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Friday is the Best Day for Swagbucks

Some people might wonder about the frequency of getting some Swagbucks through searches. It is possible to earn every day of the week. I usually do around five or ten searches and get a few (usually between 6 and 12). This equals up to around a penny a Swagbuck.

There is a day that can be better for those who are searching for Swagbucks, however. Every Friday is actually Mega Swagbucks Day, AKA MSBD. On this day each week, members of the Swagbucks site can earn an increased amount of the virtual currency for their regular searches. 50 Swagbucks for a search is not uncommon. While 50 cents worth of a virtual currency might not seem like a huge amount of money, its 50 cents for doing what you would already be doing anyway. Why not earn some e-gift cards for use at some major retailers like WalMart or Target in the process?

You can sign up for Swagbucks to earn e-gift cards here. If you want more information on the program, I’ve written a full review of Swagbucks here. Swagbucks is a great way to earn some e-gift cards that can be used for Christmas presents. Here are four great ways to earn money for Christmas online in your spare time.

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Four Ways to Make Money Online for Christmas 2013

Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year. People tend to spend more money than they actually have. They don’t have to. Not charging presents can be a great way to cut down on the stress of the holidays.  Getting a somewhat early start is very important in building up a cache of cash to pay for the presents. There are several ways to get funds online without leaving home to pay for Christmas presents. Here are four of the easiest:

1. CashCrate

This site pays users for completing cash offers (most of which are actually free) and online surveys. Most of the surveys pay less than $1, but there are a total of nine that a person could conceivably complete each day. Checking in and watching short videos will also earn a bit of change. Those who can earn $20 in a month get a check. This site also has a great referral program that can add up the earnings even more quickly. I’ve personally earned over $700 from CashCrate in just over a year. You can sign up for CashCrate here.  A very similar site that can also pay out is Treasure Trooper, but this site has a referral system that is not nearly as lucrative for those who try to sign other people up. I’ve actually made money on both of these sites.

2. SwagBucks

This site is primarily a search-and-win site. Users sign up for SwagBucks and earn your first 30 in this virtual currency. Redemptions for $5 e-gift cards start at just 450 SwagBucks (most $5 cards are 500 SwagBucks). These gift cards also come in denominations that are up to $100 and above. Those who put in minimal effort should be able to get a couple of the $5 variety each month. Over the course of a year, that’s $120 in e-gift cards. Of course, with the popularity of giving gift cards for Christmas gifts, signing up for SwagBucks is a no-brainer. You can sign up for SwagBucks here.

3. Bubblews

This site allows users to submit their own content. As long as it follows the Terms of Service on the site, each view will earn a penny. Each comment on one of your posts will earn you a penny. Each like that one of your posts gets will earn you a penny. There is some earning potential here. I’ve done little until the summer and earned over $50. Those who post the maximum allowable number of posts each day tend to get a payout at least every week. Payouts start out at $25 via PayPal. You can sign up for Bubblews here.

4. MTurk

An additional site that will allow users to earn some cash for Christmas is Amazon’s MTurk. Users complete short (and usually easy) tasks for a little bit of cash. These tasks add up, and users can cash them out as Amazon credit or transfer them into their bank accounts in amounts as little as $1. There is no referral program for this site, and much of the work is monotonous. Those who have around 15 minutes a day to spare could probably earn a buck or two toward Christmas. You can sign up for MTurk here.

None of these sites is likely to make you rich, although at least one guy has made over $150,000 in about five years through CashCrate (most of it through referrals). By contrast, I’ve made about $700 in one year on the site. While they won’t make you rich, using one or two of them can earn you at least a C-note or two before Christmas, and you can use this money earned in your pajamas toward getting great Christmas presents for your family and friends.

Disclosure: I will possibly get some referral income if you sign up for the first three recommendations in this post. This will not come out of your earnings. You will earn the same amount whether you use my referral link or not, depending upon the time and effort expended. I thank you if you choose to utilize my links. I usually only recommend sites that I’ve actually earned money from, and I’ve definitely earned money from each of the four sites here.

 

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Winner of $100 SwagBucks Gift Card

Back in early July, I announced that SwagBucks was going to give one lucky person a $100 e-gift card of their choice in a sweepstakes. The only requirements were that the person had to be one of my referrals and they had to have earned at least 100 SwagBucks not related to initial sign-up bonuses.

