Is Swagbucks Worth Your Time?

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 by No Comments
Is Swagbucks Worth Your Time?

My husband has been out of work for quite some time now, so my family has been on a super tight budget.

To supplement my writing income, I’ve been looking for various ways to pick up a few bucks here and there. We can manage our monthly bills OK, but life’s “extra” expenses always throw us off.

My favorite low-stress way to give us a cushion for birthdays and other gift-giving occasions is through using Swagbucks.

The main way to earn Swagbucks is by searching online. You earn 1 Swagbuck per day for keeping their toolbar installed in your browser, then you get random Swagbucks as you’re using the site for your Internet searches. Today, for example, I earned 33 Swagbucks searching for “homemade laundry detergent recipes.”

Swagbucks has a section with free printable coupons for groceries, personal care products, and other household items. When you redeem coupons, you get the savings listed as well as an extra 10 Swagbucks in your account. I usually find three or four coupons a week to use.

If you shop online, you can click on links through the site’s Shop & Earn section to earn Swagbucks based on the dollar amount of your purchases. For example, you can get 4 Swagbucks per dollar you spend at The Swagbucks are in addition to whatever coupons or Kohl’s Cash promos you use.

You can also earn Swagbucks by completing surveys and playing games on the website, but I haven’t really found that to be a good use of my time. Some of the games seem like they’d appeal to preteens, however, so you might have luck letting your kids play on your behalf.

A $5 Amazon card costs 450 Swagbucks. There are lots of other things you can redeem your Swagbucks for, but I’ve found this to be the most useful because of the number of different things you can buy on Amazon.

In 2012, I made $70 in Amazon gift cards even though I didn’t start using the coupon or shopping rebate options until the year was almost over. By using these two features regularly, I expect to double my Swagbucks earnings in 2013.

If you use Swagbucks, I’d love to hear what your experience with the site has been. Do you find it useful?

Photo credit: Swagbucks

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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