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Swagbucks – How to Make a Little Extra Money the Fun Way!

February 10th, 2014

So, I have a bit of a new obsession.

It’s called Swagbucks and unlike other websites that end up being time wasting sites…this one actually gives you money (or gift cards if you prefer.)

I’ve only been using Swagbucks for a little over a month now on a daily basis, and have already gotten $20 in Amazon gift cards, with another $20 worth on it’s way (I requested them, and am just waiting for them to show up in my account.)

How long each day does it take to earn Swagbucks?

Well, it depends on what you want to do.

You can get up to 5 $5 Amazon gift cards a month for 450 Swagbucks. Most other gift cards for $5 take 500 Swagbucks, so the $5 Amazon are the best deal.

Here are just some of the things you can do to get Swagbucks:

  • Watch videos on your computer. You can watch all types of videos depending on what you’re in the mood for.
  • Watch videos on your iPhone/iPod Touch/Smartphone. They have apps you can download and watch videos on. So when you’re stuck in line somewhere, or are waiting for something, just sit and watch some videos. You’ll be surprised at how fast the points add up.
  • Play games. You can get Swagbucks for playing some of your favorite games on their website.
  • Answering a daily poll.
  • Answering surveys. I’ll admit this is how I earn a lot of my points, as you can get a lot of points at once for filling out surveys…and I think they’re a lot of fun to do!
  • Buying things through their links. I haven’t done this yet, but if you were going to buy something anyway, sometimes you can get Swagbucks for just clicking through their link.
  • Entering Swag Codes. Most days, if not all, they will release codes that you can find on their Facebook page and put into your account. These vary in amounts but are often between 3-5 Swagbucks each.
  • Searching through Swagbucks. Instead of using your favorite search engine, use Swagbucks, and randomly you’ll get Swagbucks.
  • Bonus Swagbucks for reaching goals. Each day they’ll give you a “goal” of how many Swagbucks you should get that day. If you reach your goal, during the beginning of the next month, you’ll get bonus Swagbucks. If you reach your goal over multiple days…you’ll get an even bigger separate bonus!
  • Use coupons when grocery shopping. If you print out your grocery coupons through their site, you’ll get Swagbucks when you redeem the coupons.

As you can see, there are a LOT of ways to get Swagbucks, and most of them don’t cost a dime…just a little bit of your time.

And if you’re like me, you’ll find that most of them are a lot of fun to do. Each day you’ll be looking forward to going on the site to see how you can reach your daily goal.

So far I’ve only redeemed Amazon gift cards, since you can buy almost anything at Amazon, but there are a lot of other gift cards as well, or you can get cash to your Paypal account. So it really is like getting free money.

If you’re looking for a little extra money each month, I totally recommend using Swagbucks.

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Eat Better America 2011 Calendar

October 29th, 2010
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GNC – Great Deals

March 11th, 2009

GNC / General Nutrition Centers

GNC has quite a few different deals going on right now. Here are just a few of them:

Cash for Surveys

February 20th, 2009


Mindfield is offering more than just being paid for each survey you take. They also monthly drawings that you get put into when you complete a survey.

Of course, it is free to sign up. You should never have to pay to take a survey. They pay you!

Circuit City 24-Min Pickup or $24 Gift Card

September 17th, 2008

On Monday, I posted about how I bought a headset at Circuit City. What I didn’t mention, was that I ended up getting a better deal than I thought I would!

Over the weekend, I ordered the headset, and about 2 hours later went to Circuit City to pick it up. It was within an hour of closing time, and not very busy at all, so we were just going to go pick it up, and continue running a few other errands. Well, we get there, let them know we were there to pick up our purchase, and the person at customer service told us that they didn’t pick it up and bring it in the back, so they would send someone to go get it.

At that point, I was a little upset because what if there was only one or two left, and someone else bought it since it was still on the sales floor? Well, either way…we waited. A few minutes later, the guy came back, and gave it to the customer service representative. By then, she started helping someone else, so she told me to hold on…and I proceeded to wait another 5-10 minutes.

