The Fru-Gal: Freebies let you stretch birthday celebration dollars

Contributing columnistSeptember 1, 2013 

The Fru-Gal Deborah Morris

Every year around this time I write about birthday freebies because this is my birthday week and I have been receiving lots of freebies in my inbox. I am not telling you to go out and use all of these freebies, but check them out because there are some great deals that can make your day or week special for you.

■ Sign up for the e-club at Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant to receive a birthday and anniversary gift.

■ At American Eagle Rewards, get 15 percent off the month of your birthday at AE or Aerie, free Aerie bras (buy five bras, get the sixth free) and access to members-only sales and events.

■ Join the Backyard Burger e-Club for a free burger plus a special birthday offer.

■ With Betty Crocker's enewsletter receive up to $250 worth of coupons throughout the year plus a free Cake Booklet with 15 birthday cakes and a birthday insider exclusive, plus save 20 percent on a product at the Betty Crocker Store.

■ Get birthday offers and discounts year round through Baskin Robbins.

■ Join Club Mongo at bd's Mongolian Grill for a birthday offer.

■ Join the Culver's club for a variety of birthday offers.

■ Sign your kids ages 12 and younger up for the Bob Evans birthday club, and they'll get a free kids' meal on their birthdays. Also, join BE-Mail and you'll receive a buy-one-get-one-free entrée and exclusive monthly offers.

■ Join the Buffalo Circle at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar and get a coupon for a free dessert on your birthday.

■ Sign up your kids for Club BK at Burger King and they'll get a free kid's meal on their birthdays.

■ Captain D's Seafood offers a number of discounts and freebies for signing up at

■ Chili's has offers for joining its club, birthday and membership anniversary offers.

■ Chuck E Cheese offers free tokens for your child's birthday and more.

■ Sign up for the Blizzard FanClub at Dairy Queen for birthday offers.

■ Join Denny's for exclusive offers plus a free Grand Slam breakfast on your birthday.

■ Fans of Express stores can become an Express Next member to receive rewards certificates throughout the year and extra special birthday coupons.

■ For a free medium celebratory sub at Firehouse Subs on your birthday, show an ID that has your birth date when you order.

■ Join the Sun e-Club at FirstWatch Daytime Café, and receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon when you join plus a free entrée on your birthday.

■ Sign up for the Cupcake Lover's Reward program at Gigi's Cupcakes and receive a special birthday and anniversary gift.

■ Receive a free meal just for signing up for the Pancake Revolution at IHOP, plus get a free meal on your birthday and one year anniversary.

■ Become a Movie Tavern member to receive a free movie ticket on your birthday.

■ Get a MyPanera card from a Panera associate and register the card online, and you'll start to receive special discounts, freebies and a birthday reward.

■ Become a Caniac when you sign up for Raising Cane's Club to receive a free combo box plus special food freebies for your birthday and anniversary.

■ With the Qdoba Mexican Grill e-Club get a buy-one-get-one-free entrée coupon on your birthday.

That's really just a sampling. If you don't see your favorite restaurant or store on this list, check out its website, because it probably wants to wish you a happy birthday.

Deborah Morris' weekly column, The Fru-Gal, can help you save money. Feel free to share tips on The Fru-Gal blog at and visit her website,

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