Eating out courtesy of MyPoints!
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If you aren’t using MyPoints, you’re missing out on a really easy way to get what boils down to free money. MyPoints is a service that pays you for reading emails and taking short surveys. I generally receive 3-5 emails per day and they take all of 3-5 minutes to read and receive points. My wife and I both participate.
Last week, my wife cashed in her points for an Olive Garden gift card. We started doing a weekly date night a few months back, and used the gift card to pay for most of a night out at the local Olive Garden. She used 3,450 points for a $25 Red Lobster/Olive Garden gift card.
My balance is currently at 2200 points and I’ll be cashing in my points balance for another gift card and another night out! Depending on how much time you’re willing to invest, MyPoints also offers games and other special offers for receiving more points.
You can also shop through them and earn points for buying things online. This is one area that I need to spend more time utilizing. We have all kinds of things we purchase on a frequent basis that I could probably be earning points for and frankly probably get them cheaper online. Lynnae over at bring frugal buys her printer ink online through MyPoints. I need to do that too.
I prefer not to spend a great deal of my time on MyPoints though, so I just click on the emails at 5 points each and visit their website and answer the polls for additional points. I will occasionally complete a survey if I have the time. I’ve also referred a few friends, which gets you points as well. I referred my wife.
One thing I do appreciate about MyPoints is that it hasn’t resulted in me receiving any excessive or unexpected junk mail or SPAM. This is not the case for other points/survey programs I have participated in. They also don’t send you tons of email everyday. To be honest, I wish they would send more! I’d be fine with 10 or 20 emails per day, given that each one literally takes less than 10 seconds to process.
Let’s say your email is email@example.com. When you signup for MyPoints, enter firstname.lastname@example.org. This will still route the email to you, but will allow you to easily set-up a gmail filter to route all of the email sent to glblguy+mypoints into a MyPoints tag and have it auto archive. This will keep your inbox clean but still allow you to easily process your MyPoints emails when you want. This is how I manage mine and it works great.
Here are a few articles from other bloggers about MyPoints:
- Maximizing Your MyPoints Rewards at I’ve Paid For This Twice Already…
- Free Gift Cards from MyPoints at My Dollar Plan
- Earn Money by Shopping Online at Mommy Gets Paid
Have any tips or tricks for using MyPoints? What have you received with you points? Add a comment!
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