Free stuff is hard to resist, especially in this economy. Whether it's a drink, a dessert, a video or makeup, a freebie brings a smile - and may even help stretch your budget.

A number of restaurants and sweet shops run birthday clubs. Sign up on their Web sites and wait for the e-mail coupon around your big day and redeem it in person.

Other venues bestow the free birthday treat "on the honor system," without even asking you to prove it.

One thing is true: Whether you get a scoop, a brew or an appetizer, the price is right.

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EDIBLE TREATS

BASKIN ROBBINS: baskinrobbins.com

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Join the birthday club online to get a coupon for a free 2.5-ounce scoop.

BEHNIHANAbenihana.com/email

920 Merchants Concourse, Westbury, 516-222-6091
2105 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, 516-627-3400

Sign up for "The Chef's Table," get a birthday dinner gift certificate worth up to $30 to use during your birthday month.

COLD STONE CREAMERYcoldstonecreamery.com

Join the birthday club to get a coupon for a free ice cream creation.

FAMOUS DAVE'S: famousdaves.com

1060 Corporate Drive, Westbury, 516-832-7300
716 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, 631-360-6490

Free "Famous Sundae"

MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILLmoesnewyork.com

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Sign up at store for e-mail coupon for free birthday burrito.

QUIZNOS: quiznos.com

Free cookie on your birthday (and get a coupon for a free flatbread Sammie after registering).

RED LOBSTERredlobster.com

Join club online, and get a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert.

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STARBUCKSstarbucks.com/rewards

Register a gift card, get a free coffee beverage on your birthday and two hours of Wi-Fi.

THE NUTTY IRISHMANthenuttyirishman.com

60 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-969-9700
323 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-293-9700

Join the birthday club to get a card for free admission for six people and a "birthday six pack" bucket of domestic beer.

T.G.I. FRIDAY'S: tgifridays.com

Get two free scoops of vanilla ice cream.


OTHER FREE STUFF

DAVE & BUSTER'S: daveandbusters.com

1856 Veteran's Memorial Hwy., Islandia, 631-582-6615
261 Airport Plaza Blvd., Farmingdale, 631-249-0708
1504 Old Country Rd., Westbury, 516-542-8501

Free rewards club members get a $10 coupon (and $10 free game play when they sign up).

HOLLYWOOD VIDEO: hollywoodvideo.com

Registered card holders get a free DVD rental (new release or classic) on their birthday.

SEPHORA: sephora.com

Locations in Garden City, Huntington, Lake Grove, Manhasset

Join free Beauty Insider program, stop in two weeks before or after your birthday for free Beautiful Eyes kit with eye shadow, liner and mascara.

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