This week includes a momentous occasion — I am hitting the big 3-0! (PSST I have big giveaways going all week long on Instagram and Facebook so be sure to check it out!) Who doesn't love to celebrate birthdays? And what better way to celebrate than with FREE STUFF!
A few years ago I compiled the world's most gigantic list of birthday freebies and have been using it ever since. I revamped it for you below. All you need to do is get on the email lists for these places and they will give you great freebies and deals for your birthday and other special occasions. I not only get free food, but free makeup, gifts, coupons, and more!
HERE ARE MY TIPS FOR TAKING ADVANTAGE OF SO MANY FREEBIES:
- If you don't want junk mail to hit your inbox, simply filter the emails out! That way the coupons and deals are automatically filtered into a handy little folder, ready and waiting for when you need them. Get the tutorial on filtering your email HERE. Just DON'T UNSUBSCRIBE from them, or else you'll have to go back and re-subscribe every year. What a pain!
- Once you get a deal, put it on your calendar. I use Google Calendar because I can access it from anywhere (my phone, ipad, computer, etc.) and you can have multiple calendars within a calendar. So you could have a “coupons” calendar, and “hide” it when you don't need it. Put the expiration date on your calendar, and put a reminder that the expiration date is coming 1 week before it happens. This is also a great tip for those Groupons and daily deals that always seem to expire before I get around to using them….grrr….
Now, onto the deals!
(PSST – any I missed? Please let me know in the comments below and I'll update my list! Thanks!)
Food & Restaurant Freebies
Amato’s Sandwich Shop – Join the Tamatos Club and get a free birthday sandwich.
Applebees – Free dessert. They also have a newsletter, but no word if it sends out a birthday coupon or not.
Arby’s – Free 12oz. milkshake with any purchase.
Atlanta Bread Company – They have a VIP eClub that you can sign up for, gaining you a free cookie on your birthday.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – They’ll send you monthly coupons all year long if you sign up for their newsletter, so it’s pretty safe to guess you’ll get a birthday treat.
Baskin Robbins – Baskin Robbins will send you a coupon for a free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream on your birthday plus other special promotions when you join the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – They’ll send you a coupon for a free appetizer.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream – Become a Chunk Spelunker and you can get some free ice cream!
Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant – They’ll send you a $30 gift certificate valid during the month of your birthday.
BD’s Mongolian’s B.B.Q. – Signup for their Club Mongo and you’ll get a coupon for a free birthday meal.
BJ’s Restaurants – Free Pazookie!! (otherwise known as a delicious dessert.)
Black Angus Steakhouse – Receive a complimentary dessert for joining the BA Prime Club and a free steak dinner for your birthday!
Bob Evans – Free dessert, free kids meal.
Boston Market – Free kids B-Day meal coupon for kids under 12 and coupons online for their various entrees.
Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza – Free birthday surprise.
Bonanza Steakhouse – Free steak dinner.
Brio Tuscan Grille – To be honest, we’re not sure! But we do know you get something via email.
Bruegger’s – Get a free cookie and an e-mail with a goofy looking mascot…also heard you get a free bagel + free birthday surprise.
Bruster’s – Free waffle cone when you buy a waffle cone of of equal or greater value.
Buca di Beppo – Sign up for their eClub and get a free dessert.
Buffalo Wild Wings – You either get a free dessert straight up or with a $5 purchase.
Captain D’s – Kids get a free kids meal and birthday greeting on their birthday at Captain D’s. Adult’s can join the D’s Club and get a coupon for a free birthday meal.
Caribou Coffee – They’ll send you a coupon for a free drink on your birthday.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Free appetizer with entree purchase.
Carrows – Free cake plus a free dessert now just for signing up.
Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse – Sign up and get a free dessert plus points for every dollar spent.
Cheeseburger in Paradise – Free birthday surprise
Chevy’s – Free dessert and sombrero (First a cowboy hat, then a sombrero…heck yeah!)
Chick-fil-A – Free meal, good for two months!
Chicken of the Sea – Join their Mermaid Club and they’ll send you a free birthday gift. I’m just hoping it’s not a tuna-flavored cake or anything…
Chili’s – Free dessert if you join their club.
Claim Jumper – Free birthday surprise, free kids meal
Coldstone Creamery – Their birthday club is currently down.
Country Buffet – Join the Mega Bar Meal club and get not only a free meal on your birthday, but a free meal just for signing up!
Country Kitchen – As long as you have valid ID, you get a free dinner entree up to $8 in value.
