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So, I've been under a rock…or a coupon binder or something :-) I have seen soooo many people talking about Swag Bucks but never joined until I saw where Carrie earned $70/week in gift cards and it got my attention!

Swag Bucks – Search and Earn

So, I'm here to tell you about Swag Bucks? What is it, you ask? Well, it's simply a site that pays you to search the internet. Easy enough! Each time you do a search, you have an opportunity to earn a swag buck. Those can be exchanged for prizes and fun stuff! I actually just set Swag Bucks as my home page so I can immediately search for stuff and earn some swag bucks!

Where to find Swag Codes

You can also earn Swag Bucks through Swag Codes. These are codes that you find on either Swag Bucks blog, Facebook Page or Twitter. Sometimes bloggers get unique codes for our readers too. With these Swag Codes, you earn Swag Bucks without searching. You enter these Swag Codes on your account page at Swag Bucks. Usually they are valid for 1 Swag Buck, but I have found codes good for 3 Swag Bucks before too!

Also, if you want to earn yourself, I HIGHLY recommend loading the Swag Bucks Toolbar! This toolbar is so nice to have in your menu bar. When you want to do a quick search, you search in the Swag Bucks Toolbar versus the other ones you may not be rewarded with (i.e., Google or Yahoo).


Swag Bucks also has a referral program. For each person who signs up under your referral link (or email address), you will receive a Swag Buck every time they earn one, up to 100 Swag Bucks! So, when they have earned 100 Swag Bucks, you no longer receive any of their search Swag Bucks credits. I love this referral program and think it's one of the best for friends to refer each other!

So, if you're interested in this program, you can sign up for Swag Bucks here. I think this will be a slow earner. On an average week of searches, I earn around 20 – 30 Swag Bucks. It will be a good thing to have ready to cash out here and there to hold onto for Christmas! You can't have too much for that!!

Speaking of Christmas, be sure to check out all of the surveys I currently do here. I am letting as many accounts accumulate so I can have a nice little payday at Christmas!

About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.


  1. Carey on January 27, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I do a lot of surveys, too, and am a new member of Swagbucks. I love your idea! I never thought to just let all of my survey rewards stack up until Christmas. I just might do the same!

  2. judybrittle on January 27, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I love Swag Bucks! I currently have 159 Bucks. The only thing is I don’t earn Swag Bucks from every search. They just randomly show up as I’m searching. Some days I don’t get any.
    It is really worth it though.

  3. Stephanie on January 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Oh, I love Swagbucks! I’m saving up for a grain mill on!

  4. shannanb aka mommy bits on January 28, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Man, its like you read my mind. I had just seen them on Twitter today and was trying to figure them out. It’s crazy that you happened to write about this today!

  5. Jamie on January 28, 2009 at 3:09 am

    I love Swagbucks!! It’s actually a pretty quick earner compared to many of the other sites I use. (MyPoints, etc.) I get at least a point every day, and it doesn’t take too many points to earn giftcards.

  6. MarciaBrady on January 28, 2009 at 6:13 am

    So, is there some catch to it? I’ve never heard of it, but might have to check it out. Do you get points for referring people?

  7. Andrea @ Mommy on January 28, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Marcia – yes, you do get points for referrals. But, right off the top of my head, I’m not sure how many. HTH!

  8. MarciaBrady on January 28, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Ok…well, when I sign up, I’ll list your name as the reference. How are you listed or do you want to email the info to me. My email addy is [email protected].

    This sounds almost too good to be true. But, if it is, I’m in!!

  9. Andrea @ Mommy on January 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Marcia – thanks!!! You can actually just click on the links in the post and it takes you as my referral that way :-)

  10. Anonymous on January 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    so can you only do this on one computer or can you log on from other computers .. i do tons of searching with my job, not sure that they would count but if i could log on there it might be worth it


  11. Andrea @ Mommy on January 28, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Chanin – you can do it on any computer!! You just login to your account from wherever and start searching! It sounds like you can be making a lot if you’re doing lots of searches for work!

  12. Cathy on February 22, 2009 at 3:21 am

    I’d love to earn money just surfing the net! But, it sounds a little suspicious to me… spyware maybe? Key logging? Or am I misinterpretting? They monitor your searches so I’m not sure I’d want an unknown having access to personal computer…

  13. Andrea @ Mommy on February 22, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Cathy, it’s all legit! No spyware or anything annoying like that – I wouldn’t share it if that were the case. I’ve had no problems whatsoever…actually, only raves since I’ve cashed in swagbucks for over $100 in Amazon gift cards!

  14. The Mosleys on March 15, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I am sounding like a novice here, but swagbucks is asking for a hidden code to enter. I can’t find one on my screen. Can anyone help? Thanks,

  15. Andrea @ Mommy on March 15, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Cheryl – there are sometimes hidden codes around the internet. When I know about them, I try to post them here. So, for just joining I believe you get 3 swagbucks. And, when you find another code then you enter in that spot. HTH!

  16. sonia on March 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    where to find all these swagbucks

  17. Anna on March 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I’ve found I don’t get very many Swagbucks just doing searches, so I also do the daily poll, watch videos, and play games. I play enough computer games anyway…might as well be doing it in exchange for a gift card! :)

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on March 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Anna, good suggestion on the other stuff too! I completely agree – may as well let your “fun” earn you something!

  18. sydney on December 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    anyone know any working swagcodes??

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