The month of July is over, and SwagBucks let me know that the user who won the $100 e-gift card had the SwagBucks name of gmorgan99. I would invite the winner to contact me and let me know of his choice for the gift card. I will then relay the information to SwagBucks, and he should get your card in relatively short order. Thanks to all who visited this site and participated in this great giveaway. Those who want to get in on future giveaways should sign up to get updates to the blog in the right sidebar.

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SwagBucks Summer Camp

Starting at midnight tonight, Swagbucks is having a Swag Code Extravaganza that they’re calling Camp Swagsabucksaplenty! There are going to be 9 codes in total, and if you get all of them, you’ll have earned 50 Swag Bucks just from codes! Use this schedule so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!If you haven’t joined Swagbucks yet, this is the way to do it, since these swag codes will get you even closer to earning your first gift card. Swagbucks also rewards you for most of the things you’re already doing online and it’s completely free – I’ve used Swagbucks since 2012 and have earned enough in gift cards to get over $120, and you can too. Sign up now!

Remember, everyone who signs up with me gets an opportunity for a $100 gift card if they earn 100 SwagBucks outside of signup bonuses by July 31.

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$100 Swagbucks Givaway for July

I hope everyone is having a good week. Swagbucks is offering a free $100 e-gift card that is available in the Swagbucks store to one lucky reader of this blog. The gift card is the winners choice from any of the $100 cards on the site, and some of the great options include cards to Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Marriott,Amazon and even $100 in PayPal cash.

How to Enter

Getting into this promotion is easy. Any person who has ever signed up as my referral will be entered into the drawing as long as they have earned 100 Swagbucks–ever. The bucks can come from anywhere other than signups and bonuses. That means searches and other paid activities on the site will go toward the 100 Swagbucks minimum. Swagbucks will randomly choose one winner from all those who meet the entry criteria.

How Long Does the Contest Run

This contest will run all through the month of July, so there is plenty of time to get to the 100 Swagbucks limit. Additionally, those who sign up using my referral link will automatically get 30 Swagbucks, but by putting earnmoney70 into the “I have a code” slot while signing up will get 70 bonus bucks that are not normally available to the general public. This codes is available for the whole month of July 2013. These earnings are not applicable to the contest, but they will get you a good start to a $5 e-gift card to one of a number of vendors. Search away to get your chance to win $100.

Want to get updates on future contests? Just give your email address to sign up to get my updates on the right sidebar of this blog.

Disclosure: I will earn up to 1,000 Swagbucks as a match for any bucks you earn from searches only. I thank you for your support. Good luck in the contest.

 

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Swagbucks Pays Off

A few months ago, I posted a review of the site Swagbucks. I also posted that Swagbucks is a great option for teenagers to earn a bit of extra money. American teens who are at least 13 can sign up at any time. The site only works in the US, the UK, and Canada. I just wanted to verify my earlier assessment of this site. Those living in one of the countries listed above can sign up for Swagbucks here.

I spend about five minutes (if that) on the site on most days. The site offers random amounts of digital currency for searches. It is possible to get 20-30 Swagbucks per day just by searching the web. Each Swagbuck is worth about a cent. A cent might not seem like much (and it isn’t), but when cents are added up, they make up dollars.

I won over 20 Swagbucks with one search.
I won over 20 Swagbucks with one search. They add up to get gift cards quickly.

I have been saving up the Swagbucks for a bit. It is possible to cash in on e-gift cards for between 450 (Amazon.com) and 500 Swagbucks (just about everything else).  I decided to cash in at 5,000 Swagbucks. I was able to snag a $50 Walmart gift card. I chose Walmart because they actually allow you to use the certificate in the store. Target and most other retailers require you to use the e-gift card on online purchases.

Those who want straight up cash can sign up for a PayPal account and deposit the funds directly. They can then be transferred into a bank account. The cash can then be spent or saved in any manner that is desired. Swagbucks definitely pays off for those who want to make money in pajamas. Sign up for Swagbucks today by following this link.

