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Achievement: NEW! Points for Heart Rate Now Available!

Email from Achievement:

Hi Lazy Money Guy,

We strive to make healthy decisions fun and rewarding. That’s why we are excited to announce that we are now able to award points for heart rate. According to the American Heart Association, being aware of heart rate helps you stay accountable around your physical exercise.

You shared heart rate activities before today through your Apple Health or Fitbit connected app(s). We are awarding you 200 bonus points for historically taking healthy actions, and will award you for all future heart rate activities.

Going forward, you will receive 6 points/day for recording heart rate activities. We hope this update makes it easier to track your progress and reach your health goals.

The Achievement Team

CrossMedia Panel Important changes: End of metering for iOS and Desktop Browsers

From their website:

Dec. 12, 2017

As of December 12, 2017 iOS and PC/laptop browser versions of the Screenwise meter are no longer supported on the US Reach Panel. Android Mobile Screenwise Meters will work and support for Android 4.3 and above will continue.

Please uninstall any iOS versions of the Screenwise mobile app and any desktop browser meters that you installed while participating in the panel.

iOS and PC/laptop users of the Screenwise browser meter will no longer earn rewards beginning on December 12, 2017.

Android users (version 4.3 and higher), we hope you will continue to use your Screenwise Meter app and keep earning rewards.

 

I will keep you updated on how this affects weekly earnings and the best way to continue to get the most out of this program.

OurData Shutting Down

Per their email:

Thank you for your support.

After thoughtful deliberation, the team at Ourdata has decided to close the company. We will cease support of the app and extension at the end of July.

Before we go…

We continue our belief that a strong voice for consumers is needed to offset the power of the data monopolies. We encourage our current users to seek out opportunities to protect the value and privacy of their data.
Ourdata was based on uBlock origin and we recommend that ad blocking extension as a replacement for Ourdata. We appreciate and thank you for all your support of Ourdata.
All the best,
The Ourdata Team

Snapstar Shut Down

Per their email:

Dear Snapstar user,

We are sorry to inform you that we have not been able to find a business model that supports the Snapstar app. The app will function regularly until Tuesday July 25th, 2017 and after that will not be accessible anymore.

At this point in time we suggest you stop submitting new receipts and use all your outstanding coins balance by Tuesday July 25th, 2017.

We are not giving up and are looking for innovative ways to be able to keep on supporting this venture. We will notify you as soon as we are able to re-launch the app.

We are truly sorry and hope this is a temporary setback.

The Snapstar Team

Dobot charges $1.99 per month now

Per their email:

Hi Lazy Money Guy,

We wanted to thank you for including Dobot on your journey to financial health, and share news about our relationship with you.

Whether you’re saving for an emergency fund, home down payment or that special trip, we hope you’ve found our auto-savings feature enables you to save easier than ever. Your responses to our texts have been awesome. We’re very excited that so many Dobot savers take advantage of the easy text commands to save an amount, apply savings to your goals without opening the app and learn helpful tips to improve your finances. And, of course, the super popular joke command makes sure that saving is never boring. 😀

It is vital that we are able to continue providing the services you’ve come to trust, so today we are sharing important news about our relationship with our Dobot savers and how we make money. Dobot will begin charging a small monthly fee for the services we provide. The fee, $1.99, will begin on July 31st for all accounts created before July 1st. For new users of Dobot, there will be a 30-day trial period.

Our strongest desire is to always do what is right for our customers. We also want to ensure that we are open and transparent about our decisions and the thought behind them. This small monthly fee will allow Dobot to continue supporting and growing our services for you.

Thank you for choosing Dobot. We remain committed to helping you create financial health.

Save On!

The Dobot Team

ShopKick adds rewards for online shopping!

Letter from the CEO:

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Hi Lazy Money Guy,

I’m excited to share that today we’ve updated Shopkick with some exciting new features. For the first time ever, you can earn kicks for shopping online!

