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Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Freebie: Free throat lozenges sample

It's that time of year when everyone in my family has a cough.  So what would be better than throat lozenges?  Actually, not having a cough would be better, but the lozenges are a good second choice.  Get your sample here.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Recyclebank: 10 points (Facebook)

Recyclebank is offering 10 points for posting a pledge on Facebook.  Actually, I think that's what it is; I can't access FB from here.  In any case, it can't hurt to click.  I think.

Disney Movie Rewards: 5 points

Apparently it isn't dead.  Here's five more points: 25doc12

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Free game entries are back!

One of the little-known facts about MCR is that there is a link in the game rules to get you free entries for the instant win/sweepstakes games.  It's listed under "alternative method of entry" and I believe it is in 5.c.  For a while, the link was down but has since returned.

Big Crumbs: Amex back down to 1.4%

Well, it had to happen.  Big Crumbs has dropped its rebate on American Express gift cards back to 1.4%.  That means that a $5,000 order, consisting of a $3K gift card and a $2K gift card, earns you $53.15 after fees, assuming that you do not use any discount codes.  I've been told that code EM12 waives card fees for the next few months, while EMSVCA should waive a portion of the shipping fee.  Note that you can't use both and EM12 is the better deal.

Note, with no fee waivers, a $5,000 payment toward taxes would cost you $61.35.  In addition to the card fees above, you would pay 2.29% to payusatax.com.  Even with a fee waiver, you are slightly over a penny per point.  For some cards, that's still excellent, particularly Starwood and any of the cards that pay you over 1% for cash back.

Note: Regardless of how you use gift cards, you should still make any purchases you can through a cash back shopping site.  The link above lists a couple of them, but feel free to start a C.O.N.G.A. in the comments section of that thread (not this one, please) to get your own referrals, for those sites or any others of your choice.

My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: Details magazine

I searched the site for this?  Details Magazine at 50% off.  Never heard of it.  I think I'll keep my 84 points.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Pampers points: 10 points


Merry Christmas!  Enjoy 10 Pampers points as your gift from me: FBCHD11XMASKH12

Recyclebank: 40 points

Here's another easy 40 points for a few clicks at Recyclebank.

On the plus side, I just used my $10 iTunes gift card that I got as a prize to make my kids' Phineas and Ferb music compilation.  There really needs to be more Phineas and Ferb in the world.

Disney Movie Rewards: 5 points

Sorry about missing yesterday, day off in the household.

I believe today is the last day of the Disney promo, so here's another five points for you with code 25DOCBMR7225.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Kellogg's Family Rewards: Cereal Spin game is over

Well, it had to happen eventually.  Kellogg's 86'ed the cereal spin game.  It was good while it lasted.  Really good.  On the plus side, I no longer have to keep track of four Facebook accounts.

Disney Movie Rewards: 15 weekend points

It's the weekend, so be sure to enter today's code, since it's worth 15 points.  Nothing on Saturday or Sunday.  The code is: 25DOCBMR2123

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: 5 points

You might think that getting the same five points from Disney day after day would be boring.  But it isn't.  Free points are never boring.  So here's today's exciting code: 25DOCBMR619

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kellogg's Family Rewards: Half off certain rewards

KFR has an end of the year sale going, with half-off certain items.  On the downside, the Starbucks gift cards seem to be gone.

Disney Movie Rewards: 5 points

Sorry about that whole MCR thing.  Here's the code for 5 Disney Points for your troubles: 25DOCBMR8119

My Coke Rewards: Excellent Monday Deal

The site is so slow from traffic that I can't even pull up the link, but today's deal is a 12-pack for 30 points.  Looks like a limit of four per member.  Hey, here's the link!

ETA: Sorry, looks like they've run out.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: 5 points

Hey, today's code is only seven letters.  Easier for me to type.  25DOC218.

Has anyone ever noticed that Weird Al's song "This song is just six words long" is actually seven words long?  Oh Al, you clever devil, you.

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 25 points

One of these days, I'm actually going to buy a box of Kellogg's cereal.  Okay, that's a joke, but I do enjoy these free points.  Today's code is EZ25-POIN-TSFO-RKFR.  Thanks to H4F for this one.

Swagbucks: Collectors' bills for 25 points

I'm not sure I've ever accumulated all the Collectors' bills needed to complete a set but, in case you are doing a lot of searching, here's this month's Collectors' bills series.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Recyclebank: 130 points

So Recyclebank has had a good December so far.  Here's some easy points for you:

100 points at the Season's Greenings page.  This is the second half of the month's earlier promo.

15 points from Kashi.

and 15 points for calculating your energy usage here.

And I'm back! Five more Disney points and a Liebster

Back from vacation, which is always bittersweet.  Going on vacation with a pair of 3-year olds is never an easy task, but they had fun, so we had fun.

Here's your code for today's Disney points: 25DOCBMR3317.  Enjoy!

And many thanks to Wendy for my Liebster award! :)  It's always nice when somebody says something nice about you.  Now on to finding other cool, small blogs that I can pass it on to.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: 15 points

So here's the weekend code.  Enter it today and you're covered through Monday.

25DOCBMR121416

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Double points for fridge-packs 12/13-12/19

Keep an eye out for an email telling you that you are eligible for 2X points for fridge packs 12/13-12/19.  It does seem that Coke is doing an increasing amount of targeted promos.

Disney Movie Rewards: 5 points

Weird.  I input today's Disney code and realized that it was on somebody else's blog.  Don't know how that happened.  But here it is.

25DOCBMR9213

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: 5 points

Sometimes, I get so excited about posting these codes that I almost forget to enter the codes myself.  But not this time.  Here's today's five points for Disney.  25DOCBMR1212

Pampers Points: 5 points

Pampers just made me change my password.  Why?  Does someone really want to break into my Pampers account?  While you ponder that, here's a code for 5 points: TWITH8L92AYPA12

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 points

One of the things I hate about being away from my trusty somewhat reliable internet at home is the inability to play the Kellogg's Family Rewards game on a daily basis.  But for now, here's 50 points for code KFRGIFTOFSAVINGS.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: 5 points

Sorry I'm running later than usual, but I'm out of town this week.  Your five point code is 25DOCBMR2210.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: 15 points

Hey, take the weekend off!  Here's 15 points that covers today, tomorrow and Sunday.  The code is 12DOCBMR1179.

Out of Office notice

Starting tomorrow, I'll be out of the office until Monday the 11th, with limited access to the internet.  I'll try and keep the Disney codes up to date, although you can usually find them by fishing around on the website.

Just check back every so often and hopefully I'll be able to keep things going while we're on vacation.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cash-back sites for shopping

Note: This will be one of my longer posts.  Please bear with me.

I wasn't really sure about posting this one, for a number of reasons.  First, I'm not sure these are "loyalty programs" per se.  Second, I am very conscious of the reputation that bloggers have as being shills for credit card referrals, etc. 

But I'm going to do it anyway, for a few reasons.  One, I use the sites, like them and they are essentially free money.  Two, I had assumed that everyone knew about these sites already until I got a few emails from people who had never heard of them and were interested when I mentioned them separately.  And three, one of the sites just put up an interesting offer, which should both attract customers and give users a very, very small stake in the success of the company.

I do make a referral fee if you sign up through my links below.  I'll give the numbers for each.

A cash-back shopping site is a very simple proposition: Retailers pay the site to direct traffic to them and, in return, give the site a referral fee.  The site, in turn, shares that fee with you. For example, if I were selling widgets, I might pay a site to direct widget shoppers here, call it 10% of the sale.  The site, in turn, would then pay you a portion of the commission that it generates.  So if you want to buy something at Macy's, for instance, you could go directly to Macys.com and get nothing back, or you could go to a cash-back shopping site, which would then redirect you to Macys.com and give you a portion of their commission.  You'd end up getting 3-4% of your purchase back in the form of a rebate.  Rebates are generally paid 1-2 months in arrears.

