Earning Gift Cards and Saving Money with Swagbucks

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baby dealsIt’s Mega Swagbucks Friday, which means we’re due for a reminder to either sign up for or start using Swagbucks! Since it’s Friday, you can possibly earn double or triple points for searching on the internet like you usually would.

Does Swagbucks confuse you? I completely understand, there’s a lot to take in!  Here’s some information to get started:

What is Swagbucks?
Swagbucks is a search engine like Google or Yahoo that gives you the chance to win useful prizes every time you do an internet search. If you know how to search for information online you’ll know how to start earning Swagbucks!

What are Swagbucks?
Swagbucks are a type of virtual currency akin to frequent flyer miles or loyalty points. The more you search the internet, the more you’ll earn. Various amounts of Swagbucks are randomly awarded when you search for information. Some searches will earn you nothing, but some will earn you points. One time I won 50 Swagbucks for a search I would have usually done on Google!

amazon baby deals How do I use Swagbucks to Get Free Gift Cards or Prizes?

Exchange your Swagbucks at the Swag Store for all kinds of great prizes: There are gift cards for Amazon, Starbucks, Target, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. You’ll also find electronics, apparel and other merchandise. It’s my opinion that the gift cards are the best option, and the Amazon gift card offers you the biggest bang for your Swagbuck. You’ll get a $5 Amazon card for every 450 Swagbucks exchanged.

If you’re on a quest to save money, think about the wide variety of items you can get from Amazon.com. If you can buy some diapers, groceries or other everyday items with your earned gift cards, you’ve just freed up some of your hard-earned cash to save or put towards your debt!

Prize categories are listed within the Swag Store, and each prize has a Swagbucks “price.” Once you have enough Swagbucks to redeem the prize you want, just select your prize and confirm your email or shipping details. Don’t forget to click on the confirmation link sent to your email inbox to confirm your order. Your prize will be delivered within 7-14 days.

How Can I earn Swagbucks?

After you sign up or log into your Swagbucks account, you’ll see the “Earn” button across the top of your screen. Click on it and a drop down menu will appear showing you the various options you have to start adding Swagbucks to your account.

Here are just a few of the easy, free ways you can earn Swagbucks right now:

1. Swagbucks Toolbar ::  Install the Swagbucks toolbar and you’ll be randomly awarded swagbucks just for having it on in your browser! It also makes the Swagbucks Search function more readily available.

2. Swagbucks TV :: If you can spend a few minutes streaming videos on your browser, you’ll earn easy Swagbucks almost every day.

3. Swagbucks “Tasks” ::  These are additional surveys and opportunities to provide feedback to Swagbucks’ partners on other websites and products. I just checked and I can grab up to 67 Swagbucks for doing various tasks today!

Swagbucks Search ::  you earn random swagbucks for searches either from www.swagbucks.com or the toolbar

4. Swaghunts ::  The Swagbucks team will hide random codes periodically on their twitter stream, Facebook wall, blog and/or toolbar. You find the code and enter it into their site to redeem for even more credits.

5. Surveys ::  Check your Survey page every day to see what surveys they have available. It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete the surveys, but you’re nicely rewarded. You’ll usually earn at least 150 Swagbucks for each survey you complete!

6. No Obligation Speical Offers {NOSOs} ::  The Swagbucks site is updated once a week with a new set of NOSOs. You’ll earn points just for viewing the offers. Scroll through the entire list and your Swagbucks reward will show up at the end.

7. Refer a Friend ::  You’ll earn a Swagbuck every time any of your referred friends earn a Swagbuck. This is valid for the first 1,000 Swagbucks any friend earns, meaning you could redeem those points for more than $10 in Amazon gift cards if each friend gets the maximum amount!

If you’ve been discouraged by Swagbucks in the past, I highly encourage you to jump in and try it again. Things have changed a lot over the past year, and your balance will likely build up far quicker than you expect it to! If you’re new to Swagbucks, you can sign up here!


  1. I love to get the starbucks gift card for date night or to surprise my husband. It is great and I have earned it for free!

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