Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Simon
My wife had tried for years before we were married (and even before we were dating) to get me to use Swagbucks. However, I didn’t start using this fabulous rewards program until we were already engaged this past October — and the realization of paying for a wedding began to sink in!
I began using Swagbucks in earnest: surveys, videos, games, Internet searches, referrals, and by the time our reception rolled around in July, I had amassed nearly $250 in Walmart gift cards! The key to maximizing my earnings was to reach the My Daily Goal meter everyday and collect the monthly bonuses.
We decided to have an outdoor picnic for our reception to further cut down on the cost; and with our gift cards, we were able to purchase the hamburgers, hot dogs, cake, drinks, plates, cups, and cutlery to accommodate 120 guests.
We had so much left over that we were able to give the remaining food and accessories to our friends whose similar picnic-style reception was the following weekend. Thank you Swagbucks for helping pay for two receptions!
We’ve been so impressed with the buying power of Swagbucks that we’ve set our sights on a new goal — an anniversary cruise!
Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Mindy:
I have been an avid Swagbucks user for years now, and have always cashed my Swagbucks in for Amazon gift cards. I usually bought textbooks for college, or treated myself to clothes or phone accessories. All that changed when I found out that I was expecting a baby last fall.
I used the next nine months to score all the Swagbucks I could.
Since I was not going out as much and was on bed rest by the end of my pregnancy, I was easily racking up Swagbucks. I would simply use Swagbucks search, Swagbucks TV, and watch & earn offers to redeem one or two $5 Amazon gift cards a week.
Along with signing up for Amazon Mom to save 20% on baby gear and get free 2-day shipping, I started my newborn shopping.
I used Swagbucks to purchase a fetal heart rate monitor at the beginning of pregnancy. I bought everything from my boppy pillow to diapers and wipes to my bottle brush. I started my cloth diaper stock pile using my Swagbucks as well… and I even had enough Amazon gift card credit left over to purchase a book that I gave to my significant other from the baby.
I love Swagbucks, and continue to buy my diapers and wipes for free with my Amazon gift cards!
Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Erica:
My husband was accepted to the Graduate Program of his dreams on March 2, 2013. This is incredibly exciting, but also incredibly daunting as it will mean we have to move to a new town and quit both our jobs. I hope to freelance and eventually find a new job in our new town, but for at least a short time this Fall we will be living entirely on savings and student loans.
So we have been saving every penny we can this Spring and Summer, which is quite difficult because my husband and I need to purchase textbooks, clothing for a drastically different climate, and pay for assorted moving expenses.
We have long gone without a printer since we both graduated from college, but my husband felt (and I agreed) that a printer will be a true necessity for us in this new adventure. We will be living in a very cold climate and foregoing the use of a car in favor of public transit and walking. It’s just not realistic for us to expect to make use of the school’s library printers all the time. I knew we needed a printer. However, I just couldn’t stomach paying for it out of pocket.
I new exactly what printer I wanted and how much it would cost on Amazon.com. So for roughly three months, I have been plugging away on Swagbucks trying to save up the Amazon gift cards to purchase our printer. Recently, I have been hitting the Daily Goal on Swagbucks every day, which really ramped up the pace at which I was able to earn Amazon gift cards.
A couple weeks ago, we hit our goal! $85 in gift cards and the printer was priced slightly lower than normal at $84.99.
The delayed gratification of saving and working a little bit each day for something that we need makes the feeling of success even sweeter!
I love to bake, so when I found out I was allergic to wheat and gluten about two years ago, it was a rough transition. I eventually found some good recipes and resources — the next challenge was finding the right ingredients.
It’s difficult to find gluten free flours for a good price in our small town, but after doing some research, I found a good deal on Bob’s Red Mill brand cases of gluten free flour on Amazon.com and starting ordering from there.
Then, a little over a year ago, I learned about Swagbucks and how it worked here on Money Saving Mom!
