Some of the presents I’m giving this Christmas won’t cost me a cent: Amazon will deliver them and Swagbucks is buying.
This online rewards program gives users points (“Swag Bucks,” or SBs) for various tasks, from online searches to watching movie trailers. Those points can be traded in for e-gift cards.
Amazon, Target, Starbucks and Walmart are the most popular rewards, but more than 150 popular merchants are available.
Don’t want gift cards? Redeem your points for cold, hard cash via PayPal.
Incidentally, those gift cards aren’t necessarily just for giving. My husband and I cash in for Amazon cards that we use for everyday needs like toiletries, paper products and pet food.
You can win anywhere from six to as many as 59 points at a clip just by using the Swagbucks search engine instead of Google’s. Since joining the program there’s never been a day when I didn’t win at least one search. Even getting the lowest award once a day would earn you 180 SBs in a month, or 2,160 per year. That’s enough for almost $25 worth of Amazon credit.
And that’s just one way to earn. Others include:
- Watching short videos (including movie trailers). I’ve had particularly good luck with the Jun Group videos, earning 300 or more points per month.
Downloading the toolbar. You get one SB per day just for opening a browser window.(no longer active – mh)
- Answering the daily poll. It’s one question, good for one point.
NOSOs, or “no obligation special offers,” which require you to click through a few screens for two SBs. (Hint: The toolbar, daily poll and NOSOs earn me approximately 125 SBs per month.) (no longer active – mh)
- Shopping through the Swagbucks affiliate portal. If you need to buy something anyway, why not be rewarded for it?
- Using the Radio Loyalty feature to listen to a number of types of tunes. A dedicated listener could rack up 1,000 or more SBs per month.
- “Swag Codes,” released periodically each day (keep an eye on the SB Facebook page for these).
- Online surveys (some really short), good for anywhere from 50 to 300 points.
According to spokesman Eron Zehavi, the program pays out more than $2 million worth of awards each month. “A significant number of members” pull in between 1,000 and 3,000 SBs per day, he says.
Survey points make up the bulk of my earnings. They appeal to a broad national audience but Zahavi notes “a strong concentration of female respondents (aged) 25-49, many of whom are trying to stretch the family budget.” (Sound familiar?)
I spend up to an hour a day doing surveys, which sounds like a lot. But usually that’s multitasking: working on a survey while I eat lunch, say, or while watching TV with my husband (who’s also a “Swaggernaut”).
Suppose you take a bus or train to work, or spend a lot of time sitting in the bleachers waiting for your child’s soccer practice to end. Why not use that time to do rewards programs on your smartphone? That is, unless you like leaving gift cards on the table.
(SwagBucks is available in all of the following countries where Swagbucks.com has official presence. US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Ireland – mh)