Love Swagbucks? Well, get on board now with another rewards program called ShopKick! I recently installed the free app on my smartphone and have loved seeing the points, or 'kicks' as they're called, add up. The ShopKick app basically uses your phone's GPS position to offer you kicks in one of four main ways.

1. Just walk into a store listed on the app and receive points. Recently, I earned points simply by walking into Best Buy and Target. You may earn walk-in points once per store, per day. If you work in a retail area or mall this is a no-brainer for you! I love that even small local shops in my area are listed on ShopKick.

2. Once inside a ShopKick store, the app will give you a list of bonus points you may earn by scanning a product's barcode. You may scan and earn kicks once per day, per product with a maximum of five scans credited per product in any thirty day period. I recently received an additional bonus for scanning all of the items within a category in Best Buy.

3. Safely link your Visa debit or credit card with ShopKick and score even more points at checkout! ShopKick provides a link to the Visa portal so you know your information is secure. ShopKick does not have any record of your account information. Simply use your linked card to pay, and you will earn kicks automatically in much the same way Upromise works. I have also been offered fabulous discounts while in store using the ShopKick app. I was just offered $10 off a $100 purchase at ToysRUs and 25% off my total purchase at Macy's which included clearance items!

4. Invite your friends! Use the link within the ShopKick app to invite a friend, and both of you will score 50 bonus kicks. I invited my immediate family and received 400 kicks in one day! My small effort with my family yielded so many points that now every time I run into a friend I invite them to Shopkick right there on the spot so I can explain how it works and help them get started. All of my friends who have come to love the benefits of Swagbucks now love ShopKick too!

Once you've earned your kicks you may trade them in for gift cards or donate them to charity. I have been saving kicks for gas cards, but there are lots of choices including Best Buy, Macy's,, Old Navy,  and Target. The list is long and the kicks are easy.

This is such a simple way to help curb your expenses. If you start now you should have a nice stash of points for shopping or gift giving next year. And coming soon, you can earn kicks by linking your store loyalty cards to your ShopKick account. Hello! Points at Kroger and CVS just by doing my normal KCL shopping? Love that! Join today by downloading the ShopKick app at

This has been a guest post by Beth from Lynchburg, VA
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