How To Get Over $300 Worth Of FREE Clothes, Shoes, Food & Coffee For Your Birthday

Birthdays are the best, not only because you get to eat cake for breakfast every meal but because you get to treat yo’ self! Let these retailers treat you too, with over $300 worth of birthday freebies.

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I tested out all 32 birthday rewards myself and here are a few things that you need to know before we get started. Make sure you sign up online or in store as instructed, at least 1 month prior to your birthday. Some rewards are issued on the first day of your birthday month so if your birthday is later in the month and you sign up the day before, you may miss out. Also, don’t forget to bring your photo ID with you when you go to claim your freebie.

Ok, make some space in your closet and your stomach because it’s time to fill it with some amazing free stuff…

Starbucks

What better way to start your birthday than with a free coffee! Download the Starbucks app and register your details. There is no card required, simply scan the reward barcode on your phone when you order.

Chatime

Sweet baby teasus is there anything better than iced tea? Yes… FREE ICED TEA. Register online here, log in on your birthday and scan the barcode to claim your freebie. This is one of the retailers that require photo ID when you order.

Kiki.K

If you love stationery as much as I do then you’ll love this one! Register online or in-store at Kiki.K to receive a $10 reward on your birthday. The voucher is valid for the whole month, simply provide the email at the register.

Boost

For a healthy and delicious treat download the Boost Juice app and register your details to claim your free birthday juice or smoothie!

Review

If you need something pretty to wear to your birthday party, sign up to Review’s rewards program on their website or app to receive a $20 birthday voucher.

Gloria Jeans

Looking for another caffeine hit? Pick up a loyalty card from any Gloria Jeans store and register it online here to receive a free drink on your birthday.

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Nando’s

This would have been flaming finger licking delicious if I had registered in time. Learn from my mistake and register 6 months prior to your birthday to ensure that you don’t miss out on your free meal! Download the app ASAP and register your details.

Witchery

Let Witchery treat you to some gorgeous new clothes, shoes or accessories with a $20 birthday rewards voucher. Register in-store or online here.

Subway

Head to the Eat Fresh Club here and register your details to receive a free sub and regular drink on your birthday.

Sumo Salad

You might not make friends with salad but you do make friends with free food! For a free salad, download the Sumo Salad app and register your details.

Oporto

For more chickeny goodness download the Oporto app and register your details to get a free meal on your birthday.

 Glue Store

Receive a $10 voucher via email from Glue Store on your birthday. Register your details online here.

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Ribs & Rump

This one is my favourite! Ribs & Rump come through with the birthday goods, in the form of a $30.00 voucher! That’s a whole main meal! The food there is so good and the service is awesome. Download their app from the AppStore and register your details. Make sure you let them know you have a birthday voucher when you call to make your booking.

Muffin Break

If you love nothing more than a good old buttered muffin then head to Muffin Break and collect a loyalty card, download the app and register your details to claim your freebie.

Hakataya Ramen

This one is super easy, show up to Hakataya Ramen on your birthday and provide some photo ID to receive a free bowl of ramen.

Burger Urge

Hungry for some burgers? Head to the Burger Urge website and sign up for their Bite Club. Check the site on your birthday for your $12 reward and scan the barcode on your phone at the register to redeem it.

Chester Street Bakery

You can’t celebrate your birthday without cake and it’s no secret that Chester Street Bakery makes some of the most delicious cakes on the planet! To receive a freebie on your birthday simply subscribe to their newsletter here.

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Salsas

Register online here and download the app to get a free burrito on your birthday.

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Cowch

You won’t believe what you can get from Cowch Dessert and Cocktail bar’s luscious menu with an incredibly generous $17.90 birthday rewards voucher! Register your details on their website or download the app to claim yours.

Baskin-Robbins

If you can choose just one of their 31 delicious flavours, you can have a free scoop of Baskins-Robbins ice cream on your birthday! Download their app and register your details.

Cold Rock

If one ice cream wasn’t enough to curb your cravings then register your details here at least 8 days prior to your birthday to claim your free Cold Rock!

Bardot / Bardot Junior

Whether you’re turning 3 or 30 you’ll be able to find something to spend your $20 voucher on from the Bardot Group! Pick up a card in-store or register online.

Jamaica Blue

Collect a loyalty card next time you pass a Jamaica Blue and register it online to receive free cake on your birthday. If you are all caked out on the actual day, don’t stress, the offer is valid for the whole month!

Red Rooster

You can download the new Red Rooster app or go online and register your details for a free meal on your birthday. I’d recommend the website as the app has a lot of issues and you don’t want to be stuffing around in the drive-through while your once crispy golden pineapple fritter goes soggy.

