Rewarding Moments: October 17, 2019

MyPoints member Elizabeth Stark at The Greenbriar

This week’s Rewarding Moment comes to us from Elizabeth Stark who joined MyPoints via “a serendipitous Google search” in July 2015.

Here is her story:

“My most rewarding moment, courtesy of MyPoints, was redeeming PayPal and Sephora gift card rewards. I took a wonderful family vacation to The Greenbrier in West Virginia, and I wanted to make sure I was confident in how I looked and felt after dealing with chronic health (Crohn’s Disease) issues.

I love traveling with my loved ones; and having the opportunity to spend a week at The Greenbrier (and with some new clothing and skincare/makeup, which I purchased with PayPal and Sephora funds – self-care is NOT selfish, especially after overcoming health issues), was a blessing.

Thank you, MyPoints for having such a wide, helpful variety of rewards to choose from. We all have our own respective stories and journeys; and the available rewards are used by MyPoints members in ways that best fit their lifestyles and needs.”

Thanks for sharing your story, Elizabeth! We’re grateful to have played a part in your family vacation and wish you continued good health! In appreciation, we’ve added 1,500 Points to your account.

Got a Rewarding Moment made possible by MyPoints? For details on how to share it and get 1,500 Points if selected, check out this post!

Wear It Wednesday: 80s Menswear Throwback is “Blazing” a Comeback

According to Fashionista, blazers were the hot item at Shanghai Fashion week. But instead of your classic navy or black structured style, menswear-inspired, oversized plaid jackets are making a comeback according to Insider.

Here are some recommendation for the boxy, broad-shouldered silhouette that’s all the rage this Fall for under $100.

Vintage Oversized Check Wool Blazer

Urban Outfitters has several options that will make you look like you raided your Dad’s (or Grandpa’s) closet. These wool blazers are vintage pieces that can be added to your wardrobe for less than $60 plus you’ll earn 3 Points per dollar.

BCBGeneration Plaid Boyfriend Blazer

Another option is this Plaid Boyfriend Blazer featuring notched lapels, contrast lining and a single button-front closure. It’s on sale for under $100 plus an additonal 30% off with code FRIENDS at Lord & Taylor where you’ll earn 3 Points per dollar.

Women’s Apt. 9® + Cara Santana Menswear Blazer

This double-breasted menswear blazer is currently less than $43 with code SAVENOW at Kohl’s where you’ll earn 2 Points per dollar. It also comes in a solid mustard color if you’re not feeling the plaid.

1.STATE Ruched-Sleeve Plaid Blaze

This oversized double-breasted plaid blazer features ruched sleeves to give you a laid-back, cool vibe ala Miami Vice-era Don Johnson. You can find it at Macy’s for under $63 when you use code THANKS. Plus you’ll earn 12 Points per dollar!

Negin Mirsalehi Plaid Oversized Boyfriend Blazer

Finally, this classic plaid blazer with its modern, oversized boyfriend fit can thrown over a dress or dress up black leggings and turtleneck or go casual with a pair of jeans. It’s on sale for less than $90 at Express where you’ll earn 2 Points per dollar.

For more coupons and cashback, check out our sister site, ShopatHome!

Tuesday Tips: Why is my Point Perk invalid?

Although we have covered this issue in Point Perk FAQs, it still comes up from time to time so here’s the 411 on why you’re getting “This Point Perk is invalid” when you try to enter the code.

Quite simply, it is due to the code being entered incorrectly.

If you are copy/pasting the code, make sure there are no leading or trailing spaces in the input box. Those invisible spaces will be read as characters and will cause you to receive the error message.

If you are typing the code in, please note that some keyboard characters can look very similar when displayed on screen. For example, the lowercase L you are typing might actually be an uppercase I or the number 1.

We are limited to 13 characters for creating Point Perk codes, so we may need to get creative with spelling and abbreviations!

For more details on how Point Perks work, check out this blog post.

