1. Open the App Before Entering the Store
I was traveling yesterday and decided to try locating nearby walk-in kicks, and the app returned several results not far from one another, as shown in the photo at left. Best Buy and Old Navy were offering 35 walk-in kicks each, while American Eagle Outfitters offered 20.
You needn't buy anything to collect these rewards. You can actually walk into a store, get the points, and leave.
2. Check the App Daily
For example, last weekend, the app offered a "Today Only" deal that required you to walk into Target with the app open. At that point, you were automatically rewarded 200 points that could be redeemed for a $2.00 Target gift card. That's a pretty good freebie -- earning a $2.00 Target gift card just for walking into the store. Of course, the caveat is that you'd have to already be passing Target or it would have to be near your house to cover the cost of gas for heading there.
3. Get Scanning
The only word of caution I'd add is that these same items were offered as scannable rewards at Wal-Mart when I visited there. However, because I had already scanned these crackers and toilet tissue packs at Target, I couldn't get credit for them at Wal-Mart as well. I've noticed that certain items do tend to repeat at some of the stores, but not all. For instance, Wal-Mart offered me credit for scanning some chewing gum that Target hadn't.
4. Link Your Credit Card
As mentioned in point #2 above, checking the app frequently is important, because some stores will give additional points for purchases that take place during bonus periods. As shown in the image at left, Toys R Us not only offered two kicks per dollar spent last week, but also gave 500 bonus points if you spent $75 and 1,250 kicks if you spent $125. Therefore, if you have a purchase you need to make in the near future at one of the participating retailers, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on the app for a few days before hitting the store to find out if any bonus kick opportunities could be awaiting.
5. Invite Friends to Join
I haven't invited anyone, but a friend invited me and did text me to thank me for all of my use of the app, as I apparently earned her quite a few points with my avid scanning.
6. Check Your Account Summary Often
Note that when you buy an item and get "Buy and Collect" kicks for that, the Shopkick app typically awards those on a delayed basis to ensure that you don't return the item. Once your grace period for making a return passes, the app will deposit those kicks into your account.