Swagbucks: $10 Free (And Software)

Good morning! While I know that most of you  some of you   a few of you none of you are disappointed in the result of last night’s Super Bowl, maybe $10 from Swagbucks will help cheer you up.*

Free Money (And Software) from Swagbucks

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I know nothing about this product, other than that it gives me money.

Do you like money? Do you like software? Well, if you do, you’re in luck. Head over to Swagbucks and pick up 3,500 points, worth $35, for spending a total of $24.99, earning you ten bucks. Well, $10.01 to be exact.

One note: It’s a subscription, so write yourself a note to cancel a few months from now. Otherwise, you’ll get an unhappy surprise in about twelve months.

 


*This offer was first seen at Doctor of Credit. Hat tip for the good detective work.

 

Ibotta Reinstates Free Money; Other Sites

Two days until the Super Bowl, six until the NBA trade deadline and ten until the four sweetest words in the English language, “Pitchers and catchers reported…” And to top it all off, Ibotta has reinstated free money. What else can we ask for?

Ibotta And The Case Of The Missing Quarter

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A few days ago, I wrote about how my favorite shopping site, Ibotta, had taken away one of its best offers, which gave you a whopping $.25 just for uploading a receipt.

Well, good news. The $.25 “any offer” has returned! Just upload a receipt and they’ll give you your quarter. It resets about once per week, but can generally be used at multiple stores. I like to think that they were intimidated by my scorching post, but I’m guessing it’s just coincidence. Or maybe not.

One Other Tidbit…

Check out “Fetch” and “Receipt Hog” on this page, both of which will also give you something for uploading a receipt, regardless of what you bought. You don’t earn a quarter for each one, but they don’t limit you to one per week, either.

 

Kellogg’s Family Rewards: 100 Points

Happy hump day! How about 100 points from Kellogg’s Family Rewards?

Kellogg’s Family Rewards

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Simply enter code WINT-ERTI-MEKF-RPTS at the site above and you’ll pick up your stash.

A little hint: One of the prizes that you can get is a $1 off coupon for a box of cereal, which costs 850 points. Given how frequently supermarkets have sales, it may be worth combining with a store coupon and or promotion to get some really cheap cereal. Wait for the big sale and hit when the time is right.

 

$10 Free From Ritual Restaurant Ordering App

There seems to be a new restaurant ordering app popping up every day. Nothing wrong with signing up for a new one if they are giving you free money, and Ritual actual has something unique about it.

Ritual: One-Stop Shopping

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Yummy. And potentially free.

I use Ritual pretty frequently because of their one-click system. I’m boring and get the same thing from the local Thai place every time, but they make it easy for me. Whenever you use them, they give you the option to save your order so that you can get the same thing again in the future with a single click. See? It becomes your “ritual.”

They also have a rewards program. You get points based on what you order, how frequently you order and where you order from. They’re pretty generous with the bonuses, too.

If you sign up, I’d appreciate it if you use my link, as we will both get $10 credit. Can’t beat that!

 

Ibotta “Enhances” Its Site

In the points business, the word “enhance” is a dirty one. It usually means, “We’re going to take away a benefit and try to convince you that it was a good thing.” Well, Ibotta has joined the enhancing party.

Ibotta Pulls $.25 “Any Offer”

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Ibotta is a receipt-scanning site that rewards you for purchases, generally at supermarkets or drugstores. Simply compare your receipt to what they have on their weekly specials. If any of them match up, you’ll get money back. For example, Kellogg’s might partner with Ibotta to offer $1.00 back if you buy one of their cereals. So you buy some corn flakes and scan your receipt. Boom, you’re $1 richer.

Note that you can still use store and third-party (newspaper, internet, etc.) coupons in addition to Ibotta, offering you a chance to triple-dip.

One of the things that I liked most about the site was its “any offer.” Every several days, they’d give you $.25 just for scanning a receipt, regardless of what you had bought. No, it’s not much, but free money is free money. Recently, though, they changed that reward from a quarter to a sweepstakes entry. No idea how many people are entered or what you win, but it’s not as good as free money.

Ibotta remains my favorite of the shopping apps, but I’m disappointed that they took away what had been a good bonus.