When I first started out, I didn’t really know what I was doing and was lucky if I got enough for a $5 gift card every month. Now, I am able to get $15-$20 per month by doing the following:
1. Doing the NOSO every day
2. Answering the poll and doing to corresponding activity
3. Using the toolbar
4. Running videos for a large chunk of the day
5. Using the search bar
This has been a great help and has paid for many cases of gluten free flours.
Now I can continue to bake and feed good food to the people I love!
Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Liz:
I was very wary of Swagbucks at the beginning and thought it involved downloading a toolbar that could mess up my computer. After seeing so many people post about how they were able to pay for Christmas using only Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks, I decided to research it and finally took the plunge to sign up.
I am happy to say that I was able to pay for my three children’s birthday presents this year, and am now saving for Christmas!
At first, I earned about 25 points per day doing a search, NOSO, daily poll, and any random video that might be on the homepage. Then, after reading on Money Saving Mom that some people were earning lots of points even without having any referrals, I decided to up my game.
I usually spend about an hour each morning while I eat my breakfast and drink coffee to work on Swagbucks and I now earn about $50 in Amazon giftcards per month. Here’s how:
1. Using the Facebook page: People post whether they are on “dubs” or “trips”, which means that they have gotten 2 or 3 search wins. If I know that other people have gotten 2 wins, then I continue to search after my first win until I do, too. (If everyone is only on singles, then I don’t waste my time searching more.) 15-30 points per day
2. Swagbucks TV mobile: I don’t have a smartphone, but I do have an iPod touch. I start SBTV mobile every morning on my iPod and only have to monitor it to make sure it hasn’t frozen on any commercial. 50 points per day
3. Radium One Offers: Swagbucks Facebook page usually has people that comment about which offers are crediting and don’t require spending any money. I use this info to quickly find the offers, sign up, and get points. They also usually have offers for printing coupons or watching videos. 10-20 points per day
4. Encrave: Right now, after getting a search win or doing the NOSO, you can click on a page with lots and lots of offers that simply require you to click on links to get points. 30-50 points per day
5. Jun videos: These all earn 2 points and can usually be found on the homepage or ledger. They are not always there, but when they are, can net between 10-50 points
6. Surveys: I don’t spend much time on these, but if I see a survey that takes less than 10 minutes, I do it. I usually get about one per week. 50 points per week
7. Making my goal: By doing all the above steps, I make my points goal every day. This gives me a bonus of about 500 points every month!
I am a stay-at-home mom and my husband is a teacher, so our budget is tight. I love that I have been able to get my three kids something special for each of their birthdays without having to eat into our savings. I am now saving up to surprise my husband with a PlayStation 4 for Christmas, using Swagbucks to pay for over half of it!
I’ve been using Swagbucks for almost 5 years now. I started after my first child was born when a frugal friend referred me.
Early on, I used Swagbucks to help pay for diapers and wipes on Amazon.com. Now I use them for almost anything from Starbucks gift cards or to help pay for birthday and Christmas gifts on Amazon.
My husband works a demanding job and I stay home with our 2 kids. His work recently rewarded him by sending him to a conference in Hawaii, and I got to go too! We were very excited, but we also knew that in general, Hawaii is a rather expensive place to visit.
I started researching frugal things to do in Hawaii, but my husband had the best idea — he loves snorkeling and said we should take our own gear. All the beaches in Hawaii are public, so we could snorkel almost anywhere.
I didn’t have gear, so my husband turned to Amazon to find something for me. He found a good set for around $40, and since I had been saving my Swagbucks for a while, I had more than enough saved to cover the cost of the snorkel set. I was so excited to show my husband that I got them for free as he sometimes makes fun of my Swagbuck addiction 🙂
As far as earning Swagbucks, I devote a few minutes everyday to it — sometimes I spend a little more time depending on what’s going on at home and if there are any promotions. I only get on a computer once a week, so I do most of my earning on a smartphone.
- I always do the Daily Poll and the NOSO (No Obligation Special Offers). These are good for 3 easy Swagbucks.
