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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Best Buy Reward Zone: 25 points

Ya know what kills me?  I always forget to do these when I get home.  Maybe tonight.  In the meantime, collect your 25 points for the quick survey here.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 points

Hark!  What is that I hear?  The sound of 50 Kellogg's Family Rewards points?  Man, it's been a while.  I haven't even looked at the rewards recently. 

In any case, thanks to FTer Earthlings who posted the code: FREEGROCERIESNOW

Best Buy Reward Zone: 25 points

Here's your daily points from Best Buy.  I've run out of sarcastic comments.  Sorry.

My Coke Rewards: Wednesday Deal

Ooh, Club Pogo for six months, now 100 points instead of 500 points.  I'm still not sure what Club Pogo is, but this offer doesn't exactly make me want to jump up and down.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Starbucks: Challenge update

I was able to cash in Mypoints for a couple of Starbucks gift cards, so I've got a little breathing room now.  I also cashed in some Shopkick points, which has become a favorite since they introduced points for scanning at a generous rate.  My main source has been Mobee, but I have the good fortune to be in Boston, which helps me with that one, since it appears to be local to the city.

Current balance of about $57.  And huge thanks to those of you who have been offering coupon codes!

Recyclebank: 30 points

Ah, good 'ol Aluminum.  In this case, it's worth 30 points.  Read about recycling it here.

Pampers Points: 15 points

I just finished writing the post complaining about how slow it has been, so it's nice of Pampers to react so quickly.  Okay, that's a lie: H4F pointed out a few that I missed.  Use JANNY0113NLSPMR for 10 points and HAPPYNEWYEAR113 for another five.  Get the link here.

Prizes are still mixed, depending on what age group you are buying for.  There are several prizes for much younger kids and, once you get to the higher levels, 2,000 points will get you a $20 Sam's Club gift card.  Shutterfly products are also highly available.

Best Buy Reward Zone: 25 point daily poll

You know why I like Best Buy so much these days?  It has everything to do with the fact that it has been a very cold couple of weeks for all the other programs.  So take your 25 free points and enjoy. 

Here's a thought: What happens if you did this poll every day for a year (if it were to be around that long)?  Hmm, 365X25=9,125 points.  Since 250 gets you $10, you'd end up with $180 in Best Buy rewards, just for clicking a link every day.  Note: Since I am unable to access FB on this computer, I don't actually know if there is an expiration on this game.

Facebook isn't the only way to earn BB points.  You can also get them at Audience Rewards by playing trivia games.  You only get 12 points at a time and only once per week, so this avenue is not highly lucrative.  On the other hand, you can always find all the answers online, so it's easy.

If you are really in a bind or you have a small number of points in a loyalty program that you will never use, you can always convert points to BBRZ at Points.com.  The conversion rate is atrocious (e.g., 4,000-5,000 airline miles for 1,000 BBRZ points), but it's there.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Best Buy Reward Zone: 25 points

I don't know how long this Best Buy promo will last, but I like it while it does.  Here's your daily user poll for the next 25 points.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mobee: Enhancements not as bad as I feared

Well, Mobee updated its app today and, to my surprise, the "enhancements" were not as bad as feared.  The only real downside was the elimination of the 300 point missions.  200 is now the max.  On the other hand, you can now choose from a list of several missions at each location instead of the one they assign you.  I have yet to determine if you can do multiple missions at the same location. 

I am now over 2,000 points and still have plenty of cash on my Starbucks card, so I'm saving up for some of the bigger prizes.

Friday Freebie: Some sort of pork product

So click here, do some Facebooky stuff, including watching the video and you will be brought to a coupon page.  If enough people do it (Trust me, they will.), you get free Oscar Mayer pork!  Yummmm.

Best Buy: 25 points

Here's today's 25 point quiz.  Enjoy!

Don't forget, 250 points gets you $5.

My Coke Rewards: 20 free points

It's been a while since we got an outright free point offer from MCR.  Coke, it's good to have you back.  Get 10 points for watching the amusing commercial here and then another 10 for retweeting it.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Best Buy: 25 points

Hey, it can't hurt.  Here's another 25 points for you.  Don't know why they're giving away so many points, but who am I to question it?

