Friday Round-Up: COVID-19 Silver Linings Edition

There’s not a lot of good news when it comes to the pandemic, but amidst the mammoth unemployment numbers and precipitous drop in GDP, there are still some economic silver linings as a result of the crisis.

While most folks are not up for ride sharing (since it can lead to “virus sharing”) these days, the increased demand for delivery has made Uber’s delivery business larger than its ride sharing division according to TechCrunch.

And speaking of delivery UPS is planning to impose surcharges this fall and winter due to rising costs associated with increased online shopping due to coronavirus. Whether retailers end up passing those additional costs onto their customers remains to be seen reports CNN Business.

Dish Network has seen a positive impact of COVID-19 in slowing service cancellations as subscribers stuck at home are not quite as eager to cut the cord per this Variety article.

Jalopnik posted a piece on how Toyota has managed to make a second quarter profit during the pandemic:

Although all the world’s automakers have been hurt badly by the outbreak, Toyota managed to stay in the black for the quarter, highlighting the resilience of the manufacturer of the Corolla subcompact, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models.

Japanese rivals, Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co., as well as Detroit-based General Motors Co. slid into red ink in the latest quarter.

Toyota is projecting a 730 billion yen ($6.9 billion) profit for the fiscal year through March 2021, down 64% from the previous fiscal year.

From the Associated Press

Health insurers are also benefiting from the pandemic, but their big profits may mean millions of dollars in rebates for consumers according to The New York Times.

And finally, here’s a little bit of awesome from principal Quentin Lee who recorded his COVID version of “U Can’t Touch This” for students returning to the classroom.

Rewarding Moments: August 6, 2020

This week’s Rewarding Moment comes from Carol Pollio of Milford, DE who joined MyPoints so long ago, she doesn’t remember how she came to us!

Here is her story:

“Every month I try to earn enough Points to get a gift card for Amazon.com.

This month [August 2019], my 62nd birthday month, I ordered my dream item – a new hot tub!

It’s something I’ve always wanted and now, finally, with the help of MyPoints, a treat I can enjoy every single day, all year long. I am so excited and grateful for this special self-gift.

I will enjoy it for many years to come, thanks to MyPoints helping along the way!”

What a great reward for all your hard work, Carol! It appears you’ve got another birthday coming up at the end of this month, so we hope you use the 1,500 Points we’ve added to your account in appreciation for sharing your story to help celebrate.

Got a Rewarding Moment made possible by MyPoints? For details on how to submit it for a chance to be awarded 1,500 Points if selected, check this post for guidelines and where to email your story to!

Let MyPoints Pay for Your Groceries!

Each week in August, every receipt you upload will enter you in a giveaway to be one of two winners of $100!

Taking advantage of  In-Store Deals allows you to earn Points for purchasing specific grocery items and consumer packaged goods, then uploading your receipt.

If you haven’t already taken advantage of this Point-earning opportunity, now’s the time. Not only do we have tons of offers to add to your shopping list but this month we’re paying for groceries for 8 lucky MyPoints members!

Every In-Store Deals receipt you upload in the month of August gets you an entry into our weekly giveaway with 2 winners getting $100 each!

But that’s not all, on September 1st anyone who uploaded a receipt in the month of August will be entered into our grand prize giveaway of $400!

Here’s how it works: 

  1. Add Deals to Your List
  2. Shop at your local participating store 
  3. Upload your receipt and earn Points + 1 Giveaway Entry 

For tips to make sure your receipt doesn’t get rejected, check out this blog post.

Alternatively, you can also enter by:

  1. Hand-print your name, complete address, and daytime and evening telephone numbers on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper
  2. Mail to: MyPoints Grocery Giveaway, P.O. Box 70 Manhattan Beach, CA 90267.
  3. Entries must be received by August 31, 2020.
  4. Limit one entry per envelope.
  5. Entries will be applied to the Sweepstakes that is running the day it is received.

Good luck and keep uploading those receipts!

Tuesday Tips: How to Earn 20% More for Completing Your To-Do List

In May, we added a way for members to DOUBLE their To-Do List earnings by adding the option to complete all items on your To-Do List and get an additional 5 Points.

Last week, we introduced the ability to earn 3 Points for each shopping receipt you upload from any of over one thousand retailers.

