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Is It Possible To Earn By Just Checking in Your Favourite Stores?

Is It Possible To Earn By Just Checking in Your Favourite Stores?

Who doesn’t like earning rewards, many of today’s large retail chains have their rewards programs that they use to reward customers for making frequent visits to their stores and making purchases. If you are a frequent shopper, but don’t have a specific store or retailer that you go to on a regular basis, there is a way for you to get in on the reward action. Using a unique smartphone app loaded on your iPhone (only available for iOS) called Shopkick, you can get rewarded for simply doing what you already plan to do.

You Can Now Earn Rewards Simply By Visiting Your Favourite Stores

Shopkick App is a unique reward system that can turn a simple visit to your local shopping center or grocery store into a really fun experience. The app sets up a challenge that is much like a scavenger hunt that will have you going to different shops in the shopping center and scan barcodes. There are also opportunities for bonuses by making purchases and submitting the receipts to earn extra kicks. The kicks (points) can be used to purchase gift cards from a number of stores and businesses like Starbucks, Walmart, Amazon and a whole lot more.

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Earn Gift Cards From Your Favourite Shops

    Earn reward points for special activities

    As you are going around collecting the items in a treasure hunt style activity, you are given a certain amount of reward points. Using the app you get rewarded every time you go to your favorite mall or shopping area.

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    Redeem points for gift cards and charities

    The kicks (points) that earn going into an account and you can redeem the points and purchase gift cards for stores like Footlocker, Yankee Candle and who lot more. If you are in a charitable mood you can even use the kicks that you have earned and accumulated in your account can be used to donate money to a number of different charities of your choice.

    It also make shopping a fun experience too 

    We frequent a local shopping mall in the town we live and spend several hours on the weekends and using Shopkick was a great find for us. After loading the Shopkick app on each of our iPhones, we decided to check it out.

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    It was extremely easy to follow the app, it reminded us of an old-fashioned treasure hunt. We simply had to go into selected stores and businesses located in the shopping center we were at and scan specific barcodes and even make small purchases. We easily earned kicks and then redeemed them for a gift card for Starbucks and bought coffees for a treat.

    I would definitely give the Shopkick app 4.5 stars out of 5-star rating.

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    We would highly recommend the Shopkick app for anyone who likes to shop and who also would enjoy earning rewards for doing something that they already planned to do. For more information and to get the app for yourself, just click here.

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

    Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

    Can I Be Creative?

    The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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    How Creativity Works

    Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

    What Really Is Creativity?

    Creativity Needs an Intention

    Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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    Creativity Is a Skill

    At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

    Start Connecting the Dots

    Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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