Day 95: No Spend Day 5: What you get for free on your birthday
1) 50 Points from Swagbucks.com. I forgot that I had even joined this and I kind of forget what this is. But they emailed me today to let me know I have got these 50 points. Free points = yay!
2) There are also restaurants in basically every city that give you a free meal on your birthday. I did not go to the restaurant in my city that does this, as it is way out on the other side of town and I was working today. But this is always a fun option.
3) Free drink at Starbucks. I thought that somehow when I brought in my registered Starbucks card, the computer would automatically recognize it was my birthday, and give me a free drink. Not so. It turns out that when you register your card, Starbucks will send you a postcard for a free drink which you can THEN take in for your free drink. So, I would advise you to register your card at least a month prior to your birthday in order to get your birthday drink on your birthday.
Other card programs I joined recently include the "Plum Rewards" program at Indigo/Chapters/Coles. It works like points at Shoppers Drug Mart, where points amass in confusing, random amounts and eventually you get like $5 off for a random amount of points. It was free to join, so, whatever. I also get bonus points by registering my email address.
There are so many points programs, I tend to avoid them as much as possible. But - I think - if you can harness the points programs in a focused manner, it can lead to money savings and debt repayment. Perhaps?
Has anybody gotten great benefits from store point loyalty programs?