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Birthday freebies list

Posted April 28, 2016

Did you know that you can score tons of great freebies including free meals during the month of your birthday?

Every year I post a reminder during my birthday week that you can enjoy some fabulous freebies and discounts from tons of restaurants and retailers.

What are your favorite birthday freebies every year?

Birthday freebie list has put together a very long list of companies that offer birthday freebies including clickable links to sign up for the offers!

I highly recommend you look through the list to see what freebies the various companies are offering and then sign up for the ones you want.

Sign up as soon as possible because some freebies require that you sign up a certain period of time before your birthday (like a week or month before) in order to get the offer for that year. And remember that not all locations are participating so you may want to call ahead to verify before you head to the store.

I also love that many of the offers are valid for a week to a month so I have plenty of time to redeem them before they expire.

See the full list including clickable links at

Freebies I have received so far this week

In the last week, I have received e-mails and coupons via snail mail for free meals, free meal with drink purchase, free bagel with cream cheese, free ice cream, BOGO meal coupons, free doughnut and more for my birthday!

Although I won't be using all of them, my kids are certainly enjoying the treats!

Here are a few of the offers I have received so far this week:

Arby’s: Coupon for a Free small shake with the purchase of any item (excluding snack items) sent via e-mail

Baskin Robbins: FREE scoop of ice cream (2.5 oz) or a 3 oz soft serve swirl! Coupon sent via e-mail

Bruegger’s: FREE bagel and cream cheese with purchase of any beverage coupon sent via e-mail

Cold Stone: BOGO coupon sent via e-mail

Dairy Queen: BOGO Blizzard coupon and $3 off a cake coupon e-mailed

DSW: $5 off $5 purchase coupon sent via snail mail. I love the clearance racks at DSW. They have really helped me with my shoe game!

Greek Fiesta: FREE complimentary meal up to $10! Coupon sent via e-mail.

IHOP: Coupon for a FREE Rooty Tooty Fresh N Fruity pancakes sent via e-mail. No purchase required. Dine in only.

Jason's Deli: Coupon for $5 off any item sent via e-mail

Krispy Kreme: One FREE doughnut and 1 free coffee or small fountain drink with the coupon sent via e-mail

McAlister's: $5 off my next meal coupon sent via e-mail.

Moe’s Southwest Grill: Coupon for FREE entrée with purchase of any drink. Coupon sent via e-mail.

Olive Garden: Free appetizer or dessert (up to a $10 maximum) with purchase of 2 adult dinner entrees. Coupon sent via e-mail.

Panera Bread: Free birthday pastry added to MyPanera card. Doesn’t expire until 6/24. AND a new Panera just opened in Garner (at White Oak center near Cabelas) so I will definitely be enjoying this offer!

Red Robin: Free burger added to my Red Robin Royalty account. Reminder sent via e-mail.

Swagbucks: 50 Swag Bucks will be added to my Swagbucks account on my birthday when I click through the link in my e-mail from them.

As I get closer to my birthday, I expect additional free offers will arrive from Chili's, CVS, Jersey Mikes, Starbucks, TGI Friday's, Which Wich and more.

Happy Birthday to everyone who has a birthday this year!


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  • ctya Apr 29, 2016

    You can enjoy free or low cost food all week. I enjoyed my birthday month.

  • meredith88 Apr 29, 2016

    Faye, I signed up for most of these yesterday and almost all of them sent me coupons for signing up. Some are BOGO but many of them are for completely free food! Looks like I'll be celebrating my birthday for the next week and then again in 2 months :-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 29, 2016

    Em2s - thanks for the birthday wishes! Looking forward to a fabulous year ahead!

    luvstoQ - that McCormick offer is a nice one!

  • Em2s Apr 28, 2016

    What fun! Thanks for these great ideas, Faye. Wishing you an awesome birthday month filled with all your favorite things.

  • luvstoQ Apr 28, 2016

    I've gotten most of these that you mentioned, but there's no way I even attempt to get the majority. I did get a side of ribs with a Texas Steakhouse entree recently, but my favorite is with McCormick & Schmicks Seafood ($25 meal credit).

    Enjoy your 'month'!!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 28, 2016

    Amomoftwo - I just signed up for the Red Hot and Blue one. Thanks! I forget every year to sign up but your reminder did the trick. :-)

    meredith88 - YES! Now is the perfect time to sign up.

  • meredith88 Apr 28, 2016

    Thanks Faye! I need to sign up for some of these now before my birthday in 2 months :-)

  • Amomoftwo Apr 28, 2016

    I do love the birthday freebies! I especially like the free entree from Red Hot and their BBQ..and the sign up is on their website. They also send a freebie for your wedding anniversary too.