How to make the most out of Swagbucks

Are you wondering how to make money from home to help cover expenses?  There are so many ways to do this, but I think that you can make the most money out of using Swagbucks. Here is how you can earn $600 in gift cards by using Swaybacks for simple tasks!

Many of you have asked me questions on how to make money from home to help cover expenses.  There are so many ways to do this, none of them will get you rich, but I think that you can make the most money out of using Swagbucks.  I’ve been using Swagbucks as my search engine for about four years; at first I was confused about how to 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 points from Swagbucks and how to get started using it.

If you want to sign up for Swagbucks through my link here and use the coupon code IAMTHATLADY (case sensitive) to get a BONUS 70 SB just for signing up + your usual 30 sign up points!

When you sign up click on ‘I have a sign up code’ and then a field will show up for you to enter the code. This must be done before your sign up!

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In this article I am going to take you through the top ways to earn Swagbucks, and turn those points into gift cards for FREE!  I will walk you through exactly how to earn over $600 per year in gift cards using Swagbucks.

Here are my top 11 ways to use Swagbucks:


1.) As a search engine:


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The easiest way to use Swagbucks is as your search engine.  Simply type in your search into the search bar, just like you would in Google, and earn surprise SB. These SB don’t pop up every time, but it’s fun when they do!

When you hit ‘Search the Web’ this is what you will see when you earn SB (below picture).

This time I was really lucky and earned my SB 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 SB).  I usually only earn Swagbucks once a day.

These 10 to 20 points will add up over days, and in a month you can earn a $5 gift card!  A month of searching for only a $5 gift card may seem like a lot, but if you are already searching for things you may as well get paid for it!

2.) Earn Swag Codes:

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Clicking on the Swagbucks logo all the way at the top right, will allow you to enter in Swag Codes. Swag codes are codes that give you bonus swag bucks.  The best way to find out about these Swag Codes is from Swagbucks on Facebook and Twitter.

3.) Watch Swagbucks TV

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While your on your laptop taking care of simple tasks, why not open up a window and run Swagbucks TV in the background? For every 10 videos you watch you get 3 SB for maximum of 15o SB daily.

You can also watch their Encrave channel. Found at the top under ‘Discover’. Watch 8 of their sponsored videos and earn 4 SB. Please note, you must watch the video in its entirety before selecting the next one in the list to earn your bucks.

4.) Print Coupons:

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You can also print your coupons off from Swagbucks to earn extra points. I selfishly would prefer you to print them off from my website because I earn a small amount of commission for every coupon you print, BUT my ultimate wish is I for you to do what is best for you and your family, and helps you save the most amount money.

If you print and use 45 coupons per month from Swagbucks, you will have enough to earn a $5.00 gift card! That is pretty awesome!


5.) Polls:

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You can earn SB by taking their simple polls. They don’t pay you much, but by taking 2 seconds of your day, you will earn 1 SB.  You can find the daily polls under ‘Answer’ on the top menu bar. Then click on Daily Polls.

6.) Surveys:


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You can also earn SB by taking their surveys. The earnings vary per survey, but you can take at least the daily survey for 60 SB.

7.) Shop their Special Offers:

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You can earn SB by shopping there special offers too!

If you are planning on getting flowers delivered to someone on Valentine’s Day – shop through SB and earn bucks!  Use these points to turn in for gift cards!

To find their special offers, click on ‘Discover’ and then ‘Special Offers’

8.) Refer friends:

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When you share your sign up link (this is mine), you earn referral points.

You earn 10% of their points as a referral bonus. You will continue to earn 10% for as long as your referral is active on SB, with no maximum limit.

9.) Play games:

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Play Games – Earn 2 SB per 2 games, up to 10 per day (Tip: you don’t have to finish each game; just get a feel for how long you have to play before you can click “Back to Games” to get credit)

10.) Watch Swagbucks on Mobile device:

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You can download the Swagbucks app for FREE on both Android and iOS devices.  You can then play videos in the background throughout your day!

