Make Your Online Shopping Time More Rewarding

Make Your Online Shopping Time More RewardingHow would you like to be paid for the things that you are going to be doing online anyway? What if you could get paid to do nothing more than make specific searches or play games? These are things that you probably do everyday already, using your computer, your phone or a tablet, so you might as well benefit from them.

When you use Swag Bucks, you get paid in a global currency that can be used online. After you accumulate enough Swag Bucks, you can use them on online shopping sites to purchase things that you also needed to get anyway. For example, you might be able to buy things like new shoes or software programs. These are not frivolous purchases since you know that you need them, but getting them with your Swag Bucks means that you do not have to spend any actual money. In a way, you are getting these items for free.

This is a great deal since it can help you stay within your budget and get things that you otherwise may not have been able to afford. On top of this, you can even get Swag Bucks for your online shopping purchases. The Internet has revolutionized the way that people shop in recent years. You can now buy things for incredibly competitive prices since there are so many different vendors. You can have those items shipped to your door so that, as long as you have a few days to wait, you never have to go through the hassle of going out and picking them up.

Now, with Swag Bucks, you can actually get paid to spend your money. After a certain point, you can turn your shopping itself into free items that you buy with this online currency. The best part about this whole system is that it is a cycle. You can get Swag Bucks for being online, and then you can spend them online, getting real, tangible goods in return. As a result, you will spend more time on the Internet, which can easily be translated into more Swag Bucks, leading you to more purchases. The whole system is set up in your favor.

There are many different kinds of online shopping rewards our there, but none of them give you the flexibility that Swag Bucks can provide. If you are given airline miles, for example, you have to use them on tickets. With this online currency, you get to choose what you buy. You get a say in how your rewards are used. You are no longer at the mercy of the company offering the rewards. This whole system is easy to use, adding another great element to online shopping.

zp8497586rq

Earn Bonus Box Tops and Cash with Jingit

Shopping with the Jingit app

My kids really enjoy collecting Box Tops for Education for their school and they make sure that their grandparents, aunt and other family members are all involved as well. A couple times a year the PTO treats the grade level that brings in the most Box Tops to an in-school party and they always look forward to that so don’t EVER let them catch you accidentally throwing a Box Top away. Ours is a small country school without many resources, and like all schools these days, operates on a very limited budget. That makes the Box Tops for Education program even more appreciated because those funds are used for things like playground equipment, supplies and other things that are usually first to be cut from the budget.

When I learned about the Jingit app and how it helps you earn extra Box Tops for the school of your choice, I was thrilled to try it out and share it with you! Jingit is a tech startup company that connects brands like General Mills with consumers and gives them a way to pay you back just for paying attention to them. All you have to do is sign up for a free account, designate the school you want to receive the Box Tops, and download the app to your Android device, iPhone or iPad.

Once you get to the store you check in with the app and you’ll see a list of participating items that you can scan for bonus Box Tops.  I went shopping at Walmart and used the app while in the store to earn extra Box Tops on things I was buying anyway. All you do is scan a product from the list in the app, then answer a survey question afterward and the Box Tops are automatically credited to your account. Simply tap the product in the list, point your camera at the barcode, and the app will scan the product and credit your account.

Shopping with the Jingit app

I picked up several Totino’s Party Pizzas while in the store and was stoked to see that these packages all had extra Box Tops on them in addition to the bonus Box Tops that I got just for scanning them. When I checked into the app later on from home I was surprised to see that it was actually encouraging me to scan those products again from home for even more rewards! Win – win – win!

Shopping with the Jingit app

I was so excited to be earning extra Box Tops for the kids’ school that I didn’t realize right away I was also earning rewards for myself! You can earn up to $10 in cash rewards each week, up to $15 a week if you refer some friends, just for watching a few videos, scanning products and answering simple questions. Get a Jingit Visa debit card to spend your cash rewards or you can use the funds to buy your favorite music in iTunes. I scanned some products – Honey Nut Cheerios, Go-Gurt, Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks and Totino’s Party Pizzas – watched a couple videos and I already have a balance of $4.10! Head on over to get your free Jingit account so you can earn some extra cash for yourself and Box Tops for your local school.

