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52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Sign Up for Swagbucks {Week 37}

Sign Up for Swagbucks

Every week in 2013, I’m sharing a different way you can save $100 this year. If you do all of these things, you’ll be able to save over $5,000 this year alone! Many of these things will likely be things you’re already doing, but hopefully all of you will pick up at least a few new ideas or some inspiration from this series.

Earn Gift Cards From Swagbucks

If you’ve read my blog at all, you know I’m a big fan of Swagbucks. And you probably signed up a long time ago and have been earning gift cards ever since.

For the handful of you who have yet to sign up for Swagbucks or for the many others who have signed up but feel like you’re not earning much from it, this post is for you.

What Is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is a search engine that rewards you with Swagbucks for searching. You can use it just like Google (though I still like Google better) for searching and you will be randomly awarded Swagbucks for searching, usually around five to 10 Swagbucks once or twice each day.

These Swagbucks can then be redeemed for a variety of different free items, such as Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and much more.

While Swagbucks started out as solely a search engine, over the past few years, they’ve morphed into much more. In fact, they now offer many different ways to earn more Swagbucks making it much easier to earn enough Swagbucks to cash in on their prizes. Some of the most popular ways to earn Swagbucks are doing online searches, signing up for offers, printing coupons, completing special offers, or taking polls.

When I first heard about Swagbucks, I was a little leery because it sounded too good to be true. But I went ahead and tried it — and after earning multiple gift cards every month for the past two years, I’m here to tell you that it’s not too good to be true. Swagbucks works!

I’ve earned many gift cards plus some electronics from them since I’ve been using them for the last few years. In fact, we were able to lavishly bless our families with Christmas gifts this year thanks, in large part, to the gift cards I’d accumulated through Swagbucks.

And I’m not alone. I know dozens of friends who’ve also had great success with Swagbucks — earning at least a gift card or two every month and sometimes much more than that.

Here’s what Andi emailed me today:

I started using Swagbucks at the end of 2010 and since then, I have earned $325 in Amazon Gift Cards. Last year, I bought all of my husband Christmas gifts, and a few gifts for the Grandparents. This year we have used it mostly for “extras” that I didn’t want to pay for, but really wanted to have (aka: my blow money). I normally earn $5-10 a month in gift cards — and I don’t have any referrals under me. I simply search on my laptop and my Android. -Andi

And Alicia Hansen posted this on my Facebook Page:

Last year, I started about this time and saved enough up to pay for my daughter’s Skylanders game for Christmas for $60. I’ve also saved up at least another $100 in Amazon gift cards, a $50 Paypal gift card and the most important one, a $100 Southwest gift card that I used to get my daughter here for the summer. I’ve slowed down since the summer but I am hoping to have enough to get at least a $50 Southwest card to help bring my daughter here for Christmas. It’s made a huge difference! -Alicia

See more testimonials from my readers on how much they are earning with Swagbucks here.


How Do You Get Started Earning With Swagbucks?

Just sign up for a free Swagbucks account. Once you’re signed up, I encourage you to read through my 15 Ways to Earn More Swagbucks series and pick a few different options of ways to earn. Experiment with different ones until you determine the ones that works best for you.

I encourage you to set an earnings goal each day and try to login and hit that, if possible. If you can even just put in 5 to 15 minutes each day, it can really start to add up! I loved what Megan posted on my Facebook Page that she does:

If you earn the $5 Amazon cards it usually is the most bang for your buck. You only need to earn 15 SB in a day to earn $5 in Amazon gift cards each month (these are 450 Swagbucks). So if that was all I did, I would easily have $30 to help out with Christmas with six months of savings. I have found that watching (usually with the sound off) about 30 seconds on 10 videos on Swagbucks TV is a fast way to earn bucks… in addition to doing the daily poll, noso, and using the toolbar. In about 10 minutes of your day, 15 Swagbucks is pretty doable. We have a tight budget, so the 10-15 minutes a day is worth it for us. I have several little kids so can’t commit much time or energy to it, but every little bit helps and has worked for our family. I am able to catch codes and such while I’m at work too and with searches usually earn well over the 15 Swagbucks each day. -Megan

Do You Have To Refer People To Make It Worth Your Time?

Swagbucks has a great referral program: you’ll earn matching Swagbucks (buck for buck) for the first 1,000 Swagbucks anyone you refer earns. Obviously, this is a fantastic way to increase your earnings — and one way that has helped me earn quite a few more Swagbucks over the years.