Actually, I do know why: If I were Best Buy, I'd be doing everything possible to get people in, even if it meant giving the stuff away.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Best Buy: 25 points

Another day, another short poll.  Here's 25 more points.

On the plus side, you get a $5 BB gift card for every 250 points.  You could have something with this promo in ten days if it keeps going.  I don't normally shop at Best Buy, but we always have a need for batteries.

My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: $5 Domino's Gift card for 125 points

Personally, I can't stand the stuff, but I do know that there are fans of Domino's Pizza out there.  In any case, it's one of the more useful deals, so pick up your gift card for 50% off the normal price here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Starbucks: Update on personal challenge

I'm not sure where I'd be without Mobee, except maybe highly jittery from lack of coffee.  1,500 points turned into $15 worth of Starbucks, pushing my balance up to $26 and change.  Even better: Mobee's now providing instant rewards for Starbucks e-gift cards, as opposed to making me wait a week, like it did with the first set.  I'll have enough to last the week.  Whoo-hoo!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Papa John's: Super Bowl coin toss offer

So I'm watching re-runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and watching Willow go all vengefully after Warren kills Tara and thinking, "Wow, a free pizza would be good right about now."  And here comes Papa John's, with their free pizza offer for calling the coin toss at the Super Bowl.  So here's the deal: guess whether it will be heads or tails on the toss and get a free pizza.  Now, you can only enter once, but your family members can enter so, unless they use a really weird coin or you are really bad at math, a free pizza should be yours. Enter here.

ETA: The original post was changed due to the comment that correctly pointed out the mistake I had made.

Pampers Points: 10 points


Hey, how about celebrating the holiday with 10 Pampers points.  Enter the code FB1MLK21AP6PD13 at Pampers Points' site.

Best Buy: 75 points

Best Buy is in the Zone these days.  The rewards zone, that is.  Here's 75 points for the taking.  25 points for completing the one question poll on the user poll tab and another 50 for completing the living room.  Click on the living room link, scroll down, choose some products to fill up the living room and hit "I'm Done."  And then you are indeed done.

And thanks to H4F for pointing out that there is a $50 off a $100 purchase Best Buy coupon.  Just look here and use a Mastercard.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Freebie: Angry Birds Rio

All I can say is, it's a good thing that these birds are virtual.  I play them so much that, if they were real, my floor would be covered in bird poop.

Best Buy: Possible 25 points

Given my inability to access my Facebook account from this computer, I can't tell if this poll is new or not, so feel free to take a peek for 25 points.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: Minute Maid Koozie

Wow, another product that I wouldn't take for free!  But if you've always had a hankerin' for a koozie, here's one on the cheap.  That's right, for only 50 points (down from 250), you can have your very own Minute Maid Koozie!  Enjoy.

Best Buy Rewards: Possible 25 points

Since I no longer have FB on this computer, I don't know if this poll is different from the one last week.  If it is, it's good for another 25 points.

Thanks to H4F for this one.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mobee: Pricing/Rewards update

For those of you who use Mobee, keep an eye on the rewards.  I just got an email from them telling me that they were introducing new rewards and that they would be making changes to the pricing.  Right now, it's just too good a deal, so I expect rewards to get more expensive.

On the plus side, the word "enhance" was nowhere to be found.

Pampers points: 5 points

Well, I guess I shouldn't complain because they're free, but seriously, five lousy points, after such a long dry spell?  Sheesh.  But I'll take them anyway.  The code is: TWITQ89YATXP213.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Recyclebank: 40 points

Poor Recyclebank.  It's my 2am drunk-dial.  When I have nothing else, I know I can always turn here.  So pick up an easy 40 points by learning about cereal boxes here.  There's a 15 and 25 point offer on this page.

I'll call you tomorrow RB, I swear.

Mobee-Major Metropolitan Areas

So it has been a very, very quiet weekend.  Nothing.

I wasn't really going to bring up Mobee, but I wanted you guys to know that I haven't fallen off a cliff.  It's a great program and has moved from "just Boston" to several metro areas.

The only factor that makes this site worth mentioning to the general audience is that it is, by far, the best online reward site (similar to Checkpoints and Shopkick) that I have found.  By a long, long long-shot. 