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Mrs.Fields

Collect a Mrs. Fields loyalty card in-store and register it online for a free birthday cookie.

San Churro

FREE HOT CINNAMON CHURROS WITH WHITE AND MILK CHOCOLATE DIPPING SAUCE… FOR FREE!!! If your mouth is watering then head on over to the San Churro website and join the El Social Club.

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Shingle Inn

Join the Shingle Inn InnerCircle by collecting a loyalty card in store and registering it online, you’ll receive a free cupcake on your birthday.

Bonds

You’ll receive a $10 voucher via email from Bonds on your birthday as well as 20% off all purchases. Sign up here to start saving.

Mimco

Signing up to Mimcollective will guarantee you receive a $15 rewards voucher on your birthday. The more you spend the more you get so if you are a regular shopper sign up ASAP to start building your rewards. Sign up in-store or on their website. When you get your voucher check the websites sale page for amazing bargains.

Doughnut Time

With flavours like Gay Time, Liam Hemsworthy and Life On Mars you doughnut want to miss this one! Sign up to Doughnut Time’s Inner Circle to claim your free birthday doughnut.

Priceline

For a $5 store credit sign up to Priceline’s Sister Club! Make sure you register early enough to receive your loyalty card in the mail before your birthday.

Tony Bianco

Last but certainly not least update your shoe collection with a $30 birthday voucher from Tony Bianco! You can spend the voucher online or in-store but it can’t be used for shipping, which is only $9.95 or 4 x $2.48 payments if you put it on Afterpay *cough* like I did *cough*.

Happy Birthday and Happy Hustling!

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Three Ultra Alternative & Very Creative Ways to Get a Bargain

Looking for some new ways to save cash so that you can start putting it away for that holiday you’ve been dreaming of / the house you want to buy / the bag you lust after / coffee (that one’s mine)? Here are three ultra alternative and very creative ways to get a bargain…

Make The Absolute Most Out of Free Trials

We all love a good free trial, especially when it’s for a streaming service! They lure you in and get you addicted to the kinds of shows you never knew you needed but now can’t live without. Before you know it you’re halfway through Stranger Things and your month is up! But what if I told you there was a way to buy yourself some more time, for free!

Here is how it’s done… between myself and my husband, we have two visa debit cards, a credit card and three email addresses. So, whenever I sign up for a free trial I use his email and visa debit card for the first time, then again with my email and visa debit card and one more time with my second email and credit card. So I get three free goes before I ever have to pay. Today I signed up for a free month trial of a streaming service, I shared the password with my bestie so that she can use it too, at the end of our free THREE months on my cards we will use hers because sharing is caring! Aaagh, that’s a lot of info, here is a breakdown…

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Save With Social Media

So it turns out Instagram, is actually good for more than just stalking your ex’s new girlfriend’s cousin’s pug dog! There are hundreds of pages dedicated to helping you find bargains, there is everything from pages that share in-store bargains to ones that keep you up to date with online travel deals. Here are just a few of my favourites…

Home Is Where A Bargain Is is run by Ashlee, a Melbourne mum who loves a bargain and knows where to find them! Her favourite stores to showcase are Kmart, Big W, Target and Aldi. She posts daily and includes heaps of info in her descriptions too, so you know exactly how much things are and where you can find them.

Kmart Bargains is run by Aimee, a Kmart enthusiast from Western Australia with a keen eye for a bargain and beautiful taste in home decor. She posts frequently, especially when there are new products in stock and even shares her clever hacks, just like the one above. Check her Insta now to get a glimpse of Kmart’s new arrivals!

You’ll never miss a bargain again when you’re following Addicted to Bargains run by Brisbane’s own bargain Queen, Sam. If you’re looking to shop for the whole family, she’s got you covered with posts featuring products from Target, The Reject Shop, Kmart, Spotlight, Pillow Talk, Big W and Bunnings. She posts 2 – 3 times a day as well as updating her super informative story all day long!

If it’s not half price, it’s not a sale is this Sydney mum of two’s motto, and if it’s half price then you are sure to find it on The Savvy Saver Insta page. Ravin is passionate about stretching every dollar as far as she can and loves to help others do the same. She shops absolutely everywhere and posts insane bargains several times a day.

If you are like me you will go to great lengths to avoid paying for parking, unfortunately, this is not always possible. Luckily, Parking Deals Australia has set up an Instagram page to keep you up to date with parking deals from around the country!

