Sephora's Beauty Insider Program: a free birthday gift each year and reward points for each dollar spent
Club Cinnabon: free gift on your birthday and a minibon upon joining
Baskin Robbins Birthday Club: a free scoop or swirl on your birthday and discount if buying a cake
Today was my birthday and I love to take advantage of the free rewards available on birthdays so I made it out to enjoy a few of the many things you all can get on your day!
I was able to get ice cream from Baskin Robbins, mascara, fragrance, and highlighting stick from Sephora, a mocha drink from Cinnabon, and a shooter dessert at Applebee's. I had many more offers in my email inbox, but it's important to do what you enjoy and not to overwhelm yourself on a day that should be fun, so I limited myself to my favorite offers.
Sephora always gives such excellent gifts to their Beauty Insiders and this year they even have a men's gift, so men can sign up too! Anytime you go there to make a purchase, you can also get a take-home sample of something not readily available to test on the floor. I got a sample of the Mac Jacobs Dot fragrance and it smells incredible.
I posted links to sign up for some birthday freebies, but be aware that you can find lots on your own! Just visit the website of your favorite restaurants and stores and sign up for their email clubs. Also, if you're out at a restaurant, mention your birthday casually even if they don't have a club sometimes you will get a free treat as I did at Applebee's tonight. Starbucks sends a postcard for a free drink for a gift card that is registered, so if you have any, register them! The beauty store Ulta gives a free Brow Bar visit on your birthday. There are so many ways to pamper yourself for free (plus tips or tax on occasion), so if you're out on your next birthday, use a coupon or two and enjoy the lack of spending!