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Best Buy rewards programs: How to sign up using a smartphone app

If you’re a techie like me, you know that the “it” devices and technology change fast. The tech we’re dying to get our hands on today—iPhone X, Nintendo Switches, and 4K TVs—is likely going to be obsolete tomorrow (ahem, VHS, cassettes, and even DVDs…) One thing, however, I predict will stay the same: Best Buy has always been the store to go to buy the latest tech.

best buy customer rewards programI used to beg my parents to take me there as a kid, mostly so I could look at the latest N64 and PlayStation games. Then, when I got older, I was more interested in checking out CDs and DVDs, back when those were still things. Nowadays, I’m all about the home theater hookups and mobile devices. I’ll spend hours playing with tablets and new phones before spending even more hours having my eyes and ears blasted in what I like to call Best Buy’s “Home Theater Cave-o-Rama,” which they always have in the back of the store.

These are not just innocent browsing trips, though, I must confess. No, I also spend quite a bit of money at Best Buy. I even spent a summer working there in college just so I could take advantage of their sweet employee discount. This is the only job I’ve ever had that actually cost me money.

These days, however, I’ve become a bit savvier with my spending habits and fancy myself an expert on all the rewards programs at Best Buy that can save a techie guy like me some sweet, sweet cash. There are a couple of Best Buy rewards program apps that have become my sidekicks for earning free gift cards when I’m in the store. One of them is the My Best Buy Program and the other is a shopping rewards app. Together, they both help me get to a magical paradise where you can lock down all the sweetest new tech without completely draining your bank account.

Enough with the chit-chat, though. It’s time for me to let you in on my favorite rewards programs at Best Buy. WARNING: this could lead to you spending hours with me back in the home theater cave, sitting on the comfy leather couches there and sampling the incredible new surround sound tech! Oh, and did I mention you can sign up for these Best Buy rewards programs using a smartphone app? Uh huh, it’s that easyand techie.

My Best Buy: A Techie’s Dream of a Rewards Program

I generally go to Best Buy with my crew, which is not an actual crew of people, mind you, but a couple of free mobile apps that help me get the best possible rewards for my purchases. The requirements to join my Best Buy shopping crew are pretty minimal:

  • Be a cool friend by saving me money and earning me points for the stuff I buy: This one is super simple. The rewards program just has to provide value for me by saving me money or helping me earn rewards worth cash. Easy.
  • Be an even cooler friend by always being there for me: The ideal rewards program for Best Buy is one I can always access through a mobile app when I’m in the store.

The My Best Buy rewards program app does both of these things. The value it provides is pretty diverse, but here are some examples:

  • My Best Buy Reward Certificates: I get a $25 certificate that is as good as cash at Best Buy whenever I purchase and activate an additional smartphone, add a new line to an account, or purchase and activate a new line on a new account.
  • My Best Buy Gamers Club: Membership to this club gets me 20% off new video games, including pre-orders, plus an additional 10% off used video games.
  • My Best Buy Offers: By participating in My Best Buy, I also get emails with personalized offers on all the latest tech. It’s an invaluable set up for the rare times when I get too busy with life to keep up with new tech offers on my own.

And, of course, I can access the My Best Buy rewards program through their simple mobile app. Very cool—and uber convenient!

Shopkick: A Must-Know Rewards Program Shopping App for Best Buy Lovers

The My Best Buy rewards program really is a solid pal, but my shopping best mate is an easy-to-use app called Shopkick. How Shopkick works is that you walk into a Best Buy and Shopkick gives you points, called kicks. You look for scannable products that are updated to the app each weekend and Shopkick gives you some more points. You share a QR code from the Shopkick app with the cashier when you buy something, and—that’s right!—Shopkick gives you points, points, points. You can then trade these points in for gift cards to Best Buy, or tons of other stores.

With Shopkick, I basically get a free gift card on every trip to Best Buy.

With Shopkick, I basically get a free gift card on every trip to Best Buy. It’s cool, too, because in my crew, the Shopkick app is the friend who wants to keep hanging out even after we leave Best Buy. I can use it to get paid to grocery shop, when I buy things online, or even when I go to Target. And my wife likes it, too, because she says it has let her ditch multiple rewards program cards for a user-friendly and fun app. It also works in tandem with all the great benefits from the My Best Buy program! I honestly can’t imagine shopping at Best Buy these days without it.

I think you now have all the info you need to start your own Best Buy shopping crew, which, let’s be real, is basically just you and these excellent Best Buy mobile rewards programs. But that’s all you need to start collecting on savings and sweet gift card rewards when you buy the latest tech. I hope I see you out there at Best Buy, testing the photo quality on new phones and hunting down that weekend’s Shopkick items to scan. I probably won’t say hi (there’s too much else to do at Best Buy), but we can definitely do the what’s up, man respectful head nod.

Get to know one of the best apps to get rewarded for shopping at Best Buy—and tons of other stores, too. Download Shopkick’s free app today and join a community of loyal Shopkickers who’ve already discovered how much you can earn with the help of a free shopping sidekick.

And, if you’re on social media catching up with friends, be sure to also join Shopkick on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for a little daily fun and inspiration.

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