I got an email today from Disney Movie Rewards offering me a spring sale on redemptions. I was pleased to see, though, that there was also a link for mystery points in there. I only picked up three, but that’s better than, well, two.
With the formal My Coke Rewards program gone, I always forget that there are still usually opportunities to get something for your caps. Here are two.
Movies at Home
Want to rent a movie on Amazon? Get a freebie, or at least one worth up to $3.99, by entering 25 codes. Act fast, though, since the deal ends on May 9.
Movies Away from Home
This one’s a better deal and lasts through July 16. Heck, it’s good enough that I might participate.
- Enter five codes and get a large soda at AMC Theaters
- Enter another seven codes and you’ll get a free large popcorn.
- Finally, enter another 10 and you’ll get a free ticket.
Since the value of all the movie gigs are over $24, you could turn this one into a money-maker, depending on how much you pay for your Coca-Cola.
I was actually alerted to this offer by an email from MyPoints, but the Swagbucks version is better on a dollar-basis.
Earn Swagbucks from Hulu
You have a chance to pick up $24 from Hulu through Swagbucks. Sign up through the site and you’ll get all the Buffy The Vampire Slayer that you want for as little as $7.99 (something about limited commercials on Hulu), as well as $32 worth of points.
Your reward will be credited within 24 hours and you have to keep Hulu for eight days. After that, it’s up to you.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Swagbucks, it’s a site that pays you to search, shop, complete offers or do all kinds of other stuff. It pays you in proprietary currency, whose points are worth a penny each. Searching is an easy way to accumulate points, but they often have offers like the Hulu one, which can turn into money-makers.
And if you are kind enough to sign up for the site through my link, we each get $3. Hey, three bucks is three bucks.
MyPoints is a paid-to-do-whatever site. There are ways to earn points by clicking, shopping or doing any one of a number of things. And every once in a while, they give you so many points for an offer that you can come out ahead.
MyPoints Money Makers
We’ll start with Dollar Shave Club.* They send me nice razors every month and charge me a whopping $9. The sign-up gets you 2,000 points, worth $12.50, and costs you $5. So you get an order of razors and come out ahead by $7.50. If you choose to continue, you’ll get another 1,500 points, which are worth just over $9. To get the continuation points, you need to stay enrolled for two months.
You can also get points for purchasing Pledge, but you need to do it at Walmart.
The Pledge in question runs as low as about $4 per can, and you need to buy two of them to pick up 1,400 points. Since 1,400 points are worth just over $8, you’re getting two cans of Pledge for free. Hey, just in case you want clean surfaces.
If you’re not signed up for MyPoints, I’d love it if you did so through my link. We each get something.
*When I signed up for DSC through MyPoints, it didn’t credit with the times noted in the T&C. I emailed them and they got right back to me, crediting the points (twice, actually).
Hey, today’s the day. Check your email for one from Disney Movie Rewards and scroll to the bottom of it. You’ll get a link for free mystery points. I got five free points.
Anyone want a cap?
If you use the code, please note it in the comments so no one else tries to.
Wow, earning points and saving the environment? Can it really be true? Yes, it is! Sort of. Kind of. Here’s Recyclebank.
Okay, don’t get too excited. Recyclebank (RB) is a site that is dedicated to helping people learn to live green. Although it has public companies as investors, it is a private entity based on a business model that would pay people to recycle.
The range of prizes isn’t great, but they’re easy to earn. Simply click on the links on their earning page and you’ll accumulate points, which can be traded in for magazines, coupons or gift certificates to the company’s proprietary store.
I usually check about once per month for new links, so this is as good a time as any.
There has been a proliferation of websites and apps that make it easier, cheaper or more rewarding to get food. Many of them center on delivery, while others focus on rewards. Ritual is one of my new favorites, focusing on convenience and rewards.
Ritual is all about ease of ordering, with some rewards thrown in. It’s based on the theory that most people get the same (or one of a few different) orders every time that they go to a restaurant. In other words, if you like the local restaurant’s spicy chicken with green beans, you’ll probably get that whenever you go there. With Ritual, however, you don’t have to worry about filling out the order form every time. Rather, it saves whatever you order and lets you re-order the exact same item with the press of a button. It also tracks your order and, theoretically, tells you when you need to be at the restaurant to pick it up. Not every restaurant is available, but many are and they seem to be adding new ones at a fast pace. They seem particularly strong with ethnic restaurants, although that might just be a function of my neighborhood.
There are two good reasons to sign up:
- They’ll give you a $10 sign-up bonus to do so. It is a referral site (I’m not even sure what I get out of it, but thank you for using my link!), but there doesn’t seem to be any downside.
- You earn points with each order. I haven’t exactly figured out the point system, although they apparently you free food. Best as I can tell, points are worth about 5% back on what you spend.
For those of you who are creatures of habit like I am, it’s worth your time.