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.
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.
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.
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.
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.