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51 Places to Score Birthday Freebies

Wouldn't a steady flow of birthday freebies feel amazing? Take a lunch hour to sign up for a bunch of free stuff for your birthday below to get rewarded all birthday long.

Your birthday should be one of the best days of your year. A perfect birthday is often filled with loved ones, relaxation, a little adventure, good food, and free stuff. That’s right, it’s the one day of the year to soak up a bunch of freebies to help celebrate another trip around the sun.group of friends celebrating birthday freebies, text overlay "51 places with free birthday rewards (2019)"

In fact, you can probably plan your entire day around optimizing these birthday freebies. Below are some of the best birthday freebie ideas that you can take advantage of year after year.

You will need to plan ahead if you want to get free stuff for your birthday, but it can be an exciting and relatively low-cost day if you take advantage of some of these offers.

Places to Get Free Morning Coffee

On your birthday you can have your latte without worrying about going over budget. Popular franchises like Starbucks offer you a free drink as part of their rewards program.

Keep in mind, you must join Starbucks’ rewards program to qualify for this offer and you have to be signed up at least 7 days before your birthday. You can earn stars which are points that you can redeem for more rewards like discounts and free items off the menu.

Look out for an email from Starbucks during the week of your birthday and just present your registered Starbucks card or mobile app to the barista to receive a free food item, coffee, or drink.

You can also get free birthday drink at Dunkin Donuts thanks to their DD Perks membership program.

If you like Caribou Coffee, join their membership program and earn a special birthday treat which could be coffee. Their program allows you to earn 2 points for every $1 you spend. You also earn a free beverage after your first visit so it’s not hard to earn a free beverage to start your birthday off right.

Where to Get Free Breakfast on Your Birthday

Consider going out to breakfast or brunch on your birthday, especially if it’s free. Here are some of the best options.

Ihop – Look no further than Ihop for breakfast birthday freebies. You can get free pancakes on your birthday and local discounts and offers year-round when you sign up for their Pancake Perks rewards program.

Denny’s – This is another hotspot for a free meal on your big day and you may not even have to join a rewards or membership program. Denny’s does have a rewards program that gifts you a free meal on your birthday, but in the past, you could simply show up to dine and mention that you’d like the free Birthday Grand Slam. This includes eggs, bacon, pancakes, and sausage or you can customize your order.

You can always sign up for the rewards program just as a back up or call your local Denny’s in advance.

Krispy Kreme – Get a free doughnut when you sign up for their Krispy Kreme rewards as well as for your birthday. Be mindful that other rewards you earn with this program will expire after 90 days if you don’t use them.

Einstein Bagels – Join Einstein Bagel’s Shmear Rewards program and get a free egg sandwich on your birthday (with separate purchase). Einstein Bagels has the same 2 points for $1 rewards system that Caribou Coffee has and that’s because they share a rewards program.

If you purchase food or drink from either place, you can earn reward points that all go to the same balance.

Where to Score Free Birthday Meals (Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert)

While your friends and family may want to take you out to dinner on your birthday, you can always score a free meal, drink or appetizer at one of these restaurants as well.

This is a great way to try out a new restaurant you’ve always wanted to dine at or revisit one of your favorites.

Firehouse Subs – Enjoy a delicious medium sub on your birthday when you sign up for rewards.

Jersey Mikes – Get a free sub every year along with other exclusive offers and promotions if you sign up for their rewards program.

Jack in the Box – Birthday tacos anyone? Get two free tacos when you sign up.

Longhorn Steakhouse – Get a free dessert on your cake day.

Pizza Hut – Get a birthday reward when you’re a member.

Moe’s Southwestern Grill – Get a free burrito when you sign up.

Hooters – Join the HootClub for free birthday wings.

Sbarro – Enjoy a free pizza slide on your name day when you sign up for Slice Society.

Joe’s Crab Shack – Seafood can be pricey but you can get a free appetizer on your birthday at this popular restaurant.

Noodles and Company – Get a free bowl of noodles when you sign up.

Red Lobster – Get a Red Lobster birthday freebie that’s chosen at random when you sign up for their rewards program. If you’ve eaten here before you know that everything they have is pretty delicious and your birthday surprise won’t be lacking.

Jamba Juice – Get a fresh free smoothie when you sign up.

Olive Garden – Join the Olive Garden eClub and get unlimited breadsticks and a dessert for your birthday.

Ruby Tuesday – Join the So Connected email club and get a free burger on your special day.

Steak n Shake – Receive a free Double ‘n Cheese ‘ Fries when you join their eClub and a free specialty milkshake on your birthday.

PF Changs – Get a free entree with the purchase of another entree on your birthday when you sign up. This is an easy way to dine out with a friend and take advantage of a Bogo offer.

Panera – Become a MyPanera member and get a free pastry on your birthday.

Wingstop – Join The Club and get a free side of fries on your birthday. Score some more savings by taking advantage of their $0.60 boneless wings discount on Mondays and Tuesdays.

TGI Fridays – Get a free dessert on your birthday when you sign up.

