Recyclebank: Free Subscription to Real Simple Magazine!

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Recyclebank has added a new reward! Use 475 points to get a free one year subscription to Real Simple Magazine! To find this reward, log in and select “Get Rewards” from the top navigation bar. Then select “Music, Books & Magazines”.

Short on points? Right now you can earn over 500 easy points by participating on online pledges and activities. Click on “Earn Points” from the top navigation bar to get started!

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Free Starbucks Beverage for New Rewards Members

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If you’re not a Starbucks Rewards member, you can head over HERE and sign up through 9/22 and get a free beverage just for doing so.

What is My Starbucks Rewards?
Earn points redeemable for free drinks when you register and use a Starbucks gift card for your purchases. Continue to reload the card as needed and get freebies all year long. You’ll also receive occasional emails and postcards good for free food and drinks.

Free $10 Starbucks Gift Card from Pampers Gifts to Grow

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If you’re a Starbucks fan, make sure you are also a member of Pampers Gifts to Grow. You can save the codes inside Pampers products and redeem them for free Starbucks gift cards. Just 1100 points gets you $10!  Here’s how you can start accumulating points right now:

  • 100 points just for signing up
  • JOINNOW4REWARDS code gives you an additional 50 points
  • GTGWELCOME10PTS code for another 10 points

Starbucks Rewards Program Now Includes Grocery Purchases

Attention Starbucks lovers! The Starbucks Rewards program has been extended to include purchases made at the grocery store. Look for products with stickers in the top corner containing reward codes, then log in to your account and insert code to receive credit.

If you’re not familiar with the Starbucks Rewards program, you can read all about it HERE.

Top Retail Rewards Programs

Earn money when you shop! Here’s a rundown of the national chain stores that offer a rewards system.

Gymboree

Gymboree Rewards gives you one point for every $1 you spend in-store or online. Accumulate 250 points for a $5 reward certificate, which comes via quarterly email. You’ll also receive member-only coupons, point earning events and discounts on Gymboree Play classes. The great thing about this program is that the rewards certificates CAN be used in conjunction with coupons, so you can see some big savings. Certificates expire 45 days after they are issued.

Old Navy

On certain occasions, Old Navy will offer Super Cash with your in-store purchase. In the past, they’ve given $10 in Super Cash for every $20 you spend. Redeem it during specified dates to get $10 off your $20+ purchase. When available, you’ll find it advertised in-store, on OldNavy.com and on the Old Navy Facebook page.

The Children’s Place

From time to time, The Children’s Place will offer “Place Cash” for your in-store and online purchases. In the past they have given $20 in Place Cash for every $40 you spend. You can use it to get $20 off your $40 future purchase. You’ll see this advertised in-store and online when it’s available.

Best Buy

As with many rewards programs, Best Buy gives you 1 point for every $1 spent. Earn 250 points for a $5 reward certificate. You’ll also get some great members only coupons and offers by email and snail mail.

JcPenney

JcPenney Rewards gives you 1 point for every $1 spent. Shop this month, and earn double points all next month. 250 points gets you a $10 reward certificate. Your points are tracked with the credit/debit card(s) you register on your rewards account. The only bummer is that your points expire at the end of the month, and if you don’t accumulate enough points to earn a certificate they go to waste. In other words, on the first day of every month, your account goes to zero points – whether you earned a reward or not. If you did earn a reward, it’ll come via email or postcard (if you don’t have an email address on file) and will expire in 30 days.

PS Aeropostale

PS Aeropostale is the little sister site of Aeropostale, offering clothing for sizes 4-14. Sign up for the rewards program and get 1 point for every $1 spent, with a $5 reward when you get to 75 points. You’ll also get a free gift on your birthday and access to members-only sale events.

Toys R Us

Rewards R Us gives you a $5 reward certificate for $150 purchases from Toys R Us or Babies R Us. There is a limit of $20 rewards per month and $60 per rewards period. Details HERE.

