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Did you know that you can get loads of gift cards from shopping online? No I don't mean buying gift cards, but getting cash back when you do your online shopping! That's what Swagbucks does: for every dollar you spend via Swagbucks Shop, you'll earn SB (they vary from 1 SB per dollar to even 40 SB per dollar & they're changing all the time). By shopping online at big retailers like Walmart,, eBay, Target, Best Buy & more, you're getting SB to turn into gift cards! But guess what? Swagbucks is giving you even more!

From now through Nov 30th on, when you make at least one (1) shopping purchase per month for 5 months (July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov), you'll receive a bonus: a 500 SB Swag Up Rebate! That rebate is enough for an additional $5 gift card on top of your normal Swagbucks shop earnings!! There's no minimum purchase amount, just shop as you normally do each month, and make sure to do it through Swagbucks. 

If you earn the Swag Up, the 500 SB Swag Up Rebate will be available from December 1st through December 31st. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and turn your online shopping into cash back and a 500 SB Swag Up Rebate!

Be sure to check out the newly updated Swagbucks page today for more tips to maximize your Swag Bucks earning potential!


Going to the movies is one of our favorite family rainy day activities in the summer. Whether you prefer the biggest blockbusters or the sweetest romantic comedy, Swagbucks can get you into the movies for free!

Swagbucks is a rewards site that gives you points called “Swag Bucks” for things like searching, watching videos & browsing articles. You redeem those Swag Bucks for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal -- and yes, even to the movies. I like to save up my Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards to help lower the cost of my monthly Subscribe & Save order, but I splurge on a Starbucks gift card occasionally!

Here’s how Swagbucks can help you can turn watching videos online into your watching movies in the theater for free: Earning 1,500 SB gets you enough for a $15 movie gift card from AMC or Regal Cinema!

Whether you’re on the go, at home, or stuck at a desk, here’s how you can get your $15 movie gift card in just 1 week:

  • SBTV mobile on Android & iOS: Earn up to 36 SB per day watching everything from food videos & news to Hulu clips & music videos - 252 SB
  • app on Android & iOS: Get 18 SB per day watching the latest movie trailers - 126 SB
  • EntertaiNOW app on Android & iOS (US only): You can also earn another 18 SB per day checking out news on movies and TV shows, behind-the-scenes interviews and celebrity gossip - 126 SB
  • SBTV on Desktop: Watch a little bit of everything, including Hulu clips & music videos, but with a higher earning cap of 150 SB per day - 1,050 SB

When you have a specific SB goal (like a $15 AMC or Regal Cinema gift card) and a plan of action, you’ll get gift cards faster and check out the newest action-comedy or Oscar-nominated drama without spending extra money. There are even more ways to earn SB online, so take a look around and see what works best for you. You don’t have to wait until the next blockbuster comes out to start saving up with Swagbucks!

Be sure to check out the newly updated Swagbucks page today for more tips to maximize your Swag Bucks earning potential!

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In case you missed it, this HOT offer for The Body Shop is still available... Get a $20 gift card when you spend $20 at The Body Shop!!!

Swagbucks has an incredible deal right now for all of you VISA customers out there... Register your card via this offer and you'll get $20 in Gift Cards of your choice (2000 Swag Bucks) when you make a purchase of $20 or more at any The Body Shop!

Note: purchases must be made in-store to qualify.

If you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, this is the time to join -- just click this link and you'll be taken straight to the offer!

Be sure to check out the newly updated Swagbucks page today for more tips to maximize your Swag Bucks earning potential!


Earn Cash and Rewards for Surveys with Opinion Outpost

by Tara Kuczykowski on May 12, 2015

Some of you might recall a post that I wrote nearly 7 years ago (wow, have I really been blogging that long?!?) on how to pad your Christmas budget a bit by doing online surveys. Wildly popular at the time, that was the post that really opened my eyes to the impact I could have in helping others save money through blogging.

While I personally don't have a lot of extra time these days to spend on taking surveys, it's still a fabulous way to earn a little extra cash and/or rewards! And I do squeeze in a few here and there... If you're just getting started out, might I recommend checking out Opinion Outpost? Signing up is totally FREE and easy, so you can spend your time earning cash.

Earning Cash and Rewards with Opinion Outpost

If you like sharing your opinions and getting your voice heard, you're going to LOVE Opinion Outpost. It's an easy way to communicate to big brands and companies what you like and don't like about their goods and services -- all while earning cash and rewards for your time. Here's how to get started:

  1. Register with Opinion Outpost.
  2. Check your inbox to confirm and complete your registration.
  3. Take the profile survey so that Opinion Outpost can determine which surveys are a good fit for you.
  4. Start taking surveys to earn points!

Pretty simple and easy, huh?!? It won't be long before you're redeeming those points for cash (via Paypal) that you can use to buy gifts and groceries. I was also pretty excited to see that Opinion Outpost offers great rewards like® Gift Cards* and Gift Cards**. Yay for supplementing your music addiction and/or Subscribe & Save orders!

So what are you waiting for? It's only May -- just think about how many points you can earn between now and the start of the holiday shopping season. Start earning cash for your opinions on Opinion Outpost today.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Opinion Outpost. The opinions and text are all mine.

*iTunes® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc., All rights reserved. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.

** is not a sponsor of this promotion. Except as required by law, Gift Cards ("GCs") cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods at or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions, see GCs are issued by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. All Amazon ®, ™ & © are IP of, Inc. or its affiliates. No expiration date or service fees.

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This week, take advantage of Swagbucks' Search & Learn April 101 for your chance at $5 every day -- or even a grand prize of $500!

Not sure what Swagbucks is exactly? It's a rewards site that gives you points (called SB) for the things you already do online: like searching the web! I save up my Swag Bucks to purchase Amazon gift cards to help subsidize my month Subscribe & Save order, there are lots more options.

Here's how to have a chance at $5 every day:

  • When you default your browser's search engine to Swagbucks Search, you'll get an entry every time you search this week (up to 5 times per day) into a drawing for one of 21 prizes, including a grand prize of $500!
  • Plus, they're giving away $5 to 5 lucky members every day this week! Just go to the Search & Learn page (via, then click on the Search & Learn icon in the top left corner!) and search for the answers to a series of questions. Answer that day's quiz and for each correct answer, you'll get an entry to win that day's $5 prize!

Be sure to check out the newly updated Swagbucks page today for more tips to maximize your Swag Bucks earning potential!