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Free Eats on Your Birthday

Register online with your favorite restaurant to get a heftier birthday treat

You can score a free beverage or dessert on your birthday at most restaurants, but for a meatier celebration, enroll online in eatery-run loyalty clubs to get gratis meals on or near your special day (and possibly additional coupons throughout the year).

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Free food awaits you at places like Red Robin, Fuddruckers and Ruby Tuesday. — Candle: Davies and Starr/Getty Images; Hamburger: Dan Saelinger/Getty Images

Free burgers await you at Red Robin, Fuddruckers and Ruby Tuesday (or all three if you're really hungry).

Other no-cost birthday sandwiches can be had at Schlotzsky's or Firehouse Subs — you'll need to show your driver's license or other identification. And for free entrees, check out Houlihan's or Famous Dave's.

Tip: When enrolling, use a dedicated e-mail address — such as a free account at Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail — so that your primary e-mail account won't be bombarded with marketing offers.

And no matter where you celebrate, it's wise to make clear before ordering that you're there for a birthday deal.

Sid Kirchheimer writes about health and consumer issues.

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