Where to get FREE Food on Birthdays!

Lucky enough to be off work/school on your birthday? Well, make it a special day. Get free food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert at these amazing places!





Score a free Grand Slam just for being born, no email signup required!

Dunkin’ Donuts

Sip on a free beverage of choice on your birthday as a member of DD Perks.


Join the Pancake Revolution for a free full stack of pancakes on your birthday.

Krispy Kreme

As a friend of Krispy Kreme you get a free donut on your birthday.


Starbucks Rewards members get a free beverage of their choice for their birthdays.



Au Bon Pain

Lunch is free on your birthday when you join the eClub.


Hit up Hooters for 10 free wings as a member of the Hooters e-club.

Steak ‘n Shake

You should certainly sign up for Steak ‘n Shake’s email club before your birthday, because you’ll be gifted a double-steak burger with cheese fries.


You can pick up a free Happy Meal on your birthday if you sign up for McDonald’s email newsletter. Oh, and also — you have to be a kid.

Noodles & Company

If you become part of the Noodles Family, you’ll get a free bowl of noodles on your birthday.

El Pollo Loco

When you sign up for its rewards program, you’ll get free chips and guac on your birthday.


Join the Fudds Club for a BOGO birthday burger.

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill

Birthdays are tasty at Club Baja, where you get a free burrito on your birthday with membership.


Membership to the Chef’s Table grants you a $30 gift certificate to be used anytime in your entire birthday month. If there’s any time to get filet mignon hibachi, that time is now.

Red Robin

Feel like Royalty with a free burger during your birthday month.

Ruby Tuesday

Stay oh So Connected with a free burger on your birthday.

Johnny Rockets

Stop into Johnny Rockets the week of your birthday and grab a free burger with the purchase of an entree and drink as a member of the Rocket eClub.

Red Lobster

Fresh Catch Clubbers get a birthday freebie chosen at random. 

Buffalo Wild Wings

Snag a spot in the Buffalo Circle to enjoy a free snack-size order of traditional or boneless wings with your choice of sauce during a two-week window around your birthday.

Joe’s Crab Shack

You’ll get one free appetizer on your birthday if you sign up for the delightfully named “Joe’s Catch” newsletter.


On your birthday, get one free Justaburger justby signing up here.




A&W All American Food

Sign up for the Mug Club to get a free root beer float on your birthday.


Snag a free Frosty when you sign up for WendyMail. French fries for dipping not included.

Jamba Juice

Be an insider so you can sip a free juice or smoothie on your birthday.


Sign up for Arby’s Extras and excitedly check your mailbox for a free shake coupon sent a week before your big day.

Auntie Anne’s

Signing up for Pretzel Perks gets you a BOGO (buy one, get one) pretzel on your birthday, so bring a friend!


The ever-benevolent Checkers will grant you one free small milkshake on your birthday if you are a member of its “Flavorhood” email club.


Club Cinnabon gives birthday revelers a free coupon for a “birthday treat.” Word on the street is the treat varies, and who doesn’t love birthday surprises?

Dairy Queen

Everyone loves Blizzards, so you may as well join the DQ Blizzard Fan Club for a BOGO deal on your birthday.

Del Taco

Snag a free premium milkshake on your birthday when you join its Raving Fan eClub.


Q-Club members can stick a candle in a free cookie.



Dessert‘s on the restaurant for members of the EClub.

TGI Fridays

Make even a Tuesday birthday feel like Friday with free dessert during your birthday month. Just ask for more stripes.


Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday as a member of the creatively named Birthday Club.


You’ll get one free dessert when you sign up for the brick-oven pizza chain’s email club.

Bonefish Grill

Free dessert when you become a Bonefish Grill Insider, and frankly, who wouldn’t want to be a Bonefish Grill Insider?

Outback Steakhouse

“Let’s go Outback tonight,” is what you should say if it’s you birthday — because it’ll give you a free kids-sized vanilla sundae.

