One way to make a few extra bucks is by redeeming your Microsoft Reward points. I just started paying more attention to this side hustle this year.
This is my sixth Amazon Gift Card with Microsoft Rewards. Click here to see my progress.
My plan is to keep posting these in order to keep track of how many I’ve earned. Maybe it will even spur a little competition among my fans.
Here are my totals:
- February 2017 – $5.00
- March 2017 – $5.00
- May 2017 – $5.00
- July 2017 – $5.00
- September 2017 – $5.00
- December 2017 – $5.00
Total = $30.00
What is the Microsoft Rewards Program?
The Microsoft rewards program is a way to earn points, which can be used to redeem Microsoft products as well as various gift cards.
Since I earned enough to redeem my first award back in February (2017), I started taking another look at this program.
While I don’t expect to get rich from this, every little bit helps.
Here is a screen shot of some of the rewards you can redeem with your Microsoft Rewards Points. The image below shows I’ve earned 985 points of the 5,250 for an Amazon Gift Card.
How the Microsoft Reward program works
When you browse and search using Microsoft’s Bing search engine you will earn points. If you are a Windows 10 users you can also search using Microsoft Edge and earn points.
Microsoft also has Daily Offers and other activities on a regular basis that allows you to earn even more points.
When you have enough points you can redeem them for Microsoft stuff, but also for gift cards to certain retailers, one being Amazon. (My preference)
At the time of this writing it took 5,250 points to earn a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. It sounds like a lot, but let’s be honest, if you are on the internet and surfing anyway, it really adds up fast. At least that is my experience.
You can also setup your mobile smart phone browser to use Bing search.
The entire process is really easy. You can even set goals and work towards the reward you want. I’ve set my goal for the Amazon Gift Card as shown here.
Requirements or Gotcha’s
There are a few things to keep in mind that stuck out for me the first time I went to redeem my points.
- First, you need to have Microsoft account. This is free so not a deal breaker for me. I already had a Microsoft account anyway so this was an easy process. I know some people don’t like having multiple accounts they need to keep track of. In order to earn your points you need to be signed on with your Microsoft account. So this is one thing to keep in mind.
- Second, when I went to redeem my first reward I was prompted to enter a phone number for verification purposes. The verification system ONLY accepts a real phone number. When I initially tried to verify with an internet phone number, it was denied. When I asked for assistance, I was told I needed a real number. I’m not sure why or how it checks this but after I entered my real number I was able to continue the process of redeeming my reward.
Again, not a huge deal breaker, but wanted to share that bit of information for your benefit. I don’t necessary like to have my real phone number out on the internet, but I think is was a small price to pay. I don’t really answer the phone unless I recognize the caller anyway.
Microsoft Rewards and Personal Finance
How does this affect your personal finances
Here is how I look at these things.
I redeemed my first reward in February of this year. This article is from redeeming my sixth reward.
As you can see my first one was in February, my second one was in March my third one was in May and fourth was in July and fifth one in September, sixth in December. So that’s how quickly the points add up.
Remember it’s not how much you make, it’s how much you keep in your pocket.
Here is another thought,
By redeeming Microsoft reward points I’m able to get a $5.00 Amazon gift card.
That five dollars, is five dollars that I don’t have to pull out of my pocket. I can use it to buy birthday gifts, holiday gifts, or whatever.
Let’s think of this yet another way, that is five dollars I don’t have to work extra hard for.
Since I’m already online searching I can just pull up Bing and earn some points.
Here is the reality of it. If I can get $5 from Microsoft Rewards, if I can get $10 from My Coke Rewards. (no longer available) If I can get $5 from Jewel-Osco Monopoly Fandango Rewards. (seasonal) Do you see where this is headed?
Works for me and I bet with a little effort on your side it would work great for you as well.
What to do next?
Go sign up and start earring some points, Please comment and share this article. I’d really appreciate it.
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