I Got Swag

Winning Swagbucks

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Let’s face it. I could not say the title of this post out loud and maintain a straight face. That doesn’t make it any less true.

My swag comes from Swagbucks.com. As Swagbucks’ seventh anniversary is coming up next month, I thought I’d let my readers in on its awesome-ness.

According to its website, Swagbucks is described as the:

“Web’s premier rewards and loyalty destination. Swagbucks.com allows web and mobile members to earn virtual currency (called Swagbucks) for doing what they already do online every day- watching videos, searching the web, playing games, participating in market research and shopping online.”

There are lots of shop-to-earn websites, but Swagbucks is better, because you don’t have to spend a dime. (I emphasize “have” because you can choose to spend money through the site, but it is not required to earn SBs.) You can then trade in your SBs for e-gift cards to popular stores such as Amazon.com, Sephora, and more. There is even an option to trade in for PayPal credit if you like getting paid in the cold, hard cash variety.

You get out of Swagbucks what you put in. There are some people who make Swagbuck-ing a full time job, and their results prove it. There are others for whom Swagbucks doesn’t even qualify as a hobby, and they make far less each month. I fall somewhere in the middle.

Usually, I earn enough SBs to trade in for $50 on Amazon.com each month, but my minimum is $25 a month. Every month. With my least amount of effort, I make an additional $300 per year. With a little more effort, that jumps to $600. I’m sure it could climb to well over $1,000, if I was inclined to avoid all my other interests and solely focus on Swagbucks. I occasionally shop through Swagbucks’ Shop & Earn feature, but 90 percent of my SBs come from free activities.

Almost everyone can use a little extra money now and then, especially around holidays, or between jobs. For many people with disabilities, their sole income is Social Security, which is unlikely to cover anything but the bare minimum of living expenses. If a person requires medications or the like, their SSI is spread even more thinly.

Swagbucks won’t make you rich. However, it can pad your pockets a little. Maybe you have a “want” that you can’t quite justify as a “need.” For me, that item is a tablet. Saving Amazon gift cards earned almost exclusively through Swagbucks, I am only a little bit away from cashing in on that “want”. I would never have been able to justify to myself shelling out the cash to pay for such an item, even though, as a digital artist and designer, it could definitely count as a business expense. This way, I get the tablet I want without squeezing my bank account dry.

If you’re interested in signing up for Swagbucks.com, do so through one of the links in this post. They are referral links, and I earn a little every time you earn. Once you’ve signed up, send your personal referral link out to your friends, and you can do the same.

Come back for my next post, in which I’ll provide some of my own tips and tricks for making the most Swagbucks without investing your entire day in it.


About Laura

Artist, writer, designer and nerdy creative based in Charlotte, NC. Loves Harry Potter, Firefly, Doctor Who, country music, and Nathan Fillion. Wheelchair-user, due to osteogenesis imperfecta aka brittle bone disease.