There are a ton of these cash-back shopping sites around, but I'm going to focus on the two that I use the most, Mr. Rebates and Big Crumbs.  Note that you could go crazy sorting through which sites off the best rebates for any given merchant, so I usually check at evreward.com or cashbackaholic.com, where you can simply type in the name of the merchant and they will tell you which cash-back site has the best offer.  The sites are occasionally off a bit, but they give you a good idea of who's paying what.  The cash-back sites offer money back from virtually any merchant you can think of, from Alaska Air to Zazzle.com (Look, there just aren't that many "Z" stores.  How about Yves Saint Laurent?  That one's a little better-known).  Many travel vendors are included.  Remember, the sites I list are just two of many, but they tend to be where I do 90% of my shopping.

Mr. Rebates is generally my go-to site.  They cover most merchants and have reasonably generous payouts.  For instance, in the example above, they will offer you a 4% rebate on your Macy's purchases.  Remember, you are making the purchase at Macys.com.  All Mr. Rebates does is redirect you to the site and collect a commission from the merchant.  I have never had a problem with a purchase made through Mr. Rebates not tracking properly.  If you sign up through my link, I earn 20% of whatever you earn (which comes out of MR's pocket, not yours).

Big Crumbs is my other favorite.  It usually offers slightly below MR, but it depends on the merchant.  BC does have the advantage of offering cash back for American Express gift cards, however, which can be used just like Amex cards in a store (There are always discount codes for shipping online somewhere).  The rate on that one is currently 2.25%, so if you order a $3,000 gift card, you'd get back $67.50, before shipping and a one-time fee for the card, which would total about $10.  Furthermore, BC just announced an interesting program where it is giving you phantom "shares," called Crumb Shares, in the company, based on your usage.  Should the company ever get sold, you'd theoretically get a pro-rata portion of the payout based on the number of shares you own.  I would not count on this happening anytime soon, although when Travelzoo first started, it gave ten shares of stock to early users.  I forgot about those shares for several years until they hit $55 per share.  BC generally tracks pretty well but, on two occasions, I had to contact the company to follow up on purchases that didn't credit my referral fees.  I had the tracking number for the purchase (the very long number after you click on the merchant; Copy and paste it.), though, and BC credited both within hours.  I make 0%-20% of what you make, depending on the merchant.

So that's it.  A few hints: Always clear cookies before making a purchase.  Print out a copy of the receipt.  And use the sites I mentioned to find out who is giving the best deal on any purchase, although you don't want to end up with a few dollars in each of ten programs.

Feel free to use my links above or start a Conga in the comments section.  You can also start a Conga in the comments for any other program that you use and want referrals for.










Disney Movie Rewards: Today's five points

Here's today's code!  Hmm, there seems to be a pattern...

12DOCBMR226

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 points

I'm not sure if Kellogg's planned on spending so much time with Delta, but they've got another 50 points with a Delta theme, as pointed out by Hunt4freebies.

Enter code KFRDELTAENTERNOW for your next batch of points.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 free points

Wow, good thing I check my spam folder, 'cause that's where I found the 50 free points, code: ENTERDELTASWEEPS.

Pampers points: 10 points

Hey, here's ten Pampers Points, just for the fun of it.  The code is SPC125WINTR12PA.

Disney Movie Rewards: Daily five points

Remember how I once told you that some weeks are really good and some are really bad?  Well, this is one of the good ones.  Just remember that next time I deliver a bad one!

25DOCBMR5425

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 10 points

Kellogg's must be jealous of all the love I've been giving Disney, since they started adding points again.  Here's another 10, with code COSTOFCEREALPOLL

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: Even more points

Check your email for your monthly DMR mystery points.  And this is on top of the five points per day that we're getting for the December promotion.  Isn't Mickey wonderful?

Disney Movie Rewards: Today's five points

Here's today's code: 25DOCBMR924

Keep racking up the points and soon you'll be able to get, well, something.  The prizes change frequently. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Recyclebank: 100 points


For some reason, Kellogg's has stopped handing out free points on what felt like an hourly basis, so we're going back to Recyclebank, our old stand-by, for 100 points.  Kinda makes RB sound like a drunk-dial, huh?

In any case, click here and hit each of the snowflakes for a total of 100.

Disney Movie Rewards: December 3 five point code

Ahh, lovely Disney.  Five more points with today's Christmas code, or whatever they call it.

25DOCBMR1123

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Stouffer's: Don't forget your ten free points

With all the holiday excitement, don't forget a quick ten points from Stouffer's for taking their monthly survey.  Shouldn't take you more than a minute.

Disney Movie Rewards: 10 points (coming daily)

Every year in December, Disney hands out points on a daily basis.  And that starts today, with 10 points for code 25DOCBMR8121. I'll post them as I get them.

Recyclebank: 60 easy points

Ahh, SC Johnson, how I love thee.  Here's a quick 60 points, with forty by clicking on the targets and the hidden points on the sled and the center of the green bed.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Kellogg's Rewards: Half-off sale update and a note about digital prizes

Kellogg's was good enough to send around an email noting that the half-off sale for prizes ends on December 10.  At Midnight CST, for those keeping track.

Also, I ordered some coupons yesterday that never arrived in my inbox.  Should this happen to you, just click on "Order Status" in the top right hand corner under your name and it will give you the link to print them.

Friday Freebie: Restaurant.com gift card

Good news and bad: The good news is that Restaurant.com is offering free $10 gift cards online.  You can send up to 40 per day.  The GCs often require a minimum spend, but they're great for restaurants that you would go to anyway.

Bad news: The site has been temperamental, to say the least.  Just try occasionally through the day.

Note: It will ask you to import contacts from one of your email/social network accounts.  You do not need to.  Just type in an email address in the box below the request.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 10 more points

Apparently, Kellogg's is the new Recyclebank, with some sort of point bonus almost every day.  With the current sale on points, these 10 points can't hurt.  Code: KFRFAVPOPTARTS10.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kellogg's Rewards: Now it gets interesting... (and 25 points)

First, the 25 points for entering code: FAVHOLIDAYCOOKIE.

Now it gets interesting.  Okay, here's the scoop (and not the two scoops of raisins kind of scoop): When they started the program, Kellogg's massively overpriced their rewards, making the program next to worthless, even with all the free points they give away.  For instance, a Starbucks gift card for $5, about the most fungible commodity outside of cash, cost 6,600 points.  A typical box of cereal earned about 85 points, meaning that you had to buy 78 boxes of cereal to get the lousy $5.  If an average box of cereal costs $3 (although I'd never pay that much), you'd have to pay $234 to get that $5 gift card.

Within the past month, a few things happened.  First, that Starbucks card got reduced to 3,300 points, making it less bad and more attainable.  Why is it that much easier to earn?  Because of #2, the Facebook game that I mentioned in this post.  Typically, I earn 20-100 points per game per Facebook account.  That's right, there's no limit on the number of Facebook accounts you can use to earn points.  Since opening a FB account takes about two steps and requires no personal information, it is a must-have.

Today, it got better: They've knocked most of the "cents off coupons" down from 1,000 points to 100 points.  That brings the value of the points up to 1.5c per point, which is excellent value, particularly since they are giving the points away for free.  The coupons are for cereal and several other Kellogg's products.  Since Kellogg's cereals are often on-sale from $1.50-2.50, you could end up with a free box of cereal or, at most, a box for $1.00.  My kids also go through waffles and crackers quickly, so I'll pick up some of those coupons.

The sales are only through December 3 and the coupons are good through December 28, so please move as quickly as possible.

My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: All You magazine

I have to admit, this is a new one for me.  Normally, I've at least heard of the crappy deal they're offering.  I'm not sure what All You magazine is, but it's half off today.  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Recyclebank: 40 points

Hope you all had a nice holiday.  One sick kid and sick wife mean that I get to do the blog this weekend.  So here's a link for 40 points at Recyclebank.  Just answer the questions at the bottom of the page.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: Bonus code with a twist

Check your email from a bonus code from Disney.  It'll allow you to enter the code, but you don't actually earn the points until then next movie code you input.  Sly devils.