Shopkickers have told us how much fun they have using Shopkick, and they want more opportunities to earn free gift cards and other merchandise. With these new updates, you can enjoy three new ways to get kicks for online shopping. You can now earn kicks for visiting online stores, viewing online offers, and making purchases from Apple, Boxed, eBay, Groupon, Spring, and Jet.com.

I love hearing from consumers across the country about the joy and excitement Shopkick brings to their shopping. Cassondra Taylor from Newport News, VA had an early preview of online shopping and said, “These new features will definitely help with back to school shopping! I normally use my kicks for my Starbucks addiction, but now I will use them to get school supplies for the teens.”

We’ll do everything we can to make your online or offline shopping trip — whether it’s for groceries, apparel, or electronics — as fun and rewarding as possible. I invite you to try out these new features and connect with us on Facebook to share what you think.

Happy online shopkicking!

Bill Demas
Shopkick CEO

The End of Pact

An email from the Pact Team:

Farewell from Media Insiders

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Dear Lazy Money Guy,

We at Media Insiders would like to thank you for your participation and loyalty to our panel, so it is with great sadness that we send you this email.  Due to recent, rapidly unfolding developments, Media Insiders will be closing its doors on April 16th, 2017.  We hope that you have enjoyed your time with us and that we have made a positive impact on your life.

We are going to miss reading the thank you e-mails and positive reviews.  Those kind words about us, and the happy notes about how you bought gifts for your loved ones using the points you earned with us, truly made our day!

Notes About Data Collection
After our shutdown date, we will no longer be accepting any new data from our members. Week 15 rewards will be the final rewards distributed, and will be processed by April 20th. Please click here for directions on how to uninstall MI Mobile from your device(s).

Notes About Redemptions
Please note that you have 1 month to redeem your points from the Perks system after the shutdown date.  After that time, all points will be removed and all points accounts will be closed.  It is important that you redeem your points before the closing of your account.  We want you to enjoy your rewards and have good memories of our time together.

We have enjoyed these past few years with all of you and we wish it could continue, but sadly all good things must come to an end.  Thank you so very much for being a part of our journey. Best wishes to you.

Your Friends at Media Insiders

Digit’s New Fee Schedule

Email from Digit:

Hey Lazy Money Guy,

Today we have a couple of big announcements to make.

As Digit becomes a more important part of our customers’ financial lives, we’ve decided to make a conscious decision about how we want to make money: We work for you, and you pay us. It should be that straightforward. Too many financial services complicate things by making money doing things not in the best interest of their customers. Charging for Digit will allow us to support our service while making sure we always do what’s right for the customer.

A monthly subscription will cost $2.99. For all existing users, Digit will remain free for the next 100 days.

We are also significantly increasing the Digit Savings Bonus. All customers will now earn a 1% Savings Bonus (up from 0.20%). With the recent introduction of Goalmojis, customers are saving more than ever, and we want to make sure you’re earning real rewards for saving with Digit.

Thank you for being an early user, believer and fan. You have helped sparked the savings revolution. We promise to continue building products that make your financial life easier and better.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Yaarlo Program Updates!

Email from Yaarlo:

Yaarlo Program Updates!!

Walmart-Target

Walmart and Target

Receipts from Walmart and Target are now classified under retail. You can now earn 0.25% on Walmart and Target receipts.

Refer a Friend

Refer a Friend

Unlimited earnings now possible through Refer a Friend. Refer more friends and earn more cashback.

Gold Membership

Membership Levels

Gold: Quarterly Spend $300
Platinum: Quarterly Spend $1000

Scan Receipts

Unlimited Receipts

You can now scan any number of receipts in a month.

Online Receipt

Email Online Receipts

Email your online receipts to Yaarlo at receipts@yaarlo.com and earn cashback.

Fronto is now in the UK and Australia!

Hi Lazy Money Guy,

Another exciting news! From today, Fronto starts to support the United Kingdom and Australia! As promised, we will keep adding other countries as well.

The 1,250P referral system will be the same for a while so please please invite your British and Australian friends to Fronto. As you know, you can bring them and earn unlimited referral points. Just don’t forget to make sure they enter your promo code correctly.
 