Starting Monday, August 10th, your To-Do List will now feature: Upload A Receipt as a replacement for Add an In-Store Deal. There are three ways you can check off this item:

  1. Upload an In-Store Deals Receipt
  2. Upload a Shoply receipt
  3. Upload a receipt through your survey page

Not only will you receive Points for your upload, you’ll check one off your To-Do List. Plus, we’re increasing the To-Do List Bonus from 10 Points to 12 Points on Mondays!

You’ll still earn 5 Points for completing any 5 items. On Mondays, that additional bonus for completing all To-Do List tasks will increase to 7 Points for a total of 12 Points for completing your list.

This extra bonus and new activity will be Mondays ONLY. The rest of the week (Tuesday through Sunday), you can earn an additional 5 Points for completing ALL items on your To-Do List.

So save at least one shopping receipt to upload on Mondays and get a bigger bonus for completing your To-Do List!

Earn up to 500 Bonus Points for your August Referrals!

Share all the rewards of MyPoints with friends and family this month! They’ll get to earn free gift cards for doing surveys, shopping, web searches, videos and more and you’ll get 25 Points for each sign up and 10% of their eligible earnings.

Plus this month, the more your new referrals earn, the bigger your Bonus!

For each referral who joins MyPoints and earns 100 Points by 8/31, you’ll BOTH get 100 Bonus Points!

If your referral joins and earns at least 250 Points by 8/31, you’ll both get a 250 Point Bonus!

And if your referral joins and earns at least 500 Points by 8/31, you’ll both get 500 Bonus Points!

We may be in the “dog days” of summer, but this offer is too hot to pass up! Start referring today and earn BIG!

Friday Round-Up: Social Media Edition

Social media has featured prominently in the news this week. Here’s a round-up of stories you might have missed on the web:

According to a new Pew Research Center study, Americans who mainly get their news via social media are less engaged and less knowledgeable.

A new Pew Research Center analysis of surveys conducted between October 2019 and June 2020 finds that those who rely most on social media for political news stand apart from other news consumers in a number of ways. These U.S. adults, for instance, tend to be less likely than other news consumers to closely follow major news stories, such as the coronavirus outbreak and the 2020 presidential election. And, perhaps tied to that, this group also tends to be less knowledgeable about these topics.

The Trump administration is moving forward to regulate social media according to CNN Business–hot on the heels of asserting that Twitter’s “Trending Topics” were “illegal” and “very unfair.”

Trump is also planning to order TikTok’s owner to sell its US operations per this article at Business Insider. That sale may happen, as Microsoft is currently in talks to buy the social app as reported by CNBC.com.

The advertiser boycott of Facebook has has no impact on its stock price according to Market Watch.

And the Twitter hack that hijacked the accounts of prominent users like Joe Biden, Elon Musk and Barack Obama to promote a bitcoin scam was attributed to two teenagers and a 22 year-old who have now been arrested per CNN Business.

Finally, this Nike ad (which may be influenced by TikTok duets) is all the rage on Twitter and Facebook. Check it out!

Rewarding Moments: July 30, 2020

Elouise Lord and great-granddaughter

This week’s Rewarding Moment comes to us from British Columbia, Canada and member Elouise Lord who joined MyPoints in 2002!

Here is her story:

“I first came to MyPoints by doing surveys for cash and I found the
MyPoints surveys rewarding. 

Since finding MyPoints, I have done many surveys, watched many videos and earned a lot of Points which I have used on AMAZON to enrich my life. 

I am now 72 years old and have redeemed my points for many things through getting amazon.ca gift cards and saving them up for special things I could not afford to purchase any other way. 

Recently, my family blessed me with a new Great Granddaughter.  I was absolutely thrilled and wanted to do something very special for this special little girl. Retirement income not being particularly great, I turned once gain to MyPoints for help. 

Firstly, I made sure Score was activated on my browser.  Then I tallied up my
amazon.ca credits, then I used MyPoints.com to go shopping for yarns to
make something truly unique.  I ordered the yarns I needed from one of
the stores that offer MyPoints for shopping and got the yarn by mail in
quick time from amazon.ca.

Then I got out my hooks and went to work. Soon I had a wonderful receiving blanket that was unique enough for my special girl and soft enough for her delicate skin to lay on.  The day came when I got to meet Violet, and I welcomed her to the family with her own special blanket.  That was my most rewarding moment courtesy of MyPoints.com

I love earning Points and saving them up for rewards and it is moments like that one that make it all worthwhile.”

