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Sign up for these birthday freebies

After that raucous celebration when you turn 21, there aren’t many birthday milestones to look forward to.

Unless you’re white-knuckling it to retirement (Woo hoo! Happy 67th birthday to me!), birthdays often come and go like any other day.

But there is a way to bring some excitement back into your special day. Sign up for member reward programs with stores that give birthday freebies, and you’ll be showered with gifts like you’re a kid again.

Companies will email a voucher for you to print out or pull up on your smartphone that you can redeem for a special birthday treat.

Sign up now, because some companies require you to be a member for 30 days before your birthday to receive your first treat.

If you’re worried about your primary email account getting clogged up with promotional emails, use a secondary email address. Offers are good only at participating locations, so call ahead before cashing them in.

• Sephora. Become a Beauty Insider and get a birthday gift, currently a sample-sized mascara and concealer stick from Benefit cosmetics.

• Joe’s Crab Shack. Sign up for “Joe Mail” and get a free appetizer right away plus another free appetizer on your birthday.

• Starbucks. Use your MyStarbucks Rewards card to get a free drink or food item during your birth month.

• Boulevard Mall. Sign up for its e-club and receive a free $10 gift card during your birth month.

• Applebee’s. Receive a free dessert or entree on your birthday.

• Ben & Jerry’s. Get a free scoop of ice cream at its Scoop Shop in the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.

• Red Robin. Join the eClub and get a free birthday burger. Yum.

• Dairy Queen. Sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club and get a free Blizzard on your birthday. You’ll get another freebie on your anniversary.

• Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Join its Pretzel Perks program to receive a free pretzel on your birthday.

• T.G.I.Friday’s . Get a free dessert with the purchase of an entree.

• Barnes & Noble. Members of the B&N Kids club get a free cupcake voucher to be used during their birth month.

• Ruby Tuesday. Join the So Connected club and get a free burger on your birthday.

• Old Country Buffet. Get a free birthday meal through the eClub.

• Denny’s. There’s no need to sign up for this one. Just show up at a participating location on your birthday, show your ID and receive a free Original Grand Slam meal. You’ll still have to pony up for taxes and gratuity.

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Birthday freebies can make your special day a little more fun

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