Frugal Jena: Join Plink, Make a $1 Purchase at McDonald’s, Get a $10 Gift Card is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

If you have not joined Plink yet, now is the best time!  I absolutely love Plink and they have paid me cash multiple times.  As most of you know all the deals that I post are legit.  Plink is a tried and true way to earn money for the places that you already shop at.  Click here to join Plink for free, then make ANY purchase at McDonald’s and you’ll get enough points on Plink to redeem for a $10 gift card!  I recommend getting the cheapest thing you can at McDonald’s for example something off the Dollar Menu or a small ice cream cone.  This offer is only good to new Plink members.  You must link a credit or debit card and make a purchase at McDonald’s by +Sunday, 6/9 11:59 EST.  Purchase is necessary (after the member links a credit/debit card to their Plink account) to qualify for the bonus 1,000 Plink Points by +Sunday, 6/9 11:59 EST.  Bonus 1,000 Plink Points will be awarded within 7 business days of the transaction posting date.

What is Plink?  Is Plink legit or a scam?  Here is a review from, a trusted site that reviews cash back rewards programs.

Who can join Plink?  Anyone with a Facebook account and a debit or credit card

How does Plink work?  Plink is a free rewards program that allows you to earn points redeemable for gift cards when you use a registered debit or credit card to make purchases at participating restaurants, movie theaters, and gas stations.  They are also piloting Target stores.  You can only register one card, so choose the one you use most often.  Plink rewards are in addition to any other rewards your debit or credit card may offer you.

Participating merchants include Taco Bell, Burger King, Quiznos, Arby’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Red Robin, Outback Steakhouse, 7-Eleven, and the Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters.

Available rewards start at the $5 level and include gift cards to Walmart, Kohl’s, Barnes and Noble, Regal Cinemas, Macy’s, Overstock, Zappos, and American Eagle.

Company background:  Plink was co-founded by two of the executives behind Memolink, one of the first online rewards program.  Plink is a member of the Better Business Bureau and the National Restaurant Association.  The company received $3 million in funding in July 2012 from an investment firm that also helped to fund LivingSocial, (later sold to AOL), and many other tech firms.  This follows an April 2012 angel investment round netting the company over half a million dollars.  Obviously some people with deep wallets feel this company has serious potential.

My take:  Although initially hesitant to give out my bank login and password in order to register my credit card, I was reassured by the fact that the founders are well-known veterans of online rewards programs.  I’ve had no problems with account security or unauthorized use of my registered card.  My experience with Plink has beencompletely positive and I’ve been paid by them multiple times.

I highly recommend Plink – it offers a simple way to earn free gift cards for dining out and going to the movies — something you’d do anyway — and these rewards are on top of any other debit or credit card rewards that come directly from your card issuer.  Click here to read more about Plink and click here to register.