Live It Up! 50 Best Birthday Freebies and Discounts
By Maryalene LaPonsie
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 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
- 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
- American Eagle Outfitters: 15 percent off coupon
- Columbia Sportswear: 20 percent off coupon
- World Market: 10 percent off coupon
- Wendy's: $1 off a combo
- Hallmark: 20 percent off coupon
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