And a happy Thanksgiving to you!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kellogg's Family Rewards: Yet another 50 points

Truly, KFR is what this blog is about.  Here's another 50 points with code MARIECLAIRE50PTS.

My Coke Rewards: One free code if you haven't signed up for Southwest

Reader hackerzsuk1 has been kind enough to donate a code for those who haven't signed up for the Southwest deal.  It's one-time use, so please post in the comments if you use it.

If this one is dead, though, and you haven't signed up for Southwest Rapid Rewards, you can get 60 MCR points for doing so.

The code is HXTVHT5TK0BM76.

Thanks again to hacker!

My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: Make your own stickers

Kind of cute, I guess, if you have kids.  Or just like stickers of yourself.  MYO Stickers now discounted from 200 to 85 points.  You do need to pay the shipping, of course.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 25 points

Check your email for another 25 points.  Well, five points, since I'll give you the code for the other 20.  You'll have a unique link by the Costco ad for five, and then use code P45P-PRMH-WW7N-JRNM  
for the next 20.

Swagbucks: 10 SB collectors' bills

Wow, 10 SB, which is worth, well, about a dime.  But that's better than nothing.  Collect the special bills and win.  Read about it here.

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 points plus Starbucks gift card sale

Hey, 50 points is 50 points.  Who cares if it takes forever and a day to get the rewards?  I'm also getting points from the Kellogg's spin game every day, so it's a little at a time.

The code is:

 ERES-UNGA-NADO-RHOY 

Part two is that the Starbucks $5 gift card, which is normally 6,600 points, is now on sale for 3,300 points.  Don't know how long it will last.

Mike 

Monday, November 19, 2012

CVS: Black Friday extrabucks-inator

I have a few favorite days of the year.  The day after Halloween, Easter and Christmas are right up there for all of the half-price candy that drugstores sell.

Black Friday is another.  I don't care for all of the big deals that the mega-stores offer.  Truthfully, I don't trust the quality of a $19 DVD player.  Rather, I'm a big fan of the CVS circular, which offers numerous "freebies," where they give you extrabucks equal to the price of the item that you just bought.  Usually, you get one or two of those per week.  For this week, you get more than twenty.

The trick is to buy every item with zero dollars out of pocket.  True, you have to pay for the first item, but after that, you use extrabucks to pay for each successive group of items.  At the end, you should end up with extrabucks equivalent to what you started with, to be used at a future date.  It's a lot of fun collecting all the items and you'll amuse the cashiers.

The way to get started, after pulling out your circular, is to find the highest priced item.  For me, that's a $17 (Okay, $16.99, but I'm rounding.) package of pur-Absorb.  $17 is now your target price.  Each successive group of items should get as close to $17 as possible without going over.  Note that my plan uses the local Boston circular.  Yours may be different, but the concept is the same.

Here's how I'm going to do it:

Buy pur-Absorb, receive $17 in EB

Use those EB to buy the Contour Meter ($10) and Universal Remote ($7)

Use those EB to buy the South Beach product (5), Thermacare (3.50), Sbux Refresher ($1.50), Easy Feet (5) and Scooby treats (2)

Use those EB to buy the Collagen (9.50), Advil Kids (2.37), Glade (1.25) and Street King (4); Note that this combination will cost you $.12 extra.

Use those EB to buy your last combination, which is Advil Pills (3), Starbucks (2), Somnapure (2) and the nine items that price out at $1 each (Cepacol, Carmex, Airwick, Charmin Basic, Mac and Cheese, Powerade, Play-Doh and Hot wheels). 

That last combo will leave you with $1 to spare.  Use that $1 to buy anything you like. 

When you are done, you will have paid $1.12 OOP for everything in your shopping bag, after the $16 EB you have remaining.  Take any items that you aren't going to use and donate them to charity.

And you thought I had no life...






Saturday, November 17, 2012

Recyclebank: 40 points

Well, I cashed in points today for a $10 iTunes gift card, so it's time to start rebuilding.  Here's a start, with 40 easy points for a few clicks.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Freebie: Seattle's best coffee

Ahh, the Black Friday specials are pouring in.  And in this case, it's literally pouring.  Free Seattle's Best coffee for the first 100K, and it looks like there are plenty left.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Shopkick: My first redemption

Wanted to mention that I did my first Shopkick redemption today.  Truthfully, I thought that this would be the weakest of the three programs that I had listed, but it has turned out quite nicely.  I redeemed 2,500 points today for a $10 Starbucks gift card.

One of the reasons that I thought that the program would die was an inability to monetize users.  They seem to have gotten around that, however, by allowing you to link your credit card and earn "kicks" in stores (for those of us who still do some off-line shopping).  It's not huge, but it does generate some revenue for them.  I earned my first in-store kicks at the Disney Store the other day, but there are a bunch of others.  While there are a number of rebate sites for on-line shopping, this is the first one outside of iDine that will get you points in stores.

Pampers points: Even more points

Cool, two days in a row.  The code is HAPPYHOLIDAYS12.

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 70 points

I'll give them credit, they're trying hard.  Points aren't worth much but, between all the free codes and the easy to win game, Kellogg's is giving away a ton of them.  Here's 70 more points by entering the following codes on the home page.

20 points: KFRN-OWON-FACE-BOOK
50 points: FOOD-NETM-AG50-PNTS  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Wednesday deal, $5 Domino's e-gift card


Ooh, $5 off a Domino's pizza.  I must have won first prize at something.  Second prize?  $10 off a Domino's pizza.

Pampers points: 10 points

Whew, I was starting to get a little nervous after a dry few days.  Here's 10 Pampers points, with code NOVWIN12NLSPNMR.

Now that my kids are out of Pampers, I'll have to figure out something to do with these points.  And believe me, I'm happy to make that trade-off.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Contact me

I've had a bunch of request for a contact form, but am having trouble coming up with one that works. Until that time, please feel free to contact me at mef730@gmail.com. Thanks!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pampers points: 10 points

Ten more points for my favorite diaper brand.  At least until somebody else gives out more points.  Code is FBPAS175WR11913.

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 100 points

Ah, points, sweet points.  Kellogg's, and apparently a few magazines, have been kind enough to list some points for us.  Hop over to the site and enter codes redbookKFR50pnts and goodhousemag50pt for 50 points each.

Thanks to Hunt4freebies for the codes.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Freebie: Free vitamin chews

Umm, Flavor Burst vitamin chews.  How yummy.  I'm more of a Flintstone's vitamins kind of guy, even though my wife always steals the grape ones.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Double-point offer enhanced?

All,

I just got an email from MCR offering me double points on both Powerade and Coke Zero, from 11/7-11/24.  Now, the Powerade one has been around for a while, but the Coke Zero is new.  What I'm trying to figure out is if this is targeted or if everyone got it.  Feel free to leave comments.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Wednesday deal, Restaurant.com e-gift card

Get a $50 Restaurants.com card for 270 points.  Frankly, I'd consider the deal if it was, say, free, but wouldn't spend a dime on it.  Restaurants.com certs are just too easy to get.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pampers Points: Five points

You know what to do.  Click on the code to be redirected to the site for your five points.  The code is: TWIT1112PRT9W12

Recyclebank: 20 points

Looks like they're setting us up for something bigger down the road, but for now, get 20 points here by scrolling down and clicking on the two 10-point links toward the bottom.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: Check your email

Your monthly Disney update should be in your email.  Look at the bottom for the link to your mystery points.  I got eight this month.

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 points

The program itself is lousy if you are just doing it from buying cereal, but I have to say, they give away a lot of free points.  Here's another 50 with code KFRFREEGROCERIES.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Recyclebank: 60 easy points

SC Johnson is back with their monthly home challenge and this one is good for 60 points.  Click on each of the four bulls-eyes, as well as the hidden pledges on the oven in the kitchen and coffee table in the living room.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Swagbucks lowers prices on paypal, gift cards

Thanks to Gary S's excellent site, I discovered that SB is dropping the rate on Paypal and gift cards to 500 for every $5 through the end of the year (Amazon stays at 450.).  They're getting rid of the low-end Paypals, but your SB are now worth a penny per in cash, about a 25% improvement over the old rate.  I'll take it.

