A friend recently posted on Facebook that she was enjoying her free Baskin Robbins ice cream in honor of her birthday. My birthday is in what, 45 days? I signed up for that, then spent a few hours looking for more freebies. Ideally the treats are valid for more than just the day of, because how many ice creams do I need in one day? Many of these are good for the entire month of your birthday, or a week (or two) before and after. So the celebration can last all month long!
So far I have signed up for Baskin Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery, Ben and Jerry's (you get a coupon for a free scoop when you sign up!), Red Robin, Ruby Tuesday's, Lone Star Steakhouse, Benihana, Papa Murphy's, and Sephora. Alas there are no Black Angus restaurants here, because they give you a free steak! Most of the deals require you to sign up for their mailing list, but it's a small price to pay. Actually, you're still not paying. You're just deleting the occasional email. (But be sure to skim them first to make sure there are no coupons!)
By way of show-your-ID day-of deals, there's the