Disclosure – I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Jingit. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own. #CBias #SocialFabric #jingit4edu

Save and Earn With Scott Shared Values!

Have you signed up yet? I’m excited to remind you about the new Scott Shared Values program where you can earn lots of great rewards in addition to receiving some high value coupons for Scott products! All you have to do is fill out the simple signup form above and you’ll immediately get a coupon for 75¢ off Scott paper towels or toilet tissue. You can increase the value of your coupon to $1.25 if you share it on Facebook, Twitter or through email.

I’ve printed my $1.25 coupon and I’m holding it to combine with the next sale since it doesn’t expire until next month. The best part though is that you also get access to other unique deals and special offers. The program will run through the end of December 2013 and there will be new rewards and offers each month. For example, this month members get:

  • Three Blockbuster Total Access rentals by mail (choose from over 100,000 titles)
  • Free Admission Family Fun Pass (free admission to your favorite attractions, such as miniature golf, go-carting, bowling, zoos, museums and many more)
  • Hertz® discounts and upgrades
  • Scott® Racing offers and discounts

In addition to your instant savings coupon just for signing up, you’ll receive a new coupon each month and other new rewards and offers. Win – win! Visit the Scott Shared Values page for more information or use the easy signup form above to get started.

DisclosureI participated in this campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Scott. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating and am able to earn additional rewards throughout the campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Save and Earn With Scott Shared Values!

I’m excited to tell you about the new Scott Shared Values program where you can earn lots of great rewards in addition to receiving some high value coupons for Scott products! All you have to do is fill out the simple signup form above and you’ll immediately get a coupon for 75¢ off Scott paper towels or toilet tissue. You can increase the value of your coupon to $1.25 if you share it on Facebook, Twitter or through email.

I’ve printed my $1.25 coupon and I’m holding it to combine with the next sale since it doesn’t expire until next month. The best part though is that you also get access to other unique deals and special offers. The program will run through the end of December 2013 and there will be new rewards and offers each month. For example, this month members get:

  • Three Blockbuster Total Access rentals by mail (choose from over 100,000 titles)
  • Free Admission Family Fun Pass (free admission to your favorite attractions, such as miniature golf, go-carting, bowling, zoos, museums and many more)
  • Hertz® discounts and upgrades
  • Scott® Racing offers and discounts

In addition to your instant savings coupon just for signing up, you’ll receive a new coupon each month and other new rewards and offers. Win – win! Visit the Scott Shared Values page for more information or use the easy signup form above to get started.

DisclosureI participated in this campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Scott. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating and am able to earn additional rewards throughout the campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

5 Inexpensive Ways to Reward Yourself

Working a full-time job, managing a household, and paying close attention to a monthly budget can be extremely taxing. If you’ve been successfully living within your means and paying off your debts over the past few months, then maybe it’s time to reward yourself with something nice. Sure, you’ve almost paid off your credit card bill, but that doesn’t mean you should celebrate by heading to the mall and go on a shopping spree. Rewarding yourself doesn’t mean that you need to spend a lot of money. Here are some simple and frugal ways you can treat yourself to something nice:

1) Order in.

If you’ve been cooking your meals at home in order to make your budget stretch further, then why not treat yourself to a night of ordering in? Ordering in is still cheaper than dining at a restaurant, and you can always check our restaurant coupon database first! Have a few pizzas or some Chinese food delivered, and enjoy your meal in front of the television with your family.

2) Take a bubble bath.

Ask your parents (or spouse) to entertain the kids for the night and spend a relaxing evening soaking in a warm bubble bath. Light some scented candles and grab a glass of wine for an inexpensive yet peaceful evening.

3) Read a book.