Culver’s – Free sundae as well as a few printable coupons when you first sign up.
Daphne’s Greek Cafe – Free entree on your birthday when you join their ePita club.
Del Taco – Get two free soft tacos now and a free premium milkshake on your birthday.
Denny’s – Free original Grand Slam breakfast, but only on your birthday!
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – B1G1 Free coupon
Dippin’ Dots – Coupons during your birthday week
Don Pablos – Free $10 gift certificate after joining the Don Pablo Habanero Club.
Einstein Bros Bagels – Free bagel + shmear
El Chicos – I’m told you get a free dessert, but I haven’t been able to confirm this.
El Torito – Have a coupon for a free meal e-mailed to you during your bday week for a free bday entree
Fazoli’s – Join their eFamily and get a coupon for a free desert.
Firehouse Subs – Sign up and get an email for a free sub.
Flat Top Grill – Join their E-mail Club and get a coupon for a free stir fry on your birthday.
Friendly’s – Free ice cream cone if you join their birthday club.
Fuddruckers – They have a Fudd Club which will w-mail you a coupon for a free 1/3 pound burger.
Glory Days Grill – Free sundae on your birthday if you sign up in advance.
Gold Star Chili – Get a free dessert on your birthday, plus a free treat on your anniversary of joining up AND a free appetizer just for joining.
Gordon Biersch – They say you get a special “e-gift” on your birthday, which is a Buy One Get One coupon for an entree.
Great American Cookies – Free cookie!
Hard Rock Cafe – Free dessert
Hometown Buffet – Join the Mega Bar Meal club and get not only a free meal on your birthday, but a free meal just for signing up!
Hooters – 10 free hot wings. Hooters girls not included.
Houlihan’s – Free coupon for an entree during your next visit up to a week after b-day (Kinda complicated…but free!)
HuHot Mongolian Grill – Free dessert + free kid's smores
Joe’s Crab Shack – Free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entree.
Johnny Rockets – Free burger
Juice It Up – They promise to give you a “birthday gift” but their website doesn’t say what it is. Might be worth signing up for though.
Keg Steakhouse and Bar – They’ll give you a 10oz. prime rib dinner with Caesar salad during your birthday month, Sun-Thurs only. You might want to call ahead to confirm this though.
Keva Juice – Their Keva Klub sent me a free 24oz regular blend smoothie coupon.
Krispy Kreme – Free half dozen glazed donuts and a coffee mug with either coffee or soda in it! You might want to sign up ahead of time (at participating locations)
Logan’s Roadhouse – Join their Nut Club and get a coupon for a free slice of cheesecake. Sometimes they’ll sing for you as well.
Marble Slab Creamery – Kids can join the Marble Slab Kids Club and get a free ice cream cone on their birthday up to age 12.
McAlister’s Deli – Free birthday surprise
Memphis BBQ – Coupon good for a free Rack of Ribs & strawberry shortcake, but you must sign up on their website 24 hours in advance.
Mimis Cafe – Free entree with purchase
Old Country Buffet – Join the Mega Bar Meal club and get not only a free meal on your birthday, but a free meal just for signing up!
Olive Garden – Free birthday surprise
On the Border – Get a free appetizer on your birthday when you join On the Border’s Club Cantina. When you initially join you will get an instant coupon for a free bowl of queso or empanadas.
Orange Julius – Free birthday drink
Outback – Get a free dessert and a song when you go to Outback on your birthday.
P.F. Chang’s – Free cake or cheesecake via their e-mail list.
Papa John’s – Unknown
Papa Murphy’s – Sign up for their e-club and get a coupon for a free cookie dough on your birthday.
Perkins – Receive an email for a free kid’s meal and birthday greeting on their birthday when you sign them up for the Bakery Buddies Kid’s Birthday Club. Adults can get an email coupon for a free piece of pie.
Ponderosa – Free steak dinner.
Qdoba Mexican Grill – Join their eClub and get a free burrito on your birthday, as well as free chips n’ salsa just for joining up.
Quizno’s – Join their mailing list and get a free cookie. You’ll also get a coupon for a free Sammie when you sign up.
Red Robin – Free Gourmet Burger if you pick up a Red Royalty Card at your local restaurant and then register it online. You also get a dessert when you say it's your birthday in the restaurant!
Rock Bottom – Free appetizer for Mug Club members.
Romanos Macaroni Grill – Free slice of chocolate cake.
