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ATLANTA -- Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch must not have had a very happy birthday.
Lots of eateries will give you a free bite or beverage on your big day, if you sign up in advance.
Baskin-Robbins offers a free scoop if you join their Birthday Club.
Ben & Jerry's offers a free scoop if you sign up for ChunkMail.
Benihana offers a $30 Benihana Birthday Certificate if you sign up for The Chef's Table.
Caribou Coffee offers a medium beverage if you sign up for their e-mail offers.
Dunkin Donuts offers a free medium coffee, latte, tea, Coolatta or hot chocolate if you sign up for DD Perks Rewards.
IHOP will give you a free Rooty Tooty Fresh & Fruity or item of equal or lesser value if you sign up for the Pancake Revolution.
Marble Slab Creamery offers a free small cone if you sign up for Marble Mail.
The Melting Pot offers free chocolate-covered strawberries if you sign up for Club Fondue.
Red Robin offers a free burger if you sign up for Red Royalty.
Starbucks offers a free drink if you register your Starbucks card.
Which Wich offers a free regular sandwich if you sign up for the Vibe Club.
While some of the freebies are only good on your actual birthday, others give you more wiggle room. A few are good anytime your birthday month.
All of the mailing lists are free.