Shop Your Way Rewards

Sears, Kmart and Land’s End all participate in the Shop Your Way Rewards program. Earn 10 points for every $1 spent, with 1000 points giving you $1 in rewards. Give your member number, email address or phone number in-store to redeem rewards, or use your member number online. Occasionally, you’ll get bonus points for specific purchases. See store, sale ad, website or facebook pages to find them. You can opt in to email alerts to qualify for these offers. The more you spend, the more points you get with their VIP levels.

Target

Target not exactly your typical program. But for my money, one of the best. The Target Red debit card is connected to your checking account. Use it on your in-store or online Target purchases and the amount is deducted from your bank, plus you earn an additional 5% discount. There are no fees, no interest and no funny business whatsoever. Just a 5% discount. Love. More info can be found HERE, just be sure to notice that there are two kinds of Target Red: debit and credit. For the purposes of this article, I am referring to the debit card.

American Eagle

American Eagle has their own spin on rewards, giving out coupons in exchange for points. The more you spend, the more valuable your coupon.  You’ll earn 1 point for every $1 spent, which are accumulated quarterly. With 100 points, you earn 15% off. 200 points gets you 20% off. Earn 350 points in one quarter for a 30% off coupon, or 500 points for a whopping 40% off! Sister sites Aerie and 77 Kids qualify for points as well.

Kohl’s Cash

Occasionally, Kohl’s will offer $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend in-store or online. Rewards are redeemable for future purchases during specified dates, and are usually valid for 1-2 weeks. Kohl’s Cash is just like store credit. You can use it to make a purchase of any size from any department, which I love. Here’s an example from a prior promotion.

Did I miss any? Leave a comment and share your favorite retail rewards program and I’ll add it to the list!

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Top Rewards Programs for Food & Drink

Stretch your money even further with these popular rewards for food and drink.

Restaurants

  • California Tortilla Burrito Elito. Earn one point for every $1 with a $5 credit when you reach 50 points.
  • Carino’s Pasta Points $1 spent = 1 point. Get 100 and earn $10 off. Free dessert just for registering.
  • Dave & Buster’s get $10 in free game play for every $100 you spend on food & games.
  • Outback Steakhouse Submit codes on receipts and earn points redeemable for items in the Rewards Gallery.
  • Panera Bread MyPanera program.
  • Papa John’s earn 1 point for every $5 spent, with 25 points earning you a free pizza.
  • PF Changs earn rewards for your visits.
  • Qdoba buy 10 entrees, get one free.
  • Rainforest Cafe pay a one time fee of $25 and get $25 rewards credit. Then earn points on your purchases at Rainforest and other restaurants and redeem for more $25 credits.
  • Red Robin earn a free item after purchasing 9 items.
  • Smokey Bones Bones Club. Earn 1 base point for every $1 you spend, excluding tax and gratuity. When you reach 200 points, you’ll get a $20 food and beverage credit added to your card that can be used on your next visit.
  • Starbucks Rewards use a reloadable gift card to pay, and earn a free beverage of your choice.
  • TGI Fridays Give Me More Stripes program.
  • iDine is a program that offers you 5-15% cash back on your dining purchases at participating restaurants. Sign-up is free. You’ll need to register your credit/debit card so they can track your dining purchases. First tier members earn 5% back. Once you’ve spent $250+ you’re bumped up to 10%. Spend an additional $500 and you go to 15%. Rewards come in the form of an American Express prepaid card once you reach $20.

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Top Office Supply Rewards Programs

Here’s a rundown of how the big three office supply stores handle their rewards programs.

Office Max

MaxPerks Rewards is the only of the office supply rewards programs that allows you to “roll” your rewards. That means you can use rewards you earned on one purchase to buy something else that produces more rewards. This is a great way to minimize your out-of-pocket expense throughout the year.

Generally, this program gives you $25 back for every $500 you spend on qualifying purchases. But that’s not the best part. Just about every week, you’ll find products in-store and online available with 100% back in MaxPerks Rewards. On these purchases, your rewards account is credited the next month with the full amount of the product(s) and this credit is valid for 90 days. You can spend it on anything in the store, including items that produce more rewards! Members also receive exclusive savings by email and snail mail.

Another way to earn rewards is to participate in the recycling program. Earn $2 for every ink or toner cartridge you recycle, up to a maximum of $20 per month. More information can be found on the Terms and Conditions page.

