This time of year, my column always focuses on birthday deals, because it’s my birthday.
It takes only a couple minutes to sign up for birthday goodies offered by a variety of restaurants and businesses.
Then, during your birthday week, you can choose whatever deal you want to take advantage of. So start celebrating your big day here.
A&W All American Food: Get a free root beer float on your birthday by joining the mug club.
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AMC movie theatre: Sign up online for free birthday popcorn.
Arby’s: Get a free birthday shake.
Applebee’s: Sign up for the birthday e-club and get a free dessert.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Sign up for Pretzel Perks, and get a free pretzel on your birthday.
Aveda: Do something beautiful for your birthday. Sign up to receive a birthday gift valued at $23 when you join Aveda’s Pure Privilege for a $10 enrollment fee.
American Eagle: Sign up for rewards and get 15 percent off purchases during the month of your birthday at American Eagle or Aerie, and get access to members-only sales and events.
Back Yard Burgers Birthday Club: Receive a free burger for signing up and on your birthday.
Build-A-Bear Workshops: Sign up for the Stuff Fur Stuff Program and earn 1 point for every $1 you spend. Reach 50 points and get a free accessory, and at 100 points you’ll receive a $10 certificate. On your birthday, you’ll receive a special offer.
Baskin Robbins Birthday Club: Sign up for a free ice cream cone.
Barnes and Noble (Kids): Sign up for the B&N Kids’ Club, and your child gets a free birthday cupcake.
Bd’s Mongolian Grill Birthday Club: Sign up and receive a free birthday meal.
Bojangles Birthday Club: Receive a free bo-berry biscuit with purchase on your birthday. Get a free half-gallon of iced tea for signing up.
Bonefish Grill: Become a Bone Fish Grill Insider, and get special offers on your birthday.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Get a free birthday dessert when you join the Buffalo Circle Club.
Bruster’s: Get a free birthday surprise for signing up.
BJ’s Restaurant: Join the club and receive a free chocolate chip cookie dessert out of the oven, topped with vanilla bean ice cream.
Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen: Kids 12 and younger can sign up for the Captain D’s Kids Birthday Club and get a free birthday kids meal. Adults can join the D’s club and will receive a welcome email with a coupon good for a free dessert once a week for a full month. You must be 13 years or older or join.
Chuck E. Cheese: Join the The Chuck E-Club and get free tokens to play games at the restaurant.
Cinnabon: Sign up to receive a coupon good for one free treat at participating bakeries plus a possible free drink or food item on your birthday.
CVS: Register your CVS ExtraCare card online and receive an extra care buck (typically $3 in value) via email on your birthday.
Chick-fil-A: Become a Chick-fil-A email insider and receive a special birthday offer. Chick-fil-A says offers are made available at the discretion of the franchise owner, so check with your local store for details.
Chili’s: Get free chips and guacamole when you join My Chili’s rewards club.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Join Carrabba’s amici club and get a free birthday appetizer.
Culver’s: Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream for signing up for My Culver’s and get a free birthday treat on your birthday.
Dairy Queen: Join the Blizzard fan club and get a coupon for a free 16-ounce Blizzard treat with the purchase of another, plus an extra coupon on your birthday and anniversary.
Denny’s: Join the reward club and get a free Grand Slam breakfast on your birthday. By registering, you receive a 20 percent discount on your next visit.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Sign up for the Perks program and get a free beverage coupon when you join, and again on your birthday.
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit: Join the birthday club for an offer to buy one sandwich and get one free.
DSW Shoes: Join the birthday club to receive a $5 off coupon on your birthday.
Firehouse Subs: Sign up for Firehouse rewards before your birthday and score a free medium sub on your birthday or within the six days after your birthday when you come with a valid ID.
Famous Footwear: Sign up for the birthday club and receive a $10 coupon.
First Watch Join the Sun e-club and receive a free birthday meal and a buy one, get one free offer.
Gold Star Chili: Join the birthday club and receive a free birthday meal.
