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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: gift card

Good news and bad: The good news is that 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:


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.


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.

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

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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?


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, e-gift card

Get a $50 card for 270 points.  Frankly, I'd consider the deal if it was, say, free, but wouldn't spend a dime on it. 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.