birthday http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5994/all en-US Big List of Birthday Freebies http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/big-list-of-birthday-freebies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5157898067_ebc2c34f78.jpg" alt="blowing birthday candles" title="blowing birthday candles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've been waiting all year for this one day and it's finally here! Take advantage of the one day of the year that people have to be nice to you. So nice, in fact, that you can got a lot of free stuff just because it's your big day.</p> <p>For most of these freebies, you'll have to sign up for a free newsletter, which often times has coupons for the other 364 days of the year.</p> <h2>Restaurants</h2> <p><a href="http://applebees.com/emailsignup.aspx?s=Home">Applebee's</a>: Free dessert</p> <p><a href="http://www.benihana.com/TheChefsTable">Benihana</a>: Dinner certificate worth $30 to use during the month of your birthday</p> <p><a href="http://bennigans.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;_inputsource=W">Bennigan's</a>: BOGO entree + free brownie ice cream dessert</p> <p><a href="http://buca.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;InputSource=W">Buca di Beppo</a>: Free appetizer (+ free dessert for signing up!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.buffalowildwings.com/">Buffalo Wild Wings</a>: Free dessert</p> <p><a href="http://dennys.com">Denny's</a>: Free Grand Slam</p> <p><a href="http://ihopcorp.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;_Theme=30064771093&amp;Inputsource=W">IHOP</a>: Free meal on your birthday (+ free meal for signing up!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.johnnyrockets.com/rockete-club/index.php">Johnny Rockets</a>: Free burger</p> <p><a href="http://maggianos.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;Inputsource=W">Maggiano's</a>: $10 off coupon (+ $10 off just for joining!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.noodles.com/noodlegram/">Noodle's &amp; Company</a>: Free dish</p> <p><a href="http://www.myoutbackrewards.com/register">Outback Steakhouse</a>: Free dessert</p> <p><a href="https://www.pfchangs.com/account/signup.aspx?ReturnUrl=http://www.pfchangs.com/index.aspx">P.F. Changs</a>: Free dessert</p> <p><a href="http://www.redlobster.com/club/">Red Lobster</a>: Free appetizer</p> <p><a href="http://www.redrobin.com/eclub/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1">Red Robin</a>: Free burger (+ signup bonus!)</p> <p><a href="http://pages.rubytuesdayrestaurants.com/page.aspx?QS=330c754b5e92df74c5001a21711e171204a64d8b8f9cfa5519d03d3ba221e1a1">Ruby Tuesday's</a>: Free burger (+ BOGO coupon with signup)</p> <p><a href="http://echo.bluehornet.com/clients/tgifriday/survey.htm">TGI Friday's</a>: Free appetizer (+ free appetizer for signing up!)</p> <h2>Books</h2> <p><a href="https://kids.barnesandnoble.com/kidsclub/Default.aspx?r=1&amp;r=1&amp;if=N&amp;cm_mmc=Deal%20Seeking%20Mom-_-k189848-_-j33322565k189848-_-link">Barnes &amp; Noble</a>: Free cupcake and digital Tikatok book</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/user/extracare/extracare.jsp">CVS</a>: $3 ExtraCare Bucks Hallmark: Free card + 20% off one item</p> <p><a href="http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/dap_10151_10104_DAP_BirthdayClub-home?adCell=W4">Kmart</a>: $5 Birthday Bucks</p> <h2>Desserts &amp; Coffee</h2> <p><a href="http://auntieannes.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&amp;inputsource=w">Auntie Annie's</a>: Free Pretzel</p> <p><a href="http://www.baskinrobbins.com/BDayClub/">Baskin Robbins</a> - Coupon for a free 2.5oz scoop of ice cream on your birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.benjerry.com/our_company/contact_us/forms/chunk_spelunker/index.cfm">Ben &amp; Jerry's</a> - Free ice cream<a href="https://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/ddperks.html"><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://view.cariboucoffee-email.com/?j=fe8c1d737762007576&amp;m=fef010797c640d&amp;ls=fdea10717d6702797311777c&amp;l=fe9a1570726c007d74&amp;s=fe2410747661027a761275&amp;jb=ffcf14&amp;ju=fe5913767463017d7211">Caribou Coffee</a>: Free coffee drink (just print!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/birthday/birthday_club.aspx">Cold Stone Creamery</a> - Free ice cream (good for one week before and one week after)</p> <p><a href="http://www.blizzardfanclub.com/">Dairy Queen</a> - Free ice cream cone (+ blizzard for signing up!)</p> <p><a href="https://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/ddperks.html">Dunkin' Donuts</a>: Free medium beverage (plus another just for signing up for their Dunkin' Perks program!)</p> <p><a href="http://krispykreme.qm4.net/login/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/members/UpdateProfile.aspx%3fAction%3dSubscribe&amp;Action=Subscribe">Krispy Kreme</a>: Free donut</p> <p><a href="https://www.starbucks.com/Account/signin?ReturnUrl=/account/profile">Starbucks</a>: Free drink</p> <h2>For Kids Only (Parents have to set up accounts)</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bostonmarket.com/specials?page=kidsBirthdayClub">Boston Market</a>: Free kid's meal for their birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.clubbk.com/Parents/Default.aspx">Burger King</a>: Free kids meal for their birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.cpk.com/cpkids/">California Pizza Kitchen</a>: Free Kids meal for their birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.dennys.com/en/cms/D-Zone&amp;reg/93.html">Denny's</a>: Free kids entree and sundae for ages 10 and under</p> <p><a href="http://www.friendlys.com/birthday-club/">Friendly's</a>: free kids meal for ages 12 and under (with purchase of an adult meal, but good for a full month!