Friday, February 14, 2014

Oh, How I Love the Word FREE!

When I was still living at home, my younger brother used to be able to order things from Amazon, which really weirded my parents and me out because um, he didn't have a credit card. How in the world was he able to get items if he had no way to charge his purchases? He told us that he was able to get free gift cards online, I think, from Swagbucks. Stupidly, I didn't jump on the Swagbucks bandwagon until recently.

A crafting/couponing friend had mentioned that she prints out her coupons through Swagbucks since it's the same ones that are offered via I looked into it and figured that I might as well get some SB since I use coupons. Then I saw that I could answer a Daily Poll question for another and input codes to get a few more. It wasn't really a big thing, but I thought that eventually the SB might build up.

When I finally realized how easy it was to really rack them just by watching videos on my computer and on my phone, I started accumulating them so much faster. Within a short period of time, I had 2500 SB, which meant I could exchange it for a $25 gift card or gift code. I could have chosen a reward much sooner than that, but I had one thing in mind. Initially, I was going to get some CVS gift cards to help with couponing, but then I ended up getting super stocked up with non-perishables, so I didn't need it anymore. Instead, I wanted an iTunes gift card to purchase a season of Top Chef! I got the code 7 days after I requested (they may take up to 10 days), and I just input the code into my account and was able to purchase Top Chef season 4! Howard and I definitely enjoy watching it as we already have the first 3 seasons after using gift cards from my students and actually paying out of pocket. Now that we have bills to pay, it just didn't make sense to pay that much for something we didn't need, so SB was definitely the way to go.

Within a month, I earned another 2500 to request yet another iTunes gift card! I'm currently waiting for the code to get another season of Top Chef. After watching the episodes with hubs, I like turning them on in the background as I do dishes, hang up laundry, or cook dinner. I just enjoy them so much, so I definitely watch them over and over to make it worth it.

The more practical thing would be to actually get Target gift cards so I can purchase groceries or restaurant ones so that Howard and I can have a date night or something. There are just so many options! I mean, they even offer Bath & Body Works gift cards, so I could definitely get some more candles if I wanted to, haha. I know there are people who actually use their codes for PayPal and use it to pay their bills! I mean, here are just SOME of the options for gift cards, and they're offered in different denominations too.

I went into all of this for two reasons:

  1. I think it's worth it for you to join and earn SB even if it takes you a bit longer to accumulate them. Of course, I'm home now so I can actually leave my home computer on and my phone on to have videos playing so that's probably why I can get them so quickly. Whether you use the SB to get gift cards for necessities or use it for fun things like gifts for others or even yourself, why not get them? I use other apps on my iPhone that I've mentioned before like Ibotta, shopkick, and Receipt Hog, but this is the one that works faster in getting rewards. 
  2. Clearly, there's a benefit for me if you sign up now using my referral code below. Swagbucks is offering new members 50 extra SBs if they input the code "FreeGiftCards," but I would also hugely benefit. If anyone signs up from January 21 through February 25 this year using my referral link below, I get 10% of most of what you earn for life. Howard finally signed up, and so far I've been getting an extra 10-15 SB a day because of what he earns. 

Whether you've heard about it before or this is your first time reading about it, consider signing up even out of curiosity to see what it's all about. If you want, I can email you and let you know what I focus on to earn on average 150 SB per day. Even if you only earned 50 per day as you first start out just from letting Swagbucks TV Mobile run on your phone, in just a little over a week, you'd have enough to get a $5 gift card to Target, and with all the craziness going on there with personal information being stolen, paying in gift cards seems like the way to go! I think once you have enough for one card, you'll be hooked just like I am.

I know that it sounds too good to be true, and I just wasn't really into it when I first heard about it. Now that I actually got a gift card from it and used it, I can't help but think, "It's essentially FREE!" so of course I want it, haha. Remember my "It's free; I can't leave it in the store!" policy? It applies for things online too!


  1. I tried Swagbucks once and I couldn't get into it. I don't know what I was doing wrong but I wasn't earning many points. Maybe I'll have to try it again.

    1. Yeah, at first it was the same for me. I don't know what got me to try it again, but it was worth it!