appetizer
– Texas Roadhouse: Free appetizer
– The Melting Pot: Free chocolate fondue
– Houlihan’s: Free entree
– On the Border: Free appetizer
– Qdoba Mexican Grill: Free burrito
– Smokey Bones: Free dessert
– Subway: Free lunch
– Waffle House: Free waffle
– Benihana: Free $30 gift certificate
– Tony Roma’s: Free meal
– Steak ‘n Shake: Free burger
– Olive Garden: Free appetizer or dessert
– Macaroni Grill: Free dessert

Retail Birthday Freebies
– Aveda: Become a member of and get a free gift every year on your birthday.
– CVS: Register for a CVS ExtraCare Card and get $3 in ExtraCare Bucks every year on your birthday
– ACE Hardware: Sign up for ACE Rewards and get a $5 off coupon on your birthday.
– American Eagle Outfitters: Sign up for AERewards and get 15% off during your birthday month.
– Bare Minerals: Become a Friends and Benefits member and get a gift customized to your personal profile on your birthday.
– Disney: Register for Disney Movie Rewards and you’ll receive a credit for a free Blu-ray movie on your birthday.
– DSW: Join DSW’s rewards program and receive a $5 gift certificate on your birthday.
– Old Navy: Sign up for Old Navy’s email newsletters and you’ll receive a free surprise on your birthday.
– Sephora: Sign up for Beauty Insiders and receive a complimentary gift during your birthday month.
– Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for their mailing list and receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $10 or more on your birthday.

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