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You say it's your birthday?

Get showered with gifts on your birthday, free gifts, that is. With just a little planning, you will be well on your way to celebrating a fun-filled and completely free birthday.

Your birthday is when signing up for all of those free membership and rewards programs will come in handy. You're sure to receive a ton of free goodies from your favorite shops, cafes and restaurants. If you haven’t yet, sign up for the free rewards or membership programs, and the birthday perks will come flowing in when that time of the year rolls around for you.

This is how you can spend your birthday spoiling yourself for free:

Morning: After you've let yourself sleep in a little, head out for the day and grab yourself a free cup of coffee. For their rewards members, Starbucks offers a free beverage of your choice, and Dunkin’ Donuts offers a free medium drink on your birthday.

Afternoon: With all the free stuff you will be getting on your birthday, you should feel guilt-free to do a little shopping on Michigan Avenue and State Street, perhaps for a fun party outfit to wear later on in the evening or for whatever your heart desires. Just be sure to stop by Sephora to pick up free Beauty Insider birthday gift.

Your birthday wouldn’t feel complete without indulging in sweet treats. For an afternoon pick-me-up, treat yourself to free ice cream from either Baskin-Robbins as a part of the Birthday Club or Dairy Queen as a Blizzard Fan Club member.

After you have done your shopping and had a sweet tooth fix, it’s time to get yourself primped for an evening out with friends, so stop by the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta for a free eyebrow arch, which is usually followed by a complimentary makeup touch-up.

Tip: Make an appointment because the brow bar usually gets booked up from other scheduled appointments in the day and from walk-in clients. The great thing about this offer is that there is no need to sign up for anything.

Evening: You must have worked up an appetite from a day full of shopping, so it’s time to round up some friends for a nice dinner. In addition to getting a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday, why not make it a free meal? At Texas de Brazil, they will treat you to a complimentary meal if you are an e-club member. If you are in the suburbs, Benihana sends its Chef Table club members a $30 coupon valid for their birthday month.

There are always free birthday perks wherever you go, just don’t be afraid to ask. And if you’re too shy or modest to flaunt your birthday, just be sure to bring an outspoken friend along to ask for you.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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