I’ve been on Swagbucks for a few years. I go back and forth between months of hyperactivity and then long stretches of nothing. On the one hand, getting free cash via PayPal or free gift cards for Amazon is wicked, on the other hand it takes FOREVER to accumulate enough Swagbucks to do so. But should you say no to free money just because it takes a long time to get? Probably not. Right now I’m on a Swagbucks earning bender because I’m broke and Amazon has lots of household items. They also have the entire 4-volume Game of Thrones series for $20, and since I can’t get Season 3 on iTunes yet, I’ve decided I NEED to read the books.
Anyway, if you already have Swagbucks or you don’t care, disregard this post. For those of you that want some free money and free stuff for your daily internet activities:
I was initially wary of Swagbucks, but it is a real thing. Here’s a snapshot of my current and lifetime Swagbucks earnings.
Previously I’ve redeemed for PayPal cash, Amazon gift cards, and Starbucks gift cards. To see all the gift cards you can redeem for, click here. And let’s begin. Here’s how to get at least 20-40 Swagbucks per day doing nearly nothing:
- open your browser with the Swagbucks toolbar (+1)
- complete the NOSO’s: no obligation special offers (+2)
- answer the daily poll (+1)
- use the search bar for items you search every day, like PF blogs (+5 to 25) — seriously, I just go through searching all of my favorite blogs until I get Swagbucks for it, then I read the rest in my reader. I find you can get Swagbucks searching at least twice a day, so I usually do once in the morning and then again in the evening.
- check your Swagbucks inbox for special offers (variable, usually +2 to 50)
- check for a Swagcode (I still don’t really know what this is but one time I found a Swagcode on Facebook and got +9 Swagbucks for it so that was pretty easy)
That above will get you 700 – 1000 Swagbucks per month (which is enough for two $10 in Amazon gift cards) and it’s not even out of your daily internet routine.
If you did all of the above and it’s a super-swaggy day so the bucks are just pouring in, you might as well go for the “goal”. Everyday Swagbucks will set a goal, usually 70 to 100 Swagbucks, and if you earn that amount you’ll get a 10% bonus. Normally I’m too lazy to go above and beyond, but if I’m on a roll I have a tendency to keep rolling so here’s what I do next:
- complete a survey (variable)
- watch some videos (+2 for watching a minimum of 45 seconds of any Swagbucks video)
- check special offers (ie. currently GoDaddy is offering 1,125 Swagbucks just for registering a domain name. If you’re a blogger you know you do this on a pretty regular basis so why not cash in?
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Groupon. Now, I know you use Groupon because you’re all frugal and money conscious, that’s why you’re reading a PF blog, so why not double your perks here and be logged into Swagbucks when you buy your Groupon. Oh, my favorite restaurant is 50% off? And you’ll give me 50 Swagbucks to buy the Groupon? Done deal.
Shop online. There are hundreds of Swagbucks to be had if you just go through the Swagbucks site before you go browse Banana Republic or Amazon. Walmart, Sears, Kiehl’s, Starbucks, iTunes, Macy’s, Aldo. Seriously, this is a real thing. You shouldn’t shop to get Swagbucks, but if you’ve been planning an online purchase for awhile, why not get more out of it?
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Giftcards. From other PF blogs I’ve read, I know a lot of my friends are fans of stockpiling Amazon gift card obtained with Swagbucks until they have enough for whatever is on their Amazon wishlist. Personally my favorite giftcards are Starbucks, iTunes and Sephora. Yep, I’ve turned my mindless internet clicking into lattes and lipstick.
Money. You read that right: you can redeem Swagbucks for PayPal gift cards, which get credited directly to your PayPal account. $25 via PayPal is the first thing I ever redeemed Swagbucks for, mostly because I couldn’t really believe I was getting actual money for internet surveys. I was.
Coupons. Get Swagbucks for buying coupons, redeem Swagbucks for other coupons. These will vary based on where you live, but you might be surprised what’s available – I was! From local cafes to restaurant chains (like Red Robin, Marble Slab, Papa John’s pizza), you could buy percent discounts or buy-one-get-one promos for really little amounts, like 35 Swagbucks. Do you know how long it takes you to earn 35 Swagbucks? No time at all! (see my how-to list earlier in this post). M&M meat shops will give you $4 off a $50 purchase for 35 Swagbucks. Red Robin will give you a free tower of onion rings. Cinnzeo will go 2 for 1 on cinnamon buns. This is 100% the reason I came back to Swagbucks, because I can turn them into food.
So that’s how that works if you’re up for the tedium of earning Swagbucks, eventually you do accumulate enough to get free things!