If you are looking to make some extra cash on the side online, Swagbucks.com is a great place to start. I first discovered the site 5 years ago and haven’t looked back since! I typically redeem for
I typically redeem for Amazon gift cards and use them to pay for diapers throughout the year and then any extra goes towards my holiday shopping. I probably make at least $300-500 a year and that is doing the minimum.
I probably make at least $300-500 a year and that is doing the minimum.
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When I first joined the site, I really learned through trial and error which cost me a lot of time as I wasn’t always earning the maximum amount of Swagbucks (SB) each day. That’s why I’ve created this beginners guide, it will help you get up and running as quickly as possible.
If you are not a member yet, you can join here. If you join through my affiliate link, you will get a bonus 1000 SB, equivalent to $10 when you complete your first Swagbucks shop. That’s a free $10!
Daily to do list
Once you are all signed up, on the left- hand side you will see a “Daily to do list”. I try to do as many as those things as I can each day. First up is the poll, each day answer a quick question for an easy SB.
Search Tool Bar
If you want, you can download the Swagbucks extension onto your internet search toolbar or use the search function on the SB site. I try and always use the search function instead of google now and I normally get at least one SB win a day. Every month or so Swagbucks releases Collectors bills that will reward you with a bonus if you get them all during your searches.
Every day you will get a new Daily Goal to reach for bonus SB. If you make your goal for 7 days in a row or more, you will get an additional bonus of up to 300 Swagbucks. The bonuses are paid out at the beginning of the month and you have to claim it each month so make sure you do before they expire.
Ways to Earn
There are a number of ways to earn and they are constantly changing and the Swagbucks available to earn varies from country to country. If you are in Canada, I recommend following the Swagbucks thread at www.redflagdeals.com for up to the date information.
I find that surveys are the most lucrative way to earn SBs. Look for “Answer” on the left-hand side menu and choose from Gold surveys or Peanut Labs surveys. Both are great and you normally earn 1 SB even if you don’t qualify for the survey.
Browse through the videos and watch them to earn Swagbucks. The pay rate per video differs so make sure to check. You can set the videos to run on autoplay so you will earn money as passively as humanly possible!
Codes are released at least once a day and there are often special days when there are codes every hour. Input the code at the top of the homepage. You can follow Swagbucks on Twitter or Facebook to find out their codes or check out this site for up-to-the-minute codes for all countries.
Shop & Earn
Similar to programs such as Ebates, Swagbucks offers a cash-back incentive if you click from their site to a shopping site. I normally check both Ebates and Swagbucks to see which is paying the most before I shop.
Check out this post for more information about the best shopping apps – 6 Cash back sites you should be using.
Just to confuse matters, you will also find Shop & Earn offers under the Discover tabs. These are all partners of Swagbucks that have various earning opportunities on offer, typically mailing lists sign-ups, videos, surveys, and shopping. My advice is to always check the Discover offers and the Shop and Earn tab.
Redeeming your Swagbucks
Once you have earned enough, it is time to get your reward!
You can redeem for $5 and up so it shouldn’t take you too long. There is a huge range of gift cards such as Amazon, Old Navy, Starbucks or you choose to redeem for PayPal cash.
You will need to validate your redemption request before Swagbucks will process it, normally you verify through email but it may be through snail mail the first time.
So there you have it, the definitive guide to making some extra cash, one of the easiest ways I know. What are you waiting for?
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