The site allows you to do reviews, called "missions," of local chain restaurants, ranging from Starbucks to Subway, as well as everything not in-between (not a lot of room between St- and Su-.).  There are 7-10 yes/no questions (or rate on a scale of 1-10) and then you're done.  For instance, my mission today was questions on order accuracy at Starbucks for my morning coffee.  I got about eight questions, it took under a minute and I got 200 points (more on that in a bit).  You also have to take a picture of the receipt or menu with your phone, just to show that you were actually there.

Why it's so huge: The rewards are ridiculously easy.  Missions earn 100-300 points and for the 100 point missions, you don't need to buy anything.  If you walk by a bunch of restaurants, walk in, do the survey and leave.  100 points are valued at $1.  So most of my Starbucks missions are 200-300 points, take under a minute and get halfway to reloading me for the next day.  A $5 Starbucks gift card is 500 points, for instance.  I work downtown and walk past probably a dozen chain restaurants every day.  Heck, there are two in my office building (Cosi and Au Bon Pain, both of whom participate in Mobee). 

Getting a mission is easy.  Open the app and press the arrow in the bottom left-hand corner to get a list of restaurants in your area.  If you are anywhere near me, you'll have more than you could do in a month.  Click on the pin nearest you or determine the restaurant on the map they show you.  If you don't like the mission assigned (for instance, if you are walking by a McDonald's but have no interest in buying anything), just close out the app and re-open it.  It'll give you a different mission.

The prizes are limited at this point but they have gift cards and cash among them.  2,500 points gets you a $25 iTunes card.  6,000 points gets you $50 in cash.  Again, downtowners can do that in two week, tops.  For those of us who go for a walk at lunch, it can be a week.  At the top end, 100,000 points gets you a cruise, $1,000 shopping spree or two Green Monster seats for the Red Sox.  On most other sites, the top prize is unattainable.  At Mobee, it's highly, highly doable.

I'll be using Mobee to reload my Starbucks card (now at $8.03), but once I get that done, I'll go for one of the higher prizes.

Downside: I don't know what the revenue model is for this company.  If they have contracts with the restaurants that pay them per review, that's good.  If they are just collecting data and hoping to sell it, that's bad.  Obviously, part of the appeal to the restaurants is that the 300 point reviews require you do buy something.  Be "the cost of doing business" for them, not the reason the restaurants are in business.  Alternatively, if you really want those 300 point offers, but a $1 (or cheaper) item, get the receipt and then turn around and get $3.00 worth of value from it.

Note: If you sign up through the link above and, if you use my referral code, we each get a one-time bonus of 300 points.  My code is BKLZ.  But I don't see this as a referral conga.  It's simply too easy to accumulate a ton of points.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Freebie: Atkins bars

For those of you into the low-carb thing, here's an offer for three free Atkins bars and a starter kit, whatever that is.  Maybe for the mid-afternoon munchies?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Best Buy Reward Zone: Up to 50 points

I don't see Best Buy Reward Zone points too often, so this one is a bit unusual, but H4F found a link that gives you 25 points under the Member's Choice tab and another 25 for taking the User Poll.  The downside is that, to use the points, you'll probably have to shop at Best Buy.  Get your points here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: $25 Restaurant.com certificate

I guess if you have no other way to get these certs, they are a good deal here, but they are so frequently on sale that this deal probably doesn't make sense.

Stouffers gift card of the month; Starbucks reusable cup deals

For once, Stouffers is offering a decent gift card this month, with a $25 Walmart Card available for 2,000 points.  No word on whether it can be used to buy money orders.

Starbucks is selling reusable cups for $1.00.  The cup gets you $.10 off a purchase, so if you are a regular, it's a deal.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Starbucks: Free $2.60 credit

Thanks to my anonymous poster yesterday who pointed out that Starbucks is offering a $2.60 credit, which is good for a free blonde roast, or anything else you feel like buying.  You can order one for yourself and send one to a friend.  There does not seem to be a limit on how many of these you can cash in, so multiple Facebook accounts qualify.

With a credit from this promo and one from Shopkick, I'm now at $10.22 on my Starbucks card.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Disney Movie Rewards: Monthly bonus points

I just got my email with my monthly bonus points (nine this month), which means that you just got yours.  Enjoy!

