Are you ready for some freebies? (For maximum effect, say that again in your best Michael Buffer voice.)
OK, good. Now that we’ve established you are in fact ready for freebies, I sincerely hope you have a birthday coming up sometime in the next 12 months.
Because there are dozens of businesses that want to give you free stuff on your birthday. Even better, they don’t all have to be claimed on your actual birthday. Some may be used in the weeks before or after your big day. Play your cards right, and you could be enjoying free food all month long. Beyond food, you could be in line for discounts, coupons and goodies from other retailers.
The catch is, you usually have to be signed up for a company’s email newsletter in order to get the birthday freebie coupon. Make sure you sign up well in advance, because email subscriptions don’t always kick immediately.
In addition, since newsletter lists have the potential to fill your inbox with junk as well as freebies, I recommend setting up a separate email account to use specifically for these sign-ups. Live.com is one place to get a free email address.
And finally, we need to, of course, put in the disclaimer that companies can and do change promotions without advance notice. However, these were all, to the best of our knowledge, accurate and available at the time of writing. If you find a freebie doesn’t work or if you know of one we missed, please leave a message in the comments below.
Now that the details are out of the way — on to the freebies!
30 restaurant birthday freebies
It seems as if just about every restaurant offers a birthday deal. 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.
If you don’t see your favorite restaurant on the list, check out their website and sign up for their mailing list anyway. You may just get a freebie coupon in your inbox. Plus, it never hurts to tell your server it’s your birthday (assuming it actually is your birthday) to see if they do anything special in-house.
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 entrée
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
15 retail birthday freebies
Food seems to be the main event when it comes to birthday freebies, but don’t overlook retail store offers. Here’s a rundown of some of the retailers offering free stuff to help you celebrate another year of your feet on the ground.
Aveda: Free gift
CVS: Free $3 in ExtraBucks
DSW: Free $5 gift certificate
Smashbox: Free cosmetics
Bare Minerals: Free gift
Dave & Busters: Free $10 game play
Kmart (Shop Your Way program): Free gift and $5 in birthday bucks for your child on their birthday
Sephora: Free gift
Toys R Us: Free gift for your child on their birthday
Victoria’s Secret: Free gift
Redbox: Free movie or game rental
ULTA cosmetics: Free gift
Ace Hardware: Free $5 gift certificate
Regal Entertainment Group: Free movie admission
Famous Footwear: Free gift
5 other birthday discounts
These aren’t freebies, but they are discounts that are only available to the birthday boy or girl. Again, sign up for the company newsletter to have the discounts sent to your inbox.
How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Do discounts and freebies influence the way you spend your day? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.