Our family has a fun tradition. During Hanukkah, each of us children has our name written on a piece of paper and put into a hat. Then each of us draw a name and don’t tell anyone (except our parents) who it is! Come springtime, everyone has gotten a gift for “their person” and these gifts are given during the feast of Purim.
Nearly two years ago, my sister Sarah drew my name and you can imagine my surprise when she presented me with a Kindle Touch! I love to read and this was a great way to fit a lot of books in a small space. Plus, the high-contrast e-ink screen reads like real paper, with no glare. Do you want to know how much I paid for the hundreds of books now downloaded on my Kindle? Zero. I had no idea they offered so many free books, mainly older classics, but I have thoroughly enjoyed them!
So you’re wondering why I’m telling you about family traditions and Kindles? Because Sarah paid for most of my Kindle with Swagbucks gift cards. Are you familiar with Swagbucks? I had heard about it for a long time … supposedly you could make money just by searching the web … but I never gave it much thought. Then one day I decided to sign up. It didn’t cost anything and I figured I might as well see if the stories were true.
And they are! You can earn points while searching the web and turn the points into cash (Paypal) or gift cards from many different stores. The other day I spent 450 points on a $5 amazon gift card because I needed to replace the French Press beaker that I dropped and broke 🙁 . It took me a few weeks to earn that many points with normal use. And when I say normal use, I mean “searching the web”. Whenever I need to look up anything or go to a website, I type it into Swagbucks. Even if I know the web address, I still type it in the search so that I can get credit. There is no rhyme or reason to the timing or the amount of points that you receive. Sometimes I’ll earn 6 or 7 … the other day I earned 15! Of course, your usage will affect how many points you earn but it is possible to earn more than 20 points per day just by searching the web.
There are many ways to get other rewards – one that I recently took advantage of was their Shop and Earn program. When I placed a $20 order with Staples, I received 80 points. They are affiliated with many companies so if you’re going to place an order, it’s worthwhile to see if you can earn any points at the same time.
I only have one complaint about Swagbucks. About two years ago, they shut down my account for violations and would not tell me what the violations were. That was really frustrating! Trying to get help from their tech support was a dead end. I lost my account and my points and just gave up on the whole thing for awhile. Recently though, I decided to open a new account and it has been smooth sailing since! So while I was really unhappy about the trouble with my first account, I do have to admit that I really didn’t lose anything … I just lost what I had expected to receive! So I’m back with Swagbucks and hope that my account will last a good long time!
I strongly encourage you to sign up with Swagbucks. It doesn’t take any initial investment on your part and if you’re going to be on the internet anyway, why not earn some money while you’re at it? 🙂