A few of my favorite things: MyPoints.com and Bzzagent.com


I know that I have mentioned MyPoints before. When I first entered the crazy world of bargain hunting, it was one of the first sites that I joined. They send you e-mails (I usually get 10-15 each week) and you earn points for clicking on a link in the e-mails. You can earn additional points for ordering things using the affiliate links on their site.

One of the greatest things about MyPoints is that you can print coupons from their site and then earn points when you redeem them! I have been using more printable coupons lately than insert coupons, so this has been a definite bonus for me!

You can redeem your points for a variety of gift cards. Here are some of the choices: (these are just a few of the options – there are over 75 merchants to choose from!)

*Bath & Body Works
*JC Penney
*Old Navy
*Outback Steakhouse

Check it out by clicking on the link above!

BzzAgent Badge

If you haven’t signed up for BzzAgent.com yet, you really should check it out! You get to try out new products and spread the word to your friends and family. You submit short Bzz reports about your experience and they award you points through MyPoints.com. Through the years, some of the products I’ve tried include: Chili’s Guiltless Grill, Glade candles, Arby’s chicken sandwiches, Scrubbing Bubbles automatic shower cleaner, and more. You can join by clicking on the link above!

Thrifty Thursday: Guiltless Grill at Chili’s

I have talked about Bzz Agent before. Basically, it’s a word of mouth marketing network where you get to try products and share your experiences with others. This month, I got to try out the new Chili’s Guiltless Grill menu for free!

I seem to be on a constant quest to lose weight, so I had been aware of the Guiltless Grill menu at Chili’s for awhile, but in the past, it has been fairly limited (off the top of my head, I know they had a chicken sandwich and a chicken platter). The have expanded it and now they have some really great items to choose from including:

*Guiltless Carne Asada steak
*Guiltless Honey-Glazed or Grilled salmon
*Guiltless Buffalo or Grilled chicken sandwich
*Guiltless Chicken platter
*Guiltless Black Bean Burger
*Guiltless Cedar Plank Tilapia

All items on the Guiltless Grill menu are under 750 calories, 25 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat. They area served with with steamed seasonal veggies and Parmesan cheese.

This time around, I went back and forth about what to order because I’d really like to try the Buffalo chicken sandwich, but I finally decided to try the steak. I was a little bit hesitant because I wondered how good a steak that was on a “guiltless” menu could really be. I was pleasantly surprised! The asada rub was very good and even though I get my meat “well done” it was not overcooked and was actually very tender. Even my husband who avoids anything “diet” related was surprised.

The Guiltless Grill is definitely worth checking out! You can view the menu (and nutritional information) here.

If you haven’t joined Bzz Agent yet, you should check that out, too! You can learn more about Bzz Agent in this post here.

What’s the Bzz…..

About four years ago, I discovered a really cool website called BzzAgent.com The purpose of the site is to maximize on the power of “word of mouth marketing.” When you sign up on their site, you become a “Bzz Agent.” You respond to a variety of surveys about your interests and products you use, and based on your responses, you get invited to join different campaigns. Usually, once you join a campaign, you get to test a variety of products and spread the word to your friends and family. Each campaign usually includes free products (or coupons for free products) as well as coupons to share with others.

Some of the products I have gotten in the past include: Ralph Lauren perfume, Hershey’s Take 5 candy, Nutella, Skinny Cow milk, fantastik OxyPower, Hillshire Farms Entree salads, Arby’s Chicken Naturals, Coppertone sunscreen, Ziploc Zip ‘n Steam bags, Sonicare UV Sanitizer, Listerine Whitening strips, Chili’s Smokehouse bacon burger (this was one of our favorite campaigns!), Glade Wisp flameless candle, Claritin RediTabs, and Back to Nature Nuts and Trail Mixes. I have also gotten to read several different books.

What I’m Bzzing right now

Currently, I am a member of three separate Bzz Campaigns:

*Teddy Grahams Trail Mix: This has been a HUGE hit with my family! We all love the Bears & Bees mix. My daughter informed me that she NEEDED it for her snack/lunches when she starts school this week and made sure that she told her daddy that he was not to touch it because it was for her and ONLY her. A box does not last long around here.

You can read my full review about the mix here:


They also have some great activities for preschoolers. You can access those here:

*Max Factor makeup: I just got my Bzz kit for this last week. It came with a full size ColorGenius Mineral Blush, Lipfinity Longwear Lipcolor, Lash Perfection Volume Couture Mascara, and a blush brush.

So far, the only thing I have tried is the Lipfinity Longwear Lipcolor, but I am in LOVE with it! There are two separate tubes. One is a tube with the colored lipstick. The lipstick is in a liquid type form and you apply it with a brush. You let it dry for 60 seconds, and then you apply the “moisturizing top coat” which looks like a clear tube of lipstick. I was amazed because I thought for sure that the color would come off on the clear tube, but it didn’t. I’m one of those people who constantly has to check my teeth after I apply lipstick because more often than not, I will have some on my teeth. Since I started using the Lipfinity Longwear Lipcolor, I no longer have that problem. The color does NOT come off, even after you apply the top coat. I have also found that the color lasts throughout the work day, so I just have to reapply the moisturizing top coat periodically to add a shine.

This lipstick is so easy that even those with little makeup sense (myself included) can apply it easily! You can find out more about Max Factor products here:


*Pedia-lax – I have not yet received my Bzz kit for this campaign, but my daughter has had her struggles with constipation and I know plenty of others who have kids in the same boat, so we’re looking forward to learning more about it!

If you want to get in on spreading the Bzz, check out the website here and sign up to be a Bzz Agent yourself!