Swagbucks & Ebates Tips

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Swagbucks: How Does It Work?

So, you know that Ebates is my favorite website for saving money, but my (close) second favorite site is Swagbucks. I’ve been a member of Swagbucks since the beginning of October 2010, and I’ve earned ***Updated *** $1,500 in Amazon.com Gift Cards for free, with just a little effort. Seriously, just a tiny bit!

Winning Swagbucks allows you to use those points to purchase prizes and Gift Cards in the Swag Store. The best bang for your buck is the $25 Amazon.com Gift Card at 2,200 Swag Bucks. You only get this discounted card once per month.  There are also gift cards to other stores, like CVS, Target, iTunes and others, as well as higher denominations, and the amounts per month are unlimited, but they are 500 for $5.  If you want your points to go further, the $25 Amazon Card is your best bet!  I tend to only get that one card per month, but that’s $300 in FREE Amazon money per year!!

Today, I’m going to give you some tips on how to make the most of Swagbucks in order to get your FREE Amazon Money too.

First and foremost, Swagbucks is a search engine. Like Google, you can search for anything and everything. Unlike Google, you get Swag Bucks for random searches throughout the day. This is by far the easiest way to earn Swag Bucks, and you’ll win between 7-12 per search. I search in the early morning, just after lunch, early evening and once before bed. You don’t always win on the first search, but keep trying, spell things wrong and take their suggestions, look at different pages of results, go to a page and then hit the back button. After a while, you’ll see it’s kind of predictable when and how you win.

Other ways to win Swagbucks:

  • Daily 4: Take the Daily Poll (1), Follow the Path on the Daily Offers (skip everything, enter the Captcha Puzzle – get 2), Download the Toolbar and earn 1 SB every day when you open your browser! The toolbar is totally safe, and gives you a quick way to remember to do your searches and earn you bucks. You can search Swag Bucks right from the toolbar.
  • Complete the Profile Quizzes on the Trusted Survey Page: As a new member, you need to fill out these profiles so that they can get surveys that you will qualify for. These profiles are worth 100 or more Swag Bucks, so it’s a good idea to do them when you are a newbie.
  • Qualify and Complete a Survey: You can win 50-200 SB depending on the survey. I once took a survey, got SB, and the company called me for a focus group where I earned $100 cash for 45 minutes of giving my opinions. Sweet! You also get 1 Swagbuck for each survey that you don’t qualify for, up to 6 per day. I can usually complete one survey each day.
  • Swag Bucks TV: You can earn a max of 75 SB a day using SBTV. If you have the toolbar, the easiest way to do it is click on the Watch SBTV button, and it will bring up a little screen that you can push down in the right corner of your screen and hit mute on your computer. You have to click on each video, but after 10 videos, you get 3 SB.  You can only get credit for watching each video once per day.  So you can’t just keep watching the same one video.
  • Apps: There are several FREE Swagbucks Mobile Apps that you can use to earn easy Swagbucks.  For iPhone & Android: Swagbucks Mobile, SBTV mobile, EntertaiNow, Sportly, IndyMuisc.tv MovieCli.ps & Lifestylz.  If you have an Android, you can also download Indymusic & MovieClips.  Swagbucks Mobile is great for entering codes and searching on the go.  SBTV Mobile allows you to stream SBTV videos on your phone.  You can earn 36 Swagbucks per day, and you can also do SBTV on your computer.  The other apps are similar to SBTV, but the max you can earn is 10 per day per app.  So if you have an iPhone, that’s 86 SB per day.
  • Special Offers: These are things that you can do to earn SB, but I don’t do many of them. Some of them I think are shady. I generally will do the ones that only require you to like something on Facebook, because after it credits I can unlike it, and I’ve earned 15 SB fairly quickly. If you have a junk e-mail address, you can rack up a lot of SB by signing up for email blasts & insurance quotes.  There are also easy, low point videos to watch on the Special Offers page.
  • Codes: These are my favorite. Swag Bucks puts out Swag Codes at random times throughout the day.  When you find one, you enter it by clicking on the gear icon at the top right of the screen, next to your swagbucks total. These codes get you anything between 4 and sometimes 20 SB at a time. There’s usually one in the afternoon after lunch, but not always. You’re not supposed to tell people what the code is; you’re supposed to hunt for it. ***UPDATE*** You can now tell people what the code is!!  Yay!!! If you find one, share it on your Facebook wall, Twitter, Text it, whatever!  You can check my Swag Bucks Swidget here on the blog (that black box on the right with my total in it) to see if there’s an active code. Click the Swag Code button.  Check the Swidget on the Stacy’s Savings Facebook Page under the Rewards Programs Tab.
  • Coupons: You can print coupons from Swag Bucks, and you get 10 SB for each redeemed coupon. It takes about 12 weeks to get credited.
  • Referrals: When you have a friend sign up through your link, you get 10% of their swag bucks earnings for life!  They get 150 Swagbucks when they sign up!

See, there are lots of ways to earn Swagbucks. This looks like a lot, but it really doesn’t take very long. If you do your Daily Points when you do your first search, you can be done in 10 minutes. I try to earn just over 100 Swag Bucks a day. I can do this without referral matches by doing the items above. I always make sure I get my Search Wins and do my Daily Points every day.  I also do the mobile apps on my old iPhone.  It’s all about getting into a routine.

