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How Swagbucks Allows Me to Earn Passive Income from Dividends

My very first post on this site more than three years ago touched on the benefits that users could earn from the site SwagBucks (you can sign up here).  The site allows users to complete a number of different tasks that earn a virtual currency known as Swagbucks. This virtual currency is not like Bitcoin in that the value can vary greatly over time. The Swagbucks pretty much have a fixed redemption value of one cent per Swagbuck. This current post is going to show you how you can cash in and start to earn passive income that could literally last for the rest of your life.

Many people who use the site cash in for things like $5 e-gift cards from retailers like Amazon or Walmart. I do not choose to use this redemption option. The coolest of all redemptions, in my estimation, is $25 in PayPal cash. I use the site to earn money in pajamas, and have been putting my PayPal cash to work earning money on the money I earned in my pajamas.

2,500 Swagbucks allow to cash in on PayPal. I can earn these 2,500 Swagbucks in a variety of ways. One of the most common options is by searching on the web. I use the search bar, and the site randomly provides a number of Swagbucks that generally ranges between 4 and 50. Here is a picture of what a “win” looks like:

I scored 11 Swagbucks with this search.
I scored 11 Swagbucks with this search.

 

Answer Surveys

One way that I can earn more Swagbucks is through online surveys. I tend to look at the surveys under “Gold Surveys” the most, as I seem to have more luck getting them to credit. The surveys that pay out 50 Swagbucks for 10 minutes are generally from a site called Opinion Central, and I have had pretty good success from these. They generally take less than the 10 minutes advertised, as well.

I opt for the New Gold Surveys
I usually opt for the New Gold Surveys

Another major way that you can earn Swagbucks in pajamas while watching the TV is by watching videos. There are a couple of options that I’ve found that I can earn quite a few Swagbucks pretty quickly.  I frequently will watch videos by clicking on this dude who’s sitting behind a laptop:

Click on this guy to watch videos that credit on Swagbucks.
Click on this guy to watch videos that credit on Swagbucks.

 

Watch Videos To Earn On Swagbucks

After clicking on laptop guy, you will then be taken to a screen that invites you to watch the videos. You have to scroll through a few (usually between 5 and 10, although sometimes there will be an ad campaign with just one video). This usually pays out 2 Swagbucks, which is admittedly not much, but I can easily scroll through them while watching TV (this is the maximizing spare time for income, folks). Sometimes around Christmas, the process will pay out 3 Swagbucks per task. You would click through all of the videos. I set up my screen to look like this so that I know when to click the green button:

Swagbucks Videos 2

Another easy way to earn a few Swagbucks while watching TV is through nCrave videos. I like the ones that are highlighted here. I use the ones with the swirling arrow icon that’s circled in red:

Encrave Videos can help you earn some Swagbucks with little effort.
nCrave Videos can help you earn some Swagbucks with little effort.

After clicking on the nCrave video, you need to make sure that the “Discovery Mode” is toggled to the green check mark. This will let the carousel of videos play automatically. Again, you won’t get rich overnight from this process, but it’s a few Swagbucks for very little effort. They do add up over time.

Make sure the Discovery Mode is toggled on to automatically cycle through the videos.

Make sure the Discovery Mode is toggled on to automatically cycle through the videos. 

I work on several of these tasks when watching TV on a daily basis. Most months, I am able to cash in at least $25 toward PayPal cash; some months, I cash out $50. When this cash hits my PayPal account, I can then transfer it to my linked back account and then transfer it to a brokerage account. I’ve been transferring it to Loyal3 each month. When it hits Loyal 3, I can then invest with no commission in one of the 60-some companies that this brokerage allows people to invest in. I reviewed how I use Loyal3 hereNote: Loyal3 is no longer a good option, as it is closing down in May 2017. 

Each PayPal cashout will allow me to get around $0.75 per year for life for each $25 I invest (when estimating a dividend yield of 3%). Over the course of the year, I will get around $10 in dividend income, give or take a few dollars, depending upon the companies invested in. This is where the concept gets pretty cool. That $10 in dividend income can then be put into additional stock, and the compounding process can begin.

The money that I earned in pajamas with Swagbucks can then go toward making its own money, which will then make more money. This is the definition of passive income. Over time, even if one or two companies go belly-up (I buy only companies that are paying dividends, and I invest in multiple companies to diversify my risk), I should have a pretty decent amount of income coming in on a quarterly basis. The major factor for success is persistence.  Check out this article on the power of getting just an extra dollar a day to invest.

