How Swagbucks Paid for My Kids’ Christmas Gifts

Christmas presents under the tree
Photo By Alan Cleaver

A few months ago in my series on couponing, I touched on Swagbucks and how you can get free gift cards and prizes using Swagbucks as your search engine. Well, let me tell you, when it came time to start Christmas shopping, it was wonderful to cash in my swagbucks for gift cards, shop on-line and pay almost nothing for my kids’ gifts.

I’ve been telling my friends about it, and they want to know….

How is that possible? Can you teach me how to do that?

Sure, it’s easy! First off, you have to sign up and you can do that here. Then start taking advantage of the many earning opportunities available.

Here are a few of my favorites (some of these I mentioned in my earlier post and others were more recently added to the site):

  • Searching the web using the Swagbucks search box. You search the internet anyway, right? So, why not get rewarded for it!
  • Downloading the toolbar. Definitely do this. You earn a swagbuck automatically every day and it makes searching so much easier. Just click on Toolbars and begin your download.
  • Skipping through the NOSO (No Obligation Special Offers). You’ll find this under Earn in the toolbar or on your Swagbucks home page. Simply skip though the offers and you’ll earn a swagbuck at the end.
  • Taking the Daily Polls. Also found under Earn, these are fun to take and you get a daily swagbuck for participating in the poll.
  • Signing up for Trusted Surveys. Even if you don’t take the surveys, you’ll still get a swagbuck for clicking on the Trusted Surveys link each day.
  • Watching Swagbucks TV. You can watch short videos that earn swagbucks. This is kind of like searching though. You never know exactly when you’ll score the swagbucks. I usually score after watching about five or six, and they are really short.
  • Getting Referrals. I really thought this one would be hard, but once your friends and family members see that you are really making money searching the web, they’ll be ready to join. Just make sure they have your referral link, which is found under Earn, then Promote. You can also link your Swagbucks account to your Facebook account to share your referral link with your friends.
  • Printing coupons. Believe it or not, you can print coupons from through Swagbucks and earn after redeeming them. You know I’m excited about this one 🙂
  • Finding codes. The best way to find codes are to Like Swagbucks on Facebook, follow Swagbucks on Twitter, and subscribe to the blog. Once you find a code, you simply copy and paste it into the Enter Your Swagcode box on your Swagbucks home page and click Gimme.

Okay, now that you’ve earned lots of swagbucks, it’s time to start redeeming them for prizes. Simply click on the Swag Store link and start browsing. There are many options, from actual prizes to gift cards.

For me, the gift cards are the best value, for every 450 swagbucks I earn, I get a $5 e-gift card. Since, I like to shop at Amazon, this works perfectly. Here’s what I did. I received my Amazon codes, added them to my account and let them add up until I was ready to shop. You don’t have to use them right away.

(NOTE: You can only redeem swagbucks for two prizes per day and only five of the same prize per month.)

While shopping, I chose items that were a good value and included Super Saver Shipping, so that there were no shipping charges. Then at checkout, I selected to use my gift cards that were sitting in my account. I ended up paying only a few cents. It was great!!

Here are just a few other gift card options if you’re not an Amazon shopper.

  • $10 Starbucks Gift Card -1300 swagbucks
  • $15 iTunes Gift Card -1850 swagbucks
  • $20 Target Gift Card – 2350 swagbucks

Can you tell I’m totally into the gift cards? 😀

Here’s a little calculation I did the other day. If you only did the four things that automatically each earn one swagbuck every day, at the end of the year, you would have 1460 swagbucks (365 x 4). They take about two minutes at most each day. Add searching and a few other earning opportunities, and it will really add up.

Since I began Swagbucks earlier this year, I have earned over $200 in gift cards.

So, I guess the big question is…..are you earning yet?

What can you earn to go toward Christmas next year if you start now?

Oh, and if you sign up by December 31, 2010 and enter JoinIn2010 (case sensitive) into the blue Swagcode box on the registration page, you’ll get 60 free swagbucks added to your account.

Do you use Swagbucks? If so, what is your favorite thing to get with the swagbucks you earn?

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Posted on December 18th, 2010 in Money Matters | 2 Comments


  • Sadie says:

    I am going to try the SwagBucks site and see if I can rack up like you have. I may be messaging you for help, so be ready. Thanks for the info!

  • cScrapbook says:

    I did it too! 2011 Christmas cost me 14 cents!
    I got a Spalding basketball hoop (including the dang bracket to hang it on the garage, which cost 33% again ontop of the hoop itself,) 4 PS2 games, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, other board games, and leg warmers with pom-pons (which are quite hip with 4th grade girls.)

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