Freebies and Discounts on your Birthday!

There is an upside to turning a year older. Here’s some sweet b’day perks, courtesy of Real Simple magazine. Check with each merchant to make sure these birthday offers still apply.

AVEDA: I have taken advantage of this treat myself. Birthday-club members receive a free product – up to a $25 value – custom blended with the aroma of their choice to be redeemed within two months. The body lotion is quite popular, one time I waited almost 2 months until they got more in.

BASKIN-ROBBINS: You’ll receive an e-mail coupon for a free scoop of ice cream and a discount on a birthday cake when you join the Birthday Club.

BENIHANA: Sign up for the  Chef’s Table e-newsletter and you will get an e-mail with a gift certificate for dinner worth up to $30 to be used during your birth month.

COLD STONE CREAMERY: Sign up for its birthday club and receive a free treat on your special day.

DSW: Loyalty members, who participate in a rewards program, get a $5 certificate that’s good through the member’s entire birthday month.

EXPRESS: Customers who are store credit-card holders receive a $10 coupon to be applied toward their next purchase during their birth month.

IHOP: By joining the Pancake Revolution, you’ll eat for free three times – once when you sign up for IHOP’s mailing list, once on your birthday, and once a year after you register.

NEW YORK & COMPANY: Store credit-card holders receive a coupon for up to 25 percent off purchases (in store and online), valid during their birth month.

OLD NAVY: Subscribe to Old Navy e-mails and receive $10 off purchases of $50 or more (online and in stores) for two weeks during your birth month.

RED ROBIN: Enroll in the eClub or the Red Royalty program and score a free burger!

RUBY TUESDAY’S: Sign up for the So Connected list at and get a free burger on your birthday and other food and bar redemption offers during the year.

STARBUCKS: Toast your day with a free cappuccino (or any another drink of your choice) when you have a My Starbucks Rewards card. Pick one at any location. The more you use it, the more freebies you can get, including gratis syrup and refills. In addition, I personally have received many free drink cards in the mail after I’ve ordered 15 drinks.

VICTORIA’S SECRET: Angel credit-card holders receive either a $10-off coupon for in-store purchases or an e-mailed coupon code good for $10 off online during their birth month.

PLUS a birthday gift for your pet …

PETCO: Register Fido’s D.O.B (or adoption date) in the Birthday Club and get 10 percent off products during that month.

Save on all the things you love to do!

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