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Who couldn’t use more free money? Whether you’re an upstart blogger or prepping for the holiday season, extra and easy income is always a welcome surprise.
Part rebate site, part survey site, part everything else, Swagbucks is one of the easiest side hustles I work right now. It consistently brings me gift card after gift card for hardly any time investment at all.
How it works
Swagbucks rewards you with points that can be redeemed for gift cards to a lot of popular places like Amazon and Walmart. What’s awesome is that you earn points for things you do online anyway, like using a search engine, watching videos, and shopping online. Why not get paid for it, right?
How to earn the most money possible from it
Each point is worth about a penny, so most of the time you can find a $5 gift card for 500 points. As of the writing of this post, you can get a $25 Amazon gift card for 2200 points, so it’s even better!
In any case, there are some things you can do to really maximize this already easy side hustle and get the most bang for your buck time-wise. Here are my top tips.
1. Use SBTV
SBTV is both an app and a section of the Swagbucks website where you get paid to watch movie trailers and other interesting videos from around the web. Sometimes they’re celebrity gossip, sometimes they’re interesting cooking shows or political stories. This is by far the most effortless activity on here, and I typically let those videos run while I do housework or surf the net on another tab.
2. Use the Swagbucks search engine
In my experience, the Swagbucks search engine is just as reliable as Google or Bing. Better yet, every search has the chance of randomly rewarding you with points. Just a few days ago I hit the jackpot and got 100 points from a single search, but the norm for me is usually between 2 – 20 points.
3. Shop online through Swagbucks
If you’re like me and do a ton of online shopping, then this will be a lifesaver. They’ve partnered with over 1500 online shops to give you rebates of 1-10% on online purchases, including places like Amazon, Walmart, Expedia, and Target.
4. Fill out surveys
Getting money just for giving my opinion? Jackpot. While you won’t qualify for every survey, which can be frustrating, those that you do qualify for will usually take just a few minutes and be well worth your time.
5. Complete your daily poll and NOSO
Every day you’ll have the chance to answer a simple one-question poll and earn 1-2 points. Not a whole lot, but the little things add up. Plus, it’ll take you less than ten seconds to answer. Likewise, if you go through your daily No Obligation Special Offers (NOSO), you’ll earn a small bit too. Both things than can be filled out in between checking email that add up in the long term.
6. Get a $3 head start
If you’re not already on Swagbucks, you can use my link to join here and get a $3 head start today!
Consistency is key when it comes to Swagbucks. Every day they set a daily points goal and if you achieve it, you get extra points! Lately the goal has been 40 points a day, which is beyond easy if you follow the above tips. If you hit that, you’ll usually get 3-5 bonus points.
Similarly, if you hit your daily goal for several days and then several weeks in a row, you’ll get a bonus for that too!
Take a look at what the monthly streak bonuses are for this month:
So there you have it, my top tips for turning Swagbucks into a decent side gig. While it’s true that you (most likely) won’t be able to pay the bills off this, it’s a wonderful way to put some holiday money in your pockets or simply treat yourself here and there.