Swagbucks is pretty much the definition of ‘easy money’ – and whilst it doesn’t exactly involve cashing in the instant big bucks, it’s so easy to earn points that if you incorporate it into your daily routine, you really can see a substantial return on your (pretty minimal) efforts.
Simply create a free account and you’ll start earning points that can then be exchanged for cash or rewards as soon as you’ve gathered enough.
What’s Swagbucks and how does it work?
Essentially, Swagbucks is a portal that offers users reward points for doing simple tasks online like searching the web, watching videos and completing surveys.
You’ll be ‘paid’ in Swagbucks points (shortened to ‘SBs’) which can then be redeemed for gift cards or cash. The gift cards they offer come from over 1,500 retailers including Amazon, Starbucks, Argos, M&S and iTunes.
But if you’d rather make money from Swagbucks, there’s an option to convert points straight into your PayPal account as cash. Or you can donate to charity if you’re feeling generous.
How much can you earn?
To give you an idea of what SB points are worth, a £5 Amazon gift card will cost you 620 SB and you’ll need to cough up 16,000 SB for £100 cash (via PayPal).
They do accumulate quicker than you might think, simply because there are so many tasks and activities looped in to Swagbucks. Many of which you probably do already!
HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR EARNINGS
The best way to get the most out of your Swagbucks is by having a goal in mind and then choosing a gift card that will help you either a) meet that goal OR b) give you the most bang for your buck.
I’ll use myself as an example. In 2015, I earned a total of $350 from Swagbucks and my goal was to help off-set some of the non-perishable items that end up on my grocery list. I chose Amazon gift cards for all of my rewards and used them to buy things like contact solution, cashews and peanut butter. I even included this in the grocery accountability post I did that month.
If your goal is to pay off debt or to help pay the monthly bills, I would recommend choosing Paypal and having cash deposited into your checking account instead.
If your goal is to pay for Christmas, you can redeem Swagbucks for a variety of gift cards to give to friends and family, like an REI gift card for the friend who likes to hike and a Best Buy gift card for the father that likes gadgets (yes Dad, I’m talking about you!).
Make Swagbucks your default search engine
The easiest way to start earning is to switch your default search engine to Swagbucks (rather than Google or Bing).
You’ll automatically start racking up points just for surfing the web like you normally do, but using their browser instead (in case you’re worried about efficiency, it’s run by Yahoo so don’t sweat!).
You can expect to tot up around 10-20 SB points for every 10 to 20 searches (depends on the search queries). After six months of everyday searching this can equate to around £300.
Download apps to your phone
You can earn a really broad variety of points for downloading, installing and opening certain apps on your phone, tablet or computer.
Once it’s installed, have a look around and if it’s something that interests you, great! But if not, you can just delete it and you’ll still get your points.
Whilst free apps will get you around 15-50 SBs, you’ll get 10 times that if the app involves a small payment to download (although, obviously only go for the paid ones if you actually think you would’ve paid for it if the SBs weren’t up for grabs!).
Complete surveys and polls
Time-rich but cash-poor? Filling out a few short surveys each day through Swagbucks can be a really nice little earner.
They usually take between 3 and 20 minutes to complete and you’ll earn around 40-100 SB depending on the survey. There’s also a daily poll to complete which literally takes 2 seconds for an extra SB.
Play Games and Earn
These activities are similar to videos except you’re playing games. Many of the games require you to pay to play, but there are a few games you can play for free and earn up to 10 SB. I don’t recommend sitting and playing games all day, but it’s a fun way to enjoy your lunch break if you’re eating at your desk!
This is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of earning with Swagbucks! We’ve been able to buy groceries (via Amazon), clothes (via store-specific gift cards like Gap and Old Navy), appliances (through Sears) and even redeem Swagbucks for straight up cash (via Paypal)! If you’re looking for a legitimate way to earn extra income at home, Swagbucks needs to be on your list!
You’ll also find lots of higher earning opportunities, which are perfect for helping you achieve big goals like paying for Christmas or birthdays or a vacation – and yes, Swagbucks can help you do both without you paying a dime out of pocket!