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Getting paid to watch movie previews, news segments or advertising spots probably sounds too good to be true. But it’s not. How do I know? Because I’m doing it, and you should too.
I recently signed up for Swagbucks, an online rewards program that offers simple ways to earn money and gift cards. In less than a minute I was signed up, watching videos and earning “Swagbucks” (SB) redeemable for gift cards to more than 140 retailers, including Amazon and Walmart.
If I decide I’d rather have cash instead, I can get it via PayPal. Either way, this is a great way to put a dent in my holiday budget!
Sound good? Then do what I did: Take 30 seconds and sign up for Swagbucks here.
It’s important to realize that you’re not going to make a living with Swagbucks. But it’s not a scam. It’s a legitimate rewards site that’s already given out more than $120 million in cash and free gift cards. If you’ve got some extra time, you can earn up to $2,700 a year simply by watching videos and doing other simple stuff. Here’s how:
As I mentioned, Swagbucks pays you to watch video content — including movie trailers, health tips, parenting advice and more — from dozens of media partners, including Hulu, the Food Network and Reuters. The number of SB you earn varies widely depending on the content and length of the video playlist you choose. For example, watching a 17-minute, 20-video playlist from TMZ Sports will earn you three SB while a 10-minute playlist on “Pumpkin Spiced Everything” is worth two SB.
You can earn SB by shopping online at hundreds of participating retailers, such as eBay, Kohl’s, Target, Walmart and Amazon.
The number of Swagbucks you’ll earn for each $1 you spend online varies depending on the retailer. For instance, the day I wrote this story you could earn up to seven SB per $1 spent at Amazon.com and 11 SB per $1 dollar spent online at Expedia. All you have to do is start your online shopping trip at the Swagbucks site. Due to retailers’ varying return policies, it can take up to 32 days for your SB to show up in your account.
I also earned 50 SB by adding the “SwagButton,” to my internet browser. This is a cool feature, because once you’ve installed it, the SwagButton will automatically notify you if the website you’re on offers cash-back shopping opportunities.
Do you enjoy playing games online? You can earn Swagbucks for in-game purchases on many popular online games, including Bejeweled 2, Tetris Burst and a variety of casino-style games. Typically, for each $1 you spend playing a game through Swagbucks, you’ll earn 18 SB. Because you only earn SB for in-game purchases, “no matter what your game score is, you’ll still earn the same amount of SB,” Swagbucks explains.
One of the most popular ways to earn SB is by completing surveys. I earned 10 SB today by taking a general household information survey that only took about four minutes to complete. Some surveys reward users up to 300 SB.
Using the Swagbucks search engine
Make Swagbucks your default search engine and you’ll be rewarded with 25 SB.
Sign up and start earning!
As I mentioned, signing up on Swagbucks is quick and easy. When I wrote this story, Swagbucks was handing out a free $5 bonus just for signing up. All you provide is your name and email address; no credit card or other personal info.
I’ve earned a lot of Swagbucks through watching videos. You can, too. Just find videos that interest you. For example, I clicked on a set of videos with Jimmy Fallon messing up then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s hair and earned two SB. The more videos you watch, the faster your points will build up.
If watching videos isn’t really your thing, remember: There are plenty of other ways to earn money on Swagbucks. Whatever your preference, you can earn. A maximum of 750 SB can be redeemed each day, which equates to about $7.50 a day. That means you have the ability to earn about $2,700 a year from Swagbucks just by watching short videos on its site. Cha-ching!
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