A Review of Swagbucks

Posted 10-10-2012 at 09:33 AM by Krista

With Christmas around the corner and my husband’s bonus (which makes up a large part of his salary) dwindling as the holiday approaches I decided I needed to find a way to earn some extra money. I browsed the Thrifty forum on Diaperswappers and saw several users mention Swagbucks. It was a site I was vaguely familiar with as I’d tried to use it when I initially lost my job three years ago. For the moment, I couldn’t remember why I’d stopped using it and decided to give it a try. After all, a newly unemployed woman can be a bit less inclined to work with such things than a woman who is a mother of two and struggling to make ends meet.

Most people look at it this way: how bad can it be? You’re just spending your time. That’s true, but with that said I recall my initial problem with this site. In regards to the surveys, all I end up doing is wasting time. When you initially sign up for the website you enter qualifying information such as your gender, location, and annual income. However, whenever I go to a survey it asks me for the same information. Then it allows me to complete the survey and then I get a message saying, “Sorry, you do not qualify for the survey at this time”. Really? Then why exactly did you let me take it?

For my wasted ten minutes I earn approximately 1 Swagbuck. Hmm. Not exactly worth it in my opinion. However, maybe some of you have found other way to earn from the site and wouldn’t mind sharing your advice?

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5 Responses to “A Review of Swagbucks”

  1. qsefthuko on October 10th, 2012 7:31 pm


    I wish. I usually get points doing the trial things. Such as free netflix for a week. Then I must cancel or get charged. Except that in the case of netflix it is cheaper than cable so we made the switch. I also filled out for insurance quotes. We did save $22 monthly doing that because we now have cheaper insurance with state farm. Pretty quick though these free trial things will end because you can only do them once. Like you I find it a waste of my time to spend an hour a day and only get maybe 4-5 points from all of the surveys I wound up not qualifying for.

  2. Kelly3139 on October 10th, 2012 7:32 pm


    I used the trade in program to get swagbucks for old electronics we did not use. I turned in two old blackberry’s for 1800 swagbucks.
    I also use the search function pretty frequently for random swagbucks. It seems if you are searching for something obscure then you get points. I have found if you log out for a couple weeks and log back in and search you get 50 swagbucks so I do that.
    I quit the surveys for the same reason you stated a complete waste of time.

  3. billbuckly on October 11th, 2012 8:52 am


    Shop to Earn, trade-ins, and random bucks for searches are where my earnings come from. I used to get 1 to 2 $5 Amazon cards a month but lately only one every couple months.

  4. Reuben Christopher on October 12th, 2012 1:50 am


    I have the search box installed on my top bar. I use it to search ( even to go to my email or facebook) and get my swagbucks that way. Plus you get a swagbuck a day (if you open your web browser) just for having the search box thingy installed. I also do the daily poll (another sb) and run through the trial offer stuff (I always say no but for about 30 seconds of my time I get 2 sb’s). All these things add up! AND you get 50 sb’s on your Birthday! I know that doesn’t seem like much but it always makes me smile :)

  5. Angel894 on October 14th, 2012 8:14 pm


    Almost all mine come from the search bar and I have been using shop and earn.

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