Take advantage of freebies from retailers - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Take advantage of freebies from retailers

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Crime Stoppers searches for suspected rapist

    Crime Stoppers searches for suspected rapist

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:26:14 GMT
    Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect wanted for forcible rape, home invasion and felony theft. He is described as 5'7" and weighs about 160 pounds.More >>
    Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect wanted for forcible rape, home invasion and felony theft. He is described as 5'7" and weighs about 160 pounds.More >>
  • Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the sharkMore >>
    A massive grouper steals a four-foot shark from a fisherman's line off the coast of Florida.More >>
  • Neighbor says father accused of beating son to death usually kept to himself, boy rarely seen

    Neighbor says father accused of beating son to death usually kept to himself, boy rarely seen

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-08-22 11:19:15 GMT
    A man who lives in the neighborhood of the father arrested in the beating death of his 5-year-old son said the dad was quiet and the child was rarely seen.More >>
    A man who lives in the neighborhood of the father arrested in the beating death of his 5-year-old son said the dad was quiet and the child was rarely seen.More >>

By Zaneta Lowe  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - We probably all have them.  Rewards cards that are tucked away in a wallet or on a key chain.

Rewards cards have become all the craze in retail, but, do you really take advantage of them?

"The only one I actually do keep up, are the ones that email me and let me know what I have," says shopper Christy Gomez.

Apparently, Gomez isn't alone.

Research shows the industry average is only 2% of rewards being cashed in.

CVS awarded nearly $2 billion in Extra Care Bucks, but company officials say only a small fraction of that actually got used.

CVS prints its rewards at the bottom of the receipts, which may be one of the reasons consumers don't use them.  They may often get thrown away or stuffed in a box with other random receipts. Company officials recently acknowledged that the program could be run better, and they say they might eventually start to load them on customers' cards instead.

However, retailers aren't the only ones customers should turn to for rewards.

Individual brands themselves often have ways for consumers to cash in.

My Coke Rewards is one of the most popular. You earn points from purchases, and enter the codes online that appear inside bottle tops.

 "I've had subscriptions to Oprah magazine, different things, but the big prize was the Wii," says Gomez.

You heard right, Gomez actually won a free, Nintendo Wii after stacking up a bunch of coke rewards.

"When I tell people I have a free Wii, they're amazed," Gomez says.

Four points with Tropicana gets you a $10 off $60 Adidas purchase.  Five points with Pop Tarts, and participants can get five music downloads or 25 free photo prints.

Huggies "Ride the Rewards" offers everything from free diapers to restaurant gift cards.

"You need to do it, it's free stuff," adds Gomez.

If you do plan to use rewards, pay close attention to product packaging.   Often times there are small, numbers printed there that you may need to redeem your rewards.

Program

What you get

 

Pampers Gifts to Grow

 

 

$3 off coupon (150 points)
 Jeep Wrangler All-Weather Stroller (4,600 points)

My Coke Rewards

 

Free movie rental (50 points)
$20 Omaha Steaks gift card (500 points)
Travel discounts using MCRPointsPlus  

 

Tropicana Juicy Rewards

$10 off Adidas purchase of $60 or more (4 points)

$100 onboard credit with Norwegian Cruise Line (9 points)

Pop-tarts flavor card

5 music downloads (5 points)

25 photo prints (5 points)

Limit of 5 rewards

MyStonyfield rewards

4-cup Probiotic Multipack (20 points)

Patagonia shoulder bag (350 points)

 

Disney Movie Rewards

 

Stickers (275 points)

Tour of Disney Studios (15,000 points)

Nature Made Wellness Rewards

Lunch cooler (450 points)

Yoga mat (2,500 points)

Contessa Loyalty Rewards Program

Stainless-steel coffee mug (7 points)

paella skillet (350 points)

 

Stouffers Dinner Club

 

Ringtone (300 points)

Two movie tickets (2,000 points)


©2010 WTVM. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow