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Got an Email Address? These 95+ Companies Will Give You Free Stuff

February 17, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach

Who doesn’t love free stuff?

The age of Internet advertising means freebies are all around you, from food to beauty supply samples to boat trips (yes, seriously).

Marketers want to get their names and products in your inbox. And they’re often willing to give away a little something-something in return for that precious email address of yours.

So we raked the Internet to find some of the best freebies you can get by signing up for companies’ newsletters.

Pssst — can’t stand the inbox bloat?

You can still take advantage of many of these freebies: Just sign up, grab the coupon offer inside and unsubscribe from future advertisements.

Food and Snacks

From appetizers to entrees, these restaurants have enough freebies to keep your tummy full and your wallet happy.

1. Einstein Bagels: Free bagel and shmear — and a free bagel on your birthday — when you sign up for The Shmear Society

2. IHOP: Free stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Pancakes at sign-up, each anniversary of the sign-up, and also on your birthday when you join the Pancake Revolution

3. First Watch: Buy one, get one free offer when you sign up for the Sun eClub

4. Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer when you join its So Connected email club

5. Longhorn: Free appetizer when you purchase an adult entree for subscribing to its eClub

6. Friday’s: Get a free appetizer or dessert when you join its Give Me More Stripes newsletter

7. Olive Garden: Free appetizer when you purchase two entrees

8. California Pizza Kitchen: Free small plate when you join its Pizza Dough reward club

9. Joe’s Crab Shack: Free appetizer when you join Joe’s Catch E-Club

10. Texas Roadhouse: Free appetizer and birthday offer when you join its email club

11.Moe’s: Free queso when you join Moe’s eWorld

12. Applebee’s: Get a free birthday special when you sign up for its newsletter

13. Spaghetti Warehouse: This one’s a twofer! Get a free appetizer (and a free meal on your birthday) when you join the Warehouse Club email list, and a free Brownie Sundae Supreme when you join the Text Club!

14. Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert with two adult entrée purchases when you join the Fresh Catch Club

15. Mi Abuelo’s: Free entrée with the purchase of a regular-price entrée and two drinks, along with a points system and other special offers on your birthday

16. Del Taco: Two free tacos when you join the Raving Fan eClub

17. Taco John’s: Free meat and potato burrito when you join Club TJ

18. Rubio’s: Free taco when you join the Beach Club

19. Taco Cabana: Free fajita taco when you join TC Fanatics

20. Arby’s: Sign up for Arby’s newsletter to get a free roast beef sandwich when you purchase a drink

21. Johnny Rocket’s: Join the Rocket eClub for a free burger with the purchase of an entree and drink — and on your birthday

22. Denny’s: Join its Loyalty Program and enjoy a free Grand Slam on your birthday when you show your ID

23. Firehouse Subs: Download its mobile app for rewards and enjoy a free sub on your birthday when you show your ID

24. Benihana: Earn a $30 gift certificate during your birth month when you join Chef’s Table

25. Houlihan’s: Get $10 off your next visit, plus a free meal on your birthday when you join its email club

26. Buca di Beppo: Get free pasta when you join its eClub

27. Sbarro: Get a free slice when you join eClub

28. Zaxby’s: Free Meal Deal when you join, and then a free Nibbler on your birthday when you join the Zax Club

29. Baker’s Square: Sign up for its eClub to receive a free entree when you purchase another entrée and two drinks

30. Culver’s: This eClub will get you a free Value Basket when you purchase another Value Basket

31. Red Robin: Free burger on your birthday when you sign up for Red Robin Rewards

32. Bennigan’s: BOGO entrée when you join its e-club, as well as a free dessert on your birthday

33. Uno’s: Get a free birthday offer when you sign up for Uno’s eClub

34. Auntie Anne’s: Free pretzel after first purchase when you download its Pretzel Perks app

35. Pizza Hut: Free cheese sticks with your next order when you join Hut Lovers

36. Qdoba: Get a free order of chips and salsa or a regular drink when you sign up for Qdoba Rewards

37. Bojangles: Get a free cheddar biscuit with any purchase when you join the Bojangles’ eClub

38. Wingstop: Get a free order of fries for signing up for Wingstop’s newsletters

39. Chili’s: When you sign up for MyRewards, you’ll earn 60 points, which Chili’s says is enough for your first free menu item

