I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post about this. I guess I wanted to check it out first and make sure it was legit before spreading the word. Anyway, about a year and a half ago, when I was barely making enough money to survive, I came across www.mypoints.com. It’s an email program essentially. They send you an average of about 3 emails a day (sometimes more, sometimes less). You click on the advertisement and you’ve earned yourself 5 points. You can X right out of it after you’ve followed the link, OR you can sign up for whatever the product is and earn more points. I usually X out. You also earn points if you buy stuff online. I spend a lot of money at barnesandnoble.com. If I go to their site through my account at the mypoints site and buy stuff, I earn 10 points per dollar. That adds up pretty fast.
Once you’ve earned enough points, you can cash them in for a gift card from the merchant of your choice (picked from the list on their website). My first gift card a year ago was for Wal-Mart. I figured I spend the most money there on groceries, or getting an oil change for my car, so it would be like extra cash for things I need. It came only a few days after I cashed my points in and I used it right away. That was it…just like cash.
I’m at about 4,000 points now and I’m not sure what to use it for. Between 3,250-3,800 points is usually equivalent to a $25 gift card depending on the merchant. I may just wait until I’ve earned $50. I don’t know. In any event, it’s taken a little less than a year to get to 4,000 points. The first time I did it, and earned $10 for Wal-Mart, it took about 6 months. That was using only the click points I received in my inbox, not additional points from buying stuff online. So, if you’ve got 1 minute a day to open a few emails, you’ll have some free cash in no time. You can let the emails pile up in your mailbox if you want and do them all at once, but you’ll need to be careful about expiration dates on the offers.
Two additional notes:
-My best friend Diana and my mom have taken advantage of this. My mom is email illiterate basically, but has already earned and redeemed a $10 gift card…so it’s not too difficult.
-If you’re interested in doing this, I get extra points for ‘referring.’ Send me a message on facebook if you want me to send you an email invite. If not, it’s fine for you to do it on your own. If you have any other questions, let me know.