My birthday is coming up soon, and as per usual I've been scouring the internet for ways I can take advantage of that fact. Free meals, free ice cream, free drinks -- and not just the ones bought by friends. You'd be amazed how many cafes and stores and their loyalty programs are willing to give you free things for your birthday, so I've rounded up the best birthday freebies for you right here. (If your birthday is still ages away, just bookmark this page for future reference!)
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What you get: Free churros for two (including six churros and two pots of melted couverture chocolate), valued at $14.95
How you get it: Sign up for San Churro's newsletter. Your free churros voucher will be emailed out to you eight days before your birthday. If you sign up too soon before your birthday to get the voucher, you can also print out your newsletter confirmation email to redeem your free churros.
What you get: A free meal of your choice -- and yes, that even includes the $39 per person sharing plate or the $45 rack of ribs.
How you get it: You must have a booking to get this freebie, and you'll have to show your ID as well. Just let the waitstaff know that it's your birthday when you're ordering so they can take the price off the bill. You can redeem this one on the day of your birthday if you're planning on ordering off the menu, or one week either side if you're going with set menus.
What you get: A free single fillet Bondi Burger Value Meal.
How you get it: This one is for members of Oporto's Flame club. Once you sign up, Oporto will email you on your birthday with directions for redeeming your meal. You'll have to bring photo ID and your membership card -- whether physical or on Oporto's app.
What you get: A free sub and a drink.
How you get it: Sign up for Subway's Eat Fresh club to receive an emailed voucher the day before your birthday. Be careful with this one -- the T&C specifies it's available at participating stores only, and some Aussie stores reportedly don't take the birthday vouchers. Best to check with your local ahead of time.
What you get: A free regular Nandos meal (which includes a quarter chicken, classic burger, pita or wrap with a regular side and a regular drink.)
How you get it: Only eligible members of Nandos PeriPerks club can redeem this one -- which means that in addition to signing up you have to have made at least one transaction at Nandos in the last six months. The good news is that you can redeem your free birthday meal any time in the entire month of your birthday.
What you get: A free drink.
How you get it: Sign up for the eSipper Club and make sure you leave the 'eSipper Club Newsletter' box ticked. You'll need to be on the mailing list in order to receive your birthday voucher in an email.
What you get: One free kiddies size (4oz) Cold Rock Ice Cream with one mix in.
How you get it: You have to register for Cold Rock's membership program at least eight days before your birthday. One week prior to the day, you'll be emailed your free birthday ice cream voucher (or 'FBI') which will be valid on your actual day of birth only. Cold Rock also asks that you print the voucher to bring into the store, and remember to carry your ID with you as well.
What you get: One free drink on your birthday.
How you get it: Sign up for Chatime's customer rewards program. All you have to do is present your membership card and photo ID in store on the day of your birthday.
What you get: One free Boost.
How you get it: Sign up for Boost's Vibe Club to get your free drink. On the day of your birthday, present your Vibe Club card along with photo ID showing your (matching) date of birth to redeem.
What you get: A free ice cream on your birthday and a discount on a birthday cake.
How you get it: To get this deal, sign up for Baskin Robbins' Club 31. You'll receive a voucher for a free ice cream on the day of your birthday.
What you get: A free kebab on your birthday.
How you get it: Sign up for Ali Baba's Ultimate Rewards. While the website doesn't have too much detail, presumably you'll either get an emailed voucher or simply have to show your card and photo ID in store.
What you get: Not just a $35 meal voucher in the month of your birthday, but also a second $35 voucher on your half birthday (six months out from your birthday) and a $30 voucher when you sign up.
How you get it: Sign up for Outback Jacks' birthday club to get all three vouchers automatically sent to you by email. You will also have to book a table to redeem your discount.
What you get: A free birthday burrito.
How you get it: Register for Salsas' Mex Club and present your membership card. This offer is valid for two days either side of your actual birthday.
What you get: A complimentary house wine or draught beer, or a complimentary dolci.
How you get it: Sign up for Vapiano's Fanaticos club. Birthday emails are sent one week before your birthday so make sure you get in and register before that.
What you get: Two free games on your birthday.
How you get it: Sign up for AMF's Roller Club. Your voucher for free games will be emailed on the day of your birthday.
What you get: One free birthday muffin.
How you get it: Register online for the Muffin Break Club, and then redeem at any Muffin Break store. Your free muffin is valid for the whole month of your birthday.
What you get: A free slice of cake during the month of your birthday.
How you get it: Register online and be sure to provide your accurate date of birth. Most likely you'll be required to show ID when you redeem your free cake in store.
What you get: A free small cake -- as well as bottomless coffee year-round.
How you get it: All Ikea Family members will be emailed a voucher for a free cake on their birthday. NOTE: Adelaide and Perth's Ikea Family clubs have different terms and benefits, so the birthday offer most likely won't apply there either.
What you get: A free regular size salad on your birthday.
How you get it: Sign up for Sumo Salad's Sumo Society, and make sure to register your card in order to redeem your salad on the day.
What you get: A free $30 birthday voucher.
How you get it: Sign up for Ribs And Rumps' rewards program. Your $30 voucher will be issued up to ten days before your birthday.
What you get: A free Sydney Harbour coffee cruise including morning or afternoon tea.
How you get it: Register with Captain Cook Cruises and book a coffee cruise on the date of your birthday.
Do you know of anywhere else that will give you free stuff for getting another year older? Let us know in the comments!