Orange Leaf

The Ounce Back program at Orange Leaf gets you $3 off frozen yogurt for your birthday.

Olive Garden

Unlimited breadsticks and a free dessert as a member of the eClub? This almost justifies Olive Garden as an acceptable decision.


My Sonic rewards get you a free birthday treat, usually chosen as random.

Boston Market

Call yourself a VIP at Boston Market for a free dessert with purchase on your birthday.

California Pizza Kitchen

Save your birthday dough as a member of the CPK rewards program and enjoy a free dessert during your birthday month.

Cheesecake Factory

Tell your server it’s your birthday and you’ll get a free bowl of ice cream (and a song!).


Chili’s email club dishes out a coupon for a free brownie sundae, good for two weeks.

Cold Stone

 Join the My Cold Stone Club and collected your BOGO offer. Bring a friend!

Cracker Barrel

Free dessert and a song? What more is there for your birthday?

Pizza Hut

All you have to do is have an online ordering account with Pizza Hut to get delivered free hot, fresh cinnamon sticks on your birthday.




So, there ya have it. A way to get FREE food all day long on your birthday. Take advantage of it, it only comes once a year.

Oh– and happy birthday!


How to get FREE Food at Restaurants

Do you remember that episode of Friends where Joey, Phoebe, and Rachel are invited out to a celebratory dinner and they’re broke so they can only afford the cheapest items on the menu (that are still expensive)? Well, that sort of thing can happen real life. It can be a bit embarrassing. But, what if there was a way around it?


Sure, these may not be expensive or fancy restaurants– but if you can suggest one of these places for your next outing, you may be able to score a free meal.

How, you ask?

These restaurants give you free food just for signing up by email or downloading their app. I’m not sure about you, but free food always tastes better!

Here you’ll find a listing of the reward programs you can join that will give you some free food with no other purchase required.

  1. TCBY – Download the TCBY App and you’ll get a free treat up to a $5 value.
  2. Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a free coffee when you enroll, on your birthday, and for every 200 points spent when enrolled in the DDPerks Rewards Program.
  3. Chili’s: Join the Chili’s Rewards program and you’ll get 60 free points just for joining, which is enough to get a free menu item.
  4. IHOP: Join IHOP’s Pancake Revolution, and you’ll get a free Rooty Tooty Fresh N’ Fruity stack of pancakes for signing up, on your membership anniversary, and on your birthday. You can also get free pancakes on IHOP Free Pancake Day.
  5. T.G.I. Friday’s: Get a free appetizer or dessert just for joining their Give Me More Stripes rewards program. You’ll also get a free dessert on your birthday.
  6. Krispy Kreme: Join Friends of Krispy Kreme and you’ll get an email for a free doughnut of your choice. There are plenty of other times during the year you can get free Krispy Kreme donuts.
  7. Panera Bread: Join MyPanera and you’ll get a free pastry item just for joining. They also give out tons of other freebies when you’re a member.
  8. Bob Evans: Sign up for the My Bob Evans email list and they’ll email you a coupon good for a free stack of hotcakes.
  9. Qdoba: Get a free order of chips and salsa or regular drink when you sign up for Qdoba Rewards.
  10. Buffalo Wild Wings: Jon the Buffalo Circle and you’ll get a coupon for a free shareable side.
  11. Cinnabon: Sign up for Club Cinnabon and you’ll get a free minibon roll at participating bakeries.
  12. Joe’s Crab Shack: Get a free appetizer when you join Joe’s Catch.
  13. Del Taco: Get 2 free grilled chicken tacos for signing up for Del Taco’s raving fan club. You’ll also get a free premium shake on your birthday.
  14. Buca di Beppo: Join the Buca eClub and you’ll get a coupon redeemable for free small pasta.
  15. Backyard Burgers: Sign up for the Backyard Burgers Clubhouse and you’ll get a coupon for a free burger emailed to you in a few weeks.
  16. Dunn Brothers Coffee: Download the Dunn Bothers Coffee Rewards App and you’ll get a free $3 credit.
  17. Moe’s Southwest Grill: Get a free cup of queso when you sign up for their Rockin’ Rewards program.
  18. Bravo! Cucina Italiana: Just for joining myBRAVO! you’ll get a free appetizer.
  19. Panchero’s Mexican Grill – Download their app and register with Facebook and you’ll get a free burrito.
  20. Golden Corral: FREE buffet on your birthday. (Or if you’re desperate, put in your birthday the day before you sign up and you’ll get the coupon within a day or two for the free buffet.)
  21. Penn Station:  FREE 6″ Sub when you download the app.

