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Swagbucks Gave Our Porch a Makeover!

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Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Sydney:

Four years ago my husband and I purchased our first home. It was a definite fixer-upper but it was in the area we loved and a price we could actually afford. We knew fixing it up would be a slow process as we saved for the projects as well as making sure we could pay all our monthly bills.

At first, we were able to get a lot of the cosmetic and small things done, like patching holes in the walls and painting. The larger things, however, had to be put on hold while we saved up a little more money.

The house had a nice screened-in back porch and I was excited to spend a lot of time out there. I imagined dinners and relaxing afternoons reading books while taking in the nice view of our yard.

I soon found out, however, that because the screen was in such bad shape (there were holes in it everywhere and some was even missing) that it was almost impossible to enjoy being out there without being assaulted by the hundreds of mosquitoes and other bugs that were drawn to the light in the evenings or just me during the day. Soon I found that the porch was only used as a means to get to the back yard.

During the next four years, the plan to repair the porch got put on hold as other, larger expenses, such as replacing the furnace and air conditioning units and having our first child, got moved to the front of the line. I began to get discouraged with getting the “fixer-upper” part of the house done as things were breaking more quickly than we could fix them.

So when I discovered Swagbucks last year, I decided I would pick a home project that I wanted to “treat” myself to. Being a stay-at-home mom, I had a little flexibility in my time but also wanted to make sure to spend most of it with our son.

I decided to dedicate one hour each day to Swagbucks: taking surveys, completing offers, watching videos, and doing searches. I started to really rack up the points and eventually was able to turn them in for gift cards to Lowes and Walmart.

I finally got enough to give that porch the makeover it deserved!

With new screens, new paint, a new fan, and new patio furniture, our back porch is now a place we can really enjoy. We love having family dinners out there, and I can relax and read… or even do my daily Swagbucks surveys and offers there!

I finally feel like I was able to do something to fix up the house — which felt like a real win — without completely destroying our regular budget. -Jen

Swagbucks Helped Pay for My Mini Fridge

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Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Sarah

After graduating from high school 10 years ago, I started my own home business selling decorated cakes. Sales started slow and stayed that way for quite some time, with just a handful of cakes sold each year.

In 2012, I really had the desire to get my name out there more, as well as expand my offerings to all types of baked goods and sweets. I was accepted to our local farmers’ market and was excited to prepare everything for my booth.

One problem was that I intended to sell cheesecakes, cold pies, and cupcakes that needed refrigeration. I started to research refrigerators that would be small enough to transport every week, yet not be a low-quality dorm style that doesn’t maintain cold enough temperatures for food safety.

After finally finding a well-reviewed mini fridge, I checked several different retailers for the best price. Home Depot came out on top and had the added bonus of offering Swagbucks gift cards!

It had been 3 years since I joined Swagbucks, and I had accumulated enough bucks through searches and the daily poll to purchase 4 Home Depot gift cards. It wasn’t enough to cover the entire cost, but I was so happy to have a large chunk subtracted from what I had to pay out of pocket.

My mini refrigerator is still going strong, and I am now in my third season of the farmers’ market. There are several regular customers who come every week just for my cheesecake and mini pies, so it has been an investment well worth it! Thanks, Swagbucks!

Swagbucks Paid For My Copy of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

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Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Anna:

I got my copy of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode for free using Swagbucks!

Our libraries didn’t have it, so I sent in an order request. However, I really wanted to get started reading Crystal’s book sooner. Then I remembered that I had a few Amazon.com gift cards (thanks to Swagbucks) and quickly got on Amazon to purchase the book.

Since 2009, Swagbucks has given our family $250 of Amazon gift cards so far.

I first learned about Swagbucks from MoneySavingMom.com and signed up based on the post and comments from other readers. I didn’t do much with it and got $5 every two months. It was not until I started paying attention to the Swagbucks Success Stories featured on MoneySavingMom.com that the wheels started turning for me. The most inspiring was Elsie’s story of using Swagbucks to start her soap business.

Since then, Swagbucks has paid for at least 23 items for our family — I’ve bought a Bible, Bible covers, 3DS game, books, DVDs, DVD album case, surge protector, Ethernet cable, coconut oil, US and world maps, and many more random things that I would have ended paying full price at a big-box store. I’ve also bought homeschooling books, woodworking supplies, and ebooks.

Every day, I try to reach my daily goal by doing the poll, NOSO, Encrave (under Discover/Activities) and Swagbucks TV. Sometimes, I do surveys, use coupons, and Shop and Save (used it for Autozone) and inbox videos.

Now I can get from $15-$20 of Amazon gift card each month! Plus, instead of sitting and waiting for each activity, like those Encrave videos, I started exercising. So, Swagbucks also helped me lose weight!

I tell anyone who will listen about Swagbucks!

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.

Reader Tip: Using Swagbucks to give to others

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An anonymous reader emailed in the following tip:

I thought you might like to hear how I was able to save up Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks  — which I then used towards some things for our local pregnancy help center.

I bought 2 big boxes of baby wipes, onesies, and socks using the Amazon gift cards I purchased with my Swagbucks!

I’m not a crazy “Swagger”, I just get about 20 a day, but even that adds up over time. I usually do the daily poll, search engine, NOSO and some of the encraves.

Swagbucks can be a great way for people who want to give to others, but are on a tight budget.

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!