Get Ready for Halloween + Earn BIG Points!

Whether you need a costume or party supplies, we’ve got you covered for Halloween! Check out these great Point offers:

Anytime Costumes: Was 3, NOW earn 6 Points per dollar!

Halloween Express: Was 7, NOW earn 14 Points per dollar!

Costume Discounters: Was 3, NOW earn 6 Points per dollar! Was 5, NOW earn 10 Points per dollar!

Spirit Halloween: Was 4, NOW earn 8 Points per dollar!

Wholesale Halloween Costumes: Was 3, NOW earn 6 Points per dollar!

Costume SuperCenter: Was 3, NOW earn 6 Points per dollar!

Party City: Was 3, NOW earn 7 Points per dollar!

Oriental Trading Company: Was 2, NOW earn 4 Points per dollar!

Check out those deals and more from our Halloween Sale!

Friday Round-Up: The Plastics

Plastic has been in the news a lot lately: from bans of single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, to the Great Pacific garbage patch. Here’s a round-up of recent stories related the ubiquitous polymer.

The Great Pacific garbage patch may one day be eliminated thanks to a huge trash-collecting system developed by a Netherlands-based non-profit. “Ocean Cleanup plans to build a fleet of these devices, and predicts it will be able to reduce the size of the patch by half every five years.

What will they do with all that recovered ocean plastic? Well some is being recycled into things like yoga mats, shoes and skateboards according to this NY Daily New article which highlights 11 top brands that make products from recycled ocean plastic.

One of the best things about staying in a hotel is collecting the mini bottles of shampoo, etc. Unfortunately, if your business trip or vacation takes place in sunny California, that will no longer be a perk of traveling. California governor Gavin Newsome just signed a bill banning hotels from offering mini toiletries into law.

Plastic straws have a hot topic in recent months. This New York style piece covers alternatives to sipping your beverage through what amounts to fodder for landfill or the Great Garbage Patch.

Finally, filed under “Inedible,” a recent study found we eat a credit card worth of plastic EVERY WEEK! That’s 5 grams or approximately 2,000 pieces of plastic. Ugh.

Rewarding Moments: October 10, 2019

MyPoints member Debra Sullivan and hubby Rodney

We’re suckers for a love story at MyPoints so Debra Sullivan’s Rewarding Moment got us right in the feels.

Here is her story:

“In July 1999, I became a member of MyPoints through a promotional announcement by my favorite airline. Earlier that year, I had experienced a divorce followed by the accidental death of my brother and then my mother passing from leukemia. I used MyPoints as a small escape, and to my surprise one day, Points had added up to earn a restaurant gift card.

You could say I’ve evolved with MyPoints over the years, growing with a renewed sense of opportunity and adventure. As the internet expanded and many merchants added, my online purchasing dramatically increased along with taking surveys, watching videos and participating in other activities.

In the meantime after such heartache earlier in 1999, who knew that I would reunite with my old high school sweetheart whom I hadn’t seen in 30 years! We married soon thereafter, and he’s been a champ about how much time I devote to MyPoints. Who wouldn’t since shopping, dining out, airline travel and hotel nights are oftentimes free! Rodney and MyPoints came into my life about the same time and at the right time 20 years ago.

It has been a beautiful ride, and one could say MyPoints is part of our family!”

Aw, we’re honored to be part of your family, Debra and in appreciation for your happy ending, we’ve added 1,500 Points to your account for your next date night with your sweetheart!

Got a Rewarding Moment made possible by MyPoints? For details on how to share it and get 1,500 Points if selected, check out this post!

Wear It Wednesday: GQ’s Men’s Fall Trends for Less

GQ put together an article on how to pull off the 12 Biggest Fall Fashion trends. Here’s our budget-friendly take on 5 of those trends.