Thought planning a holiday for the whole family was too expensive? Thrifty Family Travels will make you think again! Melissa’s Instagram is what dreams are made of, pristine beaches and delicious food, all at a reasonable price! Her blog is not only stunning but it is a must read if you are planning a trip with kids.

Another great way to save with social media is by following local pages such as the library, shopping centre, closest museum and art gallery on Facebook and Instagram. If your suburb has a page follow that, as well as your closest city. Following all of these pages will ensure that you never miss a free event or sale!

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My son Oscar at a free reptile show at Westfield Carindale
Pit The Big Grocers Against Each Other And See Who Wins (Spoiler Alert, It’s You!)

Whenever I have a really tight grocery budget I always make a comprehensive list of everything that I will need for the whole week. I then fill an online cart with all of my items on both Coles and Woolworths websites. I have no intention of ordering them online but it is a really good way to compare prices and work out where I am going to go shopping.  I prefer to go to the actual store instead of shopping online as there are always clearance items that differ from store to store and are not available online.

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How to Sell Your Stuff: Babies and Kids Clothes

Welcome back to the How to Sell Your Stuff series. Next up we are going to raid the kid’s rooms.

If you are like me and your kids have nicer stuff than you do, then this room is the money maker!

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My family and friends love spoiling my kids rotten so their cupboards are filled with goodies. You’ll find me out and about in active wear and a hobo bun next to two kids dressed in Country Road and Seed. I keep my kids clothes in great condition and sell them as soon as they grow out of them so that I can start stocking up on the next size.

My best friend gave me two life-changing tips for keeping clothes looking like new:

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This Rechargeable Lint Remover from Kmart is the best $10.00 I have ever spent. It gets rid of pilling (the little balls) and makes clothes look brand new!
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This Stain-Lift by White King from Woolworths gets everything out from chocolate to blood! Just spray it on as soon as possible. It is even safe to use on colour.

Now let’s get started…

Designer Clothes

Start by sorting the designer clothes into brand specific piles, the best place to sell these is on Facebook Buy Swap Sell (BSS) groups. There are hundreds of kids BSS groups! Before you get started, go and join all of your local suburb/city kids BSS groups and then join the brand specific groups. There are groups for Bonds, Seed, Country Road, Witchery, Cotton On, Bardot Jnr, if it’s cute there’s a group! Read the page rules carefully before you post anything, each group has specific posting guidelines. For example, some make you post a collage of everything you’re selling and then post individual photos in the comments.

Now that you’ve joined the groups and read the rules, put your post together, including clear pictures, prices, sizes, the item condition and location (suburb only). If you post the item/s in multiple groups make sure you add “advertised elsewhere” in the description.

Handmade Boutique Clothes

You know that little cake smash dress that you spent months looking for and your cherub wore once? It was all worth it, not just because of the cute pics, but because, handmade items from well known local brands do well on BSS. Be clever with your posting times, don’t try selling your Christmas and Easter rompers in the middle of the year! Get your post together and put it up on your local suburb/city kids BSS groups.

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Non-Designer Clothes

There are a few ways to sell non-designer clothes on BSS…

Bundle – You can do size bundles but, don’t expect to get more than $20 regardless of the amount you are selling. Lay all the clothes out neatly and take a photo of the lot. Post this image as the main photo, then take individual pictures and post them in the comments.

Individually You can sell them individually, but do it all in the same post, group administrators hate it when you post hundreds of different items in one go and spam the page. Use the same format as above in ‘Bundle’ but include the individual prices under each picture in the comments.

Gold Coin Sale – If you are keen to sell them quickly and you have a lot, post them as a Gold Coin thread! Use an image of a ‘sale sign’ or something equally eye-catching. Post individual pictures of items in the comments. Under each image add the words ‘Gold Coin Sale’ as well as the usual information including the size and item condition. Include the same details in the post’s description. Because the items are so cheap you should also include the phrases ‘pick up ASAP’ and ‘no holds’ to prevent no-shows.

After a week or so when people have finished commenting, I usually post whatever is left as a free bundle. If you choose to do this make sure you only post in one group at a time because people get back to you FAST and it is hard to keep up with who wrote sold first. I have literally been verbally abused by a toothless woman who believed she commented ‘sold’ before another lady did. Needless to say, I did NOT give her the clothes.

Brand New With Tags

If you have anything with tags still attached (like me because my daughter grows faster than the speed of light) post them on eBay. Start with the retail price and see if you have any luck, you can always lower it after a week if it doesn’t sell or, select ‘make me an offer’ if you are happy to accept less. Make sure you include BNWT (Brand New With Tags) in the listing title and description, also include photos of the tags in your post.

