**Please see our editors’ note below

You know the drill: school drop off, supermarket, dry cleaner, bank, drugstore, repeat. Yes, it’s tedious, but at least now you can get a little credit for it. Literally.

Checkpoints is a free app that gives you redeemable points for just doing the stuff you usually do anyway. And I like it.

Checkpoints is sort of like Four Square meets a CVS extra-bucks card. It determines which businesses are near you at any
given time, and then you start racking up the points. You can earn 2 points just for pressing the “check in” button or, if you have a little extra time, you can earn tons more by scanning the bar codes on featured items.

Obviously the app is being used to track shopping habits, and you get a pop up ad for most of the products you scan, but it doesn’t bother me at all. The whole thing is like going on a scavenger hunt, and weirdly addictive. Plus the rewards are worthwhile; you can redeem your points for things like gift cards, technology, charitable donations or even an Hermes Birkin Bag.

I can’t imagine how many years of errands that would take, but I think I’m up for the challenge. -Betsy

Download the Checkpoints App for iPhone and Android phones at either the iTunes store or Android Market.

EDITORS NOTE: The app store has enough 1-star reviews and claims that the redemption aspect of this app is a “scam” that we have to take note, and withhold a wholehearted recommendation until we get further info. If anyone has either successfully redeemed points for merchandise, or tried to but then been banned from the system, please let us know.

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