Need money for the holiday season? Sign up for Swagbucks
Can you believe it’s August already?? August means that in 4 short months it’ll be…Christmas!! Which means we have just 4 months to knit our loved ones gifts. (I know, I know…I hate to be the bearer of bad news.)
Which is why this seemed like a good time to introduce you all to a website I’ve been using for a little over a year. A question for you, frugal knitters: how would you like to earn $3 Amazon gift cards just for searching the Internet? Ladies and gentlemen… welcome to Swagbucks!
What Is Swagbucks?
In its most basic form, Swagbucks is a search engine, but it’s a lot more than that. It’s a rewards site. If you’re at all familiar with rewards websites, you’ll know that these sites offer rewards based upon various activities. For Swagbucks, its rewards center mostly around Internet searches.
But there are other ways to earn rewards. Let’s start at the beginning. I’ll quote directly from Swagbucks’ “About Us” page itself:
Swagbucks.com is the leading destination for earning real rewards through online activities you already do every day. At home or on the go, you can conveniently earn Swag Bucks when you: Shop your favorite stores, Search the web, Answer surveys; Discover great deals; Watch videos; or Play games.
Swag Bucks can be redeemed easily for cash or gift cards to your favorite stores. With over 13 million members, Swagbucks.com has awarded over 85 million dollars in real rewards. Always free to join, Swagbucks.com is the smartest and most rewarding way to spend your time online.
Every time you participate in certain online activities, you’ll earn Swag Bucks. To give you an idea as to the value of Swag Bucks: you can exchange 300 Swag Bucks for an Amazon gift card (that never expires) worth $3. That’s the “cheapest” reward in the Swagbucks rewards center, and it’s by far my favorite for reasons I’ll get to later.
How to Use Swagbucks
When you use the Swagbucks search engine, you will be randomly awarded special Swag Bucks prizes. It might be as low as 7 or as high as…I think the largest number of Swag Bucks I’ve ever received for a Swagbucks search is 26. So if you use Swagbucks every time you search, those points will add up fast!
Other ways you can earn points include watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online stores that are affiliated with Swagbucks (which includes most major online stores), and playing games.
One of my favorite ways to earn Swagbucks is through Swag Codes. If you have the Swag Button installed in your browser (you can get this button if you use either Firefox or Chrome), you’ll be notified every time a “Swag Code” is available. The Swag Button will tell you where you can find the Swag Code, and when you enter it in the specified location, you’ll get more points — anywhere between 3 and 8. Again, these add up quickly!
If you use an iPhone or an Android, you can also download a Swagbucks app so that you can search on your smartphone through Swagbucks, too.
Finally, one more way you can earn Swagbucks is through referral. You can refer friends and family via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. If you have a blog or website, you can refer readers that way as well (as I am about to do in a minute!). Referral is an amazing way to earn Swagbucks. All you have to do is get a referral link from Swagbucks, send this link to family and friends or post it on your website or blog, and then if your friend clicks that link and joins Swagbucks, you earn 10% of all their Swagbucks earnings — for life! (There are a few exceptions, like Swag Codes and certain bonuses.)
Using Your Swagbucks
So, how do you earn tangible rewards through your Swag Bucks? It’s quite simple. Once you’ve earned a certain amount, head for the Swagbucks Rewards Store. I mentioned only the Amazon gift card, but there are literally thousands of rewards you can swap your Swag Bucks for. You can get gift cards for Walmart, Target, eBay, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Kmart, TJ Maxx/Marshall’s, Sears, Staples, Babies ‘R’ Us, and much, much more!
Here’s why I prefer to spend my Swag Bucks on Amazon gift cards. First, as I said earlier, they’re the cheapest. (Well, you can get a $3 eBay gift card for 300 Swag Bucks as well, but I don’t shop eBay very often.) I can buy pretty much anything I want on Amazon, from things for my home to gifts for my children to (you guessed it) yarn and needles and knitting books.
Amazon gift cards are stackable, meaning you can use as many as you want per Amazon order. So if you have 10 Amazon gift cards worth $3 each, you can use them all at the same time if you want! You could, for instance, easily save $30 on a $100 order this way.
If you don’t like shopping at Amazon, you can choose your reward “currency” for a different store. You could even choose to use your Swag Bucks for a VISA Rewards card.
How to Join Swagbucks
Joining Swagbucks is easy and absolutely free. Head to the Swagbucks website, and it’ll walk you through the process. (As I mentioned earlier, this is my own referral link – if you join Swagbucks through it, I’ll receive a percentage of rewards every time you do. So it would really be kind of you to sign up that way!)
I’m introducing you to Swagbucks now because the sooner you sign up, the sooner you can start saving up the Swag Bucks and earning gift cards! This can come in very handy for Christmas shopping (or shopping for Christmas knitting supplies!).
So why not give Swagbucks a try? You have nothing to lose and, quite possibly, a whole lot of free currency to gain!