I posted last week about Bing Rewards and my new obsession with getting gift cards for searching. I’ve already earned another $5 Amazon since that post and used it today towards an order I was placing for a Father’s Day gift. Woot!
Bing has another awesome program called Bing in the Classroom . When you earn your Bing Rewards for searching, you can opt to donate them to a school of your choice to use towards Surface Tablets. Bing also provides daily digital literacy lesson plans that inspire critical thinking for teachers as a part of the program. The part of the program that stands out most to me; Bing in the Classroom provides ad-free, safe search for schools.
I think ad free searching is a HUGE deal for kids. Living in this hectic world, we get pretty inundated with ads all over our web browsing, scrolling text on our tvs, and just so much information. It’s everywhere we look. I know I feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information in the world on any given day, so I can only imagine that it’s even more intense for those little developing minds. Even though I don’t have kids, I’m at that point in life where the husband and I have many conversations about our future children, and I’m happy to know that they will be able to search and satisfy their curiosity in a safe, ad-free space. Little minds are so hungry for information and I think the ability to search the internet is an amazing tool that I wish had been so far developed when I was trying to wrap my mind around big concepts, doing my homework, and just wondering how things worked. And I also *know* that I would have gotten distracted by targeted ads trying to sell me on things, which is why ad-free searching is so awesome. You can find out more details and pledge your support to ad-free searching at Show support for #adfreesearch! I’m required to disclose a sponsored partnership between our site and Bing. I have been compensated in exchange for this post in the form of payment, product or experiences.
Well folks, you may have noticed over on the husband’s blog that he has made the switch from Google to Bing. For those that know him, this is a huge deal. I have to take a little credit for pushing him in the Bing direction…
We first took the “bing it on” challenge together and I continually got Bing as my result. I slowly began to switch over to Bing when I thought about it, but didn’t change my default search engine in my browser settings until I discovered Bing Rewards . Yes, rewards. As in, getting credits for something I do every day anyway and being able to use those credits for things I want.
I just signed up about a month ago, and by last week, I had already reached Gold Level. It doesn’t take a lot of work. Sign up for your account, I just signed in with Facebook. Easy peasy. Then, you start to earn credits just by searching. You can get 15 per day on your computer and 10 per day by searching from your mobile device. Two searches = one credit. So simple. I pretty much hit my 15 credits a day every day on my computer without even thinking about it now that I have Bing set as my default search engine and just keep my account signed in.
One of my favorite things about Bing Rewards is the handy little Bing bar at the top of my search page that tells me how many credits I have and updates me when there are extra little fun credits available to earn. A few of these seem to pop up everyday and will just have a little tidbit of info and when you click it, it pulls up search results to learn more. And you get a credit. And sometimes you learn something new.
There are also other fun specials like, double credits on Tuesdays in May and getting bonus credits when you hit Silver Level or invite a friend and they do some searching.
So, what can you do with all of these credits? Well, there are a few of options… you can enter contests, “buy” gift cards, or donate your credits to schools or organizations. So far I’ve entered a few contests for 40 credits, and thought about getting myself some Starbucks giftcards as treats, but since I’m doing my best to stop drinking caffeine, I’m opting for Amazon gift cards. For a $5 gift card, you spend 525 credits, or, with your gold level discount, 475 credits.
How that breaks down: Sign up for your account, set your default search engine to Bing, keep your account signed in, search, get free stuff. How it’s working for me so far, I earn roughly 25 credits a day, 6 days a week (because I try to keep my Sundays tech free-ish), invited a few friends to sign up, and within my first 3 weeks, I’d entered a few contests with my points and have now just redeemed my first $5 Amazon gift card.
I’ve got a pretty long Amazon wishlist of things I likely won’t buy for myself, but with these gift cards, I feel like I can treat myself a little bit. I got my first gift card today and ordered Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business by Kari Chapin, because I happen to be taking her 3 day course on Creative Live this week and am feeling super inspired (and because I loved her first book). Getting $5 bucks off because I’ve been searching away this month is pretty awesome.
I love knowing that Bing is a company that’s engaged, supports events and organizations that I like (like Alt Summit) and they reward me for searching.I’m required to disclose a sponsored partnership between our site and Bing. I have been compensated in exchange for this post in the form of payment, product or experiences.