Have you used Swagbucks? I was introduced to their site several months ago when I started blogging and saw other bloggers mentioning the site in passing. As a newbie blogger (with zero formal training in website design) I found myself CONSTANTLY Googling “how to” do various website-related things.
But when I heard about Swagbucks I decided that I’m not that loyal to Google anyway (especially now that Google thinks I live in Germany and has decided that Google Deutschland will be my default Google page- and I have changed every setting I can think of and CANNOT figure out how to fix it). So I decided to make the switch to Swagbucks as my default search engine.
What Is Swagbucks?
For those of you who may not be familiar, Swagbucks is a search engine, but with a twist. What differentiates them from Big G and the like is that you can earn rewards while using their site for your routine searches. Not with every single search you do, but usually at least once a day I pick up rewards while searching on Swagbucks. They are not always huge (I think the last couple rewards I’ve earned while searching have been 7 and 9 Swagbucks, respectively), but when you consider that all you have to do to earn them is internet searches that you would be doing anyway, it’s pretty sweet.
But Wait There’s More
Doing internet searches is not the only way to earn rewards. There is also a shopping portal on the website where you can access the websites of hundreds of major retailers- and if you shop using the links provided on the Swagbucks website you can earn EVEN MORE rewards. For example, currently if you shop on Amazon through the link provided on the site, you earn 3 Swagbucks per dollar spent. If you shop at the Staples website through the portal, you can earn a whopping 6 Swagbucks per dollar spent! Some other popular retailers whose sites you can access and earn rewards for shopping are Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Petco, to name a few.
And Even More
You can also earn Swagbucks by completing surveys and completing your profile. They even have coupons for hundreds of every day grocery items! And if you redeem those coupons at the grocery store… you guessed it… you earn more rewards.
So what can you do with earned rewards? Well, you can trade them in for gift cards for retailers. And not just any retailers, but big ones like Amazon, Target, Starbucks, iTunes, Home Depot, CVS, and Wal-Mart. There are dozens if not hundreds of retailers to choose from. And if gift cards don’t exactly float your boat you can even redeem your rewards for PayPal cash. Win-win, right?
My favorite way to redeem Swagbucks is to use them to get Amazon gift cards, which is part of my strategy for saving money shopping on Amazon. Currently you can redeem 450 Swagbucks for a $5 Amazon gift card, 1000 for a $10 Amazon gift card, 2500 for a $25 Amazon gift card… you get the picture. The Swagbucks to gift card conversion rate is similar for many of the other large retailers. I should also mention that you don’t actually receive physical gift cards- you receive gift codes to put in at checkout to receive your reward.
Are you intrigued yet? If you want to sign up for Swagbucks, you can use this link.
Have you used Swagbucks? If so, what’s your favorite way to redeem your rewards there?
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