Update 7/21/08: I didn't realize it when I originally drafted this review, but you can win $3 awards - I just got one. I also wanted to add that SwagBucks' search function uses Google and Ask.com, so the results are usually what you're looking for. If you signed up using my referral link, thank you and have fun!
One of my daily reads is My Good Cents, which includes a weekly update on "extra" money. I saw repeated references to a $5 Amazon.com gift certificate from a site called SwagBucks, so when the author posted this review, I was intrigued and finally signed up last month.
Swagbucks is super easy to use. All you have to do is register, sign in, and use their search function. (I've bookmarked the search page, but they also have a downloadable toolbar. I've already got more than enough toolbars, so I'm sticking with the bookmark.)
Each search is an opportunity to win random "Swag Bucks" in the amount of $1, $2 or $5. Swag Bucks can be redeemed for various prizes. Obviously, I was interested in the Amazon gift certificates, which are 45 Swag Bucks, but there are quite a few other prizes as well.
I hit that threshold last week, almost exactly one month after I registered. I immediately redeemed my 45 Swag Bucks for an Amazon certificate, which appeared by email within a couple of hours.
It's pretty effortless for something I will most definitely use. (And I would have spent that money at Amazon anyway.) I've found that on most days, I can earn a SwagBuck in the morning and another one at night. I get at least one Swag Buck each day, and average about five searches per award. It's worth noting that only your first 20 searches each day qualify for the random awards.
When you sign up, you'll get 5 Swag Bucks to get you started. And if you'd kindly use my referral link, I'll earn a Swag Buck every time you do. Thank you!
One last thing to keep in mind: SwagBucks is part of a larger search and win network, but the bucks don't seem to be transferrable. Prizes at SwagBucks' other sites cost more, so My Good Cents recommends that you stick with the main site.