I've mentioned it before, but this program is a gimme.  It randomly gives you points to search, with no limit, and uses Google's results.  I haven't noticed any deterioration in quality.  To learn more, read here.

My Coke Rewards: 60 points at Southwest Rapid Rewards is back

Thanks to reader Jon who pointed me to Slick Deals.  Turns out the 60 MCR points to sign up for a Southwest Rapid Rewards account is back.  SD says you can do it more than once, but I wouldn't risk adding a second Southwest bonus to an account where you already have one.  YMMV.

Also worth noting that Minute Maid caps are worth double this month.

Kellogg's: 50 free points

Hey, just because the rewards are tough to get doesn't mean that I won't take the points.  Go to Kellogg's website and enter code MYFAVCHARACTER50

  There is also a Facebook game which gives you three spins per day to win a prize.  I won 50 points today.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Stouffer's Rewards: 10 points for surveys

Hey, it's that time, the first of the month.  Expect some offers to be coming in, but for now, don't forget to get your 10 points at Stouffer's for filling out two quick surveys.

Kellogg's Rewards: Is there any value here

One of the keys to free items is not letting the rewards program influence your purchases.  You don't want to buy something you don't need or pay too much for a product you that you do need.  For instance, I'm indifferent between Coke and Pepsi products, but I wouldn't pay more for Coke products to get the MCR points.  They just aren't worth enough.

So when I look at Kellogg's rewards, I throw up in my mouth a little.  The prizes are simply ridiculous.  For instance, a $5 Starbucks gift card is 6,600 points.  A box of cereal is worth 100 points, so you'd need 66 boxes of cereal to get $5.  And while I have two kids who go through cereal at a rapid rate, they like their Cheerios.  No way I'm switching to Kellogg's just for a few points.  I'll take the free points as they come, but won't be buying cereal around the points.

The bottom line is that these programs aren't really loyalty programs that reward you for past decisions.  They are set up to influence future purchases.  Of course, calling them a "futures program" doesn't sound as magnanimous as "thanking you" for past purchases.  Just don't let them fool you.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pampers Gifts to Grow: 10 points

It's about freakin' time.  10 points with code FBHA012PR46DY12.  They should be ashamed of themselves for not giving out more free points.  After all, Ohio's a swing state.

Yeah, I realize my logic is totally twisted.

My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: Shutterfly

Hey, this looks like it could actually be a good one.  Get a whole bunch of prints at Shutterfly for 30 points, which represents an 86% discount from the normal 215 points.  I don't know how they came up with that number, but for those who use Shutterfly instead of the Sears Photo Studio, you look pretty good here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Swagbucks: One more day for collectors bills

Swagbucks is offering a variety of collectors bills through tomorrow.  Collect all five bills and earn 13 SB, which I consider equivalent to about a dime.  Try not to get too excited about this one.

Recyclebank: 25 points

Here's a blatant advertisement for a paper company presenting itself as environmental advice.  Hey, it's worth 25 points.  I'll take it.

Don't forget to do the daily pledge on the home page for another five.

Disney Movie Rewards: Points in your email

Check today's newsletter for a link at the bottom to holiday points.  I got five and don't know if it's standard for everyone.

DMR newsletters are normally useless, but every once in a while, they throw in a few points.  This was one of those occasions.

If you didn't get the newsletter, you can try this link, but it may be specific per person.  Please comment below if it works/doesn't work for you.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kellogg's Rewards: 25 points

Well, it's about time.  Enter code HALLOWEENPARTY25 at Kellogg's Rewards for an additional 25 points.  It's a little at a time, but it adds up.

Thanks to Kipper at FT for this one.

Free My Coke Rewards Cap

I'm getting seriously peeved by the cold streak the freebies are on, so here's another freebie.

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Please post in comments if you are the first.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Free MCR code to the first comer

It's sad that I haven't seen a free point code in several days, so I'm posting a MCR code from my private stash.  There's only one, so when the first person gets it, please post in the comments.  Thanks!

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Friday Freebie: Free Folgers Coffee Sample

And we're back!  Thanks for stopping by.

The Friday Freebie, thanks to H4F, is a free sample of Folgers coffee.  I haven't had Starbucks in a few days and am starting to go a bit stir crazy.  How sad.

Yes, it's a Facebook Freebie.  Sorry about that, but just another good excuse to set up your fake FB account.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Recyclebank: 40 points

Whew, Recyclebank saves the day!  Four questions, forty points here.  Scroll down a bit to the yellow box for your questions.  Note, you may need to go back a page using the arrows to get all four questions.

I just crossed the 2,500 point mark, meaning that gift cards are now in play.  Since I need to buy a bunch of iTunes, anyway, I think that's the winner.  Unfortunately, Starbucks is not an option, making this about the only rewards program that will not contribute to my caffeine habit.


Nothing to see here, folks...

Remember when I said that there are dry spells that will last days?  Well, we seem to be in one.  I'll be away for the next few days and only have sporadic access to the internet, but I'll try to check in every few days just to update the freebies.

I'll be back full-time on Friday night.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 points

Ahh, this is the kind of stuff that I like.  Kellogg's isn't the world's greatest program but, for some reason, they've started kicking out the points like crazy.  Here's another 50 for code JOINKELLOGG2SAVE.

Stouffers Rewards: How I made a rookie mistake

So I made an embarrassing mistake that will cost me with Stouffer's this month.  At the beginning of the month, I pointed out that Stouffer's was offering double points per code after you entered eight in October.  So I went over to Listia and loaded up on codes to break the eight mark.  One of the guys selling codes on Listia noted that you get double points for every code starting with your second, but I just figured he had made a mistake.  He hadn't.

Turns out that the promo was targeted differently to every account holder.  Our household has two accounts, although one gets used more frequently than the other.  I didn't even bother to check the other to see if the promo was different.  Sure enough, that account got the bonus points for the second and beyond.  Ouch.  I cost myself 140 points by not paying attention.

Bottom line: If you get a promo and have multiple accounts in your household, check each account for the terms.

Friday Freebie: Free calendar! Oh, it's from the IRS...

Hey, haven't you always wanted a free tax calendar?  No, neither have I.  But it's free.  Man, I feel conflicted...

 Thanks to heyitsfree.net for this one.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

More on Checkpoints and Shopkick

A little follow-up on this post:

As a test run, I redeemed for an Amazon gift card on Checkpoints.  It arrived in my email a week later, so they get a +1 for a reasonable redemption time.

Good and bad news on Shopkick: There seem to be more easy "kicks" for walking by a store.  Just do a search for all of the nearby stores and you'll get a few when you walk by them.  There are also more points available for scanning items.  I work in downtown Boston, so I am pretty much surrounded.  Bad news: The updated site is confusing, eliminated the levels you can earn and seems to offer fewer kicks.  Hey, it's all free, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way for it.

I'm still waiting on my first Ibotta purchase.  Unfortunately, supermarkets aren't linked yet, which is difficult for a site that deals mostly with food items. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: 25 points

Well, here's a nice one: Enter each of the five codes in the code box and get 25 points.  Go here for the points.

The codes are: Felix, Mummy, Clown, Skully, Kitty

Pampers points: 10 more

It's pretty unusual to get two in a day, but I'll take it.  Use the link in the previous post and enter SPC1017FA12PA21.  Good until 10/21.

Many thanks to FTer Saas for posting this one.

Pampers points: Five free points

Another five points at Pampers.  Just enter code TWIT713TR39TR12.  Code expires on 10/19.

Starbucks Rewards: The new program starts today

For those of you who solicit Starbucks, the new program starts today.  12 drinks instead of 15 to get a freebie and it's all done electronically, but cut back on the soy and syrups, because those will now cost you.


