App of the Day: Shopkick

I get made fun of by my husband for this one because every time we walk into a store, I walk very slowly though the entrance with my phone in hand waiting for my “kicks” for walk-ins to register… Oops. But if I can get paid in Target gift cards for walking into Target every once in a while… OKAY!

Here’s how to do it (and if you’d like to sign up, let me know so that I can send you a personal invite… we both get points for it :)):

1. Download the Shopkick app and make an account with your email.

2. There are three ways to get points, or “kicks”, but I personally only use two. The way I get my kicks (hah) are by walking into participating stores and letting the GPS in my phone locate me in the stores (Target, Old Navy, Macys, Kohls, Walmart, etc., etc.). Usually I get about 50 kicks per walk-in. I also sometimes scan items (another way for Will to tease me), but I only do this if it’s worth my time. In other words, if it’s 50 kicks or more and easy to locate, I’ll scan it 🙂 The final way to get kicks is by linking your credit card to your account and getting points for buying things at the stores. This one makes me nervous. I don’t like having my card info out there, so I just don’t utilize that feature of the app.

3. Once you’ve got about 1,500 kicks… it’s gift card time!! In my 6 months of using Shopkick, I’ve gotten $5 in Starbucks gift cards and $20 in Target gift cards. Pretty sweet for just remembering to open an app when I’m doing my regular shopping.

Now you could get really intense about this app and get a TON of gift cards by popping into stores each day. Haha. But who has time for that?! Not me. So I just use it when I’m shopping rather than going out of my way to get points.

Fun, fun, fun. Make your shopping trips into a new fun game and get free stuff!

App of the Day:

Today’s app is actually just a website, Now I won’t lie… This website is much more time consuming than Vinted or some of the other free stuff apps I use. But it’s great if you’re having a Netflix marathon or just chilling on the couch or procrastinating from studying (not that I do that…)

The premise is… you take surveys. About everything! Sometimes it’s household appliances, sometimes it’s food, sometimes it’s toilet paper. Really. Anything. But the more surveys you take, the more the site gets to know you and you stop getting all the surveys that don’t relate to you (like about baby food and diapers).

My one warning with MySurvey: They sometimes ask for personal information. For example, they may ask to text you. They may ask to access your webcam. They may ask you how much you make in a year. My rule on this type of info… Just. Say. No thanks! Saying no to certain things doesn’t prevent you from being able to take surveys, but I just don’t want that kind of thing to be out there for… whoever. Because honestly, 90% of the time you have no idea who you’re taking the surveys for. Market research, obviously. Not just anyone can create a survey… They are legitimate surveys given by legitimate companies. But that’s just my one warning for the day 🙂

Want to hear about the perks? You get points for taking surveys. Longer surveys are usually worth more points. Some surveys aren’t worth any points. Pay attention to that and don’t waste your time. Once you have about 1,000 points (the equivalent of 10 surveys on average), you can trade in your points for gift cards! You can get gift cards to almost anywhere… WOOHOO!

In the short time I’ve used MySurvey, I’ve gotten $30 worth of gift cards. We use my surveys (hah) as our fund to buy Vue Cups for our Keurig. Practical way to get what we’d already be buying… but for free! (Other than the hours of mindless survey-taking, of course.)