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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.