Daily 5 to Become MyPoints “To-Do List”

Partly to alleviate confusion regarding the Daily 5 which members are confusing with the Daily Goal, starting Wednesday, 5/27 to Daily 5 will become the MyPoints To-Do List.

You will still be able to earn a 5 Point Bonus for completing 5 activities, but we will be adding a ninth activity as well as offering an additional 5 Point Bonus if you’re able to complete all nine!

The current activities for the Daily 5 will remain on the rebranded “To-Do List” including:

  1. Activate Score! – If you have the Score! browser extension enabled on the same browser in which you’re doing your To-Do List, it will check off this activity each day.
  2. Vote in the Daily Poll – This activity earns you 1 Point for your vote and checks one off your To-Do List.
  3. Visit the Featured Merchant – Just click from the To-Do List page or dropdown and check another off your To-Do List.
  4. Attempt a Survey – Any survey that you attempt and receive Points for — even if they are disqualification Points, will check this off your To-Do List.
  5. Complete a Survey – If your survey attempt results in completion Points, it will check both attempt and complete off your To-Do List.
  6. Complete a Watch Playlist – Earn Points while being informed and entertained plus check one off your To-Do List!
  7. Complete a Discover offer – Earn from MyPoints Deals and check one off your To-Do List.
  8. In-Store Deals, Shoply and In-Store Shopping – On Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, check one off your To-Do List by clicking and adding an In-Store Deal to your shopping list (no purchase necessary). On Tuesdays and Fridays, you can do the same through the Shoply app (no purchase necessary). On Wednesdays and Saturdays, linking your card to an In-Store Shopping offer (no purchase necessary) will check one off your To-Do List.

For the ninth activity, we’re adding the Daily Goal, so while your To-Do List Bonus Points don’t count towards your Daily Goal, completing your Daily Goal will check off one for your To-Do List.

You still will only need to complete five of nine activities and earn the 5 Point Bonus in order for it to count towards your Monthly Goals.

Rewarding Moments: May 21, 2020

There are all sorts of things that make being a member of MyPoints rewarding. For most people, it’s earning Points to redeem for free gift cards, but there are other ways to be rewarded as well. Just ask Lisa Muran, who has been a member since 2013.

Here is her story:

“I am from the beautiful city Orlando, FL and live here currently with my husband.

I found MyPoints in college and first started using it to take surveys. Now I use it all the time, from shopping, to surveys, to coupons! I love MyPoints and I love the community feel.

My most rewarding moment so far was when i got to partake in an in-home usage test for a new product. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say what the product is but I’ll post it here for you.

I received a Keurig coffee maker. it connects to my Wi-Fi and I can turn it on and off with my phone. Now I don’t have to go and buy coffee every morning! It makes my mornings so much more convenient.

Thanks MyPoints!”

Thanks, Lisa for sharing one of the many cool ways to be rewarded as a MyPoints member! In appreciation, we’ve added 1,500 Points to your account towards your next Keurig pods purchase.

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!

Quarantine Survival: Where to Find Reputable Info on the COVID-19 Pandemic

As with anything there are tons of misinformation and conspiracy theories on social media with regards to the Coronavirus. Here are some more trustworthy sources for information than that so-called doctor dude you follow on Twitter:

The CDC has a dedicated site for COVID-19 which covers symptoms, guidance and frequently asked questions in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. They also have a Spanish version of this site as well.

For updates on reported cases by state and infections and death toll, check out the CDC’s Cases and Deaths by State page.

You can also follow CDC updates via social media:

The World Health Organization has also created a website for Coronavirus disease 2019. You can also access WHO updates via their various social media platforms:

If you’re looking for information with regards to your state’s response to the pandemic and quarantine guidelines, links to all state Public Health Department websites can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html

The National Institutes of Health also has a dedicated page for COVID-19 as well as links to clinical trials and news releases.

Visual Capitalist has a list of 7 best COVID-19 resources to help users gain a better understanding of the virus and Global Citizen also put together a list of sites that provide reliable information.

Smithsonian Magazine has an article on how to avoid falling into the COVID-19 misinformation trap (applicable to just about any topic and source of sketchy info).

Misinformation can spread as fast and be as harmful–well, as a virus like COVID-19, so seek out trusted sources when vetting and sharing information.

Tuesday Tips: Why aren’t my coupon prints crediting?

