Updated July 2017.
One year after I first published this post on how do I earn more Swagbucks, this rewards program remains every bit as popular as it was when I first joined. And I have to admit; I’m an even bigger fan today than when I first joined! There are some super easy ways for my retiree friends (or anyone else) to benefit from this program.
Swagbucks is an option for earning limited amounts of supplemental income online. Tens of thousands of individuals search for information on this program in Google every single month. That’s a lot of interest, and that fact alone makes it worthy of discussion.
So, let’s try to answer as many of those questions as we can!
What Is Swagbucks?
Swagbucks is essentially an online rewards program that awards virtual currency called Swag Bucks for engaging in various online activities. As you accumulate Swag Bucks over time, you have the option of redeeming the virtual currency for gift cards to your favorite online retailers or receiving cash payouts through PayPal. Each Swag Buck equals 1 cent.
Is Swagbucks a Scam or a Legitimate Program?
I have been amazed at the phenomenal diversity of opinions on this issue. There is no doubt that the Swagbucks website receives an enormous amount of traffic every day. According to Alexa, this website’s ranking was 195 in the U.S. as of June 22, 2016, when I first published this post.
A quick search on the Web will uncover thousands of customer reviews. You will see everything from 5 Star reviews by participants who love Swagbucks to 1 Star reviews from individuals who claim it is a complete scam.
So What’s the Truth?
In my opinion, based on personal experience, Swagbucks is a perfectly legitimate rewards program. I base that opinion on the following factors:
- Swagbucks is 100% free to join and requires nothing more than an email address. You even receive 30 Swag Bucks just for joining.
- They definitely pay out rewards. In my first 5 days as a member, I earned 531 Swag Bucks with minimal effort (perhaps 60 minutes total per day in short increments at one time). I redeemed 500 Swag Bucks for a $5 Amazon gift card. Now, after being a member for a year, I’ve earned hundreds of dollars with minimal effort.
- The earnings potential is very limited, but Swagbucks does not make any claims that you can get rich quick. Realistically, I don’t think you could earn more than $30 to $40 per month. But if you have the time and interest, even this could be helpful. Over time, it adds up!
9 Ways to Earn With Swagbucks
(1) Shop with Participating Vendors Via the Swagbucks Site
Essentially, you receive a discount on your online purchase in the form of a specified number of Swag Bucks per dollar spent. If it’s for a purchase you were going to make anyway, this can represent a great savings opportunity. Many vendors participate including Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Priceline and others.
In fact, I saved a bundle this past week. I purchased 4 items from Amazon that we needed, and I would have willingly purchased at full price. But I was thrilled that I didn’t have to pay the full shot! Let me explain how I benefitted from my Swagbucks membership.
Amazon was offering some fabulous deals for “prime days.” As I just mentioned, Amazon is one of the online vendors that Swagbucks partners with. So, I got an email from Swagbucks reminding me that I could multiply my savings by accessing Amazon’s site through my Swagbucks account.
Why not, right? I got my Amazon discounts (along with free shipping), and Swagbucks gave me almost enough SBs for my next $10 gift card. That’s just about as close to “free money” as it gets and I’m happy to take it!
(2) Purchase Gift Cards From a Variety of Vendors
Similar to online product purchases but a bit more flexible as cards may be used at local store locations. Savings vary by vendor and are expressed as a percentage of the dollar value of the gift card. Movie theaters and restaurants participate in addition to retailers.
(3) Take Surveys
If you enjoy completing surveys, give this a try. Swagbucks is considered one of the best sites out there to get paid for your opinion. Some surveys are very short and pay only 5 Swag Bucks, but there are some opportunities to earn more. I was able to qualify for surveys that each paid 75 or 80 Swag Bucks.
I’ve seen surveys offered that paid up to 300 Swag Bucks but either I didn’t qualify, or they were filled when I made an attempt. Surveys can be a little annoying; it’s possible to waste 10 or 15 minutes answering questions only to hear they’re sorry, but you don’t qualify. You then receive 1 Swag Buck instead of the 50 you were expecting.
(4) Watch Videos
Yes, you read that right. You can earn from 1 to 3 Swag Bucks for watching videos on varying topics. In my experience, videos are actually a series of 1-minute video clips. So, for example, you might watch 18 clips to earn 3 Swag Bucks. Some are interesting. But remember, this is a promotional site.
There will be an ad at the beginning of each clip, and unlike other Internet video scenarios, you can’t skip the ad :). The screenshot below will give you an idea of the video categories available.
(5) Search the Internet Using Swagbucks’ Search Engine
From what I’ve seen, this is a very random, hit or miss technique. I’ve performed as many as 10 searches in a row with no reward. Then I’ve received 18 Swag Bucks for a search as you can see below. I have not detected any sort of pattern yet. But hey, I search all the time and it’s free so why not take
But hey, I search all the time and it’s free so why not take advantage of this? If you want to maximize the potential from searching, you can set the Swagbucks search engine as your default engine. Yahoo powers their engine.
If you want to maximize the potential from searching, you can set the Swagbucks search engine as your default engine. Yahoo powers the engine.
(6) Play Video Games
You must make an in-game purchase to earn Swag Bucks, so this is not a feature I’ve explored. But if you regularly engage in online gaming, this might be of interest.
(7) Print Store Coupons
If you’re a serious coupon clipper, you will love this feature. You can save on grocery purchases and also earn Swag Bucks for the same item, thereby further increasing your savings.
Let me “fess” up here. I was never very good about the coupon clipping thing. But that was before I began to understand the benefits of double and triple dipping. Oh, yeah! That is definitely possible with all the rebate and shopping apps that you can join for free.
(8) Install Your Swag Button
Swagbucks has an extension you can download for your browser called the Swag Button. This button alerts you when a new swag code is released. You can redeem Swag Codes for free Swag Bucks. Swag codes are released randomly and are only active for a brief period, so it’s best to grab them as soon as you see the alert.
You can click the notification message to go instantly to the Swagbucks Facebook (or another) notification page. Just locate and copy the Swag Code, paste it into the swag code text box and click redeem.
Typically, you earn between 2 and 6 Swag Bucks. Easy peasy!
Some swag code alerts are money-saving coupon offers on promotional items that have an expiration date. Others offer bonus Swag Bucks for purchases made with select vendors. You don’t have to take advantage of the offer to get the Swagbucks available with the alert, but occasionally it might be just what you’re looking for.
(9) Refer a Friend
The best way to earn a larger number of Swag Bucks is through referrals. Anyone can sign up to be an Affiliate and receive an affiliate code. Share this code on your Facebook page, in emails, or on your website. Getting referrals is the only way to earn Swag Bucks fast.
When someone you refer joins the program and earns Swag Bucks, you receive 10% of the Swag Bucks earned by your referral. So, for example, if the friend you refer earns 500 Swag Bucks, you will be credited with 50 Swag Bucks. Sweet deal!
After reading these tips, if you’ve decided “I need Swagbucks,” you can
Swagbucks is a legitimate program that can help to modestly supplement your monthly retirement income and is worth trying. I would love to hear about your experiences with Swagbucks, both positive and negative. Please post your experiences in the comment section below.
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