Swagbucks Review: Join to Receive Free Gift Cards and Other Prizes

We are in gazelle intensity mode paying down our debt, and one of the ways that we can still give our kids a nice Christmas without spending a lot of money is through Swagbucks.

I simply search the Internet as usual using Swagbucks as my search engine instead of Yahoo! or Google; occasionally I will be rewarded with Swagbucks (usually ranging from 7 to 79 points per time).

What Is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is an Internet search engine.

You can use it much the same way you use Google or Yahoo.  However, as you are searching, you are sometimes rewarded with Swagbucks.  These Swagbucks can be redeemed for gift cards or other prizes.

I have won anywhere from 7 to 79 Swagbucks at a time, and because I frequently need to search the Internet as a freelance writer and blogger, I usually win Swagbucks several times a day.  All of the Swagbucks I win accrue until I decide to redeem them for a prize.

What I like is that I am getting rewards for doing something I would do during my day anyway—search the Internet.

How to Sign Up With Swagbucks

Signing up for Swagbucks is easy.

Simple go to the Swagbuck’s page and either sign in with Facebook or fill out a simple form with your e-mail address and a password for your Swagbucks account.

Registration is free.  

Limited time bonus: If you sign up sometime between now and Friday, September 28, you can use the code FINCON2012 to receive 80 bonus points.  Stay logged in and search the Internet using Swagbucks and start accruing Swagbucks.

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Signing up for Swagbucks is quick and easy!

How to Earn Swagbucks

There are many ways to earn Swagbucks, some easier than others.  The most obvious way is to search the Internet, but there are several other methods you can use.

Watch television programming.

If you have cut cable like we have, Swagbucks provides snippets of your favorite shows.  (I like to watch Food Network programming.)  Watch what equates to 30 minutes of programming and earn 5 Swagbucks.  Granted, that is not a lot of points, but if you were going to watch television anyway, at least you earn points for it.

Encourage your friends to join.

If your friends sign up for Swagbucks with your referral link (Editor: here’s ours… http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/GlenCraig) , you will get a point match to your account for every point they earn up to their first 1,000.  If enough people join under you, you can earn points quickly.

Use coupons.

Save money and get rewarded for it.  Does it get much better than that?

Simply print the coupon you want to use from Swagbucks and then earn 10 points when you redeem it at the grocery store.

Take a poll.

Spend less than 10 seconds answering a quick, one question survey and you can earn a Swagbuck.

Trade in games, consoles and books.

If you are looking to declutter your home, look to see if Swagbucks is accepting any of the old books you have.  If they are, you can earn a handful of points, and Swagbucks pays for the shipping.

There are many more ways to earn Swagbucks, some more labor intensive than others.  I usually just take the polls and searching the Internet, but I still earned enough in a year to redeem for a $100 PayPal deposit and an Amazon gift card to get some presents for my kids.

What Can You Win on Swagbucks?

My favorite way to redeem is for an Amazon gift card, but there are hundreds of other ways to also redeem your points.

You can choose from:

Gift cards:

There are gift cards available from many retailers, from clothing to restaurants to everything in between–Amazon, Target, Lands End, Chili’s, Starbucks, and many more.


Like to have magazines delivered to your home but don’t like to pay for them?  Get a subscription to Inc. for 700 Swagbucks or to Forbes for 1,999 Swagbucks.  There are 26 magazines to choose from.


Go big and get earrings for 9,000 points, or choose the more affordable ones at 500 Swagbucks.

You have hundreds of prizes to choose from, and if you want to make your Swagbucks go even further, make sure to check out their clearance area.  The clearance items change frequently, so check back often.


Swagbucks seems like it is too good to be true, but I have used it for two years now and love it.  Overall, it is a good search engine, and I enjoy winning Swagbucks for something I would do anyway.

Click here to start earning Swagbucks.

Have you used Swagbucks?  If so, what have you earned?

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Published or updated September 27, 2012.


  1. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager says:

    Interesting concept. Thanks for sharing. Need to check it out.

  2. Is it really necessary to create an account with Swagbucks? Can we not use it as a search engine without signing up with them? In case I sign up, can I invite my friends from other countries and they will also get credits?

    • Hi Cherleen! You do need an account in order to win Swag Bucks and get rewards with them. We’re currently in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland and Australia, so you could certainly refer anyone living in those countries. Also keep in mind that for each person you refer to Swagbucks, you earn matching on everything they win through search, with a cap of 1000 Swag Bucks per referral!

  3. I tried using code FINCON2012 in the Swagcode field when signing up but it says it’s expired???

  4. Hi, Gary. I will check with Hal at Swagbucks and leave a comment back here when I hear back. Thanks.

  5. Gary–The code has changed to FINCONF2012. Try that one. Thanks.

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