Some members have experienced issues with receiving Points for printing coupons. We have reached out to Coupons.com about this issue and after researching the problem, they were able to trace it back to a database update that occurred on May 1st.

They have fixed the issue and are working to re-process the data from when the error originated.

We hope to have this rectified in affected member accounts in the next few days and certainly before the month ends so it does not affect your May Monthly Goals.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

There’s Still Time to Get a 750 Point Bonus!

This month’s referral bonus is our biggest yet!

For every member you refer in May who joins and earns 500 Points by May 31st, both you and your referral will get a 750 Point Bonus!

This is in addition to the 25 Points earned when your referral signs up and verifies their email and the 750 Points you earn when your referral shops via MyPoints and spends at least $20 in their first 30 days as a member (plus your referral gets a 1,750 Point Bonus).

You get 10% of all eligible Points your referrals earn as well, so put your friends and family to work for you while you share all the rewards MyPoints has to offer!

Rewarding Moments: May 14, 2020

Today’s Rewarding Moment comes from Robert Cullen of King City, CA who joined MyPoints way back in September 2003.

Here is his story:

“I first joined in college, which was quite a long time ago. Originally it was to be able to earn Points to get gift cards that I couldn’t otherwise afford.

It’s been a great way to get gift cards over the years. But I also enjoy doing the surveys, especially the ones that lead to product testing. I really enjoy being able to participate in the development of new products.

The last few years I’ve used the gift cards I’ve earned to buy supplies for our local teachers. I use my Points to get Amazon gift cards, and then I use those gift cards to buy supplies for teachers for their classrooms.

A great win-win.”

Thanks, Robert, for sharing your story with us. In appreciation we’ve added 1,500 Points to your account towards your next teacher supply donation.

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!

Quarantine Survival: Keeping Kids Entertained

Just by my neighbor, who was engaging in a yard-bound version of “Marco Polo” with her toddler, parents are at the end of their rope keeping home-bound kids entertained.

We hope these resources help with that!

To stimulate your child’s creativity, check out this Art and Play activity guide from ARTBAR blog.

Let Michelle Obama read to your kids while you take a well-deserved break! Her READ ALONG series can be found on the PBS Kids Youtube channel and supplemental activities can be found at Read Together, Be Together.

You can also get free kids audio books from Audible.com.

You can take a virtual trip to the zoo via the Los Angeles Zoo animal videos. You can also visit the San Diego Zoo via its live cams or the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

As wild animals can be notoriously shy, you may not be able to catch of peek at pandas, etc. But this page of puppy cams will do in pinch. Just be careful your kids don’t get so caught in the cuteness that they beg you to adopt or foster a new family member!

You can also check out the Baltimore National Aquarium or Monterey Bay Aquarium without leaving your living room.

Put your kids to work in the kitchen with free digital cooking classes from Delish.

Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Or the White House, Buckingham Palace, Taj Mahal or Great Wall of China!

For more virtual tours, check out this list from Good Housekeeping.

And for more inspiration to keep your kids occupied, check out this list of 20 activities from Meaningful Mama.

Tuesday Tips: What’s the Difference between the Daily Poll, Daily 5 and Daily Goal?

While MyPoints has a number of ways to earn bonus Points each day, some members are a little confused by the similarities in their names. Although they are all “Daily,” they are different activities with different awards.

Let’s break it down:

The Daily Poll is a fun one question survey you can take each day to earn 1 Point.

The Daily 5 is a daily list of eight activities which includes the Daily Poll. Members must complete five of the eight to earn a 5 Point Bonus. The bonus is awarded for completing all five activities. It is not pro-rated at 1 Point per activity, so you do not get partial credit for completing 3 or 4 activities.

You can earn Points for the individual activities themselves, like attempting a survey or completing a survey–or even the 1 Point for the Daily Poll. But that 1 Point is for voting in the Daily Poll, not partial credit for doing one of five Daily 5 activities.

While the Daily 5 is about completing five of eight activities, the Daily Goal is completely Points-based. The Daily 5 can be completed by earning as few as 2 Points for example:

  1. Score! installed (0 Points)
  2. Vote in the Daily Poll (1 Point)
  3. Visit the featured merchant (0 Points)
  4. Add an In-Store or Shoply deal (0 Points)
  5. Complete a Watch video using the pinned Facebook link (1 Point)

In this case, completing your Daily 5 would not get you close to completing your Daily Goal where you must earn a specific number of Points which ranges from 30 to 250 each day.

