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Swagbucks Paid for Our Home Projects

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Alisha

In April 2012, we bought a new house. With moving came a lot of small expenses that you don’t usually think about when you move – specifically for us, new decorations, curtains, paint and some much needed yard work. While we have a budget amount for home furnishings, home improvement and yard work each year, we knew the amount we budgeted for these items was only enough for maintaining – not for starting from scratch.

So my husband and I decided to use Swagbucks for Amazon and PayPal gift cards to buy things we wanted for our new house instead of taking the money from savings.

We made a list of things we wanted to buy and fix, along with the prices, then put the items in order of priority. Anything that we could buy on Amazon at a good price, we added to our Amazon “wish list,” and everything else we bought by getting PayPal gift cards then transferred the money to our checking account. Over the last year, we have accomplished and/or bought the following:

• Wall decals
• Paint
• Curtains
• Shelves
• Picture frames
• Wall Art
• Plants/Dirt/Mulch/Landscape Timbers
• Energy Efficient Lightbulbs

It has been fun to “save up” for, and buy items as the gift cards arrive, all while not impacting our yearly budget or savings. We know we could have simply taken the money from savings and done everything at once, but it was nice to keep the money in savings and slowly improve things around our house, room by room, yard area by yard area via Swagbucks instead.

Now that we’re done with most of our “to-do” list, we’re using Swagbucks to buy our daughter’s upcoming birthday presents (all are on a wish list at Amazon) as well purchasing household and toiletry items that we can’t find for free playing the “drugstore game.” Going forward, I’d love to be able to buy all gifts in 2014 using Swagbucks gift cards!

Alisha: Could you email me so I can send you your $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you? Thanks so much!

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  • Alyssa says:

    What is your secret to earning them so efficiently? I have been using swagbucks for the last few weeks and am at 1350 pts. I have been working HARD to get the points. Rewarding but slow… any tips?

    • Diane says:

      I second using sbtv, their mobile phone app. I also use EnteraiNow TV on my tablet. I usually start running both when I get up I do any searches I want to do then I go on with my day. I just check them once in a while to make sure they are still running. I will say that sbtv has not worked as well recently. I don’t have any problem making my goal easily everyday.

  • Kristina says:

    Just out of curiosity, what specific earning opportunities do you Swagbuck users out there use to get the most points for the time you spend? I always do the toolbar, daily poll and NOSO to get 4 quick points each morning. Outside of that I mainly just run some of the videos while I do other things and use the search function. But I’m curious to know if anyone else thinks any of the other earning opportunities are worth the time.

  • Kimber says:

    I’m not Alisha, but from my experience, one of the “easy” ways I earn Swagbucks is by using their “shop” link. They give you points for shopping at many online retailers – even Groupon and Living Social. (If you don’t shop online, it’s not helpful, but that’s just one I enjoy since I buy things online at least once a month.) I also print off my coupons from Swagbucks. You aren’t rewarded right away, but when they process, you get 10 Swagbucks for each coupon you use. It’s always nice to have 10 (or many more, depending on how many coupons I used) points pop up in my ledger! And if you have a smartphone, it’s worthwhile to download the SBTV app. I let it run during the day when I am home, and the points add up pretty fast.

  • Wow. That is totally awesome!

  • ANne says:

    I’m getting a good use of the “Activities” section of Swagbucks right now (under the “Discover” tab). Basically you get swagbucks by reading/watching videos and articles. The payout varies by activity, but it’s generally higher than just watching swagTV. What I do is “split” my screen so that I have two window tabs viewable at once, then I catch a movie on one window while clicking the activities on the other one. Usually I get 25sb per 20minutes, so if I watch, say, a two-hour movie, I’ll usually get around 150SB. Not bad 🙂

  • Alisha says:

    I use the SBTV mobile app and watch a couple of short “favorite” videos over and over each day. They automatically move to the next video and every five earns 2 swagbucks. You can earn at least 50 per day doing this. I also search, do the poll, print coupons from swagbucks and do activities on my labtop while making supper, cleaning the kitchen or folding laundry. On occasion I do the shorter paid surveys too, earning 50-100 swagbucks if I qualify. Hope that helps!

    • K says:

      I recently got an Android phone that I put the SBTV on. The 1st day I only had to reload the videos three times before reaching the daily limit. A lot of days it’ll play two videos then freeze. Today, it wouldn’t even play one. I don’t know if it’s my phone or the app. Can you give me any tips on how to keep the videos playing longer.

  • Leslie says:

    If you are a regular Walmart shopper, you can easily earn swagbucks for purchasing from Walmart online and having the item shipped to the store, thereby paying no shipping. If you plan to purchase a particular item at Walmart, simply go to Shop and Earn on Swag Bucks and make the purchase. If the item is already in stock at your store, you will be able to pick it up within an hour or two. You are making a trip to the store that you planned to make anyway, but you get swag bucks for your purchase 31 or 32 days later.

  • kat says:

    This is very similar to myself. I just bought a fixer upper house and have been using my swagbucks for home depot gift cards. Now it needs to be furnished, so i have been saving them up for homegoods/marshalls/tj maxx gift cards (since i love the decor there)! I bought a gorgeous ottoman, towels, dishes, decorations,etc with my swagbucks. I am trying to save enough to buy one of the beautiful sofas i saw there now! I earn about $10 in swagbucks every three days, so it all adds up! I work full time, but “swag” when i have the chance. I let the tv app run to get 50pts, daily survey 60 pts, searches, do a few extra surveys, but get most points with jun vids.this past week, swagbucks has been very generous with junvids and i have been earning 150 pts average daily with just junvids! Hope these tips help!

    • Beth says:

      What are junvids?

      • kat says:

        They are sometimes on the main page for some but i always find it when i go to “my swagbucks.” It will show up as the swag guy with a laptop or as a video arrow and it says earn 2 pts. You keep clicking until it says “no more offers.” It will appear in your point history as “swagbucks jun vid offer” even though it doesn’t say junvid when you click on it. It will pop up in your account several times a day (mine mostly appear at night.) Most of the junvids allow huge earnings!! That is the quickest and easiest way to earn points.

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