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11.19.2013

Little Life Win: Birthday Freebies

happy birthday to me!  (unless you're reading this on tuesday night, in which case, almost happy birthday to me.  my birthday is the 20th.)



birthday freebies are one of the highlights of my year.  i'm not generally one of those dreads-getting-older types, but if you are, birthday freebies ease the pain.  there are just so many out there.  i doubt i could actually collect every single one during the whole month - but that does not stop me from trying.  no shame in my game!

one of my favorites - sephora.  last year it was a sugar lip duo set, this year it's mini benefit they're real mascara and watt's up highlighter.  no purchase necessary, just walk right up to the register and whip out your birthday e-mail you received.  (you do have to buy something if you order online though.)
free coffee.  so much free coffee.  every coffee shop i pass - starbucks, caribou, dunkin donuts, panera, all the cute local chicago places.  for someone as obsessed with coffee as me, this is huge.
free cone from marble slab.
free bagel with cream cheese from brueggers.
$30 gift certificate to benihana's.
free bowl at noodles and company.
free sandwich or salad from au bon pain.
$5 off at jason's deli.
free dessert at buffalo wild wings.
free double steakburger with cheese and fries from steak 'n shake.
discounts on dairy queen cakes and buy one get one free blizzard coupon.
buy one get one free ice cream creation from cold stone.
buy one get one free admission to medieval times.
buy one get one at qdoba.
free auntie anne's pretzel.
free burrito from baja fresh.
free cone at baskin robbins.
free entree at houlihans.
$10 to maggianos.
free pizza at old chicago.
free meal at ihop.
free burger at red robin.
olive garden, corner bakery, panera bread, einstein brothers, applebee's, chili's, arby's, baker's square, ben & jerry's, huhot, boston market, buca di beppo, carraba's, culvers, taco john's, ruby tuesdays, fridays, krispy kreme, sonic, joe's crab shack, jamba juice, fazzolis - you name it, they give you some food for free.  you need to sign up for your favorites asap!

basically, i have paid for no food for the entire month of november, and i have no intentions to.  and there's a ton of discounts and non-food related items too - anthropologie, cvs, swagbucks, dsw, old navy, ulta, payless, aveda, american eagle, dave and busters, world market, even getting your brows done at a benefit counter.  i collect them all with an evil little 'it's freeeee' cackle.  collect all the free things.

yes all of these free things require signing up for the company's e-mail list.  here's a tip - i have a 'spam' e-mail account.  it's what i use to sign up for mailing lists and free things and sales promotions and to be perfectly honest, i check it once a year.  at my birthday.  100% worth it.

birthdays most definitely do not suck!

i can't be the only one - what birthday freebies do you love?  are there some missing on my list that i need to hurry up and get?

52 comments:

  1. victoria's secret sent me a $10 off $10 code!
    happy b.day!

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  2. I love all these codes!! I never knew that.

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    1. They rock! Sign up, you'll love all the free goodies :)

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  3. I love freebies for my birthday and I'm as guilty as you for the majority of these, but some new ones that I'll have to check out for next year! Happy Birthday to you and hope you have the greatest day ever!!!

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  4. Dang girl! I love free stuff! :)

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  5. haha i love this!! look at all this free stuff. you're a smart one. happy (one day early) birthday sweet girl!!!

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  6. That is genius setting up a spam email. Love all the free stuff. Happy Early Birthday!!

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  7. Free stuff makes me SO happy! My fave is Sephora and a free entree and a nice restaraunt my husband and I go to. Love the $5 beauty extra care bucks from CVS, too! I'm the coupon queen, so this girl is proud! You go on with your bad self, and have an amazing birthday!!!

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  8. I have a "fake" e-mail too that I use just to sign up for freebies and samples! Hope you enjoy your day! (And all that free stuff!) :)

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  9. genius! I'm signing up for all of these!! Happy birthday!!

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    I know what I'll be doing in my spare time, signing up for everything you just mentioned.

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  11. Dang girl! You made out like a bandit! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!

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  12. I read houlihan's and got a little homesick for stl.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE! Have so enjoyed getting to know you through bloglandia this past year. You're such a strong woman, keep up your amazing self!