It is not a secret anymore that some influencers earn a lot of money every day. I checked the corporate Paypal dashboard, and I confirmed that one influencer whose initial is J.W. cashed out $160 today.

Without many users, Fronto business won’t survive. Let’s grow together and make some $$$!

Thank you!

Best,
Team Fronto

Fronto Is Now In Canada!

An email from Fronto:

Hi Lazy Money Guy,

As of now, Fronto is officially available in Canada! Moving forward, we will launch Fronto in the other countries pretty soon. UK and many other countries are in the list.

As you know, Fronto team is a very small team of four, so we are not perfect at all. We always make some bugs, and sometimes we might not be very responsive to solve the issues. However, we are doing our best to make Fronto better.

Without your support, Fronto won’t be able to be launched in the other countries at all. I really appreciate your support and patience.

If you have any friends in Canada. Please spread the word to your friends and get 1,250P per every invited user.

Thank you!

Best,
Team Fronto

YouGov Points System Updates

Email from YouGov:



YouGov What the world thinks


Hi Lazy Money Guy,

Your feedback is very important to us. Whenever we can, we will act on it to improve the experience for everyone.

We’ve received a bunch of feedback recently about the rewards program: in particular, that it takes too long to earn enough points to redeem, and that once you have enough points, some rewards cost more than others (even though they have the same cash value).

Based on your suggestions, we’ve reduced the points needed to redeem the following gift cards:

  • $15 Amazon card: was 35k, now 25k points
  • $25 Foot Locker card: was 40k, now 30k points
  • $25 Nike card: was 45k, now 30k points
  • $50 Amazon card: was 65k, now 55k points

Some rewards cost more points than others because they’re more expensive for us to process. We keep the $100 rewards at exactly 100,000 points because we want to give you every incentive to stick with us all the way through – and maybe even refer a friend!

You can see all the available rewards on your account.

Thanks for your continued participation with us!

Kelly Connor
YouGov

Spare5 Update on Payout Amounts

Email from Spare5:

Spare5 is still paying you every Friday – as long as you have earned at least $5.


Big things are continuing to happen at Spare5 – but the biggest thing will always be our super Spare5 Community. To help it keep growing, we’re making two key changes. 

A Small Payout Change
Payouts will still be issued every Friday by 5pm PST – but beginning February 10th 2017, the minimum earnings balance needed to be paid will increase from $1 to $5. This will help Spare5 improve tasking quality and make more tasks available to Fives who do them well. This ultimately means more and better tasks on your task lists.

A Big Tasking Change
A more exciting change is just-this-close to being here: task feedback while you’re tasking, with quality scores showing how you’re doing, plus updates and hints to give you opportunities to improve. We’re adding the final touches, and we can’t wait for you to experience it.

Thank you for being part of the Spare5 community!

QoinPro

Qoinpro is more for fun and one of the most passive earning platforms. I have made a few bucks per month worth of different cryptocurrency over the past years with it. It automatically starts accruing bitcoin bits (and other cryptocurrencies) daily without having to do anything.  It also gets a lot better when you get more people signed up.  Each referral level increases your daily reward rate.  But even without referrals increasing your daily reward, it still adds up and requires no work after it is all set up.

Click Here to Start Earning!

Shift Savings (formerly Milo Savings)

Email from the CEO, Craig Sweeney:

 

Hi Lazy Money Guy,

I wanted to personally reach out to fill you in on some exciting news. Today we’re announcing that we are changing our name from Milo to Shift!

Shift is a name that is representative of our mission to helping people. Helping people shift their mindsets and look at a new way to save for the important things and people in their lives. Helping people save money by shifting habits of spending to habits of saving and building momentum toward a healthier financial future. Shifting to saving.

Shift Savings

We’re thankful that you’ve been a part of our journey so far and are looking forward to helping you shift to a brighter future in the days, months and years to come.

Best,

Craig Sweeney
CEO & Cofounder

Snapstar Changes to Earning Amazon Gift Cards

Email from the Snapstar Team:

Dear Lazy Money Guy,

We wanted to give you a heads up that on Tuesday, January 31 we will be removing the Cash Out page.