You can earn an additional 50 SB per day through watching videos through the app.

In fact – as I was typing up this post, I earned 10 SB just for having them play next to me.


11.) Use their Credit Card:

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You know I’m not a HUGE advocate of credit cards, but if you really like Swagbucks you can earn extra bucks for using their credit card.
There is a first usage bonus: Get 1,000 SB points after using your card or transferring a balance within the first 3 billing cycles after your account is opened!

Extra Bonus Reward: Earn an additional 2,500 SB points when you spend $1000 within the first 6 billing cycles after your account is opened.

There is a 0% introductory APR for the first six billing cycles on purchases and balance transfers: After that, a variable 11.99 to 18.99%, depending on the Prime Rate.


How to Turn Swagbucks into Gift Cards:

You can either shop on their online store using your Swagbucks as cash or redeem your Swagbucks for gift cards.

The best deal for your Swagbucks is the $5 gift card. It only takes 450 SB to earn it, and it really easy to redeem.

  • Starting March 2nd, you will be able to redeem 2,200 SB for one $25 Gift Card OF YOUR CHOICE once a month. This gift card discount only excludes PayPal and Gas Cards.
  • They are also introducing a new $3 Amazon Gift Card which is only 300 SB!

Here are some instructions on how to order use your Swagbucks to order gift cards:

First you need to click on ‘Rewards’ which you can see on the top menu. Then click on ‘Rewards Store’.

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Then you will want to choose to purchase gift cards the $5 gift card, which looks like this:

Then click on ‘Snag This':

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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 account.

To pick up your gift card and receive your codes, click the the dropdown under your name.  Then choose ‘My Gift Cards’, and you will be able to see all of your gift cards.  Swagbucks sends you an email you when your gift card has been deposited into your account, and you have to log into your account to get the code.

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If you have never joined Swagbucks before, you can sign up and earn 30 SB immediately!

Here is a list of how you can easily earn over 60,000 SB per year which equals around $600.00 in gift cards per year!

These tasks are all tasks that can easily be done while multi-tasking or sitting at your computer for work.  Once you do it, it gets easier and easier.

  1. 50 SB per week from using it as a search tool x 52 weeks = 2,600 SB per year
  2. 100 BONUS Swagcodes  per month x 12 months = 1,200 SB per year
  3. Redeem 10 coupons per week (1o0 SB per week) x 52 weeks = 5,200 SB per year
  4. Take the daily poll per day at 1 SB x 365 days = 365 SB per year
  5. Take at least one survey per day at 60 SB x 365 = 21,900 SB per year
  6. Refer 10 friends and they each earn 1,000 SB = 1,000 SB per year
  7. Play videos on the Mobile App for 50 SB per day x 365 days = 18,250 SB per year
  8. Watch videos on your desktop or laptop 10 SB per day x 365 = 3,650 SB per year
  9. Play 2 games for 2 SB per day x 365 days = 730 SB per year
  10. Sign up for their credit card and earn 1,000 SB + 2,500 SB for using it for 6 months + 1.5 SB per dollar spent = 5,250 SB

That equals just over 60,000 SB which is equal to $600.00 in gift cards!  That could pay for Christmas for a family!

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  1. Melissa says

    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.

  2. Mishi says

    I worked for almost 3 months to make enough points for an 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

      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

  3. Samantha P. says

    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 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

  4. Dani says

    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.

  5. grace says

    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.

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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!

  8. Erica says

    I’ve been on the site a couple of years. I use the encrave, coupons, searches, and games. I’ve earned a lot of money…as a matter of fact, just last week I bought a 48 inch tv from Bestbuy using only gift cards I earned from Swagbucks. So it was completely free! It takes a while but if you stick with it..the rewards are great!! Now I’m earning gift cards for a new stove!

  9. Karla says

    I been in swagbucks since september /14 … but i did not use it like a lot. (i did not touch the site in all december actually) and I just bougth a Ninja mega kitchen system 1500 whit a Target giftcard this week. I´m soooo happy =D …

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