The Best Birthday Freebies

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Birthday goodies from restaurants and retailers abound, even in a tough economy, and they're not just for kids.

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There's plenty of free food, free stuff and great deals for adults and kids on their special days, though, like senior discounts at restaurants, you may have to ask for them wherever you go.

We're not saying you should pretend it's your birthday to take advantage of these deals, but if it really is your birthday, here are some ways to celebrate for free or on the cheap.

Black Angus

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Unless you're a vegetarian or allergic to beef, you can't go wrong with a free steak dinner at Black Angus for your birthday. The deal is good for the two weeks before and the two weeks after your birthday. It is for dine-in orders only, and you'll have to show identification. You can use the deal at any U.S. Black Angus or Cattle Company Steakhouse location.

Age limit: 16 or older.

 

Denny's

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Kids enrolled in the Denny's Birthday Club will receive a birthday card entitling them to a free kids meal and sundae at a participating Denny's restaurant as long as they're with an adult paying for a regular-priced adult entrée.

Age limit: Kids 10 years and under accompanied by an adult.

 

Red Robin

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Red Robin patrons who join the restaurant chain's eClub get a free gift for signing up as well as a free birthday burger (in addition to regular e-mail newsletters). When you register, you'll have to fill out a survey asking what you order most often at the restaurant, when you go there, who you tend to go with and how often you go.

Age limit: None

 

 

Firehouse Subs

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By adding yourself to the Firehouse Subs mailing list and selecting your favorite sandwich on the restaurant's menu, you can get a certificate for a free sub during your birth month.

Age limit: None

 

 

 

 

Coldstone

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What's a birthday without ice cream? Thankfully, ice cream chain Coldstone understands the importance of this frozen treat on birthdays, so you can get "the sweetest birthday possible," according to the company.

You'll have to create an account on the company's Web site and sign up to receive other promotions.

Age limit: None

 

 

Baskin Robbins

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Baskin Robbins is another chain of ice cream shops with a birthday club. It entitles members to a free 2.5-ounce scoop of ice cream and discount on a birthday cake, that is, if you're in charge of buying your own cake.

You'll have to create an account at baskinrobbins.com, but you can opt out of e-mail newsletters and other offers unrelated to your free birthday ice cream and cake deal.

Age limit: None

 

Olan Mills

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Professional portrait studio Olan Mills offers free baby portraits for parents who want to record their child's growth in pictures during their early years. Portraits can be taken every year on your kid's birthday up to age 3, and one 8-by-10, one 5-by-7 and four wallet-sized prints are free. In additional you can get 20% off any additional portraits, the company says.

Age limit: Kids age 1 to 3 years old only.

 

 

Toys "R" Us

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Toys "R" Us offers a small celebration for children who visit a store on their birthdays. Kids can get a balloon, a crown, a gift and even a birthday announcement to the whole store. Geoffrey the Toys "R" Us giraffe may even send you a birthday card.

Age limit: Kids 10 years and younger.

 

 

 

Bob Evans

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Birthday boys and girls can get a free Bob Evans kids meal when a parent signs up for the restaurant chain's birthday club online. Menu options include mini cheeseburgers, a grilled cheese sandwich, Kraft (Stock Quote: KFT) Mac & Cheese, chicken strips and spaghetti with meat sauce.

Age limit: Kids under 12 only.

 

 

Taco Time

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Kids can also get a free meal from Taco Time on their birthdays. Each meal includes a taco, burrito or quesadilla plus fries, a small drink and either cinnamon and sugar Crustos or a toy.

Age limit: 12 and younger.

 

 

 

 

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