This past Tuesday, I celebrated my 48th Birthday. I decided to spend the day getting free stuff as well as experiencing new stores and restaurants for the first time by signing up for their birthday rewards program. That experience didn’t go exactly as planned, but I still enjoyed myself (kind of).

For me, it all started with Benihana’s. In 2016, a friend told me about the Benihana’s birthday reward program. She goes every year on her birthday and receives $30 off. I had never eaten there so I decided to sign up. Well, two years later, I still haven’t gone, but I did sign up for other reward programs and hopefully, next year, I’ll finally make it to Benihana’s.

This year, I decided to sign up for birthday rewards from all the places that I enjoyed or wanted to try for the first time. I printed out all of my coupons and emails, placed them in my newly-created Birthday Rewards Binder and decided that I would start early on my birthday and visit all of the stores and take a photo…well, that didn’t go well, but I attempted.


Here’s where I did go….

  • Express: $40
  • Famous Dave’s (Beyond Super delicious)
  • Habit: Free Burger (super-delicious)
  • Jersey Mike’s: Free Regular Sub & Fountain Drink!
  • Nekter: Free Green Drink
  • New York & Co: $15 coupon
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes: Free bundtlet
  • Panera: My favorite chocolate chip cookie
  • Ulta: I got free make-up and mascara


This was all I had the energy for, lol! But, I’ve listed a few places below for you to check out. When I have more time, I’ll add the links. In the meantime, you are on your own.


  • AMF
  • Applebee’s:
  • Arby’s:
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Benihana
  • Black Angus Steakhouse
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Chik-fil-a
  • Chili’s
  • Cinemark Theaters
  • Dairy Queen
  • Del Taco
  • Denny’s
  • DSW -I received a $5 coupon!
  • Express: I have a credit card with them, so they added $40 to my card to spend
  • Famous Dave’s
  • Famous Footwear
  • Fuddruckers
  • Hometown Buffet
  • Jack in the Box –
  • Jamba Juice
  • Johnny Rocket’s
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Macaroni Grill
  • Maggiano’s Italian restaurant
  • Marie Callender’s
  • Michael’s: They sent me a 50% off one item coupon
  • New York & Co: I have a Credit Card with them. They gave me a $15 off coupon
  • Old Navy
  • Olive Garden
  • Orange Julius
  • Panera Bread
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Robin
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Sephora
  • Sonic
  • Starbucks
  • Steak ‘n Shake
  • TGI Friday’s
  • The Body Shop
  • ULTA
  • Wienerschnitzel

and of course, visit our webpage for 10% off during your birthday month. Use code “BirthdayRewards”

I also recorded a personal video message about why it took me 39 years to celebrate my birthday. Watch it here, by clicking this link.

Sheréa VéJauan is the author of  the 2018 Goals Journal, as well as several other titles, including, My Goals Journal, Realistically Speaking: Speaking What’s Real, Keeping What’s Holy, 7 Simple Steps to Achieving Your Business Goals, 3 Simple Steps to Creating a Powerful Vision Board, 52 Mondays Companion Journal, and many others.

Sheréa resides in Southern California, devoted wife of twenty-six years to her husband Brian, and mother to their three children, Reginald, Jasmyn and Kennedy.