Here in the Frugality Is Free family, we always look ahead, and truth be told, it is the only way that we can afford to make Christmas and birthdays special and gift-filled for our four kids. When we first started out in our search to earn money online eighth years ago, we slowly began earning a little here and there. Eighth years later we have found a great balance between time spent and what we earn, and yes there are many real ways to earn money online.
Throughout the next couple of weeks, we will feature our favorite real ways to earn money online, and no you will not become rich, and no don’t quit your day job, but it will be a nice way for you to add a little extra to your family’s budget.
We earn money online in many ways, and by thinking ahead we save gift cards and use them when we find great deals such as during Target’s 70 percent off Target toy clearance sale in January and July. We also save up Amazon gift cards throughout the year, so that we can get the bigger kids something special, since they are getting too big for toys.
Throughout the next couple of weeks, I am going to share how we save up money for Christmas, so that we never have to buy anything on credit. In the Frugality Is Free family we simply cannot stand the thought of buying a gift on credit, we want to pay for it, feel good about it and not have to think about why we spent so much come January.
One of our favorite places to save up money for Christmas by earning gift cards online is at Swagbucks. If you have not yet joined, you are surely missing out. If you have joined already, make sure to maximize the Swagbucks that you earn every day. At Swagbucks you can easily earn $15 – $25 in gift cards every month, and that’s without doing any shopping through the website.
At Swagbucks you can earn gift cards online for stores such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Aeropostale, American Eagle, CVS, Baby Gap, Banana Republic, Gap Stores including Gap Outlet, Restaurant Gift Cards & More. It used to be that the $5 Amazon gift card was the best value at 450 points, but the price is now 500 Swagbucks, while the $25 gift cards have been discounted from 2500 Swagbucks to 2200 Swagbucks. I always try to go for the best value, so I am working toward a $25 Amazon gift card at the moment.
and make sure to read our Swagbucks guide below
to see how you can maximize your monthly earnings.
How To Earn Gift Cards at Swagbucks:
Search With Swagbucks: You can earn Swagbucks simply for using their search engine.
Take The Daily Poll (See the sidebar) – 1 Swagbucks
Do the NOSO (No Obligation Offers) – If you don’t find an offer you like, just keep clicking through until you get to the last page (usually 4 or 5 pages to click through), and then enter the word – 2 Swagbucks
Find Swagcodes: A few times a week Swagbucks releases special Swagcodes that you can enter at the top of the Swagbucks home page to earn extra Swagbucks. Make sure to follow Swagbucks on Twitter and Facebook for notifications, when a new Swagcode is out.
Do the Encrave – Click on the Encrave tab in the sidebar, then let the page load until the like tab comes up, click the like tab and another page loads. You can usually do this 1 – 4 times a day – 2 – 8 swagbucks
Watch Videos – For Every 10 videos you watch you get 3 Swagbucks. I usually have the videos running, whenever I’m cooking, folding clothes, cleaning etch. This way I just need to go click on a new video once in a while, but sometimes there’s actually interesting videos to watch too. – 3 + swagbucks
Do The Home Page Offers – Scroll through the offers on the first page, and see if there are any you are interested in. There are certain offers such as signing up for a camping guide, learning about MS and Diabetes that do not require you to submit your address. – 1 – 50 Swagbucks
Go To The Discover Tab – Click on Special Offers. Go to the Radium One and do simple tasks to earn Swagbucks – 1+ Swagbucks
Go To The Discover Tab – Click on Ecrave. Click on the different categories, let the pages load and earn Swagbucks. The Random category seems to be the easiest one to earn Swagbucks at. – 1+ Swagbucks
Click The Take A Discovery Break offer found on your Swagbucks home page – 2 – 3 Swagbucks per offer done.
Click the Ngage offer found on your Swagbucks home page and explore selected web content – 2 Swagbucks per task completed
Install The Swagbutton: Click on the Discover tab in the top bar, and click the Swagbutton tab to see how to install. – Get 50 Swagbucks!
Use The Swagbutton: I got 1 Swagbutton a day by doing the following… plus I’ll get 50 Swagbucks back next time I redeem for a gift card. Right now there’s a Swag promo going on with the Swagbutton. Once you’ve installed the Swagbutton, go to the Swagup tab (You’ll see it in the left side of the main page right above the Daily goal. Click on this every day, and visit the five featured stores. Click the red “Activate Shop and Earn” button that drops down from the tray. Do this every day, and you’ll get your bonus Swagbucks.
Print Your Coupons – Print your coupons through Swagbucks and earn lots of Swagbucks. I do this all the time, and I get a nice big Swagbuck bonus, whenever they count up the Swagbucks earned.
Play games: You can earn Swagbucks for playing games. But, but, but…as a busy mom of four, I highly recommend against this option as it can take up a lot of your time.
Take surveys: You can also earn Swagbucks for taking surveys, but again this option is too time consuming for me.
Refer Friends – Click the refer friends tab and start sharing your love for Swagbucks with your friends and family. You’ll earn 10 percent off what they earn for life.
Shop Through Swagbucks: We do not shop through Swagbucks, as we use another website (will feature that soon), but if you do a lot of shopping, Swagbucks shopping is a great way to earn extra Swagbucks.
Get Bonus Swagbucks: Get enough swagbucks to reach your 1st or 2nd daily bonus level, and all of a sudden you’ll see the bonus bucks be added to your account. It usually gives 4 to 10 bonus swagbucks per day depending on how many Swagbucks you get in the first place. If you earn 4 bonus Swagbucks every day, it means you’ll get 120 Swagbucks deposited at the end of the bonus period…doesn’t that sound nice?
You can sign up for Swagbucks here. If you sign up through our referral link, we will earn extra Swagbucks too.
We have been a member of Swagbucks for more than 5 years, and it is by far our favorite place to earn money online. In fact, this site is definitely proof that there are many real ways to earn money online.
Once you have enough Swagbucks to redeem for a prize, you simply go to the Rewards tab and choose your prize. It will be emailed to you, and you can also find it under your gift card tab on the home page. Swagbucks rewards are usually sent out twice a month, so your reward will not immediately appear in your inbox.
Have you joined Swagbucks yet? If so, what’s your favorite thing about Swagbucks? What gift cards do you usually redeem for?