This is the first post in my “Saturday Morning Musings” series. It has absolutely nothing to do with photography. Yes, I know I’m a photography blogger, but you can read about the structure of my blog here for additional details.
I’m a wannabe crazy couponer. I say wannabe, because the real crazy couponers spend about 40 hours a week printing, cutting, searching, organizing, and shopping. I just don’t have that much time available, so I do what I can. And yes…I have a coupon binder and I’m not ashamed of it!
While I have a good paying job and am very blessed to own my own home, I’m often strapped for cash. Anyone else? I find myself longingly looking at the clothes in Target every time I’m shopping there. Did you see what I just wrote? Target clothes people! I miss shopping for clothes and shoes. So, I went on a mission to find a way to make some extra cash to play with. Hello Swagbucks.
I had seen some of the coupon bloggers mention this site before, but never really paid attention. Now, I’m completely addicted! (No, they’re not paying me to say any of this. I really am addicted). Here’s how it works:
- Earn Points or “Swagbucks”
There are about a gazillion ways to earn Swagbucks through the site. Some of my favorites include:
- Searching via the Swagbucks search engine – I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly searching for things on the web. Their search engine works just like Google or Bing, but you earn points every few times you search. Easy.
- Taking surveys – Unfortunately, I get disqualified from a lot of surveys, because I work in marketing. However, I get the occasional survey I can participate in, and I love to give my opinion. They range from 15-30 minutes and can earn you up to 200 Swagbucks.
- Watching Video via Swagbucks TV – Beyonce and her baby bump go to New York? Heck yeah! Daniel Radcliffe’s dating confession? Check. Swagbucks TV pulls clips from E! and TV Guide about celebrities, but they also have clips in a number of other categories you might find interesting. You earn points for every 10 video clips you watch.
- Playing Games – Did you know that most online gamers are actually women 35+? I learned that doing some research in my previous job. Swagbucks has a variety of games (think tetrus or word games) that you can play for points. This is the perfect mindless activity post-work by the way.
- Redeem Your Swagbucks for Stuff
Once you accumulate enough points, you can redeem your swagbucks for actual stuff in the Swag Store. You can purchase apparel, books, baby items, jewelry, music…the list goes on and on. My goal? Gift cards. You can buy gift cards for places like DSW (helloooooo new shoes), Apple, and Southwest Airlines.
Now let me be clear. This is not a “get rich fast” kind of site. Nor will you be able to pay for your mortgage and bills by playing a few games. However, if you’re looking for a way to get some “extras”, this is the perfect way to do it!
Interested? Think this is lame? Let me know either way.