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En español | Spending time with friends and family on your special day is a great way to spend your birthday. But it doesn't hurt to indulge yourself in a few freebies from your favorite stores and restaurants.
Most of these birthday treats are offered after joining the company's free member programs. Remember that these benefits are usually sent by email, so make sure to check your spam folder if you don't initially find your reward. You may want to create an entirely new email address to make sure your inbox doesn't get flooded with other advertisements. Keep in mind that most businesses require patrons to sign up about two weeks in advance of their big day. So enroll in these programs now and reap the reward when it's time to celebrate.
Abuelo's: Sign up for the Mi Abuelo's reward program to receive a special gift on your birthday, such as a free entrée with purchase.
Baja Fresh: Join Club Baja to receive a birthday treat. You must be signed up four days before your big day. The gift usually includes a birthday burrito with drink purchase, and is valid for about a week.
Baskin-Robbins: With a Baskin-Robbins account, you can enroll in the birthday club, which offers a free scoop on your birthday, plus other offers and coupons.
Benihana: Join their Chef's Table program and receive a $30 gift certificate during the month of your birthday. If you register during your birth month, it will take about two days to receive the certificate.
Bojangles: Enroll in Bojangles’ E-Club, and you will receive a coupon for a free bo-berry biscuit with purchase.
Boston Market: Sign up for their Rotisserie Rewards program at least two weeks before your birthday and receive a free gift. Usually, it is a free dessert.
Chick-Fil-A: Sign up for the Chick Fil A One program and receive a free birthday treat.
Cold Stone Creamery: Join the My Cold Stone Club and enjoy a buy-one-get-one-free creation coupon for your birthday.
Dairy Queen: Sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club to receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a Blizzard dessert, valid for 14 days.
Del Taco: Join the Raving Fan eClub and enjoy a free premium vanilla, chocolate or strawberry shake on your birthday. Offers vary by restaurant.
Denny's: Indulge in a free Grand Slam Breakfast, only on your birthday with valid ID.
Dippin’ Dots: Snag a free small Dippin’ Dots ice cream treat when you sign up for the Dot Crazy email club.
Firehouse Subs: As a Firehouse Rewards Member, you can relish in a free medium-size sub within six days of your birthday. If you have a child under 12, they will get an offer on their birthday, too.
Jersey Mike's Subs: If you are signed up for the Jersey Mike's email club, you can get a free regular-size sandwich and 22-ounce drink coupon. But make sure to have your ID handy.
Olive Garden: Enroll in Olive Garden's eClub and get a free dessert coupon that should be redeemable for about 21 days.
Panera Bread: Sign up for MyPanera and enjoy a free birthday pastry.
Pinkberry: Indulge in a complimentary Pinkberry yogurt on your birthday when you register for a free Pinkcard. You can also receive a free yogurt after every 10 purchases all year long.
Red Robin: Devour a free burger from Red Robin when you sign up for its Royalty rewards program during the month of your birthday.
Starbucks: If you sign up for Starbucks Rewards at least seven days before your birthday and make one transaction, you can indulge in a free beverage or food item.
Wingstop: Those signed up for Wingstop's email club will receive a free birthday gift. You get a free order of fries when you sign up.
Zaxby's: Chow down on a free Nibbler on your birthday once you enter the Zax Mail Club. You get a free sandwich meal just for joining!
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American Eagle: Aerie for American Eagle offers 15 percent off during your birthday month when enrolled in the AEO Connected Rewards program.
Anthropologie: For those in the free AnthroPerks rewards club, you will earn a special birthday offer. Currently, it is 15 percent off an entire purchase.
Brooks Brothers: If you sign up for the Brooks Brothers credit card, you'll receive a $20 birthday reward and a 15-percent-off-purchase deal the day you sign up.
DSW: Save $5 and get free four- to seven-day shipping for your birthday as a DSW rewards member.
J. Crew Factory: J. Crew's Factory First newsletter subscribers receive 20 percent off the purchase and free shipping on their birthday.
Kohls: The Yes2You rewards program sends a $10 coupon during your birthday month.
Victoria's Secret: Those who have a Victoria's Secret Angel Credit Card will receive $10 for their birthday.
Benefit Cosmetics: Go to a select location during your birthday week for free brow arch service.
Sephora: Join Sephora's Beauty Insider program to collect a complimentary birthday gift.
Smashbox: Middle- and top-tier members of Smashbox's loyalty program receive a birthday gift, after spending $75.
Ulta: Ultamate Rewards Members get a free gift and double points on purchases during their birth month.
Alamo Drafthouse: Join the movie theater's Victory rewards program for a free birthday ticket that's valid for 30 days.
Best Buy: The My Best Buy membership program sends members a gift during their birth month. In the past, it has been a 10 percent off coupon.
Medieval Times: Sign up for the Birthday Fellowship program for free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket during your birthday month. For “end-of-month” celebrants, the offer is extended seven days into the following month.
Redbox: Have a free movie night on your birthday as a Redbox Perks member. (You get a free night when you sign up as well.)
Petco: The store's Pals Rewards program allows you to complete an online pet profile and receive a gift on your pet's birthday.
PetSmart: Sign up for the company's Treats loyalty program and score a free surprise on your pet's birthday.