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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.