How was your week, my lovelies? Today I wanted to talk about free money that you can get from different rewards programs. Because who doesn't like free money, right?
Most of you have heard of programs like Swagbucks which I, myself, love. It works very simple - you do daily searches and after a few (used to be on the second try but now it's more like the 10th) you get some points that vary from 5 to 50. I've heard some people telling that they even got 100 points at one time but it's never happened to me. You can also earn extra points for watching videos, doing surveys or daily polls and just by shopping online. Then you can redeem those points for gift cards and other small merchandise. It really is pretty simple and points quickly add up.
My other favorite is Mypoints. It works somewhat similar to Swagbucks - you also do searches. The difference is I know exactly how many points I can earn each month for doing a certain amount of searches. I have to say, I kind of like it better :) They also send you e-mails but not all of them are worth something. With Mypoints you can do surveys and shop and get points back too that you later can redeem for gift cards to hundreds of different places. From the beginning of the year I already have $25 worth of points:)
Another one that I really like is Recyclebank. What I like the most about them is that I always learn something new about how to live green and conserve. Their garbage recycling program doesn't exist in our area but there are still plenty of ways to earn rewards on their site. I mostly prefer free magazine subscriptions (like This Old House for yours truly! Love it!).
Since I mentioned cash back sites, my favorite ones are still Ebates or Shop at home. I never buy anything online before checking both these sites to see who offers a better percentage back. I have to say, I don't shop online very often so it takes me some time to get to a pay off minimum ($20) but it's still worth it. When we bought our new fridge, we got $60 back from Ebates!
Last few programs that come to mind are rewards from the stores. I recently discovered that when you get a store card from Kmart, they will send some very valuable coupons. For example, a few weeks ago I got a $10 off $15 instant discount on anything in the store (bought a 10 pack of socks for Hubby, a maxi skirt for myself and a huge bottle of weed killer for our poor patio that vinegar cannot help any more, and spend less than $16 for all after coupon, tax included - basically just paid for the skirt :), then last Saturday they sent me $3 off $3 (got some candies and egg dye for Easter with it). There are many stores that occasionally send you some valuable coupons. JC Penney, Kohls, Kroger stores immediately come to mind.
So what rewards programs do you do and why? And how was your frugal week?
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