25 Freebies and Discounts to Make Your Birthday Happier

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CELEBRATE AND SAVE

What if you could make it all the way through your birthday, eating out for every meal, without paying for a thing? From restaurants to retailers, these places offer freebies and discounts to customers celebrating a birthday. Most of the offers require a subscription to an email list or membership in a rewards club, so be sure to read the fine print before signing up (many require members to be at least 18). Plan ahead, too, as some subscriptions come with a lag before the birthday coupon arrives, and some deals are only valid on your birthday, while others can be used within a few weeks.

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DENNY'S

Start the day off with a free Grand Slam breakfast, available to members of Denny's Rewards club. Sign up through the Denny's Diner Perks app or website.
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IHOP

Join IHOP's Pancake Revolution and receive special offers and free meals for signing up, on your birthday, and on the one-year anniversary of joining the club.
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DUNKIN' DONUTS

Join Dunkin' Donuts' DD Perks Rewards program before the big day to qualify for a free beverage during your birthday month. Also, get a free drink for signing up.

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CARIBOU COFFEE

Receive a free birthday beverage when you sign up for Caribou Perks. Be sure to cash in on your birthday, because that's the only day the offer is valid.
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EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS

Sign up for Einstein's email club before your birthday and get a free bagel with a "schmear," as well as a birthday coupon for a free egg sandwich with purchase.

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BOB EVANS

Kids 12 and under enrolled in Bob Evans' Birthday Club receive a free birthday meal with the purchase of a regular adult entree.
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SPORTS CLIPS

Need a new hairdo for the special day? Sports Clips offers a free haircut during your birthday month. Sign up at the nearest location by supplying an email address and birth month.
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FIREHOUSE SUBS

For lunch, land a free medium sub at Firehouse Subs when you sign up for Firehouse Rewards before the big day. The chain emails a reminder to take advantage of the offer on your birthday or within six days after.
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JERSEY MIKE'S

Jersey Mike's also offers a sub-and-drink birthday giveaway, via a coupon delivered by email the day of your birthday. The club subscription must be confirmed at least 24 hours before.
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WIENERSCHNITZEL

Sign up for Wienerschnitzel's Weiner Lovers' Club to receive a coupon for a free chili dog each year on your birthday, and one for signing up.

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JOHNNY ROCKETS

The Johnny Rockets staff doesn't just sing to customers celebrating a birthday. They also serve a free hamburger to those who sign up for the Rocket eClub.

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THE CHILDREN'S PLACE

Stock up on kids' clothes on their birthdays with a 20 percent-off coupon at the Children's Place by signing up for My Place Rewards.
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SEPHORA

Get a free gift from Sephora at checkout online or in store anytime during your birthday month. This year's gift: a free mini set from Fresh or Marc Jacobs Beauty.
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JAMBA JUICE

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a free small smoothie from Jamba Juice. The Jamba Insider Rewards club offers deals on your birthday and throughout the year.
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BENIHANA

Benihana sends a $30 birthday gift certificate for dinner Monday through Thursday to customers who join the Chef's Table email list. The coupon is valid for 29 days after it's issued (typically on or within a few days of your birthday). Just be sure to register at least two days before you plan to use the discount.
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GENGHIS GRILL

Through its Khan's Rewards program, Genghis Grill offers birthday treats that vary depending on how often you visit the restaurant. Guests who have visited four or more times in the preceding year get a free birthday bowl, while less frequent diners receive a free appetizer or dessert. Allow eight days for processing to claim your meal.
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HOULIHAN'S

Another birthday meal option is Houlihan's, where birthday celebrants enrolled in the chain's email club receive a free entree. There's also a $10 bonus for signing up.
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CHILI'S

The ubiquitous casual-dining chain offers a free dessert to members of the My Chili's Rewards program who are celebrating a birthday.
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RED ROBIN

Red Robin offers a juicy birthday freebie for customers who sign up for its Royalty rewards program: Members can enjoy one of 24 specialty burgers during their birthday month.
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OLIVE GARDEN

Sign up for Olive Garden's eClub and receive a free dessert on your birthday.
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DEL TACO

The Mexican fast food chain offers a free premium shake on your birthday when you join the Raving Fan eClub. Choose from regular-size vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry, and get two free grilled tacos for signing up.
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DIPPIN' DOTS

If it's Dippin' Dots you crave, you can get a free small cup of Dots for a birthday treat. Join the Dot Crazy email club to get the offer and other special discounts.
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MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY

Maggie Moo's and Marble Slab offer a $5 off coupon to use on your birthday. Take advantage by downloading the Slab Happy Rewards smartphone app or joining the email list. Rewards include a free ice cream for signing up.
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BASKIN-ROBBINS

Ice cream lovers can drop by Baskin-Robbins for a free scoop. Customers also get other special offers throughout the year after signing up for the company's Birthday Club.

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FRIENDLY'S

BFF Club members can head over to Friendly's for a free birthday sundae and receive a discount on birthday cake while they're at it.