Have you heard of Swagbucks? Many people have but don’t know what it is. Others are Swagbucks enthusiasts. I fall into the latter category.
What Is Swagbucks?
Swagbucks is an Internet search engine much like Yahoo! or Bing. The difference is that you get paid for searching the Internet. I know, it sounds like a scam, but I have gotten my rewards multiple times, and I can assure you that it isn’t a scam.
If you do nothing more than search the Internet a few times a day (and don’t we all do that?), you could easily earn 7 to 10 Swagbucks a day. Earn 450 points (which is possible in 4 to 6 weeks with minimal effort), and you could redeem your points for a $5 Amazon gift card.
How To Sign Up
Signing up for Swagbucks is simple. Simple go to the Swagbuck’s page and either sign in with Facebook or fill out a simple form with your e-mail address and a password for your Swagbucks account. Registration is free, and over the next few days, we have a coupon code you can use!
Sign up for Swagbucks and use the code MONEYMATTERS through 11/1/2012 and you will receive 80 bonus points just for signing up.
Once you are signed up, make sure you stay signed in so you can use Swagbucks to search the Internet and earn points.
How To Earn Swagbucks
There are many ways to earn Swagbucks. Like I said, if you use it to search the Internet, you will randomly earn points. I have earned anywhere from 7 to 79 points at one time. Those points continue to accrue until you redeem them for your rewards.
In addition to searching the Internet, there are many other ways to earn points:
- Watch television programming. Like to find new recipes? Watch the Food Network videos on Swagbucks and earn points. (They have many quick two to three minute shows that you can watch to earn points in many other areas besides cooking.)
- Encourage your friends to join. If your friends sign up for Swagbucks with your referral link, you will get a point match to your account for every point they earn up to their first 1,000. This can be a great way to watch your balance grow.
- Use coupons. If you routinely print coupons off the Internet, print them from Swagbucks. For every coupon you redeem at the grocery store, you earn 10 Swagbucks.
- Take a poll. There are usually short, one question polls that you can answer. This takes less than 10 seconds, and you can earn a Swagbuck.
- Trade in games, consoles and books. I don’t know if this is your best bet for getting the most money from your games, but if you have books cluttering your home and the most you think you can get for them is 25 cents at a garage sale, why not trade them in for a few Swagbucks? You declutter and earn points toward rewards.
These are just a few ways to earn rewards; there are many more, some more labor intensive than others. I usually just have time for the polls and searching the Internet, and I still earned enough in a year to redeem for Amazon gift cards and get a few presents for my kids at Christmas.
What Can You Win?
As I mentioned, you can redeem your points for an Amazon gift card, but there are hundreds of other ways to also redeem your points. Choices include:
- Gift cards: Choose from a wide range of retailers—Amazon, Target, Lands End, Chili’s, Starbucks, and many more.
- Baby supplies: Need outlet covers to protect your little one? They are yours for a little less than 350 Swagbucks.
- Jewelry: Get new earrings for as few as 500 Swagbucks to as many as 9,000 Swagbucks
- Music: Choose from guitar picks to music software to an acoustic guitar
There are over one thousand prizes to choose from, and if you want to make your Swagbucks stretch further, look for the sale category where they temporarily discount how many Swagbucks certain items can be redeemed for.
They say that nothing in life is free, but if you search the Internet using Swagbucks, you will earn Swagbucks to redeem for free gifts. Since we are repaying debt this year, I plan to use my Swagbucks to redeem for some gift cards to buy presents for my kids.
Have you used Swagbucks? If so, what have you earned?