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Why pay for food when you can get it free?

Whether you just can’t resist a delicious freebie or you need a free pick-me-up to get you through the day, these 23 restaurants will give you free food when you simply subscribe to their emails or download their free apps for rewards!

Disclaimer: All dollar amounts listed can vary based on location. Prices per item, restaurant offers, and total savings might vary.


1. Save $1.29 at Krispy Kreme.

hand holding a pink glazed donut with rainbow sprinkles and coffee in background

Get a free donut just for signing up with Krispy Kreme Smile Rewards. Once you’re all signed up, you’ll receive an email for your free treat at any Krispy Kreme location!


2. Get $7.88 in freebies at Steak n’ Shake.

When you sign up for with the Steak ‘n Shake eClub, you can receive a free Double ‘n Cheese Steakburger and fries with ANY purchase. Just grab a cheap drink to wash it all down to get your free meal!

Then download the Steak ‘n Shake rewards app to receive a free milkshake when you make your first purchase on the app.


3. Score a free $4.99 burger at Back Yard Burger.

When you sign up with the Clubhouse at Back Yard Burger, you’ll receive a free classic burger with any purchase!


4. Sign up at Texas Roadhouse for a free $9.99 appetizer.

blooming onion with sauce in the middle sitting on plate

When you sign up for Texas Roadhouse emails, you get a free appetizer – plus Texas Roadhouse gives out unlimited free rolls (to die for) and peanuts!


5. Score $3.29 at Panera.

Save some bread and score a free treat just for signing up for MyPanera Rewards.


6. Get your drink on at Dunkin Donuts and save $3.80.

Enjoy a free drink when you sign up with the DD Rewards app. The only catch: you must sign up with a gift card or load one for at least $2 (you’re likely going back, though…it is DD!).


7. Score a free Auntie Anne’s pretzel valued at $3.19.

hand holding a bag with soft salted pretzel inside

When you download the Auntie Anne’s app and register your email for Pretzel Perks, you’ll receive a free pretzel with any minimum order of just one dollar!


8. Score $2.70 in free loaded hash browns at Waffle House.

When you sign up for the Waffle House Regulars Club, you’ll get a coupon for free hashbrowns with up to two toppings at participating locations.


9. Get free birthday food + $3.49 in queso at Moe’s Southwest Grill.

You’ll get a free cup of queso just for signing up with their app. Not only that, but you’ll be able to take advantage of their rewards program every time you visit (and receive a totally free burrito on your birthday)!


10. Grab a fork for your free $7.69 pancake stack at IHOP.

white plate with stack of plain buttermilk pancakes and scoop of butter on table

When you enter your email with MYHOP, you’ll receive a stack of free pancakes just for signing up! Bonus: you get a free stack again on your birthday (and every anniversary on the day you joined their pancake revolution)!


11. Get a free small plate worth $8.99 at California Pizza Kitchen.

When you sign up for CPK Rewards, you’ll receive a free small plate on them! Make sure to sign up the day before you plan to visit since it can take up to 24 hours to receive your coupon!


12. Score $7.99 in minibon rolls at Cinnabon.

When you join the rewards program at Cinnabon, you’ll receive a free 4-count minibon rolls within 24 hours of registering!


13. Get your Pizookie on and save $7.95 at BJ’s Brewhouse.

deep dish chocolate chip cookie with two scoops of vanilla ice cream on top with spoon and blue napkin

Get a free Pizookie when you sign up for emails and rewards with their Premier Rewards Plus program. What’s a Pizookie, you ask? It’s a warm, molten, deep-dish cookie topped with a hefty scoop of ice cream! How’s that for a sweet deal?


14. Score a free scoop on Friendly’s worth $2.89, plus a birthday sundae.

Available at participating locations, when you sign up with Friendly’s Join The Club, you’ll receive a free scoop of ice cream. Plus, since you signed up, you’ll also receive a free sundae on your birthday. (Register the kids, too, so they can enjoy a free treat on their next birthday.)


15. Get $1.99 in free fries from Checkers.

When you sign up for email promotions with Checkers, you’ll receive a text or email for free fries on them – no purchase necessary! Offers and freebies may vary by location.


16. Score a free $2.89 scoop at Baskin Robbins.

boy eating a scoop of vanilla cone ice cream looking at book with cakes

When you download the Baskin Robbins app and join the Birthday Club, you’ll receive a free regular scoop of ice cream! Do this a day or two before you head to your local Baskin Robbins because it takes about 24 hours to receive your coupon.


17. Get your drink (or salsa + chips) on at Chili’s and save $3.99.

Just by signing up with My Chili’s Rewards, you’ll receive free chips and salsa OR a free drink! Then, continue visiting any Chili’s locations every 60 days, and continue to take advantage of this offer! Plus, loyal visitors score other freebies like free kids meal, appetizers, desserts, and even sweet treats on your birthday.


18. Take home a free toasty sub (worth $4.50) from Quiznos.

Quiznos offers a free 4″ sub with any purchase when you sign up for their Toasty Points through the mobile app. Typically within seconds, you’ll receive your coupon on the app!