My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: Cooking Light Magazine

Wow, Cooking Light magazine for 150 points instead of 300.  Seems more like "Wednesday Deal Light."  Nothing to see here, folks.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Recyclebank: 70 points

On the plus side, I now know where that 50 points came from yesterday.  It actually started here.  Scroll through the pages, click on the clicks and get your 70 points.

There may be a banner on the right about driving that gets you another five points.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Recyclebank: 50 points for a click

Ooohhh, secret points, I love those.  Go here, click on the house on the left (or maybe the right, each could be different) and get 50 points.  If you click on the wrong house, it will direct you to the right house.  Don't forget to sign in.

Starbucks Rewards: Free Latte

Nothing like a free latte to get your day going.  Today, Starbucks will offer free after-work lattes at many of its stores to celebrate the roll-out of its new single serve machine.  Methinks this giveaway is also a way to faze in the changes to the new Starbucks Rewards program.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Recyclebank: Another 15 points

This one went out in their email newsletter.  Good thing I caught it, since I rarely read those.  Four question quiz, no need to get the right answers.

Friday Freebie: Free Chocolate Cream of Wheat

There just seems to be something so wrong with the concept of Chocolate Cream of Wheat, but I like chocolate and I like cream of wheat, so I can't put my finger on it.  Thus, I will take advantage of my fake facebook account and get my freebie.  If you miss out today, they're doing 10,000 per day through the end of the month, so you'll have another chance.

Note: you will also get a coupon at the end of the process for $1.00 off cream of wheat.  The coupon is separate from the promo and your sample will come in the mail.

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 25 points

It appears that our friends from Michigan (Remember, merchants, it's easy to become a friend; just see the last post.) are finally catching on, offering yet another code, this one for 25 points.  It expires on Halloween, so get in now.  Or at least within the next few weeks.  Click here and enter code LVNGSOCIAL25PNTS.

My eternal thanks to our friends at Hunt4freebies for this one.

Recyclebank: 40 points

Our friends at Chevrolet (Anyone who offers points immediately becomes a friend.) are offering 35 Recyclebank points.  First, go here to take the quick quiz for 25 points.  Then, click over here for another 10.  Add in your five points from your daily pledge and you're good to go.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 10 free points

Ya know what I learned today?  According to Kellogg's, 90% of Americans don't get enough fiber.  I learned that when I took a survey today that got me a code for 10 free points.  Enter code: KFRFIBERPLUSPOLL at Kellogg's Family Rewards for your freebie.

Recyclebank: 40 easy points

The nice thing about Recyclebank is that it is always good for easy points.  The link will take you to a 30-point quiz; just answer the five multiple choice questions.  It's not necessary to get them right.  Five more points are in the Lipton box to the right (If it doesn't appear, just do a search.).  The correct answer is Africa.  And finally, five points for your daily pledge.

My Coke Reward Wednesday Deal: Six Flags ticket for 250 points

This deal may actually be useful for somebody.  As we head into the slow season, Six Flags is offering discounted tickets on MCR, now 250 points instead of 1,000.  Looks like they're good until the end of the 2012 season, so be sure your park doesn't close this Friday.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Checkpoints, Shopkick, Ibotta: Earn with check-ins and coupons

I just bought an iPhone.  It's about a thousand times better than my Blackberry and has more features than I could ever possibly use.  My wife is in danger of going from a Sunday football widow to an everyday iPhone App widow.  On the plus side, I'll probably lose a lot of weight, since I'll be too busy to get up and go to the fridge, my previous hobby.

Among the Apps, I stumbled across a couple that pay me for things.  I personally believe that everything on the internet should be free, but it's even better when I get points/cash for doing pretty much nothing.  I haven't decided if these programs are "loyalty programs" per se, but they're free, which is close enough.

Using these programs is easy.  In fact, it can be as easy as walking into a store to get your points.  Sometimes you might need to use your phone to scan an item.  In the case of Ibotta, you might actually need to, gulp, buy something.  Obviously, you'd only use this app if you were buying an item that you would have anyway.

Note: Feel free to use my referral link or set up a conga in the comments section.  I'm not particularly picky.



Ibotta:  If used correctly, this is the most lucrative of the three.  It gives you a (pretty large) list of qualifying items and, if you buy one, you get cash back.  You can also take a poll and quiz about the item for extra cash.  Obviously, do not ever buy anything you wouldn't have bought otherwise, but there's no reason not to have this app, since it's just free money.  Once you buy the item, just scan the receipt.  Only good on the iPhone right now and good at items purchased at Walgreen's, Target and Walmart.  Just be sure to select the item when you go shopping so the app knows where to send you.  See the short video in the help center for more details.  Full disclosure statement: I get a dollar if you sign up and use the app.

Checkpoints:  Right now, this one is my favorite.  Your phone will automatically locate where you are and tell you where there are participating stores within a certain range (You set the range.).  Walk into the store, scan selected items and be done.  You also get to play a bonus game for extra points each time you scan an item.  Use your points to buy items.  Full disclosure statement: If you use my link, you get a 300 point sign-up bonus and I get 150 points.

Shopkick:  The easiest of the three, since you literally don't have to do anything except walk into a store.  Hit the "nearby" button and it will give you a list of stores in your area.  Walk in.  Register points ("kicks") and leave.  Some stores also offer bonus opportunities to scan items.  Full disclosure statement: If three people use my link, I get 2,000 kicks.




Monday, October 8, 2012

Pampers Points: 10 points

I'm going to have to start watching my mailbox more carefully, as this one almost slipped past me.  Fortunately, Saas on FT caught a 10 point code at Pampers.  Drinks are on me next time.

Code:  FB9CANDATXDY912


Speaking of Disney...

Hey, I get one right every once in a while.  My Disney Movie Rewards email just came.  My mystery point link was in the bottom right-hand corner and I got, well,  I don't know how many points I got because the site seems to be slow.  Disney, next month, stagger the emails.

ETA: Site is back up and I claimed my five points.

Recyclebank: 70 points

Sorry folks, it was a dismal weekend for freebies.  On the plus side, your monthly Disney points email should be hitting soon.  Keep an eye out for it.

In the meantime, Recyclebank is offering its daily five points for the daily pledge, as well as 65 points for downloading and playing the Bin-It App.  Yup, it involves actual, you know, work (shudder).  Playing the game looks like a fun diversion, though.

I believe it is a free app, but if anyone notices otherwise, please let me know.  No way I'd actually pay (double shudder) for this one.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Recyclebank: 105 points

Another set of easy points from Recyclebank.  Don't forget to sign in.

30 Points for playing the Lipton match game here.

Five points for answering the question in the Dove bottle to the right of the Lipton match game.  Then, answer the four or five questions about plastic containers for another 30 points.

40 points in the yellow box about halfway down the homepage.  Should be four clicks for ten points each.

This site is about as easy as it gets.

With the My Coke Rewards points still out of stock, I'll likely be converting my Recyclebank points into a gift card, although that 250 point Entertainment Weekly subscription is looking like an awfully good guilty pleasure.

Friday Freebie: Green Mountain K-Cups

Yup, it's your favorite time of the week, when I give you a freebie that you probably can't use.

But in case you got sucked into buying a Keurig, here's some free coffee.  Remember to use your fake Facebook account and Firefox for this one.

Wanna hear something weird?  I have a pretty eclectic mix on Pandora but just got two songs in a row with baseball/sports-themed videos.  The first person who can tell me what those songs are gets a My Coke Rewards code emailed to them.  Note: One of the songs has two different versions of the video.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

My Coke Rewards: 15 points for five Diet Coke caps

In addition to the Wednesday deals, MCR usually does a monthly deal.  Unlike the Wednesday deals, the monthly deals are often quite good.

This one isn't.  But it's 15 free points if you enter five Diet Coke codes during October.  And it's a one-timer.  Meh.