You’ll get a very good coupon redeemable for some free food with these programs, but you’ll need to make a minimum purchase to get them. Free with purchase.

  1. Arby’s: Sign up with Arby’s and you’ll get a coupon emailed to you that can be redeemed for a free roast beef classic with the purchase of a drink.
  2. Famous Dave’s: Join the Famous Nation and you’ll get a free burger or sandwich with any $5 or more purchase.
  3. Pizza Hut: Get free cheese sticks on your next online order when you sign up for Hut Lovers.
  4. Auntie Anne’s: Download the free Auntie Anne’s My Pretzel Perks app and you’ll get a free pretzel after your first purchase. They also give away a free pretzel as part of National Pretzel Day.
  5. LonHorn Steakhouse: Get a free appetizer with the purchase of one adult entree when you join their eClub.
  6. Coldstone Creamery: When you join Coldstone Creamery’s eClub,  you’ll get a coupon for a buy one creation, get one creation free.
  7. Biaggi’s: Join Club Biaggi’s and you’ll get a coupon for a free appetizer with purchase of a full-size pasta or entree.
  8. Village Inn: Sign up and get a free slice of pie with an adult entree purchase.
  9. Fazolli’s: Get a free build your own pasta with the purchase of any adult entree when you sign up for Fazoli’s efamily.
  10. Backyard Burgers: Join the Backyard Burgers Clubhouse and you’ll get a coupon for a free burger with the purchase of a burger.
  11. Dairy Queen: Get a buy one, get one free Blizzard treat coupon when you join the Blizzard Fan Club.
  12. On the Border: Sign up for Club Cantina and you’ll get free guacamole, queso, or sopapillas with a purchase of an entree.
  13. PretzelMaker: Join the PretzelMaker fan club and you’ll get a free pretzel when you buy one.
  14. Orange Julius: Get a buy one drink get one free offer when you join the Julius League.
  15. The Melting Pot: Join The Melting Pot’s Club Fondue and you’ll get a free box of chocolate-covered strawberries with a purchase of $60 or more.
  16. Bakers Square: Sign up for Bakers Square eClub and they’ll email you a coupon good for a free entree with the purchase of another adult entree and two drinks.
  17. Great American Cookies: Sign up for emails and you’ll get a coupon for a free regular cookie with purchase of a regular cookie.
  18. Black Angus Steakhouse: Join the Prime Club and you’ll get a coupon for a free dessert with purchase of an entree. You’ll also get a free steak dinner with entree purchase for your birthday.
  19. Boston Market: Join the Boston Market VIP Club and you’ll get a coupon for $3 off a purchase of $10.
  20. Johnny Carino’s: Each month you’re a member of Pasta Points, you’ll get a free offer of your choice at Johnny Carino’s that includes a free appetizer, dessert, kid’s meal, or Italian wedge salad. A purchase is required for the freebies.
  21. Checkers: Sign up for Checkers’ Flavorhood and get a coupon for a free large fry with any purchase.
  22. Johnny Rockets: Join the Rocket eClub and you’ll get a coupon good for a free burger with the purchase or any entree and drink.
  23. Chevys Fresh Mex: Join Chevy’s eClub and you’ll get a free appetizer with two adult entrees.
  24. Culver’s: Culver’s has two offers – join the eClub and you’ll get a free value basket with a purchase of a value basket, or join the text club and get a free scoop of frozen custard with any purchase.
  25. Country Kitchen: Get a free short stack of pancakes with a minimum purchase when you join their eClub.
  26. UNO Pizzeria & Grill: When you join the Uno Insider’s Club, you’ll be emailed a coupon to get a free mini-dessert with the purchase of an entree.
  27. Juice It Up: Sign up for the Smooth eClub and you’ll get a free juice or smoothie with purchase of a medium or larger juice or smoothie.
  28. Friendly’s: Join the Friendly’s BFF Club and get a buy one burger get one free coupon.
  29. First Watch: Join the First Watch Sun eClub and you’ll get a free entree when you buy one.
  30. El Torito: Get a free appetizer with two adult entrees when you sign up for their eClub.
  31. Gold Star Chili: Get a free regular 3-way when you buy one for joining.
  32. Acapulco: You’ll get a free appetizer with the purchase of two adult entrees when you sign up for their eClub.
  33. BGR The Burger Joint: Get a free burger with the purchase of any side and a fountain drink when you sign up for their eClub.
  34. C.B. & Potts: Sign up and you’ll get a free burger or chicken sandwich with purchase of a second burger or chicken sandwich.
  35. Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: Join their CapAddicts eClub and you’ll get a free upsize from a 9″ to a 12″ sub.
  36. Duke’s Chowder House: Sign up for Duke’s VIP Club and you’ll get a buy one get one lunch or dinner entree offer.


