How to make the most out of Swagbucks

Posted at 2:23 PM on Jan 23, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Jan 23rd, 2014

Wondering how you can make some extra money at home Why not try out Swagbucks

Many of you have asked me questions on how to make the most money out of using Swagbucks.   I’ve been using Swagbucks as my search engine about 3 years; at first I was confused about how to actually make it work for me.  I wasn’t earning Swagbucks for my searches, and it seems to run so slow when I did search. I did some testing and found out how to get the most amount of Swag from Swagbucks and how to get started using it.

First, this is what your opening Swagbucks page looks like.  You type in your search in the Search bar just like Google.  You can see up at the top right, your Swagbucks Balance.  When you hit ‘Search the Web’ this is what you will see when you earn your Swagbucks (below picture).  I searched my website, I am THAT lady, and this is what I saw.

Now you can see my Swagbucks balance has changed to 312.  This time I was really lucky and earned my Swagbucks the first time I hit Search.  I usually have to search from the main search page (top picture), and then when I get to the next page have to hit the Search button again (you can see this button right above the announcement that I have won the 10 Swagbucks).  I usually only earned Swagbucks 1 or 2 times per day.  These 10 to 20 points will add up over the days, and in a month you can earn a $5 Amazon gift card!  When you refer friends you also get referral credit. Referral credits help me earn my gift cards faster.  A month to earn a $5 gift card may seem like a long time, but if you are already searching for things you may as well get paid for it.  When I get on my computer every morning, the first thing I do is search on Swagbucks.  I usually search for “Facebook” or my Website iamthatlady.com.  I typically earn Swagbucks my first search of the day, but rarely twice after that.  It all depends on the day.

You can also earn 1 Swagbuck per day by taking a Daily Poll.   You can find those daily under the Daily Polls Section found on your left.

Clicking on the Swagbucks Logo all the way at the top left, will take you to the above page.  This is the page where you enter your Swag codes, take Daily Polls, and Order rewards using your Swagbucks.

Many times you will see that I post a code on My Facebook page.  You can find that code, copy and paste it, and enter it into the ‘Enter your Swag Code’ box.

The best deal for your Swagbucks is the $5 Amazon.com gift card. It only takes 450 Swagbucks to earn it, and it really easy to use.  Here are some instructions on how to order your Swagbucks Amazon gift cards….

First you need to click on ‘The Swag Store’ which you can see on the top left of your screen.

The menu above will show up and you want to select ‘Gift & Rewards Cards’.  Then you want to pick the $5 Amazon.com gift card, which looks like this:

Then ‘Snag This':

You will then need to go to your email and verify that you actually purchase it.  Then it takes 10-14 business days to be added into your account.  They come as a code that you can enter directly into your Amazon.com account.

To pick up your Amazon.com gift card and receive your codes, click the green Swagbucks logo next to your name on the top (looks like this below).  Then choose ‘My Gift Cards’, and you will be able to see all of your Amazon.com gift cards.  Swagbucks sends you an email you when your gift card has been deposited into your account.

If you have never joined Swagbucks before, you can sign up and earn 30 Swagbucks immediately! I hope this helps clear up any confusion on how to use Swagbucks.  It is really easy and once I tried it and stuck with it, I am hooked!!!


  • Jessica E. says...
    Posted at 10:21 am by I am THAT Lady: Jessica E.
    Jessica E.
    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

    just tried using to Joinin2010 code and its not working :(

  • Melissa says...
    Posted at 6:14 pm by I am THAT Lady: Melissa
    Oct 08, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I am racking up Amazon gift cards to hopefully help pay for daipers for the first year when I have a baby. Not pregnant yet but I hope to be soon. This will mean a whole year of Swagbucks plus the Swag I will get when the baby is here!! I found out today that you can only redeem 5 of the same gift card within a month.