By now I was starting to get frustrated. I was only stopping in for a minute to pick up my purchase (already paid for and everything)…and yet I’d been standing there for over 20 minutes now.  So, since I had nothing better do do while I waited, I was reading their signs, one of which is a big sign that says “24-minute pick up. If your purchase isn’t behind the counter and ready for you 24 minutes after you make your purchase, you’ll get a free $24.00 gift card!”

So of course, when she finally got to me, I politely said that it had been more than 24-minutes since I ordered the item, and it wasn’t ready when I got there to pick it up, and per the 24-minute pick up they had, doesn’t that mean I get a free $24.00 gift card?

She had no idea what I was talking about, but found someone else who did. So, I left a few minutes later with my headset (a great deal at $29.99), along with a $24.00 Circuit City gift card! The funny thing was if she just gave it to me after the guy brought it up to her, I wouldn’t have said anything and would have left. I was just so frustrated after her making me wait even longer that I realized I would get a free gift card out of it.

I guess the moral of the story is, pay attention to all of the signs and deals that stores have!  If I didn’t notice the sign, I wouldn’t have gotten the free $24.00 gift card that I was entitled to, since they didn’t have the item waiting for me.  So I ended up getting an even better deal!

Selling Your Old Gold Jewelry

August 27th, 2008

Over the past few months, you have probably started to see ads crop up all over the place offering to buy your old gold. You might wonder if they’re real, and if you really can sell your old jewelry to make a little extra money. They are real, and many of them have been around for years – but it’s only been lately because of the economy and high gas prices that many people have started looking into them.

What happens with the above company (and many others), is that they send you a free bag to send your old or broken gold jewelry to them (some including the above are pre-paid, others you have to pay for shipping), and then they get the jewelry.

They will take a look at it, and tell you how much it is worth. If you’re happy with the number, you’ll get your check and will be on your way. If you’re not happy? No worries, they’ll send you back your jewelry.

It’s definitely something to look into if you have some old gold jewelry that is broken, or that you’ll never wear again. Why have it sit in your jewelry box if it’s something you’ll never use when you can get money for it?

One thing to note is that different places will offer you different amounts of money for your jewelry, so it might be worth shopping around to see how much you can get before agreeing to a price.

ExpoTV – Earn Money for Creating Videos & More

August 4th, 2008

I don’t know if you had a chance to read another one of our posts about making money, but at the end of June, we talked about how you could earn extra money making videos reviewing products you buy. It’s called ExpoTV, and they want to know what you think about all types of products, so they’ll pay you up to $10.00 per review you make, and each video only has to be 1-3 minutes long.

Well, I bring this up today because it turns out you can get more than just money from them! Whenever someone signs up that you refer, you not only get $5.00 added to your account. You also automatically get entered into a contest. Each month they give away $25.00 Amazon gift certificates to 5 people who referred others in that month. Well, Scott got an email this morning saying that he was one of the winners! Isn’t that great? So not only did he make money for his video, he also got an Amazon gift certificate out of it!

If you’re looking for an easy way to earn a little extra money this month (or any other month), I’d really suggest trying ExpoTV.  We use our digital camera, and it’s easy and doesn’t even take much time!

Toys R US – 10 Off 50 – In Store Only

July 3rd, 2008
Toys R Us

Now through July 5th, you can get $10.00 off your $50.00 purchase at Toys “R” Us. This is good in store only, with the coupon.

Easy Way To Earn Extra Money!

June 30th, 2008

With rising gas prices (along with the price of everything else rising), you might be wondering how you can make a little extra money without getting a second job. It’s great to be able to save money, but sometimes you just need a little bit more, whether it’s to be able to go on that vacation you really want, or to get something else that you’ve been hoping to buy.

