Happy birthday to me, everything is free

Who knew how much free stuff you can get on your birthday?

A box with confetti that reads "a gift of birthday glow."
Ulta Beauty’s free gift was a mini moisturizer. (Photo by Claire Bacarella)

I sure didn’t, until last year, just a few days after my birthday.

I stumbled across a Tik Tok video about how to get free stuff on your birthday. Just my luck. I missed my chance. 

But not this year. I was able to get products from Sephora and Ulta, drinks from Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, a dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme, and a cookie from Chick-fil-A, all for free. 

At first, I was really nervous to do this.

I thought I would just have to go around telling all of these places it was my birthday. Thanks to the power of technology, I didn’t have to.

Receiving the birthday freebies was very easy and simple.

A dozen donuts
Krispy Kreme offers a dozen original glazed donuts as a birthday gift. (Photo by Claire Bacarella)

I downloaded the app for each of the stores and created an account. They all offer a birthday reward, so all I had to do was redeem them.

My favorite freebie of the day was the dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme. It was my first time trying Krispy Kreme, and it gave me an excuse to try something new.

The freebie with the most bang for your buck was the Starbucks drink because it could be any size. Anyone who goes to Starbucks knows how expensive they can be, even going up to $6 or $7 for a venti, their large size. 

My birthday this year was just an ordinary Wednesday and I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary.

Even something as small as a free coffee or cookie made my birthday extra special.

Redeeming these freebies brightened up my day, and I would definitely recommend other customers to utilize free rewards programs on their birthday.