It appears the free Nielsen Home Scan program is accepting new member submissions again, but I’ve been on their waiting list for what feels like years. Probably because it has been years. However if you manage to get passed their iron gates, they’ll send you a small scanner to track your household purchases. In exchange, you’ll earn free points that can be redeemed for gift cards, toys, and other goodies. In addition, 25 panel members win a $500 American Express Rewards Card each month just for participating.
Any Hiffers out there who are in the program? What are your thoughts on it? How long does it take to earn enough points for decent rewards? Let us know in the comments!
I’m always skeptical of these types of deals, but after looking into who these people were and what type of security their site offered, I felt comfortable signing up with Plink and was able to pick up a free $5 gift card to Amazon.com.
The basic idea here is that you sign up, link a credit or debit card to your account, then earn free points whenever you use that card at restaurants like Outback, Arby’s, or Burger King (they’ve partnered with a few movie chains as well). You don’t have to actually make a purchase to get the gift card though. You get 500 points just for signing up and linking a card, which is enough to get a free $5 gift card to Amazon, Walmart, and others.
I’d never heard of Plink, but they’ve received some decent press, have an A- rating from the BBB, and their encryption security checks out. And if, after receiving your free $5 gift card, you decide that the service isn’t for you then you can delete your account.
And to boot, I got my free $5 gift card about an hour after signing up (proof). So give it a whirl, grab a few free bucks, and call it day.
One of the freebies I missed recently was this free $5 Cracker Barrel gift card that luckily is still available. You’ll receive the credit via email after signing up, but it might take a few days so don’t forget to keep a lookout for it. Then all you’ll have to do is decide when you want to use it and have pancakes for dinner.
Today Ebates is running a Cyber Monday 2 campaign (…really? That was the best name they could come up with? I would have gone with Super Awesome Bonus Money day.) where they’re at least doubling the rebates at over 500 stores. Some examples include:
Toys R Us – 10% cash back instead of 2%
Barnes and Noble – 10% cash back instead of 4%
Disney Store – 10% cash back instead of 5%
Walmart – 6% cash back instead of 1%
Nordstrom – 6% cash back instead of 3%
Old Navy – 5% cash back instead of 2%
Kohl’s – 4% cash back instead of 2%
Apple – 2% cash back instead of 1%
Those just scratch the surface – there honestly are a boatload more. Not only that, but new members to Ebates can get a free $10 gift card after making their first purchase. So if you’ve still got some Christmas shopping to do, today might be the day to stop procrastinating.
Now I just need to figure out what to actually buy for a few people. I’m open to suggestions. *crickets*
So mark your calendars and set your alarms for 1 PM EST on this Tuesday, November 1st. Why? Because Fed Ex is giving away 30,000 $25 American Express Gift Cards on their Facebook page starting then.
Are all of your watches synchronized? Good! Let’s grab a pizza and meet back here in about 8 hours. I left my wallet at home, though, so who’s buying this time?
What’s with the free $2 credits today? First CVS and now a free $2 Amazon mp3 credit. All you need to do click the yellow button and enter code FALLMP3S. After half a dozen failed attempts, I had to end up copy & pasting the code. I can recall the starting lineup for every Seattle Mariners team over the past 20 years, but I guess my little peabrain can’t correctly remember a string of eight characters.
The first 500,000 people who pledge not to be a MoneyTrasher (don’t ask) can have $2 free CVS ExtraBucks added to their account. Only 33,000 people had taken the pledge when I did, so either not many people know about this or lots of folks can’t bring themselves to promising not to throw money away.
As the follower count to HIF’s Twitter feed shows, most of you have a Twitter page. If you don’t mind making one tweet about Amazon, you can get $5 in Amazon Video on Demand credit for free. Just go to their page and click on the yellow button. That will take you to Twitter, follow the instructions, and the $5 will be credited to your account. You’ve got until tomorrow, June 19, to snag this offer.
If you’d like a free Amazon $2 MP3 credit, go to that link and enter code CLOUDMP3.
This was an insanely popular offer when I previously posted it. Amazon shows me what people have bought (not who bought it though, so your purchases are totally anonymous) and I have to say there was a ton of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga picked up last time. Considering HIF was recently named in Seventeen magazine, I guess that makes sense. Turns out teenage girls don’t listen to Foo Fighters or The National. But how about Bon Iver? Florence and the Machine? They were both on The Colbert Report last week, that means they have to be hip and cool!
Sign up by noon EST on Monday, June 27th, and get a free $10 Buca di Beppo gift certificate. This would be been a sweet segue into their birthday freebie, but I already posted it in May. Dang my momentary lapse in procrastination!