How many rewards programs are you in?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by dustysky, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. dustysky

    dustysky DIS Veteran

    Feb 26, 2006
    I have GOT to start taking my OCD meds :rotfl2:
    I just relized TODAY that we buy so many products that have a rewards system in place. For instance my husband drinks LARGE amounts of Coke, I took all his boxes and used the codes off them, I already have 180 points to buy something with!!! :banana:

    I am hooked on the take 5 candy bars (stupid bzz) so I looked at the package and they also have a rewards/points program on the hersheys web site.

    In addition to those I have been a long time mypoints member ....

    How many do you do??

    Can anyone share some good ones?

    Whats the best PRIZE you ever got from a rewards program??
  2. NY Disney fan

    NY Disney fan DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2005
    Rewards programs are intrinsically designed to promote spending. I try not to get involved.

    However, I do have a Disney Visa, that I try to keep under control. ;)
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  4. dustysky

    dustysky DIS Veteran

    Feb 26, 2006
    true but if we are already buying those products already then whats the harm?
  5. purplegirl247

    purplegirl247 <font color=purple>I joined for reason A<br><font

    Jun 14, 2006
    I'm a big fan of mypoints as well. I also belong to several survey sites (my favorites are where you earn points for stuff; I've only ever won $50 TOTAL through the sites that offer raffles). Through hipoints (Harris Poll online), I got a really nice crockpot absolutely free of charge. Hooray! I use my Discover card to get gas rebates; it's so great to get those free giftcards in the mail!
  6. bettyann29

    bettyann29 <font color=blue>Heres my contribution for today..

    Dec 30, 2003
    I currently do Mypoints.. I get alot of emails so I click on all of those.. I only buy what I was going to buy anyway but I do it thru them.. so I dont spend any more than what I was going to anyway.. I also do clicktothemagic which I only click for points, memolink (although it seems like now it takes more points to get anything.. but they still send me emails and I click those) and I do sunshinerewards.. again I only do paid clicks I dont buy thru them.. Back in the days when the programs were abundant I did quite a few.. I do them for the gift certificates..
  7. DawnM

    DawnM DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2005
    I find that if I am trying to get to the "next set of points" I will spend more. It is cheaper to scrimp and save and have a Disney account for ME personally.

    When we were remodelling our house in CA we used the Disney Visa for pretty much everything for while. That gave us a free Disney trip last year! We won't be spending that much again any time soon.

    If it truly does save you money, then great.....for us, it typically doesn't.

  8. MyGoofy26

    MyGoofy26 DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2004
    I belong to a number of different programs. Excluding frequent flyer and hotel programs, I do a lot of rewards programs. Sometimes I end up buying something that I didn't need . . but ONLY if I'm getting back more than I'm paying and I do the research to make sure I won't get scammed into paying more money. But most of my earnings are for things that don't cost money or for something I needed to buy anyway.

    *MyPoints, I've cashed out for $175 in gift cards in the past couple years. I don't even use them a lot, I just take advantage of big point opportunities when they come up. They had 500 points for each order on Overstock right before Christmas a couple years ago, at the same time there was free shipping. I ended up buying most Christmas presents separately so I'd get 500 points on each order and ended up with $50 to cash out in Rainforest for our Disney trip that December. There were a couple books I needed to buy, so I played one of their "games" and my consolation prize was double points to join Zooba for a minimum of 3 months. Well, I needed 3 books and I could wait. . . so I bought them there, cheaper than the bookstore! They had 1000 points earlier this year for any Avon purchase, there was a free ship code floating around, so I bought a bottle of makeup remover for about $1.

    *CreationsRewards, other than a plane ticket, all my points have been from clicks and signing up for "surveys" that spam me. Well I have a junk mail account anyway, spam away! I think I'v cashed out about $50 or $60 in the past year.

    *Sunshine Rewards I've cashed out $60 ($65 if you count the Disney gift card deal a couple weeks ago) for the same types of things as CreationsRewards. . I've done a few trials, mostly for things I actually planned on trying anyway. But I've done a few that cost $1 for the trial, and I'd get much more than that back if cancellations were easy in my research. I probably haven't spent more than $5 in things I didn't want/need.

    *e-Rewards, they send out a lot of surveys (judging by other boards, I get more than a lot of people - guess I'm a good demographic) and I use that "money" (since you can't cash out for the actual cash they give you) for Hilton Honors points every 3 months.

    *Pinecone Research, I get at least one a month . . usually a few a month. $5 right into the vaca fund!

    *Good Housekeeping has something I signed up for. . . I never do anything regularly but they send out things to try and then email you a survey. I got a huge box with a Corelle plate (LOL!), full sized toothpaste, full sized hair products, and I don't even remember what else.