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a mound of books that are gathering dust and waiting to be read. Spend the day catching up on some good reads. If you haven’t got anything ready to read, then why not borrow a book from the library or a good friend?

4) Clean up the closet.

Cleaning up your clothes closet is a wonderful way to find clothes you have long forgotten about or have never used. Apart from ridding your closet of clutter, you can also take the opportunity to find new purposes for your items. Perhaps you can turn a pair of pants into shorts, or an oversized blouse into a cute dress.  While you’re at it, why not pull out the old stuff you don’t wear anymore and take them to a consignment shop to earn some more cash?

5) Purchase something.

There’s nothing more rewarding than a little retail therapy. Treat yourself for your good work by buying something you’ve been eyeing for a while. Don’t go overboard, of course. Set a spending limit and stick to it. It may help to only bring a sufficient amount of cash and leave the credit cards at home.

Let’s face it—everyone needs a break sometimes. Try some of these suggestions and enjoy a little reward without having to break the bank!

Photo Credit: iClipart

Win a $500 Amazon Gift Card From Checkpoints

Enter to win a $500 Amazon.com gift card with the CheckPoints Star Spangled Giveaway!

The weather is heating up and it’s a great time to stock up on all of your summer necessities from Amazon.com. CheckPoints, the #1 Lifestyle Rewards Smartphone App is giving away a $500 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner!

CheckPoints Is The App That Pays You Back

Simply download the CheckPoints app on your iPhone or Android mobile device. Then just fire up CheckPoints whenever you’re out shopping. Check in at your location and you’ll see nearby products that you can scan to earn points. Grab more points just for checking-in and then you can redeem your earned points for a variety of rewards from gift certificates to your favorite stores and restaurants, to airline miles and the latest must-have electronics. You even have the option of giving back to your choice of charitable causes.

FREEBIE ALERT

Here’s a special promo for my readers – when you register for an account with CheckPoints use the code: SHOPSTRATEGY and you will automatically get enough CheckPoints for a free and instant $1 gift card or charitable donation. What a great way to be rewarded for doing what we love – SHOPPING so sign up (iPhone) (Android) and don’t forget to use the SHOPSTRATEGY code to grab your free CheckPoints while registering your account!

1 Lucky reader will win the $500 Amazon Gift Card!

Please note the rafflecopter entry form is embedded in the CheckPoints mobile app. To access this rafflecopter entry form you must download the CheckPoints App on your Smart phone first and register for an account to get to the rafflecopter entry form. Follow the instructions below to be in for a chance to win

1) Download the CheckPoints App for FREE from Google Play or iTunes.

2) Register for an account using my bonus code, SHOPSTRATEGY

3) Under the “Collect” tab in the App, choose “Easy Points” and select “Enter to Win a $500 Amazon Gift Card!” from the menu.

4) Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form to complete as many entries as you like! Login to the rafflecopter form with your facebook login (not your email address) for easy access to all the entries.

Come back each day to the rafflecopter form for extra bonus entries to increase your chance of winning. Bonus entries include easy blog comments, tweets and daily secret code words – so its worth checking in.

The $500 Amazon Card giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST on July 18th, 2012. Good Luck.

Swag Code Extravaganza Today!

Whoohoo – the Swagbucks Carnival has started, and it gives you an opportunity to earn bonus Swag Bucks each day just for earning the way you normally would. Check the meter on your homepage and you’ll see you daily goal and how close you are to hitting it. Every day you hit the goal, you add to your bonus! As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll get additional bonuses based on how many days of the Carnival you’re able to hit your goal! To top it all, Swagbucks is having a Swag Code extravaganza all day today – that means lots of codes, lots of Swag Bucks and lots of fun! Don’t miss it!

(All posts may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.)

How to Save and Earn With MyPoints

This week I want to share with you guys a site that I have been a part of for several years, and one where I have earned hundreds of dollars! MyPoints.com is an online shopping site that offers all sorts of exclusive savings to the stores you know and love, and awards points for each purchase. Once you accumulate enough points, you can redeem free gift cards to your choice of over a hundred stores, restaurants, and charities. And it’s completely free to join!

