Back in April, I wrote about MyPoints and how my account balance was high enough that I felt comfortable spending the points on something good. I ended up getting a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card, which isn’t bad for not doing much work! And now, in a very short 5 months, my balance is back up to over 17,000 points – meaning I have over $125 worth of points to redeem. From checking out the site last night, here are some of my options for spending my accumulated points:
I could get both a $100 Pottery Barn gift card and a $25 Bloomingdales gift card. However, I don’t care much for Pottery Barn and I don’t have a Bloomingdales anywhere near me.
Or, I could get a…
$100 gift card for Subway restaurants, but that seems like a lot of sandwiches to eat.
$100 gift card at Amazon.com, which could always come in handy.
$125 gift card at Callaway golf shops, but I don’t really golf too much anymore.
$110 gift card at CVS, but we don’t have those here.
$120 gift card at REI, which would really be a cool way to spend the points. We love shopping there.
$110 gift card at Target, which like Amazon.com, would always come in handy.
And my last choice could be a $125 gift card for Circuit City, and that is where I am leaning. I could combine that $125 with the $450 in Amex points I have saved since getting my American Express Preferred Rewards Card which I put all my expenses on (it’s a business card, but anyone can get one), to have $575 to spend at Circuit City. I could pick up a nice LCD TV for only a little bit more of my own money, or maybe even a new video camera that we have been eyeing…pretty cool for reading some emails and charging my regular expenses to a worthwhile card, no?
Decisions, decisions. Oh MyPoints, how you taunt me to cash in!
Or, I could just let them sit and keep growing – but it makes me nervous that something might happen to them. (I know, it’s ridiculous). What would you do? Do you use MyPoints? If not, you are missing out on free money. They have never spammed me and all I do is read the emails and buy items through them that I would have to buy anyway, like my printer ink from 123inkjets.com, which gets me 350 points each time.