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Earn rewards with location-based Shopkick Android app

by Kate Currin

It's location-based shopping — with your Android phone — at its best. The free shopkick app pulls up the closest deals at all your favorite stores, based on your location, plus you earn shopkick points just for walking into a store.

I work off of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, so I get access to a plethora of deals on a daily basis from the shopkick app. For instance, a holiday sale at Macy's offering a diamond-accent bangle and hoops for $59.99, regularly $200. Guess what my best friend is getting for Christmas?!

I registered using my Facebook account, and then had to also register and verify my mobile number in order to start earning kickbucks. This was slightly annoying, but worth it for the free kicks. Kickbucks are shopping points you collect, and once you have enough, you trade in for fashionable and fun prizes like Facebook credits, Target gift cards, True Religion Jeans and more! Once I checked in at Macy's, I received 100 kickbucks for getting a sample of perfume from an employee and scanning the barcode on the sheet.

Earning shopping rewards for just walking into your favorite stores brings a whole new level to window shopping! You can also fan your favorite cafes, gyms, etc., and become a top fan on the establishment's shopkick wall by checking in when you visit.