 

Bruegger’s: Three Free Bagels

We bought our kids an Xbox for their birthday, and I’m pretty sure it’s the worst decision that I’ve ever made. Has anyone ever tried to use this thing? When I was a kid, I had an Atari. You stick a cartridge in the slot, pick up the joystick and you’re done. Now, these newfangled things require a Masters Degree. I looked up how to download Minecraft to the machine. There are 11 steps. 11? Seriously? Why isn’t it just, “Turn on machine, press here, play?”

Three Free Bagels from Bruegger’s

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Birthday bagels! Now there’s an idea…

Bagels. I’m here to talk about bagels. Show up at a Bruegger’s store on February 1 between opening and 11 am and they’ll give you three free bagels. Think of the hero you’ll be in the office when you bring them these unhealthy treats! Registration is required, and I don’t think that candles are included.

First seen at Hey It’s Free.

 

Get Points Just For Showing Up

While I admit to starting today in a worse mood, it improved as the day went on, culminating in lunch after my favorite food stand guy returned. It’s nice when people show up. And it’s nice to get points just for showing up.

CheckPoints

One of my favorite apps, particularly at the supermarket, since there is nothing to buy to earn points. Rather, in addition to getting points for surveys, watching videos, etc., you can clean up simply by scanning bar codes. You simply pull up the app and click on the closest store (possibly the one you’re standing in). It will give you a few products and you’ll get points (usually 25) just for scanning the bar code at the product. I assume that they’re checking on inventory or advertising something, but I really don’t care. The easiest thing to cash out for is an Amazon gift card and the points can accumulate quickly.

Simply download the CheckPoints App and you’ll get 70 points. If you’re feeling especially generous, you can use my referral code “friedmanm”. I thank you in advance!

Shopkick

Even easier is the app Shopkick. True, you can get points for buying something or scanning products, like with CheckPoints, but you don’t even have to do that. At many stores, you get points just by showing up. Open the app and it will direct you to the closest participating store. Stand in the entrance and Shopkick will register your location and give you your points. Yup, points for just showing up at a location. I do a bunch of them on my way to work, since I walk by participating stores. Actually buy something? That’s for amateurs.

If you download the app and enter the code “JOY126227”, and we’ll each get 250 points (which they call “kicks.”). Redeem and enjoy!

 

Kellogg’s Family Rewards (100 Points Plus Stuff), Swagbucks

I’ve always found Tuesday to be a somewhat depressing day. I’ve already suffered through Monday, so the weekend rest has worn off, but Friday is still far away.

Kellogg’s Family Rewards

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Maybe I can cheer myself up with a whopping 100 points from Kellogg’s Family Rewards.  Enter code SNOWMANYPOINTS4U at the site and you’ll be a century richer.

And if that doesn’t cheer you up, you up, how about a free water bottle? That’s right, just enter codes form three participating products and that shiny new container is all yours.

Swagbucks Bonus Points

My favorite paid-to-search site, Swagbucks, also has paid to click/paid to take action opportunities, and today, Revenue Universe, one of its partners, is offering bonus points. If you haven’t yet signed up for Swagbucks, I’d really appreciate it if you use my link. You’ll earn 300 SB, worth $3, and be on your way to earning more.

 

Recyclebank: Earn Countless Points

One of the sites that I always forget to mention is Recyclebank, whose “hook” is that they teach you about recycling. They pay for rewards by partnering with major brands, but that’s okay, we don’t judge.

One of the nice things that they have done is move all of the “earn” opportunities onto one page, meaning that you don’t have to hunt all over the site to find them. There are well over 1,000 points available, so I gave up counting. Most of the time, you earn points simply by clicking on the page or, at worst, clicking through a few pages. The prizes aren’t terribly exciting, but decent stuff pops up on occasion.

 

Up To 600 United Miles: Opinion Miles Club

Surveys are a good way to earn some extra points, miles or dollars. Most airlines offer them and they’re easy enough partners to use.

Opinion Miles Club

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At United, you can earn up to 600 miles by joining their survey partner and completing your first survey. Most of them range from 5-15 minutes long, and it’s easy enough to complete them while doing, well, anything else. Premier (elite) members and United credit card holders get the 600 miles bonus, while all other frequent flyers get 300.

Is 600 (or 300) miles worth much? Not really, if the miles are worth 1-2 cents each. But there’s another factor in play here: mileage expiration. If you’re like me, and fly some airlines infrequently, you run into the risk of seeing your account deactivated (United will do so after 18 months of inactivity.). That fact, in and of itself, makes it worthwhile to join and do a survey, even if you never do one again.