Hopefully these will be useful to you, I know they have been for me.


Cheap & Healthy Breakfast Idea

I used to be the type of girl who would just skip breakfast everyday. I know, I know. Shame on me. But, I just wasn’t hungry when I woke up so I would just wait until lunch. However, now that I’m older I’m realizing that saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” may actually be true. Ok, it is true. So, I’ve been forcing myself to start eating breakfast these past several months. Who would’ve thought, I feel better and I actually wake up hungry now. [insert pat on back here]

All that being said– I don’t have much money, nor time in the mornings (I like my sleep) to make breakfast for myself. The only way I will eat breakfast is by having it ready to go in the morning which means — meal planning. The two words that make you feel like you may actually be “adulting” right.

I have a few go-to breakfast meal ideas, but for this post I’ll be sharing my current favorite…



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It is seriously the easiest, cheapest, healthiest breakfast I make for myself. It is also so versatile. You can literally put whatever you like into it.

The Basic Recipe: 

Any small container will work – I prefer glass tupperware or jars.

1/2 Cup Rolled Oats (not the instant kind)

1/2 Cup Milk of Your Choice (almond milk is my favorite)


Add in any fruits, nuts, chocolate, cinnamon, etc you like into it and give it a shake and place in fridge before bed so it’ll be ready to go in the morning.

You can eat this cold or warm it up in a microwave for a minute or so.

Easy, right? 

You can also prepare these for the entire work week. Five days maximum in fridge is my suggestion. However, I typically just make a couple days in advance. They’re so quick that I don’t mind making them the night before if I have to.

A couple of my favorites: 

  • Banana & Peanut Butter
  • Strawberry & Banana
  • Blueberries & Banana


As for the price–

I purchased my oats, frozen blueberries, and frozen strawberries from Dollar Tree. Yes, Dollar Tree. ($3)

Peanut butter, I typically always have on hand. But, it all tastes the same to me so I always just get the cheapest, generic brand at whatever store I am shopping at the time.

Almond milk is what costs the most and it was still under $3 at my local grocery store.

This all lasts me more than a week. But, roughly I managed to only spend about $6 to give me breakfast for an entire week. Now that’s cheap! With a little math it equals about 85 cents a day for breakfast.

If you have a Pinterest account, feel free to type in “Overnight Oats” to see all the different varieties other people have come up with. People are pretty creative with it.


If you already make Overnight Oats, what is your favorite things to top it with?