Round Table Pizza – Register with your local restaurant and get a coupon for a free personal pizza.
Schlotzsky’s – Get a free sandwich if you sign up ahead of time.
Shane’s Rib Shack – Unknown, but we’re promise it’s exclusive!
Smoky Bones – Members of the Bones Club get a free meal or appetizer, not sure which.
Smoothie King – BOGO coupon for a free 20 oz. smoothie.
Sonic – Free regular creamslush, free medium tator tots, or a free medium drink! Also, get a free Wacky Pack Kid’s Meal on children’s birthdays if you register here.
Soup Plantation/Sweet Tomatoes – Buy 1, Get 1 Free Coupon!
Spaghetti Warehouse – Signup for a free meal & possibly free appetizer?
Spicy Pickle – One free entree via their pickle club.
Starbucks – If you have a giftcard to their store, register it and receive a free coffee on your birthday. If you shop there often, it might be worth simply buying a card for yourself just to get the free coffee!
Steak ‘n Shake – Free steak burger with cheese and fries.
Sticky Fingers – Free entree
Taco Cabana – Free birthday surprise
Taco Del Mar – They sent me a coupon for a free Grilled Chicken Taco Salad that was valid for the month of my birthday, + free kids meal
Taco John’s – Get a free order of Cini-Sopapilla Bites. I’ve never had these before, but if they’re as delicious as they are hard to spell, I’m excited.
TCBY – Free small cup of frozen yogurt and $3 off a cake or pie.
Ted’s Montana Grill – Free cookie and ice cream dessert, + free anniversary dessert
Texas De Brazil – Sign up for their e-club and they’ll send you a $40 gift certificate! This place can be pricey, but it’s so worth it.
Texas Roadhouse – They send a coupon for one free appetizer or sidekick of ribs.
TGI Friday’s – Receive a coupon for a free appetizer to use on your birthday when you sign up for Friday’s E-Club. You also get a coupon for a free appetizer just for signing up! You must be over 21 to get this birthday freebie.
The Fox and Hound – Free appetizer just for joining plus free entree on your birthday.
The Palm – 3lb lobster, but you must be a member first and follow a few rules.
Tony Roma’s – Free dessert if you sign up for Romo Rib Expert Club first.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe – They’ll e-mail you a coupon for a free smoothie.
Waffle House – Join their Regulars Club and get a special coupon.
Wendy’s – Free kids meal for the little ones and a free frosty for us adults.
Wienerschnitzel – One free corndog.
Wingstop – Get 5 free buffalo wings on your birthday.
Zoes Kitchen – BOGO coupon for one free entree.
Z’ Tejas – $15 coupon for the month of your birthday if you register first.
Aveda – Sign up at least 28 days before your bday and get a free Personal Blends Pure-Fume
Barnes & Noble – Children get a free cupcake at their cafe. Children at heart get nothing.
Borders Bookstore – Free small coffee or tea
Brunswick Bowling – Join the Bonus Zone and get a free game of bowling on your birthday.
Chuck E. Cheese’s – Their website promises a birthday special as well, which many people have said is 20 free tokens.
Columbia Sportswear – 20% off coupon
Cost Plus World Market – They won’t say what it is, but they promise a “surprise gift” on your birthday.
CVS – If you have an Extra Care Card, register it online and get $3 ECB on your birthday.
Kmart – Children get $5.00 Birthday Bucks, a birthday crown, happy birthday certificate, and birthday Fun Pack with surprise goodies!
Old Navy – Join their email club and you’ll get a coupon on your birthday.
Proctor & Gamble – They’ll send you a batch of BOGO coupons for various products.
The Children’s Place – Register for their Birthday Club and receive 15% off on yours and your child’s birthday + coupons during your birthday week.
Toys R Us – Sign up ahead of time and once your child’s birthday rolls around, they’ll get a personalized letter in the mail. Plus, bring your child into any Toys R Us and they’ll get a hat & balloon before having their birthday announced over the loudspeaker. You’ll also get a $3 gift card in mail.
Disney Movie Rewards – Get a code via e-mail for 25 Birthday Bonus Points.
Harkins Movie Theaters – Present your ID at the box office and get a free medium sized popcorn on you birthday.
Medieval Times – Sign up in advance and they’ll send you a free ticket (worth $53!) to one of their feast and tournaments.
Missouri Lottery – Free-play ticket.
Swagbucks – 50 free Swagbucks
WHEW! Any I missed? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Birthday to…well…you!