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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, use these tips to earn 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
  • Moviecli.ps 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 be able to 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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Have you heard about Acorns, yet? I mentioned it towards the end of last year, but I thought now would be a good time to bring it up again since we all just finished up our taxes. Basically, it's an app that automatically invests spare change from your purchases.

So what exactly does that mean? To put it simply, you link your checking, savings, and/or credit card accounts to your Acorns account, and each transaction you make is automatically rounded up to the next dollar. The difference is then invested via Acorns in your choice of portfolios: conservative, moderately conservative, moderate, moderately aggressive or aggressive.

In my opinion, it's an easy and painless way to consistently save money! I've been using it since last March, and I have over $1,700 in my account from round-ups -- without feeling a pinch at all. Plus, unlike traditional investment accounts or 401K plans, you can make deposits and withdrawals whenever you want to without having to pay any fees.

But don't take my word for it -- set up your Acorns account now! There's no minimum deposit, and if you set it up now, you'll receive a $5 bonus!!!

Features:

  • No Minimum Deposit -- Start with a $5 signup bonus today.
  • Annual Fees -- $1/month for accounts under $5,000, and 0.25% per year for accounts over $5,000.
  • Mobile App and Website Access -- iPhone, Android support and the recently introduced website access.
  • Students Invest for Free -- Individuals under 24 years of age and/or attending college pay no fees.
  • Round-Ups -- For each debit or credit card transaction, the round up to the nearest dollar is invested into Acorns.
  • Scheduled Deposits -- Set recurring daily, weekly or monthly investments.
  • SIPC insured -- insured through the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) for up to $500,000.

Disclosure: The $5 bonus works both ways, so you can earn a bonus as well when you share with your family and friends after registering! However, I would have shared this app with you all anyhow, because I've seen my personal results over the last year and believe it's a great way to save for retirement, vacation, next Christmas -- whatever your personal goals are.

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Mother’s Day By The Numbers + Up To 35% Cash Back!!!

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 28, 2016 · 0 comments

 

Mother's Day is around the corner (Sunday, May 8th) and if you haven't started already, now's the time to remember all the little things the moms around us do every day and get them a token of your appreciation. Moms are creative, capable, and resourceful. Moms work hard! That’s why moms deserve the best and Swagbucks wants to make sure your Mom gets the best.

Right now you can earn up to 35% Cash Back on gifts for Mom at her favorite retailers when you shop through the Swagbucks Mother’s Day Sale, saving you lots of pennies and allowing you to splurge a little extra on mom!

Need more help shopping for mom? It’s no surprise that the Swagbucks community is packed with moms. So they surveyed their member base at the end of March to find out how moms view Mother’s Day. Swagbucks received more than 10,000 email responses and found the following:  

Be sure to check out the DSM Swagbucks page today for more tips on how to maximize your SB earning potential!

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Swagbucks Shop Mother’s Day Sale!

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 7, 2016 · 0 comments

 
“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” – Rudyard Kipling

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

If you couldn’t tell, we think pretty highly of mothers -- and we know you do too. No wonder then that we start thinking Mother's Day gifts early.

Well, yet again, Swagbucks has us covered. Last year the Swagbucks Shop Mother’s Day Sale only spanned two weeks... But this year the Mother’s Day Sale will be six weeks long! Why? Because moms are great, so why not?!

Until Mother’s Day, May 15th we’ll make Mother’s Day easy with Double Cash Back or more at mom’s favorite stores including:

  • Macy’s
  • JCPenney
  • Walmart
  • Lane Bryant
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Sephora
  • The Body Shop
  • 1-800-Flowers
  • Target
  • and many, many more!

So buy something special for the moms in your life this Mother’s Day, and earn a little something for yourself at the same time! Mom doesn’t have to know you used Swagbucks (unless you want a referral)!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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MyGiftCardsPlus Easter Sale!

by Tara Kuczykowski on March 25, 2016 · 0 comments

 
Hippity Hop, it's that time of year again! Starting to think about how to spread the joy on Easter? Fill up your Easter baskets with Gift Cards and enjoy your egg-stra savings! You might even say this deal is egg-celent!

So here's the pitch -- MyGiftCardsPlus, the site that gives you Cash Back when you buy new gift cards, has a special offer running from now through March 27th: You’ll earn Cash Back plus a Bonus when you spend $50 or more on Gift Cards to Lowe’s, Gap, Baby Gap, eBay, Game Stop, The Home Depot, Build-A-Bear, and Toys “R” Us!*

The more you spend, the more you earn!

Spend $50 and get a 100 SB Bonus

Spend $75 and get a 125 SB Bonus

Spend $100 and get a 150 SB Bonus

Stack your deals for even more Cash Back: Say you or your family shop at Gap. Buy a Gap gift card at MyGiftCardPlus first and get 7.5% Cash Back on your purchase. Make that a $50 gift card and you get a 100 SB Bonus, making your cash back return 9.4%!

That's on top of your credit card's cash back rewards, on top of whatever great sale you find at Gap and -- wait for it, here's where things get really saver savvy -- use that gift card to shop on Gap.com through Swagbucks and you could get ANOTHER 8% Cash Back on any purchase you make (besides more gift cards). If you do this right, you could be getting $10 back on a $50 purchase you were already going to make!

Make those Easter Baskets extra special this year with MyGiftCardsPlus, powered by Swagbucks.

*The SB Bonus Offers apply to one purchase per gift card listed above (Lowe’s, Gap, Baby Gap, eBay, Game Stop, The Home Depot, Build-A-Bear, and Toys “R” Us). This offer expires at 11:59pm PST on March 27th. Your SB will credit when your electronic gift card is delivered. You must spend at least $50 to receive a SB Bonus.

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