Whoa! Don't know what ShopKick is? Here's the story.
Basically, ShopKick is a smartphone app that rewards shoppers with "kicks" (formerly called "kickbucks," points which can be redeemed for store gift cards) simply for shopping at a brick & mortar store. Sounds pretty un-techy, you say, for this day and age? Not at all. How does Shopkick know you are actually in the store? Because you "check in" via the smartphone application that locates you via GPS. Shopkick also gives you points for scanning items in-store and in some cases, for buying items. Shopkick also has some unique digital coupons (that I haven't seen anywhere else) that you just show to the cashier and ask her to scan when you purchase something in a Shopkick member store. Finally, if you would like to earn points without even getting in the car, Shopkick's also got "Instant Surprises" that allow you to earn kicks while sitting on your couch. The points accumulate pretty quickly (frankly, I can't be bothered with points programs where you need to wait forever for a reward). I've accumulated almost $150 in Target gift cards to date, and my effort-to-reward ratio on this program is very, very low.
Here's how to get Shopkick on your phone, and get a 50 kicks bonus to boot. Click here through my special link (and thanks for letting me refer you), and fill out the short form. Shopkick will text the link to their (free) app directly to your smartphone. Just click on the link in the text and it will download and install on your phone. You'll get an instant 50 kickbucks just for signing up through my referral link. Gift cards start at 500 kickbucks, so between the 50 sign-up kicks and the 150 kicks you'll get tomorrow just for walking in to Target, you'll be 40% of the way to your first reward. I love this app.
Using Shopkick is pretty intuitive, but for more info on how to navigate through it and earn kicks, check out my Shopkick tutorial here.
One of the new features of Shopkick is being able to gift your friends with points (it's one of the "Instant Surprises"). Lately, I've been getting a ton of the these "gifts" to give away and I can give them to an unlimited amount of friends. If you would like to get on my list of Shopkick gift recipients, I'd be happy to include you. All you have to do is Like the Daily Cheapskate page on Facebook, and subscribe to the once-daily Daily Cheapskate email digest. Then send your email address to me with the words "Shopkick gift list" in the subject line, and I'll be happy to include you on my Gift List. You'll receive free kicks each time I get the opportunity to send a Shopkick gift.