Your birthday is the one day a year when you can relish being treated like a king or queen. In addition to the pampering by family and friends, your favorite restaurants and shops will lavish you with birthday freebies that go far beyond just cake and a song.
There are literally hundreds of birthday offers out there like free meals, no-cost activities, and retail discounts that are all yours, just for being born.
Before spending money to treat yourself on your birthday, check to see what’s yours for nothing. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson has the rundown on all kinds of birthday freebies. Check it out, then read on for more.
Now that you know what you can get free, don’t miss out on a deal. Here’s how to get your hands on all those offers.
1. Sign up before your birthday
If you’re the type that loves the buildup to your big day, you’ll have fun signing up for freebies. Even though many of these offers require an email sign-up, some allow you to simply show up with proof that it’s your day (so bring your driver’s license).
Make sure you’re on the mailing lists for promotions from all of your favorite restaurants and retailers before your birthday. Sign-ups can often be completed online by filling out a form on the websites of businesses you frequent. Unsure what’s out there or who offers what? Freebie fanatics have published lists all over the Internet to guide you to some of the best of what’s out there. Visit sites like Freebie Depot and BDay Free Day to point you in the right direction.
If part of the signup form asks for your birthday, you may have birthday savings heading your way. Just don’t delay – many retailers mail coupons days or weeks before your actual birthdate.
2. Eat your way through your day
Your best bet for your birthday: free food. You can go all day without paying for a single meal.
Start your big day off with a filling breakfast from an American classic: Denny’s. You can grab a completely free Grand Slam, which includes two eggs, two pancakes, two strips of bacon, and two sausage links. IHOP offers a nearly identical breakfast to Denny’s, also at no cost.
For lunch and dinner, you’ll have a mighty selection of restaurants offering free entrees. Ruby Tuesday will treat you to one of their burgers. Moe’s Southwest Grill will email you a coupon for a free entree, including chips and salsa.
If there’s any one day to indulge in dessert, it’s your birthday. There’s no need to splurge on cake using your hard-earned cash. Many spots will satiate your sweet tooth for free.
Buy an entree and grab a complimentary Chocolate Thunder From Down Under from Outback Steakhouse or a New York cheesecake at Buffalo Wild Wings. If you’re craving ice cream, Cold Stone Creamery has you covered with a free OREO Overload.
Don’t forget to consider your local options, which might offer free bites that aren’t widely publicized. Visit their websites or give them a call to find out what freebies they might lure you in with.
For a full list of free food you can get from restaurants and more on how to redeem the ones above, see more than 100 freebie options here.
3. Have some fun after food
After chowing down on all that food, get yourself moving with some free activities.
Brunswick Bowling will send you a coupon for two free games of bowling as part of their “Bonus Zone.” AMF Bowling has a similar deal when you sign up for their email list.
For golf lovers, Greenskeeper.org has compiled a list of courses that offer free or discounted rounds on your birthday.
If you’re ready to take it easy, take in a movie. Hollywood Theaters offers free birthday popcorn. If you’re in the Detroit area, you can see a free movie compliments of Emagine Theaters.
Don’t see any entertainment deals in your area? Try browsing local options on the Internet. A quick search for “free golf birthday (your city)” might yield places to play a round on the house.
4. Save at your favorite stores
Many of your favorite stores offer coupons for your birthday, but you’ll need to be on the list ahead of time to receive these discounts by mail or email.
Some notable options:
- Old Navy will send you a birthday coupon, reported to be $10 off a purchase of $50 or more.
- If you’re into beauty products, signing up for Sephora’s “Beauty Insider” will score you a Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Duo.
- Columbia Sportswear offers a coupon worth 20 percent off that’s valid throughout your birth month.
- American Eagle sends a 15-percent-off birthday coupon for joining their email list.
- Kids signed up for “Geoffrey’s Birthday Club” can get a $3 coupon to Toys R Us along with an in-store celebration with hat and balloon.
To claim these and other shopping freebies, check out this full list of retail offers.
5. Keep the celebration going after your birthday
If your actual birthday has already passed, you’re not out of luck yet.
Before you toss out birthday coupons, read the fine print since the offer may be valid beyond your actual birth date. Many coupons are mailed out before your actual birthday and don’t expire until the end of the month or later.
For hundreds more birthday freebies, check out the following sites:
- The Frugal Girls
- Personal Finance Advice