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Swagbucks Helped Us Stock Up On Diapers

Testimonial from Leah of Simple Home Blessing

I was so pumped after getting back from CVS the other day! I stocked up on some much needed items and spent almost nothing thanks to Swagbucks and a tip I got on MoneySavingMom.com.

I had created quite the little stockpile of toiletries and necessities from CVS and Walgreens when I was really couponing a few years back. But when we had our first little one (and then another one quickly thereafter) I got out of my couponing groove and before I knew it, our stash was running low.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money out of pocket to start playing the drugstore game again… and that’s when I remembered I had a bunch of Swagbucks I had not redeemed — enough for a $25 CVS gift card!

I redeemed my Swagbucks and had my CVS gift card ready for the right deal to jump on. Then I got a hot tip from MoneySavingMom.com that Luvs diapers would be very on sale at CVS… but I knew I could get them even cheaper if I played my coupons and ECBs just right.

The day finally came and here’s what we did:

Purchased 1 Colgate Total mouthwash, 1 Colgate Total toothpaste and 1 stress relieving gum.
Used $2 coupon on mouthwash and $1 coupon on toothpaste
Spent $9.25 of my giftcard (balance $15.75)
Got back $3 ECB and $5.79 ECB

Then on a separate transaction we purchased 5 packs of Luvs diapers
Used 4/$1 coupons (we couldn’t get another computer and printer to print the 5th)
Used the ECBs from the first transaction.
Spent the remaining $15.75 on the gift card and $9.21 out of pocket
Got back $10 ECB

So after both transactions, I only ended up spending $9.21 out of pocket and got $10 ECB back!

I’m so excited to have lots of diapers for our little ladies, a couple things we needed for us, AND a “starter” ECB fund again!

Thanks Swagbucks and MoneySavingMom.com!

Leah writes about all things related to homemaking over at Simple.Home.Blessings. She is currently working through a series called Hope for Homemakers designed to provide encouragement to women struggling to do it all in their homes. She just celebrated her 9th anniversary with her husband, who doesn’t mind calling a trip to CVS a date. 

Swagbucks Pays For “Me Time”

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Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Victoria who blogs at Snail Pace Transformations:

Being a lover of both MoneySavingMom® and Swagbucks, I am committed follower of the Swagbucks Success Series. I have been amazed by people buying large items like pressure cookers, carpet cleaners, and even their babies’ cloth diapers. These huge items make me feel like my own Swagbucks story is tiny in comparison; yet tiny things can have significance to0… and our Swagbucks earnings make a huge difference in our family.

Most years I earn right around $100 with Swagbucks doing things I would do online even if I did not get paid, so why not get paid?

  • I clip coupons: So why not clip them and earn 10 Swagbucks for each one I clip?
  • I search the internet: So why not download the Swagbucks toolbar and have a chance of earning points while I search?
  • I buy daily deals: So why not earn points when I purchase them?
  • I shop online: So why not earn points when I shop at qualifying stores like Old Navy?
  • I do just 2 extra added things that take me about 40 seconds a day (yes, I timed it) earning me 2 additional Amazon cards each year. I complete the daily NOSO for 2 points and the daily poll for 1 point.

So what do I buy with my small amount of Swagbucks points that makes me love and recommend Swagbucks? I buy “me time” for myself or my husband.

I use Swagbucks to buy Starbucks gift cards so I can enjoy coffee with a friend or some writing time away from home. Other times I cash them in for Amazon gift cards and let my husband use them to indulge in books for his kindle — one of his favorite ways to unwind.

“Me time” is so valuable for reducing stress levels and helping us perform at our highest capacity. Unfortunately, money for “me time” is often overlooked by tight budgets. Thanks to Swagbucks I am guaranteed a bit of “me time” every month, AND I have the chance to give my husband some, too!

In fact, once for an entire year, I gave up my portion of guaranteed “me time” money to my husband in a simple note I attached to his kindle one Christmas; “I hereby give you this year’s entire Swagbuck earnings to fill this kindle”. He loved it.

If you are not a Swagbucks member simply because you don’t think it is worth the effort, there truly can be no effort involved and yet you will still reap rewards from the program. What you decide to do with those rewards, whether you save up for months for something big, or cash it in immediately to use for some much needed me time it is up to you. Either way, you win with Swagbucks!

Note from Crystal: Be sure to check out Victoria’s related post on how she earned $50 per month in 2012 using Points Programs.

Swagbucks Paid for Major League Baseball Tickets

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Tiara:

My husband and I have been on a pretty tight budget ever since I quit my job to stay at home with our dog when she was diagnosed with diabetes (who sadly passed away recently.) She was like our “child” so it was and still is a pretty rough patch in our lives.

We didn’t have enough money saved up to take a nice vacation this summer, but with Swagbucks, I was able to get us tickets to see our favorite Major League Baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, for a night of getting away and having some fun. Baseball, hotdogs, fireworks… and it was all “free” thanks to Swagbucks!

I had never heard of Swagbucks until following MoneySavingMom.com. One day I was reading a Swagbucks Success Story and thought, if they can get free stuff, then why can’t I?

I signed up immediately and started doing surveys, getting search wins, and doing anything extra on the site that I could to reach the daily goal each day. The Encrave and Jun videos on there are a really fast way to earn extra points on the side.

Even if you only get one single point for doing something, I tell myself every point counts! I also read through their Facebook page to watch for codes and special offers. Before I knew it, I had enough points for my first Paypal reward of $25 cash!

