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With the baby coming, I’m looking for ways to creatively stretch our budget to include money for fun splurges, like a trip to Starbucks, cute things from the Target dollar bin, or the occasional Paleo “treat” online (spiralizer, anyone?). It’s hard to justify those splurges when we have a budget that we stick to, so I’ve been enjoying practicing contentment and making the most of what we have. It’s really been a great lesson, but it’s nice to be able to provide some extra fun into our week too!
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Have you ever heard of Swagbucks?
I used it a lot several years ago, and then for whatever reason I stopped. However, a few weeks ago when I was looking for ways to give us a bit more “fun” money, I resigned up for Swagbucks and am over halfway to earning my first gift card!
How do you earn points?
– The most popular way to earn points is through using their search engine. When you search, you can earn several points (usually I earn 11 points). This doesn’t happen every time you type something, but usually every 3-5 times. I do a lot of searching during the day anyway, so I can collect points that way. Plus, if you install their toolbar, you get points daily just for having it exist on your computer.
– Answering the daily poll earns you 1 point a day.
– Watching videos earns you 3 points for every 10 videos you earn. I usually open them in a separate tab, mute my computer, and have them going in the background while I work. You can do this until you run out of videos. Usually I earn 6 points a day.
– Daily deals are my favorite! If you normally shop at Amazon, Walmart, Kohls, even Groupon and Living Social, you can purchase through Swagbucks and earn a certain amount of points back per dollar.
– By printing their coupons and using them, you earn points back.
– Referrals. They changed their referral policy from what it was the last time I was a member and now when you refer someone you get 10% of their points for life! (used to be matched for the first 60 days and then nothing).
– Bonus points. You have a “daily goal” to earn a certain number of points a day. If you do, you get awarded with extra Swagbucks.
Maybe you want a little bonus money. Maybe you want to pay for Christmas gifts for free. Maybe you need some wiggle room with your grocery budget. Swagbucks is a great way to get you any of those! So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and start earning those gift cards!