20 Free Things On Your Birthday

brow-wax-heroUntil I came across this article in Women’s Health Magazine, I had no idea that so many places wanted to treat me on my birthday!  Damn, I have to wait 9 months to take these 20 places up on their offers:

  1. Starbucks treats you to your favorite drink or perhaps something from their breakfast starbuckspastry selection on your birthday if you are an active member of their Starbucks Rewards for at least 30 days prior to your birthday.
  2. Dunkin Donuts will treat you to a cup of their special brew (it’s pretty darn good) to goDD along with your donut on your birthday if you have one of their DD Perks cards.
  3. Sephora is all about birthday beauty.  If you are a Beauty Insider you’ll get a deluxe set of mini samples.  Currently you can choose between a Tarte lip and cheek set or a Caudalie skin set.
  4. Ulta gives you a free gift on your birthday.  Join the Ultimate Rewards program to get the gift, plus score double points on all purchases made during your birthday month.baskin-robbins
  5. Baskin Robbins if you sign up for a BR account online, you get a free scoop during your birthday month.
  6. Aveda if you’re in the Pure Privilege rewards program you will get a free product gift, plus a certificate for double points on your next purchase.
  7. Benefit offers free brow arching at their U.S. Brow Bar locations.  No purchase or rewards program necessary.  Come in anytime during your birthday week with a valid ID and walk out with well-groomed arches.plenti
  8. Eat at Chili’s and get a free dessert if you have a Chili’s Rewards Card or are involved in the Plenti partnership of stores and providers that allow accumulation of points.
  9. Benihana if you sign up for The Chef’s Table e-newsletter, you’ll get a $30 Benihana gift certificate to use anytime during the month of your birthday.
  10. Buca di Beppo get free cake during your birthday month if you make your reservation online using their special form and bring a valid ID.bww
  11. Buffalo Wild Wings Sign up for the Buffalo Circle newsletter and you’ll get year round deals—including free snack-size wings on your birthday.
  12. Cinnabon you get a free Minibon just for signing up for Club Cinnabon, plus they’ll also send you a free treat via email for your b-day—usually a coupon for a free Minibon or a free coffee.
  13. CVS if you belong to the ExtraCare Beauty Club—you’ll score three dollars in ExtraBucks rewards on your b-day
  14. DSW Sign-up for DSW Rewards and you’ll receive a $5 gift certificate on your birthday.jambaJuiceLogo
  15. Jamba Juice Sign for Jamba Insider Rewards and you can get a free small smoothie on your birthday
  16. Panera Bread Sign up for MyPanera, present your rewards card on your birthday and get a free pastry
  17. Pinkberry  Members of Pinkberry’s loyalty program can treat themselves to a free pinkberrystrawberrybirthday yogurt.
  18. Redbox  Sign up for Play Pass and you’ll get a free one-night birthday rental.
  19. Aunty Anne’s  Download the My Pretzel Perks app to score a free pretzel during your birthday month
  20. IHOP  Sign up to be a part of the Pancake Revolution email club and get a free stack of pancakes.

I am going to have to set up a schedule to make sure I can fit in all of the free things that are out there for birthday celebrants!  Make sure you don’t miss out on any either!

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Buyer Beware!

kobe-bryant-final-game-shoesMy birthday and Christmas are three days apart so my husband just usually asks me what I want.  Last year it was power tools so I could work on projects.  This year I wanted a new pair of basketball shoes, a pair of Kobe XI’s to be exact.  I wasn’t even being particularly picky about the color, although I really love the black and gold ones he wore in his very last game.  I didn’t think it was too much to ask.

I love shoes.  Anyone who knows me knows that.  I love my sneakers but have dozens of pair of cowboy boots, hiking boots, heeled and riding boots, strappy high heels, fancy pumps, wedges, sandals, fancy flip flops, and other girly shoes that are outfit specific. Sometimes that leads me to make impulsive buys.  I have learned my lesson after this doozy!

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  • In November I found a “too-good-to-be-true” website  that advertised they had Pink Kobe and Jordan basketball shoes in stock, so I immediately ordered a pair of bright pink Air Jordan basketball shoes in my size & anxiously awaited their arrival.
  • I waited and waited but they never came.
  • Finally, two weeks later I received an email in broken English (they claimed to be in the UK) telling me that the shoe I ordered wasn’t available, advising me to choose one of the shoes they’d pasted into the email (different style and awful colors) or one from their website, and they’d ship that instead.
  • I had wanted that specific shoe.  No shoes on their site (that I liked) were available in my size.  I advised them of situation and requested a refund.  Another week passed.
  • An email received from a new address shoes@custom-lists-service.com hmmm, that’s not jordan2u.com
  • If I want a refund I only get 70%.  WTF?  Nowhere on the site (I read every term and condition) or on my receipt does it say that!
  • Grudgingly I choose a pink Nike running shoe in a style I’ve worn before.
  • Another email, another shoe unavailable, another, “If I want a refund I only get 70%” email.  Anyone else feel like they’re on a hamster wheel?
  • I went to their live chat in hopes of getting out of email Hell, only to state my problem and see the notification that, “A support staff member has joined the chat,” and then I sat and waited…It’s been an hour and 25 minutes now and I am still waiting for a response.
  • There isn’t a way for me to post a review to their site, although there are many (with the same shared poor use of English) reviews, or I would!

Needless to say, I have not agreed to accept the 70% refund!  I am calling my bank tomorrow to let them know of the situation so that I can dispute the charge and have them refund it to me.  But let this serve as a warning to all:  Do not, under any circumstances, buy shoes from http://www.jordan2u.com/

I did get a pair of Kobe’s for my birthday. 🙂  They weren’t the black and gold ones but they were shipped from the United States, they fit and there were no customer service nightmares with them.  There’s something to be said for that.  Hmmm

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