Instead of this page, you will be able to earn cash (Amazon gift cards) directly from purchasing a certain number of items from participating brands.

In addition, you can still always use your stars to buy sweepstakes entries and win prizes.

Thanks for your attention, and happy snapping!

-The Snapstar Team

Maven Public Profiles

Email from Maven as of January 20, 2017:

Announcing Public Profiles!
Many of our members have requested a page where all of their boards can be viewed in one place by visitors. You spoke; we listened! The new public profile page gives you a page on Maven with a “vanity” URL containing your Maven user name, links to your blog, retail site and social media pages along with all the public boards you create. It’s a great way to send shoppers to your boards and promote your blog, retail site, and social accounts!
Your Profile will now be available for other users to find you! 

  • Your public boards will be listed below your profile allowing others to find more of your selections.
  • Blog or retail sites you have identified will be listed and linked for others to find out more about your blog or store.
  • Connected social accounts are listed with follower counts and direct links so Mavens can find you on social.
  • Edit your information at any time to keep your followers up to date.
  • Shareable profile URL to help promote you and your brand as needed.
  • Update your imagery. Many times profile images imported from Facebook are grainy. You can upload a new image of your choosing!

Yaarlo Membership Levels (Effective January 1, 2017)

There is a new membership program for Yaarlo users.  Depending on your shopping the previous 3 months, your next three months will have a specified series of benefits.

Email from Yaarlo:

Dear Lazy Money Guy,

Thank you for using Yaarlo! We are happy to announce that we are introducing Membership Levels that gives our users Double cashback when shopping in-store OR Triple cashback when shopping online through Yaarlo!

Membership Benefits (*Effective From: 01/01/2017)

New users can enjoy the Gold Membership for first 90 days

Silver Gold Platinum
Quarterly Yaarlo Purchases >$500 >$1500
Refer-a-friend limit 25 25 unlimited
Shop Online (Shop ‘n Earn) 1x Points 1x Points 1.1x Points
Gift Cards (Gift ‘n Earn) 1x Points 1x Points 1.1x Points
Receipt Scanning
Retail Receipts 0.10% 0.25% 0.25%
Non-Retail Receipts 0.05% 0.10% 0.10%
Receipt Limit 100 100 100
Scan Thresholds $1000 Retail; $2000 Non-Retail $1000 Retail; $2000 Non-Retail $1500 Retail; $2000 Non-Retail
Redemptions
Discounted Redemptions $10, $20 $10
*Free Redemptions $50 $20, $50 $10, $20, $50
Membership status is determined quarterly, based on purchases made on Yaarlo over the prior 3 months.
Status can also be achieved mid-quarter upon satisfying the purchase requirements.
Discounted Redemptions ($10 on $50) & ($20 on $50)

Suchflex Shut Down as of November 25, 2016

Here is the email they sent out:

Dear Lazy Money Guy,

Ivan and John started Suchflex with the goal of bringing the benefits of distributed computing to everyone. Although we have been successful in getting interest from owners of consumer devices to contribute their computing resources, we have not made as much progress in building the demand-side of our distributed computing marketplace. With that in-mind, we have made a difficult decision to suspend our consumer-facing Suchflex service for the time being.

IMPORTANT:

All Suchflex users who have current earning on the Suchflex platfrom will be redeemed by this Friday – November 25th 5pm PST. Please make your preferred Redemption choice by that time. If you have not communicated a choice to us by that time, we will redeem through Coinbase to the email on record for your account.

FLEXCOIN:

Everyone who has made redemptions into FLEX, will be redeemed in USD +10% of their original redemption. (ie. If you have redeemed $100 into FLEX, you will be paid $110 USD). The payments will go to your communicated preferred method of receiving redemptions by this Friday – November 25th 5pm PST. If you have not communicated a redemption choice to us by that time, we will redeem through Coinbase to the email on record for your account.

