Sunday, October 30, 2011

Using reward programs to earn free pet products: RecycleBank

So here we are, part 2 of my series on using reward programs to earn free pet products! This week I want to talk about RecycleBank.

Recyclebank is one of my new favorite programs. I have a lot of interest in recycling, and our household recycles everything we can. Recyclebank works to promote learning surrounding eco-topics, recycling, conservation, and the use of earth friendly products through its program.

Earning Points

Members can earn points by taking on green actions like recycling household goods and cutting back on energy use. One way to do this is by completing tasks on the Recyclebank website. There are often several types of tasks available, and these will change from time to time, thus allowing for more earning opportunities. Tasks may include answering a short poll or qeustionnaire, watching a quick video that discusses recycling efforts, or entering codes found on specialty marked consumer product packaging. Members ma also be invited to pledge their commitment to engaging in earth-friendly activities. For example, currently there is a pledge sponsored by Suave beauty products, asking member to pledge to reduce their showers by 2 minutes to help conserve water. By completing each of these tasks members can earn points, usually around 5-25 points, which they can later redeem for a variety of prizes.

You can even earn points by recycling at home. If your community is part of Recyclebank's Home Recycling program, you can earn points based on how much you recycle. Each week you will put your recycling out to be collected in a specially marked bin, which will then be picked up and weighed to determine how much your household recycled that week. Weight is converted into Recyclebank points, which are then added to your Recyclebank account. In some communities, Recyclebank will look at the total weight of the recycling collected in a neighborhood. Household earn rewards based on an equal percentage of the total neighborhood recycling weight. So, if your total neighborhood gathers 100 points, and there are 10 households in your neighborhood, each household will receive 10 points. Remember, not all communities participate in this program, so be sure to check to see if yours does (unfortunately, mine does not).

Recyclebank has a Visa card that you can use to earn points for your everyday purchases. It is called the Gconomy Visa card, and is a no annual fee rewards card. You can earn 1.5 points for every $1 purchased at Recyclebank participanting retailers, and 1 point for every $1 spent everywhere else. There is also a sign-up bonus of 2,500 Recyclebank points after your first purchase. I do not currently have this card, so I cannot offer my opinion on it. Like all credit cards, please do your research and make sure your credit is high enough before applying.

Members can also earn rewards when they refer other members, so if you join be sure to tell all your friends about it!

Redeeming Points

Recyclebank members can redeem their points for a selection of rewards. Like many other point reward programs Recyclebank offers various giftcards in exchange for points. Giftcards are 2,500 points for a $10 giftcard. At the moment there are 7 cards available - Best Buy, Darden Restaurants, The Gap, iTunes, Panera Bread, Home Depot, & Wal-Mart. These giftcards sometimes do change, so if you are saving for a giftcard be sure to check the list often.

Some other great rewards that Recyclebank offers are various coupons and discount codes. Members can redeem points for discount codes to online retailers, such as Uncommon Goods, KMart, Sears, ProFlowers and Or they can redeem their points towards printable coupons they can use in various Brick & Mortar stores, including Dick's Sporting Goods and Macy's.

Recyclebank members can also redeem their points for great money saving coupons for a wide selection of companies and products. This is my favorite thing to redeem my points for! My favorite section is of course the pet coupons - right now you can choose from coupons for Fancy Feast, Purina Friskies canned food, Alpo, and Mighty Dog! Right now they are all Buy 2 cans, get 2 cans free coupons, but these change often, and they used to have several for free cans of food. There are a selection of other product coupons available, including Suave beauty products and Q-Tips, so be sure to check them out and save some money!

Rewards also tend to go "on sale" at Recyclebank, so you can score some great rewards for less points! These are only available for a limited time, so be sure to keep checking back

Recyclebank is a terrific program that allows members to earn rewards for taking on green actions in their everyday life. Be sure to check them out and start earning your rewards today!

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