    I tried FreeRide, but it took me a year to cash out for $25 and after 2 months I still don't have the gift card. I did RewardTV as well and cashed out once and got my GC, cashed out again and 2 months later nada. Haven't done either since cashing out and won't if I don't see something in the mail.

    I've been collecting the Coke rewards - we have a crapload of 2 liter bottles with that Olympics promotion, so I've been collecting the codes. Already cashed outor 500 (I think) Hilton Honors points, and will probably keep doing those.

    Wow, you'd think I spend 10 hours a day doing rewards reading all that! LOL! I really don't spend *that* much time on them.
  9. barbeml

    barbeml DIS Veteran

    Sep 8, 2002
    I try not to spend a dime on anything that doesn't earn me rewards.

    I have two rewards CCs: AAA and Marriott (because I am a meeting planner I get lots of free points from Marriott). I pay them off monthly, so I don't pay interest and the rewards are really free.

    I do most of my shopping on line (free shipping) using my rewards CCs and going through rewards sites: MyPoints & Creations Rewards.

    I track my rewards, prizes, survey payments, free items, product tests, etc. My "hobby" earns us a couple of thousand dollars annually.

    My best cash out ever was two years ago when I used $3400 from my GM Rewards Card toward a new car. Two months ago, I got two 7-day Adult Hoppers from Marriott Rewards. Last year I got free plane tickets to WDW with AAA rewards vouchers.

    If you do it right, you can do very well with these programs.
  10. Savsmommy

    Savsmommy <font color=green>I'm a middle lane girl<br><font

    Sep 24, 2003
    I belong to MyPoints, Sunshine Rewards, Pinecone Research, Inbox Dollars, Test Spin Survey, Greenfield Online. I do the Coke Rewards. I'm a Buzz Agent. I think thats it. :)
  11. azgal81

    azgal81 <font color=blue>I am such a big fan of color<br><

    Sep 14, 2005
    I belong to sunshine rewards, e rewards, mypoints, memolink, freeride, click to the magic, quick rewards, bzz agent, creations rewards, inbox dollars, snap dollars, send earnings and rewardtv. You don't have to shop to make money through the sites.

    And a number of survey sites as well - pinecone, mysurvey, lightspeed panel, survysavvy, surveyspot, ipos, opinion outpost, opinion square, harris poll, epoll, ACOP, globaltest market, zoom panel, otx surveys, survey direct, test spin, buzzback and your 2 cents.

    I also have two reward credit cards I use for all my shopping and yes pay them off each month. I also gain quite a bit of interest through my online savings accounts which go to the fund as well. I also belong to frequent flyer and hotel stay programs so that helps get things for free as well.

    Reward and survey sites are not that big of a time investment. The rewards are great and most of them go to the disney fund. This might be silly to some people but it does pay for at least 80% of our trip sometimes more.
  12. DisneyGirl4188

    DisneyGirl4188 <font color=purple>Mike's Princess<br><font color=

    Aug 16, 2005
    I do:

    My Points
    Sunshine Rewards
    Inbox Dollars
    Treasure Trooper
    Partnership Plus
    Pinecone Research
    Survey Spot
    Click to the Magic

    The best ones for me have been My Points (I have earned over $90.00 in gas gift cards plus I still have a few more months until the trip. I also have Rainforest Gift cards too) and Treasure Trooper (I earned over $70.00 the first month, without doing credit card offers).

    I earned a $60.00 check from Partnership Plus (it did take almost a year, but you only do one survey a month). I am up to $40.00 from inbox dollars.
  13. kfeuer

    kfeuer <font color=blue>My kids are going to think I'm ol

    Jan 24, 2003
    I used to belong to quite a few, but I've had to scale back. Right now I just do Mypoints, Upromise, Ebates, lots of survey sites, and I'm a Bzzagent. I also work hard at maxing out our credit card rewards. I charge everything possible and pay it off at the end of the month.

    I try to use all the rewards I get towards vacation costs. I've already got $130 in gas cards saved up for our cruise (8-hour drive to port), and we're going to do the test drive for another $50. I've got $50 in Walmart gift cards saved up to help cover photo developing when we get back. I've also got a $25 Eckerds gift card (from filling a prescription) for sunscreen, Dramamine, etc. When you're on a budget like we are, these things really help out.
  14. NancyIL

    NancyIL DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    I remember a few years back when Freeride used to be SO good! Sigh...I just do MyPoints these days. If I am ordering something online and it doesn't give MyPoints -then I'll check UPromise.

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