You might think there are no “easy” ways to make money online, but I guess that depends on how you define “easy”. Yes, you will not get money online for doing nothing. BUT, there are things you can do to make money that don’t take a lot of time, and are even fun!

One of these ways is ExpoTV. How does this work? Well, you take a video of yourself reviewing a product, and they’ll pay you for that video!

The videos only have to be 1-3 minutes long, so you don’t have to worry about how to say THAT much about a product. What can you review? Almost anything you want that is still sold in stores today! How awesome is that? They just want you to be honest about what you thought about the product.

How much will you get paid per video? Well, I must start by saying that does vary month to month. As of right now, they pay $10.00 per video for good quality videos, and you can do up to 20 videos this month, meaning you can earn up to $200 this month from them.  You’ll even get an extra penny each time someone watches your video!  Oh, and if both you and your spouse want to do this?  No problem.  You can each have your own account and do your own 20 videos a month.  In this case, you’ll make $400 a month together!  The only issue?  You can’t both review the same products.  But that’s not a big deal.  Think about all the stuff you have in your home…it shouldn’t be an issue to find more products to review.

If you’re saying to yourself, “Oh, I don’t have a video camera, I guess I can’t do this…”, you might still be in luck. Take a look at your digital camera. Most digital cameras can take short videos. This is how I do my ExpoTV videos. I put my Panasonic TZ3 camera on a tripod, and then take the video.

It only takes a few minutes to do the video, and then to upload it! I’ve made about $150 so far, but I haven’t done that many videos yet. Between setting up the digital camera, taking the video, and then uploading it, I’d say I spent about 5-7 minutes per video.

If you’re doing the videos by yourself, you can even easily edit out the beginning and end (where you get up to turn the camera on and off) with free software that most likely came with your computer.  Microsoft Windows Movier Maker comes for free on almost all computers, and will make it easy for you to take out the beginning or end (or edit any part) of your video.

If you’re wondering what they do with the videos, well so far they have them on their website so that others can watch them (and when they do, you’ll earn a penny each time), but they also have them on   If you’ve been shopping at lately, you might notice that they have videos with reviews of some of the products.  This is where the videos come from.  So if you make a video, you might see yourself on the website!

Another nice thing is that I, along with many, many others have already received money from them.  So you know it’s not a scam or that you won’t get paid.  If you still don’t feel too comfortable, do one or two videos, and then wait until you get paid before you do any more.  I know a lot of people who did that, just so that they could see for themselves that they got paid.

Personally, I think this is a great way to make a little extra money.  You can also look at it this way.  If both you and your spouse each do 20 videos a month (that’s $200 a month each), in just 3 months you’ll have $1,200, which can pay for a really nice vacation!  If you have any questions about ExpoTV or about creating videos, please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help answer them.

Great Deal on 4GB Sandisk Secure Digital (SD) Cards

June 22nd, 2008

Here is a great deal if you’re looking to get 4GB SD Cards. Going through Amazon’s website, they have a SanDisk 4 GB Extreme III SDHC Card with MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader sold through Beach Camera for $42.50 each.

With this rebate you can get $30.00 back when you buy 1, $70.00 back when you buy 2, and $110.00 back when you buy 3 of these cards from a list of retailers, Beach Camera being one of them.

Shipping is free, so when you buy 3 (the best deal of all), you’ll spend $127.50, and get $110.00 back. The total you will have spent for the 3 4GB Sandisk SD Cards is $17.50, or just $5.83 per card. You really can’t beat that!

NOTE: Make sure you buy it through one of the approved vendors. When you go through Amazon, sometimes they have other vendors (including Amazon themselves) as the main “Buy it now” supplier. So make sure you choose Beach Camera or another approved vendor from the rebate. This is good through June 29th.

We just took advantage of the deal today, and I am really excited at the great price! Now we’ll have plenty of SD cards for our digital camera, and won’t have to worry about not having enough room to take all of the pictures we want to when on vacation.

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