Pay for Christmas Morning with Swagbucks

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Christmas morning can be a fun, fun, FUN moment for a child. I have wonderful memories of those days.

Except, of course, when my sister sobbed uncontrollably for two hours when our baby brother got the only Cabbage Patch doll my parents could lay their hands on. That was a sad, sad day. (In their defense, it was a boy doll. And they had three girls. So, they gave it to their one boy. They had no idea that they would devastate her in that way.)

Anyway…. Christmas morning can be a fun time. What I’ve noticed is that it’s almost more fun as a parent because I get to be in on the surprises and see my kids’ faces burst into smiles when they open a gift that pleases them.

However, that Christmas morning experience can be costly. Just ask the parents who scoured the stores and ended up with a lone boy Cabbage Patch doll.

And it can cost more than a few tears, especially when you count the rising cost of commercial products.

Search & Win A few years ago we signed up for a Swagbucks account. Swagbucks is a search engine that rewards its members with points, or “swagbucks” that can be redeemed for a variety of prizes, including gift cards to iTunes, Amazon, and Starbucks.

I programmed it as the home page on each of our computers. The kids love the idea of “winning” something when they make a computer search, and over time we earn points that we typically cash in for Amazon gift cards.

One year, I saved the gift card balance for months and was able to pay for Christmas mornings with Swagbucks! Yes, really. We’d been saving for a camera, but decided that it was farther down on the priority list than Christmas presents for the kids. Amazon has such amazing prices at the holidays that we were able to stretch our Swagbucks earnings far enough to cover gifts for all six kids.

You can earn Swagbucks in other ways, too. Complete surveys, watch videos, or complete special offers. For instance, sign up with Netflix via Swagbucks and you earn 675 points. There are lots of options to choose from. So, if you were already planning to sign up for Netflix, it’s a great way to maximize on the investment.

Swagbucks has been a great way for us to save money.

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  1. Wow! That is a lot of Swagbucks to buy Christmas presents for 6 kids! I have definitely enjoyed earning mine, and while I have some amazon credit saved up, it’s not nearly that much. Still, it’s so nice to be able to have even a little free amazon credit this time of year thanks to Swagbucks.

  2. That’s awesome 🙂 I love SB too, but that’s the one thing I keep for me. We get great deals for the kids at yard sales or clearance sales. My older kids are all about frugality, so they love getting halloween candy in their stocking – is that weird? I make many of the gifts for my family and for dh’s this year we got GC’s for way cheap – love that! So, my Christmas shopping is about done! Isn’t there a chart somewhere that shows that a child is happier recieving a smaller number of gifts and as they get more their happiness and contentedness level drops? Anyways, on Christmas we have several traditions that are ‘ours’ and it’s cherished family time – the gifts are kind of bonus 🙂 Love your articles!

    1. That chart is in the Tightwad Gazette…that’s exactly what I think of when I people talk about kids and Christmas gifts!

  3. The last 2 years I save my SB for Christmas, and my daughters birthday is 3 weeks after. We got most of her Christmas and Birthday with SB. My family can’t believe it, and we already have most of Christmas bought and are working on Birthday now. Since I only have 1 I get to spoil her for free and I love it because otherwise I probably wouldn’t get to spoil her.

  4. I’m on the Swagbucks bandwagon, too! It’s either more homeschooling supplies or books that I end up getting with the Amazon e-cards. It’s so much fun, and I’m excited that I get to go shopping for free 🙂

  5. I have really focused on earning more SB the past 2 months and it has really paid off! Since I left my job in June to become a SAHM every bit helps, and SB are an easy way to get some extra $!

  6. I feel like I must be missing something with the SB’s. I’ve been using it for two years now and have not been able to rack up that many points. I use it every time I do a search. We already have Netflix and I have not seen any other services or things that we need to buy on their site.

    How do you rack up the points?

    1. Referring friends can garner you points. But, I think having six kids who use the internet helps, too. LOL

  7. I love Swagbucks, and I recently turned my 15 year old on to them to pay for his electronic games and music CD’s.

    I never considered saving the swagbucks for Amazon’s toy sales, though I think that’s a great idea. After all, how many books do I really need to buy for myself, though I’ll be putting YOUR cookbook on my list. I do have some priorities. 🙂

    1. That is a fantastic priority to have! Thankfully, I think it will be very reasonably priced.

  8. I love swagbucks but we don’t tend to save them to buy large things. Instead we get free or cheap peanut butter, coffee, etc. throughout the year. I wonder if I could be disciplined enough next year to save them all and see how many gifts I could buy with them.

  9. Way to go on swagbucks, just now able to earn a card, but it’s free. I’ve been using the same southwest freezer rub since March. It’s still fresh on the side door. Thnx for hosting!

  10. I just discovered Swagbucks this year, and I am *on board*! I’ve used several SB-purchased Amazon gift cards for household purchases, and now I’m hoping to at least offset a portion of my Christmas costs with them. Next year I want to see if I, too, can pay for the whole shebang with Swagbucks! You inspire me!

    1. Well, keep in mind, I’m guessing “the whole shebang” looks different in every family.

  11. I don’t rack up Swagbucks very fast, but what I get helps a little toward paying for diapers and wipes. 🙂

  12. I do so many searches for my other writing job that I rack up the points fast. I try and do surveys every now and then, but I rarely qualify. 🙁