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  13. Happy birthday! I am enjoying my Sephora birthday gift, as well - it's awesome :).

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  14. I got the Sephora gift, I'm loving the mascara but not sure what to do with the other thing...lol. I had NO idea there were so many free options on birthdays! Now I just have to wait 10 more months!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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  15. Oh my gosh, that's so many free things!! I am so signing up for a bunch in anticipation of my birthday next month. Happy birthday girly!!

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  16. happy birthday!! I know you'll celebrate it the right way, have a great day!! :)

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  17. foxy originals sends me a discount coupon for their stuff, baskin robbins send me a free icecream, my mobile carrier gives me free texts/calls all day on my bday, sephora freebies (although i always forget to collect it) and i pretty much announce everywhere i go that it's my birthday and i need all the free things LOL

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  18. Happy birthday!

    You rock the birthday freebie world!

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  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY = D I can't even think of any stores period outside of the ones you mentioned. I'm so in awe of your free swag prowess, get it girl!

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  20. Happy Birthday pretty girl!!!! I love all the birthday freebies too. Makes you feel so loved!

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  21. HAPPY BIRTHDAYY!! thanks for sharing all of these freebie tips, birthday swag is the best!

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  22. Happy Birthday & thanks for sharing all those awesome tips!

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  23. First of all, HAPPY FREAKIN' BIRTHDAY LOVE! I'm so glad we "met" and I am LOVING you every day! Second, don't tell me you get THAT many freaking emails?! I get about 10 a night from certain stores and what not and even that's too overwhelming for me!

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  24. YAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!!

    I definitely used my free Noodles bowl last week & stopped into Caribou for my free birthday drink yesterday. Bummer is none of the Starbucks around here accept any of the discounts/free birthday drink. Losers.

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  25. H.O.L.Y. C.O.W! It'll take me until my birthday to sign up for all this free stuff, I love it!

    Happy Birthday, I hope you're having an awesome day.

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  26. Happy, happy, happy birthday!! Enjoy your calorie free day! :)

    I get TONS of emails from different places....but never anything for my birthday lol

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  27. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And holy shit. The spam email idea is brilliant. My birthday is in February so this is perfect!

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  28. Happy birthday!!! I am sad becuase the west coast does not have au bon pain :( every time i go to an east coast airport i drag matt around til i hunt one down!! hahah that's a whole lotta of free stuff....did not see this as i was speed reading but if you visit the Benefit brow mar at a Macy's makeup department...you get your eyebrows waxed for free :)...you have a week ;)

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  29. Happy Happy Birthday Stephanie! And thanks for all the freebie info....I have a birthday coming up in less than a month :)

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  30. Happy Birthday! Hope it's an awesome day! Birthday freebies are the best, I do a google search for new ones every year as I close in on my birthday.

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  31. Happy Birthday! Love all the birthday freebies, enjoy! :)

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  32. Happy Birthday chick! I love getting birthday freebies and discounts. It's definitely hard to take advantage of all the offers out there.

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  33. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Little birthday freebies are the best! I hope you're enjoying your day!

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  34. Happy Birthday!
    And I had no idea how many birthday freebies were available - I feel like I've lost out on the last 27 years, haha

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  35. Oh my goodness I missed your birthday...and I was even chatting with you yesterday! I'm slapping myself on the hand as we speak at this very moment. Happy belated my dear! Hope it was great, and with lots of free stuff of course.

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  36. free shit is always awesome. especially from sephora!

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  37. Always a damn day late...boo! Happy Happy Birthday! I hope it was awesome and I am sure you will be celebrating the rest of the month too!

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  38. This is amazing and I am almost mad that my birthday just passed and I only got like four things on your list. I will have to go signup crazy this weekend! Stopping by from Kelli (She Crab Soup)'s blog!

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  39. Kelli sent me to this post- and I love it!
    Happy Birthday princess!

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  40. Ok, I majorly missed out this month! Half of this stuff I'm not signed up for. Auntie Anne's free pretzel?! I want one!!!! I did get my free coffee card from DD and Starbucks, and I got my $5 from DSW, and an app from Chilis. I need to be on all the lists! If it's free, it's (usually) for me!!

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