These are the best freebies you can score just because it's your birthday.
What's the best way to start your birthday off right? Some friends are thinking of you and sending you birthday GIFs? Who can imagine someone in the world being better than you, with a hand-drawn image from your children? 'Oh, man, this one's on us,' says a multinational company.
Nobody suggests you can't have all three, but a free order of salty fries obviously takes the cake. Surprisingly, you can get all of this and more because many restaurants around the country offer free meals on birthdays. But who wants to waste their special day looking for bargains? Here's your cheat sheet, which includes birthday freebies from Applebee's, Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and a slew of other restaurants.
A&W All-American Cuisine
For a free root beer float on your birthday, enter the Mug Club.
For members of Applebee's EClub, dessert is complimentary.
Sign up for Arby's Extras and search your mailbox multiple times a week before your big day for a free curly fry and small shake coupon.
Au Bon Pain
When you enter the eClub, you get a free Au Bon Pain lunch on your birthday. If this is the year you figure out how to pronounce Au Bon Pain.
IHOP will give you free pancakes on your birthday.
Four thick buttermilk pancakes served with peaches, cinnamon apple compote, or glazed strawberries, then topped with fluffy whipped topping from IHOP. This birthday gift can be used on your actual birthday, as well as seven days before and after!
Free Stuff from Brands on your Birthday
American Eagle:If you give us your email address, we'll give you 15% off during the month of your birthday.
Anthropologie: Sign up for AnthroPerks and get a 10% discount on your birthday! (We've heard it's 15%.)
Aveda: Sign up for the Pure Privilege rewards program and receive a $23 birthday gift during your birthday month.
Plus, as a participant, you'll get a certificate for double points on your first Aveda product purchase.
Sign up for emails from Banana Republic to receive a birthday present. What's our guess? It's a voucher.
Join the Friends and Rewards Program at bareMinerals to receive a free gift on your birthday.
Columbia: Are you a fan of the great outdoors? Get a birthday present when you enter the Greater Rewards program.
The Container Store: Sign up for POP! (Perfectly Organized Perks!) and you'll not only start saving money on great organizing goods, but you'll also get a free birthday present.
CVS: Join in the ExtraCare Beauty Club to receive a bonus deal on your birthday as well as a 10% off beauty shopping card.
Dave & Buster's: Sign up for Dave & Buster's Rewards and get $5 in free game play on your birthday, plus $10 in free game play just for signing up.
Sign up for Disney Movie Rewards to receive 100 bonus points on your birthday!
DSW: Enter the DSW Rewards program, and DSW will give you a $5 birthday certificate ($10 if you're a rewards premier)!
Famous Footwear: Join Gold Rewards to earn a $10 off B-day coupon from Popular Footwear.
J.Crew Factory: Sign up and get an extra 20% off plus free shipping for your special day.
When you sign up for JCPenney Rewards, you'll get a birthday surprise.
Journeys Kidz: Join the Kidz Birthday Club and get a 15% off gift card.
Bonus: Kids get a birthday card in the mail on their big day (such a nice gesture!).
Kohls: When you sign up for Yes2You Rewards at Kohl's, you'll get a free birthday gift.
Lovespoon: Using the code "JOY" at checkout to get a free premium soy candle.
Medieval Times: Sign up for email updates and get free admission on your birthday.