Everyone loves birthdays, and everyone loves free stuff. So, why not combine the two and get birthday freebies from retailers and restaurants?
Tuesday happens to be CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis' birthday, and she stopped by "The Early Show" to fill viewers in on some of the best offers out there.
Of course, there's often a string or two attached -- like signing up for the company newsletter or rewards program - but you may well think it's worth it, when you see what you can get!
FOOD & DRINK
Kids enrolled in the Denny's Birthday Club will receive a birthday card entitling them to a free kids meal and sundae at a participating Denny's restaurant as long as they're with an adult paying for a regular-priced adult entrée.
Age limit: Kids 10 years and under accompanied by an adult.
Join the Chef's Table! Sign up and stay connected on all the latest happenings at Benihana, plus during the month of your birthday they'll email you a complimentary $30 Benihana Birthday Certificate.
Red Robin patrons who join the restaurant chain's eClub get a free gift for signing up as well as a free birthday burger (in addition to regular e-mail newsletters). When you register, you'll have to fill out a survey asking what you order most often at the restaurant, when you go there, who you tend to go with and how often you go.
Sign up for the Ruby Tuesday "So Connected" newsletter and receive a FREE handcrafted burger on your birthday. No purchase necessary.
All registered Starbucks Card holders get a handcrafted birthday beverage of their choice. My Starbucks Rewards will make you feel special all year long, but for this one day you're extra special.
Cold Stone Creamery
Your birthday is your special day. To help you celebrate your birthday Cold Stone Creamery will give you one FREE Creation! That's right, free ice cream, on them, just because you had a birthday.
Another chain of ice cream shops with a birthday club. It entitles members to a free 2.5-ounce scoop of ice cream and discount on a birthday cake, that is, if you're in charge of buying your own cake. You'll have to create an account at baskinrobbins.com, but you can opt out of e-mail newsletters and other offers unrelated to your free birthday ice cream and cake deal.
California Pizza Kitchen
Kids can enjoy a free meal at California Pizza Kitchen during their birth month by having their parents join the CPKids Birthday Club. The kids menu includes pizza, pasta, chicken or salad with a drink and free refills. Pizza toppings include some of the more adventurous options, including cheeseburger and honey chicken. Age limit: 10 and under.
They reward dedicated e-Clubbers with exclusive offers, information about new products and restaurants, local event invitations as well as a gift on your birthday; all delivered right to your computer. It's free to join. They'll even send you a voucher for free chips and salsa just for signing up.
When you join the Aveda Birthday Program, you'll receive a free Personal Blends Pure-Fume or body care product offer (worth up to $24) custom blended with the aroma of your choice for your next birthday. To join the Birthday Program, you must provide your full name, full address and birthday. Once enrolled in this program, you will be sent a postcard within 28 days of your birthday that must be brought to your nearest participating Aveda Experience Center to receive your free gift (no purchase necessary).
All Beauty Insiders are eligible to receive a get-gorgeous birthday gift from Sephora. Your gift will be automatically included with any merchandise order placed at Sephora.com within 14 days of your birthday. If you prefer, you can also pick up your birthday gift at a Sephora retail store during the same time frame. When picking up your birthday gift at one of their retail locations, make sure to let their Cast Members know that you are a Beauty Insider by presenting your Beauty Insider Card or referencing your registered email address. No purchase is necessary to receive your gift at a Sephora store.
DSW Designer Shoes
Enroll in their free membership rewards program and they'll send you a special $5 birthday certificate. ($10 certificate if you are a premier member.) Other rewards include a $10 rewards certificate for every 1500 points you earn. You'll get 10 points per dollar on regular-priced items and 5 points for every dollar on clearance.
Free cup of coffee or tea on your birthday when you sign up for rewards program.
Special 15% off birthday discount when you sign up for rewards program.
Card members receive 15% off purchases on their birthday.
Baltimore Orioles: For your birthday, surround yourself with family and friends with our gift to you: free admission to one non-prime game during the 2010 regular season to see the Orioles at the ballpark that forever changed baseball! Register and orioles.com will e-mail you a voucher good for one FREE Upper Reserve Ticket to see one Orioles 2010 regular season non-prime home game during your birth month.
Atlanta Braves - Celebrate your birthday at Turner Field! Register to receive free admission for one game during the 2010 season to see the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field! It's the Brave's present to you and your family.
Join the Birthday Fellowship! All lords, ladies, knights and princesses, take heed! The King and Medieval Times are honored to celebrate noble guests' birthdays. Hence, the King has decreed members of his Birthday Fellowship shall be invited to the castle for a free feast and tournament on their birthdays with purchase of a regular-priced admission.
2010 Rates: ADULT $59.95 (+tax), CHILDREN 12 YRS & UNDER $35.95 (+tax)
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Free Ticket for Baby's First Circus. Parenthood brings many wonderful firsts - your baby's first tooth, your baby's first steps... and of course, your Baby's First Circus! That's why Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus created their Baby's First Circus program for parents of newborns (up to 12 months old and living in the continental United States). When You Sign Up You'll Receive: A ticket voucher, which will arrive by mail, that can be exchanged for a free ticket to any Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance, anytime, anywhere. No expiration date! You'll also be able to print a very special commemorative certificate that you can personalize with your child's name!