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.
- Einstein Bagels: Free bagel and shmear — and a free bagel on your birthday — when you sign up for The Shmear Society
- 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
- First Watch: Buy one, get one free offer when you sign up for the Sun eClub
- Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer when you join its So Connected email club
- Longhorn: Free appetizer when you purchase an adult entree for subscribing to its eClub
- Friday’s: Get a free appetizer or dessert when you join its Give Me More Stripes newsletter
- Olive Garden: Free appetizer when you purchase two entrees
- California Pizza Kitchen: Free small plate when you join its Pizza Dough reward club
- Joe’s Crab Shack: Free appetizer when you join Joe’s Catch E-Club
- Texas Roadhouse: Free appetizer and birthday offer when you join its email club
- Moe’s: Free queso when you join Moe’s eWorld
- Applebee’s: Get a free birthday special when you sign up for its newsletter
- 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!
- Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert with two adult entrée purchases when you join the Fresh Catch Club
- 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
- Del Taco: Two free tacos when you join the Raving Fan eClub and a free shake on your birthday
- Rubio’s: Free taco when you join the Beach Club
- Taco Cabana: Free fajita taco when you join TC Fanatics
- Arby’s: Sign up for Arby’s newsletter to get a free roast beef sandwich when you purchase a drink
- Johnny Rocket’s: Join the Rocket eClub for a free burger with the purchase of an entree and drink — and on your birthday
- Denny’s: Join its Loyalty Program and enjoy a free Grand Slam on your birthday when you show your ID
- Firehouse Subs: Download its mobile app for rewards and enjoy a free sub on your birthday when you show your ID
- Benihana: Earn a $30 gift certificate during your birth month when you join Chef’s Table
- Houlihan’s: Get $10 off your next visit, plus a free meal on your birthday when you join its email club
- Buca di Beppo: Get free pasta when you join its eClub
- Sbarro: Get a free slice when you join the Slice Society Email Club
- Zaxby’s: Free Meal Deal when you join, and then a free Nibbler on your birthday when you join the Zax Club
- Baker’s Square: Sign up for its eClub to receive a free entree when you purchase another entrée and two drinks
- Culver’s: This eClub will get you a free Value Basket when you purchase another Value Basket
- Red Robin: Free burger on your birthday when you sign up for Red Robin Rewards
- Bennigan’s: BOGO entrée when you join its e-club, as well as a free dessert on your birthday
- Uno’s: Get a free birthday offer when you sign up for Uno’s eClub
- Auntie Anne’s: Free pretzel after first purchase when you download its Pretzel Perks app
- Pizza Hut: Free cheese sticks with your next order when you join Hut Lovers
- Qdoba: Get a free order of chips and salsa or a regular drink when you sign up for Qdoba Rewards
- Bojangles: Get a free cheddar biscuit with any purchase and a coupon for a free berry biscuit on your birthday when you join the Bojangles’ eClub
- Wingstop: Get a free order of fries for signing up for Wingstop’s newsletters
- 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
- Earl of Sandwich: Get $5 off your next purchase when you sign up for the Royalty Club
- Firehouse: Get a free large drink with next purchase when you sign up for Firehouse Rewards
- Hardee’s: Get a free small fry and beverage with the purchase of any Thickburger when you sign up for Hardee’s email list
- Waffle House: Become a Waffle House Regular to get a free order of hashbrowns
- Steak ‘n Shake: You’ll get a free menu item on your birthday when you join Steak ‘n Shake’s eClub
- Alien Fresh Jerky: Get a free jerky sample — just for giving your email address to Alien Fresh
- Don Pablo’s: Get free nachos and a $10 voucher on your birthday when you join the Habaneros Club
- Captain D’s: Get a coupon to enjoy a free dessert once a month with the purchase of a regular price meal
- Marie Callender’s: Subscribe to the newsletter and get 20% off your next dine-in purchase
What’s a meal without dessert? Here’s where to get a little sugar without spending any cheese.
- Sprinkles Cupcakes: Get a free cupcake on sign-up… and on your birthday!
