Next up in the Bored Money arena is e-Rewards. It’s similar to MyPoints in that the make you fill out a big long profile and then pay you to receive e-mails, sign-up for offers, and fill out online surveys. They differ in that instead of Points and gift cards, e-Rewards uses e-Rewards dollars (not actual cash) and gives out some pretty random stuff. It’s pretty easy to earn money though, sometimes I get $5-$10 in one day.
For $25 in e-Rewards dollars, examples of what you can get include: 500 American or Northwest Airline Miles, $25 off any purchase at FTD.com, or 1,000 Hilton Honors points. However, my favorite reward is $25 for 6 free Blockbuster rentals – you get one movie free each month for six consecutive months. Here’s how I use it instead of NetFlix:
There are a couple of catches. The first is that you need an invitation to join, although it seems like if you just fill out the form they’ll send you one. I think I joined through Hilton Honors (which anyone can join for free). So try that too for another way in.
The other hitch is that you can only redeem each prize once every year. So you technically you can get only one Blockbuster prize a year. Me, I just join with another e-mail address after I get my Blockbuster prize. The rentals certificates print out online, so no need to give them your real address. You need to give them a somewhat real name since it prints out on the certificate (Jonathan Smith, John Smith, Jon Smith, Johnny Smith,…). Voila! 2 certificates a month = No need for Netflix.
By Jonathan Ping | Bored Money | 10/25/05, 10:32pm