Happy Birthday to Me!

Thanks to CRB for this photo!

Shamelessly putting it out there that today is my birthday!  And in celebration, I’m going to do a recap and update of a post on my other blog of some goodies you can receive when it’s your birthday! Now, the last time I wrote about these eClubs – I included what sort of freebies they offered throughout the year.  This time, I’m going to share what you specifically get on your birthday.

  1. Buca di Beppo – Free appetizer (the bigger the group, the bigger the appetizer!) and a free birthday treat (last time, it was a humongous cupcake)
  2. BD’s Mongolian Grill – free stir fry
  3. Romano’s Macaroni Grill – free chocolate cake
  4. Mimi’s Cafe – free $10 entree with a $20 check
  5. Cantina Laredo – free mexican brownie
  6. Spaghetti Warehouse – free spaghetti and spumoni ice cream
  7. Uno Chicago Grill – free entree
  8. Panera Bread – free pastry (with the MyPanera Rewards)
  9. Starbucks – free drink (with your registered Starbucks Card)
  10. Dairy Queen – buy one get one blizzards
  11. Sephora –  part of their Beauty Insider program, free gift on your birthday (varies each year)
  12. Victoria Secret – $10 off a purchase.
  13. Gap – 25% of your purchase with GapCard

**These were all offers that I received this year.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go out there and join some eClubs (with a dedicated email address – darn spam!) and get ready for some goodies when you its your birthday!

Hit the shops – it’s shopping season!

Early January is the best time to do all your major shopping for the year. Stores often use this time to clear out their winter surplus to make way for spring and summer fashions. There is also lots of deals to be scored with the return of Christmas presents.

Some of my favorite sales this week include the Victoria Secret semi-annual sale, Bath and Body Work’s hello yellow sale, J. Crew’s, Gap’s, and of course your local Macy’s or Nordstroms. I use this time to stock up on my work essentials – pants, plain t’s, tights, LBDs. Since I am still In transition mode from fun casual college clothes to more professional and fashionable attire, I find these sales are great for those on a tight budget or looking for a great deal.

And for those of you who know me well – I also use this time to score great savings on shoes! Since I’m a small size 5 1/2 or 6 (with thick socks) it can be pretty hard to find something in my size that is cute or practical. Sale season means that stores will bring out racks and racks of clearance shoes from summer and winter and can often mean savings up was of 60% or more per pair. Recently, I scored a pair of Michael Kors espadrille wedges in silver for a mere $35 using combined discounts of store sales and coupon discounts. I bought a similar pair during the season in gold for nearly 4x that.

Learning when all the best sales are does take a lot of work but it’s well worth it if you can stand to wait a few more weeks for a better deal on that must-have item. And maybe then, you can even save enough to get that item in a couple different colors :)