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Swagbucks Paid for My College Textbooks


Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Holly:

From the time that I was very young, my mom made it a priority to teach my siblings and me to be frugal. So when I started working on my B.A. in 2012, I knew that I wanted to keep my expenses to a minimum. However, as anyone who’s gone through college will tell you, textbooks can quickly break the bank because of their outrageous prices.

I started college right about that same time that I started using Swagbucks, and I quickly realized that by earning and using Amazon gift cards, I could pay for my textbooks without having to pay any money out of pocket.

Here’s what I did:

  • Made a concerted effort to take the daily poll, NOSO and the toolbar every day when I first got on to the computer for 4 easy Swagbucks.
  • Used the Swagbucks search engine to look up websites and information that I needed online. Since it seemed like I was constantly having to look something up, I usually earned about 20 or 30 Swagbucks every day from that.
  • Got several friends and family members to sign up and was able to earn referral points from their earnings.
  • Turn on Swagbucks TV with my speakers muted and allow the videos to play without becoming a distraction.
  • Take surveys when they were available (this is the way I’ve earned the most Swagbucks).

Using, I could shop around for the best prices on textbooks, usually used, and buy them for considerably less than the average student would pay going into a college bookstore. Over the course of a year, I was able to pay for almost all of my textbooks — 32 courses’ worth — without having to spend any money out of pocket!

Once I completed the course, I then sold my books and, in some cases, was able to make a small profit.  Once I finish college, I’ll look forward to putting my Swagbucks gift cards to good use in other areas.

How I’m Paying to Ship 20 Operation Christmas Child Boxes Using Swagbucks

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Kimber:

Two Christmases ago, my family wanted to find an act of service that we could do in honor of my mother-in-law. We decided to pack three shoeboxes for .

We shopped, packed the boxes, and took them to the drop-off location as a family. We took pictures of our kids with the boxes, wrapped up the pictures with a printed copy of the e-mail that said where our boxes ended up (Mexico), and presented the gift to my mother-in-law on Christmas morning.

I was hooked!

Last year, I eagerly shopped in October and November, hosted a fun craft night/packing party for my friends, and filled 13 shoeboxes. My only problem was, I had used most of my “shoebox budget” when I shopped.

Several friends and family members contributed cash to help pay for shipping, and my husband was very gracious about the fact that I ended up spending more than we’d planned on. But this year, I set a few goals for myself. I wanted to pack 20 shoeboxes. I wanted to shop all year long, stocking up on the best deals. And I wanted to earn the $140 for shipping ($7 per box) before November.

Shopping all year has been a joy. I have found wonderful treasures (ranging from cute notepads to warm hats and mittens) on clearance. I’ve scored great deals on hygiene items at CVS. I have collected over half of the items I need to fill my shoeboxes already, and it hasn’t even touched my budget. But that leaves one thing remaining: the shipping fees.

Enter Swagbucks!

If you’d like to track your shoeboxes, you need to pay your $7 shipping fee online using a credit or debit card. A few months ago, I made a decision: I would start saving up all of my Swagbucks.

When I reached the 10,000 point mark, I would cash out for a $100 PayPal deposit. And when I had earned another 5,000, I would again cash out for a $50 PayPal gift card.

Although OCC doesn’t accept PayPal, I planned on paying for it with my debit card and depositing the $150 from PayPal into my bank account. Voila! Shipping for 20 shoeboxes covered, an extra $10 to buy a few more filler items.

Our Creative Plan

But as I approached the 9,000 point mark (yay!), I realized something – I could get a better deal if I cashed out in Amazon gift cards. It is a bit more complicated, but here is the plan I worked out:

Each month, starting in June, I will use my Swagbucks to purchase 5 $5 Amazon gift cards (the maximum). By November, I will have earned $150 in Amazon gift cards, but only paid 13,500 points.

Our family frequently uses Amazon, so I will apply the $150 to our Amazon account, then use the $150 “saved” from our household budget to pay to ship my shoeboxes. With the 1500 points I’m saving this way, I can cash out for $15 in gift cards to fill another box!

How I Earn At Least 50 Swagbucks Per Day

To the new Swagbucks user, 13,500 points might seem like a huge goal. But I’ve found that just by casually using Swagbucks (as my search engine, to print my coupons from, entering codes when I see them pop up on Facebook, and occasionally using Shop and Earn), I can easily earn an average of 50 Swagbucks per day.

And if I have a bit more time to put into it (doing special offers, taking surveys, and completing other activities like the daily poll), I can earn 100 Swagbucks per day (and sometimes significantly more).

Since setting this goal for myself, I have had a lot more motivation to use Swagbucks. I am now only 3,000 Swagbucks away from my goal, and I’m getting so excited for November – shoebox packing time!

Have you saved up and purchased something using your Swagbucks? If so, you could get a $50 gift card just for sharing your Swagbucks success stories with readers!

Swagbucks Paid for My Daughter’s School Supplies

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Meredith:

I had signed up for Swagbucks last Christmas, but I didn’t use it at all. I thought it was going to take up too much time and didn’t give it much thought.

