Part 3 -Big Life updates

My mom passed away on October 16, 2022. She had pancreatic cancer so I was prepared for this but it still hard. My dad also passed away from cancer so I was already familiar with the process of what happens after a parent passes this time is different because my mom and I did everything together before. My mom and I were each other’s bubble during the pandemic and we were each other’s social life for a long time. It is a tough adjustment now living in a different city where I don’t know many people without the person that I spent most of my free time with. My moms last words to me were be strong you are strong I will hold on to that. My mom also wrote a goodbye letter to my brother and me. I’m not sure if my brother has read it yet but I want to say if you are going to write a goodbye letter don’t wait until you are heavily medicated and in lots of pain to do it or just don’t do it. I’m holding on to the actual memories I had with my mom the letter has been given to my brother to do wh

What I got for free because I had a birthday and subscribed to marketing campaigns

I am subscribed to many marketing campaigns where I get free items for my birthday. Normally I would get more items this year I am moving to another province soon so I only collected things that I will use before I move. I was also super busy on my birthday helping my mom move so all items except for Starbucks did not have to be collected on my actual birthday. 

The first item was $1 cashback on Checkout51 for buying sweets. My rules are your birthday you bring the cake. My boss made me a great vegan cake that was free for me. I also got a vegan tiramisu which I got the cash back on. Checkout51 is a a great app to upload your receipts and get cashback. 

Jugo Juice will give you a free birthday drink if you sign up for their digital rewards program. You also get a free drink when you register but you only have three days to get it so plan when you register. It is a great program. It is an easy registration process and you get free things as soon as you register.

The body shop gives a $10 voucher for your birthday. I combined mine with another points voucher and sales so I got two things for free. I got shampoo because I am always running out of shampoo but you can get anything you want and combine with sales so it a great program. I purchased online to pick up in store so that I could get some cashback and they included another free sample. 

Swagbucks gives you an extra 55sb for redeeming gift cards in your birthday month. You have to activate the bonus it does not get applied automatically if you don't. I usually save my points so I can redeem gift cards to get a swago box or at a time when there is a bonus out. This time I purchased an on sale $5 amazon gift card for 375sb and got the 55sb rebate. It is a great deal. If you are not using Swagbucks here is a referral link Swagbucks. It is a great app to earn points from a variety of things like using it as your search engine, playing games, and many other things. Follow @yourcouponingsis on Instagram she a great guide out on how to earn more Swagbucks. 

Cobs bread has a new points program and they give you a free cinnamon bun for your birthday. Some locations are testing plant based cinnamon buns and I was able to use my reward for one. It is delicious. 

Starbucks is the only item on the list that you have to use the reward on your actual birthday. The others you have a few days to a month to use. Luckily I was able to get out for a little while and I got the most expensive plant based drink that I would drink. This was a once a year drink for sure. 

Sephora has birthday gifts but most of them were sold out in store. I am not sure how early in your birthday month you can get the rewards but try to get them early in the month for more selection. There was a little more selection online and I was able to combine with a free shipping sale and use some other rewards for things I needed. I got an Amika hair set which included hair masks and dry shampoo. 

London drugs gives you a $5 voucher for your birthday. Vegan Lindtt chocolate was on sale for $4.99. You can use it on anything in the store but this was the perfect treat for me. 

This was a great freebie birthday. I got everything I needed for a hectic busy birthday week. All items were easy to pick up or order online. Next year I will be living in Ontario and it will be interesting to see how different things are from BC. 


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