What Are You Waiting For? Passive Income Is Within Your Reach! 

To get the ball started, you can sign up for Swagbucks here. Please note that should you do so, I could get compensated for referring you. I only share method’s that I’ve used myself that work. I’ve earned more than $1,000 via Swagbucks since signing up, and the majority of this income has been earned by my activity, not referrals. Now the money I’m earning is earning its own passive income. Should you decide to sign up with my link, I appreciate your support. Good luck earning money in pajamas.

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Why You Should Always Grab Every Loyalty Point Available

I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in mid-America. Missouri to be exact. My total cost for this hotel room and the breakfast I’ll be eating tomorrow is exactly  $0. My current stay is in a Best Western hotel. All of the Best Westerns that I’ve stayed in have been clean and reasonably comfortable. It’s a decent chain by all accounts.

However, I generally stay at Marriott properties. How did I get my free night at the Best Western? From loyalty points. I earned a nice chunk about seven years ago from a stay at the Best Western Carolinian (I think that the hotel has changed hands since).  I stayed in a one-bedroom condo that week. I also stayed in a Best Western in Kentucky about six years ago and at the Best Western in Wall, SD, a couple of times (this is the city that’s home to the world famous Wall Drug).

This is not my hotel, but it is a hotel. Mine is free.
This is not my hotel, but it is a hotel. Mine is free.

All of my previous stays added up to just north of 16,000 points, so I looked for a Best Western along my route for my current trip. I found one in the city that I frequently stay at during a trip east that I take a couple of times a year for a family visit. Total cost $0. That’s hard to beat. Many people ignore the option to earn points for every stay at a hotel  chain that has a loyalty program. Even if it takes years, these programs can pay off. I had to spend the night somewhere tonight, and it’s better that it’s free.

Usually, when I stay at a Marriott property, I use the chain’s co-branded credit card from Chase. This gives me bonus points. I have no such card for Best Western, even though one is available. I don’t even intend to get this card at any time in the near future. Had I made any purchases in the sundries shop, I would have put them on my Chase Sapphire card, which earns 2 points per dollar for travel expenses. Hotel stays definitely qualify in this regard. I always try to maximize the points that I earn, because they can lead to free nights at a Best Western that’s close to very little. They can also lead to trips to Europe or Mexico that cost way less than most people would think.

How have you been able to save money through loyalty programs?  Let me know in the comments.

Please note that you can get into pretty heavy debt with credit cards. That’s why I would recommend that you avoid them if you cannot pay off all purchases on a monthly basis. 

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May 2016 Passive Dividend Earnings

It’s again one of my favorite times of the month–the time that I get to recount my passive dividend income that rolled in over the past 30 (or so) days. The month of May is over, and I again made some money while working on my day job and while sleeping at night. My dividend income was already ahead of all of last year at the end of March. April and May have just added to this amount.

While the amount is not terribly impressive, it’s growing over time, and that’s my goal. My goal is to build up a growing stream of passive income that allows me to handle many of my expenses when I get closer to retirement. Pennies today will grow to dollars tomorrow, and then into hundreds in a few years. My current forward annual dividend income is estimated at a total of $142.90. During the month of May, I was able to earn the following dividends:

Apple (AAPL):                               $2.24

Starbucks (SBUX):                     $0.09

AT & T (T):                                      $6.85

TOTAL for May 2016              $9.18

This dividend income from May brings my annual total to $42.46, which is well above my $20.91 total for all of 2015. I’ve currently more than doubled my annual dividend income.  I earned my first dividend from Starbucks in May, and I was able to add to both my Apple and AT & T payment from February. My dividend from AT & T was reinvested into 0.175 additional shares of the telecom giant. This DRIP will add $0.34 to my annual dividend income. I did not buy any new companies in May, and I am currently invested in a total of 10 companies.

My dividends from May were $2.91 more than my payout in February. This was an increase of 46 percent in just three months. I did not have a dividend payment in May 2015, so my year-over-year increase is not available. This comparison will start to be available in August.  The growth in my passive income is really exciting. I’m looking forward to the day when I can earn hundreds every month from my recliner. How did your dividend income look for May?