111 Places That'll Give You Free Stuff on Your Birthday
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We’ve all been there. We’re sitting at a restaurant and suddenly all the servers start clapping and singing one version or another of “Happy Birthday” as they walk to a single table to deliver a treat. It’s the ole birthday shuffle!

Most restaurants, if you tell them it’s your birthday, will give you a little something just for dining with them. Some restaurants will do a lot more. Some will give you an entire entree, a full dessert, or more—but you have to do a little extra work.

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Loyalty programs have been popping up all over the place, as restaurants learn that loyalty cards work. Email works, too. You are the beneficiary. Look at the list of 101+ restaurants below and sign up for the email newsletter or e-club of your favorites. Then, on your birthday, look for a congratulatory email for making it another year and see what free gift you’ll get.

The key is signing up early. Some places, like Noodles & Company, will only send you the coupon for a free birthday rice crispy treat if you’ve been in the club for 60 days. Others take a little extra time to get to you (their systems seem to take a while to process requests, like 24-48 hours) so you can’t sign up the day of and expect a birthday treat.

Here’s a list of goodies, and how to get them.

  1. A&W – Free root beer float (Join Mug Club)
  2. Applebee’s – Free dessert (Join e-Club)
  3. Arby’s – Free milkshake (Join email)
  4. Au Bon Pain – Free salad/sandwich (Join e-Club)
  5. Auntie Anne’s – Free pretzel (Download the My Pretzel Perks app)
  6. Austin Grill – Free entree (Join e-Club)
  7. Baja Fresh – Free burrito (Join Club Baja)
  8. Baskin Robbins – Free ice cream (Join email)
  9. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Free appetizer with entree purchase (Join Team ‘O’ Brady’s)
  10. Ben & Jerry’s – Free ice cream (Join Chunkmail)
  11. Benihana – $30 gift certificate (Join The Chef’s Table)
  12. Bertucci’s – Free dessert (Join email)
  13. BGR The Burger Joint – Free burger (Join VIP)
  14. Black Angus Steakhouse – Free steak dinner with the purchase of any dinner entree on your first birthday after joining the Prime Club email program
  15. Blimpie – Free 6″ sub (Join BlimpiEClub)
  16. Bob Evans – Free kids’ meal (Join Kids’ Times Birthday club)
  17. Bojangles – Free Bo-Berry biscuit with purchase (Join e-club)
  18. Bonefish Grill – Free shrimp entree or dessert (Join BFG Insider)
  19. Boston Market – Free dessert with meal purchase (Join VIP Club)
  20. Bruegger’s Bagels – Free bagel with any cream cheese (Join email)
  21. Buca di Beppo – $20 gift (Join Buca e-Club)
  22. Buffalo Wild Wings – Free snack-size wings (Join Buffalo Circle)
  23. California Pizza Kitchen – Free kid’s meal (Join CPKids Birthday Club)
  24. Caribou Coffee – Free drink (Join email)
  25. Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Free dessert with entree (Join Amici Club)
  26. Carvel – Free cup or cone (Join Fudgie Fanatics)
  27. Checkers – Free milkshake (Join Flavorhood)
  28. The Cheesecake Factory – Small cup of ice cream (just tell your server)
  29. Chili’s – Free dessert (Join Chili’s Rewards)
  30. Cinnabon – Free gift (Join Club Cinnabon)
  31. Cold Stone Creamery – Buy one, get one free (Join My Cold Stone Club)
  32. Corner Baker Cafe – Free baked goodie (Join email)
  33. Cracker Barrel – Free dessert (just tell your server)
  34. Dairy Queen – Buy one Blizzard, get one free (Join Blizzard Fan Club)
  35. Del Taco – Free shake (Join fan club)
  36. Denny’s – Free Grand Slam breakfast, just show your server and show ID
  37. Dippin’ Dots – Free Dippin’ Dots (Join Dot Crazy)
  38. Dunkin’ Donuts – Free drink (Join DDPerks)
  39. Eat’n Park – Free birthday coupons (Join email)
  40. Einstein Bros. Bagels – Free egg sandwich with purchase (Join Shmear Society)
  41. Famous Dave’s – Free food (Join P.I.G. Club)
  42. Firehouse Subs – Free medium sub (Join Firehouse Rewards)