40. Earl of Sandwich: Free chips and a soft drink with your sandwich purchase when you sign up for the Earl’s eClub

41. Firehouse: Get a free large drink with next purchase when you sign up for Firehouse Rewards

42. Hardee’s: Get a free small fry and beverage with the purchase of any Thickburger when you sign up for Hardee’s email list

43. Waffle House: Become a Waffle House Regular to get a free order of hashbrowns

44. Steak ‘n Shake: You’ll get a free menu item on your birthday when you join Steak ‘n Shake’s eClub

45. Alien Fresh Jerky: Get a free jerky sample — just for giving your email address to Alien Fresh

46. Don Pablo’s: Get a $10 voucher on your birthday when you join the Habaneros Club

47. Captain D’s: Enjoy a birthday offer when you join D’s club


What’s a meal without dessert? Here’s where to get a little sugar without spending any cheese.

48. Sprinkles Cupcakes: Get a free cupcake on sign-up… and on your birthday!

49. Panera: Join MyPanera Rewards to earn a free pastry or Sweet Welcome Reward

50. Krispy Kreme: Download the app and sign up to score a free half dozen donuts — and a free donut on your birthday

51. Great American Cookie: Get a free cookie with regular cookie purchase when you join the CookiE-mail list — and a free cookie on your birthday, too

52. Village Inn: Get a free slice of pie with an adult entree purchase when you join VI’s eClub

53. Black Angus: Free dessert for joining the Prime Club and a free steak dinner on your first birthday as a member

54. Cracker Barrel: Sign up for its newsletter to score a free dessert on your birthday

55. Big Boy: Big Boy’s eClub will get you a free dessert on your birthday

56. Macaroni Grill: Get a free dessert on your birthday when you join the email club

57. Jack in the Box: Get a free dessert on your birthday

58. Cinnabon: Join Club Cinnabon to get a free Minibon

59. Corner Bakery Café: When you sign up for eCafe, you’ll get a free cookie

60. Barnes and Noble Kids’ Club: Your kid will get a free cupcake and more on her birthday when you join the Kids’ Club

61. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Get a free mini Pizookie (a fresh-baked cookie topped with ice cream and, yes, it’s as good as it sounds) when you sign up for BJ’s Premier Rewards Program

62. Marie Callender’s: Subscribe to the newsletter to get free pie on your birthday. Yes, please.

63. Melting Pot: Get a free box of chocolate-covered strawberries when you spend $60 (which is easy to do there!)

64. Godiva Rewards: Get free chocolate every month when you sign up!

Ice Cream

If you stand between me and my ice cream, you’re looking to get knocked over.

Fortunately, these ice cream freebies mean nobody gets hurt.

65. Friendly’s: You’ll earn a free scoop on your next visit, and then a 25% off coupon — not to mention a sundae on your birthday!

66. Dairy Queen: Buy one Blizzard, get one free — and get a free Blizzard on your birthday, too!

67. Cold Stone: Join the My Cold Stone Club to get a Buy One Get One coupon and a birthday offer

68. Carvel: Subscribe for a buy one get one free coupon

69. Menchie’s: You’ll get 25 free smiles — rewards points — when you sign up

70. Pinkberry: Download its app to earn rewards and get a free small yogurt on your birthday

71. Marble Slab: Free ice cream when you sign up for its Rewards program

72. Orange Julius: Join the Julius League for a BOGO drink coupon

73. Baskin Robbins: Sign up for the Birthday Club to get a free birthday scoop

74. Dippin’ Dots: You’ll get free Dippin’ Dots on your birthday when you join the Dot Crazy! Rewards Club

75. Rita’s: Join the Birthday Club for a free birthday treat (Italian Ice)

76. Maggie Moo’s: Get a birthday freebie when you subscribe


Raise a glass to the beverage that keeps us all sane and (mostly) civil in the early morning hours!

