The holidays are rapidly approaching, and my pocketbook is already running for cover. I’m always looking for clever ways to save without changing my shopping habits so I was thrilled to hear about MyPoints – a free online rewards program where you earn points/rewards for pretty much everything you do online: shopping, surveys, searching, printing coupons and playing games.
Once you accrue enough points, you can redeem them for a gift card to your choice of over 70 merchants — many that I use all the time, such as Amazon, Gap, Starbucks, Sears, Kohl’s, Regal Entertainment and many more. SWEET!
To rack up points while I shop and do the things I’m already doing online, that’s just like getting free money. Sign me up!
They make it easy to start saving, and if you make 2 online purchases through MyPoints in your first 30 days of membership, MyPoints will deposit a bonus $10 worth of Points into your account! Those Points are more than enough to give you $10 to spend with one of your favorite merchants.
Using MyPoints is really easy. Once you sign up, they email a confirmation code immediately, and you’re good to start shopping!
You can search for stores by the alphabetical index or use the category index down the left-hand side. Or choose one of the popular tabs from the menu across the top: Shop, Deals, Easy Points, Surveys, Halloween or Rewards.
Personally, I started with the “shop by featured brands”. I like how they show you how many points you can earn by the dollars you spend. I went right to LOFT because they are offering 5 points on a dollar, and I really want another one of their boyfriend sweaters in another color. I filled my cart, edited it down to fit within my budget, and made my purchase. I’m hoping to see my points added to my profile soon.
You can see here where I was given 1750 points for participating in this program, and I earned a few more by filling out my profile.
I also like how they give you recommended offers based on who is offering the best deals at the moment.
There are a gazillion different ways to earn points. You can pick and choose what resonates with you. Invite friends to join, download the toolbar, fill out your profile, play free games, print and redeem coupons . . . the list goes on.
And check out the deals tab . . . it lists a ton of great shopping deals. Such as an extra 25% off at Saks and a KitchenAid mixer for $230 at Kohl’s among many others. This is a fabulous resource for holiday season coming up!
When you’re ready to redeem your points, you go to the Rewards tab and scroll through the offers. You can search by category or just look through the featured rewards.
I wanted to try it out so with only 1750 points, I was pretty limited. I decided to go for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. WOOT! I just filled out my mailing address, and I will be watching for my GC to come in the mail within the next few days!
From now on, though, I plan to allow my points to add up and then spend my rewards on gifts for the holidays when it gets closer to Christmas. Who can argue with free money???
Also, check out their Refer a Friend program. If you invite your friends to join, you get 25 bonus Points for each friend that joins, plus 10% of all their earnings for life! THAT is pretty sweet.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MyPoints. The opinions and text are all mine.