More often than not, the advice dished out on Komando.com tells you how to block stores from learning your location. But if you're comfortable sharing your location data with retailers and marketers, you can score some great swag in the process.
For example, how would you like to earn money just for walking into a store? That's the concept behind the shopkick app.
With shopkick, you can get points, called kicks, just for entering Target, Best Buy, Macy's and dozens of other major stores. Then, when you've collected enough kicks, you redeem them for free gift cards of your choice, to places like Starbucks, Sephora, or the other stores mentioned earlier.
But how to you collect kicks? It's easy. First, you'll need to create a shopkick account, which you can do with your Facebook credentials. You will also need to give shopkick permission to:
- access your phone's microphone so it can know when you enter certain stores;
- use your location, even when you're not using the app; and
Once you've signed off on all of the permissions, you're ready to get started earning kicks. You can do this by simply entering a store with the shopkick app open. You can scan barcodes for selected products, even submit receipts.
Shopkick also wants you to link your credit/debit Visa or Mastercard with the app so that you can earn kicks for purchases you make inside eligible locations.
There are even kicks hidden throughout the app when you begin browsing through "Deals" tab that shows you deals at nearby stores, along with the "Discover" tab that shows you specific deals on certain products, and in the "Stores" tab that shows you eligible stores nearest you.
While all of the permissions might be a little bit to scare you off, using shopkick app is safe. In fact, it's also been endorsed by the Krazy Coupon Lady, a site that gives you tips, tricks and video tutorials on how to make the most of coupons and couponing apps.