Thursday, July 10, 2014

Swagbucks: How to Make a Productive Use of Your Time Online

It almost sounds too good to be true ... But it's legit.  Here are some ways you can use a lazy day online to your advantage.

Please note before reading that this is not a sponsored post.  I just wanted to share something I discovered with anyone who may stumble across this blog so that they could also benefit from the site.

I signed up for Swagbucks after reading a post on Not Entirely Perfect about the site.  At first I was skeptical because it seemed too easy.  Earning free gift cards and/or PayPal cash for basically dicking around online?  Really?

Despite the fact that I wasn't too sure about the whole thing, I decided to sign up anyway.  Worst case scenario: they won't send me goods as promised and I would have wasted some of my time.  Best case scenario: free shit.  I figured it was worth the risk.

Now, after only a short time as a Swagbucks member, I've racked up well over 3,000 Swagbucks.  I use the site while I'm binge watching Netflix (Pretty Little Liars has sucked me in once again, especially since I decided to start rewatching from the beginning before diving into the latest season posted), paying bills, searching for random things online, or just whenever I'm bored.  It honestly doesn't take much time or effort, and it's worth it when you start realizing how great the rewards are.

For those who have never heard of Swagbucks, here is a basic rundown of the rewards:

  • 450-500 Swagbucks can get you a $5 gift card to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Sports Authority, Barnes & Noble, and a variety of restaurants (some examples include Olive Garden, Papa John's, and Chili's)

  • 1,000-1,500 Swagbucks will bump you up to a $10 (or $15 for 1,500) gift card to many of the same retailers (along with several others like The Limited, Sephora, and Best Buy)

  • 2,000-2,500 Swagbucks are worth a $20 (or $25 for 2,500) gift card or $25 in PayPal cash

  • 5,000 Swagbucks can get you $50 worth of gift cards (including rewards that aren't available in smaller denominations, like gift cards for gasoline at Exxon/Mobil) or PayPal cash

  • 10,000 Swagbucks will allow you to get a $100 gift card (or the equivalent in PayPal cash) and there are even more options available for the larger denominations (such as travel related gift cards for Hyatt Hotels and American Airlines)

  • And if you're dedicated enough to earn 25,000 or 50,000 Swagbucks, you can redeem them for $250 from Amazon or American Airlines (for 25,000) or $500 from the same two retailers (for 50,000)
Swagbucks also offers "Swagstakes" that you can enter using Swagbucks you've already earned.  I've never entered any of these Swagstakes because I typically prefer a sure thing, but they are available for those who are interested.

So how do you earn Swagbucks?  There are actually quite a few ways, so I'll share the ways I typically earn.  If anyone reads this and uses the site already, please feel free to leave any tips you have for earning Swagbucks in the comments.

  1. Daily Polls - These are only worth 1 Swagbuck, but they're the absolute easiest way to earn.  There is a new poll featured each day, and you only have to answer one question.  There are no right or wrong answers, so you'll get your Swagbuck regardless of how you respond.

  2. NOSO (No Obligation Special Offers) - This is probably the second easiest way to earn Swagbucks.  While this is only worth 2 Swagbucks, you just have to click through about 5 or 6 pages of offers.  There really is no obligation ... You just hit "skip" or "see next offer" to move through and collect your Swagbucks.

  3. Videos - This is one of my biggest "moneymakers."  If I'm using the computer, chances are that I have a screen up playing Swagbucks videos.  You don't even have to watch the videos from start to finish (though you certainly can if something interests you)!  In order to earn, you're required to watch roughly between 10-30 seconds of 10 videos posted.  The site has a ton of videos in different categories, including fashion and beauty, news, entertainment, and food, so there are plenty of options to choose from.  For every 10 videos, you'll earn 3 Swagbucks.  It doesn't sound like a lot, but if you've got them going on in the background while you pay bills or watch TV, it's really easy to rack up the Swagbucks.

