Fantabulously Frugal Friday: Swag Bucks

by Lisa on September 4th, 2009

I think this is my first “Fantabulously Frugal Friday” re-do.  But with so many more people reading the site now, I thought that Swagbucks.com was worth another visit.
The concept behind Swag bucks is simple – you earn points for doing things you were already going to do.  Such as searching the internet.  If you search via the swagbucks search engine, you can win points.  (If you have the ability to install things on your work computer, Swagbucks has a toolbar you can install on the top of your browser that makes this much easier.  Then, technically, you can get paid a little extra for browsing the internet while you “work.”)  Additionally, if you shop via stores linked to Swagbucks, you can earn points.  If you refer your friends, you can earn points.  You can also earn points for commenting on the Swagbucks blog, completing a poll, or trading in old phones or video games.

You can, in turn, redeem all of those points you’re accumulating for various prizes.  And here’s the best part – you don’t need a lot of points to get prizes!  A $5 Amazon gift card will run you just 45 points (I received 6 points in the past 20 minutes.  45 points is nothing.)  There are lots of gifts to be found, but in my opinion, the gift cards are the best.  With the holidays rapidly approaching (eek!), these gift cards could really come in handy!  They’ve also recently begun offering cash back through Paypal as a gift option!  Straight cash, yo.

If you’re not yet signed up for Swagbucks, click here to sign up via my personal referral link.

I know there are some people out there who swear by Swagbucks.  Please share with us all other ways you utilize Swagbucks!

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