19. Score a free small $1.49 drink or snack from 7-11.

boy holding two cups of slurpees with retro design on outside

Join 7Rewards at 7-11 and you can score a free drink or snack – including a range of choices from a Slurpee, a taquito, bag of chips, a donut, and so much more. 


20. Enjoy a free $5.95 soft taco from Baja Fresh.

When you sign up for Club Baja, you’ll receive a free soft taco with any purchase! That means you can grab an inexpensive drink to add to your tab and get the taco meal free!


21. Get a free Famous Dave’s burger or sandwich (save $9.99).

When you sign up for Famous Dave’s app and dine-in, you receive a free burger or sandwich with a purchase of $5 or more. Some locations and offers may vary.


22. Get a free 6″ Subway sub and pocket $5.99.

hand holding a small sub with meat and veggies next to tall subway cup

Get a free 6″ sub with a purchase of a 30 oz drink. Just redeem by entering your phone number and zip code, and the coupon will be sent to your phone within seconds!


23. Score a free $10 TGIFridays appetizer.

Sign up for rewards on the TGIFridays app, and you’ll instantly receive a free regular-priced appetizer valued up to $10 with purchase of an entree. (Make sure to check your email since it won’t show up on your app!)


Sara (sara@hip2save.com) loves sharing decor that inspires people on a budget and finds joy in traveling to new places.  

Score these 27 best birthday freebies that are straight up FREE!


Sara is an evergreen content creator & photographer specializing in home decor, deals & shopping tips. She currently lives debt-free.


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Comments 28

  1. Suzanne

    ……..and then I spent $300 on an appointment to see my Cardiologist because my cholesterol was through the roof after eating all that stuff : )
    haha
    A lot when looking at all in one list, but of course fine if spread out over time. Thanks for the tips!

    • Erin

      And, a lot of these are free only with an additional purchase, so not quite accurate–but even more calories! 🤣

    • Sue

      I saw my doctor too and was told no more eating out at all. I am supposed to make everything at home with organic food and cut out the dairy and flour.

  2. Robyn

    Thanks!!! We are about to go on vacation and this will be great for our trip.

    • Sam

      Today is my birthday and got so much free stuff. Now I have to see how many offers can I redeem. 😊

      • Sara

        Well, Happy Birthday, Sam! Make sure to check out our long list of birthday freebies so you can really get all the best deals! Have a great rest of your day!

        • Sam

          Thank you Sara 😊

    • Sara

      So glad these will be useful to you, Robyn! Enjoy your vacation (and freebies!). – Sara

  3. Key

    Yayyy!!! These are the best posts!!! Thank you!

    • Sara

      You’re so welcome Key! Thanks so much for the kind feedback! – Sara

      • Kay

        I used my free $10.00 coupon at Rack Room for my birthday today, sent to my email.

    • Kay

      I used my free $10.00 coupon at Rack Room for my birthday today, sent to my email.

  4. Jessica

    For my birthday month I try to grab all my freebies one year i had a free build a Bear and me and my baby went and made it and then we scooted over to Victoria secret and I got a free shirt with my $10 and then I went to nothing bundt cake and grabbed that I got a bunch of things that day and my husband was like where did you get the money for it all and I said I just used gas this was all birthday freebies lol I sign up for everything!!!!

    • Daniela

      I make a weekend of it, I get so many emails. 9/1 I start a folder and print them all out, chucking them as they get redeemed. I eat for free a lot that month lol. My faves are Victorias Secret, Ikea, Kohls, AMC, DSW.

    • Sara

      That is so amazing, Jessica! Thanks for sharing with us how you spent your birthday grabbing all your favorite freebies! Sounds like an awesome and successful day!

  5. Sarah

    Red robin give a free birthday burger and for the next few Wednesdays the kids meals are $1.99. I’m going to call to see if they combine 🙂

    • Sara

      That sounds like such a good idea Sarah! Enjoy and make sure to let us know how you make out!

  6. Heidy

    Great to know all this offers thanks HIP2SAVE!!

    • Sara

      You’re so welcome, Heidy! Enjoy and have a great day!

  7. patricialavenz-goff

    I get all my freebies and the kids and I go to a park and share them all and have a picnic.

  8. dwackermann

    Get the Cafe Rio App. They are always sending freebies or discounts on food. Here’s my invite code – DianaAck9534

  9. Sara

    The free pancakes at IHOP are only good at the home store you pick while signing up. That wasn’t disclosed before I signed up. You have to call to change your home store. Don’t abuse that or they will eventually refuse to change it.

  10. Rn

    U do not have to call just change your preferences in emails they send to u

    • Sara

      Then they changed their policy. I had to call.

  11. Me

    Then the IHOP one is just not worthy it when you have to give them a tip. At the end its not actually free

  12. Autumn

    Thanks for the awesome list!

  13. heather

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  14. Mr T

    the best ones are the ones you can use 10 times a year – birthday meal – yeah that’s about 4 times a month over here lol

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