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Earn a Quick $35 Today w/ SWAGO!

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 26, 2016 · 0 comments

Long time readers will know I'm a BIG fan of Swagbucks. It's an easy way to supplement my entertainment budget, save big on holiday shopping sprees and make money trying out new products I would otherwise be skeptical of! The downside of Swagbucks is that the site gives you so many different ways to earn that it can be complicated and hard to keep track of all it's earning features...

So I thought I'd take a moment to show you how you can earn big with the monthly SWAGO promotion! SWAGO is similar to BINGO, except each square takes you to a different part of their site where you can earn points, called SB, doing something easy online. You earn SB for each task, as well as a bonus for filling out your board -- the more spaces you fill out, the bigger your bonus!

This month, the bonus for filling out your whole board is 300 SB, which you can redeem for a $3 gift card right away. The amount you can earn along the way varies a bit, but I added up the value of my squares this afternoon and ended up with 3,492 SB, just 9 SB shy of $35 worth of PayPal Cash or any Gift Card I could imagine. The full breakdown is below but the shorter version is I could easily make $35 online this afternoon clicking around the web in my nice cool air-conditioned living room.

Here's the complete SWAGO breakdown:

- Complete my Survey Profile: 4 SB
- Set my Swag Name: 4 SB
- Complete a Gold Survey on Desktop: 100 SB
- Sign up for a $3 trial of Dollar Shave Club on the Swagbucks App: 1,000 SB
- Sign up for a $10 trial of BirchBox: 1,500 SB
- Watch Jimmy Fallon Clips on the SwagButton: 3 SB
- Watch News Headlines on the Swagbucks TV App: 3 SB
- Get disqualified from a Gold Survey on the Swagbucks App: 1 SB
- Refer a friend and convince them to try a $50 Groupon, earning your friend 350 SB. Because of the Three For All referral program, your friend will get 650 SB total, and you'll get 335 SB for referring him or her: 335 SB
- Purchase a $25 Dominos Pizza Gift Card on MyGiftCardsPlus for Friday pizza night: 135 SB
- Search the web with Swagbucks Search and earn SB: ~9 SB
- Watch a few cooking show clips on Swagbucks Watch on your desktop: 4 SB
- Completed a Gold Survey on your desktop: 75 SB
- Redeem a free Swag Code on the SwagButton: 4 SB
- Read a short entertainment news article on nCrave: 2 SB
- Redeem a free Swag Code on your Swagbucks App: 3 SB
- Complete an Additional Survey Profiler: 5 SB
- Attempt a Survey that was at Max Capacity: 1 SB
Subtotal: 3,192 SB
- Redeemed your SB for a $25 PayPal Gift Card to complete your last SWAGO square...

Get a 300 SB Bonus for Completing SWAGO!

    Total Earned 3,492 SB

Later tonight, watch a few more funny animal videos to get over the line to redeem another $15 in Gift Cards to add to your splurge fund!


Earn $6 in an Hour While Watching TV — Yes, Really!

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 19, 2016 · 0 comments

Want to make a quick buck? (or six?)

Then it’s time to try Swagbucks! Just in time for Summer Vacation, Swagbucks has announced an another promotion where you can get a $3 (300 SB) Bonus just for signing up through our site and earning your first 300 SB.

New to Swagbucks? Great! It’s a site where you earn free gift cards for the things you already do online. You get points (called SB) and redeem them for PayPal or Visa cash and gift cards from Amazon, Walmart, Target and other great retailers.

Here’s how to earn your 300 SB in an hour:

  1. Sign up for free through this link
  2. Watch a few short clips from Top Sports Headlines, World New Headlines, cooking shows, and the Latest from TMZ and earn 26 SB
  3. Take a 5 minute survey for 60 SB and a 13 minute survey for 100 SB. Even if you get DQ’d, you get paid up to five times for a total of 5 SB
  4. Print a $1 Off Flintstone’s Vitamin Coupon and earn 25 SB
  5. Sign Up for Zulilly's free mailing list and earn 50 SB
  6. Click through entertainment-focused web content with NCrave for 20 minutes and earn 20 SB
  7. Install the Hulu App on your phone and earn 24 SB

That’s it! You’ve just earned 300 SB (worth $3 on its own) and you’ll get a $3 Bonus for your effort!

Already a Swagbucks member? Here’s how to get your $3 Bonus:

  1. Refer a friend to Swagbucks between now and Thursday, June 30th
  2. Your referral earns 300 SB by June 30th (see above!)
  3. You AND your referral will both be awarded an additional 300 SB each

That’s it! (the 300 SB bonuses will credit by July 5th) So once again, starting today, send out those referrals -- a 300 SB Bonus could come in handy for a rainy day!