Office Depot

Similar to the Office Max program, WorkLife Rewards gives Office Depot shoppers select items throughout the year available with 100% back in rewards $$. However, unlike Maxperks, you cannot use these rewards to purchase other items that produce more rewards.

The program also gives you 10% back on ink, toner, paper and copy and print services. Get $2 back in Rewards for every ink or toner cartridge you recycle in store when you make qualifying Office Depot purchases, up to a limit of 10 cartridges per month. Your rewards are paid quarterly in the form of an Office Depot Rewards Certificate if you earn a minimum of $10 in Rewards and are valid for 90 days. More details can be found on the Terms & Conditions page.

Staples

Staples Rewards members will also snag some items with 100% back in rewards dollars. Just keep your eyes peeled throughout the year.  These rewards cannot be “rolled”.  You’ll also earn 10% back on ink, toner, case & ream paper or copy/print services.  Rewards are issued within 30 days of the last day of the month they were earned, and expire the last day of the month two months following the month in which they are issued. Did you get that???

Spending $500+ at Staples will automatically upgrade your rewards account to Plus status.  With this upgrade, you’ll be able to redeem rewards when you’ve earned just $5 (instead of $10) back on ink, paper or print.  You’ll also get some awesome high value coupons by mail and email. Plus Members also receive free delivery on all orders, and, from time to time, in store events, offers, free products and services.

The ink recycling program is the same, earning you $2 per cartridge, with a maximum of 10 per month.  View the Terms and Conditions page for more details.

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Top Online Rewards Programs

Ebates

If you follow this blog, then it’s no surprise to you that I’m a big online shopper. I’ve gotten so use to doing most of my purchasing this way, that I find myself quite frustrated when I go to the brick and mortar stores. Spending time and gas money, only to find they are so often lacking the color, style or size I need makes me want to pull my hair out. Which is why I love Ebates.

Ebates is a cash-back shopping site that offers you a percentage of your purchase back as a rebate or bonus. They are affiliated with just about every online retailer you can imagine.  So you just log in, find your store, and click through the link to do your shopping. Ebates tracks your purchases and credits your account with 1-35% cash back! Easy as that. Your bonus arrives via Paypal every three months. Plus new members who sign up through THIS link will get a bonus $10 gift card just for doing so!

Swagbucks

In case you haven’t heard, Swagbucks is a site that gives away digital “bucks” when you search the web, among other things. You can save them up and redeem for Paypal deposits, Amazon gift cards and more. Plus when you refer your friends, you earn a “buck” each time they do for the first 1,000. So that can really add up. Especially since a $5 Amazon gift card is only 450 points!

I’ve earned hundreds of dollars in free Amazon gift cards over the past couple of years.  So needless to say, I am a fan.

Recyclebank

Recyclebank is one of the easiest rewards programs around. For every action you take that has a positive impact on the environment, you’ll earn points redeemable for gift cards, free subscriptions or high value coupons. Head over HERE to sign up for a free account, then click on “Earn Points” to find easy ways to earn by taking pledges, recycling and signing up for free offers. You can easily earn 100 points in just a few minutes, which is enough to grab a free subscription to Good Housekeeping or Redbook.

MyPoints

MyPoints was one of the first ever online rewards programs, and it is consistently the program I receive the most positive emails and comments about. The reason people love it?  The points are very easy to get, and they add up quickly! Get them by reading the daily MyPoints Bonus Mail you find in your inbox. Earn by shopping or taking short surveys. You can even earn by redeeming printable coupons! 1600 points gets you a $10 gift card to Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Olive Garden, Chili’s and more.  Today I found a B1G1 free Glade printable coupon on the homepage.  When you use it, you get 1,000 points!

SuperPoints

After hearing many good reviews, I hopped on the SuperPoints bandwagon last month, and I’ve already earned my first Amazon gift card! Similar to MyPoints, SuperPoints rewards you for reading emails, taking surveys and signing up for free offers. You can also earn by shopping online and referring your friends. 500 points = $5 Amazon gift card. Read more about them HERE.