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Swagbucks: Does it Work?

on 12.27.2009 at 1:31pm

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I confess, I’m a late adopter of Swagbucks, but I’m ready to see how this goes.  I’m all signed up and have my 3 swagbucks just for signing up.  I’m even setting a high goal… enough swagbucks to buy a Wii Fit.

I’ve heard that this is very doable, I just need to have persistence.

What is all of this?

Swagbucks.com is a search engine that rewards you for searching with swagbucks.  These are play dollars that are saved up and then redeemed for prizes or giftcards of your choosing.  A few examples:

450 points = $5 Amazon Gift Card

700 points = $5 in Paypal cash

140 points = $5 Red Envelope.com  gift card

These are low prizes, but you can save your swagbucks up for larger prizes too.

How do you earn Swagbucks?

  • Search the web. Use Swagbucks.com (or their toolbar) to do all of your searching from now on.  As you search you will earn/find swagbucks. (I just searched for the very first time after typing this and got another 5 swagbucks!)
  • Shop online using Swagbucks instead of another cash back site.  Get 1 Swagbuck for every $5 you spend.

  • Refer a friends to Swagbucks.
  • Find Swagbuck codes on blogs etc. and enter them for more bucks.

Does it work?

I have heard from many of you that got lots of free things from Amazon over the year so I am thinking the answer is yes. 

I’m going to keep you updated, each week when I post Friday Finals I will also post how many bucks I earned this week.  I hope it will help to keep me accountable  remembering to “swag” everyday!  Want to join in the fun?  Sign up.

So far I have 8 swagbucks just from starting!

    • Karoline

      I started not too long ago and have already redeemed $25 of amazon gift cards – I love it!

    • I am definitely going to try this. Signed up!

    • Swagbucks definitely works. Swagbucks covered my Amazon.com addiction. LOL!

    • kathi

      I started doing swagbucks in Feb and so far have earned $65 in amazon cards. The best way to earn lots is to get referrals from friends who search alot!

    • melissa

      i joined about a month ago and have 68 swagbucks.

      how many do you need to get a wii???

      i think it might take you a year!

      • kathi

        I don’t know how much a wii costs through Amazon but you can get a $5 gift card for 45 SB and you can use as many gc’s as you have/want to spend on an item.

      • kathi

        I think it really depends on how many referrals you have and how much they search (for awhile I had 2 active search referrals and I was getting 15-20 sbs a week just from them.

      • Mina

        Much less time than that. Jenny will earn lots more than a wii in that time period, and she’ll be able to do it without ever having to purchase anything through their search engine to get what she wants.

    • Jennifer

      Its definitly worth downloading the Swidget. You can check to see if there are any Swag Codes available. This is a great way to earn quickly!There is usually at least 1 a day.

    • Jennifer

      Its definitly worth downloading the Swidget. You can check to see if there are any Swag Codes available. This is a great way to earn quickly!There is usually at least 1 a day.

    • Andrea

      I started swagbucks a few months ago and had gotten enough to get $20 worth of Amazon gift cards for Christmas shopping. Apparently you can earn a lot when other people sign up and use you as a referral so if you add a swidget to southernsavers you can earn even more!

    • One tip for those who have lots of Swagbucks:

      Given the new changes to the maximum number of gift cards you can get now (only 5 of the $5 Amazon gift cards per month) the best thing is to try to go for the higher value Amazon gift cards – like the $50 and $100 ones;)

      • Karoline

        The only problem with going with the higher value amazon cards is that you are spending more swagbucks per dollar – if you compare how many SB you are spending per Amazon dollar you will see what I mean. I always go for the $5 amazon card – I guess i haven’t run into the problem of having too many swagbucks and not enough cards to redeem… (YET)

    • Michelle in Martinez

      I signed up, but I’m confused. How do we find the codes to enter?

      • Jenny

        As you search using their site or toolbar it will pop up and tell you that you have earned or found one. (Not that I’m expert yet, this is still day one for me :) )

        • Michelle in Martinez

          thanks! i’ll give it a try. :)

    • Just wanted to let you know that there appears to be an error in the above post:

      590 swagbucks equals $50 in Amazon cards;)

      It looks like you mistakenly wrote that 520 Swagbucks is $100…Not quite that good, sadly;)

      • Jenny

        They were on sale yesterday when I typed this up.

