Updated September 18, 2020: What’s one of the best things about your birthday? Getting free stuff. Check out this list of 50 things you can get for free on your birthday, or during your birth month.
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If you are a Starbucks Rewards member, make sure to stop by the coffee chain on your way to work to cash in on a refreshing cold brew — or any other drink — on your birthday.
2. More coffee
Want more coffee on your big day? DD Perks members get a free Dunkin' beverage on their birthday, too.
If you aren't into the coffee chains, consider hitting up your local coffeehouse to see if they have birthday specials. Here are the best ones in each state.
3. Ice cream
If you’re a member of The Scoop, the membership club at Baskin Robbins, you’ll get to treat yourself to a free scoop of ice cream on your special day.
4. Root beer float
Looking for more ice cream? A&W Mug Club members get a free root beer float on their birthday.
For those who prefer frozen yogurt, Pinkberry gives PinkCard members a free yogurt on your birthday.
6. Cupcake for your kids ...
Sorry, parents — this is just for those 13 and younger. Barnes & Noble gives Kids Club members a free cupcake from the café to celebrate their special day.
9. ... & cupcakes for you
But, you can get a free cupcake for yourself at Sprinkles — the chain will offer you treats depending on how often you go – a free cupcake on your birthday, free cupcake on your half birthday, or a dozen free cupcakes on your birthday!
10. Dessert with dinner
Olive Garden eClub members get their choice of a dessert with the purchase of a meal on their birthday. (Psst...Olive Garden and other participating retailers offer free dessert on National Dessert Day, which is October 14. Check out this list of other freebies you can score this fall.)
Are you a member of Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Fan Club? If so, you’ll get a Blizzard BOGO coupon to use on your birthday.
Members of the Steak n' Shake eClub get a free specialty milkshake on their birthdays.
Jamba Insiders can celebrate their day with a free birthday smoothie or juice from their local Jamba Juice.
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Everyone knows how expensive Sephora can be — take advantage of your birth month to cash in on a free gift, as long as you are a Beauty Insider.
16. More makeup
The lower-cost beauty chain Ulta offers a deal similar to Sephora — sign up to be a member for discounts and a free gift on your birthday. Natural makeup lovers, right this way: Members of the BareMinerals Friends and Benefits program get a free birthday gift that changes annually. Past gifts have included eyeshadow and lipstick.
15. Your credit score
OK, so you can get this for free anytime, thanks to some credit card issuers and sites like Credit Sesame. But this three-digit number is so important that it’s worth mentioning — it can affect things like home loan interest or insurance rates.
If you are worried about your credit score, check out this guide to getting back on track.
16. Money reminders made automatic
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17. Body products
Sign up for the Aveda membership program and you’ll get a free gift — currently a body oil — on your special day.
18. A Grand Slam breakfast ...
Bring your ID to your local Denny’s and they’ll give you a delicious Grand Slam breakfast on your birthday, which includes two buttermilk pancakes, two sunny-side up eggs, two bacon strips and two sausage links.
19. ... or a stack of pancakes
Sign up for IHOP's Birthday Club membership and get a coupon for a stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity Pancakes on the house.
Love breakfast? Check out the best local breakfast spot in each state.
If you’re a Red Robin Royalty club member, you’ll get a free burger on your birthday — you have over 20 different types of burgers to choose from.
21. A big surprise
If you hit up Red Lobster on your birthday, the seafood chain gives Rewards Members a free “surprise” ... whatever that is.
22. Hibachi dinner
Join Benihana’a Chef’s Table, and you will get a $30 gift card at this hibachi spot for your birthday. Read how to save on eating out.
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24. Happy Meal
If you sign up for McDonald’s email newsletter, you can pick up a Happy Meal free of charge on your birthday. The only caveat, you need to be a kid.
Get a free Wendy's Frosty on your birthday as long as you're signed up for WendyMail.
26. Sub sandwiches
Lots of sub shops offer free subs on your special day — Subway and Firehouse are a couple examples. Just remember to join each restaurant’s loyalty program to be eligible.
Download the Moe’s Southwest Grill app and get a free burrito on your birthday. Love to cook at home? Try a meal prep kit — we have a review of Plated here.
28. Movie ticket ...
Members of Alamo Drafthouse’s Victory rewards program get one free movie ticket on their birthday. Movie buffs can get two movie tickets on their birthday if they’ve seen at least 50 films at the Alamo that year.
29. ... & movie treats
Members of AMC Theatre’s Stubs program get a free large popcorn on their birthday. But if you upgraded your membership to the Premiere or A-List programs, you’ll get a large fountain drink for free as well.
30. DVD rental
Want to do a movie night in instead? Get a free one-night DVD rental during your birthday month with a Redbox Perks membership.
31. Shoes ...
Shoe lovers, lookout: Sign up to be a VIP member at DSW and you’ll get access to a number of discounts, including $5 off during your birthday month.
32. ... & more shoes
Members of Famous Footwear’s Gold Rewards membership get a $10 coupon off any pair of shoes on their big day. If you're a sneakerhead, here are some year-round ways to save.
33. Outdoor wear
Are you the outdoors type? Signing up for Columbia Sportswear’s Greater Rewards program gets you a 20% off coupon on your birthday.
Get a free coupon for 15% off at American Eagle/Aerie on your birthday if you’re part of their AEO Connected rewards program.
35. Life insurance
Your birthday is a good reminder that life insurance rates get higher each year you get older. Get life insurance now and lock in your rates. You'll thank yourself when your next birthday rolls around. We can help you compare prices.
36. Comedy show tickets
Many clubs, especially in major cities, offer free admission to guests on their birthday. Check with your local club for deals.
37. Bowling time
Sign up for the AMF Bowling eClub and get free bowling time on your big day!
38. Something special
Get a “birthday special” when you sign up for Applebee’s newsletter.
The Chuck E. Cheese rewards program gives kids 20 minutes of All You Can Play on their birthday and 100 free tickets on their half birthday.
If you have kids, make sure your finances are on track. Read our financial guide for families.
40. Fondue dinner
The Melting Pot will send you a voucher for free fondue on your birthday if you sign up for their Club Fondue program.
Join the delightfully named “Schmear Society” at Einstein Bros. Bagels — you get a free bagel with cream cheese on your birthday.
If you happen to be in the mall on your birthday, make sure you’re signed up for Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks rewards program. They offer buy one get one free pretzels on your birthday.
43. Cinnamon bun
Cinnamon and sugar — what’s not to love? Members of Club Cinnabon can celebrate their birthday with a free treat. Members have received things like coupons for a free Minibon (a mini cinnamon bun).
In the mood for some glazed goodness? Joining Krispy Kreme Rewards gets you a free donut on your birthday. If you are a donut fanatic, look out for other perks throughout the year, like freebies on National Donut Day.
Join Buffalo Wild Wing’s Blazin’ Buffalo rewards program and snag a snack-size order of traditional or boneless wings on your birthday.
You’ll have to buy your own wings here, but if you’re a member of Wingstop’s The Club, you’ll get a free large order of french fries on your birthday.
47. Mini bundt cakes
Nothing Bundt Cakes offers its eclub members a free Bundlet (a mini bundt cake) on birthdays.
48. Pizza slice
Members of Sbarro's Slice Society get a free slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza on their birthdays.
49. Baked goods
Still looking for more sweet treats on your day? Members of Corner Bakery’s eclub receive a coupon for a free baked good on their birthdays.
50. A surprise treat
Drive-in and dig in: Members of Sonic’s My Sonic club get a free treat on their birthday. The treat varies by location, but past years include an order of tots, medium fountain drink or cream slush.
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