77. Coffee By Bree: Request your free Hot Cocoa Kit sample

78. Caribou Coffee: You get a free medium drink when you join Caribou Perks, the shop’s reward club

79. Au Bon Pain: When you join this eClub, you get a free travel mug!

80. Dunkin Donuts: DD’s rewards program gets you a free beverage at sign-up, on your birthday and every time you rack up 200 points

81. Dunn Brothers Coffee: Get a free cup of coffee or half off a prepared beverage for joining

82. Starbucks: Get a free drink on your birthday — and free food and beverages every 10 purchases

83. IKEA: Get coffee on the house, as well as price protection and the chance to win a $100 gift card, when you join IKEA Family

Other Freebies

Now that you’re not hangry anymore, you can take care of other business. Here are some of our favorite non-food newsletter sign-up freebies.

Samples and Supplies

Need some shampoo? Maybe a sticker that might save Sassy’s life?

Here are some freebies you can get just for signing up.

84. ASPCA: It’ll send you a free Pet Safety Pack of stickers to put on your window so first responders know your pets are inside

85. Pantene: Get free samples and promotional materials for hair care products when you sign up for Pantene’s mailing list Free Samples

86. L’Oréal Paris: Subscribe to this newsletter, and you’ll get a free shampoo tailored to your hair’s needs.

87. Sephora: Beauty Insiders get a free gift on their birthday — and it’s usually a pretty nice one!

88. BareMinerals: Get a personalized birthday freebie when you sign up for its newsletter.


Ecourses are an awesome way to learn more about something… and these ecourses will help you earn and save lots of extra pennies.

89. Femtrepreneur: Get a free “Build a Profitable Blog” ecourse when you sign up for Femtrepreneur’s newsletter

90. Braid: It’ll send you a creative branding ecourse sample to get your freelance or small business off the ground

91. Tiny House Build: Just supply your email address for a free seven-day ecourse on building tiny houses that covers everything from insulation to home storage.

Movies and Events

Hey — you’ve got to live a little! Here’s some free entertainment.

92. Redbox: Join the Text Club to get free Redbox movies every month

93. Movie Tavern: Get free popcorn when you become a Movie Tavern member, and a free movie ticket on your birthday!

94. Barnum and Bailey: Children under 12 months old get a free circus ticket when you sign up for Baby’s First Circus

95. Catalina Express: If you happen to be in southern California, you can get a free trip to Catalina Island on your birthday when you give the company your email address

Percentages Off Your Next Purchase

If you’re in the market for some new clothing, kitchenware or lettuce, you don’t have to spend full price!

Here are vendors that will give you percentages off your next purchase in exchange for your email address.


Get everything from free shipping to 30% off when you sign up for these store newsletters.

96. The Children’s Place: Get $10 off your next purchase when you sign up

97. Williams and Sonoma: You’ll get 15% off and free shipping on your next order

98. TJ Maxx: Free Shipping on your next purchase when you sign up for its newsletter

99. Old Navy: You’ll score 30% off next purchase when you sign up for its newsletter

100. The Gap: This company will give you 25% off your first purchase when you sign up for its emails

101. Aeropostale: Sign up to get 20% off your first purchase


Save on your next food purchase with these companies.

102. Quiznos: You’ll get a coupon for $1 off when you sign up for the QClub

103. Boston Market: Join the VIP Club to get $3 off your next purchase of $10 or more

104. Maggiano’s: Sign up to get $10 off your next visit

105. Smashburger: Get $2 off your next purchase of $5 or more

106. OrganicGirl: Join the OrganicGirl elist to get a coupon for $1 off any OrganicGirl product

Other Stuff

Here are a host of other businesses that will give you discounts when you trade in your email address.

107. Buy Buy Baby: Follow the popup prompt to get 20% discount off one item when you sign up for its newsletter

108. Pyrex: When you give Pyrex your email address, you’ll score 20% off your next order

109. Crate and Barrel: Get 10% off your next purchase when you sign up for its newsletters

110. Bed, Bath and Beyond: Get a 20% off coupon when you get connected with Bed, Bath & Beyond

111. World Market: Become a World Market Explorer to get 15% off your next purchase

112. Origins: Sign up for its email list to get 15% off first order

113. Joann Fabrics: Sign up to get 20% off your next purchase in store or online

Your Turn: Will you take advantage of any of these newsletter freebies or discounts? Let us know in the comments!

Jamie Cattanach is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes other stuff, like wine reviews and poems — you can read along at www.jamiecattanach.com.

by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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