Are You Being Rewarded?


Refresh and Refuel Yourself with these Discounts

Are you a Starbucks fan? Personally I think their coffee gives me the most BOOST! Get rewarded for your loyalty by purchasing a gift card in the store for at least $5.00. Once you register the card at you are eligible for all sorts of discounts. My favorite function is paying for my coffee with my iphone app.  Once you have an account and registered your gift card you can start earning free stuff with each coffee purchase.

Level one is Green Level which includes free refills on coffee or tea. Level two is a free drink of your choice after 12 drink purchases. Plus a free drink on your birthday. I set up my gift card to auto reload every time it dips below $10.00.

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Beauty Rewards

Have a drawer and shower full of beauty products? You should probably be a Sephora Beauty Insider. I have my rewards card right on my iPhone with the Sephora App in the itunes store. Or  you can sign up in the store.  Every time you make a purchase at Sephora you earn Beauty Insider points. Later you can use the points for premium samples, get invited to special store events and receive a coupon for a free birthday gift. If you shop at using you can also get 8% cash back.

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Reserve Your Way to Free Meals

Are you using OpenTable? is a free online reservation service that ensures you get a table at the time and restaurant you want. Of course not every restaurant is on the website or iPhone or iPad app but it’s a quickly growing business so new places are being added all the time. Before you book a reservation you can view the menu, food and service ratings and reviews from other diners.  When you check in for your reservation you will get 100 points added to your account. For every 2500 points you can request a $25.00 OpenTable check redeemable at any OpenTable restaurant. Not a bad deal if you are already going to these restaurants and a good excuse to try out some new places.

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In general I encourage people to sign up for the free rewards programs. I’ve gotten to the point where I started a spreadsheet with my rewards numbers, usernames and passwords.  Here are some general benefits of come common rewards programs:

Hotels: Earn points and free stays

Airlines: Earn miles for free flights, baggage and inflight upgrades.

Car Rentals: Skip to the front of the line and speed up the renting process by having your preferences saved in your online profile. I waited an hour at the LAX Budget car rental once because I did not put in my rewards number. Thankfully that just needed to happen once!

Drug Stores:  CVS sends me coupons for 30% off my purchase pretty regularly. I have a Walgreens app on my iphone so I don’t even have to carry a card.

Grocery Stores: Most stores can look up your rewards number by a phone number so no need to carry a bunch of cards. Only benefit I’ve experienced is getting the sale price on their advertised items.




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