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/dap_10151_10104_DAP_BirthdayClubAbout">KMart</a> - $5 in Birthday Bucks, a birthday crown, a happy birthday certificate, and a birthday fun pack with surprise goodies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sonicdrivein.com/kids/birthdayClubLogin.jsp">Sonic</a>: Free Wacky Pack kid's meal for their birthday</p> <p><a href="http://www.trubdayclub.com/">Toys R Us</a>: Free gift card ($5, mailed to parents) and birthday card for kids 10 and under. Visiting a store nets a crown, balloon, and birthday wishes over the loudspeaker.</p> <p>These companies are happy to give you something free in return for you having a good experience and possibly coming back or buying something else. Plus, usually shopping happens in groups, so getting your friend to buy something makes it worth it for them!</p> <p><em>What other birthday freebies do you know about?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daniel-packer">Daniel Packer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-restaurant-values-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Restaurant Values You Should Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/burn-more-calories-with-these-8-frugal-foods">Burn More Calories With These 8 Frugal Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-fast-food-items-say-fast-food-employees">“Avoid These Fast Food Items,” Say Fast Food Employees</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-new-ways-to-use-your-microwave">7 New Ways to Use Your Microwave</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emergency-food-supplies-for-the-lazy-skinflint">Emergency food supplies for the lazy skinflint</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink birthday birthday freebies restaurant discounts restaurants Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:48:21 +0000 Daniel Packer 584965 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Plan a Cheap Summer Birthday Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-plan-a-cheap-summer-birthday-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-plan-a-cheap-summer-birthday-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2755217708_593e9edd40_z-1.jpg" alt="Plan a Cheap Summer Birthday Party" title="Plan a Cheap Summer Birthday Party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to plan a cheap summer birthday party, how to break your bad financial habits, and things to consider before quitting your day job.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-plan-a-great-and-cheap-summer-birthday-party">How To Plan A Great (And Cheap) Summer Birthday Party</a> &mdash; Have a fun and cheap summer birthday party by picking the right date. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theamateurfinancier.com/blog/break-bad-financial-habits/">How to Break Your Bad Financial Habits</a> &mdash; Break your bad financial habits by replacing your bad habits with good ones. [Amateur Financier]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/5-things-to-consider-before-quitting-your-day-job/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChristianPF+%28ChristianPF.com++%7C++Personal+Finance%29">5 Things To Consider Before Quitting Your Day Job</a> &mdash; Before you quit your day job, make sure your emergency fund is healthy. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartmoney.com/plan/insurance/how-to-insure-your-homee-1307039946821/?link=SM_plan_ls4e">How To Insure Your House</a> &mdash; Insure your home by finding out what is and isn't covered by different policies. [SmartMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.mogomoney.com/3-great-fathers-day-presents-on-a-budget/">3 Great Father's Day Presents On A Budget</a> &mdash; This Father's Day, take your dad to do something he loves to do, for example see a movie. [Mogo Savings Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/design-home/the-urban-dwellers-guide-to-gardening"> The Urban Dweller's Guide to Gardening</a> &mdash; If you live in an urban area and want to garden, consider starting with herbs because they are easy to grow. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/55-all-natural-uses-for-baking-soda/">55 All-Natural Uses For Baking Soda</a> &mdash; Use baking soda to clean the floor mats in your car. [Coupon Sherpa]</p> <p><a href="http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/5-tips-to-shrink-your-lawn-less-lawn-148322">5 Tips To Shrink Your Lawn</a> &mdash; Shrink your lawn by selecting a corner and converting it into a garden. [re-nest]</p> <p><a href="http://zenhabits.net/snacks/">Healthy Snacks: 10 Ideas for More Wholesome Eating</a> &mdash; Eat a more wholesome snack by opting for boiled eggs. [Zen Habits]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2011/06/08/21-habits-simpler-life/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThePositivityblog-PutSomePersonalDevelopmentAndPositivityIntoYourLife+%28The+PositivityBlog+-+Put+some+personal+development+and+positivity+into+your+life%29">21 Small Habits That Will Help You to Live a Simpler Life</a> &mdash; Live a simpler life by packing your bags before you go to bed. [Positivity Blog]</p> <p>We also wanted to share with you that the <a href="http://frugalfestival.