- I search throughout the day as I need information. I also use the search feature to connect to sites like Money Saving Mom. I’m going there anyway, so I take the second to type it into the search field at Swagbucks.
- I use the Swagbucks TV App on my phone which gives me 2 bucks for every 5 videos — a little better than doing it via the computer.
- I also check the Swagbucks Blog and Facebook pages every so often. There are often Swag Codes for 2-6 bucks. These sites keep me informed of promotions — for instance, every year on their birthday Swagbucks gives away tons of Swagbucks via Swag Codes.
- When I can get on a computer, I check the special offers on the homepage. I do occasionally find something that interests me.
I love Swagbucks. It has been a great way for us to fill in some of the holes in our budget over the years. It won’t make you rich, but it can give you that little something extra when you need it.
Guest post from Brigette Shevy
This twist-on-a-taco recipe has always been a hit at our house! The original recipe came from the Once-A-Month Cooking cook book – a resource my Mom and sisters and I often relied on during one of our marathon freezer cooking days. If you like making up meals ahead of time, this is a great one to have in your collection since it requires only minimal last minute preparations! Of course, you can also just make it and bake it immediately, which is what I normally do these days.
Feel free to experiment by adding other taco toppings such as salsa, onions, or black olives. If you like your Mexican food spicy, sprinkle in some cayenne pepper, or add some jalapenos on top! Yum!
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 package taco seasoning mix
- 1 4-ounce can diced mild green chilies, drained
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup Bisquick (I use 1 cup flour, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt and 1 Tablespoon oil in place of the Bisquick)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tomatoes, sliced (I only use 1 and slice it thin)
- 8 ounces sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
- 1 chopped tomato
- Shredded lettuce
In a large skillet, cook and stir the ground beef and onion until beef is brown. Drain.
Combine beef with taco seasoning mix and spread in a 9-inch pie plate. Sprinkle with chilies.
Beat milk, baking mix and eggs until smooth (15 seconds on high in a blender or 1 minute with hand beater).
Pour milk mixture over beef.
(To freeze, cover plate with foil and freeze. To prepare for serving, thaw pie.)
Bake uncovered in a preheated 400 oven for 30-35 minutes.
Top with sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.
Top with sour cream, chopped tomato, and shredded lettuce. Serve immediately.
Makes one 9-inch pie
Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 6, 4, and 2). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.
Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Sri:
Swagbucks is one of the best things I have come across on internet. In the last three years, I’ve earned more than $600 in Amazon, Walmart, and Target gift cards — which helped me purchase so many things that I can now joyously say my home is filled with swagbucks.
Just a few things I purchased using Swagbucks:
- Klean canteen stainless steel water bottle
- Thermos Nissan insulated bottle
- Jeans, Books and lunch bag(for my husband)
- Chicago cutlery knives
- Crayons, coloring books and toys(to make gift boxes for our township kids)
- Loads of Vita coco coconut water
- Cuisinart stick blender
- Oster citrus juicer
- Aroma Stainless steel rice cooker
- Low flow faucet aerators
- Drying rack for clothes
- Brita filters, Cereal boxes, groceries, toiletries
I can go on and on..and I only hope the list continues to be endless in future too.
My favorite ways to earn Swagbucks are:
- Special offers: I get most swagbucks from here. These include signing up for websites, doing surveys, watching short videos, trial offers and many more. I have got some big bucks from trial offers. But we need to make sure to cancel before the trial period ends.
- Inbox offers: Watch out for offers in your swagbucks inbox. I recently had an offer for 2500 swagbucks if I spend at least $25 at 1saleaday.com. I purchased a down alternative comforter for $25 which turned out to be better than free as I used the swagbucks to redeem five $5 Amazon gift cards (and still had Swagbucks left over).
- Trusted surveys: I qualify for very few surveys but for the ones I do I feel that I am rewarded well. As an added bonus I received some products to try out as a follow up of the surveys.
