Posts Tagged "shopkick"

Is Viggle Worth Your Time? Suz Says: “Skip It!”


So, a few months ago, I said I’d give Viggle a go. It seemed simple enough. Open the app, and use its mic to check into programs that were airing on my TV. And for certain shows, there are Viggle Live quiz opportunities to earn bonus points. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is, but it’s not a very rewarding use of my time.

I wrote that initial post back in mid-October. And since then, I’ve managed to accumulate 35,000 points. Sounds like a lot, right? On SwagBucks, 35k is $350! On Shopkick, it’s $140! So we’re talking big money!

On Viggle, I think 35k points translates to about $14. My math is a little rusty and I originally wrote this post at about 2AM. A few days ago I checked the Gift Card section and saw that there were $5 Fandango Gift Cards for 15k. Yup. That was it for me. So I redeemed some of my points to get one. I tried to do another one immediately afterwards, but the app told me I’d already gotten one. (I forgot that one can only redeem one gift card brand per day) So then I was stuck with 20k points. The only available reward that I could afford was a 1-day Redbox Movie Rental. Yippee?

Now, I wasn’t a die hard Viggler during these past 5 months, but I did check in almost every day. To have only really earned enough for two $5 gift cards really isn’t a good use of my time. Especially when I can spend just an hour or two per day on SwagBucks and acquire a $5 gift card, to my retailer of choice, every 5 days! You read that correctly. I earn enough on SwagBucks to, on average, cash in for a $5 gift card every week. Every. Week!

So 5 months? No thanks!

And let’s talk about how most gift cards aren’t even in stock at any given time on Viggle. They don’t have Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Sephora, Starbucks, or any of those retailer cards readily available. Every so often, a desirable $25 gift card will appear in the app (and for something like 60k points), but if you aren’t quick — as in taking action within the first few minutes — it’ll go out of stock and you’re SOL. Like, I said, not very rewarding to me. I don’t know many people who have the patience to, after they earn a bunch of points, continually open and refresh an app in hopes that a Gift Card reward will appear.

I just now redeemed another 15k of my points for a second $5 Fandango code. That leaves me with about 5k in points. I’m not trying for more rewards on this app. 5k is negligible. So, I’m just going to delete it.

I hear that back before Viggle got really big, it used to be easier to get rewards; more on par with how SwagBucks and Shopkick are for me now. The OGs all over the Internet and social media are constantly posting about it. It’s a shame, too. It’s a great idea that would probably be a lot more popular if it weren’t so hard to earn rewards.

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Still Impressed With Shopkick


About a month ago, I wrote about how much I was enjoying using the Shopkick app. I explained what it does and how easy it is to use. Basically, you get points (referred to as “kicks”) just for walking into stores. That’s it! And you can get even more “kicks” by scanning barcodes of items, while in store, or using a certain credit card for the in-store purchase you were already going to make.

I’ve only been using Shopkick for about a month, and I’ve already earned enough points for a variety of rewards! I could get a $10 gift card to Target, Starbucks, Macy’s, Old Navy, Papa John’s, iTunes, Sephora, Fandango, and much more. But on this particular day, I decided to go with a $10 gift card from Fandango. I want to go see the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie again. And I’m bringing my brother along as well. I always drag him to see my YA book-to-movie adaptations. He’s so agreeable. Love my brother!

But really impressed me with my interactions with the Shopkick app today was how quickly I got my promo code, after cashing in my points. It was immediate! Like, the page loaded, and 5 seconds later, they directed me to my Rewards page! I’m so used to SwagBucks, where after you redeem points for rewards, you will wait a minimum of 3-4 days. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some SwagBucks, but I absolutely hate the wait for my rewards. Especially for PayPal cash. I have to wait a week for that.

So, I was able to immediately hop my on my computer and buy tickets for a show tomorrow. Very quick process!

Seriously though, using Shopkick is like getting free “play money.” If you haven’t jumped on board, what are you waiting for? Start earning “kicks” and see what you can get!

So, standing ovation to Shopkick for such a pleasant app experience. I don’t only use my blog to complain about things. I sometimes issue praise, too!

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Shopkick App Will Change How You Shop!

I finally hit a wall in my #31WriteNow challenge. I figured it would happen eventually. I mean, let’s be real. I sometimes go weeks, even months, without posting! And now I’m trying to publish a post every single day? HA! What was I thinking?! I mean, there are a million thoughts that go through my mind on a daily basis, so how hard should this really be?

Well, have no fear! My iPhone sent me a notification from a new app that I am currently obsessed with, and I’ve decided to talk about that today!


Now, if you haven’t taken a look around my blog in a while, then you probably haven’t seen my “How I Monetize” page. I spend a lot of time on the Internet and might as well use some of that time to make some money. It doesn’t seem like much, at first glance, but it adds up! I’m serious!

So, let me tell you about Shopkick. The app, available for both iPhone and Android, awards you points (known as “kicks”) just for walking in certain stores. Yes, that’s it! Say you were just going to Target to look around. I know I can’t be the only person who does this multiple times per week. And if I am, don’t judge me!

You can get even more “kicks” if you scan bar codes of specific items. And then, even more if you actually make a purchase in-store.

Anyway, those kicks add up and get you gift cards to retailers like Target, Best Buy, Starbucks, Fandango, Macy’s, iTunes, Papa John’s, Old Navy, Sephora, Lowe’s, and more! I’ve used the app on 3 separate days, and I’m already about halfway to getting a Fandango gift card! So, as you can see, kicks add up quickly, if you’re close to a lot of stores.

Intrigued? You should be. Shopkick is a well-designed and highly functional app. Try it, and let me know how you like it!

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