Get Free Stuff by Eating Cereal, Drinking Soda, and Watching TV

How would you like to get free stuff for eating cereal, drinking soda, and watching TV? Sounds like fun (and also a bit couch potato-y), right? Well, the four companies listed below will help you do just that. If you're looking for low energy ways to earn free rewards through programs that give you stuff for doing what you already do, put down the cereal bowl for a minute and check out these four programs.

Kellogg's Family Rewards Program

While Kellogg's sells more than cereal, most of us associate it with Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger — "They're Grrrrrreat!" Even better, Kellogg's also rewards loyal customers with free stuff.

By joining the Kellogg's Family Rewards program, members collect points that can be redeemed for rewards, including high value coupons, magazines, toys, and gift cards for retailers like Best Buy, Old Navy, Applebee's, Starbucks, and more. Just buy what you usually do and let the points add up.

When selecting a product, simply look for the Kellogg's Family Rewards logo on the package. That logo indicates there is a code (or codes) inside. Take that code and enter it online to get your points. The number of points earned per product varies.

Kellogg's also offers bonus code opportunities where members don't have to purchase anything.These codes are sent out via e-mail or social media, or can be found online by doing a search for "Kellogg's Rewards codes." Members can also earn bonus points by purchasing specific products promoted by Kellogg's.

Is it worth it?

Well, if I were going to purchase the product anyway, and it was on sale (and I had a coupon), I would totally take a few seconds to enter my point codes to earn a few free gift cards. Free is free, my friends. 

Drink Soda. Get Free Stuff. Cool.

Even if you don't drink soda, you're sure to have indulged in a Coke or Pepsi product at least a few times in your life. If so, have you thought about joining one or both of their rewards programs?

My Coke Rewards

The My Coke Rewards program premiered in 2006, and was revamped in January of 2015. Similar to many programs, people who join My Coke Rewards earn freebies by collecting points and redeeming them. Points are earned by looking for codes which are located on Coke products (i.e. underneath bottle caps) and entering them in the online rewards portal. Coke has also introduced a tiered program where members can achieve Bronze, Silver, or Gold level by completing "status" activities such as tweeting and other social media related tasks. Each tier offers perks like bonus points and unlocks different rewards, such as gift cards to retailers like Target and Walmart, and products like Keurig coffee machines.

Personally, I rarely drink soda, but I still drink a lot of bottled water. I won't be a fast points earner, but looking under the caps and entering codes in exchange for free gift cards a few times a year is low-effort enough for me to participate.

Pepsi Experience Points

The Pepsi Experience Points program is different than My Coke Rewards in that members don't have to purchase anything to earn rewards. There are no codes on caps or packages to look for to get points. Instead, the Pepsi program revolves around members participating in activities Pepsi sponsors or wants to promote. Activities include reading targeted articles, checking out specific websites, watching videos, tweeting, liking Facebook pages, and so on.

The reward options are different as well, focusing more on logo-stamped merchandise such as camping chairs, baseball caps, and sweepstakes entries. Their gift card options are limited, too (as of this writing there were only two gift cards available). Still, points are easy to accrue since everything is done online. It can feel like Pepsi is paying you in points in exchange for free promotion… which is basically what it is. However, if you don't mind, free stuff could be in your future.

Watching TV Just (Sorta) Got Profitable With Verizon FIOS

Verizon FIOS has a rewards program where customers can earn free stuff like Starbucks and Visa gift cards. While this is not a reason to go out and sign up with Verizon or switch companies, it's definitely a reason to log into your account once a month and spend a minute looking around after paying your bill.

The Verizon My Rewards+ program is similar to the above programs in that it is a points for rewards venture. Sample activities include checking out a Verizon product demo, completing your profile, liking them on social media, enrolling in auto pay, and so on. Of course, the big point earning opportunities come if you do things like add or upgrade services (never gonna happen!).

Each month when your bill arrives, there's a reminder to check out the rewards program. Take a moment and log on. It's an easy way to earn a free gift card or two this year. To be fair, I'm not sure a couple of free gift cards a year is a fair trade given the cost of cable (from any provider!). But hey, at least with Verizon FIOS, I get to enjoy a free Starbucks latte while watching my favorite shows.

So, there you have it. Four programs where you can earn free stuff just for doing what you already do. If you're already a consumer of these products, earning free gift cards and other rewards is easy to do.

Do you participate in any of these or similar programs? Let me know in the comments below.

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