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Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 10:01 am | Updated: 1:45 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it with free and discounted stuff. So, here are 15 places to make your big day all the more special (and cheap):

• Present your ID at any Harkins theater on your birthday and you’ll get a free ticket. The deal does not include special engagements. For locations, call (480) 627-7777 or visit www.harkins

• Score a free meal — including sandwich, side dish, piece of cake, and fountain drink — at Joe’s Real Barbecue, 301 N. Gilbert Road , Gilbert. (480) 503-3805.

• Start your birthday morning off right with six free doughnuts and a mug at Krispy Kreme, 5009 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe. (480) 820-8585.

• Pick out any treat you want at Sweet Cakes, 21 W. Main St., Mesa. (480) 461-9529.

• As decadent as cake — and free on your birthday — is The Original Pizza Cookie at Oregano’s, 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, and 523 W. University Drive, Tempe. (480) 970-1860 or (480) 858-0501.

• Though neither company advertises its birthday specials because, according to one representative, it "causes confusion and makes people angrier," Aveda and Origins give away gifts and discounts on products. Signup required. Visit local Aveda and Origins counters or retail stores for details.

• We all scream for ice cream, especially when there’s money left over for an extra topping. Baskin Robbins, Coldstone Creamery, and Dairy Queen all offer birthday discounts. Visit East Valley locations for details.

• Add your name and birthday date to the mailing list at Lalibela Ethiopian Cafe, 849 W. University Drive, Tempe, and you’ll get a coupon for a 15 percent discount. (480) 829-1939.

• It is free to sign up for Chico’s Passport Club, which rewards members with a monthly catalog and coupon. In the customer’s birthday month, the clothing company sends out a "birthday buck," good for $10 off any purchase. Chico’s is at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. (480) 722-9076.

• Join the VIP Club and grab a free espresso drink and cake — both on your birthday and wedding anniversary — at Coffee Works, 4910 W. Ray Road, Suite 1, Chandler. (480) 214-0264 or

• Call ahead to alert managers about a guest’s birthday and the dinner party will get a piece of chocolate cake at the Landmark Restaurant, 809 W. Main St., Mesa. (480) 962-4652.

• Receive a free entree for your birthday at Rockfish Seafood Grill, 3095 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, when you join executive chef Kenny Bower’s e-mail club at One person per e-mail address. (480) 963-6662.

• When you purchase clothing at Sherre’s in Scottsdale, you can add your name to the store’s mailing list — and get a $25 gift certificate on your birthday. Sherre’s is at The Borgata, 6166 N. Scottsdale Road. (480) 991-1320.

• The staff at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, 525 W. Mill Ave., Tempe, will sing "Happy Birthday" in Greek and then present the jolly good fellow with some baklava. (480) 966-5883.

• Get a free serving of fried ice cream and your photograph taken at La Fonda Mexican Restaurant, 1126 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe. Bring the photograph back next year and you’ll get a free entree. (480) 966-8001.

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