How to get free meals all month long

We all love free food.

Come on, I can’t be the only person who has ever googled “Restaurant coupons”. Right?


Well, May is one of my favorite months of the year because I spend most of the month eating free food. It also, just so happens to be my birthday month. Hence, the reason for the free food.

Are you signed up yet to receive coupons from your favorite restaurants? If not, then oh by golly! You need to be!

Here is how I eat free all month long (birthday month, that is).

First, you need an email address. I really don’t like receiving spam or coupons in my regular email. So I set up a separate email address.

Then, I signed up with some of my favorite restaurants. Some went above and beyond the call of duty to celebrate my special occasion. Others, fell flat.

Here is a list of my favorites. Quick, go sign up with them right now, before you turn another year older!

*Edited thanks to the comments!* Some of these are for ALL month long, but most are for a few weeks. So you have time to use them, but do make sure you look at the expiration date as soon as you receive them in your email!


They ARE in order of my favorites and (in my opinion) the best deals:

Red Robin – My absolute favorite and the one I look forward to every year. They give you a free burger and usually a free ice cream sundae (oh and a song). Even though they are 40 miles from my house, we make the trip each year.

Freebirds – Free burrito on your half birthday (November for me)

Jason’s Deli – Use the coupon to get $5 off a meal, or order off the kids menu and get a free meal.

Schlotskys – Free Sandwich

Firehouse subs – Free sandwich

Jersey Mikes – Sub Sandwich and drink

McAlisters – $5 off, you can do the same thing you did with Jason’s Deli here

Taco Cabana – Flauta Plate

Which wich -Free regular sandwich

Genghis Grill – Free bowl

Dickey’s – Free sandwich

Denny’s – Free Grand Slam breakfast

IHop – Free Breakfast

Starbucks – Free item for registered starbucks card members (can even be a panini sandwich)

Einstein Bros – Free bagel sandwich when you buy a drink

Carrabas – $10 off an entree (This is a buy one get one deal, so not totally free)

Benihana – Free $30 Gift Certificate (the only catch is that you have to order another meal, so although your meal might be free, your date’s isn’t)

A TON of places give you free food if you buy stuff, and many places give you free desserts, but that just doesn’t work as we  ll for us. We don’t want to spend a ton of money, in order to save a few bucks in the long run. We would rather just eat the free food! Happy Birthday to me!


Free meals from Einstein Bagels, Dickey’s and Which Wich. YUM!

At Heyitsfree there is a more comprehensive list of birthday freebies if you are looking to pay more out of pocket.

Did I leave any out? What are some of your favorites?


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  1. Kristen @ Ladybug Blessings says:

    oh nice!! Thank you for sharing! Now if there were only more meals on my birthday!

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      OH you brought up a great point, these don’t only work for your birthday. Some of them (like Red Robin and Benihana) are all month long, but others are for two weeks around your birthday. I don’t think any of them are only for the DAY of your birth. That is why I can get free meals ALL month long!

  2. ChristyRenee says:

    Ah Man!! That’s Cool. I need to sign up for some of these. Happy Birthday to You, indeed! Lol!

  3. Jennifer Sattley says:

    This is AWESOME! I am so pinning this! You birthday should be celebrated all month – WITH FOOD :)!

  4. Marilyn says:

    When you join Cotton Patches e-mail club you get a free appetizer when you sign up, a free meal on your one year anniversary, and a free dessert for your birthday. Applebee’s gives you a free birthday meal. Red Robin is my favorite too, and they finally built a place about 3 miles from us.

  5. Motivating Mommy says:

    Thank you for the list. I will have to use these for my sons birthday. He would get a kick out of people celebrating his birthday for the entire month.

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      Fantastic! I believe some places have extra deals for kids. It’s worth looking into!

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