I’m always looking for a quick way to earn some cash so I’ve gone the Swagbucks route for a couple months. For those who aren’t familiar, Swagbucks is a website that essentially gives you points for doing surveys, watching videos, or buying products. You can then redeem these points for various gift cards or cash (via PayPal). Here’s a general review of the site & different earning methods to see if it’s worth your time.
I’ve never actually completed a survey, & I suggest you don’t waste your time. I’d spend 5-10 minutes on them just for it to tell me I don’t qualify & “reward” me with 1 Swagbuck (~$0.01). Even if you are the special individual that they’re looking for, most quizzes offer <100 Swagbucks & take 30 minutes. Sooooo you’re making ~$2/hour. These quizzes are useless, & you aren’t going to make any money from doing them. The polls don’t take much time, but you’re also getting pennies for doing it, so I guess that’s up to you if it’s worth going to the site daily for a couple cents.
I have mixed feelings about this feature. When I use it, I just pull it up & let it play in a separate screen while I mute my computer. I think you get about $0.03 for 6 videos. Granted I’m not actually watching them, I have to constantly check on the browser to see if it’s still playing because it will randomly stop (probably to prevent people from doing what I do haha). Still, I usually don’t think it’s worth the effort.
You can get Swagbucks for simply buying gift cards or shopping from companies online. Surprisingly, they have some big names like Nordstrom, Macy’s & Amazon. Giftcards usually offer 1-3% cash back & a lot of the online sites offer 1-3 swagbucks/dollar spent. It’s not a ton of money, but it’s free so if you’re going to shop at the stores anyway, might as well.
Swagbucks offers a search engine & rewards you with points just for searching. If you’re willing to stray from Google, you can make a couple extra cents randomly. Personally I don’t think this feature is worth it either.
THIS is the best feature of Swagbucks in my opinion. You can earn Swagbucks for simply buying/trying new products. I got about $20 just for trying Blue Apron, which I was planning on doing anyway. These deals tend to give you more money, & I also really enjoy trying new things so this works perfectly for me.
Overall: Check it out, but only certain parts
Swagbucks is a good site to get some extra cash shopping online. Most of the features are a waste of your time; however, they do have some good offers if you shop online a lot or like trying out new products.
I definitely recommend installing the Swagbutton to your browser. It will alert you if any site your on is offering deals with Swagbucks so you don’t miss out on a reward.
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