Written by my daughter, Brittany Madden
As you all may remember from a previous post, I was lucky enough to get a Professional Internship at Walt Disney World! I was just so excited, and prepared for months. The only hiccup in my adventure was money. Between living expenses, student teaching in Barcelona, and being a new baby college graduate, my funds had gotten pretty low. But never fear! I have got the savviest Momma around who has taught me all of her money-saving tips.
One of her tips is doing ALL of your online shopping through reward sites. So, for the last few years, I’ve been making my internet purchases (I’m talking clothes, makeup, textbooks, spring break trips, etc…) through Sunshine Rewards or MyPoints. I have also used Swagbucks (imagine Google, but getting paid to search) off and on, and when possible, I always purchase my gas at Speedway.
When I began to stress about finances, I remembered all these reward programs! I had never cashed any of them out, so I was eager to see how much I had accrued. Between all four programs, I had enough points to get $363 worth of gift cards!!! MyPoints proved to be my biggest win, with $175. And I tried to think carefully about my purchases: I got gas gift cards to pay for my drive down to Florida and then researched nearby stores I knew I would shop at.
Here is a breakdown of what I got from each reward site:
- MyPoints – $100 sent to my PayPal account, $50 Target gift card, $10 CVS gift card, and $10 AMC Theatre gift card (there is one at Downtown Disney!)
- Speedway – $50 Fuel Card and $50 Vanilla Visa Card
- Sunshine Rewards – $88 sent to my PayPal account
- Swagbucks – $5 CVS gift card
How cool is that?! Plus, I cannot get over how it was totally FREE! So let this be a lesson to you all: whenever you shop online, make sure it is through a reward site. My advice is to find your favorite one (or two), and shop exclusively through that website to gain points faster. Also, if you can’t find your store on one reward website, check another. My experience has shown me that it will be somewhere!
For ways to make money online, read my momma’s guide Make Extra Money At Home: My Tips & Recommendations