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By ANDREW M. SEDER



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This week my email inbox will fill up with freebies, coupons and offers from businesses in anticipation of my birthday which falls on Thursday.


The offers include free burgers, free ice cream, free Italian ice and more.


Here’s part one of a roundup of ways you too can sign up or take advantage of the offers companies have created simply because you are turning another year older. Part two will appear next Sunday:


* The Dough Company in Wilkes-Barre offers a free birthday meal and a free anniversary meal. You have to dine there first and then fill out the survey form that comes with your bill. The eatery will mail you a card for the free meals, along with other offers throughout the year. But make sure you use the coupons because if you don’t you’ll be taken off the mailing list.


* At Rita’s, get a free Italian ice when you sign up here: http://www.fishbowl.com/clt/ritas/lp/join/join.asp


* Free ice cream is available at Baskin Robbins. Sign up at: https://www.baskinrobbins.com/content/baskinrobbins/en/signin.html


* More free ice cream can be had, in the form of a single scoop ice cream cone with any food purchase at Friendly’s. Sign up at: https://secure.friendlys.com/bff.php


* Old Country Buffet offers buy-one, get-one free buffets when you sign up. Do so here: http://www.oldcountrybuffet.com/eclub.


* At Ruby Tuesday’s, join the So Connected Club and get a coupon for a free sweet treat for your birthday. Sign up here: http://rubytuesday.com/soconnected.asp


* Logan’s Roadhouse has a Nut-E-Club. On your birthday you’ll get a tasty gift, perhaps a slice of Nutter Butter Fudgeslide Dessert. Go to http://assets.fbmta.com/clt/lgnsrh/lp/join/join_loc.htm


* Coopers Steak and Seafood House in Pittston and Scranton offer birthday boys and girls a free meal from a select list with the purchase of another entree. Tough choice. Do you go with the broiled lobster tails, the fried shrimp dinner, the shrimp scampi or the other choices? There is no wrong selection. They’re all great and free and come with two sides.


* Arby’s will send you a free milkshake coupon when you sign up at http://arbys.com/get-deals


* Go to http://www.perkinsrestaurants.com and sign up for the My Perkins club and you’ll receive a coupon on your birthday and other offers throughout the year. This year they sent me a coupon for a free “Magnificent Seven” breakfast platter.


* Get a free dessert from Smokey Bones when you sign up for the Bones Club in the eatery or online at smokeybones.com


Next week I’ll share more birthday offers with you, including those for kids. If you know of any that I missed, please feel free to email them to me at aseder@timesleader.com and I’ll include them next Sunday. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter @TLAndrewSeder for news and deals throughout the week.


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