This week I redeemed $15 in Amazon gift cards from a found money source I had forgotten about: Swagbucks.
I was a daily user of Swagbucks before my computer crashed last December. When I replaced it with a Mac and started using the Safari browser, I never made the switch back to SwagBucks.
Then Melissa from Mom’s Plans reminded me about Swagbucks while we were chatting at the Financial Blogger Conference. Big thanks go out to Melissa, because I logged on when I got home and discovered I had enough points to claim those Amazon Gift cards.
So What is Swagbucks?
Here’s the official description, straight from the website:
Swagbucks.com is the web’s premier rewards site. Swagbucks.com allows web users to earn virtual currency by doing the things they do every day – search the web, shopping at their favorite retailers, and by engaging in other activities such as phone recycling, submitting polls, and completing special offers.
How I Use Swagbucks
I earn the vast majority of my Swagbucks currency — called “Swag Bucks” — by using the site to do something I already do everyday: search the web.
Prior to the computer crash, I had the Swagbucks toolbar for Firefox installed so it was easy. Swagbucks doesn’t currently have a toolbar for Safari, which is what I use, although one is in the works. To combat that issue I’ve done two things:
- I’ve made Swagbucks one of my favorites on Safari, so that when I’m ready to search, it’s a click away.
- I downloaded the Firefox browser on my Mac and am training myself to use it and the Swagbucks toolbar more.
Other Ways to Earn
Although I earn the majority of my Swag Bucks through the search feature, there are a number of other ways to earn them:
- No Obligation Special Offers
- Printing Coupons
- Online Shopping (similar to how I earn with Mr. Rebates)
- Purchasing a Daily Deal through Groupon and similar sites
- Playing Games
- Special Offers
- Watching videos on Swagbucks TV
- Trading in Books, Video Games and Consoles (Cash4Books is another good option for getting rid of unwanted books)
- Taking Surveys
If you’re already playing games, printing coupons, or buying Groupon offers online, you might as well earn Swag Bucks for doing it. It’s kind of fun to browse around the site and see all the ways you can earn and which ones might work for you. I saw a few I should try.
And sometimes you get Swag Bucks for doing nothing at all, unless you count being born. Last week I received 50 Swag Bucks for my birthday.
Redeeming Swag Bucks
Just as with earning Swag Bucks, there are a number of options for redeeming them.
Probably the most popular is cashing them in for gift cards. That’s what I do. 450 Swag Bucks gets you a $5 Amazon gift card. There are dozens of other stores to choose from too.
Swagbucks as Found Money
Swagbucks is a great tool to have in a found money tool box, because it’s a regular, ongoing source of funds.
When you combine a few of these small, regular sources of money you earn from things you’re doing anyway, it can start to make a big difference in your financial goals.
I’ll use my Amazon gift cards for something I would have purchased anyway, and then send the $15 to build up savings, which is the job I’m currently giving my found money.
If you’re interested you can check out Swagbucks here: Swagbucks.com.
And please let me know if you have any questions. I’ve been using the site quite a while and have earned quite a few gift cards, so I’m happy to answer anything I can.
Are you a Swagbucks user? Have any tips to share?
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