Saturday, July 10, 2010
Last week I received a box from Amazon.com, containing two eagerly awaited (and very different) items: The DVD of Our Mutual Friend and a 32-ounce jug of pure maple syrup.
The grand total for both items? 11 cents. I know, I spend big.
Actually, my 11-cent total was due to Swagbucks, a search-and-earn website that I discovered a few months ago. It's easy. All I have to do is search using their search engine, and usually after a few searches a little notification appears on the search page that I've won X-number of Swagbucks. I've won as few as 5 and as many as 33 in one search. Plus, they frequently have free codes for a few 'bucks on the downloadable toolbar (which I love) or on their blog.
It took me a while to get the hang of it, but now that I "know" the system I usually win twice a day and spend very little time earning my swagbucks.
So what's the payoff? You can redeem Swagbucks for items in their online store, or you can redeem them for gift cards to various places (Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, etc.) But if you prefer real money, you can cash in 700 Swagbucks for $5 via Paypal. However, I think the best deal is the $5 Amazon gift card for 450 Swagbucks. There's rarely a time when I'm not interested in something on Amazon, and since you can use as many gift cards on a purchase as you like, you can just let them accumulate! Since February, I've cashed in $45 of gifts cards for Amazon (and I'm already well on my way to more). In tangible terms, so far that equals free shipping on my dress form, and a DVD with maple syrup for 11 cents.
If you want to try Swagbucks, I've included a button below -- but be warned, it's shameless advertising on my part, because it's a referral link (Swagbucks has this nifty referral method, whereby any Swagbucks your referrals win also show up on your account).
So far, I have not found a single problem with Swagbucks -- they don't spam your e-mail, and you really don't even have to give them your full name. Initials will do! I'm very cautious when signing up for things online, but I've been very pleased so far with Swagbucks -- plus, they keep their blog very clean, and apparently try to do the same with their Facebook and Twitter accounts (neither of which I have, so I can't guarantee that).
Well, that's all for now -- I need to go win my daily Swagbucks! *wink*