Why I Like Swagbucks
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Swagbucks is an online survey and information aggregation website that provides you with Swagbucks when you do a variety of different tasks or shop online.
It is similar to other survey websites in that when you complete surveys successfully you receive a predetermined amount of Swagbucks. You can also earn them doing internet searches through their browsers, watching videos and doing your online shopping either through their website or by having the Swagbuck extension enabled.
All of these things will give you a certain amount of Swagbucks for your time and effort and it is really up to you which ones are worth your time. I want to specifically go over the couple part of Swagbucks that give me the most bang for my time.
I have found surveys to be really hit and miss for me and I think it has a lot to do with the demographic questions they ask at the beginning of each survey. They use the demographics to target specific groups they want to hear from and exclude those they don’t. That being said even if you are unable to complete a survey you do receive at least one Swagbuck for trying up to 15 failed survey attempts a day.
If you hit the right survey however you can really bank on certain survey and you will learn fairly quickly which ones are worth your time and which ones are not.
They also offer a whole lot of exclusive offers to a variety of companies or organizations. These can be very profitable assuming you can find the right ones. A couple examples for my life include getting a Hulu subscription for one month and donating to the Sierra Club.
The Hulu offer was really great because it offered 3000 Swagbucks if you signed up for one month of Hulu. A one month subscription on Hulu cost 7.99 while 3000 Swagbucks is worth 30 dollars’ worth of redeemable points. So it was a net profit of around 20 bucks after taxes and I got to watch the hell out of Hulu for a month.
Similar to the Hulu offer they wanted you to donate to the Sierra Club a set amount of money. The Swagbucks offer was about twice as much as the donation amount so I made about 50% more than I spent. Plus I do actually support what the Sierra Club is about so I had no problem donating to them.
One thing to keep in mind with this approach is that most of these offers are trying to tie you up with subscriptions. So it is important to know when you need to get out or you will actually start losing money.
Shopping for what you would regularly buy anyways can earn you Swagbucks when you do it from their website or with the Swagbucks extension enabled on the browser. This is probably where I make the most Swagbucks now since it is shopping I am going anyways and they are offering me free money for it for why not.
Tied in with this is a website called My Gift Cards Plus. It is associated with Swagbucks and I use it to purchase gift cards to places I regularly go like the movie theaters. Every couple of months I purchase an AMC theater gift card through the site and I earn a set amount of Swagbucks in the process and rewards points on my credit card.
That my friend is what is called a twofer.
The Moral of the Story
Swagbucks can be a great tool to get fun money without dipping deeply or even at all into your budget but it should be pursued with caution and eyes wide open.
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