There are two main things that I love about MyPoints. The first is that it truly is helpful whether you’re looking for a specific product, searching for hot deals, or even just browsing. MyPoints itself doesn’t sell anything, and gets most of it’s business from satisfied shoppers, so they want to show you the very BEST of what they have to offer. It makes online shopping (and saving) easy for even the technologically illiterate.

The second wonderful thing about MyPoints is that you can participate – and earn gift cards – without spending a cent! I don’t do a whole lot of online shopping (other than right before Christmas, when the deals are unbelievable!), and have still had several hundred dollars in gift cards sent to me, all for free! With a struggling economy, getting a free gift card for your daily expenses can really help to stretch your budget without making huge sacrifices.

When you sign up for MyPoints, they send you a few emails a day. You can click through the ads for points, take surveys for points, and make purchases for LOTS of points. I love saving up points and treating myself to the occasional Macy’s shopping spree, or getting a gift card towards gas and save myself that expense. So even if you’re not a big online shopper, MyPoints.com is certainly a site to check out to find low prices and high rewards.

(All posts may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.)

Shop and share with friends online at zuuzs



Get up to 30% off, plus you can earn money back on all your online purchases when you shop with zuuzs!  Even better, you can shop with friends at all your favorite online stores and everyone will be rewarded.

You can easily share your hot deals and great finds with friends and family and earn money back on your purchases while you have a good time shopping.  For example, eBags is one of my favorite online stores and if you click through from zuuzs to do your shopping you’ll get an additional 20% of your purchase plus 3.3% cash back!  Within 24 to 72 hours after making an online purchase, the cash back reward is deposited into your FUNdz account.

The reward percentage varies for each store at around 1.2% cash back for WalMart and up to 15% cash back for Overstock.  Invite your friends to join you by sending them ‘shopvites’ so they can earn rewards too!  You won’t pay any more than you usually do, and you can even use any store loyalty programs that you would normally, the only difference is that you’ll also be earning cash back while you shop.

Today is the last day of zuuz’s holiday gala giveaway where they’ve given away an awesome prize every day since the first of the month.  They’ve been giving away awesome prizes like gift cards, a Garmin Nuvi GPS, and yesterday’s Canon PowerShot Elph camera.  Don’t miss out on today’s giveaway of a Kindle Fire.  All you have to do is register for a free account at zuuzs and you’ll be entered to win.  Get an extra entry for connecting your Facebook account, and another for every friend that you refer who joins.  You can also follow zuuzs on Twitter or like them on Facebook to stay informed of upcoming specials and events.

Disclosure: This post is part of a compensated campaign for zuuzs. All opinions are my own.

Earn Rewards While You Shop With Your Phone!

I have a terrible addiction problem – I can’t help but checkin on my iPhone everywhere I go!  I’m the mayor of so many places that it’s really pretty sad.  One day I left the house without my phone and it was the worst day ever!  I couldn’t checkin anywhere and I just didn’t feel right the whole day.  My husband thinks I’m crazy because checking in doesn’t really get me anything except a collection of badges, but now I’m ready to show him! 

I recently found a new app called Checkpoints that is so much more fun than the apps I’m used to checking in with, and it actually rewards me for doing the things I’m already doing anyway! 

Here’s how it works – you earn points for checking in on the app using your smart phone when you go places, and you get even more points for scanning items with your phone while you’re shopping.  You also get coins when you scan items that you can use to play in-app games where you can win up to 150,000 bonus points.  The best part is that you can redeem your points for great stuff like gift certificates to your favorite stores and restaurants, airline miles and even all the hottest electronics and gadgets!

If you have an iPhone or an Android smart phone then I highly recommend checking out the free Checkpoints app so you too can earn rewards while you shop!  Use the referral code shopperstrategy in the “bonus code” field when you register and you’ll automatically get 150 free bonus points to get started.