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Five Ways That Teens Make Money during Summer

Teens make money during summer via many side hustles online.
Photo Credit: FirmBee via Pixabay (public domain)

Summer is a great time of the year for kids all over the US. Most students in those districts that have not gone over to year-round schooling get to take nearly three months away from book learning. A great time for teens to go to the local pool, golf course, tennis court, or mall is summer. Of course, all of these things take money. It is not too early to start thinking about the ways that teens make money during summer.

The question then comes about, who should pay? Many parents have enough to fund their kids’ fun during the summer, but with aftereffects of the Great Recession, many families have budgets that are quite tight. There are several ways for teens to make money to pay for their fun and (hopefully) save some money for college, a car, or a home. Here are just five ideas for teens to make money in the summer of 2014:

1. Sign up for a GPT Site or Two

There are many sites up online that will allow any American over 13 to fill out surveys and watch videos to make money online. Most jobs require an employee to be at least 16 or to have parental permission if 14 or 15. These sites can let younger students start to get an entrepreneurial start.

A couple of the more common GPT sites are CashCrate and Treasure Trooper. Both have a long history of paying literally millions to users. Of course, most people will only earn about $50 or $100 per month if they work at these sites, but they pay without having to go out and work for someone else. They can also be used in free time in conjunction with another job.

You can sign up for CashCrate here. I have a more extensive review of the site here, as well to show how easy it is to make money on CashCrate. You can also sign up for Treasure Trooper here. I have reviewed Treasure Trooper here. Join the blog to get updates.

2. Sign up for SwagBucks or Another Paid to Search Site

Another way that teens earn money during summer (or at least gift cards) is by signing up for SwagBucks or another such site. This site is open to anyone who is at least 13 years old. Users can perform tasks like searching the web through the site and earn virtual currency known as SwagBucks, which can then be used to purchase a number of items including gift cards or actual cash in a PayPal account. I’m currently using my SwagBucks earnings to buy stock via Loyal3. These earnings from Swagbucks should pay off over time.

Gift card redemption options are at great retailers and restaurants. Among the leading options are Amazon.com and WalMart. e-Gift cards from the latter can be used in the stores, so they are just as good as cash. Also, there are options to redeem a few SwagBucks for discounts at local attractions like golf courses. I have a more lengthy review of SwagBucks here.

GiftHulk is another similar site that allows users to earn from searching the web and watching videos, among other things. I’ve earned PayPal cash from this site, and teens make money during summer from this site as long as they’ve reached 13 years of age. You can sign up for GiftHulk here.

Teens who make money and save will be more likely to balance their budgets in the future.
Teens who make money and save will find it easier to balance their budgets in adulthood.

3. Get a Part-time Job

This recommendation can sometime be easier said than done. Many businesses have cut back on the traditional summer hires. What are some good part-time opportunities for students? Many local retail outlets or fast food restaurants might be in the process of hiring for summer.

Those who like to play golf or swim might be able to land a job at one of their favorite places of all. These establishments are frequently seasonal, so they hire specifically during the summer. Those with a full-time job are not likely to apply, so students have a great opportunity to land their first paying gig.

4. Start a Business

One of the best ways that teens make money during summer is through doing something that they like and using it to start a business. High school students can start summer jobs and make decent money in the process. Cutting grass and babysitting are two great methods for teens to make money during the summer. Many of the kids who need babysitting only need it during summer months. Make sure to charge the going rate and do a good job so that you can get repeat business.

5. Sell Lightly Worn Toys or Games

Online businesses like Amazon and eBay allow just about anyone to set up an account and sell items to the world. Most teenagers have no need for the toys that they had in their earlier years. People also start to like different types of video games as they get older.

It is very easy to set up an account on an online dealer like Amazon or eBay with a parent and sell these items. While you will not get the full retail price, you can get some money that can go to something more desirable for a teenager.

Lots of Teens Make Money During Summer So Get Started Now

There are tons of ways that teens make money during summer. Some of the options allow people to actually make money in pajamas without leaving home. Some of the opportunities listed above are seasonal. Others, like CashCrate, Treasure Trooper, and SwagBucks can earn some money year-round. The sooner one signs up, the more quickly they can start to earn money.

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Are You Earning Money from Searching the Web?

