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!


Bargains and Deals Galore

I found some great frugal bargains in a recent Real Simple magazine issue that I would like to highlight. For more frugal tips and ideas, check out frugal tips.


  • Staples: Go go to find out if your Mac or PC is worth anything. If it is, you’ll get that dollar amount applied toward an Apple gift card.
  • MAC Cosmetics: Customers who return six used MAC product containers receive a free lipstick.
  • Staples: Bring any used ink or toner cartridge to a store and receive $2 in Staples Rewards for a future purchase.


  • Best Western Hotels: Up to 20 percent off room rates
  • Hard Rock Cafe: 10 percent off
  • Lenscrafters and Pearle Vision: 30 percent off eye exams, eyewear, sunglasses and accessories.
  • Hilton Worldwide hotels: At least 5 percent off room rates
  • Hyatt Hotels: 10 percent off room rates
  • 10 percent off online purchases (via
  • Starwood hotels: 5 to 15 percent off room rates
  • El Torito restaurants: 10 percent off, up to 4 adult entrees
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels: Coffee in your personal mug costs just $1 – that’s 40% off regular price
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea: 10 cents off with a refillable cup
  • Starbucks: Save 10 cents when you bring a mug. Bonus: Free refills with a Gold card.

  • Apple: Students, teachers and school administrators receive $50 to $450 off computers.
  • Club Monaco: 20 percent off for college students and professors.
  • J. Crew: 15 percent off for college students and professors.
  • Topshop: 10 percent off with a valid high school or college ID

Top 10 List of the Biggest Money Savers

How much do you spend on your basic monthly expenses?  I keep a log of my daily expenses so I know how much I spend monthly. We all have basic expenses that are part of everyday life; such as insurance, utilities, etc..  In reviewing my own expenses, I determined that I should be paying less for certain items. In keeping with my frugal lifestyle, I searched for companies online that I could compare current rates and plans with. By shopping around for better rates or plans you really can save money. It does pay to compare, it could save you hundreds annually.

Here are my top 10 list of categories to save money. Click on each category to learn more.

  1. Housing
  2. Health Care
  3. Debt/Finance
  4. Groceries/Dining Out
  5. Utilities
  6. Technology/Phone
  7. Insurance
  8. Auto
  9. Shopping/Clothing
  10. Travel/Entertainment