My goal for 2013: Free Starbucks for a year

So I saw Frequent Miler's million mile idea and thought, hmm, that's crazy.  Sounds like fun.

I decided to do my own challenge this year.  I currently have about $6 on my Starbucks card.  What would happen if I tried to get my Starbucks for free for the entire year?  As an addict, that's $20-25 per week, or just over $1,000 in free coffee, etc. for the year.  I know, that's a lot of money on coffee, but I have no other vices (I don't drink, smoke or hide the bodies.). 

The first trick is figuring out which of my free programs offer Starbucks as a reward.  So far, I have located Checkpoints, Shopkick, e-rewards and mypoints.

There are back-up programs as well, including Disney Movie Rewards, Kellogg's Family Rewards (if they bring the cards back as a reward), Listia and anything else that may pop up throughout the year.

There are some rules, of course.

Rule #1: No ordering Starbucks gift cards when an equal or better opportunity comes along.  For instance, at Swagbucks, I can order a $25 Paypal card for 2,500 points.  I can also earn a $25 Starbucks card for 2,500 points.  There's no question about which is a better deal, however: the Paypal is simply more fungible.  So in this case, I cannot order a Paypal card.  On the other hand, at MyPoints, there are cheaper options than the Starbucks card, but none that I would otherwise order.  In this case, I can order the Starbucks card.

Rule #2: Free coupons are allowed.  So if Starbucks sends me a birthday coupon or customer service coupon, I can use it.  The goal, after all, is free drinks.

Rule #3: No money on the card?  No Starbucks.  I know that FM has a Pass/Fail idea going but, with only $6 on my card right now, there's a good shot that I could run out before getting some value on the card.  Please note: If my posts get increasingly cranky, I've likely run out of freebies.

That's it, although I'm happy to take suggestions.  I'll update as I load my card or if there's a reason to do so.





Sunday, January 6, 2013

It's been a quiet weekend...

but Boloco gave me a free burrito the other day, so I'm paying it backwards.  Free MCR code, just please post in the comments when it's gone.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Freebie: Free app slots

This is kind of an odd one but something I stumbled across a few days ago.  It's an iPhone app (Don't know if it works on Android) where you play a slot machine with free spins.  You get points based on the outcome of the spin.  Your points can be used for anything from credit toward certain apps to gift cards.  For instance, I've been playing for a few days and have enough points to pay for some apps. 

Spins: You get two free spins every day.  You also get spins for downloading free apps and letting them sit open on your phone for 30 seconds.  You can then do whatever you want with the app (e.g., delete it).  Referring new users also gets you five spins the first time they download an app.

I play because it doesn't cost anything and there are actually a few apps I want that are prizes.  A gift card is farther away, but possible.  iPads are prizes at the very high end and look like they could take forever to earn.

My referral link is http://freeappslots.com?refcode=33quzkbo and you may actually need to hit the link on your phone.  Feel free to start a Conga in the comments section.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Disney Movie Rewards: New Year's points

Oddly, my New Year's points showed up last night.  Hey, first of the year, second, who cares?  Fifty points is fifty points.

If you still haven't gotten yours, I'd suggest contacting the company.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kellogg's Family Rewards: Monthly bonuses


Don't forget to check the bonus point offers in the top right-hand corner.  I've got 3X points through Friday and double points on Corn Pops.  Yuck.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Stouffers: 10 points

Don't forget your monthly 10 Stouffers Rewards points for taking a couple of quick surveys.  They begin to add up!
Also, check your offers in the orange "My Dinner Club Hub."  Mine was for double points on codes >10 entered this month, which will be unlikely for me.  Yours may be better.

Disney Movie Rewards: Targeted 50 points

Interesting note: My wife received a 50-point New Year's code from Disney.  I and at least one other person didn't.  Just check your mail to see if you got one.

Pampers Points: 10 free points

Happy new year!  Let's start it off with 10 free Pampers points.  Just head over to Pampers and enter code FBBWJRQYEANY201.  

Thanks to my anonymous commenter for pointing out the extra digit that Pampers put in the first code. :)  I have fixed it.