I've made it another rotation around the sun.  Yay.  Not sure if you can pick up on my excitement through these letters, but yeah, I'm not a big birthday guy.  I guess in this day and age anybody who can make it around for another year should be pleased.  I just typically don't like people making a fuss over birthdays for me.

However, if it's free it's for me.  I'm not asking for presents (although if you'd like us on Facebook that would be awesome) but I will take those free things from businesses!  So here is a list of places around town to score yourself something free on your birthday.  Most of them require to join their club, but you can just give them that hotmail account you don't really use anymore and you'll be set.

Note:  I found these national chains that have locations in the Quad Cities.  I'd love to get something free from a local place (and then of course buy more food and drink from them) so please email me and let me know of any other places to highlight on the list!  ryan.mccredden@townsquaremedia.com

Applebee’s:  Get a special birthday treat when you sign up for their email club.

Arby’s: Get a free milkshake when you register with Arby’s.

Baskin-Robbins: Join the Birthday Club to get a free scoop of ice cream on your\ birthday.

Bruegger’s Bagels - Sign up for the eClub, get a free bagel of your choice with cream cheese, and a birthday coupon via email.

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.

Coldstone Creamery - My Coldstone Club members receive a BOGO coupon for an ice cream creation on their birthday.

Culver’s - Join the MyCulver’s club and get a free birthday sundae, and a free value basket including a ButterBurger (or other sandwich), classic side, and a regular drink.

Dairy Queen: You'll need to bring a friend (which you should have on your birthday) to receive a buy-one-get-one Blizzard coupon.  Or you can just eat both yourself.  It's your birthday.  Nobody can judge.  Sign up at the Blizzard Fan Club.

Denny’s: Get a free Grand Slam when you sign up for Denny’s loyalty program.

Dippin’ Dots - Signing up for the Dot Crazy email club entitles you to free Dippin’ Dots on your birthday.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Sign up for DD Perks and receive a free drink on your birthday.

Edible Arrangements - Register for the Edible Rewards program and get an assortment of free chocolate-dipped fruit on your birthday.

Firehouse Subs: Get a free medium sub when you sign up for Firehouse Rewards.

Hooter’s - Sign up for HootClub emails and get a free birthday gift.

IHOP: Get a free meal on your birthday,for joining the Pancake Revolution eClub.

Noodles & Company - Becoming a member of the Noodlegrams eClub will entitle you to you one free noodle bowl on your birthday.

Olive Garden:  Join Olive Garden’s eClub to get a dessert on your birthday. But beware, you will also get sang to by the staff.

Panera: Get a bonus reward on your birthday for signing up for MyPanera.

Pizza Hut: Hut Rewards will get you a birthday treat!

Quiznos - Join the Q Club online, and get your choice of free cookie on your birthday when you bring in the email coupon.

Red Lobster: The My Red Lobster Rewards will get you a free birthday surprise.

Red Robin: Sign up as a Red Robin Royalty member and get a free birthday burger.

Sonic - Signing up for MySonic rewards will earn you a free birthday treat.

Texas Roadhouse: Another place that will sing to you if you like.  But, when you join the email club you'll get a birthday surprise and free appetizer.

TGI Fridays - Become a “Friend With Benefits” and get a free dessert during your birthday month, as well as a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert when you sign up.

Wendy’s - WendyMail subscribers get a free Frosty.

There are a ton of clothing and merchandise deals too.  But really I'm interested in eating and drinking on my birthday.  If you'd like to see those however you can check them out on retailmenot.com.

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