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This Week’s Grocery Order from Amazon: Cheerios, Fruit Snacks, and Toilet Paper

This Week's Amazon Purchases

I mentioned in the comments on my Aldi & Kroger shopping trip earlier this week that I order some items in bulk from Amazon each week using my Swagbucks credit. I thought some of you might enjoy seeing these purchases so you get a better idea of all the groceries we buy each week.

This Week's Amazon Grocery Purchases

I signed up with Swagbucks years ago and have since earned many, many gift cards from them. While much of my Swagbucks credit now is earned from referring readers here (thank you, all!), as I’ve written about, you don’t need to refer others to still earn at least $25 to $40 in Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks — which can be a huge help to your grocery budget!

This week’s Amazon order was to re-stock on cereal and toilet paper. Plus, I got some fruit snacks for a fun summer snack option!

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  • Monica says:

    Good for you! I only purchase itunes cards with points earned from surveys. I got two boxes of waffles today with my Kellogg’s reward point credit. =)

  • Tammy L says:

    Crystal, do you not count the money you earn (in the form of Amazon gift cards) as personal or business income? I’ve always claimed any “winnings” through Swagbucks as income and budgeted it like I would any other income. 🙂 I guess what confuses me is that you would have a budget of $50/week for food and household items, but then use miscellaneous income to supplement that and consider it $0 spent. When teaching piano lessons covered my weekly food budget, I didn’t consider it $0 spent on food each week… it was money I earned (and paid taxes on). 🙂

    • I realized that I shouldn’t say “$0 spent” as that could definitely be confusing to people, depending upon how you do your budgeting. I’ve changed that in the post so it doesn’t confuse people who do their budget differently than we do (we don’t count Swagbucks $$ as actual income in our line item, zero-based budget — we only count physical money that comes in since we can’t pay our light bill with Swagbucks, if that makes sense.)

      Just to clarify: Back in the early days, when we were on a really tight budget and only spent $20-$40/week on groceries, that was the literal amount spent. But now I no longer say “we only spend XX amount” as our grocery budget is a lot more ambiguous as we sometimes get free products for review from companies (we’re currently eating some yummy granola that I recently did a giveaway/review on!), we have a separate budget for eating out, and we buy some groceries from Amazon with Swagbucks. So while I do just use $50 cash (or less) every week at the store, the other variables just mentioned make it so that I can’t say “this is exactly how much we spend on groceries”, if that makes sense.

      • Tammy L says:

        Thanks for clarifying! 🙂 That makes sense that you were saying “$0 spent [from the budget]” since you don’t include SwagBucks in your budget. 🙂

      • Brandi says:

        But, are you not supposed to include the cash/ gift cards you earn from Swagbucks & other sites like it in your income when you file your taxes each year? I thought you were.

        Now confused.

        • Sorry for the confusion! To clarify: we just don’t include the money earned from Swagbucks as part of our personal line-item, zero-based budget since you can’t pay your bills with Swagbucks. We only include actual, physical money earned on that spreadsheet. I know different people do it different ways, but this is what we’ve found to be the simplest way for our budgeting system.

          But yes, money earned from online survey sites, etc. counts as earned income on your taxes just as a side job or full-time position would. Swagbucks also should send a 1099 if you earn over a certain amount.

  • Mariah King says:

    Have you ever used the “Prime Pantry” when ordering through Amazon?

  • Sandra says:

    I am new to swag bucks not sure how it works, do you have to order something to get the swag bucks? Or can you get them when you search and not purchase? I’m not understanding how it works, thanks in advance

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