FUTURE:

If you would like to stay in touch with us and hear about our future developments – great! – there is nothing to do. We have your email on record and will shoot you a message in the future. If you would not like to receive future emails, please unsubscribe below.

Flex on,

– Ivan, Co-Founder and CEO at Suchflex

MobileExperienceMeter Shutting Down – Embee Update

Email from Embee on November 23, 2016:

Thank you for participating in the Mobile Experience Meter program!


This research program is now ending for some devices in your region. If you’re receiving this email, your points will stop being generated in Mobile Experience Meter on Nov 22nd.


Do you want to keep earning points?


Join the Mobile Performance Meter program, and we will automatically transfer your points!


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.embeepay.mpm


Even if you were not eligible for the Mobile Performance Meter before, we have recently added support for all carriers in all location in the US, so you may be eligible today.


Or, you can just redeem your points from Mobile Experience Meter and uninstall. You have until Nov 30th to transfer or redeem your points from MobileExperience Meter.


Questions You May Have:


“How do I transfer my points?”


Very easy — just install and join the Mobile Performance Meter program on the *same device* that you are currently running the Embee Meter, and the points will be automatically transferred.


“How can I tell if my points were transferred successfully?”


You can see the transfer in your account history. In the Mobile Experience Meter app, you will see a negative “special bonus” transaction that zeros out your Embee Meter balance. In Mobile Performance Meter, you will see a matching positive “special bonus”  transaction for the same point, adding those points to your Mobile Performance Meter balance.


“I am already earning points using the Mobile Performance Meter, can I still transfer my points?”


Currently, the automatic transfer functionality is only available for new Mobile Performance Meter users. Thank you for using our apps!


“I tried to register the Mobile Performance Meter before, but was told I didn’t qualify. What do I do?”


Just try again! Mobile Performance Meter is now available to all carriers anywhere in the United States! So, even if you didn’t qualify for Mobile PerformanceMeter before, you should qualify now! Make sure you install the Mobile Performance Meter from Google Play, so you are sure to get the latest version of the application. If you don’t install the current version, it may not work correctly.


“I uninstalled Mobile Experience Meter already, but I think I had some old points there. Can I still have them transferred?”


Yes, your old points should be transferred when you successfully join the Mobile Performance Meter program.


“I make a different amount of points on Mobile Performance Meter. Why?”


The study is a little different in this case, so, yes, the point amounts may be different, too, depending on your location and other factors.


Thanks!


The Embee Team

Maven Social Media Earnings Program

Maven recently started a new feature to earn more.  You can now link your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram).  The more reach you have, the more potential earnings you get.

Here is the email I received (personal information and details have been removed) from Maven’s VP of Marketing and Account Management, Jessica Duncan:

Hi Lazy Money Guy,

Maven has launched a new feature that will allow us to bring you new opportunities to earn money. From time to time, retailers in our network will offer money to members like you if you share products you like from the retailer with your friends and followers. These “sharing events” will happen on an ongoing basis and will be another way to earn at Maven.

The first sharing event could come later this week with ASOS, a fast-fashion, women’s and men’s apparel retailer. We will be offering our members $5-$100 to create a board using products from ASOS and sharing that board on any social network pages you have.

Your earnings will usually be based on how many people follow you in social media.

If you are interested in participating in these sharing events, we will need to obtain the number of followers you have on each of 4 social networks: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. To make collecting that information easy for you, there are 2 steps as noted in the below images:

1.    Access your profile on MavenX.com. You will see a section labeled “Your Social Accounts” with buttons for each of the 4 networks.

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2.    Click each network where you have an account.  This will “link” your social account to Maven. Once that’s done, the profile page will automatically obtain the number of friends and followers you have in each network.

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We expect several more of these sharing events. Please update your profile and keep an eye out for my invitation to participate. And, if you don’t receive an invitation for the ASOS sharing event, don’t worry. We’ll keep you on the list and bring new sharing events to you from other retailers when we have them available.

Of note, the ‘success’ of these campaigns come from successful purchases in your network. The retailers look for ‘reach’ but also conversion. With that said, personal outreach may help you gain those much needed purchases that can result in MORE of these type of opportunities for you! 