    • Melanie

      I was wondering if you did Swagbucks Jenny. I just started researching it this week. I just don’t understand why they have this possible…they get paid from their advertisers? but, why do they reveal what google has searched?
      I just have to understand it before I take the leap. Anyone have a better explanation for me? Thanks everyone!

      • Karoline

        It’s really not a leap to take. Whenever you go online and you need to look it up use swagbucks search – win swagbucks and get free stuff. I have already gotten $25 of amazon cards to spend – free money!! No leap taken- just websurfing.

        • Carrie

          Sounds a lot like spybot technology only, me, the end user is agreeing to let them watch where I go, etc. And of course I will get paid for that. As far as computer security goes, I am not so sure the firewall we use will work well with this, not to mention how my husband will take to the add-on. :::sigh:: anyone else have any more insight into this?

          • rollinalong59

            There is no add on. You don’t have to down loac their tool bar, you can go to http://www.swagbucks.com and search. Their search engine is powered by google and ask.com. Read the FAQs to have your spybot questions answered. Google tracks and stores your searches for years. If you think you are using a search engine and not being tracked then you need to learn a lot more about search engines espicall Google.

    • Do you think this site is better than ebates? Or can you use both?

      • Jen

        Use both! I use Swag just for searching (although you can use it for shopping) and Ebates for shopping! I have only had my account a couple of months, and I am not great at remembering to Swag for searches, but I have already redeemed $15 in Amazon!


    • I have been using SB for about 6 months and MOST of my christmas presents came from them through amazon.com. Even though amazon doesn’t ship to RI, luckily I can have them ship to my dads work in CT and he brings my packages to me. I adore swagbucks & I hope they never stop their site!

    • Lizel

      It works great! Only been swagging for about 4 months and I have earned $25 amazon bucks.

    • Jennifer

      Do some sites give you bucks and others don’t? I searched for restaurants.com and I got no points… Does anyone know what sites are good to search for points. I don’t think I understand this completely…

      • Marge

        Go to the Swag Bucks website and read How It Works and also the FAQs. That should answer most of your questions.

    • Marge

      I love Swag Bucks. It’s totally legit. I joined in September and have already earned $100 in free Amazon gift cards. There are lots of prizes you can get, but the Amazon gift cards are the best deal and you can get just about anything from Amazon. Thanks to Swag Bucks, I was able to get my husband a Christmas gift without him knowing about it and without him paying for it himself out of his paycheck! I’d encourage everybody to check it out.


    • Jenn

      Good luck!!! I had signed up, but every search I did said it wasn’t eligible for swagbucks.

      • Marge

        There are lots of ways to earn swag bucks. Searching is just one of them. I usually get swag bucks two or three times a day from searching. There’s also usually an extra code every day, too. You can earn from special offers and also by shopping through Swag Bucks. Like if I want something from Walmart and don’t need it right away, I order it from their website with free site to store shipping and I earn one swag buck for every 5 dollars spent. There are lots of shop and earn sites. Also it you get referrals, your bucks add up really fast.

    • Swagbucks is great and totally works! I use it for all of my internet searches and use my bucks for Amazon gift cards! You do not get points everytime you search, but will get some points everyday. Fridays are Mega Swagbucks day so your chances of earning more bucks are higher.

      • Meant to say you will get at least a point everyday if you search several times on that day…hope that makes sense.

    • I love swagbucks, too! I’m a true believer! I always redeem for amazon gift cards and my new goal is a new lens. I’m halfway there, thankyouverymuch swagbucks!!

    • Bethany

      I’ve been a SB user since November 2008 and have gotten over $200 worth of prizes (mostly Amazon GCs) in that year. I do have several referrals, but my husband doesn’t have any, and he’s gotten $40 in Amazon GCs this year just for searching (and most of that time we only used his account for 10 hours/week). So yeah – it’s totally legit, and I love it. =oD I got some of my husband’s seminary books last semester, an espresso maker, some jeans, a CD, a space heater, and a bluetooth car kit, and a few Christmas presents, with my GCs from SB.

      To those who keep forgetting to use it, download the search box for Firefox, and then it’s like default to use it to search. The results are not as good as Google (which is weird since it’s powered by Google) but it’s so worth a few extra seconds to get all those goodies for free.

      • Marge

        Oh, Bethany, did you know that you’re only allowed one account per household? If you and your dh have one, you’ll need to drop one of them or you may be deactivated.

