Have you heard of Swagbucks? If not, you NEED to check this great website out. The concept is simple: search for things on the internet, receive random “reward” money, buy great items (like Amazon gift cards, movies, even an iphone if you save enough!) with this “money,” have it shipped to you for free! Yes, it sounds to good to be true. But it’s not! Here’s the simple rundown on how you can join in on the fun:
1. Sign up
Click this link and go through the sign up process. It’s quick and easy. You will choose a screen name to activate your account. You do give your name, birthday, email, and zip code, but your email will NOT be flooded with junk unless you want it to be.
2. Start Searching
Swagbucks is basically a Google-type search engine. You can search for things from the actual website, or you can download the toolbar for quick searching. When you do enter a word or phrase, the website will give you many links about the topic for which you’re searching. The way Swagbucks earn their money us by having sponsors pay them to use their websites at the top of the list with the hopes that you click on them. At random times, swagbucks will appear at the top of the screen when you search. For example, if I’m wanting to check my facebook, I’ll simply type “facebook” into the toolbar and hit search. Sometimes I get nothing, but often I’ll get anywhere from six to thirty six swagbucks just for the search to a website I go to all of the time!
3. Other ways to earn
Swagbucks can also be earned by taking daily polls, surveys, shopping, sending in old cell phones, and referring friends. My favorite way is simply searching the internet. Once you sign up, you’ll see a “ways to earn” tab at the top of the webpage. Click on those links for more info. Occasionally, the Swag Guy will write a blog and have a code for you to enter on your home page for extra swagbucks as well. You can also “like” Swagbucks on Facebook to earn even more. My favorite ways to earn though are the polls and plain-o searching.
4. Save then Spend!
As of today, Matt and I have earned $1,947 swagbucks. We’ve been working on it a month and a half or so. If I wanted to “buy” some items now, here’s a few things I could get:
- 4 – $5 Amazon gift card
- 1 – $10 Starbucks gift card
- 1 – $10 Farmville gift card
- a DVD of either Breakfast at Tiffanys, Titanic, Star Trek, or several more
- Naturally Lindy lotions and creams
- Many other items!
None of these things may sound interesting to you, but there are plenty of other items of worth at the store. From electronics to restaurant gift cards, clothes to video games, make-up to comic books, there is something there for everyone. Once you find something you want and save the money, you can “buy” your item and have it within days – all for free!
What I’m saving for…
Matt and I have decided to save for one of two items. Either we’ll be spending our swagbucks around Christmas time on Target and Amazon gift cards for our family’s presents, or we’ll be saving up the $37,000 needed to buy a $300 Apple gift card to put towards a new computer. Sound ambitious? Yes! But, since we use the internet anyway, why not earn something free while we’re at it?
Now it’s your turn
Check out Swagbucks by clicking on any of the links within this post. Use them as a way to help your family save some money this year. If you have questions or comments about it, please let me know, and I can help!! Happy Swagging!