I’m going to show you how to save a penny. At the same time, I’ll also show you how to earn some pennies (in a sense).
I don’t mean to sound like an infomercial or a sleazy scam artist but, honestly, I can show you how to benefit from activities you already do now. (Yeah, that was reminiscent of every scam you’ve ever heard of, but bear with me.)
Swagbucks is a loyalty rewards site featuring several ways to gain prizes and gift cards. (Think Ebates meets Amazon Turk meets addictive awesomeness.)
The feature I find easiest and appreciate most is printing savings. Coupons.com is everyone’s favorite place to find Internet printable coupons. BUT, all you need to do to magnify those savings is create a Swagbucks account, then print those babies.
In approximately my first six weeks, I earned (and redeemed) $25 in Amazon.com gift cards with the site. Now, I’ve been a member for just over a year. At the one-year mark, I had made about $100 in gift cards. I merely chose Amazon and Wal-Mart cards. I’m just about to cash in my points again. They are delivered electronically or, as in Wal-Mart’s case, you can get a card number and pin to use online or you can print out a coupon for store use. There was never any problem with redeeming any of my gift cards either. Score!
- After you’ve created an account, go to the top menu. Click DISCOVER, and COUPONS.
- You’ll be directed to Coupons.com within your window. Browse and click the coupons you want to print from this window.
The magic is in the bar codes. When you print these, the codes will allow Swagbucks to track their use. For every coupon you use, you’ll get 10 Swagbucks credited to your account. If you use your Swagbucks to redeem $5 gift cards like I do (most are 450 to 500 points each), it’s like every Swagbuck is worth roughly one cent. I can easily use six coupons each week, which isn’t major for you extreme couponing geniuses I adore, but it gives me 60 Swagbucks per week.
Sometimes (perhaps to the stores’ chagrin), I print out extra coupons and put them out (neatly) for others to use. Not only do I help out someone else, but I get 10 Swagbucks for every coupon they use.
The Swagbucks earnings from printable coupons may take up to three weeks or so to be applied to your account. I usually use my coupons at Wal-mart, and for me, they’re usually available within a couple of weeks up to a month. Again, a little patience can bring rewards!
Are you starting to see why I’m excited?
Let’s just break this down into simple math… Pretend you also use six coupons (60 Swagbucks total) yourself each week, place a few extras on the shelves or give some to your friends. This way, you can probably add on 40 more Swagbucks each week. If you make 100 Swagbucks total per week, you’ve made 400 in a month, and you’re close to redeeming your first gift card. If you keep this up all 52 weeks of the year, you would redeem at least $50 in gift cards a year. Not bad for “making” something off of free coupons you’re probably using all the time anyway, right?
Other Great Ways to Earn
Also, gain Swagbucks for watching commercials, taking surveys, doing brand activities, signing up for free (or paid) offers, shopping at other sites, participating in daily polls, etc.
Keep These Ideas in Mind
I am not a fan of the surveys, as only so many members even qualify to take each one. Yes, many times I seem to do a lot of work to even see if I’m qualified. And, a lot of the special offers require you to download apps, input credit card information or sign up for subscriptions. You’ll gain more points by using these methods. However, I’d rather work a little more slowly, earning points here and there, instead of worrying about if I’m actually going to be charged more money for trials (versus the amount of earned Swagbucks) for those offers I’m truly not interested in.
Shop and Earn
Shop and Earn is great, too, if you already shop online. If you’re already doing Christmas shopping, you may as well search the Shop and Earn section to see if your retail purchases will earn you Swagbucks.
Click on the retailer’s name under the Shop and Earn section, and your Internet window will say something like “now directing you to “*Store Name* where you can earn XX amount of Swagbucks per dollar.” Add your purchases to the shopping cart on the retailer’s site and check out!
Some retailers only give you Swagbucks for certain store departments (e.g. toys, tools, men’s clothing). Some retailers will give you two Swagbucks per any dollar spent, and some will give you six. This is another way you can earn a lot of Swagbucks, especially on big-ticket items. As with many activities, some Swagbucks do not appear instantaneously.
Search the Web
Search the web through the search box on the Swagbucks homepage or on their downloadable toolbar, and they’ll award Swagbucks to your account, too. (Not for every search, but I seem to make Swagbucks within the first handful of search terms I’ve used in a day.) This won’t make you rich quick, but it will help you steadily earn daily points.
They Have Codes: Case Closed
Swagbucks is anything but stagnant. You’ll never get bored, because they also give away codes from time to time through social media, including their Facebook page and Twitter feed. There are also big parties where Swagbucks will multiply the amount of their regular search earnings or have several codes available in one day.
Refer your friends. Swagbucks gives you your own referral link. There are also banners available for those of you with your own websites. Just recently, they changed the rules in our favor: you’ll earn 10% from your referral’s total number of earned points — for life.
So, if you choose to participate in a variety of the activities the site offers (it can be a bit addictive!), then your Swagbucks are obviously going to add up a lot faster then if you only use it for surveys or merely for printing/redeeming coupons.
Before you sign up, just check out the Rewards tabs. I bet you will find something you’d like to earn there.