I’m so thankful that through MoneySavingMom.com I found a way to help us still enjoy the “extras” in life.

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Tiara: Could you email me so I can send you your $50 Amazon gift card for submitting your story? Thanks so much!

Swagbucks Paid for My Groceries

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Danielle

What if I told you that you could walk into Walmart, put $50 worth of groceries in your cart, go through the checkout and not part with one single penny? Would you believe me?

You should, because on June 24 that’s exactly what I did!

A major part of our income comes from my husband’s monthly commissions and the last few months have been lean. After an anemic commission check in May, I was feeling very discouraged. How were we going to have groceries for June?

I logged onto my computer that morning and for the first time I noticed a Walmart gift card option on the side bar of the Swagbucks homepage. I have always cashed in my Swagbucks for Amazon gift cards, but now I had an idea. What if I could earn enough Swagbucks to help supplement our grocery budget using Walmart gift cards?

Here’s what I did every day to earn 5000 Swagbucks in 45 days:

1. Complete Toolbar, Daily Poll, and NOSO first.

2. Do a search.

3. Answer surveys. There were good and bad survey days. Sometimes I could qualify for two or three surveys in one day. Some days I couldn’t qualify for one. After I received my five Swagbucks for failing to qualify for five different surveys, I moved on.

4. Do a search.

5. Complete Special Offers. Just like with surveys, there were good and bad days. I did my very best for that day and then moved on.

6. Do a search.

7. Start SBTV on the computer. While SBTV on my computer played, I would pull up SBTV on my smartphone and start it. Then I would put my phone on the kitchen counter and check in periodically to make sure it was still going.

8. Do a search.

9. Pull up another window on my browser and complete tasks (under the Answer tab on Swagbucks main page.)

10. Do a search… for anything

I had a daily goal of 50 Swagbucks, knowing that the Daily Bonuses would help push me over the goal line. The day we paid for $50 of groceries with free gift cards was wonderful.

It wasn’t easy, but I was able to help supplement our grocery budget, all while keeping up with my homemaking and homeschooling responsibilities.

Danielle is married to her best friend, blessed with three fantastic children, and fulfilling her dream of living in Big Sky Country.

Swagbucks Helped Pay for My Daughter’s Pricey Formula

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Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Brandi:

I first heard about Swagbucks here on MSM about a year and a half ago — right after my first daughter was born. At first, I used Swagbucks to pay for a new ebook for my husband or I, but in May of this year, we welcomed our second daughter, and I was unable to nurse her.

Like her sister, she has a formula allergy, which meant her formula was pretty expensive (over $30 for one small can at my local grocery store). With all the medical bills coming in during June and July, those months were pretty tight for us financially and the formula was another added expense.

One evening in July, I was scouring the web looking for coupons for Samantha’s formula when I ran across an excellent deal on a case of formula on Amazon. After shipping and tax, each can was going to cost me a little over $21 and the case would last a month. That’s a saving of over $10 a can for me so, of course, I jumped at the chance to buy it.

Then I got another surprise! I had just over $30 in Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks sitting in my account — which dropped the price per can to about $17! Woohoo!

As a stay-at-home mom of two under 2, I do not have a lot of computer time, but I’ve spent the rest of July and August racking up Swagbucks by doing the daily poll (1 Swagbuck), NOSO (2 Swagbucks), watching Swagbuck TV (3 Swagbucks for every 10 videos), and searching the web (anywhere from 6-15 Swagbucks). I also do all internet searching on my phone through Swagbucks which scores me an additional 6-15 Swagbucks randomly. By doing these things I reach (and often exceed) my daily goal of 25 Swagbucks.

Now that it is getting time to reorder her formula, I’m hoping to get a better deal because of all the Swagbucks I’ve racked up! Swagbucks hasn’t made me rich but it has allowed me to treat ourselves to a new ebook every month or so and allowed us to buy more formula for less money! -Brandi

Swagbucks Paid for My Camera

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Melissa:

One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures and scrapbooking. I have always wanted a nice digital camera that was a step up from a point and shoot, but I couldn’t afford a new one right away. I decided I would save up my Swagbucks to buy a camera on Amazon.

After a lot of research (I knew I wanted one that was less than $200, had a good zoom, and used a lithium battery), I found the camera I wanted to buy, took note of the price, and set my goal!

I do not spend hours upon hours on my computer a day, but I try to always earn some Swagbucks by doing the daily poll (1 swagbuck), NOSO (2 swagbucks) and through the toolbar (1 swagbuck). I do this daily right before I do anything else on the computer and it takes less than 3 minutes! Because of that, I earn a minimum of 4 Swagbucks a day.

I have also found if I search 4 or 5 times within 20 minutes that I’ll often get awarded anywhere from 6-15 Swagbucks (once I earned 25 with one search!) In addition, sometimes when I am just browsing the web, I will pull up SBTV and watch something in the background. This earns me 3 Swagbucks for every 10 videos I watch.

I didn’t get my camera as soon as I wanted one, but I think that patience is one of the many traits of being frugal! If you earn just 15 Swagbucks a day, you can get a $5 Amazon gift card every month! Swagbucks hasn’t made me rich, but it has let me spoil myself every once in a while. 🙂

Now I get to enjoy taking pictures on my nice NEW camera that Swagbucks paid for!

Melissa: Could you email me? We don’t have your email address on file and want to make sure we send you your $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you for submitting your story!