- Searches and swagcodes: They give me at least 15 swagbucks everyday.
Referrals are a definite bonus but I have never had the luck. Even with out referrals it is possible to make $20 – $25 each month. Just explore all the ways of earning and in a few days you will understand which ones work for you.
Thank you Swagbucks!
Guest post from Alisha of The Savvy Bump.
Are you looking for deals on diapers and wipes but don’t want to spend $79 a year on Amazon Mom? A lot of people appreciate their membership and find that it pays for itself, but many others cannot afford or justify the cost.
However, you can still find some fantastic baby deals on Amazon without paying a fee.
Here are 6 tips that will help you save.
1. Take Advantage of the Free 3-month Trial
Amazon will allow you to use Amazon Mom free for 3 months. Make sure and take advantage of this free trial when you can get the most use out of it. Amazon Mom members now get a registry completion coupon for 15% off (rather than 10%) about 30 days before their due date, so time your free trial at the end of your pregnancy if possible. You can also stock up on diapers and wipes during your free trial because you’ll save 20% on those baby necessities.
Note: Grandparents, dads, and caretakers are also eligible for the free trial.
2. Check for Baby Coupons Frequently
Whether you’re enjoying your free trial or simply buying diapers and wipes without Amazon Mom, make sure you always check for coupons. You can find the diaper and wipes coupons on this page and general baby coupons on this page. Check frequently because some coupons only last for a few days which means you could miss out!
Note: The coupon only applies to the first order when you use Subscribe & Save. It is completely fine to cancel your subscription after your order ships. Then you can take advantage of a coupon every time you order as long as there is one available.
3. Always Choose Subscribe & Save
Even if you don’t have Amazon Mom, you can still get a good deal by using Subscribe & Save. If you choose “Subscribe” when you place your order, you’ll save 5% plus any coupon discounts and get free shipping as well! While the discount isn’t quite as good as the 20% that Amazon Mom members save, you have to take into account that $79 fee. Depending on your needs, you might save more by not being a member!
Plus, if you decide to take advantage of the free trial you will get 30% off your first subscription. Diapers and wipes are not eligible, but you could order baby shampoo, diaper ointment or a number of other baby items to get the extra discount.
You can also get 15% off a variety of household items if you subscribe to 5 or more items per month. There is no minimum requirement for free shipping when you choose Subscribe & Save.
4. Use Swagbucks to Save
If you don’t want to pay for Amazon Mom but you still want to get diapers and wipes at a discounted price – use Swagbucks!
Earn 450 swagbucks by taking surveys, using their search engine, finding swag codes and more to earn a free $5 Amazon gift card. That will make a box of baby wipes about $5 – $6! Just add your gift card code when you’re reviewing your subscription.
5. Check the Amazon Warehouse for Hot Deals
You should also check the Amazon Warehouse periodically for hot deals on diapers, wipes and all kinds of items. You will sometimes be able to score amazing deals on boxes that have been opened or returned and can no longer be sold as a new.
Not all the deals are great, especially when they’re from a 3rd party seller, so make sure and compare prices with new boxes. However, if you do see a hot deal, act fast because they’ll be sold out before you know it.
Best Deals Without Amazon Mom
Here are some of the best deals you can get on diapers and wipes without being a member of Amazon Mom.
- Huggies Simply Clean Wipes (Less than 2 cents per wipe)
- Pampers Sensitive Wipes (2 cents per wipe)
- Pampers Softcare Wipes (2 cents per wipe)
- Pampers Natural Clean Wipes (2 cents per wipe)
- Luvs With Ultra Leakguards Diapers in Size 1 (12 cents each)
- Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers in Size 1 (15 cents each with coupon)
- Baby Dry Diapers are the most affordable diaper from Pampers
- Snug & Dry Diapers are the most affordable diaper from Huggies
Even if you don’t have an Amazon Mom account you can still get some great deals on diapers, wipes and other baby items with the added bonus that it will be delivered to your door for free.