Original article posted September 2014. Updated September 2017.

Starting three years ago, in my quest to avoid spiraling into a quarter-life-crisis, I scoured the Interwebz to discover all the things that people/places/corporations are willing to give me for free just for having been born.

On now the third anniversary of my 25th birthday, I’ve compiled a list of Milwaukee-area freebies that I actually signed up for this year and received just this month. For whatever reason it seems a fair amount of places that previously offered freebies did not send me anything again this year. Your mileage may vary.

Coupons as of September 2017:
Applebee’s = Free dessert w/ entree purchase
Arby’s = Free small shake w/ sandwich purchase
Baker’s Square = Free slice of pie
Buffalo Wild Wings = Free snack-size wings
Carrabba’s = Free appetizer/dessert with entree purchase
Caribou Coffee – Free medium beverage
Culver’s = Free small sundae
Dairy Queen = BOGO medium Blizzard
Devon Seafood = BOGO $25 entree
First Watch = Free entree
Kohls – $10 coupon
Milwaukee Burger Company = Free burger
Papa John’s = Free dessert
PF Chang’s = Free small plate / dim sum / dessert
Pizza Hut = Free cinnamon sticks with online order
Pizza Shuttle = Free 2-topping small pizza
Red Robin = Free burger
Redbox = Free movie rental
Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub = Free entree
Wingstop = Free large fries

Coupons from previous years that did not send me anything in 2017. Bummer!:
A&W Root Beer = Free root beer float
Baskin Robbins = Free scoop of ice cream
bd’s Mongolian Grill = BOGO stir-fry
Benihana = $30 off second entree
Cici’s Pizza = ???
Cold Stone Creamery = BOGO ice cream
Cousin’s Subs = Free chips and drink with sub purchase
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit = Free BBQ sandwich
Einstein Bros Bagels = Free egg sandwich with drink purchase
Gilles Frozen Custard = Free meal (sign up in person)
Hooter’s = 10 free wings
Krispy Kreme = Free doughnut and coffee
Noodles = Free rice crispy treat
~ Used to be free bowl of noodles. Talk about a downgrade.
Potawatomi Fire Keeper’s Club = 2000 points ($20) on your card
Ruby Tuesday = Free burger
Sbarro = Free slice of pizza w/ drink purchase
Stir Crazy = BOGO entree
Qdoba = BOGO entree

Day-Of Specials: 
– AJ Bomber’s = Free burger (also on Wednesday closest to your birthday)
– Denny’s = Free Grand Slam breakfast
Denny's Grand Slam Breakfast– Firehouse Subs = Free sub
Firehouse SubsJersey Mike’s = Free sub and drink
Jersey Mike's Subs– Rosie’s Bar = 4 free drinks
– Sobelman’s = Free burger
– Steny’s Bar = 1 Free drink per friend you bring

I can guarantee you there are plenty more out there that I just didn’t find. Feel free to add them in the comments below. Happy Birthday freebies!


Featured image by Jessica Diamond from Flickr, modified with title by Joe Powell. All other photos by Joe Powell for The Squeaky Curd.

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