If you try Swagbucks and it works well for you, be sure to share your referral link with your friends or write a post about it on your blog. Don’t keep a good thing to yourself.

That said, you can still earn a decent amount with Swagbucks even if you have no referrals at all. I outline how you can earn 15 Swagbucks each day in less than 5 minutes per day here.


How Much Can You Earn?

You can easily earn $5 to $20 per month in Amazon gift cards without spending a lot of time. However, if you want to earn more in a shorter time period, I highly recommend checking out Swagbucks TV — especially if you spend a lot of time working on the internet every day. You can increase your earnings significantly by watching Swagbucks TV each day while you’re working online — or through their smartphone apps.

In addition, if you have friends you know who would love to try out Swagbucks, by referring them in the next few weeks and helping them be successful, you’re likely going to significantly increase your Swagbucks earnings, too. And this will result in more gift cards for you to use toward Christmas gifts!

I’ve earned over $75 this year through Swagbucks and I honestly don’t even spend three minutes a day earning points. Not too shabby when I combine this with earning by taking surveys with Mindfield Online as well as programs like MyPoints and Treasure Trooper! You can follow my Swagbucks progress on my weekly Swagbucks Christmas 2012 Savings Challenge posts on my blog each Wednesday. -Theresa

How Do You Redeem Your Swagbucks?

Once you’ve earned enough Swagbucks to cash in for a gift card, you just log into your account and request your gift card. You’ll have to confirm your request and then your gift card will show up in your account within a few weeks.

There are dozens of different gift cards to choose from but I’d recommend going for the $5 Amazon gift cards for 450 Swagbucks each. This is the best deal and you can use an unlimited number of Amazon gift cards per order on Amazon.

How Can You Save $100 Per Year By Using Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is one way to easily shave some money off your monthly budget. How? Use the points you earn from Swagbucks to cash for Amazon gift cards and then use these toward something in your budget that you were planning to buy anyway — such as diapers, groceries, or another larger ticket purchase.

This way, you’re actually maximizing your Swagbucks and truly lowering your expenses by the time you invest in earning Swagbucks.

I’d love to hear your experiences with Swagbucks! Tell us your secrets to maximizing your earnings, give us the scoop on how much you’ve earned so far, and share any insider tips you’ve uncovered. Let’s help each other be more successful in earning free gift cards to use toward lowering our budgets!

(Note: The link in this post is my referral link. Read my disclosure policy here.)

Other posts in the 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year series

  1. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Bake Your Own Bread (Week #1)
  2. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Make Your Own Coffee at Home (Week #2)
  3. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Cable Package {Week 3}
  4. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Order Prescription Glasses Online {Week 4}
  5. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners {Week 5}
  6. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Mixes {Week 6}
  7. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become a One-Car Family {Week 7}
  8. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Surround Yourself With Frugal Friends {Week 8}
  9. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Eliminate Disposable Products {Week 9}
  10. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Cut Your Own Hair {Week 10}
  11. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Use Cloth Diapers {Week 11}
  12. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become Best Friends With Your Freezer {Week 12}
  13. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Rent Movies for FREE {Week 13}
  14. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Ask for a Discount {Week 14}
  15. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cancel Your Gym Membership {Week 15}
  16. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Get the Best Bang for Your Buck at Yard Sales {Week 16}
  17. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Grow Some Of Your Food {Week 17}
  18. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cut Back on the Soda Pop Habit {Week 18}
  19. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Buy in Bulk {Week 19}
  20. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Price-Match at Walmart {Week 20}
  21. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Landline {Week 21}
  22. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Refinance Your Mortgage {Week 22}
  23. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Follow a Local Deal Blogger {Week 23}
  24. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Coupon Database {Week 24}
  25. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Plan a Weekly Menu {Week 25}
  26. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Strategically Use Daily Deal Sites {Week 26}
  27. 52 Different Ways to Save At Least $100 Per Year: Shop at Aldi {Week 27}
  28. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Books {Week 28)
  29. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Clothing {Week 29}
  30. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop With Cash {Week 30}
  31. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat Less Meat {Week 31}
  32. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Is this really a good deal? {Week 32}
  33. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: 3 Ways to Save on Online Orders {Week 33}
  34. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Turn Your Clutter Into Cash {Week 34}
  35. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get Organized {Week 35}
  36. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Have an All-Cash Christmas {Week 36}
  37. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Sign Up for Swagbucks {Week 37}
  38. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Cut Your Fuel Costs {Week 38}
  39. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Frequent the Library {Week 39}
  40. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Simplify Birthday Parties {Week 40}
  41. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Brown Bag It {Week 41}
  42. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Snacks {Week 42}
  43. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Programmable Thermostat {Week 43}
  44. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Limit Eating Out {Week 44}
  45. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get a Bang for Your Buck on Travel Expenses {Week 45}
  46. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Don't Pay For Pre-Made Baby Food {Week 46}
  47. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat More Beans {Week 47}
  48. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Homemade Cards {Week 48}
  49. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop At More Than One Store {Week 49}
  50. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat From the Pantry {Week 50}
  51. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Stay Home More {Week 51}
  52. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Develop Contentment {Week 52}