Check the Swag Bucks Facebook Page for hints and clues. There, you’ll see if people have won doubles (won on 2 searches), triples (3 winning searchs), quads (4 searches awarded), or even quints (rare). Usually you won’t win doubles or triples unless someone else has, so it’s useless to search until its confirmed on Facebook that there are multiple wins per day. You can usually win right after midnight too. The Facebook Page is also good for hints on Special Offers that are easy and when codes are out (lots of “thanks for the code” comments).

You can only get 2 like items from the Swag Store each day. So if you’re like me, and you only want the $25 Amazon.com Card, keep earning your Swag Bucks and roll them to the next month.

Swagbucks is great, because you can get Amazon.com money for free with just a little effort, and pay for all of your Christmas presents or use them to get free diapers! What could you do with $300 in Amazon.com money that you got for free? I’ve used mine to buy all sorts of items from Baby Gear, to Crafting Tools, to Thomas Trains, to an HDTV!

Sign up today, get 150 Swagbucks and start searching!


Ebates – How Does It Work?

I think Ebates might just be my favorite site. After all, their slogan is “Where It Pays to Shop Online.” What’s not to like! I’ve been a member since June 2008, and I absolutely love it! I’ve received over $2,800 in quarterly cash back payments, just for buying things I would normally buy. Who doesn’t like money?

My friend Blakely told me about Ebates that June. I was skeptical. I thought it was a scam. I thought it would spam me. She assured me that it wouldn’t. I signed up that month, and I started shopping. I just bought things that I would normally buy, like wedding presents, birthday presents, Christmas presents, clothes; little things here and there.  Each quarter, checks were coming in!


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How Ebates works is simple; they are a web portal. You go to here, sign up, then search for the store where you want to order something. Let’s choose Old Navy for 2% cash back. I click on the Old Navy link, and a new window pops up telling me that they are taking me to the Old Navy website.


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The website I want pops up, and I start shopping! Everything is just like normal. It’s the normal Old Navy website, everything is in the regular place, I can even pay with my regular credit cards. As long as I complete my transaction while on that website, I earn my cash back. At the end of each quarter, Ebates calculates how much cash back you’ve earned in that period, and they write you a check for that amount. Checks are mailed on the 15th of February, May, August, and November for the previous quarter’s cash back amount. That’s it! Super easy right?

You can get a FREE $10 Gift Card to stores like Target, Home Depot, Kohls and more just for signing up and making your first purchase!

Ebates has over 1200 stores; places you’ve heard of and new stores to try out! Each store has a different cash back percentage. Sometimes, Ebates has promotional deals where they raise the cash back for a period of time. They always have a theme where several stores are raised and sometimes doubled or tripled!  There’s also a Daily Double; one store where they double the cash back for one day only. A while ago, the Daily Double was Old Navy. Instead of doubling the normal 2%, they did a 20% cash back day! Guess who placed an order?

I’ve been known to purchase gift cards through Ebates to places like Home Depot or Crate & Barrel, and then use those gift cards on planned purchases in the store. That way, I can still shop in the store, but I also get my cash back! You can also do this to budget for a large purchase. For instance, we needed a piece of furniture for under our TV. I found one at Crate & Barrel. I went to Ebates, found Crate & Barrel, and purchased gift cards every time we got paid. When I had enough in gift cards to purchase the console, I went back through Ebates, back to Crate & Barrel, and purchased my furniture! I got my cash back for each gift card, plus the cash back for the console!! That cash back pretty much paid for the tax and shipping on the order! ***This doesn’t work for all stores, and they are cracking down on where this works. Check the Gift Cards category on the left and make sure you check the exclusions for each store on their Coupons Page.***

You can also earn extra cash back by referring your friends. This is the real reason I’m writing this post! You get $5 for each referral that signs up and makes a $20 purchase. Occasionally, they have a special deal where if you refer 3 or more new users, you get $30, or if you refer 500 users, you get an iPad. I’m lucky if I have one or two each quarter. You should be my next referral so I can thank YOU very much!

Ebates is a great website where you can earn money just by doing what you normally do anyway, buy stuff online! There’s no spam, there’s no scam, just cash back! It makes checking the mailbox fun again! Sign up today to start earning and get your FREE $10 Gift Card!!


  1. Betty says

    Great advice, thanks! Have you been able to get swagbucks and ebates for the same purchase? Both sites have Hotels.com and I wonder if I could earn swagbucks and receive ebates cash back at the same time.

    • says

      Hi Betty! No, it takes a cookie, so you get it from whichever one you used to get to hotels.com. I personally don’t do the shopping on Swagbucks in order to maximize my Ebates Big Fat Check each quarter. I can earn enough swagbucks for my $5 Amazon cards without doing the Shop & Earn. You could compare and see which site would give you more for what you are looking to purchase, and use that one for that purchase. Hope that helps! Thanks for visiting!

  2. Heather F says

    Hi Stacy!

    I have both ebates and swagbucks. I am curious as to which one is better for purchasing online? Right now, I can get 6% back at a certain store through ebates but 4sb per $1 spent on swagbucks. I also found out that swagbucks gives points for shopping through amazon! What would you suggest?

    • says

      Hi Heather!

      I usually use Ebates for shopping. I would look at the store you want to shop at on both, and use the one that’s higher. On both Swagbucks and Ebates, they have a rotating list of categories eligible for cash back on Amazon, so it’s not the whole website. Also, if you only cash out for $5 Amazon Gift Cards on Swagbucks because they are cheaper (like I do), they still have a limit of 5, so it may take a while to get your cash back that way.

      I actually use Lucky Rewards (for Lucky Magazine Subscribers) and Ebates, and I just use whichever is higher for the store that I want at that time.

      Happy Shopping and thanks for visiting!

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