Swagbucks Paid for My Snorkel Gear

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Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Jen:

I’ve been using Swagbucks for almost 5 years now. I started after my first child was born when a frugal friend referred me.

Early on, I used Swagbucks to help pay for diapers and wipes on Amazon.com. Now I use them for almost anything from Starbucks gift cards or to help pay for birthday and Christmas gifts on Amazon.

My husband works a demanding job and I stay home with our 2 kids. His work recently rewarded him by sending him to a conference in Hawaii, and I got to go too! We were very excited, but we also knew that in general, Hawaii is a rather expensive place to visit.

I started researching frugal things to do in Hawaii, but my husband had the best idea — he loves snorkeling and said we should take our own gear. All the beaches in Hawaii are public, so we could snorkel almost anywhere.

I didn’t have gear, so my husband turned to Amazon to find something for me. He found a good set for around $40, and since I had been saving my Swagbucks for a while, I had more than enough saved to cover the cost of the snorkel set. I was so excited to show my husband that I got them for free as he sometimes makes fun of my Swagbuck addiction. :)

As far as earning Swagbucks, I devote a few minutes everyday to it — sometimes I spend a little more time depending on what’s going on at home and if there are any promotions. I only get on a computer once a week, so I do most of my earning on a smartphone.

  • I always do the Daily Poll and the NOSO (No Obligation Special Offers). These are good for 3 easy Swagbucks.
  • I search throughout the day as I need information. I also use the search feature to connect to sites like Money Saving Mom. I’m going there anyway, so I take the second to type it into the search field at Swagbucks.
  • I use the Swagbucks TV App on my phone which gives me 2 bucks for every 5 videos — a little better than doing it via the computer.
  • I also check the Swagbucks Blog and Facebook pages every so often. There are often Swag Codes for 2-6 bucks. These sites keep me informed of promotions — for instance, every year on their birthday Swagbucks gives away tons of Swagbucks via Swag Codes.
  • When I can get on a computer, I check the special offers on the homepage. I do occasionally find something that interests me.

I love Swagbucks. It has been a great way for us to fill in some of the holes in our budget over the years. It won’t make you rich, but it can give you that little something extra when you need it.

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Swagbucks Paid for Bose Speakers for My Husband

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Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Kelly

I know many of my fellow MoneySavingMom.com readers can relate to this statement: our family is on a (tight) budget.

We’re working to pay off student loans, saving for a down payment on a home, and managing all of the usual day-to-day expenses — food, transportation, and dog supplies.

Normally our situation doesn’t bother me, because thankfully our needs are covered and we know we’re fortunate to have any money left over to save for a future home. But having the money left over to save has meant sacrificing in other areas. We eat out less and have eliminated all purchases that would fall under the category of “splurge.”

In 2013, we established a Christmas budget early in the year to allow ourselves time to set aside those funds each month. I was excited, because even as early as last January, I knew what I wanted to get for my husband (this never happens, and usually I’m scrambling in November to come up with ideas.)

For a long time, he has admired a set of Bose speakers, but because they fall staunchly in the “splurge” arena, they have been out of the question. As we worked through our budgeting process, my heart sunk as I realized there was no way to make the numbers mesh for this one $200+ purchase.

I thought about our situation for days afterwards. My husband is a hardworking and generous person who has worked countless extra hours to help us get closer to our dreams. I felt that he was so deserving of this gift that I just HAD to make it work.

Enter Swagbucks!

I had started using Swagbucks a few years ago but lapsed when I went to graduate school and hadn’t thought too much about the site until a friend mentioned she was a new user. I decided to log back on and was excited to see I had a few hundred points still left in my account.

I wasn’t convinced I could earn enough to purchase the speakers, but thought my worst case scenario was earning a couple of Amazon gift cards — which wouldn’t be bad either!

I was glad to see some additions to the site that made it much easier to earn points since the last time I had used it. After many hours of surveys, videos, NOSOs, and polls, I am excited to tell you I cashed in all of my Amazon gift cards earned from Swagbucks for the speakers, with time to spare!

I am overjoyed to be able to give my husband this gift, and even more so, that I can do it without it messing up our budget in the least. It was so exciting to see his face on Christmas morning and am so thankful to Swagbucks for making that happen!

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Swagbucks Paid For My Baby Preparations

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Mindy:

I have been an avid Swagbucks user for years now, and have always cashed my Swagbucks in for Amazon gift cards. I usually bought textbooks for college, or treated myself to clothes or phone accessories. All that changed when I found out that I was expecting a baby last fall.

I used the next nine months to score all the Swagbucks I could.

Since I was not going out as much and was on bed rest by the end of my pregnancy, I was easily racking up Swagbucks. I would simply use Swagbucks search, Swagbucks TV, and watch & earn offers to redeem one or two $5 Amazon gift cards a week.

Along with signing up for Amazon Mom to save 20% on baby gear and get free 2-day shipping, I started my newborn shopping.

I used Swagbucks to purchase a fetal heart rate monitor at the beginning of pregnancy. I bought everything from my Boppy pillow to diapers and wipes to my bottle brush. I started my cloth diaper stock pile using my Swagbucks as well… and I even had enough Amazon gift card credit left over to purchase a book that I gave to my significant other from the baby.