Facebook: 10 free points to learn about menopause

Yeah, I figured that one would catch your attention.  Go here to learn a little about menopause and click the blue box that says "count me in."  Once you allow the app, it will give you five points.  You can do this one twice for a total of ten points (and they say Americans are falling behind in math!).  I'd wait until your coworkers stopped leaning over your shoulder before doing this one.

This offer is a good example of why you should have a FB account, even if it's a fake one.  These FB freebies pop up occasionally.

Thanks to hunt4freebies for this one.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Coke Rewards Wednesday deal: $15 e-gift card to Bags Buy

Coke must have a lot of these codes left, since they just did this one in July, where one reader pointed out that the bags aren't exactly cheap.  Hmm, creativity ain't so hot these days in Atlanta, apparently.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Stouffer's: Survey and bonus offer

For the Monday through Friday crowd, a hearty welcome to Frugal Guy Traveler's readers.  Scroll down a bit to Friday's post for my full welcome email.

In the meantime, it's the first of the month, so offers start again in earnest.  Stouffer's kicks us off this month.  Follow the link to get ten points for the quick survey and poll.  Also, they're running a promo this month: The first eight codes you enter are worth 20 points each.  Every code after that is worth 40. This is a good example of a time that Listia will help you out to pick up some quick codes.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: 25 free points

I love these easy ones.  25 free points at Disney Movie Rewards.  Just enter code: MILLION before October 1.  Don't worry, after that, they'll send you some free points if you sign up for their email.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Welcome to Frugal Travel Guy's readers (and everyone else)

A hearty welcome to those of you who found me by way of FTG!  I'm thrilled to have somebody other than my mother (Thanks Mom, totally appreciated.) reading my blog.

As noted over at FTG, this site focuses on everything but travel programs.  Given how successful frequent flyer programs have been, other merchants saw the opportunity to drive sales through their own loyalty programs.

The purpose and fun of this blog is simple: free points.  I don't feel the need to spend hundreds of dollars on Kellogg's cereal to get enough points to buy a stuffed animal, but I'm happy to accumulate the free points that the merchants tweet, post on Facebook or randomly throw out on the internet.  My Phineas and Ferb clock thanks Disney and all of its points for finding it a good home.

Note: You will not get rich quickly from finds here.  You probably won't even get rich slowly.  In fact, if you do get rich because of something I write, you're probably doing it wrong.  But movie tickets and Starbucks are out there for the taking. 

Final note: I'm a sucky blog designer.

Final final note: There are good days and bad.  Some days will have multiple opportunities, others will have none.  I try to have something every day, but there are simply days when there are no points to be found.

I list pretty much every program I find, since it may be useful for somebody, but some programs are better than others.  Here are my favorites:

Lots of free points:

Disney Movie Rewards  gives points out at least once per month in a monthly email, but it's usually more frequent than that.  You'll get 100 points on your birthday.

Pampers Points come several times per month, usually in five or ten point intervals.  Just because you don't have a kid, by the way, is no reason not to collect Pampers points.  They have other prizes as well, particularly if you are a Shutterfly fan.  This post has a bunch of codes that are supposed to be permanent, as opposed to most others, that last a week or so.  Give them a try.

Recyclebank is a site that is supposed to be for the environmentally conscious but is, in fact, an advertising site for companies to show how green they are.  No reason not to take advantage of their generosity, however.  This site has, by far, the most points giveaways, and you usually need to do little more than click a link.  It also gives away five points daily for visiting and taking a daily pledge to be green.  The prizes cost a lot of points, but they're easy to accumulate. 

Free money:

Note: I may earn a referral bonus from these.  If I do, I will disclose it and how much I make (if I know it).  As best I can tell, the most I have ever made from a referral was $2.  Not exactly counting on this blog for my retirement, if you know what I mean.  I really should have gotten into that credit card referral gig, but that seems so much like, you know, work.

SwagbucksThis one's a gimme.  SB is a search site that uses Google's search engine for search results.  Google pays them a portion of its commissions.  SB pays you a portion of its commissions from Google.  Random searches generate "Swag Bucks" which can be traded in for gift cards, cash or other stuff.  This site has the best selection of prizes of just about any site on here, since it will give you cash.

Inbox Dollars: They send you an email (or you download a toolbar).  You click on a link.  They give you money.  That's it.  I've never gotten spam because of them.  I believe that I make 0.2c (that's 2/10 of a cent) for each email you click.  See what I mean about that retirement plan?

Global Test Markets:  This is the only survey site that I use for cash (although I do use e-Rewards for the miles).  I've found too many others that pay you $.50 for 45 minutes of work.  Most surveys on this site pay $2.00-$10.00 and the reward is not necessarily linked to the length. 

Other Stuff:

Here's some random stuff that didn't fit in above.

Listia:  I'm never quite sure how to explain Listia, other than to describe it as eBay with its own form of currency in the form of Listia points.  You can use the Listia points to bid for whatever anyone has put up for sale, which includes anything from My Coke Rewards codes to Disney codes to jewelry.  This is an excellent site to use if you need to round up to earn a few more points in one of your other programs, and there does not appear to be a limit on the number of accounts you can have.  There is a 400 or 500 point bonus (I can never remember which.) to sign up.  I make a very small referral bonus if you list an item for sale but, unless they are giving you a big bonus to do so (500 points or so), it's probably not worth it.

Roboform:  Roboform saves all your address information and fills in form for you just by clicking on the button in the toolbar.  It'll save you a ton of time when you are filling out forms for just about anything.  The free trial version should be more than enough.

Friday Freebies: Just for the fun of it, I usually list a freebie that I found somewhere on the internet, although there are a ton of sites that specialize in getting free samples/products on the web.

Birthday FreebiesI'm currently working on a master list of freebies from restaurants on your birthday.  Stay tuned.

And if you have made it this far, thanks for visiting!  Please come back often.

Recyclebank: 60 easy points

Another SC Johnson game gets you 60 points with six clicks.  Go here and click on each of the four purple circles to get your forty points.  Then, click on the two "hidden" pledges for another ten points each.  The hidden pledges are found on the rake and the pumpkin.

For those of you who don't want to play the game of finding them on your own, just highlight the blanks above.

Friday freebie: Free lunch at Macaroni Grill (today only)

Who ever said there's no such thing as a free lunch?  I'm here to prove them wrong with this coupon for a free lunch for two (or maybe two free lunches for one?) at Macaroni Grill.  Now, off to dispel that other annoying saying, "Spring forward, Fall back."

Thanks to H4F for this one.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Wednesday Deal: Sprite T-Shirt, 275 points

Wow, haven't you always wanted a Sprite t-shirt?  Well, for 275 points, it's all yours.  And, as an added bonus, it's green, which is my son's favorite color.  He's 3, so he tells us about twenty times per day to make sure we remember.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

10 Pampers points

Whew.  I hate when I come back from time away and have nothing to offer.  So here's 10 Pampers points.  Just enter code SPC921FAL12PAMP.

Subway: Look out for your gift card

For those of you who played one of the copious Subway games at the beginning of the summer, my $10 Visa gift card arrived yesterday.  Wow, almost as slow as the subway I take to work every day (Insert rim shot here.).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Out of office until 9/25

Taking a little vacation and my non-existent assistant Carl is off.  See you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Wednesday Deal, one-month Pogo subscriptions

Seriously?  Another one of these?  A lousy one-month Pogo subscription?  Sure, they might as well be giving it away for free, since it's ten points instead of 75, but they seem to offer these once per month or so.  Oh well, it's free.  Well, almost.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pampers points: 15 points

I like these easy ones.  Head over to Pampers Points and pick up 10 points for code SEPTFALL12SPNML and another five for TWIT912PT7DN912.

Recyclebank: 25 points

25 points: This one may take a couple of clicks, but it's easy.  25 points for the shower scene by Suave.

There is also a downloadable app for the iPhone that can earn you >100 points, but sadly, my phone has yet to arrive.