- Panera: Join MyPanera Rewards to earn a free pastry or Sweet Welcome Reward
- Krispy Kreme: Download the app and sign up to score a free half dozen donuts — and a free donut on your birthday
- 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
- Village Inn: Get a free slice of pie with an adult entree purchase when you join VI’s eClub
- Black Angus: Free dessert for joining the Prime Club and a free steak dinner on your first birthday as a member
- Cracker Barrel: Sign up for its newsletter to score a free dessert on your birthday
- Big Boy: Big Boy’s eClub will get you a free dessert on your birthday
- Macaroni Grill: Get a free dessert on your birthday when you join the email club
- Jack in the Box: Get a free dessert on your birthday
- Cinnabon: Join Club Cinnabon to get a free Minibon
- Corner Bakery Café: When you sign up for eCafe, you’ll get a free cookie
- Barnes and Noble Kids’ Club: Your kid will get a free cupcake and more on her birthday when you join the Kids’ Club
- 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
- Melting Pot: Get a free box of chocolate-covered strawberries when you spend $60 (which is easy to do there!)
- Godiva Rewards: Get free chocolate every month when you sign up!
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.
- 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!
- Dairy Queen: Buy one Blizzard, get one free — and get a free Blizzard on your birthday, too!
- Cold Stone: Join the My Cold Stone Club to get a Buy One Get One coupon and a birthday offer
- Carvel: Subscribe for a buy one get one free coupon
- Menchie’s: You’ll get 25 free smiles — rewards points — when you sign up
- Pinkberry: Download its app to earn rewards and get a free small yogurt on your birthday
- Marble Slab: Free ice cream when you sign up for its Rewards program
- Orange Julius: Join the Julius League for a BOGO drink coupon
- Baskin Robbins: Sign up for the Birthday Club to get a free birthday scoop
- Dippin’ Dots: You’ll get free Dippin’ Dots on your birthday when you join the Dot Crazy! Rewards Club
- Rita’s: Join the Birthday Club for a free birthday treat (Italian Ice)
- 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!
- Caribou Coffee: You get a free medium drink when you join Caribou Perks, the shop’s reward club
- Au Bon Pain: When you join this eClub, you get a free travel mug!
- 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
- Dunn Brothers Coffee: Get a free cup of coffee or half off a prepared beverage for joining
- Starbucks: Get a free drink on your birthday — and free food and beverages every 10 purchases
- 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
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.
- 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
- Pantene: Get free samples and promotional materials for hair care products when you sign up for Pantene’s mailing list Free Samples
- L’Oréal Paris: Subscribe to this newsletter, and you’ll get a free shampoo tailored to your hair’s needs.
- Sephora: Beauty Insiders get a free gift on their birthday — and it’s usually a pretty nice one!
- 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.
- Femtrepreneur: Get a free “Build a Profitable Blog” ecourse when you sign up for Femtrepreneur’s newsletter
- Braid: It’ll send you a creative branding ecourse sample to get your freelance or small business off the ground
- 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.
- Redbox: Join the Text Club to get free Redbox movies every month
- Movie Tavern: Get free popcorn when you become a Movie Tavern member, and a free movie ticket on your birthday!
- Barnum and Bailey: Children under 12 months old get a free circus ticket when you sign up for Baby’s First Circus
- 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.
- The Children’s Place: Get $10 off your next purchase when you sign up
- Williams-Sonoma: You’ll get 15% off and free shipping on your next order
- TJ Maxx: Free Shipping on your next purchase when you sign up for its newsletter
- Old Navy: You’ll score 30% off next purchase when you sign up for its newsletter
- Gap: This company will give you 25% off your first purchase when you sign up for its emails
- Aeropostale: Sign up to get 20% off your first purchase
Save on your next food purchase with these companies.
- Quiznos: You’ll get a coupon for $1 off when you sign up for the QClub
- Boston Market: Join the VIP Club to get $3 off your next purchase of $10 or more
- Maggiano’s: Sign up to get $10 off your next visit
- Smashburger: Get $2 off your next purchase of $5 or more
- OrganicGirl: Join the OrganicGirl elist to get a coupon for $1 off any OrganicGirl product
Here are a host of other businesses that will give you discounts when you trade in your email address.
- Buy Buy Baby: Follow the popup prompt to get 20% discount off one item when you sign up for its newsletter
- Pyrex: When you give Pyrex your email address, you’ll score 20% off your next order
- Crate and Barrel: Get 10% off your next purchase when you sign up for its newsletters
- Bed, Bath and Beyond: Get a 20% off coupon when you get connected with Bed, Bath & Beyond
- World Market: Become a World Market Explorer to get 15% off your next purchase
- Origins: Sign up for its email list to get 15% off first order
- 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 staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes other stuff, like wine reviews and poems — you can read along at www.jamiecattanach.com.