How I Get the Most Out of Swagbucks

Swagbucks2  I have been a member of Swagbucks for many years, but have only recently (like, in the last few months), finally figured out how to really earn Swagbucks AND  meet my daily goal (set by Swagbucks each day).  For a while, their daily goals were just too high and it was just too hard to really get any Swagbucks each day, so it would take me quite a while to be able to earn a $5 Amazon GC, which was the best deal that they had.  I remember getting very frustrated some days, and I really just did not do a whole lot with them because of that.

When they did their latest revamp a little while back, it became quite a bit easier to earn Swagbucks, thus enabling me to earn more GCs!  I will be honest in saying that I still did not take full advantage of earning them like I could for a while, but, for the last several months, I’ve been able to meet the maximum $5 Amazon GCs that I could earn a month (a total of 5) and still have Swagbucks left to spend!

But, I’ve recently figured out quite a few more tips & tricks that I would like to share with you so that you, too, can make the most of your time and earnings.

Here’s how I manage an average of 100 Swagbucks per day (it does vary a bit – sometimes more, sometimes less):

The easiest 5 Swagbucks you can earn each day are from your “To Do List,”  which is located on the left hand side of the screen:

* DailyCrave (opens in a new window & has 2 short videos for you to like/dislike & then awards you 1 SB)

*Swagbutton (Download & use the Swagbucks toolbar for 1 SB – the toolbar also alerts you to active Swag Codes!)

*Daily Poll (Give your opinion on the daily poll for 1 SB)

*NOSO offers (Click through the ads to the end to earn 2 SB)

*SB Search Engine:  Do at least 3 searches a day – one in the morning,  one in the afternoon, and one in the evening.  You will usually earn SBs in at least 2 out of the 3 searches. (Make sure that you have Swagbucks set as your default search engine.  If you are not using the SB search engine for your searches, you are wasting your time)

*Games:  You can earn 2SB for every two days you play with a maximum of 10 SB per day.  As a busy, homeschooling mom, I do not have time to sit & play games all day, but I can play a few quick games of Swagarsaurus Run or Swag Jump.  These two take very little time & can be done throughout the day.  Just remember 10 games equals 10 SB (2 Sb for every 2 games played, not 1 SB after every game).

*Surveys:  These are very hit & miss.  I do not qualify every day, but I seem to have better luck with the Gold Surveys.  These can easily be located in the top left corner after  participating in the Daily Poll.  Even if you do not qualify, you can get a maximum of 5 SB for not qualifying for 5 surveys.  So, this is hit or miss, but I have had fairly decent luck the last couple of weeks with these.  (I do seem to have more luck qualifying for surveys early in the morning.)

There are also Profile questions that can be found on the right hand side of the survey page, but these questions are definitely random.  When you see them, answer them & begin to fill up the meter for a chance at more SB (10 SB, I think, when it’s  full).

*Main Page: On the main (home) Swagbucks page, there are many opportunities to earn more SB.  My favorites for this are: Take a Discovery Break (JunGroup) (2 SB), nGage (2 SB), and Earn 2 Swag Bucks  (earn 1 – 2 SB easily by interacting with their ads). These can be done multiple times throughout the day, and they really help to rack up SB.  But, know that they do not work well on iPads.

There are also several other click through ads on the main SB page that will give you 1 SB when you complete the required activity.  Most only take a few seconds to complete.

*Swagbucks Videos:  Fill the SB TV meter for a chance to win a maximum of 150 SB per day!  You can only watch each video once per day.

If you have an iPad, they have a SBTV mobile app that allows you earn up to 30 SB perday!  I’ve found that by downloading the SB mobile App & allowing videos to autoplay, I can earn these fairly effortlessly.  (I have done this & left it to play while I go about my daily routines, or even when I’m getting ready for bed at night.) Some of the videos I’ve enjoyed, some are not my cup of tea, but I play them anyway.  (Anything that is not family-friendly is not played in my home, but I’ve not really had an issue with SB, so I don’t think that this will be an issue for anyone.)

*Coupons:  Swagbucks has links to print of coupons.  You do earn SB just for printing off coupons (usually 10 SB for printing off a minimum of 10 coupons), but you can also earn SB by actually using them, so I try to only print off coupons that I know I or my family/friends need/will use.  It does take a few weeks for these SB to be credited to your account, but I’ve never had any issues with them.

*Shopping:  Swagbucks has a many links to online retailers that, if you go through them, you can earn so many SB per dollar spent at that particular site.  For example, if you were to need printer ink, make sure to click on the Staples link to earn 5 SB per dollar spent!  It does take a few weeks for these SB to be credited to your account, but I’ve never had any issues with them.

I have also used SB when booking a hotel stay.  I managed to rack up several SB that way!  If you’re going to be shopping online, you might as well earn something for your time and money spent, right?

Yes, these activities do take a little time, but you can work on them throughout the day when you are already on the computer.  The only thing that you need to be mindful of are the searches.  Make sure that you do one early in the morning, one sometime after lunch to mid afternoon, and another in the late evening before going to bed.  I do not always earn SB at each search time, but the majority of the time, I do.

Also, if you meet the minimum daily goal that they set for you each day, you will get bonus Swagbucks at the beginning of the next month, up to 300 SB!! This really helps towards earning your next GC.  So, it really does pay to try to at least meet the minimum daily goal each day.  I do have a goal that I set for myself each day, but I also know that some days, the minimum is the best that I can do.