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  • margaret says:

    it is a nice easy way to earn money. As much or as little as you want. I always redeem mine for Amazon gift cards. Probably gotten over $500 in 3 years.

  • Rachel says:

    I just started using Swagbucks and haven’t earned a gift card yet but Im only points away from my 1st one! My hope is to pay for Christmas next year…On my phone I watch TV but the trailers run without me having to constantly go back and hit play (sometime I catch an add) but on my laptop I haven’t found a way to watch videos without having to play every video individually. So if Im trying to earn swagbucks and need to watch 15 videos I have to play each individually. If Im watching while folding laundry or making dinner it is kind of a pain. Is there anyway to get videos to keep streaming while on the computer?

    • Kristine says:

      The SBTV on the computer is intentionally set to make you have to click through the videos. When it was first started, it auto played, letting people play it and walk away. So it was changed.

    • K says:

      How is the SBTV mobil going continuously? I’ve been clicking on nearly every video & most of the time the video won’t load. I think I got 4 SB yesterday on the phone & not that yet today. Backing out & replaying videos has seldom worked.

      • bml says:

        I’m having the same trouble with SBTV. It never loads the ads and then you have to back out and go back in to the app. Totally a pain. I’ve complained to Swagbucks, but haven’t heard anything back yet.

  • Ashley P says:

    Christmas is exceedingly tight for us this year. Hubby and I promised we wouldn’t get each other anything. But then I remembered I have a bunch of Amazon gift cards sitting around that I had earned from Swagbucks. I COMPLETELY forgot about them! I’m going to buy him a DVD copy of a movie that he wanted to see in theaters…until my son decided to come early and killed that idea!

    Good thing Amazon has a gift-wrap option so he won’t know what it is until Christmas. And I won’t have paid a cent for it! 🙂

  • melissa says:

    I use MyPoints and earn a $10 gift card from there every 2-3 months. I’m wondering if Swagbucks is really that different? I feel like the offers I get are to sign up for things or download things onto my computer and I really don’t want to do that. I also have a thing about downloading the search bar. I like my Google.

    • I haven’t downloaded the search bar. I simply go to before I search for anything. It’s one extra step, but it has become a habit. I should make it my homepage, but I haven’t bothered to do that. I use it so much that it is a “favorite,” and easy to get to quickly. Simply by using it as my search, I earn approximately $5 a month in Amazon gift cards. (I also search for most sites rather than typing the url into my address bar.. so, instead of typing in http://www.moneysaving I go to swag bucks, type in money saving mom and click from there.) Other than that, I don’t really get involved in all of the surveys, watching videos, special offers, etc. because they take more time than they’re worth. However, if I’m going to buy a Groupon or Living Social offer anyways, I will do it through Swagbucks. I also go through Swagbucks to shop online (or book a hotel through Again, these things just add one extra quick step. By doing just these things, I’ve typically earned @ $80 a year with no effort and it feels like free money.

    • Kristine says:

      Swagbucks has videos to watch for points, I rarely do any offers. I find it’s faster to earn on Swagbucks than MyPoints. It’s a low pay rate, but I usually fit it in early in the morning while people are sleeping, or have left for school or work.

  • kristen says:

    My parents have two computers and each have their own swagbucks accounts so they double their earnings.

  • Angela says:

    I’ve been pretty lazy about swagbucks… but even being lazy, I paid for about half of my Christmas shopping using those $5 Amazon cards!

    When I’m not being ridiculously lazy about it, I try to put in every code I can find (I’m on an email list for codes – whenever one is put up, I get an email and can go put it in right away!). I also do a few searches, the NOSOs, the daily poll, having the toolbar installed, and (ideally) I like to get in 15 points in just ads every day (which is 50 videos, and I can usually do it while catching up on news stories online). I also try to do the surveys section – you get some points even if you don’t qualify.

