Last year, I wrote an article on finding all of the restaurant birthday deals  that are offered on your birthday as a reward for signing up to an e-mail list. As a huge deal lover, since it was so fun to watch the free deals roll in on my birthday , I thought it’d be even better to find the places that offer a coupon or deal just because. I found restaurants, fast food restaurants, and retail stores that offer something free or a great coupon just for signing up. Here’s a list of restaurants and retail stores that offer freebies just for signing up:
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- Buca di Beppo: Sign up to the e-club to receive a free small pasta. Choose from spaghetti marinara, fettuccine alfredo, or baked ziti. Best of all, you don’t have to purchase anything, and you can even get it to go. Visit their website  to sign up.
- Panera Bread: Create a MyPanera account and receive a free bakery item. No other purchase is necessary. They say they will continue to “reward you with more surprises” once you visit and swipe your card. Sign up by visiting their website .
- Jason’s Deli: You’ll receive a $5 coupon on your birthday. Signing up also allows you to hear about “exclusive offers and special promotions”. Sign up on their website .
- C.B. & Potts Restaurant & Brewery: Join the MVP club, and you’ll receive a coupon for a free burger or chicken sandwich with the purchase of a second menu entrée of equal or greater value. Visit their website  for more information.
- Red Lobster: By joining the Fresh Catch Club, you’ll receive a coupon for a free appetizer of dessert when you purchase two adult dinner entrees. Sign up by visiting their website .
- Red Robin: Registering for rewards will get you a free birthday burger. If you visit five times in the first five weeks you get your card, you’ll get $20 towards your sixth visit. You’ll also get your tenth item free. Visit their website  for more information.
- Boston Market: Sign up for the V.I.P. Club to receive $3 off your next purchase plus a birthday surprise. Visit the website  to sign up.
- Sonic: Get a $1 off coupon for signing up. Visit Sonic’s website  to sign up.
- Ted’s Montana Grill: Sign up to be one of Ted’s Mavericks, and they say they will give you a free dessert on your birthday and a free appetizer on your anniversary. Visit their website  for more information.
Keep in mind: Look for any restrictions with the deal from your restaurant. It could limit your entrée options and may only include certain items on the menu. You may also be required to purchase a drink or other entrée or another minimum purchase. Many times it can also require you to dine in. It’s always a good idea to mention your coupon before you place your order so your server can advise you on any limitations that may be involved. Plus, they may need to ring up your order differently or enter items in differently. Even though it says dine in only, it doesn’t hurt to ask if it is available for the carry-out option so you’re not buying drinks and additional food. When you’re leaving the tip, don’t forget to tip off what the price would have been without the coupon to give your server a fair tip.
Snacks, Drinks, Desserts
- Auntie Anne’s: Join Pretzel Perks to receive a free pretzel for signing up and on your birthday. You’ll also earn points for anytime you purchase something, and for every 300 points, you’ll receive another free pretzel. Sign up by visiting their website .
- Starbucks: Join My Starbucks Rewards  by registering a Starbucks card. You’ll enjoy a free drink on your birthday along with 15 percent off a purchase online. You’ll also receive points stars for every purchase, and you’ll be able to redeem these for beverages, bottled drinks, or food.
- Red Mango: Sign up to receive a $2 reward plus a $5 reward on your birthday. You’ll also earn points for every dollar spent. Join Club Mango  to receive these rewards.
- Naturalizer: Get a $10 off coupon when you sign up. Visit their website  to sign up.
- Bed Bath & Beyond: When you sign up online, you’ll receive a coupon for 20% off your next purchase. This is a great one to keep in mind if you’re invited to weddings and showers since Bed Bath & Beyond is such a popular store on registries. This way, you’ll be able to save a large portion with this coupon.
- Crate & Barrel: When you give your e-mail, you’ll receive a coupon for 10% off your next purchase. Just like Bed Bath & Beyond, this is another popular one with weddings and showers so keep it in mind if your friend or family member ends up registering there.
Keep in mind: With retail stores, many times it may exclude certain brands or certain merchandise. It also may require a minimum purchase to receive the discount. So before you head out, check the details on the coupon. Also, be sure to keep in mind the expiration date and if the coupon is only good at select locations. Don’t forget to ask if the store gives discounts to military or students if either applies to you.
Don’t forget to create a separate e-mail address when you start registering for freebies so your work and personal e-mail address isn’t flooded with coupons and often the junk mail that comes along with registering for these freebies. Check the e-mail often so you can delete any e-mails that aren’t useful to you. You can star the ones you’ll use.
Besides this list, what other stores, restaurants, and websites offer freebies just for signing up? What’s your favorite freebie deal not on this list? Do you search for online freebies? Why or why not?