It’s that time of year again — my birthday.
Around this time I always write about birthday freebies. It’s a great birthday gift to open my email and see lots of birthday surprises. It could be very daunting to try to use every one, but free dinners, discounts, desserts and other goodies are all fun to receive. Most offers only take a couple of minutes to sign up for.
A&W Restaurant — Join the Mug Club to receive a free Root Beer Float for your birthday. This can be redeemed throughout your birthday month.
Applebee’s — Sign up for the eclub for a special surprise on your birthday. I just opened mine and the restaurant sent to me a free entrée.
Arby’s —Join Arby’s Extras and become an receive exclusive offers and deals. Not only will you get a free roast beef sandwich with purchase of a drink for signing up but, you will also get a free birthday shake coupon that’s valid with any purchase.
Aveda — Aveda wants to celebrate your birthday by giving you a full-size personal blends, purer-fume spirit or body care product (up to $25 value) custom blended with the aroma of your choice.
American Eagle — Sign up for AE Rewards and 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 member-only sales and events.
Baskin-Robbins — Get a free ice cream email on your birthday and a special discount on a birthday cake. Plus a buy one get one free scoop offer when you sign up.
Bd’s Mongolian — Get a free entrée on your birthday when you join Club Mongo.
Bob Evans — Sign your kids (ages 12 and younger) up for the birthday club and they’ll get a free kids’ meal on their birthday. Join BE-Mail and you’ll receive a buy one get one free breakfast coupon plus exclusive monthly offers.
Buffalo Wild Wings — Join the Buffalo Circle and receive a free dessert on your birthday.
Bruster’s — Receive a buy one get one free waffle cone for your birthday sweet treat for signing up for Sweet Rewards.
Chicken of the Sea — Sign up for the mermaid club for a chance to win prizes like sample products, coupons, and Chicken of the Sea memorabilia. You’ll receive a money-saving coupon on your birthday, also.
CVS — Register your CVS ExtraCare card online and you’ll receive an ExtraCareBucks (typically $3 in value) via email on your birthday.
Culvers — Join the e-Club and receive coupons and a surprise on your birthday.
Driscoll’s Berries — Sign up for the rewards program and get exclusive access to special offers, a 50 cent coupon for signing up and giveaways including a special berry offer for your birthday.
Dunkin’ Donuts — Sign up for Dunkin’ Perks and get a free medium beverage. Then receive another free medium beverage on your birthday.
Firehouse Subs — Visit any Firehouse Subs restaurant on your birthday with your ID to receive a medium sub on the house.
First Watch Restaurant — Sign up for the Sun e-Club and you’ll get a buy one get one free coupon just for joining and a free entrée on your birthday.
Godiva — Sign up for the free rewards club and get a free piece of chocolate every month at participating GODIVA boutiques, a free gift each month when you spend $20 or more and birthday offer every year on your birthday.
Jersey Mike Subs —Sign up for the Jersey Mikes Subs email club and get a free sub and drink coupon valid for your birthday.
Movie Tavern — Become a Movie Tavern member and receive a free movie ticket for your birthday, and a free popcorn for becoming a member.
Noodles & Company — Sign up for Noodlegrams and get a buy one get one free dish coupon and get a coupon for a free bowl on your birthday.
Papa Murphy’s — Join the e-Club and you’ll get coupons for pizzas, appetizers, salads and desserts and free cookie dough on your birthday.
Qdoba Mexican Grill — Register and get a free order of chips and salsa or regular drink plus receive a special gift on for your birthday.
Raising Cane’s — Sign up so you will receive a free drink on your birthday. In addition, you will get a free Combo Box (chicken fingers, fries and coleslaw) just for registering.
Red Robin – Join to get a free birthday burger and $20 for your sixth visit.
Sonic — Become a Sonic Fan Club member and get a surprise on your birthday. Kids ages 12 and younger can sign up for the Birthday Club and get a coupon for a free Wacky Pack Kids meal. https://my.sonicdrivein.com/Account/SignUp
Starbucks — Create a MyStarbucks rewards account by registering your gift card online and receive a free specialty coffee on your birthday.
Toys R Us — Sign up your kids who are 10 and younger for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club and you’ll get a free party planner with a special offer, a birthday greeting card and gift, an in-store celebration (including a birthday crown, a balloon, and an in-store announcement), and a birthday call from Geoffrey.
Tory Burch —Create an account and receive a coupon for $50 off $100 purchase coupon.
▪ Through September, kids ages 10 and younger can get three free silver dollar pancakes at participating Denny’s restaurants. Offer is good daily, from 4 to 10 p.m.
▪ Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores are have a free Grandparents Day event from 1-3 p.m., Sept. 10. Grandparents and grandkids can create a family tree using their hand prints. There will also be storytime, raffles and photos.
▪ Download or update the Chick-fil-A app and create a Chick-fil-A account by September 30 to receive a free breakfast item. Participating locations only. Limit one free offer per app account.
▪ Enter the Breeder’s Cup Racing with the stars sweepstakes for a chance to win one of four once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the 2016 Breeder’ Cup on November 4 and 5. Prize includes a trip for two, $1,000 wager, and a chance to meet stars. Enter by October 9.
▪ Lifestyles is giving away free samples of their snakeskin condoms.
▪ Enter your email address to get 50 percent off a Sam’s Club membership (normally $45).
Deborah Morris' every-other-week column, The Fru-Gal, can help you get more for less. Go to her website, Fru-gal-friends.com.