There are no streaks for completing your Daily 5, although it will count towards your Monthly Goals–streaks only apply to your Daily Goals. If your streak is broken, it means that you did not earn the specified number of Points for that day’s Daily Goal.

10 Most Popular Computer Strategy Games from Kinguin

If you like new challenges, strategizing and problem-solving, strategy games are perfect for you. Kinguin offers a wide variety of online games. They’re great for passing the time and having a bit of fun at home.

To help you choose the right challenge, here are 10 of the most popular strategy games on Kinguin.

Best Kinguin Strategy Games

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition can be played on a system running Windows 10 or higher. In the game, you can participate in single or multiplayer matches. Build your empire and outsmart your enemies to take full control of the kingdom. Age of Empires is one of the most popular strategy games of all time and is currently available on Kinguin. The game is rated T for Teen for violence, mild blood, and mild language.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is for Windows 7/8.1/10. It’s rated M for Mature (17+) for blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes and use of alcohol. Skyrim is a very popular RPG (Role Playing Game) and strategy game. Explore an open world as your own custom character, completing missions and joining factions along the way. There are many dozens of hours of fun to be experienced in this Kinguin game!

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is a strategy game for Windows 7. The game has a detailed medieval setting and gives players the responsibility of leading sieges and battles, in addition to exploring the daily life of a medieval warrior. Players must fight for resources and strategize to gain power. There are single-player campaign options and online multiplayer battles too.

Overcooked! 2 

Overcooked! 2 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. It’s a co-op game where players must work together to prepare meals. It sounds simple enough, but this online strategy game can get difficult! Overcooked! 2 can be played in couch co-op mode or online. The levels vary by kitchen layout, recipes, and more so it’s always fresh and exciting. 

Cities: Skylines 

Cities: Skyline is a classic city simulation game, but it has a modern twist. Beyond building a city, players must maintain the city and handle realistic crises that arise during gameplay, including the management of your transportation systems! Cities: Skylines is rated E for Everyone, so it’s a perfect Kinguin strategy game for almost anyone. It’s available on Mac, Windows, and Linux. 

Space Engineers 

Space Engineers is the perfect game for anyone who loves space and strategy games. It’s a sandbox-style game. In the game, players engineer, build and maintain spaceships and space stations. Players can pilot their ships and mine asteroids for resources. Space Engineers is rated T for Teen. It runs on Windows 7. 

Stellaris 

Stellaris features all kinds of new galaxies and planets for players to explore. The goal of the game is strategic exploration. There’s lots of action and strategizing, including interacting with alien races and navigating anomaly events. Stellaris can be played on Mac, Windows, and Linux. Stellaris is rated E 10+ for ages 10 and up due to mild language and violent references. 

Tabletop Simulator

Tabletop Simulator is a sandbox-style game with 15 classic board games including checkers, dominos, and more. The pieces can all be “picked up” and moved as you please, and you can even flip the table. Up to eight players can play at once. Tabletop Simulator is available on Mac, Windows, and Linux. 

Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms requires players to engage in conflict in ancient China. Players build empires and fight in real-time battles. Players need to recruit characters to join their side. The goal is to defeat your enemies on military, technological, political, and economic fronts. It’s rated T for Teen due to violence. It’s available on Windows 7.  

Final Fantasy VII and VIII

In Final Fantasy VII and VIII, Midgar is a city that’s being controlled by mega-conglomerate Shinra Inc. Players must work to protect the whole planet from the enemy in this turn-based strategy game. Final Fantasy VII and VIII are rated T for Teen because of blood, fantasy violence, language, mild suggestive themes.

If you’ve never used Kinguin before, you might wonder whether these super affordable online game keys are the real deal. “Is Kinguin legit?” is a fair question and is answered in full at CouponCause!

Rewarding Moments: May 7, 2020

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we have a Mom-themed Rewarding Moment from MyPoints member since October 1998, Robin Lantz, this week.

Here is her story:

“I was planning a visit back home to Florida and had saved up my Points and chose Wal-Mart gift cards as well as Cracker Barrel.

I was able to get new clothes for visit, but the best part was taking my mom out for girls lunch and the look on her face when I said, “I’m paying this time.””

Thanks for sharing your Rewarding Moment with us, Robin! 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!