      • Angel in NC

        My little sister and my Mom had an account and Swagbucks shut down both their accounts and black listed them from the website. So be careful, unless your husband uses his work address or a PO BOX.

    • Jennifer (palmettosweetheart)

      I agree with everyone else to download the toolbar. Then you can use it as a default search engine. i have gotten $15 worth of Amazon GCs and have 145 swagbucks right now.

    • Love Swagbucks! I try to at least do a couple of searches a day, and I think I’m up to about $30 in Amazon certificates just since September.

      Instead of typing in the name of the site you want to go to, or using your bookmarks, always type them in the search. You’d be surprised how many swagbucks you can get this way! I have even gotten a few by typing in “Southern Savers” ;)

    • I LOVE Swagbucks! Started in May and have gotten well over $100 in Amazon gift cards plus I’ve also gotten some others! And don’t forget about Mega Swagbucks Friday! They randomly reward points as high as 20, 50, and 100. I have yet to get a big one but my friend did!

    • Allyson

      I also love swagbucks! I started a few months ago. I search in the am, get my SB, and there is usually a code out in the afternoon/evening for at least 1 sb and then I get another SB in the evening from searching. I am averaging 1 $5 amazon card every 2 weeks.

    • Bethany

      I forgot to say above that the best place to find SwagCodes is this thread on Slickdeals: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1291711 Just go to the end of the thread. People post links to the Swidget or Toolbar or Blog or whatever, when there are new codes. It’s by far the easiest way to find codes without having to hunt or download anything.

    • Lauren

      You can set swagbucks.com as your default “home page” too. I prefer that to any widget, which I still have to remember to use. From internet explorer, click the menu bar “tools” then “internet options” and the first tab is General. There’s a white box where you can paste the swagbucks.com web address. Then whenever you open your browser, it will automatically go to swagbucks as “home.” I’m signing up now!

    • Sara

      I have only been doing swagbucks for a few weeks and already have $10 in Amazon.com giftcards to use. Here is a tip though, i’ve been told not to purchase the prizes through swagbucks but to use your Amazon GC’s toward one from there. If you compare how many swagbucks it takes to get the wii and look on amazon to find out the cost and then find out how many swagbucks you need to get that amount in Amazon GC you will find it is better to do Amazon. Just a tip, good luck!

    • I love Swagbucks! It definitely helped with my Christmas shopping!!

    • Leigh Ann

      I just started it about a month ago and I almost have enough for $20 in Alice.com cards that I will be using for diapers. I can always use free diapers!!!!!

    • Val

      I signed up, but I really love google adsense. a few years ago, I saw an article in Seventeen (i had bot it for my step-daughter) about a 17yr old , who had a website & a blog, & she got enuf checks from google, that she bot her mom a house!! I really didnt believe it. I signed up to have the google ads on my website. valscustomized.com
      well, I dont know who clicks on these ads (thankyou) but I normally get about 100 to $155 every 2 months. My accountant, didnt believe me, nor did my bank LOL This month so far I have $115 coming to me & $155 in Nov!! We do have a very active website, if you have a website, give it a try. Thanks for everyones tips! Val S.

    • cheryl

      So I’m just wondering if I am doing something wrong. I have been on Swagbucks since Sept & have only earned 98 swagbucks….I have only earned $5 once & all the others are $1. So am I doing something wrong?
      I have tried referring friends but no one has joined & I don’t have a blog to promote it…so how do I get more swagbucks?
      (Like I would love to get 15 tonite so I can get a restaurant.com giftcard)
      I shouldn’t complain, I did get 2 amazon cards when they were 40 SB, but I would love to get bigger gifts

    • leslie

      Do you get swagbucks everytime you use the search engine? I have searched many websites and have only received $1. Thanks!

    • Melissa

      I must be the only person who has failed at Swagbucks. I got 3 for signing up a couple of months ago and still only have 8 now. I’ve never gotten any through a search and I use it many, many times per day. I don’t blog so I won’t be getting any that way. I’ve done everything everyone has suggested, but to no avail! Oh, well! I’m glad it works for everyone else!

    • Michelle in Martinez

      exactly where do you enter the code when you get one to earn the swagbucks? i got a message on the toolbar with a code to enter but don’t know where to input it.