  4. Games - While the games aren't the quickest or easiest way to earn Swagbucks, they're the most fun.  I'm completely addicted to Trizzle, and I also really like playing Mahjongg Dimensions, Swagasaurus Run, Key Krusher, and Flip-Out.  It doesn't matter how terrible you are at the games ... You'll earn 2 Swagbucks for every other game you play.  They do stop rewarding you if you play a ton of times in one day, but you can start earning again the next day.  And while I haven't done this myself yet, you can enter tournaments to try to win a lot of Swagbucks.  I plan to eventually enter a Trizzle tournament once I get consistently better.

  5. Swag Codes - I don't usually get the Swag Codes unless Eric sends them to me, but you can find them on the Swagbucks blog, Twitter account, and Facebook.  Some of them are only worth 2 or 3 Swagbucks, but sometimes they've been worth between 8 and 10!

  6. Searching - Treat this site like Google and you can earn a bunch of extra Swagbucks.  I've earned 18-20 Swagbucks within 10-15 minutes just for searching things I'd be looking up on Google anyway.  It's really simple and a quick way to rack up some extra Swagbucks for the day.  (Please note: they don't reward you every time you search ... It's completely random, but it's always nice when a reward pops up!)

  7. Surveys - Surveys take a little more time and effort, but you can earn some serious Swagbucks for completing them.  I usually try to do one each day, and typically earn between 50-125 Swagbucks for doing so.  Most of them don't take very long (10-15 minutes), though some can be kind of lengthy (30 minutes or more).  I usually try to go for the shorter surveys, but if I know I'm just going to be sitting in front of my laptop anyway, I'll commit to taking a longer survey worth more Swagbucks.  One thing to remember: sometimes you won't qualify for a specific survey.  You can still earn 1 Swagbuck for attempting to take a survey (up to 5 Swagbucks in a day), so your efforts won't be completely wasted.

  8. Random Front Page Offers - I don't take advantage of all of the offers on the front page, but I typically scan through and take the quizzes related to health knowledge (you usually only have to answer 5 questions to earn between 1 and 5 Swagbucks) and watch videos/interact with ads (these are usually worth between 2 and 5 Swagbucks).  These are really quick and easy ways to earn, and take minimal effort.

  9. Referrals - I haven't referred a ton of people, but referrals are a great way to earn a few extra Swagbucks.  I'll include a link at the end of this post so if anyone reading this is interested in signing up, they can use me as a referral.  I'd really appreciate it, and you can then refer friends, family, and readers of your own blog (if you happen to have one) using your own Swagbucks referral link!

  10. Hitting Daily/Weekly/Monthly Goals - This is one of the best ways to earn a bunch of extra Swagbucks.  Each day you're given an initial goal to reach.  Once you've hit that goal, you'll get a second daily goal.  Each time you hit a goal (initial, second, or both), you're given bonus daily meter Swagbucks.  Hit your daily goal 7 days in a row and you'll get a 25 Swagbuck bonus.  If you can reach your daily goal 14 days in a row, you'll get 100 bonus Swagbucks.  21 days in a row gives you 200 extra Swagbucks, and if you manage to hit your daily goal for the entire month, you'll get a 300 Swagbuck bonus.  You only have to hit your initial goal each day in order to be eligible for the bonuses, so you don't even have to stress out if you don't have time or energy to reach your second daily goal.  These bonuses (including the daily meter bonus) are paid out on the 5th of each month, so it's a nice little boost to your overall earnings if use the site regularly.
I realize I now sound like I have absolutely no life, but, as I mentioned earlier, it's really not that difficult to rack up the Swagbucks if you're just chilling out in front of the TV and computer anyway.  I earn a ton of Swagbucks every day and still find time to work at least 40 hours a week (sometimes more!), go to the gym fairly regularly, make delicious dinners, read, watch movies and/or TV shows, spend time with my husband and friends, and write in this blog.  I consider myself a fairly busy person, so if I can do it, you can too!

Even if you're not entirely convinced, at least check it out.  The worst thing that can happen is that you don't earn enough to make it worth your time.  If you find you like the site, though, you could end up with some free gift cards or PayPal cash to use yourself or give as gifts.

Finally, if you want to use me as a referral, please use the following link when signing up ... I'd really appreciate it!

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