Birthdays are great fun and make happy occasions to remember - but they can also be expensive.

Even if it's your big day and you're the one getting lots of gifts from friends and family, you can still end up spending loads on celebratory drinks, meals and other costs.

Then you end up skint and hiding indoors until the next pay day.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

It's possible to get FREE stuff on your birthday, including food and drink, beauty and pampering sessions and also shopping vouchers.

So don't worry about all the financial implications of a major celebration, just take advantage of all these offers and you can party like there's no tomorrow without worrying about your bank balance or credit card taking a hammering.

With the help of Magic Freebies , let the celebrations begin!

FREE FOOD

Las Iguanas

Free main meal at Beefeater

Sign up to Beefeater's free loyalty rewards club and you can choose from any of their mains.

Birmingham has a Beefeater in High Street, Longbridge. There's also one in Bentley Road, Walsall.

Free birthday main meal at Brewers Fayre

Claim your free birthday main when you sign up to Brewers Fayre's loyalty club.

Brewers Fayre has restaurants in Oldbury, Rubery, Walsall and Stourbridge.

Free main meal at Coast to Coast

You can find American bar and grill Coast to Coast in Brindleyplace, off Broad Street in Birmingham city centre.

Sign up to the birthday club and Coast to Coast will send you a birthday surprise - usually an offer of a free main meal - straight to your inbox.

Birthday vouchers are distributed at the beginning of each month, so be aware that if you sign up during the month of your birthday you will miss out and won’t receive your voucher until the following year.

Free birthday main at Frankie & Benny's

Treat yourself to a free birthday main at Frankie & Benny's.

The restaurant has a number of Birmingham outlets including Fort Shopping Park, Broadway Plaza, Sutton Coldfield, Battery Park in Selly Oak and Great Park, Rubery.

A meal at Frankie and Benny's
A meal at Frankie and Benny's

Free birthday main at Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas can be found at Temple Street, Arcadian Centre and Resorts World. Add some Latin American spice to your life with a free birthday main.

Free birthday main meal at Table Table

Grab a free main at this popular pub grub chain. Local outlets include The Dilke Arms, Aldridge Road, Walsall, and Ridgacre in New Gas Street, West Bromwich.

Free appetiser (or dessert) at Jamie’s Italian

Sign up for Jamie's Italian Gold Club and claim a free main (or dessert) at Jamie's Italian, which has a Birmingham restaurant in the Bullring.

Free sweet treat at Greggs

Greggs are treating you to a free cupcake, cream cake or doughnut for your birthday when you sign up to the Greggs Rewards app.

Free birthday doughnut at Krispy Kreme

Sign up to become one of the Friends of Krispy Kreme will they help you celebrate your birthday with a free doughnut.

Krispy Kreme has a stall inside Selfridges in the Bullring, plus cabinets at New Street station and in the Tesco stores at New Street and Colmore Row.

Free cookie at Millie's Cookies

Millie's Cookies invites you to join and claim your free birthday cookies. There are branches in the Bullring and Merry Hill shopping centres.

Free cookie at Subway

Sandwich chain Subway offers a free cookie on your birthday.

FREE DRINKS

Champagne

Free bottle of champagne at All Bar One

Download the All Bar One app and you will receive exclusive birthday rewards including a free bottle of champagne.

You can find All Bar One outlets in Newhall Street, Brindleyplace, Bew Street station and at Birmingham Airport.

Free birthday drink at Boost

You can enjoy a free Boost drink on your birthday, as well as regular deals and freebies. There's a Boost juice bar in the Bullring.

Free bottle of prosecco at Café Rouge

Cafe Rouge are offering you a free bottle of birthday fizz if you sign up to their newsletter to receive this and further discounts.

There are Cafe Rouge bistros at Bullring, Mailbox, Brindleyplace and in Harborne and Solihull.

Free milkshake at Ed's Diner

Enjoy a free birthday milkshake at Ed's Diner when you join the loyalty club. They will also send you exclusive rewards including a free burger or hot dog burger when you sign up.

Ed's has outlets in Selfridges, Grand Central and Arena Birmingham.

Cheers! Friends enjoy a celebratory drink

Free drink at Hungry Horse Pubs

Say cheers to a great freebie from Hungry Horse, which has pubs in Longbridge and Sutton Coldfield. You can grab a free drink to celebrate your birthday.

Free birthday drink at Jamie's Italian

As if all the birthday food wasn't enough, you can also claim a free birthday drink at Jamie's Italian with your exclusive gold membership app.

Free bottle of prosecco at Pizza Express

Get a free bottle of prosecco when you sign up to the Pizza Express newsletter.

Free bottle of prosecco at Prezzo

Get your unique code and enjoy a complimentary bottle of prosecco on Prezzo. Local outlets include Harborne, Sutton Coldfield, West Bromwich and Redditch.

Free bottle of prosecco at Strada

If you sign up to Strada's newsletter, you can bag some deals including a free bottle of prosecco to celebrate your big day. There are Strada outlets in Birmingham at the Mailbox - which is closing in January 2018 - and at the ICC.

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Free birthday cocktails for you & six friends at TGI Fridays

Join TGI's Celebrations club and you will receive exclusive treats including free cocktails for you and up to six friends when you buy any main course.

You also get the same treat on your half birthday. Claim the freebie up to three weeks ahead of your big day.

FREE SHOPPING & PAMPERING

Free £5 to spend in-store at The Body Shop

If you join the Love Your Body rewards scheme from The Body Shop, you can bag yourself a free £5 voucher as well as exclusive discounts towards your favourite products. You can choose anything in-store.

Free brow wax and facial at Debenhams

Treat yourself to a free brow wax by Benefit and a facial by Elizabeth Arden. Come in store with your Beauty Club card and proof of your date of birth within two weeks of your birthday, after signing up to Debenhams Beauty Club.

Free £5 voucher at Paperchase

Spruce up your stationery with a free £5 birthday voucher from Paperchase when you sign up for their reward card.

There are Paperchase stores in House of Fraser, Selfridges, Grand Central and Sutton Coldfield, as well as in Solihull and Merry Hill.