I hope your New Year has gotten off to a great start. As we begin fresh for the year, I want to begin with putting ourselves in a position to save money, and we can do this by utilizing reward offers that many companies offer. I’m always amazed at how many people who don’t know about all the FREE items that we have at the tip of our fingers. Literally, all we have to do is download an app in most cases.
Here are a few of my favorites places – ten to be exact – to get FREE or discounted goods. We frequent these places on a regular basis, so why not take full advantage of the perks that each of them offer.
Listed in no particular order:
Chick-Fil-A: First, download their App. Second, each time you make a purchase at Chick-Fil-A have them to scan your App. You can either pay with cash/debit card or load money onto your App. I always use cash/debit card. The more you visit the closer you become to getting FREE treats. After about 4-5 visits I always get another FREE treat and then sometimes they will send me FREE “Thank You” treats.
Starbucks: Again, download their App to get started. Each time you make a purchase at Starbucks have them to scan your App. It basically works the same as Chick-Fil-A but with Starbucks it’s based on how much money you spend. For every $1 you spend you get so many stars. So, it may take a little longer to get to the 125 star requirement. You do get a FREE item on your birthday, so if you only download the App for this one reason, it’s worth it.
Regal Movies: Their rewards can be found on an App as well. Each time you go to the movies at Regal or purchase from the concession stands, have them to scan your App. Points accumulated here result in FREE movies, FREE popcorn, FREE drinks, etc. It really comes in handy after a while. Don’t forget that they offer FREE refills on a large popcorn purchase. So even if you’re leaving the movie, get your FREE refill. That’s what you’re paying for, basically. My family always ask for individual cups or nacho trays to share the popcorn and still get our FREE refill. Make it work for you!
Domino’s Pizza: Create an account on their website. Each time you order you will earn 10 points. After 6 purchases or 60 points you will earn a FREE two-topping medium pizza.
Kroger: Did you know you can download coupons onto your Kroger card via the Kroger App? Also, every Friday they offer a FREE item through the App. Just make sure you log in to download the coupon to your card…if not the item will not be FREE. Also, for every $100 you spend you can get 10 cents off of gas. This is really a win-win situation. Coupons, FREE Friday, discounted gas!
Target: I’m an avid Target shopper. So be sure you download their App, use their cartwheel savings. Very similar to the Kroger downloadable coupons. But, I think the best part about shopping at Target is being able to save 5% on all purchases whether in store or online by using their Target REDcard. It took me a long time to finally give in to this because I was under the impression they were all credit cards. But they have one that’s just a debit card. After being approved, you have to link your debit card to the Target REDcard. Once linked, you will use your REDcard at checkout – it saves you 5% and the money will automatically be drafted from the bank that you linked your REDcard to. Click HERE for my information about the REDcard.
Hotels/Flights: Okay, I shall not list all the different hotels/airlines that offer memberships. But just know that they exist. Once a member in a particular chain, you are able to get FREE rooms, flights, upgrades, drinks, and more. *I remember being a member of a hotel chain and they provided FREE bottled drinks in the room and I honestly didn’t realize they were FREE because I was a member. I wouldn’t let anyone drink them because I didn’t want to be charged. We literally found out they were FREE at the last-minute. It was a very funny story.*
Finish Line: For every $200 you spend you can receive $20 to spend on your next purchase. So make sure, you’re signed up as a member with them online or in the store. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
Ebates: I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to say it over and over again. If you shop online be sure to use Ebates for all of your online purchases. You literally get paid to shop. So when I want to order from Finish Line (there are over 2000 stores offered), I’ll first go to Ebates.com search for Finish Line (5% cash back as of 1/7/18 – percentages fluctuate) and click on the shop now option. I’m redirected to the Finish Line website. I’ll shop as normal and get 5% of my subtotal back. After each quarter I’ll receive the money I’ve made for that quarter. They can send you a check or deposit the money into your PayPal account. I have mine deposited into my PayPal. It’s quick and easy. So not only have I made money from Ebates, after I spend $200 at Finish Line, I’ll get $20 to spend later with them. Again, another win-win situation. Click HERE to join and to start earning money!
Contest: Last but certainly not least, those contest on the radio where they ask you to text a specific word to a certain number…….do it……they work!!!! Last February, I won $1000 from the radio for texting the word Soap. A few days later, I received a phone call saying I had won. I was in total shock. Then about two weeks later I completed the paperwork that was sent via email. By mid March I had a check in the mail!!
So there you have it, be sure to utilize your FREE options. These are just my favorites. Just about every store has a rewards program these days.
Do you have and perks that perhaps I should know about? Sharing is caring, remember?
**Disclaimer: These perks are based in the United States. I am unaware if these same perks will apply in other regions of the world**