How to make the most out of Swagbucks

By Lauren
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    It is OFFICIAL – Swagbucks has officially paid out $100 Million in rewards!  That is HUGE news – so make sure that you have signed up for Swagbucks!

    Many of you have asked me questions on how to make money from home to help cover expenses.  There are so many ways to do this, none of them will get you rich, but I think that you can make the most money out of using Swagbucks.  I’ve been using Swagbucks as my search engine for about four years; at first I was confused about how to make it work for me.  I wasn’t earning Swagbucks for my searches, and it seems to run so slow when I did search. I did some testing and found out how to get the most amount of points from Swagbucks and how to get started using it.

    If you want to sign up for Swagbucks here.

    When you sign up click on ‘I have a sign up code’ and then a field will show up for you to enter the code. This must be done before your sign up!

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    In this article I am going to take you through the top ways to earn Swagbucks, and turn those points into gift cards for FREE!  I will walk you through exactly how to earn over $600 per year in gift cards using Swagbucks.

    Here are my top 11 ways to use Swagbucks:


    1.) As a search engine:


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    The easiest way to use Swagbucks is as your search engine.  Simply type in your search into the search bar, just like you would in Google, and earn surprise SB. These SB don’t pop up every time, but it’s fun when they do!

    When you hit ‘Search the Web’ this is what you will see when you earn SB (below picture).

    This time I was really lucky and earned my SB the first time I hit search.  I usually have to search from the main search page (top picture), and then when I get to the next page have to hit the search button again (you can see this button right above the announcement that I have won the 10 SB).  I usually only earn Swagbucks once a day.

    These 10 to 20 points will add up over days, and in a month you can earn a $5 gift card!  A month of searching for only a $5 gift card may seem like a lot, but if you are already searching for things you may as well get paid for it!

    2.) Earn Swag Codes:

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    Clicking on the Swagbucks logo all the way at the top right, will allow you to enter in Swag Codes. Swag codes are codes that give you bonus swag bucks.  The best way to find out about these Swag Codes is from Swagbucks on Facebook and Twitter.

    3.) Watch Swagbucks TV

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    While your on your laptop taking care of simple tasks, why not open up a window and run Swagbucks TV in the background? For every 10 videos you watch you get 3 SB for maximum of 15o SB daily.

    You can also watch their Encrave channel. Found at the top under ‘Discover’. Watch 8 of their sponsored videos and earn 4 SB. Please note, you must watch the video in its entirety before selecting the next one in the list to earn your bucks.

    4.) Print Coupons:

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    You can also print your coupons off from Swagbucks to earn extra points.

    If you print and use 45 coupons per month from Swagbucks, you will have enough to earn a $5.00 gift card! That is pretty awesome!


    5.) Polls:

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    You can earn SB by taking their simple polls. They don’t pay you much, but by taking 2 seconds of your day, you will earn 1 SB.  You can find the daily polls under ‘Answer’ on the top menu bar. Then click on Daily Polls.

    6.) Surveys:


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    You can also earn SB by taking their surveys. The earnings vary per survey, but you can take at least the daily survey for 60 SB.

    7.) Shop their Special Offers:

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    You can earn SB by shopping there special offers too!

    If you are planning on getting flowers delivered to someone on Valentine’s Day – shop through SB and earn bucks!  Use these points to turn in for gift cards!

    To find their special offers, click on ‘Discover’ and then ‘Special Offers’

    8.) Refer friends:

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    When you share your sign up link (this is mine), you earn referral points.

    You earn 10% of their points as a referral bonus. You will continue to earn 10% for as long as your referral is active on SB, with no maximum limit.

    9.) Play games:

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    Play Games – Earn 2 SB per 2 games, up to 10 per day (Tip: you don’t have to finish each game; just get a feel for how long you have to play before you can click “Back to Games” to get credit)

    10.) Watch Swagbucks on Mobile device:

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    You can download the Swagbucks app for FREE on both Android and iOS devices.  You can then watch videos in the background throughout your day!

    You can earn an additional 50 SB per day through watching videos through the app.

    In fact – as I was typing up this post, I earned 10 SB just for having them play next to me.


    11.) Use their Credit Card:

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    You know I’m not a HUGE advocate of credit cards, but if you really like Swagbucks you can earn extra bucks for using their credit card.
    There is a first usage bonus: Get 1,000 SB points after using your card or transferring a balance within the first 3 billing cycles after your account is opened!

    Extra Bonus Reward: Earn an additional 2,500 SB points when you spend $1000 within the first 6 billing cycles after your account is opened.

    There is a 0% introductory APR for the first six billing cycles on purchases and balance transfers: After that, a variable 11.99 to 18.99%, depending on the Prime Rate.


    How to Turn Swagbucks into Gift Cards:

    You can either shop on their online store using your Swagbucks as cash or redeem your Swagbucks for gift cards.

    The best deal for your Swagbucks is the $5 gift card. It only takes 450 SB to earn it, and it really easy to redeem.


    Here are some instructions on how to order use your Swagbucks to order gift cards:

    First you need to click on ‘Rewards’ which you can see on the top menu. Then click on ‘Rewards Store’.

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    Then you will want to choose to purchase gift cards the $5 gift card, which looks like this:

    Then click on ‘Snag This’:

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    You will then need to go to your email and verify that you actually purchase it.  Then it takes 10-14 business days to be added into your account.  They come as a code that you can enter directly into your account.

    To pick up your gift card and receive your codes, click the the dropdown under your name.  Then choose ‘My Gift Cards’, and you will be able to see all of your gift cards.  Swagbucks sends you an email you when your gift card has been deposited into your account, and you have to log into your account to get the code.

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    If you have never joined Swagbucks before, you can sign up and earn 30 SB immediately!

    Here is a list of how you can easily earn over 60,000 SB per year which equals around $600.00 in gift cards per year!

    These tasks are all tasks that can easily be done while multi-tasking or sitting at your computer for work.  Once you do it, it gets easier and easier.

    1. 50 SB per week from using it as a search tool x 52 weeks = 2,600 SB per year
    2. 100 BONUS Swagcodes  per month x 12 months = 1,200 SB per year
    3. Redeem 10 coupons per week (1o0 SB per week) x 52 weeks = 5,200 SB per year
    4. Take the daily poll per day at 1 SB x 365 days = 365 SB per year
    5. Take at least one survey per day at 60 SB x 365 = 21,900 SB per year
    6. Refer 10 friends and they each earn 1,000 SB = 1,000 SB per year
    7. Play videos on the Mobile App for 50 SB per day x 365 days = 18,250 SB per year
    8. Watch videos on your desktop or laptop 10 SB per day x 365 = 3,650 SB per year
    9. Play 2 games for 2 SB per day x 365 days = 730 SB per year
    10. Sign up for their credit card and earn 1,000 SB + 2,500 SB for using it for 6 months + 1.5 SB per dollar spent = 5,250 SB

    That equals just over 60,000 SB which is equal to $600.00 in gift cards!  That could pay for Christmas for a family!

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