Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Treat Yo Self! My Favorite Birthday Freebies!

For most people the Christmas season is either their holy grail of shopping or something to be endured. I used to fall into the former, but I find that as I'm get older, I'm slowly moving my way into the latter. One thing that never gets old for me, though, is all the freebies you can get on your birthday.  Bonus if your birthday, like mine, falls around a holiday.

I'm not going to lie, I love getting gifts. I love giving gifts. I just love gifts. I revert back to a 5 year old whether I'm giving or getting them. Which is good because as you get older, you don't get as many gifts. That's not a bad thing, it's just part of life. And when you're married and your gift comes out of your joint checking account, it's just not the same (this does not mean you get out of buying gifts, Aaron). Sometimes, it's necessary to just treat yo'self!

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For a while now, my favorite part of my birthday has been all of the freebies and coupons! Many stores and restaurants have loyalty programs now and most of those programs include a birthday incentive. Each year, I take a day for myself and go use all of my coupons.  Here's the list of what I had this year.  I put a star beside the local places in case you aren't local to the Raleigh/Durham area.  If your birthday is a ways off, just bookmark this page for later. Trust me, you'll want it.  Or go ahead and sign up for all these loyalty programs now and watch the emails roll in later.

  • Banana Republic Luxe - $15 off a $15 purchase
    • True story, I have no idea how I'm a Luxe member because I certainly don't buy enough Banana/Old Navy/Gap/Athleta to meet the requirements, but I am and I'm riding that train until they tell me to get off.
  • Blue Nile - $10 off a $50 purchase
  • Burn Athletic - 25% off one retail item*
    • This is my gym and I was super excited for this - hello new bobble water bottle!
  • Cute Buttons - 20% off your purchase*
  • DSW - $5 off a $5 purchase
    • Note - If you are a DSW Premier Rewards member, it's $10. They told me to get off that train a few years ago, sadly.
  • Godiva - $10 off a $10 purchase
  • Hallmark - $5 off a $25 purchase
  • Kohl's - $10 off a $10 purchase
    • This one is particularly awesome. Kohl's always has good sales and you can double up your savings.  This year, I bought a $40 shirt for $6. And you don't have to use your credit card to get the deal.
  • Loft/Ann Taylor - $15 off a $15 purchase
  • Macy's - Free shipping
  • Sephora - a free gift (I got the Marc Jacobs eye pencil and lipstick)
  • The Container Store - 15% off your purchase
  • World Market - $10 off a $10 purchase
My birthday freebies! I always end up using some of them for birthday gifts or holiday decorations/baking.

  • DunkinDonunts - Free coffee
  • Gigi's Cupcakes - Free cupcake
  • Noodles - Free rice krispie treat
  • Panera - Free birthday pastry
  • Qdoba - Free entree
  • Red Robin - Free burger
  • Rocky Top Hospitality - One free entree on your actual birthday*
  • Starbucks - Free drink
  • Sweet Tomatoes - $5 off lunch or dinner
  • Which Wich - Free sandwich
I want to know how women look cute after the gym? Cause I don't. But yay free Starbucks!
A few other freebies that I used to get, but didn't qualify for this year because I didn't shop online:
  • Anthropologie - 15% off a purchase
  • Ulta - Fun fact: Ulta thinks my birthday is 1/19 and apparently I have to call their corporate office to change it, so I just get my birthday stuff in January. But I think it's 2x points all month and 20% off an item/purchase. It's been a while, so I can't confirm exactly what it is.
  • Victoria's Secret - $10 online.  I've been buying my stuff in store (I abhor paying shipping), so I didn't get one this year.
I don't use all of my birthday offers. I would go broke and that would defeat the purpose. Also, some stores like to send me my offers ON my birthday and I've normally already shopped by then. Veterans Day falls right before my birthday, so I usually try to go that weekend to combine the sales with my coupons. Just looking at my purchases (not the food freebies), I saved $62.50 and spent $62.38. That doesn't include the cost of my Sephora freebie. It's all about the thrill of the hunt!

My friend Josh said that he's been doing his birthday wrong because he doesn't get all the free stuff that I do. And it's true. He is. Am I the only person that does this? Hopefully not. But if you aren't getting all the freebies, do yourself a favor and sign up for some loyalty programs! You don't have to use everything you get, but you should definitely treat yo'self!

Are there freebies you get that I don't have listed? Bonus point if they include cupcakes, coffee, yoga pants or shoes!


  1. I love a great birthday freebie! Thanks for the round-up. I will have to save this post for my January birthday! Jess at Just Jess

  2. I am a huge fan of birthday freebies. :) :)

  3. IHop gives you free pancakes near your birthday if you sign up for their club.

  4. I love Birthday Freebies! Happy Birthday Month!
    xo, Lee