You don't have to spend a bundle to have a memorable birthday celebration. Instead of emptying your bank account on a big party or birthday dinner with pals, strive to eat, drink, shop and enjoy yourself for less on your special day.
Birthday boys and girls of all ages can take advantage of the many special offers available from businesses around the U.S. While some gifts can only be collected on your actual birthday, others are available the whole month. Here are 60 ways to score freebies, deals and discounts on your special day.
Birthday Breakfast, Coffee and Tea Deals
Coffee is key if you plan to celebrate late into the night on your birthday. And while Starbucks offers solid deals year-round, it's not the only place you can spend the morning on your special day.
Argo Tea: Each LoyalTea club member can enjoy a free drink worth up to $5 on his birthday.
DavidsTea: Membership in the DavidsTea Frequent Steeper loyalty program gets you a free cup of tea on your special day.
Denny's: Get a free Grand Slam birthday breakfast at this popular restaurant chain.
IHOP: Subscribe to IHOP's Pancake Revolution email list and get a free, full stack of pancakes for every birthday. Members must be at least 13.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery: Join My Perkins, the email list for this nationwide family restaurant, and get a special gift on your birthday.
Starbucks: Enjoy a free tea, coffee or other Starbucks item for your birthday when you sign up for My Starbucks Rewards online. Just show your registered card to receive your treat.
Birthday Dinner Deals
"If you go out on your birthday, make sure to ask local restaurants and shops if they offer a birthday discount or freebie," said Kendal Perez of Coupon Sherpa. Here are some of the best birthday dinner deals available:
Baja Fresh: Join the Club Baja email list to get a free special treat on your birthday.
Benihana: During their birthday months, members of the Benihana Chef's Table list get a $30 email certificate for use toward a meal.
Black Angus Steakhouse: Get a free steak dinner on your birthday in your first year as a Prime Club member.
Don Pablo's: Register to receive a $10 coupon, redeemable during the four weeks following your special day.
Ruby Tuesday: Enjoy a free burger or garden bar entree on your birthday when you join the So Connected email list.
Birthday Ice Cream and Smoothie Deals
Ice cream goes with birthday cake like peanut butter with jelly. Score ice cream at these chains on your big day.
Baskin-Robbins: Join the Baskin-Robbins birthday club and get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.
Booster Juice: Sign up online a week before your birthday to become a member of Booster Nation and receive an email coupon good for a free smoothie.
Cold Stone Creamery: Join the My Cold Stone Club and get a "buy one, get one free" ice cream deal emailed to you for your birthday.
Dairy Queen: Get a coupon for a free Blizzard when you buy one by signing up online for the Blizzard Fan Club. You'll score an extra coupon on your birthday.
Jamba Juice: Enjoy a free birthday juice or smoothie when you sign up for Jamba Insider Rewards.
Marble Slab Creamery: Membership in the Slab Happy Rewards loyalty program will get you $5 off on your birthday.
Planet Smoothie: Get a free birthday smoothie every year when you sign up for the Planet Smoothie Club.
Birthday Chocolate and Frozen Yogurt Deals
Birthdays are the ideal time to indulge. Snag these chocolate-dipped delights and other desserts.
Edible Arrangements: Sign up for Edible Rewards online and get a free, 12-count chocolate Dipped Fruit box during your birthday month.
Godiva: Sign up for the Godiva Rewards Club and get a free birthday treat when you show your card in the store. Rewards change monthly.
Great American Cookies: Join the Great American Cookies email list and get a free treat on your birthday.
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt: Sign up for the mySmileage rewards program and receive a $5 credit to use during your birthday month.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Sign up for the Ounce Back loyalty card and receive a coupon for $3 off on your birthday.
Pinkberry: As a Pinkberry loyalty rewards member, you can enjoy a free frozen yogurt on your birthday.
Yogurt Mountain (YOMO): Sign up for YOMO Club by texting "YOMOclub" plus your birthday month to "81018" for special offers and a free yogurt on your birthday. For example, text "YOMOclub01" if your birthday is in January.
Other Birthday Dessert Deals and Freebies
"If you're ever paying for food on your birthday, you're doing it wrong," said Matt Spillar from DealsPlus. "Desserts are the most common freebie offered." So, loosen your belt and get ready to chow down.
Cantina Laredo: Get a free birthday dessert with a dinner purchase at this Mexican chain when you sign up for the rewards club.
El Chico Cafe: Enjoy a complimentary dessert on your birthday with membership in the El Chico club.
Gigi's Cupcakes: Sign up for the Gigi's Cupcake Lovers Rewards Program and get a free cupcake for your birthday.