I love Swagbucks, and continue to buy my diapers and wipes for free with my Amazon gift cards!

Mindy: Could you email me so I could send you your Amazon gift card as a thank you for sharing your story?

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Swagbucks Paid for Our Wedding Reception!

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Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Simon

My wife had tried for years before we were married (and even before we were dating) to get me to use Swagbucks. However, I didn’t start using this fabulous rewards program until we were already engaged this past October — and the realization of paying for a wedding began to sink in!

I began using Swagbucks in earnest: surveys, videos, games, Internet searches, referrals, and by the time our reception rolled around in July, I had amassed nearly $250 in Walmart gift cards! The key to maximizing my earnings was to reach the My Daily Goal meter everyday and collect the monthly bonuses.

We decided to have an outdoor picnic for our reception to further cut down on the cost; and with our gift cards, we were able to purchase the hamburgers, hot dogs, cake, drinks, plates, cups, and cutlery to accommodate 120 guests.

We had so much left over that we were able to give the remaining food and accessories to our friends whose similar picnic-style reception was the following weekend. Thank you, Swagbucks, for helping pay for two receptions!

We’ve been so impressed with the buying power of Swagbucks that we’ve set our sights on a new goal — an anniversary cruise!

Simon: Can you email me so I can send you your $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you for submitting your story?

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Swagbucks Paid for Our New Printer

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Erica:

My husband was accepted to the Graduate Program of his dreams on March 2, 2013. This was incredibly exciting, but also incredibly daunting as it would mean we have to move to a new town and quit both our jobs.

So we saved every penny we could in the Spring and Summer, which was quite difficult because my husband and I needed to purchase textbooks, clothing for a drastically different climate, and pay for assorted moving expenses.

We have long gone without a printer since we both graduated from college, but my husband felt (and I agreed) that a printer will be a true necessity for us in this new adventure. We will be living in a very cold climate and foregoing the use of a car in favor of public transit and walking. It’s just not realistic for us to expect to make use of the school’s library printers all the time. I knew we needed a printer. However, I just couldn’t stomach paying for it out of pocket.

I knew exactly what printer I wanted and how much it would cost on Amazon.com. So for roughly three months, I plugged away on Swagbucks trying to save up the Amazon gift cards to purchase our printer. By hitting the Daily Goal on Swagbucks every day, I was able to really ramp up the pace at which I was able to earn Amazon gift cards.

We hit our goal! I earned $85 in gift cards and the printer was priced slightly lower than normal at $84.99. The delayed gratification of saving and working a little bit each day for something that we needed makes the feeling of success even sweeter!

Erica: Can you email me so I can send you your $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you for sharing your story?

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How I Earn $50 in Amazon Gift Cards from Swagbucks Every Month

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Liz:

I was very wary of Swagbucks at the beginning and thought it involved downloading a toolbar that could mess up my computer. After seeing so many people post about how they were able to pay for Christmas using only Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks, I decided to research it and finally took the plunge to sign up.

I am happy to say that I was able to pay for my three children’s birthday presents this year, and am now saving for Christmas!

At first, I earned about 25 points per day doing a search, NOSO, daily poll, and any random video that might be on the homepage. Then, after reading on MoneySavingMom.com that some people were earning lots of points even without having any referrals, I decided to up my game.

I usually spend about an hour each morning while I eat my breakfast and drink coffee to work on Swagbucks and I now earn about $50 in Amazon giftcards per month. Here’s how:

1. Using the Facebook page: People post whether they are on “dubs” or “trips”, which means that they have gotten 2 or 3 search wins. If I know that other people have gotten 2 wins, then I continue to search after my first win until I do, too. (If everyone is only on singles, then I don’t waste my time searching more.) 15-30 points per day

2. Swagbucks TV mobile: I don’t have a smartphone, but I do have an iPod touch. I start SBTV mobile every morning on my iPod and only have to monitor it to make sure it hasn’t frozen on any commercial. 50 points per day

3. Radium One Offers: The Swagbucks Facebook page usually has people that comment about which offers are crediting and don’t require spending any money. I use this info to quickly find the offers, sign up, and get points. They also usually have offers for printing coupons or watching videos. 10-20 points per day

4. Encrave: Right now, after getting a search win or doing the NOSO, you can click on a page with lots and lots of offers that simply require you to click on links to get points. 30-50 points per day

5. Jun videos: These all earn 2 points and can usually be found on the homepage or ledger. They are not always there, but when they are, can net between 10-50 points.

6. Surveys: I don’t spend much time on these, but if I see a survey that takes less than 10 minutes, I do it. I usually get about one per week. 50 points per week

7. Making my goal: By doing all the above steps, I make my points goal every day. This gives me a bonus of about 500 points every month!

I am a stay-at-home mom and my husband is a teacher, so our budget is tight. I love that I have been able to get my three kids something special for each of their birthdays without having to eat into our savings. I am now saving up to surprise my husband with a PlayStation 4 for Christmas, using Swagbucks to pay for over half of it!

Liz: Can you email me so I can send you your $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you for sharing your Swagbucks success story?

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