Starbucks Rewards: Changes to the Program

It's not often that I write about Starbucks because, frankly, they don't have a lot of freebies going on.  But they made some big changes to the program today and they're worth writing about.  Surprisingly, most of them are good.

On the good side, they hit two of my pet peeves, postcards and the 15 purchases requirement.  The postcards are being replaced by stored drinks on your card, so I don't have to worry about those things littering my bedroom.  And 15 purchases for a freebie is being reduced to 12.  I have a particular reason to disdain the change to electronic rewards (The people who lived in our house before we moved in never bothered to change their address.), but I can hardly complain about my unique circumstance.

One other perk: You can now redeem for food instead of drinks.  Of course, most food costs less than a drink, but it's their if you want it.

On the downside, they took away a biggie: No more free syrup or soy milk for cardholders.  Ouch, goodbye, tall, non-fat, no whip peppermint mocha.

Most of the changes are good, but I'll miss that shot of peppermint in the morning.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Out of office

Shena Tovah!  Due to the Jewish holidays, I will be in OOO mode for the next few days.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Freebies: Free Dummies book

Ever been insulted by a book?  Well, now's your chance, with your choice of free Dummies books.  Okay, you don't get to choose any book, but there's apparently one for retirement and one for well-being.  Hmm, seems like the two might go together.  Visit Humana for the free sign-up, and thanks to Hunt4freebies.com for pointing this one out.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Stouffer's Dinner Club: New monthly coupons

For those of you who actually, you know, buy Stouffer's products (not that there's anything wrong with that; we just focus on the free stuff here), it appears that they're sending monthly coupons now.  Mine was for $1 off five boxes.  Curious what others got.

My Coke Rewards: Wednesday deal for Woman's Day magazine

For the women in the audience, or the men who just want to read a little bit about women (not that there's anything wrong with that), get 50% off your order for Woman's Day magazine.  Personally, I prefer doing the Cosmo quizzes (not that there's anything wrong with that), but the world is a funny place.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Listia: Won auctions for 70 MCR points, 100 Disney MR points

Ahh, Listia, the gift that keeps on giving.  I used 877 Listia points to win an auction for 70 MCR points (alas, no bonus points in the first three for this month's contest) and 1,195 points for 100 Disney Movie Rewards points.  That was a little more than I wanted to spend for the MCR points, but I was hoping for a lucky code for the contest.  I'm still trying to get a feel for the right price for the Disney points, since bids seem to be all over the place.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Recyclebank: Don't forget the daily pledge

Despite a slow and occasionally confusing website, Recyclebank is a great place to accumulate easy points.  Rewards range from astoundingly bad to quite good and I miss the My Coke Rewards points, but I'll take the gift cards that pop up.

I've posted a lot of free points over the past several weeks but wanted to remind you to take the daily pledge for five points each day.  Two clicks and you're done.  Pretty easy work for five points.

Papa John's Rewards: Free Pizza contest

Hey, they're at it again.  Two million free pizzas spread out evenly over the NFL season, or approximately 120,000 per week.  All you have to do is sign up for the rewards program.  If you are already signed up, you don't have to do anything.

Note: When I say "spread out," that's a figurative term, not a literal one.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Freebie: Yum, tea

Had a rough week?  Need a pick-me-up?  Then try this free tea.  Tea and honey?  For free?  How can you beat that?  Thanks to heyitsfree.com for this offer.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

CVS: Double ExtraBucks for three months

For those of you who do CVS ExtraBucks, and there's no reason you shouldn't, they're offering double ExtraBucks for the next three months.  Well, technically, it starts the 16th, but it's three months from then.  You need to register here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: Free monthly points

Keep an eye out in your email for your free monthly points newsletter.  I got mine, so if you didn't get yours, check your spam box.  Ten points this month, bringing me to a total of 977.  Not bad, considering I have bought exactly one video (75 points), which I got for $2.99 on Amazon.

My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: $15 Shoebuy.com gift card

I'm not really sure who Shoebuy.com is, but I'm a guy, so my opinion on shoes isn't really worth that much.  If you use the site, however, it's a super deal: $15 for 75 points, or 75% off the normal price.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Recyclebank: 160 points

Extra points for back to school!  First, go here and visit each of the lockers for 50 points.  Mine was running a little slow, but the points were crediting.  Then, head over to Study Hall for another 110.  Ahh, the beauty of prizes for clicks.

First of the month! Pampers, Stouffers, Disney

Ah, my favorite point of the month.  Stouffers has their free survey points.

 Pampers threw ten points at us code FB9TLABDAXB3912.  

Your Disney email should be coming soon for a few free points.  Don't erase it!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Million Point Giveaway free entry update

MCR updated the T&C for the contest.  Alas, no free entries until September 21, so use up your 12-pack codes before then.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Freebie: Free Head and Shoulders Shampoo

There's a joke here somewhere, but it's Friday and I have a busy day.  So I'm just going to send you to the link.  Fair enough?  Okay, go here.

My Coke Rewards: Million Point Giveaway

Get your 12-pack codes ready, since Coke has brought back the Million Point Giveaway.  Okay, it doesn't have the cachet of some other contests, but it's a pretty good way to play for a little extra when entering codes.  Remember, three entries per day limit.  In theory, you should be able to get three free entries without entering codes (Official rules, section 5.b.ii (No, that's not a joke.)), but that method seems to be unavailable at the moment.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Wednesday Deal

They must be making up for last week, which had a deal so good that I couldn't get it at 9am.  This is one of those deals that I wouldn't take even if it were free.  But in case you want a NESTEA baseball cap, have at it.  330 points instead of 550.

Good thing there's a contest coming at the end of the month.  Better start saving those 12-pack codes.

Recyclebank: 195 points

Eco-academy is back.  You should know the drill by now: a few clicks here, a few pledges there, etc.  This week is worth 195 points.  The prizes are still craptacular, but they come in and out.  Who knows, maybe there's something better next week.  Or maybe not.  Look, just click the links.  It's only a minute of your life.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Walgreens on the way

At View From the Wing, Gary notes that Walgreen's is launching a loyalty program in mid-September.  It's being led by the former head of United's loyalty program, Graham Atkinson, and, although we don't know a lot about it, it looks like it will be targeted toward certain items, including getting shots (We'll see who the true point grubbers are!). 

The dynamics of this program will be interesting.  It's been a while since we've seen an entirely new program by a store this large and I'm curious as to how the lessons of the airlines will be baked in.  My local supermarket recently ran a game piece promotion in which certain items received extra game pieces, allowing the store to target higher-margin items.  That appears to be one of the roads that Walgreen's is going down.

Once all the details are out, I'll write a little more about it.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Freebie: TAYLOR SWIFT's perfume

Yeah, caught my eye, also.  Alas, it's only the perfume, not the lady.  And you only get a sample.  But my wife loves when I smell like Taylor Swift.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Disney Movie Rewards: 10 points (expires today)

Apparently, only certain videos are eligible for points, since my Phineas and Ferb DVD did not come with a points sticker.  So I'll have to make do with these ten points.  Enter code: PERCY.  Shouldn't it be Perry?  He's the platypus.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pampers points: 10 points

Man, I have a headache.  Wonder if they have Advil as a reward on PP.

Here.  And then type this: SPC822SUM12PA26.

That's all.  But thanks to Saas on FT.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Recyclebank: 165 points

I love these big ones.  Part two of the eco-thingie is open and is worth at least 165 points for clicking some links.  Don't forget to sign in to Recyclebank first.  Then, head over to the EcoAcademy.  Click on everything with a dotted line.  I was able to find 165 points worth of clicks.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Recyclebank: 50 points

The site is slow and clunky, but it's dependable.  Pick up 50 points at Recyclebank through some easy clicking.  Don't forget to sign in first.

