Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post submitted by reader, Jennifer S.:
My mom and I often team up to buy our gifts for our extended family. Like many families, our Christmas budget was tight last year. (Truth be told, it was pretty much non-existent). We were looking for thoughtful and useful gifts that were inexpensive. That’s when My Coke Rewards entered the picture. My Coke Rewards is a program that allows consumers to enter codes from Coke products to gain points. (Collin is a great source for learning about bonus codes that are offered, as well.)
The points can be redeemed for various rewards such as gift cards, magazines, movie tickets, photo gifts, and much more. Up until last year, I had only sporadically entered codes (mostly to redeem entries for vacation sweepstakes – unfortunately, none were winners). I’d never given much thought to the many other rewards available and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to accumulate enough points for anything worthwhile.
However, as I perused the My Coke Rewards catalog, I saw many gifts that were perfect for our family. We were able to gift several magazine subscriptions that catered to our family members’ specific tastes. We redeemed points for AMC movie experience packages that included tickets and refreshments. Those were a huge hit! We were even able to redeem points for a $50 gift card to Nike.com to get my brother a very nice hooded sweatshirt. Based on gift card values and average prices, a conservative estimate of our savings is around $150. All because of points from a product we were buying anyway!
Be on the lookout, because last year around Christmas, My Coke Rewards offered a “holiday shop” with a variety of store gift cards available for redemption. Many of those gift cards were not available during the rest of the year. There were also several promotions in which points were reduced for certain items (like the movie tickets and the Nike gift cards)! My Coke Rewards regularly features reduced-point items on Wednesdays. You can sign up for a free account at mycokerewards.com.
This year I’m looking forward to cashing in my points for several personalized products available from Shutterfly and a Blockbuster family night package, which includes movie rentals and snacks. If you are a Coke product drinker or know someone who is, I encourage you to start saving your points for Christmas! You won’t be disappointed.