It’s your birthday. That means many free offers await.

Lots of businesses and restaurants give you free stuff on your birthday. But you have to sign up to receive it.
Lots of businesses and restaurants give you free stuff on your birthday. But you have to sign up to receive it. Getty Images/iStockphoto

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.

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.

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