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Shop at Sears - Get Rewarded for Buying Stuff You Already Needed
DISCLAIMER: I am not in any way affiliated with the Sears Holdings Corporation.
I am just a consumer that is pleased with the various ways you can earn rewards which can be used to reduce the price of normal, every day purchases at Sears and Kmart.
Shop Your Way Rewards (SYWR) is the free-to-join Sears/Kmart rewards program which enables members to earn 10 points for every $1.00 spent. So, if you buy clothes, housewares, appliances, jewelry, electronics or get your automobile worked on at a Sears Auto Center, you could earn a considerable amount of points for buying things (or services) that you needed &/or you were probably going to get anyway. Also, there are random promotions, some that change weekly, which multiply the normal amount of points you would earn by purchasing certain items by 2X, 3X or 5X times. The SYWR website is great and is updated extremely quickly (when I get home from a Sears trip, usually my points total is up to date) and is fairly easy to navigate. An obvious con to SYWR is that you can't earn points for purchases at the optical centers or portrait studios. Also, if you earned extra points for items you purchased while one of the point multiplier promotions was in effect, spent those points right away, and then return the items that were purchased during the multiplier promotion, your SYWR account can have a negative balance. Even though a negative balance doesn't actually cost the member anything, it can slow down your ability to earn points since you have to earn an equal amount of points either by regular purchases, purchases during a multiplier promotion or a little bit of both until your negative balance has been "repaid".
MySears is a social networking site that enables
Sears customers to submit ideas for improvement, to give praise and
otherwise comment on their shopping experiences or their
satisfaction/disatisfaction with the products available at Sears.
Joining MySears is free and is actually a great resource for finding out
more about products through reading customer reviews and participating
in forums. But my favorite part about MySears is that if you contribute
enough (writing product reviews, starting forum topics, submitting ideas
etc) you can earn SYWR points. The
downside of this aspect is that you have to put in a considerable amount of time and effort to
accumulate the amount of points to be eligible to earn SYWR points. In an attempt to be less biased, if you'd like to read another hubber's experience with MySears, click here.
KidVantage is a rewards program that is separate from SYWR that is specifically for purchasing children's clothing. For every $100.00 you spend on children's apparel, you get a 15% off coupon that can be used on your next children's clothing transaction. You can earn KidVantage points AND SYWR on your children's clothing purchases which is great because if you are a parent, you know how often you find yourself having to buy new clothes for your child/children. The really really annoying thing about KidVantage is that there is no card (SYWR members receive a cool plastic membership card) which sucks if you're having a brain fart and can't remember your phone number or whether or not you put it under your name or someone else's name because then you'd probably have to sign up again and start over. KidVantage also does not have a website which is EXTREMELY annoying because it makes it difficult to keep track of the points you've earned unless you keep all your receipts and vigilantly monitor how much you spend on children's clothing at a given time.
The bottom line is: you can save a lot of money on essentials as well as fun items and earn money back to purchase more stuff by participating in the above listed rewards programs that Sears has to offer.