I had 100 Swagbucks sitting in the account until July 1st, this year. Then it happened… we got the fliers for school supplies. My daughter is starting Kindergarten this year, and even though we are stable enough to buy her the items she will need, I hadn’t been planning on anything much beyond glue sticks and crayons!

Since my husband and I are big Amazon shoppers, we have been playing an Amazon “game” for years now. With our cash envelope system, we have a rule — when you pay, you can’t use coins. So if an item is $2.01, you have to pay with $3.00. The $0.99 goes into a jar and is changed out at the Coinstar for an even-exchange Amazon gift card (this works for us considering our bank will not accept loose coins in bulk.)

So when I got my daughter’s school supply list, my first instinct was to check our change jar. However, I was disappointed to find only about $15.00 in there. I wanted to be able to purchase items that would last for several years… so I figured I would go back on Swagbucks and give it a try.

The first week, I didn’t do much; just the NOSO, Daily Poll, and searches. However, after that first week, I started with surveys and explored more. I was easily meeting my daily goal which gave me even more Swagbucks.

Here are some things that gave me a lot of Swagbucks: Jun Vidoes, Encrave, Games (Up to 10 Swagbucks per day on free play), Surveys in the Dashboard, Surveys in Special offers, and searching.

Within three short weeks, I had made enough, along with my $15.00 in the Amazon fund, to buy my daughter a new Jansport backpack, a new lunchbox, and a new water bottle (she got to pick them out).

So now, thanks to, I am a faithful Swagbucks user! I can also say that I have $15 dollars in my Amazon account left over to go toward my next purchase — Christmas gifts!

Swagbucks Paid for Our New Kitchen Hardware


Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Trisha:

I am a full time student and stay-at-home-mother to our busy three year old son. My husband is also a full-time student and in the Marine Corps Reserve. We are both twenty-three and have been married for five years.

Money is tight with both of us being full-time students, so if we want anything extra for ourselves or our home, we find different ways to earn money, like selling items we no longer use or by using Swagbucks.

I began using Swagbucks last year to help cut the costs of Christmas. After Christmas, I decided to save up to purchase Lowe’s gift cards so we could begin remodeling our kitchen and curb some of the costs. Lowe’s offers a 10 percent military discount so it helped stretch our gift cards a little further.

When my son would lay down for afternoon naps or fall asleep in the evenings, I would fill out surveys or special offers. My husband and I always use the toolbar to earn while searching the internet, and I made sure to fill out the daily polls and enter the special codes. I also downloaded the Swagbucks app so I could watch videos on my phone randomly during the day.

By devoting less than an hour each day, we were able to earn multiple gift cards. By May, we had enough Swagbucks saved up to buy 11 new brackets and handles for the kitchen cabinets that were freshly sanded and stained. The 11 new brackets and handles for our kitchen were $69.31 after our Lowe’s discounts and before taxes.

Being able to make the purchase with gift cards we got from Swagbucks was amazing, especially since hardware for our kitchen was the most expensive part of our cabinet redo. Going from navy blue cabinets to a nice wood with updated hardware really made our kitchen stand out. We are still saving up Swagbucks to buy nine more brackets and handles, after we finish adding a backsplash.

Swagbucks Paid For My Husband’s Wedding Ring


Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Lydia:

My fiance and I were on the search for the perfect wedding rings. We went to a local jeweler and picked out a white gold wedding band for my husband.

The price tag was $500. My fiance did not care about the metal, and I didn’t like the look of the ring.

The search continued, and we looked in another jewelry store. The tungsten and titanium rings were around $150… however, my fiance turned to and found a similar ring for only $25!

I had been earning Swagbucks by using as my homepage and as my main search engine. I also earned a fair number of Swagbucks by watching Swagbucks tv on my iPod touch (I just mute the iPod and let it do its thing).
So with those Swagbucks, we easily had enough to completely pay for the $25 ring! I love the ring that he purchased, and also love that Swagbucks paid for everything! -Lydia
Note to Lydia: Could you email me? There wasn’t an email address submitted with your post and we want to make sure you get your $50 Amazon gift card.

Swagbucks Got My Business Started

Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Elise who blogs at :

I’ve enjoyed making soap for our own use as well as for gift-giving for quite some time. Recently however, I began toying with the idea of starting an artisan soap business.

There are a lot of this soap makers out there however, and we weren’t really sure how successful the venture might be. So unfortunately, we couldn’t justify taking money for start-up supplies out of our already meager budget.

The idea was firmly in my head though, and I just couldn’t let it go. It just seemed so logical for someone with extra goat milk on hand to make and sell goat milk soap!

For years, I’ve used Swagbucks for purchasing diapers, birthday gifts, and books, most of the time by exchanging them for gift cards. But recently, I’d been letting them pile up, not sure what to do with them.

So I started looking at supplies like lye and essential oils, and as it turns out, everything I needed could be found through! I got to work right away, exchanging Swagbucks for gift cards and ordering my supplies.

Thanks to Swagbucks, I now have a selling in artisan markets, and am working on . I can honestly say that if it weren’t for Swagbucks, I’d still be collecting pennies for that first sodium hydroxide purchase.

Elise is a farmer’s wife and mom blogger who loves making things from scratch, living “off the land”, all things health and fitness, goat keeping, cloth diapers, and writing. You can read about her adventures at .