These are the ways that manage to earn my SB, and how I managed to earn enough for a $25 Amazon GC this month (2200 SB)! I used to always cash them in for the $5 Amazon GC (450 SB each), up to 5 per month), but they recently increased the amount to 500 Sb per $5 Amazon GC.  AND, this month, they have the $25 Amazon GC marked down to 2200 SB, which is the better deal, so that’s what I saved up for!

One other tip that I have is, if you are on Facebook, make sure to “Like” the Swagbucks Facebook Page.  Here, you can find out the latest news, codes, etc.

I hope these ways will help you earn more Swagbucks.  After all, if you’re going to be searching online anyway, you might as well try to earn a little something for  your time, right?

Swagbucks1  If you haven’t join Swagbucks already but would like to, please consider using my referral link.  If you sign up through my referral link, yes will earn Swagbucks when you earn them, but so will your friends that sign up under you!  That’s the beauty of Swagbucks.  It’s a win-win for all!

If you have any questions that I have not answered here, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will try my best to answer them for you!

The Day My Life Changed Forever (otherwise known as, The Most Difficult Post I’ve Ever Had to Write)

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to submit this post only to decide that I wasn’t ready just before clicking the “publish” button. But, I feel that it’s now time.

I vaguely mentioned that my family had recently gone through a dramatic change recently.  I wasn’t sure about sharing it here, but I feel that God is directing me that direction.  While I will not be giving every detail, I will share my story and how God is working in my life.

On the afternoon of January 19th, our lives were thrown a HUGE blow that we are still reeling from!  While I wish that I could say that we had no idea that it was coming, we had been praying and praying that God would not allow it to come to this.  On this day, our oldest daughter decided that she was moving out and moving in with her boyfriend, his mother, his mother’s boyfriend, his sister, and his young twin brothers.  She came home early from work and had already packed her bags the night before.  She had been planning this for a long time.

Over the last several months, he has convinced her that our beliefs are not for her, that there is no God, and that he means more to her than anything else.  Our hearts are just breaking.  We had put rules in place to help protect her, yet give them the space to get to know each other in a safe setting here at home.  We wanted them to get to know each other, as well as allow us to get to know him.  They both chose to ignore this rule and take matters into their own hands, and continually deceive us about everything.  While we definitely were not happy about this and both said some things that we know we shouldn’t have out of hurt and anger, we would always ask her for forgiveness.  We were/are hurting, scared parents who cannot save our 19-year-old daughter from the very bad choices that she is making.

 We had told her months ago what the consequences of moving out and going down a path that we could not/would not sanction would be, but she still chose to follow whatever bad advice that she was receiving from him.  He and his family are a godless family with no desire to have Christ in their lives.  She sees this as an acceptable way of life.

We took back her car, which was part of the lease program through my husband’s work, and she had to buy her own car.  We also found out that the day she moved out, she was fired from the job that she has loved.  She would not tell us the reason.

Our hearts are so heavy right now.  I’ve cried harder and sobbed louder than I ever thought possible.  My husband and our other two children are just as heartbroken and confused about things as I am.  Please don’t think that I’m saying that we are perfect and have made all the right decisions.  I’m sure that we have made mistakes, and will make many more before it’s all said and done.   The decisions we’ve had to make since this has happened have not been easy.  Some have caused my heart to break even more, even though I didn’t think that was possible.  We are having to let her go physically, but we have the promise that He has never left her, regardless of what she thinks.  Our prayer is that God will use her poor choices to draw her to him, and that He will soften her heart toward Him.  We are also praying that He will give us the peace & comfort that we need right now during this difficult time so that we can be the parents that we need to be not only to her, but to our other two children, as well.  While we can’t answer the “why’s”, we are here to show them what God says in His Word.  I could list dozens of verses that He has shown me since this all happened about peace, comfort, how we battle sin on a daily basis, how he gives us the strength to get through each minute, each heartache, each spiritual battle, etc.

While we don’t understand why this is happening to our family, we do know that God knew that it was going to happen, and that He will walk with us through this battle.  He will bring us through it.  She is His, as is the rest of my family.  Just because she chooses not to acknowledge Him right now, doesn’t mean that He doesn’t love her.

I don’t know what the future holds for my oldest daughter, but I do know that I still love her, and I will always love her.  She knows that she is welcome to come home, but our rules will still apply.  Please, if you feel led, lift my family up in prayer as we go through this difficult time.  I’m not looking for sympathy or criticism, but just asking for prayers.

God is using this time to draw my family (especially me), closer to Himself.  My biggest prayer is that He uses this situation to draw her to Himself.  I pray that my family and I will allow God to take this situation and use it for His Glory.  Will you pray with me?

Long Time, No Post!

Hello, everyone!  Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve really been able to post.  Not only has my life been a whirlwind of activities, but it’s also recently went through a dramatic change.  But, I’m praying that I may now have a bit more time to think about blogging again.  I really have missed it, but it had to go on the back burner while I dealt with everything going on around me.  My family comes first.

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, celebrating our Savior, and a great start to the New Year.  While our New Year started out very well, it has become very rocky, very quickly.  But, God has it in control & I know that everything that is going on came as no surprise to Him.

 

So, be looking (hopefully) for more posts from me in the near future.