Thanks!

Jessica Duncan

VP, Marketing and Account Management

Paribus Acquired by Capital One

According to TechCrunch, Paribus was acquired and will be part of their campaign to have price tracking through the use of Capital One’s U.S. Card division (specifically their credit card price protection service).  The Paribus program will still be fully operational while working with Capital One’s efforts to expand their programs and services using Paribus’ technology and algorithms.

I will be posting more updates as I get them directly from Paribus.  They have been busy with the transition to being a part of Capital One, but once the dust settles, I am sure there will be plenty more information.

 

Bing Rewards Changing to Microsoft Rewards

Here’s the email from Microsoft:

Dear Lazy Money Guy,
Your membership will automatically update over the next few weeks.
Learn more about Microsoft Rewards
See the comparison between Bing Rewards and Microsoft Rewards
See the comparison between Bing Rewards and Microsoft Rewards

 

Essentially, the point system changed, the rewards levels have changed, and as soon as it starts rolling out, I will keep you updated on how it is set up, any limitations, methods, and tips to know to get the most from it.

MindSumo Rewards Program Changes

From the CEO of MindSumo:

Hi Lazy Money Guy!

MindSumo is switching its rewards system from money to points as of July 1, 2016. This change should increase the prize pool for each challenge, allowing us to reward the top 50% of solvers, as opposed to 10% or less in the current structure.

Here is some more info about the upcoming changes:

  • We’re increasing prize pool per challenge by 60%
  • Points can be converted to money and cashed out at any time, with no threshold
  • Half of the submitters to each challenge will win some reward
  • Points will be the only reward mechanism on MindSumo and will be given proportionally based on the quality of ideas you submit to challenges.

These changes will affect your current reward balance. Here’s how:

  1. Bonus rewards (like the signup or first solution bonuses) will be removed entirely on July 1. We are moving the funds from these bonuses to challenges, so the prize pools can increase.
  2. If you’ve made referrals and have at least $5 in the referral rewards category, you can cash out now through June 30, 2016.
  3. If you were chosen as a winner or honorable mention on a challenge, your rewards (minus bonuses) will be converted to points if you don’t manually cash out before July 1, 2016.

For challenges already launched, the reward amounts will stay the same. For example, if the challenge lists 5 x $150 winners and 5 x $50 honorable mentions, the points awarded will match those values.

We’re excited about this change and very confident it’ll will result in a better experience for our student users. Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback.

Rohan
CTO, MindSumo

Cross Media Panel replacing Screenwise Trends Panel

Per the email sent out from Google:

Hello Lazy Money Guy,

This is to inform you about the upcoming transition from Screenwise Trends Panel to the new Cross Media Panel. This transition should be seamless and any accrued rewards balance will be carried forward automatically. We hope to provide you with a simpler and richer overall experience within Cross Media Panel that ensures your continued satisfaction for participating in this online panel.

 

Transition Timeline

You do not have to take any steps in order to support this transition. You will be notified by email within the next few weeks once the transition has taken place, along with additional details on how to access your account on the new panel website. Once you have received the transition email, you will be able to sign-in with your existing Screenwise Trends Panel account credentials to access your information, including your rewards balance. Shortly after the transition, the old Screenwise Trends Panel site will be shut down.

 

Intuitive Membership Portal

The new Cross Media Panel panelist portal will allow you to quickly access all relevant information such as membership status and rewards balance from a single screen. The panelist portal will also be optimized to be viewable through your mobile device!

 

More Redemption Options and Less Waiting

We will also offer an expanded set of merchants from which you can choose to redeem your rewards. The simple to use redemption interface (shown below) will enable ordering of e-Gift cards within hours rather than weeks.

 

 

Over the next few weeks, expect to hear more from us as we complete the transition from Screenwise Trends Panel to Cross Media Panel. Thank you for helping improve the products we build by participating in this program.

 

– Cross Media Panel Team

I will post updates as they come about this transition and what it means.