Save Money with Swagbucks

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Earn prizes and save money with Swagbucks.


About five years ago, I heard about this search engine called Swagbucks. I signed up with a fair amount of skepticism. But, it turned out to be the real deal. You earn points be referring friends (that’s you!), searching the web, watching videos, filling out surveys, and a whole lot of other things.

Our family started searching with Swag Bucks and within a short while we’d earned enough points searching the web, something we do anyway, to get free gift cards from Amazon or Starbucks. It’s nice to get rewarded for something you would do even without the reward. It’s been a wonderful way to get free books, toys, and freepacinos. One year I even paid for ALL my kids Christmas presents with gift cards I’d won through Swag Bucks. Seriously.

Yes, it took awhile to save up that many, and I was still shopping on a budget, but I did it. The kids helped, too, since I made Swagbucks the main search engine on our computer at the time.

(Like I said, you can also earn points by referring friends. So, if you sign up through my link, you’ll be feeding my coffee and book habits. Thank you very much!)

If you’re NEW to Swagbucks, you can get an extra 70 Swagbucks in addition to the 30 you get when you complete your profile.

When you sign up, click the text that reads “I have a sign up code” and type in FISHMAMA. That should get you 70 Swagbucks right out of the shoot.

The code is good through the end of the month.

Earning Swagbucks has been a great way to fill in the gaps for our family, especially when cash has been short. The gift cards have helped provide for little fun things that we might not otherwise be able to squeeze from the budget.

How do YOU fill in the gaps at your house?

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  1. Ah, swagbucks. I have an account. Somewhere.

    I just never use it anymore. It seems to me that the only people it really benefits are those who get points when they refer someone. Perhaps I’ll try again!

    Thanks for the reminder.

    1. They have added a LOT of other ways to earn points, like if you shop through their portal, you get points, similar to ebates. But, I think you have to be pretty dedicated. The year it paid for Christmas, my kids were very into it.

    2. I have zero referrals and make around $35 a month just by searching, watching videos, and occasionally purchasing things.

      They even give you 10 swagbucks per coupon for coupon redemptions from

      It does require some time commitment to earn that amount but even 30 swagbucks( a search win, 10 swagbucks from games, daily poll, NOSO and viewing a couple of videos in Radium 1 or Peanuts Lab under Discover) would net you $10 a month in Amazon gift cards or $120 in Amazon Christmas funds.) Doing that would likely take less than a half hour.

  2. I love Swagbucks! Even without new referrals I can easily earn a $5 Starbucks card each month. My husband and I take turns one year it helps feeds kindle habit the next year it helps feed my love for Starbucks. There are so many ways to earn. I make sure to take just 40 seconds each day to complete the daily poll and the NOSO that is 3 points a day right there making 90 points in one month. We don’t have TV in our home so sometimes I get my fill of The Doctor’s by watching clips on the Swag TV channel and earn a few points that way. Before printing a coupon I check to see if they offer it in their coupon area. Before purchasing a daily deal I check to see if they have it in their daily deal area (this earns me lots of points). There are so many ways to earn points besides just the daily searching, although you were doing that before without getting paid so why not get paid in free gift cards. Best way to do that is download their tool bar!

  3. I stopped using Swagbucks a few weeks ago. It was really slowing down my computer and I wasn’t getting quality search results either, especially compared with google. I wish I liked using Swagbucks because I would love to earn free gift cards.

  4. Fishmama didn’t work for me. Even though I signed up as a new user for the first time. It kept telling me the swag code was only for new users.

    1. I spoke with Swagbucks this morning. They said it’s really important to use the code at the same time as your sign-up. The code won’t work if you’ve already signed up, even if only a few minutes have passed. Go ahead and talk to their customer service and they should be able to help you with this.

  5. I am new to Swagbucks….and it seems the best way to earn points is through surveys….yet I can waste tons of time “trying” to take surveys and after I answer significant numbers of questions the survey then shuts off and tells me I am not eligible or the quota has already been filled…..after I have answered their questions….frustrating and a waste of time. Any advice for me?