Dark Gray Plaid Wide Leg Dress Pant

The wide-leg pants trend has is now a thing for guys as well as girls. These plaid wool pants will give your thighs a break from skinny jeans while still looking stylish. They are currently under $60 at Express and will earn 2 Points per dollar.

V-Neck Sweater for Men

Apparently v-neck sweaters are back in vogue again. This version from Old Navy comes in five colors and is on sale for $30 plus 30% off today and you’ll earn 2 Points per dollar.

Timberland Chocorua Trail Shell Toe Winter Boot

Rugged boots are all the rage for Fall 2019. These Timberlands are on sale for less than $95 at Backcountry plus earn 3 Points per dollar.

Sandstone Sherpa-Lined Mock-Neck Vest

According to GQ, vests will help you upgrade your look and they even feature a Carhartt vest like the one above in their article. You can look GQ-stylish for $70-80 plus earn 4 Points per dollar at Carhartt.

Rainforest Faux Shearling Lined Faux Leather Commuter Coat

Finally, a leather jacket never goes out of style, but this season bigger and boxier is the look to go for. This faux leather coat fits the bill and is less than $70 at Nordstrom Rack where you’ll earn 1 Point per dollar.

For more coupons and cashback, check out our sister site, ShopatHome!

Tuesday Tips: How to Upload Receipts for In-store Deals

We’ve made some improvement to our In-store Deals page which now features more offers than ever! Here’s how to upload your receipt when you complete your offers and earn up to 5,100 Points!

Step 1: Pursue the available offers on the In-store Deals page and add the ones you are interested in to your “Shopping List” by clicking on them.

Step 2: You can click on each offer to review details such as which retailers are available for the offer, submission deadline, etc.

Step 3: Shop for the item(s) at the available retailers and then take a digital picture of your receipt. Make sure you capture the entire receipt and that the image is legible displaying retailer name, date and items purchased.

Step 4: Begin the receipt upload process by clicking on the Upload Receipt button on the top of your Shopping List.

Step 5: Select the retailer you made your purchase from by clicking the relevant logo and then clicking the Next button.

Step 6: Select the items you purchased that are included on the retailer’s receipt and click Next.

Step 7: Then click the Upload Receipt button and select the receipt image file from your device. Make sure the receipt is from the retailer you selected in step 5 and clearly displays that and all the items selected in step 6.

If your receipt is validated, you will see a pop-up with the total Points awarded. Some offers may require a manual review process which will be indicated after the receipt is uploaded.

Earn a 100 Point Bonus with MyGiftCardsPlus Spooky Savings!

As we get closer to the holidays, it’s a great time to stock up on gift cards! Whether you want to give them as gifts or earn Points on gift cards for your holiday shopping trips, you can earn 100 Bonus Points with each $50 or more gift card brand purchase at MyGiftCardsPlus!

MyGiftCardsPlus offers a wide variety of restaurants and retailers including Gap brands, Zappos, eBay, Overstock and Sephora. Shop now and earn the equivalent of up to 16% in Points.

This promotion ends on 10/14 so don’t miss out!

Friday Round-Up: Foodie Edition

Meatless burgers are all the rage, but the question remains — Which is better: Beyond or Impossible burgers? The Washington Post tested both cook-at-home versions, along with two other plant-based options and chose a winner.

Food waste is another big issue, but this article from The Takeout gives you ways to use your healthy food scraps rather than throwing them out.

How food is being grown, prepared and delivered keeps changing, according to this slideshow from GOBankingRates. Check it out to see how 16 new companies are changing the way we eat.

You may think “Guinea Pig ice cream” is a misnomer–how how hamburger isn’t made with ham or how hot dogs aren’t made from dogs. But you’d be wrong. The only misnomer is that guinea pigs are not actually pigs, but Ecuador’s ice cream flavor is actually made from “cuy” as the animal is known locally.

If you haven’t completely lost your appetite from the previous topic, we close by reminding you that it’s National Taco Day and providing Lifehacker’s list of place to score discounted and free tacos to celebrate.