You can try and sell BNWT items on BSS but they don’t do as well. BSS groups are a place to get a good deal not a place to pay the full retail price. Also, the mothers (or fathers) in these group are savvy shoppers so don’t try fooling them! There is nothing worse than seeing someone who has gone and bought a bunch of kids clothes at outlet sales and tried to sell them on BSS groups for the full retail price. It’s fine if you want to do this, and it is quite a good way to make some extra cash but sell the stuff on eBay, not BSS.

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Shoes

Shoes are a pretty safe bet when it comes to making a decent sale. Because let’s face it, kids feet grow a warped speed, so they are generally in pretty good condition. Excellent condition shoes sell well on eBay, whilst well-used shoes are best sold on BSS and the Facebook marketplace.

Swaddles

Love To Dream Swaddles (every new Mums dream) are one of the most popular items on BSS. Make sure that you are honest about their condition, don’t be a d*ck and try to fob off sweat and drool stained swaddles to unsuspecting strangers. I paid $25 for a swaddle that looked brand new in the photo and when it arrived it had mouldy stains on the hands so I had to throw it away! This was my first purchase on BSS and because I was new to the group, I didn’t know what to do about it. Now if there are not enough pictures of an item I will ask to see more before I purchase it, especially if it is being posted to me. I also always ask if the item is from a smoke-free home, especially if it is a swaddle. I have since bought 3 more from different people on BSS and they have all been perfect. Swaddles that are in good condition can sell from $15 to $30.

Baby Bag

If you and your kids have outgrown your baby bag and you need the cash to buy a grown-up purse and a few backpacks you might be in luck! Bags such as the Mimco Lucid Baby Bag are still in high demand. I recently sold my tan, 3-year-old (bag not child) on eBay for $150! It even had a few scuff marks (which I posted photos of on eBay). Brands like Oroton and Skip Hop do well on eBay as well. If you have a non-designer bag in good condition post it on BSS.

Happy selling!

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How to Start Saving for​ Next Christmas Now: 5 Hustling Tips

Did Christmas sneak up on you again this year? Every year I find myself reaching for the credit card and wishing that I had been more prepared. Well, this will not be the case next year! I have spoken to my very organised friends and combined all of their ideas to create a strategy to start preparing for next Christmas RIGHT NOW!

1. Have A Very Merry Regiftmas

Remember my post the other day about cautiously unwrapping presents? It’s time to use it because my first tip is to start a ‘regift’ box, or a container, depending on how hard you are to please. Add any gifts that you don’t love and can’t return/exchange to the box and bring it out next Christmas. If you have a terrible memory, put a little note on each gift so that you don’t accidentally give it to the person who gave it to you.

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2. Chistco Cards

A good friend recently told me that her secret to buying for her huge family is Christco Gift Vouchers. A total blast from the past but they don’t just do Christmas hampers anymore, they have vouchers galore, everything from Coles to Jetstar. Today I ordered vouchers from Kmart, Target and Coles, to be paid off via direct debit each week. They will arrive next November and I will use the Kmart and Target vouchers to buy gifts for all of the kids in my family and the Coles voucher for my Christmas grocery shop.

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3. Stock Up On Boxing Day

Hit up the Boxing day sales with a definitive list of everything you will need next Christmas. I suggest going twice if you have the luxury (or patience). First, hit the shops within the two days following Christmas for all of the essential items on your list, and then again on New Years Day. The shops are a ghost town and you can clean up at the clearance section! Last year I found Christmas satin placemats for $0.25 and decorations for $0.10, it’s well worth the second trip.

Boxing Day Sales Shopping List 

  • Christmas lights
  • Christmas CD’s
  • Christmas DVD’s (because let’s face it the Netflix selection is just sad)
  • Wrapping paper, ribbon and cards
  • Christmas outfits and accessories
  • Christmas decorations

If you do upgrade your tree and decorations, don’t forget to put the old ones on the Facebook Marketplace/Buy Swap Sell Groups. Don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t sell right away, just put the post back up in early November and then you’ll have even more cash for next Christmas!  

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4. Make A Profit

While you’re shopping on Boxing Day, keep an eye out for majorly discounted brand name accessories, handbags, shoes, records and collectables. Take your phone and check their value on eBay by searching the item in ‘sold listings’. If there is an opportunity to make a profit and you have extra cash, stock up and sell them later in the year when they are full price in the stores.

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5. Flybuys

If you don’t already have a Flybuys card, set one up ASAP! Scan it every chance you get throughout the year and save up all of those points to cash in on Flybuys Dollars next Christmas! Check your emails regularly for chances to collect extra points.

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Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

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