Hey, You Deserve All 19 of these Birthday Freebies

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Photo credit: john francis
Photo credit: john francis

From Cosmopolitan

Your birthday (or birth month?) is that time of the year when it’s all about you. Whether it’s an Instagram story, greeting card, text or call; those special people in your life find a way to celebrate your existence.

And there are so many companies willing to toast to another year of your life too—with free stuff. You can get anything from a (free) meal to (free) yummy sweet treats for your latest trip around the sun.

In a time when a lot of us are broke, worried about our jobs, and maybe living with our parents for the foreseeable future, I believe there has never, ever (ever) been a better time for free stuff. TBH, even if you're still raking in the big bucks like the damn independent woman you are, it's still nice to be appreciated in free-gift form, right?

JFYI: Most companies require you to join an email list or a rewards program a certain number of days in advance of your big day. So if you've got a few months till Your Day, get in on this now!

The list of birthday freebies are kinda endless, but I’ve highlighted some of the best ones out there. Not gonna lie, they're literally all food. So if you've got a problem with that, I wish you well on your continued journey of free birthday stuff.

1. Starbucks

Download the Starbuck Rewards app or register online to get one complimentary handcrafted beverage, one complimentary food item, or one ready-to-drink bottled beverage on your birthday. However you must join Starbucks Rewards at least seven days prior to your birthday or you’re out of luck.

2. Applebee's

Applebee's, the home of the dollarita and other crazy deals is offering up a free dessert on your birthday with a purchase of an entree. If you sign up for their email rewards program, you’ll also get a free appetizer as an added bonus. Woop woop!

3. Cold Stone Creamery

Join the My Cold Stone Club Rewards to get a buy one get one free coupon loaded on to your account for your birthday. You also get a BOGO coupon with your initial sign up.

4. Dunkin

Dunkin’s DDPerks registration includes a free birthday beverage coupon. The coupon is valid for one iced or hot coffee, tea, latte, hot chocolate or Coolatta of your choice. Cha-ching!

5. Baskin Robbins

Baskin Robbins gives out free scoops of ice cream on your birthday as long as you sign up for their Birthday Club emails. When that special time of year turns up, you could be enjoying a free scoop!

6. Krispy Kreme

Does a classic glazed donut sound appetizing? You can get a free donut during your birthday month and with an initial sign up for the Krispy Kreme rewards program.

7. Olive Garden

Tiramisu, anyone? Sign up for Olive Garden’s email list and you get a coupon for dessert on your birthday. Plus signing up gives you an initial free dessert or appetizer on top of that. This is all on top of those bottomless breadsticks made of addictive drugs (not really, but IYKYK).

8. Au bon pain

Not only do you get a free travel mug for signing up for their rewards, but you also get a free coffee and bakery item on your birthday!

9. Jamba Juice

If you are a Jamba Juice regular, then once you sign up for their rewards you can cash your coupon for a free birthday smoothie. The catch is you have to have at least 15 rewards points (15pts = $15 spent) to qualify for this one.

10. Auntie Anne's

Join Auntie Anne’s reward program for perks all year. One of these is a free pretzel on your birthday.

11. Edible Arrangements

If you want your birthday to feel like Valentine’s day, consider joining Edible Arrangements rewards program. You get a free 12-count box of chocolate-dipped fruits. Will eat chocolate-covered anything anytime of the year.

12. IHOP

For all the breakfast lovers, IHOP will serve up free pancakes on your birthday for signing up for the MyHop rewards program (If I sound like I'm repeating myself, it's because I am). You also get free pancakes for initially signing up and for every anniversary of your sign up. That’s a lot of free pancakes!

13. Benihana

Benihana’s, The Chef’s Table rewards sign up includes a $30 gift certificate on your birthday. Yes, you get a whole $30 towards a birthday meal of your choice. I see an onion volcano in your future.

14. Chili's

The home of the delectable molten lava cake is offering up free dessert on your birthday. All you have to do is sign up for the My Chili’s Reward program, and you're all set.

15. Red Lobster

How does a free dessert or appetizer sound with those delicious cheddar bay biscuits? Signing up for Red Lobster’s rewards gets you a choice between a few yummy birthday treats. Make sure to sign up at least seven days before the day to qualify for rewards.

16. Dairy Queen

In honor of your born day, DQ sends over a coupon for a free blizzard when you sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club. I can’t think of a more chill way to ring in another year of life.

18. Del Taco

Del Taco hooks it up with a free premium shake on your birthday. All you have to do is (you know the drill by now) join their Eclub mailing list. You also get two free tacos once you sign up.

19. Culver's

Culver’s is offering up a free frozen custard sundae to commemorate your birth. Just sign up for a MyCulver’s online account.

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