La Madeleine Country French Cafe: Join the online e-club and receive a free individual pastry on your birthday.
Portillo's: This Italian chain gives each member of its Birthday Club a slice of chocolate cake as a free birthday treat.
RAM Restaurant & Brewery: Sign up for email notifications from RAM Restaurant & Brewery and enjoy a free birthday Mile High Mud Pie.
Shari's Cafe: Join Shari's Cafe Club and receive a free slice of pie on your birthday.
Sprinkles Cupcakes: Get a free birthday cupcake when you sign up for the Sprinkles Perks rewards program. Frequent buyers could qualify for a free dozen cupcakes, as well.
Birthday Freebies for Kids and Pizza
It's hard to say no to pizza, especially when it's free birthday food. Get a free pizza on your birthday or make your child's birthday extra special with a complimentary meal at one of these establishments:
Imo's Pizza: Children 12 and younger who join Imo's Pizza Kid's Club will receive birthday coupons by email to redeem at local eateries.
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar: Enjoy a free, small, one-topping deep dish pizza on your birthday when you sign up for the online rewards program.
The Mattel Toy Store: Get an email birthday certificate when you sign your child up for Mattel's Birthday Club.
Nick Jr. Birthday Club: If you know a child who would love to get a birthday call from his favorite Nickelodeon character, you're in luck. Sign up for the Nick Jr. Birthday Club for free.
Pizza Ranch: Join the Ranch Rewards email program to get $5 loaded on your card. Redeem your coupon within 30 days.
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Birthday Movie and Entertainment Deals
Whether you're celebrating your birthday with family or planning a budget-friendly date, you might be able to score some free or discounted entertainment.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: If you want to spend your birthday enjoying beer and a good flick, join the Alamo Victory mailing list. You'll get a free birthday movie ticket each year.
Cinemark: Subscribe to the Cinemark email list and get a birthday coupon for a free gift during your birthday week.
Disneyland: Get a free, magical birthday button on your special day at City Hall in Disneyland or at Guest Services in Disney California Adventure. Valid theme park admission is required.
Medieval Times: Interested in a birthday celebration that includes a medieval feast and show? Join the Birthday Fellowship email list and get one free admission during your birthday month.
Redbox: If you'd rather stay in for your birthday, get a free, one-night DVD rental when you sign up for the Redbox Play Pass.
Showcase Cinemas: You can pay $10 for a Showcase Popcorn Club membership and get popcorn, candy, a backpack and another free movie ticket to redeem on your child's birthday.
Birthday Clothing Discounts and Deals
Nab a gift for use in your home or office or collect extra rewards points on your birthday for purchases later in the year.
Aerosoles: Joining Aerosoles VIP Rewards program entitles you to 15 percent off purchases during your birthday month. Sign up online or in stores.
American Eagle Outfitters: Save 15 percent on clothing purchases during your birthday month when you share your email at checkout or online.
Anthropologie: Join loyalty rewards program Anthro before your birthday to receive a discount.
DSW: Sign up for a free DSW Rewards membership and get birthday offers.
Famous Footwear: Achieve a Gold membership in Famous Footwear's online rewards program by spending $200 in 12 months and earn a $10 coupon on your birthday.
J.Crew: Join the Factory First mailing list and receive 20 percent off and free shipping on your birthday.
Kohl's: Whether you're shopping for kitchen supplies or something special for your jewelry box, Kohl's will give you a free birthday gift if you join the Yes2You Rewards program.
Office Depot: Join the Office Depot free online rewards program to collect points for purchases and get a special birthday bonus.
Victoria's Secret: Apply for a Victoria's Secret Angel credit card and get a gift for your birthday.
World Market: Explorer Rewards members get a free birthday surprise each year.
Birthday Makeup, Skincare and Beauty Deals
Want to get your glamour on with free beauty products, makeup and skincare deals? Check out these deals you can get on your birthday:
Aveda: Sign up for Aveda's Pure Privilege rewards program and get a free gift for your birthday valued at $23. There is a $10 charge to sign up, and gifts change monthly.
The Body Shop: Become a Love Your Body club member online and get a $10 reward during your birthday month.
Fresh: A membership with Fresh Family Rewards comes with a free birthday gift.
Lancome: Join the Lancome Paris online rewards program and get a free birthday gift.
Sephora: Join Sephora's free Beauty Insider program by signing up in a store or online and get a free gift during your birthday month.
Ulta Beauty: Sign up for Ultamate Rewards and get two benefits during your birthday month: double rewards points and a free birthday gift.