    I used to try to do a lot of offers as well, but I ended up getting a lot of spam email and calls, which I got tired of fairly quickly!

  • Victoria says:

    I LOVE Swagbucks. I try to do the daily poll and the NOSO every day for a total of 3 swagbucks in less than 2 minutes. That adds up to over 1000 points in a year or enough for two $5 amazon cards, not bad for less than 2 minutes of your time each day. I collect Amazon cards most of the year but in winter I often switch over to Starbucks cards since I am not a fan of winter and just knowing I can have a treat if I brave it and go out and get groceries in the cold helps with my attitude a lot.

  • Kristine says:

    I’ve been devoting a lot of time to it early in the mornings. This month I’ve cashed out for 5-$5, and 2-$15 Amazon cards. I’ll have enough for another $15 tomorrow. I spend between 2 and 3 hours a day on it.

  • karen says:

    i don’t want to throw in cold water here, but has anyone ever had trouble with computer viruses and spam mail from using swagbucks? we recently contracted a “root kit” (allegedly caused by swagbucks) that took over a week and more money than i ever earned through swagbucks to fix. i used to really like the rewards, but decided they aren’t “free” after all!

    • Susan says:

      I haven’t had a virus that was directly attributable to Swagbucks specifically, but more than once I’ve gotton one that was traced back to a couponing site. Now I am VERY selective when it comes to printing coupons.

      That said, swagbucks is full of popups, which are notorious for spreading viruses.

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, I was also just about to post about viruses. My computer got a nasty virus on it that took over my camera in my computer and was snapping pictures every few minutes and the technician believed the virus came from the Swagbucks videos. He also insisted on removing the tool bar. It took over $170 to fix my computer. Just make sure that you have strong anti-virus software. I did but it still didn’t catch the virus.

    • Becky says:

      My techy husband strongly recommends against using tools like the coupon printer and swagbucks on any computer that contains your personal information. He’s seen WAY to many viruses come in this way (including on a friend’s new Mac!) and is not comfortable with the information these sites are able to collect from the user and their computer. We use an old, wiped-clean computer for coupon printing. It’s a bit slow, though, so I can’t imagine doing Swagbucks on that computer. We’ve saved a lot of money using that old, unwanted computer to print coupons!

    • Sarah says:

      Yes! I have had 2 separate viruses downloaded from the swagbucks site. I love swagbucks, but for it to happen twice, I’m not sure I want to do it. My husband is techy too and he’s always telling me to stop using swagbucks because of it. And I just do things on the site (polls, surveys, videos, games)- I don’t download anything not even the toolbar. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has had problems.
      If anyone has a solution, let me know. 🙂 Other than to just not use it…

      • jennifer says:

        I used the toolbar for a while also. It made my Mac run so slow and caused it to crash often. Once I uninstalled the toolbar, those issues went away

  • Heidi says:

    I started swagbucks a few months ago and have $45 in Amazon gift cards so far. I try to remember to do the daily poll and go to their site to do my searches. I will not download the toolbar because of all the talk I have heard about it causing problems on some peoples computers. I have lucked out on some big points on a few of the special offer “tiles” on their home page. Like getting 1,000 points just for signing up for a gift card site and purchasing a card. I bought an Old Navy $25 gift card that I used anyway. And I got 1,000 points just for buying printer ink. I also liked Swagcodez on Facebook. They will post the codes on facebook that are worth a few points if you enter them in on time. I also print my coupons through the site and I check to see if I can earn points on an online store purchase that I am planning.

  • Larissa says:

    I used to use Swagbucks, but then my computer just kept getting slower and slower. When I took my computer into my tech guy he said Swagbucks adds huge amounts of spyware and adware to your computer. He removed all the Swagbucks related software and I haven’t had a problem since.

  • Molly says:

    I have not cashed in my SB yet, I am wanting to get to 1,000 points (which I am about to hit) and then start cashing in for the Amazon cards. My goal for this coming year is to start getting those gifts cards to pay for birthdays, xmas and other little things during the year. I only do the searches (which on monday i won 33 SB! my highest ever), the videos and certain offers that come in the sb mail. Other than that I don’t need to do anything else. Had it not been for this website, i never would have known about Swagbucks! Not only do i promote it on my blog, but I also promote it on my fb page, Molly Loves Coupons. Thanks Crytsal for introducing us to Swagbucks. You are wonderful

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