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.
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.
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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