Where to Get FREE Birthday Prizes

It is officially my BIRTHDAY MONTH (yes, I get a month) and I’ve got birthday feva!! I was recently day dreaming about how great birthdays are, and if there was any way they could be better. The answer: getting stuff for FREE.

Giving birthday gifts (aka FREE stuff) has been a human tradition for centuries, so why limit the privilege to just family and friends? This is your chance to invite Corporate America to your B-day celebration and squeeze them for every FREE ounce of ice cream/pancake/bagel promotion they can offer/will trade for your info.

There are a couple of wonderfully comprehensive lists of FREE birthday treats out there (Hey! It’s FREE! and freebirthdaytreats.com in particular), but since there is a joyous absence of chains in San Francisco, I haven’t hear of half of the places listed. Below are a few familiar spots, most of which I plan to take advantage of. The majority require that the recipient be a member of their e-clubs, so use a mailing list-specific email address to sign up and prepare for the wave of FREE birthday fun!*

The Balboa Theater
This awesome, local theater offers FREE entrance to a flick on your day of birth.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Get a FREE Single Scoop Cup or Cone when you register to be a ChunkSpelunker (ew).

Benihana
Complimentary Birthday Dinner (up to $30 value) for members of The Chef’s Table.

Buca de Beppo
For giving them your decoy email address, you will receive a FREE dessert just for signing up, then a FREE appetizer on your birthday. Mamma mia!

Denny’s
Just show up with a valid ID on your birthday and get a FREE Grand Slam (and complimentary heart burn).

IHOP
When you join the Pancake Revolution, your reward shall be a FREE meal for signing up, on your birthday, and after your first gastric bypass.

Krispy Kreme
Hey! It’s free! promised that you get a half dozen glazed donuts and a coffee mug filled with coffee or soda for FREE, but the janky Krispy Kreme site mentioned nothing of the sort. I signed up anyway.

Noah’s Bagels
They don’t explicitly say what signing up for the e-club gets you, but I’m guessing, oh, a FREE bagel maybe?

Round Table Pizza
Coupon for a FREE personal pizza…cheapskates.

Sephora
After signing up for the Beauty Insider program you get a FREE something. It’s probably a lame sample size of some hair junk, but FREE is FREE dammit.

*Restrictions may sort of apply, so read the fine print…but whatevs, it’s probably mostly legit.

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Alison Lambert - Half Price Headliner

Ali was born and raised in the Wholesome/Creepy capital of the world, Salt Lake City, UT. Once she was old enough to blow that pop stand she escaped to the place that was the anti-SLC: The Peoples Gay-public of Drugifornia aka San Francisco (holla 30 Rock!). You can now find her throughout this glorious city slurping Pho and scheming with her best friend Pinky doing what they do every night; try and take over the world.

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  1. Frugal Ron says:

    Baskin-Robbins – Free ice cream cone.

    Stanfords Restaurants – Free Entree

    Rubios – Free Entree

    Marie Calendars – $5 + slice of pie

    BJ’s Restauraant & Brewhouse – Free Pizookie

    Mimi’s Cafe – Free Entree (must purchase 2nd Entree & 2 drinks)

    Gordon Biersch – Free Entree (must purchase 2nd entree)
    So far this B-day month!

    Ah Hell – just sign up anywhere you like to eat, you’re bound to get something free!

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