Pinch a Penny

Making Holiday Shopping A Little Brighter with Rewards

A marriage, a birth, a commitment – it seems like each year our family is just a little bit bigger as we gather together during the holidays. It’s wonderful to see the faces of my nephews, to watch the kids play, and catching up with family we don’t get to see often enough. My favorite part of the holidays are watching people open gifts. Gift giving is a holiday tradition I love, but it can be expensive. Especially when you factor in expenses like airfare and car rentals as we fly cross country to be with family during the holidays.

Having started my blogging career as a “deal blogger”, you bet I make sure I always take advantage of all the coupons and sales possible for every purchase I make. One of the first and easiest ways to save money (even when you can’t find a coupon code) that I’ve used since 2001 is called MyPoints. By signing up with MyPoints, a free online rewards program, you get rewarded for the purchases you make. So when I purchase a lovely cashmere sweater from Macy’s for my mother, or the cutest golf club covers for Ben, I’m getting rewarded regardless of if I have a coupon or not!

I also love that you have the opportunity to earn rewards without even spending a dime. You earn Points/rewards for pretty much everything you can do online: shopping, surveys, searching, printing coupons, playing games or simply opening up an email and clicking a button. Those are points that rack up quickly.

In fact, new members can earn a super easy $10, fast. By signing up and making 2 online purchases through MyPoints in the first 30 days of membership, MyPoints will deposit a bonus $10 worth of Points into your account! If you think about it, within the next 30 days Christmas Shopping season will be in full swing. Retailers everywhere will be having awesome online deals, so it only makes sense to shop through MyPoints to earn rewards while taking advantage of great deals.

Redeeming the point is just as easy as earning them. You can choose to cash them in for restaurant and retailer gift cards to places like Amazon, Gap, Olive Garden, Starbucks, Regal Entertainment – and in the past I’ve even used these as Christmas gifts too!

Some other options are that I can even making getting the family together easier by trading them in for airline miles. OR I can even have cold hard cash deposited into my PayPal account. Holidays are also a time often used for giving to those less fortunate, which makes MyPoints even cooler because they offer the option to donate directly to charity. 

So in conclusion (and in case you just skipped down to the nitty gritty here), just sign up at MyPoints and start earning rewards for all the Christmas shopping you’re about to do. You’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing this for the past 12 years like I have!!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MyPoints. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Jeana S

Jeana S

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.


  1. Cassie Sudduth
    October 29, 2013 at 10:04 am — Reply

    I’ve been a member of Mypoints for years now and love it! I have gotten many gifts for my points!

  2. Deb E
    October 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    I love racking up reward points just for getting things you need anyway. That usually determines where I’ll purchase things if I can get just a little extra with my bucks.

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