March 22, 2016

Earning Free Gift Cards thru Swagbucks 101 ~ Part One: Quick & Free Activities

Swagbucks has become one of our favorite ways to earn free gift cards for packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  They have changed a bit over the years and I think it is a little harder to earn than it used to be, but it is still very possible to earn a few or many dollars each month thru online activities.  They offer dozens of different major retailers' gift cards including:  Walmart, Ebay, Kmart, Amazon and Target.  I am not familiar with what they offer outside the US, but Swagbucks  is available in these Countries:  US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland.  We'd posted about Swagbucks a couple weeks ago, and some of you had asked for more info on how we make our "bucks" (points), so here's the first of a series of "how to''s".



As you can see from the chart above there are dozens of ways to earn at Swagbucks.  I will be sharing them all in detail now and in future posts for those of you interested in finding a simple way to earn free gift cards to fill your shoeboxes. 

For doing online activities you earn points called SB.  One SB equals 1 cent.  Swagbucks has gift cards as low as $3.00.  They do offer $25.00 gift cards that can be purchased for just 2200 SB’s – if you save up for these, one SB will equal more than a penny.


Category #1:  Daily Quick & Free
  • Daily Poll
    • One question, multiple choice answer poll.
    • Earnings:  1 SB
    • Find link in left side bar on Swagbucks homepage.
    • Time:  3 seconds
  • Daily Offers—NOSO
    • Click Thru several offers (click “more deals”)
    • Be sure NOT to click SUBMIT or you will sign up for the offer--unless you want to sign up.
    • Enter three letter code at end
    • Earnings:  2 SB
    • Find link in left side bar on Swagbucks homepage.
    • Time:  10 seconds
  • Total Earnings Possible for Category #1
    • Daily:  3 SB
    • Weekly:  21 SB
    • Monthly: 90 – 93 SB
    • Yearly:  1095 SB – So by spending just a few seconds each day you could easily earn $10 a year towards your shoeboxes without doing anything further on Swagbucks. 

Category #2:  Quick & Free
  • SB Inbox Offers
    • On the top right side of the Swagbucks home page is your Swagbucks inbox.  When there are unopened messages there will be a number beside the box.  Click to open your inbox.
    • The messages will almost always be offers.
    • They vary from clicking on an article for one or two SB’s to signing up for free email offers for several SB’s to buying something to earn hundreds of SB’s.
    • I do the free and easy ones, like articles or quick videos or signing up for free offers where only an email is needed (be sure to get a junk email first).
    • Earnings:  varies but I average 15 SB’s a week
    • Time:  5 to 20 Seconds (unless there is a video to watch)
  • Search 
    • On the top left side of the Swagbucks home page is a box to type in what you want to search for.  Periodically throughout the day SB are rewarded for searching.  Before you leave Swagbucks for the day search once or twice.
    • Do NOT keep searching and searching – they ban users for that.  If you are going to win a SB you will usually win in the first three tries.
    • SB rewarded for search vary from 5 to 50 – I usually average about 7 (today I won 39).  I average two wins a week.
    • When you win most times you will have to enter a captcha code to receive the SB’s so stay on the page until the search is completed so you don’t miss it.
    • And by using the Swagbuck’s search engine throughout the day when you need to search for something on the internet you may earn SB’s.
    • Earnings:  varies but I average 15 SB’s a week
    • Time:  5 to 10 Seconds
  • Total Earnings Possible for Category #2 (these are my averages – but many more are possible)
    • Daily:   4 to 5 SB
    • Weekly:   28 to 35 SB
    • Monthly:  120 to 150 SB
    • Yearly:   1460 to 1825 SB – So by spending just a little more time each day you could easily earn an additional $14 to $18 a year towards your shoeboxes.

So you can see that with just a few seconds each day you can earn enough to pack another box or two each year!

If you haven’t signed up for Swagbucks yet and you sign up thru the links in this post Sarah will earn when you earn.  These are her referral links and anyone who signs up under her account she will earn 10% of what they earn (on most activities).  Together we can fill more shoeboxes for kids in need.


I will share more ways to earn free gift cards thru Swagbucks in a later post.  By beginning with these daily free & quick ways you can become familiar with the Swagbucks’ website and see how easy it is for the SB’s to add up.

When I finish this series you will be able to find all the posts by clicking this image:


Happy Packing!  ~ Cheryl

Disclosure: Links in this post are my personal Swagbucks referral links. 

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