      • Marge

        At the Swag Bucks website, on the right side, under your name and number of swag bucks, you’ll see a box that says Enter a Swag Code. Copy and paste the code into that box and click on Gimme. The box will turn red and tell you that you’ve gotten a swag buck.

        • Michelle in Martinez

          Thanks, Marge…it worked! :)

    • michelle in tx

      i signed up for sb a couple of months ago, i’ve earned one $5 amazon g/c (i tried looking for it on my amazon account, i can’t find it! i tried to see if i ‘accidentally’ spent it, but i don’t know how?) i had planned to save up for a kindle….and wonderful ds gave me one for christmas…now i’m saving for a wii fit….

      i have 18 sb towards my next $5 amazon g/c….

      i do websearches on the sb toolbar, but the most i’ve ever gotten was $3…it’s kind of slow going for me, but that’s ok…slow and steady wins the race, right?

      • Laura

        If you entered your gift card code into your Amazon account, it would have been automatically applied the next time you made a purchase. If you want to accumulate multiple gift cards to be used on one purchase, you’ll need to hold them in your “my gift cards” section in your swagbucks account. Then, when you’re ready to make your large purchase at Amazon, enter all the codes just before you shop. Hope this helps :)

        • Marge

          Actually, you can choose not to apply your gift cards to a particular purchase. The default is to draw from your gift card balance, but you can change that by clicking on “Change” under “Payment Method” at checkout. So, you can go ahead and transfer your gift cards to Amazon right away and then use them when you want to. That’s what I do.

    • Dianne

      I have been accumulating some Swagbucks and have a question about redeeming them for Amazon giftcards. Will Amazon allow me to use multiple small gift cards on the same purchase? Or am I limited to use just one gift card per purchase? That will affect if I choose to redeem my Swagbucks for lots of $5 cards (getting up to the limit each month and saving them up) or if I get a larger card. Thanks for any advice!!

      • Allison

        You can use multiple gift cards per order on Amazon.com. I used 4 of them on my last order!

    • Michelle in Martinez

      how do you get credit for referrals?

      • Ashley

        I was wondering the same thing.

    • Rhonda

      I just searched for coupons and got a Swagbuck!

    • Phillis

      What is a good source for obtaining swag codes?

    • Lisa

      I am going to sign up right away — after reading all the positive posts I am excited!! I do ALLOT of surfing as does my husband, can I refer him to get swagbucks? My son does ALLOT of surfing too… I always hesitated as I was unsure.. Thanks so much!!

      • Aubrey

        Apparently, it’s only one account per household. If they see that there’s more than one account per address, they may deactivate your accounts.

    • holly

      Love Swagbucks! With you having a fabulous website, with so many visitors, it should be easy. Couponing to Disney wanted $200 for an Amazon Christmas and she met her goal and $374 more. So, swagbucks is awesome especially for websites like yours.

    • meg

      Can someone please help?? I keep getting a pop-up screen asking for a unique swag name and security question and everything I’ve tried does not work, says ‘swag name is unavailable’…..I can’t do anything else with this screen up! Help please!

    • meg

      Never mind, I got it :)

    • I thought I left a comment earlier about this, but can’t find it now. I signed up today, and already have 6 swagbucks – but I spent one on a kindle drawing entry. I’m checking out the slickdeals, thanks for the tip. I have the toolbar up, but I already turned off swagbucks as the homepage for searches because the search results are all advertisers and I wanted to be able to choose my search engine quickly. I am using it to get here and to FB and have already got a buck for searches.I also follow cha-ching on a shoestring and she posts all the swagbucks deals, but I went through SS to sign up because Jenny gets my loyalty!

    • Arminda

      I don’t understand how to find these things? I mean, are they going to appear in my number if I click on that sight? Or do I find the code and enter it? And if I have to find it, where am I suppose to look? What will it look like?

    • Laura

      There is a new Swag code out, it worked for me and is good until 1/6…go to this blog and follow the directions to get it:


    • Julie

      Has anyone been successful in installing this onto their iphone for searches on the go??

    • Martha

      Has anyone used SB for Alice.com gift cards? I’d like to give that a try.

    • BB

      I will praise all of you who are participating in this for your patience! Just reading the blog on does it work wore me out!! ;)

    • Meber

      It works great I love it and just received a $15 itunes gift card a week ago. Sign up now.

    • Meber

      It works great I love it and just received a $15 itunes gift card a week ago. Sign up now.