In less than three months, I’ve earned $20 worth of Target gift cards from MyPoints.com. Whether you need to supplement your budget and get a swimsuit as I have, or you want a gift card to give away as a present, or maybe you want to get free gasoline, using MyPoints can be a great way to earn an extra bit.
I’ve talked about MyPoints several times, but I haven’t done a good job of explaining exactly what it is. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask questions.
1. It’s a portal for buying from various merchants online. You can log into your MyPoints account, and click on the store you plan to buy something from (for example, Target). For that store, you’ll get 5 points per dollar when you spend $65 or so, and 10 points per dollar if you spend more than that.
Other stores have a flat point value. For example, for Blockbuster Online, you’ll get 1,000 points when you sign up for a specific plan. There aren’t coupon codes–you just click through from MyPoints to the online store.
2. You can get points without ever buying anything. Every day or so, you’ll get 1-3 (ish) e-mails from MyPoints. (Feel free to create an e-mail account just for this purpose. You’ll just want to use the same e-mail address for all of your MyPoints dealings, so your account gets credited).
You click a button to show you’ve read the e-mail, and your account is credited with 5 points usually. Or, sometimes you can get more points if you sign up for another web site’s newsletter, or participate in whatever offer. I also visit MyPoints.com each day, because sometimes they have one-question polls that also will quickly earn you points.
There are other free ways to accumulate points as well. Here’s how I racked up more than 1,200 in just a few weeks.
Once you get enough points, you’ll be able to redeem them for gift cards. So far, I’ve used a little more than 3,000 points to earn two $10 Target gift cards, which I received about a week to 10 days after requesting them.
Clicking on a few links here and there and signing up for a few offers really hasn’t taken much time. It’s something you can easily fit into your day, if you’re interested.
There’s not much you can do about gas prices, right? Wrong!
Use your MyPoints account to get free gasoline! At these two gas stations, it will take:
BP: 1,500 points for a $10 gift card; 3,750 points for $25; 7,250 points for a $50 gift card
Shell: 1,550 points for a $10 gift card; 3,750 points for a $25 gift card; 7,350 points for a $50 gift card
Use MyPoints gift cards to supplement your drug store deals.
CVS: 1,500 points for $10 gift card; 3,600 points for $25 gift card; 6,750 points for $50 gift card
Walgreens: 1,500 points for $10 gift card; 3,650 points for $25; 7,150 points for $50
Treat yourself to a meal (or a snack) out.
Panera: 1,400 points for $10; 3,450 for $25
Red Lobster/Olive Garden: 1,400 points for $10; 3,450 points for $25. If you choose to eat at Red Lobster, sign up for their coupon club so you can stretch your gift card even further.
Starbucks: 1,450 points for $10; 3,500 points for $25
TGI Friday’s: 1,450 points for $10; 3,500 points for $25. Check their site for current coupons. Now through April 18, they have a coupon for buy one lunch, get the second half off. You won’t be able to get your MyPoints gift card in time, of course, but just thought I’d mention that!
Click here for a complete list of gift card reward options.
For more on MyPoints, check out:
PaidTwice has two posts on how to optimize your points value. You might have noticed that there isn’t a flat rate of points needed for $10 gift cards. It varies. Even if it takes 50 fewer points to get a $10 gift card for Panera, but you’ve gone months without Starbucks and would really like to go, by all means, get the gift card you really want. You’ve earned it.
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