Do you make internet searches for free? Most people do. They simply pull up Google or Yahoo! and then type in their search parameters. They do not get paid for this search. They do it for free. You do not have to be like them.

There are several websites that allow users to utilize a search feature to make internet searches while earning either money or points that can be turned in for money or prizes. Using one of these for most searches is a great way to earn a little bit of money while sitting on the couch during commercials.

It is possible to make well over $100 per year just by making a few searches per day. $100 will not get you rich, but it can go toward Christmas presents, building up a retirement account, or saving for an emergency fund. If you decide to get e-gift cards, you can use proceeds for places like Wal-Mart, Amazon, or a number of other major retailers. When I take advantage of earning money from searching the web, I transfer the funds into PayPal cash.

 

Earning Money From Searching with Swagbucks

The second search engine that I use is through Swagbucks. You can sign up for Swagbucks here. I’ve found that sometime within the first five or ten searches I do on Swagbucks, I will earn some virtual currency that I can then cash in for real PayPal cash or e-gift cards to major retailers and restaurants. This is as good as cash. At times, I will use this in the morning and the evening because you can win again after a few hours (I’ve actually won as much as five times in a day).

The searches will usually pay around 7 to 10 Swagbucks, but you can win as much as 100 SBs (basically $1) from a single search.  Each Swagbucks has a redemption value of about $0.01, so if you were to win twice in the day and got 15 Swagbucks per day, you are over $50 in the course of a year. I’ve been turning my Swagbucks into PayPal cash in $25 increments, which I’ve been converting into shares of dividend-paying stocks.

Earning Money from Searching with Swagbucks.
I won more than 20 Swagbucks with one search.

 

Earning Money From Searching With GiftHulk

GiftHulk is another site that allows users to search and earn. You can sign up for GiftHulk here. You’ll earn 4 Hulk Coins (GiftHulk’s digital currency) for your first search each and every hour. A Hulk Coin is only worth 1/10 of a cent or $0.001. Therefore, each win is less valuable than a win on Swagbucks. However, these can also add up over time and pay off in a few bucks here and there.

 

A Word of Advice

I totally urge you to use these methods to search the web so that you can get money or other benefits that save money. However, I will point out that some of the search results at the top of the page will be paid results. It’s important to scroll down a little bit to find the most relevant searches at times.

If you can’t find the best results, you can always turn to Google in a pinch. This way, you can find what you are looking for, and make money at the same time. I use them to look up everything, even if I know the address. That way, I’m sure to make as much as possible. You can do much of this while watching television or doing other things that are just time killers. Some money is better than no money at all.

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Why Dads Should Try to Make Money at Home

There are tons of blogs and websites dedicated to the concept of moms working at home. Also known as WAHM, work at home moms are becoming an ever-larger subsection of the population. Some of these WAHM are able to earn a substantial chunk of change while staying home with the kids.

Women are not the only ones who can make money from home in their pajamas. Dads can also spend time working from home to supplement the family income. Even if they have a full-time job, most dads will not be working every minute of every day. Most parents spend some time in the evening relaxing in front of the television. There are several ways that these folks can earn a few bucks during commercials or between plays. There is usually about 45 seconds between plays in football or pitches in baseball.

During the fall, I remember watching a college football game one afternoon. I also made about $4 while watching by doing a few things on Cashcrate while . This may not seem like a huge amount of money, but it is $4 that I would not have had if I had just watched the game without multitasking. Another easy way to earn a few bucks while watching games on the couch is through Swagbucks. A few searches will usually earn some bucks that can be redeemed for merchandize or, more popularly, e-gift cards to retailers like Wal-Mart or Amazon.com or PayPal cash. I have previously given a review of CashCrate and a review of Swagbucks and how you can earn on these sites.

Earning money is not the most important thing in life. Parents should also try to spend time with their children and enjoy each others’ company. However, making a few extra bucks can really help those who have a very tight budget. CashCrate and Swagbucks are just a couple of ways that families can improve their cash flow every month. They are not, by any means, the only way that dads can provide some extra income for their families. There are any number of other sites and methods that fathers can utilize to help out with the family budget.

Dads can make money in their spare time while watching television.
Dads can make money in their spare time while watching television.