Thanks for sharing your story, Elouise! We love being part of helping you to create such a special gift for Violet. In appreciation, we’ve added 1,500 Points to your account.

Got a Rewarding Moment made possible by MyPoints? For details on how to submit it for a chance to be awarded 1,500 Points if selected, check this post for guidelines and where to send your story to!

Turn Your Shopping Receipts into Points!

Earn even MORE POINTS when you upload your shopping receipts! 

Did you know that you can earn valuable Points when you upload Shopping Receipts through MyPoints? That’s not all, you can now upload your receipt on either Desktop or Mobile Devices! 

Here’s how it works:

First, visit any eligible store and remember to ask for, and save, your receipt.  (Note online shopping receipts are not yet accepted).

 Earn 3 Points anytime you upload any receipt from any of the following: 

  • Grocery Stores
  • Big Box and Warehouse Club Stores
  • Drug Stores 
  • Home Improvement Stores
  • Department and Clothing Stores
  • Fast Food and Casual Dining Restaurants  

Click here to view the full list of eligible retailers and restaurants.

Simply look for the Receipts banner on your SurveyZone page on MyPoints.com (if you are banned from surveys, you will not have access to this feature):

or in the MyPoints app (under Answer section):

Unlike Shoply or In-Store Deals, these receipts don’t have to be for specific products purchased at specific retailers. They can be from almost any retailer as long as listed on the page linked above and be for any product or products purchased at that retailer.

And, as with Shoply and In-Store Deals, receipts can only be uploaded ONCE. If you have both a Swagbuck and MyPoints account, you can only upload your receipt to one or the other. If you have multiple MyPoints members in the same household, the receipt can be uploaded to only ONE account.

There is currently a limit of 10 receipt uploads per week.

For optimum results, make sure you save your receipt as an image file (jpg or png) vs. a PDF.

Don’t throw those valuable shopping receipts away! Upload them NOW and earn Points!

Tuesday Tips: Find Answers to Your Questions on the Blog!

Every Tuesday, we post Tips on how to make the most of MyPoints as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

Chances are, the answer to your question is just a click or two away. To see all of our Tuesday Tips, click Tips in the top navigation.

You can also use the search function below the top menu to find articles on specific topics of interest.

Here are links to some of our most popular articles:

How to Submit a Customer Service Request

Why Didn’t I Get Points for a Survey I Completed?

When will I get my Points for making a purchase?

Merchant Exclusions

Why Did I Get Zero Points for my Purchase?

What happened with MyPoints Monthly Goals?

How Do I Maximize My Rewards with MyPoints Daily Goal?

What’s the difference between the Daily Poll, To-Do List and Daily Goal?

To-Do List (formerly “Daily 5”)

You can find more helpful Tuesday Tip blogs posts listed here.

Earn BIG when you save or invest!

These days, smart saving and investing strategies are mandatory! Fortunately, we have added incentives in the form of BIG Point offers for some great financial partners. Check out these offers if you want to make your Point balance grow along with your savings:

Ready to start investing? Join millions of Americans learning to save and invest on Stash.

Stash makes it easy to save and invest and build your portfolio for as little as $1 per month.

Start with just $5 and Stash will add another $5 to your account plus you’ll earn 5,000 Points!

Varo is a mobile banking platform with no monthly service, minimum balance or foreign transaction fees with access to over 55,000 ATMs worldwide.

Open a Varo bank account and make a deposit of at least $25 to earn 5,000 Points!

Save money–and the planet!

At Aspiration, your deposits will never go towards funding fossil fuel projects, firearms, or political campaigns.

Open a new Aspiration checking account today with as little as a $10 deposit, get zero monthly fees, and earn 6,000 Points.

Chime is an award-winning mobile banking app and debit card that allows you to get paid up to 2 days early, grow your savings automatically with no hidden bank fees.

Plus earn 10,000 Points when your first direct deposit comes into your account!

Over 7.5 million Americans use Acorns to help set aside a little from their everyday purchases as from acorns, mighty oaks do grow.

Sign up now for just $1 or $3 per month and start investing spare change from everyday purchases.

Plus receive $10 from Acorns and earn 2,500 Points.

NorthOne is a bank account that helps small businesses, startups, and freelancers to save time and money.

They empower you to take control of your finances.

Install the app, open an account and deposit $50 or more to earn 16,500 Points!