17 Best Birthday Freebies at Restaurants
This post is all about the best birthday freebies at restaurants!
Who doesn’t love free food?! I know when I was a college student, I basically LIVED for any opportunity where I could score free food.
One of the best times for collecting free food is during your birthday month.
Many restaurants and fast food chains offer birthday freebies that you can redeem on the day/week/month of your birthday.
Most of these require that you sign up for your rewards program, but that’s a small price to pay for free birthday food!
Here are the best birthday freebies at restaurants you can get:
1. Free pancakes at IHOP
Craving some warm and fluffy pancakes from the International House of Pancakes? Why not get them for free? IHOP has a great perk where you can get free stack of four pancakes to celebrate your big day. (You can redeem this freebie any time 7 days before or 7 days after your birthday.)
How to get it: Sign up for MyHop Pancake Perks and not only will you get free birthday pancakes, you’ll also get a free stack today just for signing up and every year on your anniversary. Pretty sweet deal!
2. Free Grand Slam at Denny’s
Another yummy breakfast freebie is available at Denny’s in celebration of your birthday: You can get a free Grand Slam, which is any four items off their menu. Available any time during your birthday month!
How to get it: Sign up for Denny’s Rewards to get your free birthday Grand Slam. You’ll also get 20% off your next meal at Denny’s.
3. Free waffle at Waffle House
It’s not QUITE as good of a deal as the two breakfast birthday freebies above, but still… free is free! If you’re in the mood for some WaHo, head on over any time 7 days before your birthday or 21 days after to collect your free classic waffle.
How to get it: Sign up for the Waffle House Regular’s Club to get your free birthday waffle. You’ll also get a free order of hash browns just for signing up.
4. Free egg sandwich from Einstein Bros
One more breakfast birthday freebie is available at Einstein Bros, where you can get a free egg sandwich on one of their delicious bagels. This one does require an additional purchase, such as a coffee.
How to get it: Sign up for the Shmear Society and not only will you get your birthday freebie, you’ll get a free bagel (with an additional purchase) right away.
5. Free drink at Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts offers a free beverage of any size for your birthday, which includes any hot or iced coffee, latte, tea, hot chocolate, or Coollatta. You can claim it any time during your birthday month.
How to get it: Sign up for DD Perks to get your free birthday drink.
6. Free drink or snack at Starbucks
Another great birthday freebie for coffee lovers is available at Starbucks. You can get ANY drink of any size on their menu for free on your birthday. Alternatively, you can opt for a free snack from the bakery instead. This perk is available a couple days before your birthday and expires the day after.
How to get it: Sign up for Starbucks rewards at least seven days before your birthday, and make at least one other Starbucks purchase before your birthday to be eligible for your free birthday drink.
7. Free doughnut at Krispy Kreme
If you’re like me and LOVE hot and fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts, you won’t want to miss this sweet birthday freebie. You can get a free original glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme any time during the month of your birthday.
How to get it: Sign up for Krispy Kreme Rewards. Not only will you get a free doughnut on your birthday, you’ll get another free doughnut immediately just for signing up! Free stuff has never tasted sweeter…
8. Free ice cream at Baskin Robbins
Speaking of sweet, if you’re craving some free ice cream on your birthday, you can get it at Baskin Robbins! Members of the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club can get a free scoop of any flavor ice cream on their special day.
How to get it: Sign up for the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club in order to collect a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday!
9. Free pastry at Panera Bread
Another sweet birthday freebie is available at Panera Bread. You can get a free pastry (or cookie or muffin) from their bakery on the day of your birthday.
How to get it: Sign up for My Panera Rewards and not only will you get a free pastry every year on your birthday, you’ll also get another just for signing up!
10. Free frozen yogurt at Pinkberry
There is nothing more refreshing than a cool, delicious cup of creamy frozen yogurt from Pinkberry… and it tastes even better when it’s free! Head on over to Pinkberry on your birthday to celebrate with a free frozen yogurt.
How to get it: Sign up for Pinkcard Rewards to get your birthday freebie.
11. Free milkshake at Steak ‘n Shake
One more delicious dessert freebie can be claimed at Steak ‘n Shake on your birthday. They’ll give you a delicious free specialty milkshake when you come any time within 45 days of your birthday.
How to get it: Sign up for Steak and Shake’s eClub in order to get your free birthday milkshake. Even better, you’ll get a free Double ‘n Cheese ‘n Fries (that’s a cheeseburger and fries) just for joining the club.
12. Free burrito at Moe’s
Welcome to Moe’s! If you’re craving some Tex-Mex food for your birthday, head over to Moe’s and claim a free burrito to celebrate your special day. This tasty offer is available within a week of your birthday.
How to get it: Sign up for Moe’s Rewards to get your free birthday burrito, plus get a free order of chips and queso just for signing up.
13. Free sub and drink at Jersey Mike’s
Get a free lunch on Jersey Mike’s for your birthday! They’ll treat you to a free sub sandwich of your choice, plus a free fountain drink, all in celebration of your big day. And best of all, this offer is good for an entire year after your birthday so you can save it for a rainy day!
How to get it: Sign up for myMike’s Rewards in order to get your free lunch.
14. Free pretzel at Auntie Anne’s
Craving a hot, salty pretzel from Auntie Anne’s? No need to get in a twist about the price, when you can get one for free on your birthday. This tasty offer is available any time during your birthday month.
How to get it: Sign up for Pretzel Perks to claim your free Auntie Anne’s birthday pretzel. You’ll also get another pretzel for free, just for signing up and making an additional purchase of $1 or more.
15. Free wings at Buffalo Wild Wings
Want to celebrate your birthday with some delicious wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. You can get a free order of their snack size wings (boneless or traditional) in celebration of your big day.
How to get it: Sign up for Buffalo Wild Wings Rewards in order to receive your free order of wings for your birthday.
16. Free fries at Wingstop
Speaking of wings… Wingstop also offers a birthday freebie at their restaurant, although instead of an order of wings you’ll receive a heaping portion of their seasoned fries for free. Still a pretty tasty deal!
How to get it: Sign up for the Wingstop Club and not only will you be able to receive a free order of fries on your birthday, you’ll get another free order of fries just for signing up. Free fries all around!
17. Free smoothie at Jamba Juice
In the mood for a cold, refreshing smoothie from Jamba Juice? You can snag one of their smoothies in any flavor for free to celebrate your birthday.
How to get it: Sign up for Jamba Juice Rewards for a free birthday smoothie.
These are the best birthday freebies at restaurants that every college student should know about!
For even more ways to save money, check out my ultimate list containing 50+ of the best discounts for college students.