  • Mishi says...
    Posted at 9:54 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mishi
    Dec 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I worked for almost 3 months to make enough points for an Amazon.com giftcard. The same day I earned the points and requested the giftcard, I received an email from Swagbucks accusing me of breaking a specific rule. I went to their site and reread their rules. I had not broken any of them. I responded to them that I wasn’t breaking any rules. They responded accusing me of breaking a different rule, which was using software that helps you watch videos. I responded that I am disabled and use software specifically designed to assist me in navigating and using internet sites but that the software in no way gave me any kind of advantage over anyone else and that it is necessary for me to use it. They closed my account and refused to give me the giftcard I’d spent months earning.

    Swagbucks is a SCAM. Don’t waste your time with them. As soon as you earn a decent prize, they kick you off.

    And more importantly, they discriminate against people with disabilities.

    • Jordan says...
      Posted at 10:04 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jordan
      Feb 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      This rarely happens. Swagbucks is not a scam though. Today alone I’ve earned almost 1,000 swagbucks from surveys and tasks and that is almost enough for 2 Amazon giftcards. This is program that has actually worked! I have already redeemed close to $250 in giftcards including Amazon, CVS, and Paypal

    • Al says...
      Posted at 6:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Al
      Dec 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Actually .. that happens a lot. Many people have complained – seems you are better off redeeming ASAP.. do not wait.

  • Samantha P. says...
    Posted at 9:45 pm by I am THAT Lady: Samantha P.
    Samantha P.
    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    If you get all five of your $5 gift cards in one month just save up for a $15 or wait till next month to redeem them. I usually make about $25 a month by spending time on activities and surveys. As an extreme couponer I also take advantage of the printable coupons. They are the same as coupons.com but you earn 10 SB per coupon used. I takes like 12 weeks for the coupons to show up but I have made over $30 by using coupons. My friend is more passionate about swagbucks and makes about $60 a month. They now offer Plink where you can link you bank accounts and earn swagbucks on every purchase. Yesterday I earned 137 SB for filling up my tank

  • Dani says...
    Posted at 2:46 pm by I am THAT Lady: Dani
    Jan 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Bing Rewards is the better search and earn rewards site. As long as you meet the daily search quota, the points are guaranteed rather than random. I earn about 2 $5 Amazon cards per month from Bing Rewards.

    However, I run Swagbucks TV and the video Activities in the background to earn a little extra. I’ll also search Swagbucks when I meet my Bing search quota for a little extra.

  • grace says...
    Posted at 1:49 pm by I am THAT Lady: grace
    Feb 09, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    There are many ways to make lots of money with Swag Bucks. Daily NOSO, Daily Poll, Purchasing from stores online that you already buy from (make sure you use the Shop Tab on the Main Swag Bucks page), Encrave Activities, Daily Survey, Bing Rewards, Watching Videos, and using EntertainNow on one of your Mobile Devices (just start it and let it play). You also get mega bonus points if you meet your Daily Point Goal and even more if you meet the Bonus Daily Point Goal. You can even get more points from your Referrals (I haven’t referred anyone yet but am thinking about doing that). I joined in late December, 2012 and so far have been rewarded with $435 dollars on Amazon Gift Cards. My first few months I didn’t know how to really take advantage of all the areas that exist for earning points but finally figured it out and am now averaging $45 per month in Amazon Gift Cards.

  • Young Money says...
    Posted at 11:29 pm by I am THAT Lady: Young Money
    Young Money
    Mar 23, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    This is a great article! Swagbucks has helped me earn a lot of extra money throughout the years, and with their new referral system I plan on making a lot more!

  • Paulann says...
    Posted at 8:03 pm by I am THAT Lady: Paulann
    Jun 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I love the encrave videos on swagbucks (found under the ‘discover’ tab on the main menu.. I just keep watching them all day and make a few extra bucks while doing other work.. They key is to fit it in with a routine? and do it religiously and it pays..

    I love Swagbucks.. thanks!

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