Edible Arrangements – Receive a free 12-count chocolate-dipped fruit box during your birthday month when you sign up.

Just for Kids

If you want to make your child’s birthday extra special while on a budget, check out some of these places with birthday rewards that kids can enjoy.

A&W All American Food – Get a free root beer float when you sign up for their Mug Club.

Bob Evans – If your child is under 12 years old, you can get them a free kids’ meal when they sign up for the Bob Evans Kid Times Birthday Club. You do need to purchase an adult entree to take advantage of this, however.

Baskin Robbins – Join the Birthday Club and get a free scoop of ice cream. There’s no age limit to join so this is perfect for kids who love ice cream.

Medieval Times – Join the Birthday Club and sign your child up to receive a free ticket to the dinner and tournament experience for their birthday.

The Children’s Place – Join the Birthday Club and get 20% off your purchase to celebrate your child’s birthday. This rewards program allows you to earn 1 point for ever $1 and 100 points adds up to a $5 reward.

Barnes and Noble – This bookstore has a Kids Club that offers 30% off your first children’s book or toy, a $5 reward for every $100 spent, and a free cupcake for each of your kids on their birthday.

Chuck e Cheese – Get free tokens for your child’s birthday. You can also search for local coupons to snag free money towards pizza and games.

Pizza Pizza – Sign up for the Kids Club and your child can get a free slice of pizza and a drink on their birthday.

Disney Movie Rewards – Register for Disney Movie Rewards and receive a birthday credit to your account that you can use to get your next Blue Ray disc.

Nick Jr. Club – Sign up for the Nick Jr. Birthday Club and get free printables to help you plan a party for your child. You can also choose a character that your child would like to receive a free birthday call from – super cool!

How to Get Free Birthday Clothes and Beauty Supplies

Can you really get free clothes for your birthday? Most stores will give you a discount so you can get a percentage off of your purchase while others may provide a small trinket surprise birthday gift or sample.

Still, these discounts and freebies can help you try out new products and lower your out of pocket costs if you’re doing some shopping to celebrate.

Here are some of the top options for clothing and beauty discounts on your birthday.

American Eagle – Get a 15% off coupon sent to your email for your birthday when you sign up to earn rewards.

Kohl’s – Join the Yes2You Rewards Program and you get a free surprise gift/discount from Kohl’s on your birthday.

Macys – The Macy’s Star Rewards program offers tiered rewards along with a free birthday surprise every year. If you have a Macy’s store card you can also earn cash back on your purchases.

DSW –  Join DSW’s VIP program to get $5 off a pair of shoes for your birthday month.

Ulta – If you shop at Ulta regularly, you could earn a $10 credit to use on items in the store around your birthday. You must join their rewards program and reach a specific spending limit to qualify. If you’re just getting started with their rewards program, you can still get 20% off for your first purchase so if you time it right, this is something you can take advantage of around your birthday.

Bare Minerals – Bare Minerals has a Fab Loyalty account where you can receive a surprise birthday gift and 15% off an order when you sign up and complete your profile.

Sephora – Join Sephora’s basic Beauty Insider rewards program and choose between two different birthday gift options.

Fun and Other Birthday Freebies

Dave and Busters – Sign up for Dave & Buster’s Rewards to get $5 in free game credits for your birthday and $10 in free game credits just for signing up.

Redbox – If you love renting movies, Redbox will gift you a 1-night movie rental during your birthday month when you sign up for perks.

Regal Cinemas – Join the Regal Crown Club and receive a free birthday reward plus a small popcorn for your birthday.

Cinemark Sign up to receive weekly emails from Cinemark and you’ll receive a coupon for a free popcorn around your birthday.

Lowry Park Zoo – Get free admission to this zoo on your birthday if you’re a Florida resident.

Georgia Aquarium – If you’re a Georgia resident, you can get complimentary admission to the Georgia Aquarium on your birthday.

Oregon Coast Aquarium – The Oregon Coast Aquarium also offers free admission on your birthday so be sure to bring your ID.

Getting Free Birthday Stuff is Easy

There you have it – over 50 options where you can get free stuff for your birthday. Even if you’re on a budget for your birthday, there are still so many free places you can go to make day special. If you’re celebrating with others, consider planning the day around some of these options even if it’s just free breakfast and coffee and a movie over the weekend.

Most of these offers do require that you sign up for a rewards program or an email list. This is free to d, but you may want to narrow down which offer appeals most instead of signing up for all of these at once. That way, you aren’t receiving a ton of unwanted emails or promotions throughout the year.

One Closing Tip:  Create a separate email just for rewards so you aren’t being bombarded with offers in your personal email every week.

When your birthday month rolls around, you can open your special email and access all your coupons, discounts, and credits to use.

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Amanda L. Grossman is a writer and Certified Financial Education Instructor, Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Frugal Confessions. Over the last 13 years, her money work has helped people with how to save money and how to manage money. She's been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Business Insider, LifeHacker, Real Simple Magazine, Woman's World, Woman's Day, ABC 13 Houston, Keybank, and more. Read more here.