50 points at this week's EcoAcademy.  Click on each of the lockers.  If the page just "clocks," try refreshing and see if your points got credited.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Freebies: Death and Money

Well, that got your attention, didn't it?  Okay, not quite death, but eat too many of these free Cinnabon Minibons and you could end up with an early one.  But let's face it, can you think of a better way to go?  Well, maybe that guy who died on the cruise I went on over the summer, but that's a whole other story.

Here's an interesting one: Inbox Dollars sends you a few emails per day and you click on the link.  Then they give you money.  That's it.  Granted, you don't get much money, but free money is free money, and they'll give you $5 just to sign up.  Full disclosure: I get something if you sign up.  I haven't quite figured out what yet, but I believe it's a fraction of a penny per link you click.  No, I'm not exactly quitting my day job.  Come to think of it, you won't be able to, either.  At least not because of Inbox Dollars.  But it may end up paying for a chunk of that Starbucks addiction.  In any case, enough of that.  The link is here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Recyclebank: 140 points

The good news is that Recyclebank has a new promo going, specifically, the ecoacademy.  The bad news is that the website, never known for its speed, is running extra slow today.  There appear to be a ton of points available but, until the website starts actually, ya know, working, I won't know just how many.

ETA: The site has picked up speed.  go to the ecoacademy (after signing in) and just hover over items.  You will get a message telling you how many points they are worth.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pampers points: 10 free points

Enjoy ten more points!  Head over to Pampers and enter code FB8THXHAXTW7412 for your points.

My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: FTD Code

It's too bad that there are FTD coupons all over the web, since this one is actually okay.  150 points for a $20 FTD gift card.  Of course, the flowers are over-priced to begin with, but there do tend to be some good mileage bonuses for them.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Comment settings changed: Anonymous posts now allowed

After a user pointed out to me that they were unable to post a comment without signing in to, well, something, I changed the settings to allow anonymous comments.  Sorry about the previous screw-up.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Goodbye, free points

It finally happened.  The last code for free points expired, meaning that I actually have to buy Coke products or trade through Listia.  It was good while it lasted and it is likely that MCR will run another promo soon.

Kellogg's Rewards: 20 free points

The site still has a few kinks but it's more user-friendly than it used to be.  Sign in at Kellogg's Rewards, enter code KELLOGGSMEDAL20P and be 20 points richer.  You can ignore the hyphens that pop up.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Coke Rewards: And then there was one...

Alas, I opened my big mouth yesterday and one of the free point codes died.  We're now down to one.  The working one is 10096122897198.

My Coke Rewards: Wednesday deal: Club Pogo

I see Club Pogo everywhere but still don't have much of an idea of what it is.  It appears to me to be online games that I could get anywhere else.  But if CP is your thing, hit up MCR for a month at 25 points instead of 75.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Coke Rewards free points codes: still going strong

We're now down to two codes that you can enter daily at My Coke Rewards, but they're worth ten points each, meaning a free 16oz soda every two days (40 points), or a free 12-pack after 13 days.  I have an account for myself, my wife, each of my kids and parents.  I believe that the limit is four per household, but it's worth a glance at the T&C, just to be sure.

Nobody seems to know when the free points bonanza will end, although the rumor is August 12.


Disney Movie Rewards: Mystery Points

Don't forget to check your email today for your monthly points from Disney.  My mystery email turned out to be nine points.  There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the number.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Pampers Points: Five free points

Welcome back!  You know, from your weekend.  And to start you off here's five Pampers points.  Enjoy!  The code is: TWIT812PT6NWK12.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Freebie: Free Honey Nut Cheerios

Never cared for them much myself, but my brother ate them every day as a kid.  Sometimes twice.  Just go here and put in your info.  Facebook posting not necessary.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Recyclebank: 60 points

Another beginning of the month special: Go to Recyclebank.  Sign in.  Take the pledge for ten points, then open the SC Johnson screen.  The pink bulls-eyes are worth 10 points each and the hidden bulls-eyes, on the sprinkler and AC unit, are also ten points each (Thanks to H4F.).  Somehow, I ended up with 60 points.

My Coke Rewards: Down to 20 points daily

It looks like the codes ending in -67 are no longer active for the daily points.  But 20 free points is better than none.

My Coke Rewards: Wednesday deal for Conde Nast

This one actually isn't terrible if you want a cheap subscription to Conde Nast.  Half-price today at 100 points for the Wednesday deal.

Don't forget to get your daily forty points with the free codes.


Stouffer's points: Eight points for the survey

For those of you who collect Stouffer's points, it's time for your points.  Interestingly, the two point question does not seem to be there this month.  It may be worth checking back later for that one.

The 1,250 point gift card this month is for JC Penney.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Swagbucks: Win 15 SB with collectors' bills

Swagbucks runs the occasional collectors' bills contest and here's another one.  It lasts longer, but has nine bills to collect.  The bills come up in ordinary searching.  Collect all nine and win a whopping 15 SB.

Monday, July 30, 2012

My Coke Rewards: Yet another 10 point code

Yanxfann, drinks are on us.  Thank you for pointing out yet another 10 point code at MCR: 10095827987467.

We're up to 40 free points per day. 

Birthday freebies from the list

Rumor has it that somebody is turning 40 today.  Actually, a lot of people are turning 40 today, but only one is reporting back on birthday freebies from our list.

Note: One of these days, I'm going to do a restaurant birthday freebie list, but it's safe to say that virtually every chain out there has some sort of birthday club.  Most give you a free entree or dessert.  Wendy's gave me $1 off a menu item.  Try not to give away the store, guys.  #winner

AMC Stubs: A free large soda.  Don't worry, I won't be paying $7.25 for the matching popcorn.

Disney Movie Rewards: 100 points.  That's actually pretty good.


My Coke Rewards: An e-card telling me to redeem my points to buy something special.  Now, if you only had anything special to buy... Can't really complain about these guys, though, considering the daily 40 bonus points I am picking up.

Panera:  An undisclosed freebie, which I believe will be a pastry.

Starbucks: A free drink.  Any drink,  any size.

Swagbucks:  50 free points, value of about $.40.



Friday, July 27, 2012

Pampers points: 10 points

Wow, Pampers has been awfully generous recently.  Too bad its generosity is inversely correlated to the quality of the rewards.  But until then, go here and enter code: FBOLYMPICS72712.

Friday Freebie: Free detergent!

Who doesn't want a little detergent to fix up their Friday?  Well, I've got it here for you.  Yes, it's a FB freebie, but remember what I told you about setting up a faux FB account?  It's gonna cost you some free detergent if you don't.  I'm just saying.

Note: You can skip the part about inviting friends.

My Coke Rewards: 10 More points!

And thanks to hunt4freebies for this one.

Yet another 10 points for MCR!  No idea if this one is repeatable, but I'll take it.  Use code: 10095913378567.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Coke Rewards: 20 points, possibly daily

Everyone has their own specialty.  In my case, I fall into the 1%.  You know, the 1% that can double-roll their tongues.  That's right, only 1/100 people can roll their tongue and then fold it again.  I read it somewhere, so it must be true.  I bet you really wanted to hear that, huh?

For FTer yanxfann, it's coming up with great MCR deals.  And this one is a goodie: Enter codes 10096122897198 and 10096071476917 for 10 points each.  As an added bonus, some have reported earning the bonus daily.  Yummy.

One odd point: both codes worked for me and each of my kids.  For my wife, only one worked.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MCR Wednesday deal: 80% off a Koozie

I'm not really sure what a Koozie is, but My Coke Rewards tells me that it's something to keep my beverage cooler. Given how hot the summer has been, however, my drinks rarely make it past 10 seconds, so I'm going to pass.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Coke Rewards: three quick points

My thanks to jrm68 on Flyertalk for pointing this out.

Visit MCR and play the Monticello game (second one down on the right side of the list).  You don't have to get the answers right, so just pick your favorite five answers and enter the code they give you.

Even more Pampers points: 10 points

Maybe they felt guilty about sending me a repeat code yesterday, so Pampers put out yet another 10 point code, Julsumnl12spnmr.

You know the drill, head to Pampers and get your points.