Leap Day deals: Score free t-shirts, desserts, and cheap lobsters on Feb. 29

Several stores and restaurants are offering freebies and special offers to those attempting to celebrate Feb.29 in style. Even better, if you were actually born on a Leap Day, you can score the very best of these offers.

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    A homemade February 2016 calendar illustrating leap year. Feb. 29 is that extra day that rolls around every four years, and many of our favorite stores and restaurants are offering freebies and special offers to those attempting to celebrate the day in style.
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If Leap Day William taught us anything, it's that February 29 is the one day in every four years that we can seize and use to indulge our every fancy.

For those who may not have the cash to go crazy on Leap Day however, many of our favorite stores and restaurants are offering freebies and special offers to those attempting to celebrate the day in style. Even better, if you were actually born on a Leap Day, you can score the very best of these offers.

Below, we've rounded up the premium and confirmed freebies and deals on offer this Leap Day, including a free T-shirt, desserts, and some discounted lobsters and hamburgers. But be sure to bookmark this page and check back throughout the week, as we'll be adding even more Leap Day freebies as we come across them so you can use that extra day to nab some serious deals.

Leap Day Deals for Everyone

Big Frog
It may not be yellow and blue, but if you've nothing to wear to show your Leap Day love, you can head to your local Big Frog to receive a free festive T-shirt.

Legal Sea Foods
It's not everyday that you can enjoy the finer things in life, but Legal Sea Foods are making living in the moment Leap Day William-style all the easier with this 2-for-1 lobster deal. For one day only, the restaurant is offering two 1-lb. lobsters and two sides for just $29. It may not be free, but a 1-lb. lobster usually costs $25.95 alone, so you'll be saving some serious cash.

Dog Haus
If you enjoy a simpler cuisine, head on over to Dog Haus on Leap Day, as the gourmet sausage outlet will be offering a free patty upgrade (from a single to a double) on all burgers. This upgrade normally costs $2.49, so you'll be saving some bucks while you over-indulge.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurants
You can score something tasty for less at Margaritas this Leap Day. The Mexican restaurant is knocking the price of its Fried Ice Cream dessert to just $2.29. List price is normally $6.49, leaving you with enough in the budget for tacos.

Deals for Leap Day Babies

Leap day babies can score even greater deals on February 29. Carry a valid photo ID on the day and celebrate your 4th, 8th, 12th, or any other Leap birth-Day in style. Below are the VIP deals available to budget-conscious "leaplings" only.

Hard Rock Cafe
Looking to dine out in style on a dime? Those celebrating a birthday on the day, will receive their choice of free entree from Hard Rock Cafes "Leaplings Eat Free" menu. Celebrants can choose from hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.

Once your entree is digested, you can head over to your closest Holstein's, where lucky leap day babies can get its Birthday Cake Bamboozled Milkshake and a Classic Burger for free. The outlet will even extend the offer to those who are celebrating a birthday on March 1, sharing the wealth with those who usually miss out on Leap Day spoils.

Great American Cookies
When you've had your fill of savory treats, you can continue the birthday celebrations at your local Great American Cookies location. Participating locations are doling out its Individually Yours Cookie Cake for free to Leap Day babies on the day.

Olive Garden
When it's your birthday, you want to eat not one, but four desserts (and then even more, depending on how many freebies you can find). Luckily, you can satiate these sugar cravings at Olive Garden, as the store is giving celebrants four dolcini desserts for free.

Achatz Handmade Pie Co.
If you've still not got your fill of sugar, you can stop by one of many Achatz locations who are offering a free slice of pie for the birthday girl or boy.

There's Still More to Come...

If you didn't find something of interest in this list, then don't dismay! Last Leap Day, we saw many other restaurants get involved, including Chili's, Subway, Denny's, and Caribou Coffee. These chains released details much closer to the event, so keep your eyes peeled as Leap Day approaches.

No matter how you spend your Leap Day this year, celebrating a birthday or trading children's tears for candy, you can at least save some bucks and score a few freebies to spend that extra day of the year wisely.

This  article first appeared in DealNews.

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