Gigi’s Cupcakes: Join the cupcake lover’s rewards program and receive a free cupcake on your birthday.
Great American Cookies: Sign up for CookiE-mail and get exclusive offers and a birthday surprise.
Hooters: Join the Hooters Eclub for a free birthday gift.
Honey Baked Ham: Sign up and receive a free sandwich for your birthday.
IHOP: Sign up for the “pancake revolution” and receive a free meal for signing up and a free meal on your birthday.
Jamba Juice: Sign up for the birthday club and receive a free small smoothie.
Jersey Mike’s Subs: Sign up for the Jersey Mike’s Subs email club and you will receive a free sub and drink coupon valid for your birthday.
Kohl’s: Sign up for the free Yes2You rewards program and get eight offers a year plus a birthday gift.
Krispy Kreme: Each Krispy Kreme store offers a different birthday promotion, so call your local store for more details. Join Friends of Krispy Kreme to receive special offers.
McAlister’s Deli: Sign up for deligrams and receive a coupon when you sign up and on your birthday.
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Join Moe’s e-World and get a coupon for a free burrito on your birthday.
Noodles & Company: Sign up for the Noodlegrams eClub and use the app to get a treat, rewards points and chances to win prizes.
Olive Garden: Sign up for the eClub and get a free dessert on your birthday.
O’Charley’s: Join the birthday club to get exclusive offers, discounts and $5 off on your birthday.
Old Chicago: Join OC Rewards to receive a free appetizer worth as much as $10 after your first transaction and a free pizza on your birthday.
Old Navy: Sign up for Old Navy email newsletter to receive a birthday surprise.
PF Chang’s: Sign up for Warriors Rewards for rewards through the year. Earn points toward free entrees, invitations to tasting events and a birthday offer.
Panda Express: Register to receive emails and an offer on your birthday.
Panera: Join MyPanera to receive a free pastry on your birthday.
Qdoba: Sign up for Qdoba rewards to earn points toward discounts on food items. Also, receive a free burrito on your birthday.
Raising Cane’s: Join the Caniac Club and get a free drink on your birthday. You must sign up in person.
Redbox: Sign up for the Redbox Play Pass and receive a free one-night birthday rental.
Red Robin Burgers: Join the Red Robin e-Club and get a free burger on your birthday.
Red Lobster: Join the Fresh Catch Club to receive a free appetizer or dessert, other savings and a surprise on your birthday.
Smashburger: Join the Smashclub and get a free shake on your birthday.
Sonny’s BBQ: Get a free Big Deal combo meal on your big day by joining the Q Crew.
Steak ‘n Shake: Sign up for the e-Club and receive offers, money-saving coupons, and something special on your birthday.
Starbucks: Take a Starbucks gift card that you’ve bought or received, and register it online for a free Starbucks birthday drink.
Ted’s Montana Grill: Sign up for Ted’s mail and receive offers and a complimentary dessert on your birthday and an appetizer on your anniversary.
TGI Fridays: Join the Friday’s rewards program and receive a free dessert on your birthday.
Texas Roadhouse: Join the e-Club and receive a free food item.
Toys R Us: Sign up your kids 10 and younger for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club and receive a free birthday greeting card and a gift, an in-store celebration (including a birthday crown, a balloon, and an in-store announcement), and a birthday call from Geoffrey.
Wendy’s: Sign up for WendyMail and get coupons and promotions throughout the year and an item on your birthday.
Waffle House: Join the Waffle House Regulars e-mail club to receive coupons and a free meal or menu item on your birthday.
Zaxby’s: Kids 10 and younger can join the Zax Kidz Club and receive a free kidz meal card mailed on their birthday. Adults can join the Zaxby’s Mail Club and receive a members-only free meal deal coupon to the address you provide within six weeks of joining.
Deborah Morris' every-other-week column, The Fru-Gal, can help you get more for less. Go to her website, Fru-gal-friends.com.