What’s so great about dark chocolate? I love dark chocolate so much I eat it all the time. Dark chocolate tastes great and makes me feel really good. Here is my first infobarrel about some of the benefits of eating dark chocolate.
So yesterday my daughter was sick. Her mom asked me to go to Shopko to pick up a Rent DVD that was on sale for 6.99 that day only. I thought it sounded like a really simple task and besides I could fire up my new Checkpoints app and earn a few points while I was at it. After looking for awhile I asked an employee to help me find this Rent DVD that was prominently featured in the ad. He went to find the ad while I scanned a few items.
When he came back with the ad we looked some more and couldn’t find it so we went to the front of the store. He checked with 2 of the cashiers who of course didn’t know so he called the store manager. While we waited for the store manager he told me he didn’t understand why Shopko does “this” making it sound like “this” happens often. I told him that’s how they get people in the door. When the manager arrived he told us to check some of the front end displays we had already checked and then he called the pricing coordinator. The pricing coordinator called the electronics specialist and the 5 of us went searching for this item.
It took the store manager, the pricing coordinator, the electronics specialist, and the employee without a title about 30 minutes total to find this Rent DVD that was in their ad. So the answer is 4 if you don’t count the 2 cashiers who just said they didn’t know. When I brought it back, my daughter’s mother she said she would have given up without asking for help. Why does it take 4 Shopko employees to find a DVD that’s on sale? Good question I’m reminded of a certain “Polack” joke from the movie Raising Arizona:
For anyone that doesn’t know, I have been trying to make a living using the internet instead of a traditional job. I have been trying lots of different things and plan to share the ones that I like. So far the best thing I have found for a little extra spending cash is a cool little app available on iPhone or Android called Checkpoints. I love Checkpoints because it pays me for doing things I already do such as visit grocery stores. It’s like a scavenger hunt finding the products and scanning them. It takes only about 15- 20 minutes to find them all if you know the store you are using and can be done easily with your normal shopping.
As of July 30,2012, I have been using Checkpoints since 2010 and I have made a total of $290 worth of gift cards from it.
Generally there are about 10 or so products ranging from 10 to 50 points per store depending on the type of store . Each scan you do also gives you a coin to spin the slots for bonus points with the top prize being 150,000 points. At the time of this writing I have earned 2468 points with no referrals in 6 days (scanning on 5 days) between scans and their slot game. 300 points is the minimum cash out and is worth a dollar in Amazon gift certificates. There are many other prizes available including: iTunes gift cards, Hermes Birkin bags, Nintendo Wiis to name a few.
So far the only things that I don’t really like are that you have to wait 24 hours to scan a product again and some bar codes can be very difficult to scan. Sometimes it is very difficult to scan in stores where the phone reception is bad. After you scan some products an advertisement pops up for that item but you can close it at anytime.
Checkpoints has introduced several new ways to earn CheckPoints at home. They now allow a scan at home feature from inside the app where you scan selected products for a coin. Make sure the only scans you do from home are the ones approved in the app, scanning products from home that are supposed to be at the store will get you banned.
The CheckPoints Mall is an online marketplace that gives you a rebate in Checkpoints for buying products through their website, usually things are already discounted or have a coupon.
If you install the Checkpoints toolbar on your browser it will pay you 1 CheckPoint for each valid search. I have found this to be useful when I am close to cashing out but not quite there yet. I also prefer to install it on a browser that I’m not using so it’s there when I want it but not when I don’t.
Checkpoints has introduced an offer wall on their main site that features offers from Trialpay, Payment Wall, and Radium One. These are standard offers such as watching videos and signing up for product trials.
At this time there is a pretty good referral program that pays the referrer 150 points which is aboout 50 cents. The referral gets 300 points which is about a dollar.
If you decide to try the Checkpoints app my referral id is sodaguy. It will provide you with 300 points at sign up instead of 200 with no referral. Thanks for using my code. Here is the link to download CheckPoints in the Apple App Store:
Here is the link to download the CheckPoints Android App in the Google Play Store.
Jan 11th, 2011 – There is a new feature with the latest Checkpoints app update where you can get coins for the Checkpoints slot game by downloading free and paid apps from the app store so you don’t have to scan products to earn points. Also Kmart is no longer offering 100 points for check-ins it is now 50 points to check in to Kmart. There are many new items to scan, I am up to 5589 points as of today. I took a little time off from scanning with the holiday crowds being so big.