Let’s face it, everyone loves getting something either for free or at a reduced cost on their birthday.

However, even if you don’t need to spend your hard-earned cash, there’s no such thing as a free lunch (or so they say) so be prepared to offer up something in exchange — your information. Because unlike days of yore when you could simply inform your server that it was someone’s birthday and get a free song and dessert, most restaurants on the below list will require you to subscribe to an email list, rewards club, or perks program.

Thanks to our good friends over at The Consumerist, we've been able to compile a list of freebies offered at local places for your special day.

So here we go!

    • Abuelo’s Join the Rewards Club and receive an unspecified birthday offer.
    • Applebee’s If you sign up for the restaurant’s eClub, you’ll get a free birthday dessert. Sweet!
    • Arby’s Register for deals from Arby’s and get a free roast beef classic sandwich when you purchase any size drink.
    • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels You can get a free classic pretzel on your birthday if you sign up for the My Pretzel Perks loyalty program.
    • Baskin Robbins Sign up for the Birthday Club to get an emailed coupon for a free 2.5 ounce ice cream in the flavor of your choosing, plus a discount on your birthday cake.
    • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar Joining the Buffalo Circle Club will earn you an order of snack size wings, as well as a free dessert on your birthday.
    • Chili’s Signing up for the email club will earn you a coupon for a free dessert on your birthday.
    • Coldstone Creamery My Coldstone Club members receive a BOGO coupon for an ice cream creation on their birthday.
    • Cracker Barrel Free dessert and a free song on your birthday — and you don’t have to sign up for a thing.
    • Dairy Queen Free blizzard coupon when you sign up for the online fan club, as well as a “special” birthday coupon. Make sure to bring the printed coupon to the store.
    • Denny’s Get a free original grand slam with a valid ID on your birthday. No signup required.
    • Dippin’ Dots Signing up for the Dot Crazy email club entitles you to free Dippin’ Dots on your birthday.
    • Dunkin’ Donuts You’ll get a free drink for signing up for the DD Perks Rewards Program, as well as a free medium beverage of your choice on your birthday.
    • Edible Arrangements Register for the Edible Rewards program and get an assortment of free chocolate-dipped fruit on your birthday.
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels A free bagel and schmear with purchase when you join the eClub, as well as free egg sandwich with purchase on your birthday.
    • Firehouse Subs If you sign up for Firehouse Rewards before your birthday, you’ll get a free medium sub valid on your birthday or within six days after it.
    • Golden Corral Members of the Good As Gold Club will receive a birthday surprise (possibly a free meal).
    • Great American Cookies You’re gonna get a birthday cookie surprise that is probably in the form of a free cookie if you sign up for cookie-mail.
    • Hooter’s Sign up for HootClub emails and get a free, unspecified birthday gift.
    • IHOP Become a member of the Pancake Revolution and receive free pancakes — on your birthday, right away, and on the anniversary of your membership — for your efforts.
    • Jersey Mike’s Subs Sign up for the email club and get a yearly coupon on your birthday for a free sub and regular size drink that can be used anytime during the year.
    • Moe’s Southwestern Grill Get a complimentary birthday burrito every year when you sign up for Moe’s e-World.
    • Olive Garden Free appetizer or dessert during your birthday month if you subscribe to the eClub.
    • Outback Steakhouse No need to sign up to receive a child-size vanilla sundae with chocolate syrup on your birthday. If you do sign up for the rewards program, you’ll also get a birthday coupon for a free dessert or appetizer with your meal.
    • P.F. Chang’s Register for emails and receive a complimentary appetizer or dessert of your choice during your birthday month.
    • Panera Bread MyPanera members get a free pastry, dessert, or cafe item on their birthday.
    • Pizza Hut Register for an online ordering account and receive free cinnamon sticks on your birthday (when you place an order online).
    • Qdoba Mexican Grill Qdoba Rewards members will get a birthday offer for joining, as long as you register at least two months prior to your birthday.
    • Quiznos Join the Q Club online, and get your choice of free cookie on your birthday when you bring in the email coupon.
    • Red Mango Get $5 off your birthday purchase after you join Club Mango, as well as a $2 reward for signing up.
    • Red Lobster A random freebie will be chosen for you on your birthday if you’re a member of the Fresh Catch Club at least seven days prior to the big day. Cue the suspense.
    • Red Robin A free birthday burger will be yours if you’re a member of the Royalty rewards club.
    • Sonic Signing up for MySonic rewards will earn you a free birthday treat.
    • Starbucks Join the Starbucks Rewards program and get a free birthday beverage.
    • Steak N’ Shake Want a double-steak burger with cheese fries for free on your birthday? Sign up for the email club.
    • Wendy’s WendyMail subscribers get a free Frosty.
    • Whataburger Get a free Justaburger on your birthday by signing up for emails.

If you know of any more great offers in Lubbock, let us know in the comments below!

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