  43. Friendly’s – Free sundae (Join BFF Club)
  44. Fuddruckers – Free burger with purchase (Join Fudds Club)
  45. Gordon Biersch – Free entree with purchase (Join email)
  46. Great American Cookies – Free cookie (Join CookiE-mail)
  47. Houlihan’s – Free entree (Join email)
  48. IHOP – Free meal (Join Pancake Revolution)
  49. Jamba Juice – Free juice/smoothie (Join Jamba Insider Rewards)
  50. Jason’s Deli – $5 coupon (Join email)
  51. Jersey Mike’s – Free sub & drink coupon (Join email club)
  52. Joe’s Crab Shack – Free app (Join Joe’s Catch e-club)
  53. Johnny Rockets – Free burger (Join Rocket e-Club)
  54. Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut (Join Friends of Krispy Kreme)
  55. Lone Star Steakhouse – Free appetizer on signup (Join email)
  56. Longhorn Steakhouse – Dessert on signup (Join My Longhorn)
  57. la Madeleine – Free pastry (Join e-Club)
  58. Maggiano’s – $10 off (Join e-Club)
  59. Maggie Moo’s – Free ice cream (Join Slab Happy Email)
  60. Marie Callender’s – Free slice of pie and $5 off an entree (Join E-Club)
  61. Melting Pot – Box of six chocolate covered strawberries with $60 purchase (Join Club Fondue)
  62. Mimi’s – Free slice of Crepe cake or free 2-pack of muffins/croissants (Join e-club)
  63. Moe’s Southwest Grill – Free burrito (Join Moe’s eWorld)
  64. Noodles & Company – Free crispy treat (Join e-Club)
  65. Not Your Average Joe’s – Free entree and dessert (Join email)
  66. Olive Garden – Free appetizer with two entrees (Join e-Club)
  67. Orange Julius – Free drink (Join Julius League)
  68. Outback – Free dessert with entree purchase (Join email offers)
  69. Panera Bread – Free gift (Join MyPanera)
  70. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen – Free dessert, just tell the server (but it doesn’t hurt to join the e-Club)
  71. P.F. Chang’s – Free dessert (Join club)
  72. Pinkberry – Free yogurt (Join loyalty program)
  73. Planet Smoothie – Free smoothie (Join Birthday Club)
  74. Ponderosa Steakhouse – Free steak dinner (Join e-Club)
  75. Pretzelmaker – Free order of Birthday Bites (Join email)
  76. Qdoba – Free treat (Join OJ Quench Club)
  77. Quiznos – Birthday burrito (Join QClub)
  78. Rita’s Italian Ice – Free birthday treat! (Join Birthday Club)
  79. Red Lobster – Free gift (Join Fresh Catch Club)
  80. Red Robin – Free burger (Join e-Club)
  81. Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Free dessert (Join email)
  82. Ruby Tuesday – Free burger (Join So Connected)
  83. Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion – Free dessert and photo (just tell your server)
  84. Rubo’s – Free taco (Join Beach Club)
  85. Sbarro – Free XL NY Slice (Join Slice Society)
  86. Schlotzky’s – Free sandwich (Join Bun and Fun e-Club)
  87. Sizzler – Free Malibu chicken or other birthday treat (Join e-club)
  88. Smashburger – Free flavored shake (Join Smashclub rewards)
  89. Smokeybones – Free dessert (Join The Bones Club)
  90. Sonic – Free Creamslush, Tater Tots or drink (Join My Sonic)
  91. Sprinkles – Free cupcake! (Join Perks)
  92. Starbucks – Free drink (Join My Starbucks Rewards)
  93. Steak ‘n Shake – Free double steakburger (Join e-Club)
  94. Subway – Free 6″ sub & drink (Join email)
  95. TCBY – Free yogurt (Join e-Club)
  96. Texas Roadhouse – Free app (Join email)
  97. TGI Fridays – Free dessert with entree purchase (Join Give Me More Stripes)
  98. Tony Roma’s – Free entree (Join email)
  99. Waffle House – Free waffle (Join Regulars Club)
  100. Wendy’s – $1 off a combo (Join WendyMail)
  101. Yogurtland – Free 3 oz. treat (Join Real Rewards)
  102. Zoës Kitchen – Free entree (Join email)

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By the way, there’s more to food when it comes to your birthday. Here are a few other places that will give you free stuff on your birthday:

If you know someone who is celebrating a birthday soon, be sure to share this with them so they don’t miss out!

This post originally appeared on Wallet Hacks.

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