Turning 50 is a milestone, and there are plenty of ways to mark that big day. Some of them are free. Give yourself a treat by seeking out a few benefits of being older that don’t cost a thing.
Some freebies start at age 50 and others have no age requirement. All you need is a little patience when it comes to doing your research and to know where to look.
Dallas retiree Tatia Woldt, 56, often gets free drinks and groceries and has won weekly Italian meals and burritos for a year from two local restaurants. She says she typically finds three or four free things a week.
“It’s fun to see how much I can save,” Woldt says. “With prices going up, it’s really nice to get something free once in a while.”
And in times of high inflation, freebies “can give you little bits of a quality of life you couldn’t afford otherwise,” says Molly Moorhead, a certified financial planner and editorial director of The Penny Hoarder website.
Many giveaways require you to sign up for a loyalty program or promotional emails, download mobile apps or provide your address, email address or birthday. Some deals are based on age or income; others are open to anyone.
If you have privacy concerns, experts recommend creating a separate, free email account specifically for freebies so your personal or work email is never compromised and those inboxes aren’t cluttered. You also can get a free Google Voice phone number for this purpose.
These are some of the top freebies you can get starting at age 50:
Happy birthday to you
Ryan Eubanks, owner of the Hey, It’s Free! website, says the most popular page on his site is “birthdays.” Most places require you to join their rewards program at least one month before your birthday to redeem a gift, but there are exceptions.
While some companies, including Dunkin' and Sephora, recently have changed or narrowed their birthday rewards, hundreds of businesses provide a birthday gift — from airline miles to movie popcorn. Check if your birthday freebie requires a purchase. Some of the best birthday deals are face and body products for rewards members from businesses like Aveda, Tarte Cosmetics and Ulta Beauty.