December 5, 2013 |
Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Nora
Both my husband and I are originally from an area of the country that is not prone to tornadoes, so when we moved to the Midwest, we had no idea what we were in for.
As tornadoes kept hitting close to where we live, we became more aware of items that we needed to have on hand. Being on a tight budget meant that we couldn’t afford things that could very well save our lives in the event of a tornado.
At the time, I had just started using Swagbucks, I decided to redeem my Swagbucks for Amazon gift cards so that I could “buy” very important emergency supplies. It was easy to earn Swagbucks just by switching my standard search engine to Swagbucks, taking the daily poll, and by inviting my friends to join in, too.
Pretty soon, we were able to make our first big purchase — a NOAA weather radio. Since then, we have also purchased a solar lanter, hand crank radio/flashlight, first aid supplies, and more!
We still have a long way to go when it comes to being prepared; however, I am thankful for Swagbucks helping us to get there! -Nora
November 14, 2013 |
Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Nikki:
I’ve been a loyal Swagbucks user for several years. I’ve bought Christmas gifts, groceries, and more with the gift cards that I’ve earned in the past. But recently, I’ve turned my focus into DIY projects around the house.
I’m a full-time student, wife, and mother. Needless to say, I’m on a very tight budget.
My husband and I bought our starter home 15 years ago and never moved out. We’ve always lived paycheck to paycheck, and never had money left over to upgrade our house. Fast forward 17 years into our marriage, and now that we’ve learned a lot of things about budgeting and style, we have desire for changes and upgrades, but no budget for it.
That’s where Swagbucks comes in. Swagbucks allows me to buy light fixtures, windows, paint, and more to slowly upgrade my house.
I’m currently remodeling my children’s bathroom and my most recent purchase was a new bath exhaust fan. Because I had a $100 gift card from Swagbucks, I only had to pay $5.93 out of pocket! WOW!
My Daily Swagbucks earning tips:
- As soon as I wake up, I start the Swagbucks Mobile TV App.
- I have the Swagbucks Toolbar installed on all of my browsers and earn 1 point a day from that.
- I take the Daily Poll and NOSO every day.
- Search: I search using the Swagbuck tool bar on both my mobile devices & my computer.
- Encrave: play some videos & earn those Swagbucks! This feature is only available on a computer.
- I always check out Swagbucks Facebook page, Twitter, and Blog for codes that are worth several points.
- Shop & Earn: When I buy anything online, I always use the Shop & Earn link. Swagbucks awards vary but you can earn at least 1 swagbuck for every dollar you spend.
It generally takes me 3-4 months to earn 10,000 Swagbucks or a $100 gift card to my local home improvement store. But it is so worth it, when I can walk into my local home improvement store, and buy that big purchase and hardly have to pay anything out of pocket. I’m currently saving up to buy a new bathroom countertop!
November 6, 2013 |
Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Katie:
My husband, Nick, is a full-time PhD student and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the university where he is pursuing his degree. At the age of 25, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a college professor, and for that, I’m very proud!
He is a full-time student in addition to teaching at the university part-time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant during the regular school year (it pays for tuition and provides a cost of living stipend — yippie!) and working as a lecturer in the summer. I work full-time and am also a graduate student. To sum it up, we’re both very busy and very frugal!
I am an avid MoneySavingMom.com follower, and so when I started noticing all of the posts and information about people paying for all kinds of things via Swagbucks, I decided to join the Swabucks club! I took surveys, watched movies, used the search tool bar, and took advantage of special offers to earn Amazon gift cards to pay for all kinds of things.
My observant husband noticed all the wonderful gift cards I was earning, and he wanted to join in on the fun. So he did!
Just three short months ago, my student/teacher hubby joined Swagbucks with the goal of earning enough Amazon gift cards to purchase a brand-new, genuine leather messenger bag. He was done with backpacks and wanted something more professional. He was also looking for a high-quality bag that would last as long as possible.
He found a great genuine leather messenger bag on Amazon that got rave reviews, but it came with a price tag of $129.99. He made it his goal to pay for the messenger bag by the time school started back up in the fall.
And he did it! Nick cashed in his Swagbucks to purchase this fabulous messenger bag, and I couldn’t be more proud of my intelligent, hard-working, FRUGAL hubby!
This year, my hubby will be attending school in style… with a great new genuine leather messenger bag all thanks to Swagbucks!
Katie: Can you email me so I can send you your $50 gift card for submitting your story? Thanks so much!
October 29, 2013 |
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
• 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!
October 24, 2013 |
Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Emily:
I am so thankful that a friend referred me to Swagbucks my freshmen year of college. I have been using it ever since and have been saving them for a few years now to be able to use them when I really needed them.
When I was a junior in college, my father got a promotion and my family (mom, dad, and three younger sisters) had to move from Indianapolis, IN, only an hour from me, to Tampa, FL! This was a difficult time as it was quite the adjustment to go from seeing my family at least once a month to only seeing them a few times a year.
It was even more difficult because I didn’t have a reliable enough car to make the drive down to visit, so we had to buy plane tickets whenever I wanted to spend time with my family. Being a college student, and now a graduate student, that can be very hard on the budget!
My family is extremely important to me, so I knew I had to do something to be able to go and visit them without placing as much of a financial burden on myself or my parents. That is where Swagbucks came into the picture!
I completed activities and polls daily, as well as watched videos and completed surveys to be able to earn more Swagbucks. I also let all of my friends know about Swagbucks and how easy and fun it was to use so I could earn referral Swagbucks as well!
I finally was able to save enough up to be able to purchase a Southwest Airlines gift card and found the perfect (least expensive!) flight I could find — and since Southwest doesn’t charge for bags, I was able to save money there too!
I was very blessed to be able to enjoy time with my sisters and parents last summer. We were even able to get a family portrait taken, which we hadn’t done in a long time!
I am excited to report that this worked out so well last summer that I have been saving up Swagbucks and will be flying to visit them again here in a few weeks!
Emily: Can you email me so I can send you your $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you for submitting your story? Thanks so much!
October 14, 2013 |
Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Kira:
Beginning in January of 2012, I found our budget was becoming tighter and tighter. I went from a part-time job to no job outside of the home — which meant our family was totally dependent my husband’s income. At that time, his income was not consistent and we started pinching every penny.
I found that our Christmas savings account could no longer have money deposited each week like it had been. Actually, by April I noticed I had not yet contributed to it at all. Thankfully, I had begun using Swagbucks.
Between surveys and searching, I saw the points racking up. I continued to redeem at every 450 points that would rack up for a Amazon Gift Card. In November, I noticed I had $150 in gift cards.
This might not seem like a lot, but with all the incredible deals that Amazon was offering, I was able to have a fantastic Christmas for my three young boys. The living room was loaded! I was so thankful, and realized the blessing that Swagbucks had been for my family.
I know Christmas isn’t about gifts at all, but for little ones, they certainly look forward to seeing those gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. My husband and I love to see that sparkling in their eyes when they first look downstairs.
I will continue to use Swagbucks as long as it is around. I’m thankful for Christmas 2012 and Swagbucks!!
Kira: can you email me so I can send you your $50 gift card for submitting your story? Thanks so much!