Four years ago I decided to sign up for every birthday offer I could find. I found some lists online but that wasn’t enough so I started looking up restaurants in the area online and signed up for their “clubs.” When in doubt, google your favorite restaurant and see if they have a deal.
Now that I’ve compiled the list I prefer to pick and choose what I eat each year, but you can potentially have most of your meals free or discounted for a couple weeks on either side of your birthday and enough desserts to give you a solid two-week sugar high.
Most places will email you a coupon that’s good for the whole month or at least a couple weeks. Some places give you something free just for signing up so I recommend not waiting until your birthday month to sign up because then you have twice as much to eat that month. Free IHOP is great, but going twice in one month isn’t necessarily that great. For best results, I recommend signing up before the start of your birth month.
You’ll also get pretty regular emails from these places. Hopefully, you have Gmail because they get sorted into the “promotions” tab so you can ignore them and when your birthday comes you can just search “birthday” and they’ll pop up.
Some of the restaurants have also switched to apps instead of emails, click the links below to take you to the sign-up page or the download page for the app.
|Restaurant||Free B-day Item||Conditions|
|Rubio’s||meal up to $7|
|Baja Fresh||free burrito|
|Smashburger||shake or side||with purchase|
|Jason’s Deli||$5 off|
|Tucano’s||meal||with purchase of another meal|
|Noodles and Co||meal up to $9|
|Firehouse Subs||medium sub|
|IHOP||pancake meal or $ equivalent|
|Sweet Tooth Fairy||cupcake||go on your birthday|
|Sonic||tots or drink|
|Auntie Anne’s||free pretzel||
Get this app because they give out free pretzels all the time.
|Benihana||$30 off||with purchase|
|Buca di Beppo||appetizer||with purchase|
|Texas Roadhouse||appetizer||with meal|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||free snack-sized wings?|
|Brick Oven||sample||with meal|
|Einstein’s Bagels||bagel||with purchase|
|Jamba Juice||free smoothie|
|Del Taco||milkshake||get strawberry, trust me|
|Starbucks||free drink or treat|
|Orange Julius||free drink|
|Sodalicious||soda||go day of and show ID|
|Denny’s||meal||go day of and show ID|
So even if your friends won’t get you presents these restaurants will. Happy birthday! And happy eating!
Aside from food, you can also get a free gift from Sephora and other brands will often send you a coupon for a certain percent off for your birthday. You can also get a free one-night rental from Redbox.
Leave me a comment if you know of more great birthday deals and I’ll keep adding to the list as I find them.