It's not too late to start earning a little extra summer spending money with Swagbucks! And I want to show you how EASY it is to use Swagbucks to earn $25 in gift cards each month...

But first, for those of you that are new, Swagbucks is a rewards site where you get points called “Swag Bucks” for things like searching, watching videos and discovering deals. Then you can redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal and Starbucks. 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 do splurge on a Starbucks gift card occasionally!

Swagbucks discounts your first $25 gift card of the month to 2,200 SB -- that’s like getting $25 for $3 less! Here's an easy plan that will earn you those 2,200 SB in no time at all.

1) Knock out the quick stuff -- all of these activities can be found on the left-hand side of the homepage (1-2 mins a day):

  • Answer the Daily Poll everyday - also available on the SB mobile app, so you can earn your daily SB wherever you are: 30 SB
  • Do the NOSO everyday - Browse through No Obligation Special Offers for 2 SB everyday: 60 SB
  • Get your daily SwagButton SB - our popular browser add-on gives you the ability to earn SB from anywhere on the web. It also alerts you to Swag Codes AND you get 1 SB each day just for having it installed and active: 30 SB (Bonus: if you don’t have it yet, you get a one-time bonus of 50 SB for downloading the SwagButton!)
  • Do the Daily Crave - discover new content and websites to earn 1 SB everyday: 30 SB

2) Search online to earn SB everyday (no extra time needed!):

  • Use the Swagbucks Search engine - People who use Swagbucks search to find what they want online can earn 10 SB per day! Plus, members who make Swagbucks the default search engine on their browser typically earn even more: 300 SB

3) Earn BIG SB payouts (5 min - 20+ min depending on survey opportunities available):

  • Take the Daily Survey every weekday - SB amounts vary from survey to survey, but it’s very possible to earn about 35 SB per weekday: 700 SB
  • SBTV app on Android (all countries) & iOS (US only) - earn a maximum of 36 SB per day on this app: 1,080 SB

Whether you're catching the latest blockbuster, enjoying a weekend road trip, or stocking up for your next outdoor BBQ, Swagbucks can help. It doesn't end there, though. Keep going and you can save for the holidays, back to school, or just a rainy day. If you're already on Swagbucks, share your own tips for earning Swag Bucks and saving up for summer in the comments!


Earn Cash Back on Dad’s Favorite Gift Cards!

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 9, 2016 · 1 comment

According to a recent Swagbucks survey, the #1 item dads want for Father’s Day is Gift Cards. Forget the ties and sweaters, give dad what he really wants and earn Cash Back* in the process with MyGiftCardsPlus. Everyone wins!

Plus, from now through June 12th earn Cash Back and a 100 SB bonus** when you purchase Gift Cards to Lowe’s, The Home Depot, AMC, eBay, and Sears.

Make dad feel like this on Father’s Day:


Purchase your gift cards now.

*Cash Back is paid in the form of SB points good for popular gift cards or PayPal cash.

**The SB Bonus Offers apply to one purchase per gift card listed above (Lowe’s, The Home Depot, AMC, eBay, and Sears). This offer expires at 11:59pm PST on June 12th. Your SB will credit when your electronic gift card is delivered.

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Purchase select Gift Cards through Memorial Day Weekend and earn Cash Back with MyGiftCardsPlus! Plus, earn up to a 200 SB Bonus when you purchase Gift Cards to featured retailers through Memorial Day Day!*

  • Buy 1 Gift Card and get a 50 SB Bonus
  • Buy 2 Gift Cards from two different retailers and get a 100 SB Bonus
  • Buy 3 or more Gift Cards from three or more retailers and get a 200 SB Bonus

The more you spend, the more you earn! Featured retailers include: eBay, The Home Depot, Groupon, AMC Theaters, Southwest Airlines, Sephora, and many, many more!

*This offer expires at 11:59pm PST on May 30th, 2016. Your SB will credit when your electronic gift card is delivered. Cash back will be paid in the form of SB. Each individual Gift Card purchased must have a value of $50 or more to qualify for a SB bonus. Each qualifying Gift Card purchase must be purchased from a unique retailer in order to receive the 100 SB Bonus and 200 SB Bonus (ex. If you buy two $50+ Gift Cards to one featured retailer you will ONLY receive a 50 SB Bonus; if you buy two $50+ Gift Cards, each from a different feature retailer, you will receive the corresponding SB Bonus). You will not be eligible to receive a SB bonus if you stack smaller denomination Gift Cards (ex. 2 Gift Cards of $25). Gift Cards must be purchased in one transaction to qualify for a SB Bonus.