These methods are fairly entrepreneurial, and they can frequently lead to thinking outside the box. People who begin to think of many ways to achieve their financial goals are usually more successful in meeting them. A 9-5 job is not likely to lead to much financial freedom. Working at home in the evenings and on weekends can provide the income boost needed to improve the level of financial freedom for any family, and dads can take the lead.

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Earn Cash and Rewards with Swagbucks

One of the easiest ways to earn money in pajamas is through the use of the website Swagbucks. If you are like me, you are very skeptical when it comes to online earning options. When I first read about Swagbucks, I did my due diligence to make sure that the site was not a scam. Swagbucks is definitely not a scam. It pays out members in the form of digital dollars known as SBs.  Members can earn currency for doing a number of various tasks online. Some of these are common tasks that they would ordinarily do anyway. What are some of these tasks, you might ask?

1. Searching the web

One of the easiest ways for members to earn SBs is through searching the web through the site’s search engine. Users who are signed in will earn random SBs by searching for things that they would normally search for anyway. I’ve personally won anywhere between 7 and 39 bucks for searches, although around 7 to 11 seem to be most common.

2. Answering polls and looking at ads

Each day, users of the Swagbucks site have the opportunity to earn a buck for answering a poll. There is also the chance to earn one digital dollar for completing the Daily Crave, which is involves a couple of videos that usually include ads.

3. Filling out daily surveys

Most of the surveys are similar to those offered on other sites. Generally, those who qualify can earn 50 SBs or more each day for completing surveys.

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

4. Swagbucks Watch

Swagbucks Watch is an online video streamer that has a variety of options for those who want to watch. Members can watch news, financial markets, entertainment, and other types of videos. Most are fairly short. After watching a predetermined number of videos, a member will usually earn between 1 and 3 SBs. It is possible to start these videos and then leave the room. The site can afford to do this because each video starts with a 15 to 30 second ad that users have to sit through. There are reports that some users get the maximum daily limit of 500 SBs in this manner.

5. Clipping coupons

Many people have been getting into the practice of using online coupon repositories to get discounts on name-brand items at the grocery store. This is a great way to save money. One of the leading vendors of coupons is coupons.com. Swagbucks links to coupons.com and those who redeem the coupons clipped from the Swagbucks site can earn 10 digital bucks for each coupon. It will take a few weeks for this to show up in an account, but I’ve personally seen 30 SBs show up for some coupons my wife used.

6. Referring friends and family

Swagbucks is not a multi-level marketing site, but users can get bonuses for referrals. Each referral can earn the referee 1,000 Swagbucks.  Bucks are only earned as a match for searches. There is currently no limit on the number of referrals a member can get. In the spirit of disclosure, if you sign up using my link, I will get the referral bonus. This does not come out of your earnings, but it will help mine. Of course, you can sign up with the regular old link and earn the same amount. I thank those who sign up with my link for Swagbucks.

There are other ways to earn Swagbucks on the site, but these are some of more common. Earning at least 30 Swagbucks a day is possible with a very minimal activity. Just do a few searches in the morning and the evening and you should get around 15 to 20 without doing anything else.

What are Swagbucks worth?

The basic value of each Swagbuck when it comes to redeeming them is usually around $0.01. This may not seem like much, but a person who just spends about two minutes twice a day doing searches is likely to earn well over $100 in a year, all while sitting on the couch or watching TV. When it comes to the end of the year, these rewards will come in handy for buying Christmas presents. I’m now up to more than $1,500 in lifetime earnings through the site.

What can you get with Swagbucks?

There is a wide variety of items that users can earn through redeeming Swagbucks. These include digital accessories and games. Most people seem to redeem their digital currency for gift cards. These redemptions can start at 300 SBs for a $3 e-gift card from Amazon.com. Most gift cards are now about 500 SBs for a $5 e-gift card. Users can save up and get cards in higher denominations, but the cost is still about 100 bucks per dollar. Popular e-gift cards can buy merchandise at retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, as well as several popular restaurants that have included O’Charley’s, Chili’s, and TGI Fridays. Members also have the option to redeem their Swagbucks for PayPal credit. This is basically straight cash into your account. When looking at the effort required, signing up for Swagbucks is a great idea.