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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Up to $6 free at MyPoints (Arbitrage opportunity) + Something Free

I like MyPoints. It's free and it's easy, two important factors for me when I'm clicking for cash. For those of you new to MyPoints, it gives you points for clicking on email ads that they send to you, as well as for making purchases, taking surveys, watching videos, etc.

Note: After writing this post, I discovered that this offer is also available at Swagbucks with an even better payback, up to $11. Everything else is the same. You can sign up for Swagbucks here. It's also a referral link.

Today's Deal

One of the best reasons to use MyPoints is the freebie "arbitrage" opportunities that they offer. These result from situations where the cost of a product is less than the reward that they give you. Why would a merchant do that? Simple, they want to get you to try their products.

Today's "product" is York Photo, and they're actually pretty good. Prints are cheap, shipping isn't bad and they offer all kinds of knick-knacks that you can buy with photos on them.

MyPoints and York are offering 1,250 points when you make your first purchase by 11/22. There is nothing to indicate a minimum order to earn the point so you could, in theory, purchase a single print for $.09 and pay the $1.49 shipping. 1,250 points are worth about $7.50 so you net $6.00 and get a free print.

I actually went wild and crazy and paid $4.99 to get a deck of cards with my kids' picture on them. They'll think it's the coolest thing ever and I net $2.50.

*This is a referral link and I may earn something if you sign up. MyPoints is free, so you have nothing to lose by doing so, and I really appreciate it. Thanks!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Disney Mystery Points And More!

The monthly emails from Disney that award mystery points have been showing up at the most random times. Sometimes the first week of the month, sometimes the third. In any case, mine came today and I got six points.

I did notice another little goodie in the email, though. Head over here and it will give you the opportunity to link your Regal Cinema and Fandango accounts to your Disney Rewards account. You get 25 points for each one you link. If you don't have an account from either of those vendors, they're easy to create.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Up to 15% back at IHG from Swagbucks and MyPoints!

Ya know what? I forgot that this can be fun and, now that I'm going to expand the topics a bit, I'm looking forward to it. I'm hoping to get the site on a real platform by the weekend, but I have kids, so it will probably be somewhere around 2019.

Big Hotel Bucks from Swagbucks and MyPoints

IHG is the parent of several hotel brands, the best-known of which are InterContinental and the various Holiday Inn entities. They're usually pretty good with the discounts but, every once in a while, they step it up. In this case, a couple of partners are offering some big bonuses: Swagbucks is at 15% and MyPoints is at about 9%. There's no reason that you shouldn't do the former, but I'll give you both.*


Swagbucks offers the best combination of the pay to click/search/shop sites. It pays you in proprietary currency, called Swagbucks (SB), and each one is worth a penny (The easiest way to cash out is through Paypal.). 

The easiest way to earn is by using their search engine (which you can set as your default engine, so you don't have to do anything when you're on the internet). Every so often, they will give you Swagbucks for your search, which accumulate until you are ready to redeem them. The rewards appear to be random. Sometimes you'll get two in a row, sometimes there will be a dozen searches in between them.

You can also earn SB by taking surveys, watching videos or shopping. They often have deals where you earn more in rewards than it costs you to make the actual purchase, and I look forward to listing those deals.

The IHG rewards deal is pretty simple. Simply go onto the Swagbucks site and search for IHG. It'll pull up the rebate and redirect you to make your reservation. After you complete the stay, you'll get 15 SB per dollar spent. Note that this is a promotional rate. The normal rebate that you get by booking through SB is a still impressive 9 SB per dollar.


I don't think that MyPoints was as good as it once was, but it's not terrible, either. It's a site very similar to Swagbucks, although without the search engine. It also offers 15 points per dollar spent, but each point is only worth about 0.6 cents each, as opposed to the penny per point that SB offers. 

Still, it's worth signing up for on its own merits. One of the fastest ways to earn points is by clicking on the email ads that they send you, the vast majority of which will earn you points (and are labeled). Open the email, click the bottom and they'll give you five points instantly. They also have a ton of shopping deals that earn you more points than the purchase costs (e.g., "Get 1,500 points on your first purchase," which you can do with a purchase of any size).

One Final Note

Based on the links, it appears that you will get your points by booking a room at any IHG brand, including Holiday Inn and all the others. The link comes across for the InterContinental hotels, but it takes you to the main booking page. Others who have done this before will probably have more insight, but you have nothing to lose.

*These links are referral links. I may get a small referral bonus if you use them. Thank you in advance for signing up through me!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 100 Points

Pick up a cool 100 points from Kellogg's Family Rewards by entering code:  HARVESTOFKFRPNTS

They look like they're pretty well stocked with gift cards, with a $5 gift card costing 7,500 points. So, if nothing else, I can assign one KFR point a value of .067 cents.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Returning with a new format

I didn't actually mean to drop off the face of the blogosphere but, well, these things happen. Truthfully, it got a little boring just doing Kelloggs and Pampers, so I'm going to take it up a notch. The original purpose of the blog was to get points for free which would, in theory, lead to fabulous cash and prizes.

Folks, we're going to step it up a notch. No, no, you can sit down. No standing ovation necessary. I'm going to bring in some of the other programs that will get you some freebies, like MyPoints and Swagbucks. Some of them will be referral based. Some won't. Some may be and I just don't know about them. As always, if I stand to benefit, I'll let you know.

Eventually, I'll be moving this over to an easier to read platform and doing some other fun stuff but, as we all know, I tend to take my time with these things.

We'll start with an offer from MyPoints, a "paid to click" site. You can get points for clicking on emails, watching videos, etc. Not a ton, of course, but it adds up. Every once in a while, though, they'll give you a chance to rack up a lot of points quickly. Points are worth approximately 2/3 of a cent each.

MyPoints has an offer (good through the 18th) to earn up to 17,500 points by donating to Childfund International Online, a charity. You need to give for several months to get the entire amount, but the first month is where you can arbitrage a profit. Give $33 and they'll give you your first 7,000 points, worth about $46. What you do after that is up to you.

In any case, this post is the first of what I hope will be many.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Disney Movie Rewards: Free Points

I got my email from DMR today with my monthly free points. Sadly, I only picked up four. Check your inbox and spam for yours.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Good Prizes From Kellogg's Family Rewards

Sorry, I know it's been a while. I'll try to be better.

Kellogg's has always offered tons of free points, but no good prizes. Apparently, that's changing, as they have added gift cards, including ones to Amazon, to their rewards page. $5 gift cards are in the 7,500-8,000 point range, depending on the merchant.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Details on Postmate...

So here's the deal with the Postmates offer in the last post: You do get $100 in delivery fees, but they have to be used in the first seven days. This could get interesting.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Postmates Referral Code

Has anyone ever used Postmates, the delivery service? I used them once to order lunch and they seemed to pass the "walk and chew gum" test. It wasn't a cheap service, but that's okay, because I used a delivery credit. Apparently, they do any sort of delivery, not just food.

I got an email from them that if you sign up and use my referral code, ihgz3, you'll get $100 in delivery fee credit. I have no idea if that applies to just your first few orders or what, but I figure that it can't hurt to give it a try.

For the purpose of full disclosure, I have no idea what, if anything, I get for referring you, but there's no reason not to share the love.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Last Day to Enter My Coke Rewards Points

This is it! There's even a countdown clock on the website. Enter your codes now or forever hold your peace (I think.). The only thing we know about the new program is what they say on their website, which is "Soon, getting rewarded will be easier and more convenient than ever before."

That doesn't give us much in the way of details, other than to tell us that it will be more difficult to get rewards and more of a PITA to do so.