If there’s one thing I know about, it’s web searches. Gone are the days when we had to wonder how old Betty White is (92), which Dakota Mount Rushmore is in (South) or what the difference is between a tornado and a cyclone (cyclones develop over water and last longer).
Pygmy marmoset is the smallest (and cutest) monkey in the world.
Whether you need practical information, like the hours of a restaurant or the recipe for a frozen Margarita, or if you’re just curious about which is the smallest monkey (the Pygmy Marmoset, and it is cute) there’s no reason to live in ignorance. We can do web searches from our computers, smartphones or tablets. We all know this. And during summer months, when we’re planning vacations, our web searches go into overdrive.
But what you may not know is that while you’re searching for the cheapest hotel with a good bedbug rating, or roadside attractions (for your information, the largest frying pan is in Long Beach, Washington) you could be earning points toward rewards like Amazon and Starbucks gift cards.
Bing Rewards offers you points for web searches that you’re doing every day anyway. It’s easy to get started. Sign up for Bing Rewards. When you’re signed in, every time you search using Bing you’ll be racking up points. If you search as often as I do, you’ll rack up those points quickly.
I publish a consumer website, Charlotte on the Cheap, so I don’t use Bing just to satisfy my curiosity and win arguments about which song was The Beatles’ best-selling single (I Want to Hold Your Hand.) I also use it to track down special offers, freebies, concerts, kids’ activities around town and much more, so that I can pass them on to my readers. Anyone who likes to get out and do things certainly needs to access information from the Internet, so why not earn points toward gift cards while you’re searching?
And the points add up pretty quickly. In just a couple hours of working on my website and looking up trivia — like which state grows the most tomatoes (California and Florida are battling it out for bragging rights) — I earned 50 points. A $5 Starbucks gift cards costs 525 points so I’m almost 10% there. I can easily imagine earning one every couple weeks or so.
Just a few of the rewards you can redeem are gift cards for Toys R Us, Fandango, Applebees, Burger King, Groupon, IHOP, Dominos and Sephora. Download the free Bing App on your smartphone, log onto Bing Rewards, and you’ll keep earning points on the go.
So as you gear up for your summer road trip, use Bing to search for information on national parks, the best place in your vacation town to get ice cream, and what time the tide will roll, so you can rescue your beach umbrella. Before long you’ll have earned enough points to get a reward from Fuel Circle. Which will come in handy when you’re driving to Collingsville, Illinois, to see the world’s largest bottle of ketchup.
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