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.
BASKIN ROBBINS: baskinrobbins.com
Join the birthday club online to get a coupon for a free 2.5-ounce scoop.
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 CREAMERY: coldstonecreamery.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 GRILL: moesnewyork.com
Sign up at store for e-mail coupon for free birthday burrito.
Free cookie on your birthday (and get a coupon for a free flatbread Sammie after registering).
RED LOBSTER: redlobster.com
Join club online, and get a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert.
Register a gift card, get a free coffee beverage on your birthday and two hours of Wi-Fi.
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
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.
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.