You know I am always skeptical of these new companies (or new to me) and I like to do a test run for you guys before I promote them to you.
PLINK! Is a website that claimed if you signed up, link your debit/credit card to their site and then choose restaurants/fast food joints or movie theaters to spend money at - they would give you "Plink Points" for those purchases. And every 500 Plink Points would get you a $5 gift card at your choice of various retailers.
I signed up in the middle of September. I linked my debit card to the site and picked my 3 businesses to earn "Plink Points" from. (You get 3 at first and each friend you refer after opens another slot for you to choose another business/restaurant to earn points from purchases at.) I picked Burger King, Regal Theaters and Taco Bell since those are three places I knew we would use while on vacation.
At Burger King and Taco Bell when I spent $5 in a transaction I would earn 70 points. When I spent $15 I would earn 150 points. For the 3 of us to eat at Taco Bell or Burger King it typically ends up being between $8-$15 depending on what we order and if we get drinks. I knew those would be cheap/quick places we would stop at while on the road. AND with Regal Theaters when you spend $15 you earn 150 points or $40 you earn 400 points. Well, we go to movies at least twice a month at one of the Regal theaters in Little Rock. And yes, this is our splurge. I coupon everything (including this when I can) but often we have to pay full price and that's in our budget. So, I knew just one 3D ticket for each of us and a coke/popcorn combo would put us at $40 easily.
Here I am a little under a month from when I started using Plink and I have earned over 700 points. A few fast food stops and two movie visits and wham! I have enough to get my first gift card.
They have several options available but I went with the $5 Tango Card. You get your Tango Card number, go over to Tango.com and then you can use the Tango Card to pay for a Starbucks, Target, Facebook, Amazon or tons of other options emailed gift card. Two days later in my email inbox was a Starbucks gift certificate for $5. I took it this morning to Starbucks and got myself a free coffee!!!
So - here I am saying - SIGN UP!!! This is LEGIT and although it takes a few purchases to earn enough to cash in - depending on your eating habits or entertainment habits - this could add up pretty quick for you!
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