YES, most of them give out some birthday freebies to their customers in their rewards program or email club and you’ll receive a coupon on your birthday. Many restaurants will offer a meal on your birthday or free dessert or free ice cream.
If you are signed up to their email list, they might want you to download their app to receive your treat.
Most places allow you to sign up for birthday freebies when you’re 13, so if you have kids, you can also use that to get birthday freebies for them as well. Check out the end of the post where we have even more tips for you to max out those freebies!
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Lastly, if you are celebrating in a hotel or a resort, inform them that it is your birthday and they normally give a birthday surprise!
A lot of places on this list will send you a birthday freebie coupon or email with a barcode. You can just present it to them on your phone.
In order to send the coupon or birthday freebie code to you, they’ll need an email usually. The best thing to do is to create another email account to sign up for birthday freebies and just search “birthday” when you are ready to get my birthday freebies (just don't forget your login details!)
They'll also send you your coupon or birthday freebie days or weeks before your birthday, and it’s so much easier to just search for the world “birthday” or “bday” in your email inbox to find the emails with the actual coupons or freebies.
Try to sign up for birthday freebies at least a month before your birthday. It looks like databases at some companies take a while to update. If you sign up last minute for a birthday freebie, the email with your birthday freebie might not arrive on time!
Some companies let you redeem your birthday freebie in the month or week of your birthday, giving you more time to get your freebie and spread out your free stuff redemption during your birthday freebie month. If it doesn’t say when you can redeem your birthday freebie, it usually means the day of.
If you get it in the mail, bring it with you or just pull it up on your smartphone — no need to actually print it out if it's online or in an email.
Most national chains have some cool birthday freebies, but local stores and restaurants might have birthday freebie offers as well. You can always ask them! They may not be good at advertising it, so make sure to mention it on your next visit to plan ahead for the upcoming birthday.