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/frugal-festival-food-online/">Frugal Food Festival</a> will be happening online from June 13-24 and in LA on June 25. The online event will include 20 book giveaways as well as a recipe contest. The one day event in LA will help people learn how to save money on food. Get your tickets <a href="http://www.goldstar.com/events/los-angeles-ca/frugal-festival-food">here</a>!&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-plan-a-cheap-summer-birthday-party">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wear-frozen-clothes-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-the-heat">Wear Frozen Clothes and 9 Other Ways to Beat the Heat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-car-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Car Look Awesome</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">How Safe Is Craigslist?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips birthday party summer Thu, 09 Jun 2011 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 572374 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Give Cash as a Gift http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-give-cash-as-a-gift <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-give-cash-as-a-gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/money_shirt.jpg" alt="Money Origami" title="Money Origami" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="158" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone loves receiving cash as a present, but sticking a $20 bill in a card is a little anti-climactic. At best you'll receive a smile and a thank you. It's money. We've seen it before, and while it is nice that you were able to put an exact dollar amount on your thoughtfulness, you didn't step up and give a gift that's memorable. In fact, it may signal that you waited until the last minute. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-give-kids-cash-for-the-holidays">5 Reasons Why You Should Give Kids Cash for the Holidays</a>)</p> <p>How can you give cash and make the recipient feel like a million bucks? Get a little creative with the gift's entrance, and you'll make the dollar amount feel like an afterthought. Try one of these five fun ways of gifting cash, and your typically mundane present could turn into the hit of the party. In fact, the harder the recipient has to &quot;work&quot; for the cash, the more fun it could be!</p> <h2>1. Money Origami</h2> <p>What's cooler than getting cash in the shape of the things you could buy with the money? Use <a href="http://members.cox.net/crandall11/money/index.html">money origami</a>&nbsp;to make a collared shirt and some boots. Add in a bow-tie and you have a new wardrobe! The possibilities are endless, and the time you put in will definitely earn you a few impressed looks. The only downside is the recipient won't want to &quot;unwrap&quot; the gift!</p> <h2>2. Cold Hard Cash</h2> <p>Put your the cash in a plastic bag and close it tight. Place it in a container of water and stick it in the freezer for a few hours. The recipient will have to chip away at the block of ice (or wait for it to melt!) in order to reach the present.</p> <h2>3. Never-Ending Roll</h2> <p>Cut a slit in a cardboard box (shoe boxes work great!), wide enough to fit the short side of a dollar bill through. Tape the bills together, end to end, and roll them up inside the box. Tape one end to a sign that says &quot;Pull Here,&quot; making sure the sign hangs outside the box while hiding the dollar bills that are attached to it inside. When the recipient pulls the tab, the cash will flow out, and the present will take some time to unwind.</p> <h2>4. Pop for Your Cash</h2> <p>Fill a bunch of balloons with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-things-to-do-with-a-1-bill">dollar bills</a>, blow them up, and then give the recipient a little box with a pin inside. They&rsquo;ll soon figure out that their job is to pop the balloons and collect the cash that falls out.</p> <h2>5. Going Nuts&nbsp;</h2> <p>Split some walnuts carefully down the middle and place tightly folded dollar bills inside each one. Super glue them back together so nobody will know that you've manipulated the walnuts. Imagine the surprise at finding out that maybe money <em>can</em> grow on trees!</p> <p><em>What other creative entrances for cash have you seen?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daniel-packer">Daniel Packer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-give-cash-as-a-gift">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spot-counterfeit-money">How to Spot Counterfeit Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-quick-and-simple-scams-that-could-happen-to-you-today">Five quick and simple scams that could happen to you today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-delicious-cocktails-infuse-alcohol">For Delicious Cocktails, Infuse Alcohol</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips birthday cash creative gifts holiday presents Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:00:08 +0000 Daniel Packer 503126 at http://www.wisebread.com