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Birthday Freebies!

30 Jul

When you’re young, you look forward to your birthday. Having a birthday party at Chuck-E-Cheese or the skating rink. Even a backyard party with all your friends and family with some cake and ice cream. It seems like the mound of presents just keeps growing as every new guest comes enters. And you wait patiently until you can rip off the wrapping paper with fury. You don’t often know which gift came from whom, but at that age, who cares?

Well once you get older, you realized that you no longer get gifts from everyone. That the day you were born isn’t that important to everyone. Your birthday is just another day. Often you have to remind people that your big day is coming up.

But guess who doesn’t forget my birthday? All the stores and restaurants that I frequent! As my birthday approaches I get excited for the emails and cards from different places offering me freebies. So if you still want to feel like a kid opening up a ton of presents, be sure to sign up for these birthday clubs:

  • Cold Stone Creamery – They email you a coupon for one free small ice cream
  • Red Robin – Emails you a coupon for a free burger of your choice
  • Hungry Howies – sent an email for a free medium pizza with a $5 purchase
  • Victoria’s Secret – They send a card that varies each year. Last year I got a free lip gloss, this year $10 off any purchase
  • JC Penny – Mailed a certificate for $15 off any purchase $15 or more
  • Biggby Coffee – Mails a postcard for a free coffee of you choice
  • Boston Market – emailed a coupon for a free dessert with any individual meal purchase
  • Benihana – Join “The Chef’s Table” and receive a Benihana Birthday Dinner certificate worth $30 to use during the month of your birthday.
  • Bob’s Big Boy – Get a free hot fudge ice cream on your birthday.
  • Famous Daves BBQ – Free food coupon via email on your birthday when you join the Famous Dave’s P.I.G. Club (could be free cake, an appetizer, or some ribs!).
  • TGI Friday’s – Receive a coupon for a free appetizer to use on your birthday

Remember, for most of these offers you will need a valid email address and printer to print out the coupons. Also a lot of these coupons have just a two week time frame in which to use them. Some give you until the end of the month. I see my birthday week as a week I really don’t have to cook anymore. But It may be loaded with a lot of calories.

I suggest using Yahoo mail. They have a great system with disposable email addresses, where you can set up to 50 different email addresses. That way I have all of these places going to one folder and email account. All of these companies will send you emails at least monthly or for other promotional items. But you can also set up email addresses for other newsletters that you get. And at anytime if you start getting too much spam, you can delete the email account, without affecting your main account or other disposable email addresses you have created. Just remember to send you coupons to an account that you will check.

It’s Almost Here…My Birthday

30 Jul

Ugh, I’m turning 30 in just one week. I’m trying to think of it in a positive manner. As Jay-Z said “30 is the new 20”. Plus I figure I start saying I’m 30 now, it won’t be so bad when the big day arrives next week.

But wouldn’t it be great if everything you’ve learned by 30, you had known when you were 20. What I’ve learned about friends, family, relationships, careers, finances would have been wonderful to know 10 years ago. I believe I would have been much better off. I think most of would have. However as one of my favorite quotes says:

“Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.”  ~Rita Mae Brown

I probably would have made changes in what I’ve done with my career. I was in school for several years as I worked full time as a secretary. I wish I would have just went to school full time and finished my degree sooner. Most likely I would have progressed much further in my career by this age.

I definaltely would not have been so inpatient or unforgiving of family or friends. It’s taken these years for me to realize to stop sweating the small stuff. Don’t hold grudges, because that person may not be here tomorrow. And it’s hard to apologize once they’re gone. I’ve also learned how to let go of the toxic people in my life and to keep the positive people in my inner circle.

I can say that I wouldn’t have wasted some valuable years on relationships that really weren’t going anywhere, or with that loser guy. Now as I have watched so many of my friends getting married or having kids, I wonder if it will happen for me. But then I know people that have waited until well into their 30’s to get married or have kids, and it seems as though are some of the most stable relationships.

I know I should have invested more money in my retirement account, because there will no money left in social security when I retire. I also wish I wouldn’t have taken out so many student loans, or gotten so many credit cards when I first got to college. I only wish that in lower income school districts that they would have spent time to discuss credit and finances. It seems like the population that could use the education the most on finances, are the people that get ignored.

But every up and down has been a learning experience, and from those I have grown. Now all I can do is try to give others advice on the things I have learned. But as I talk to my teenage brothers and cousins, I often feel I’m being ignored. I guess everyone has to learn from their own mistakes. But I know I would have appreciated someone teaching me a thing or two.