Jan 11, 2010

Ways to Make & Save Money #2: Use Swag Bucks as your default search engine

You can read the rest of the Ways to Make & Save Money series here.

Search & WinIn the summer of 2008, I found a nifty search and win site called Swag Bucks. I joined, used Swag Bucks as my default search function online, and within a month, I had earned enough Swag Bucks to redeem for a $5 Amazon certificate. It truly was free money!

In a nutshell, once you've joined Swag Bucks, every search is an opportunity to win random "Swag Bucks." Usually it's 7 to 10, but sometimes it's more (I recently got 28 for a single search). Swag Bucks can be redeemed for various prizes, including gift certificates, gift cards, books, posters, concert tickets, music and sports memorabilia, and much more. In fact, Swag Bucks has really grown in the last year and a half, and they seem well on their way to getting even bigger.

My favorite thing about Swag Bucks is that it's effortless. I have to search the internet anyway, so why not make money in the process?

In addition to searching, there are other ways to earn Swag Bucks. You can use the site as a shopping portal (similar to Ebates), or take advantage of special offers, which include Coupons.com, if you want to print your coupons through Swag Bucks. You can trade in video games, consoles, cellphones and MP3 players. And there's my favorite, free Swag Codes, which are case-sensitive codes that you enter into the box on the homepage.

I bring up Swag Bucks today because today through Friday, Swag Bucks will post a daily Swag Code in their free downloadable toolbar. Look for it in the "From TSG" button (TSG stands for "The Swag Guy," who is the voice of Swag Bucks).

Thanks in large part to everyone who's signed up for Swag Bucks using my referral link, I've earned hundreds of dollars in gift certificates. So I have to thank all of you who've used that referral link, because you've already helped me on the path to achieving my New Year's resolution.

If you haven't signed up for Swag Bucks yet, of course I'd appreciate it if used my referral link. You'll get 30 sign up Swag Bucks to get you started, and you'll be on your way to earning free money. And you'll have my thanks for helping me reach my goal by year's end :)

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