Swag Bucks: Earning Money for Christmas – Part 1 of 2

Tracy with books earned with Swag BucksIf you are feeling the squeeze this year with increasing costs for almost everything, then you are not alone. Prices are rising, and Christmas is less than 2 months away.

Did you just get a knot in your stomach at the mention of Christmas? I’m sorry. This post is not to magnify your limited resources, but rather to give you hope for earning money for Christmas. Realize that time is on your side for earning $5 Amazon gift cards or other rewards through Swag Bucks.

Though I have written about Swag Bucks in a beginning, intermediate, and advanced series, I recently found Swag Bucks the solution when I needed some extra funds.

You see, I had exhausted our home schooling budget and still needed some reading books not available at our library or at the used book store, so I turned to Swag Bucks.

By earning Swag Bucks each day, I earned $40 in Amazon gift cards in one month. I chose this amount because I could get FREE shipping with any $35 order. However, I could not redeem all those Swag Bucks until August due to the limit of 5 identical rewards per month.

Though there are various ways to earn, here’s how I earned those rewards:

1. Completed the To Do List each day of July.

Swag Bucks offers 4 easy items on the To Do List that can be completed each day for Swag Bucks. The To Do List, located on the left sidebar, is as follows:

a. Daily Crave: Watch two videos and earn 1 Swag Buck
b. Toolbar: Use the Chrome Swag Bucks toolbar and earn 1 Swag Buck
c. Daily Poll: Take the poll to earn 1 Swag Buck
d. NOSO: Skip through the offers and enter the captcha code provided to earn 2 Swag Bucks

2. Search at least three times each day.

Swag Bucks are randomly awarded for searching. However, once you win, you won’t get another reward for a few hours. In using time wisely, I would search in the morning until I earned, then in the afternoon until I earned, and then again in the evening. This way, I was receiving 7-20 Swag Bucks for each session of searching.

My son enjoyed searching and earning the Swag Bucks for me. I appreciated his efforts in helping me get through the month as it was definitely an investment of time.

3. Reach Daily Goal and Bonus Goal every day of the month.

The goal Swag Bucks are not deposited into your account until the first week of the next calendar month. Since I was earning during July, I received these Swag Bucks in August.

a. Daily Goal: Your daily goal is located in the left sidebar. A green bar will show how close you are to earning your daily goal. When I started in July, my goal was 30 Swag Bucks. By the time I reached day 31, my goal was 110. The goal does increase, but the rewards were worth the investment.

If you reach your daily goal each day of the month, then you will earn a bonus of 300 Swag Bucks in the next month for being a monthly master. The winning streak tab on the left sidebar will document your progress throughout the month. If you miss a day, then the badge you have reached will hold while your winning streak starts over.

b. Bonus Goal: After you reach your daily goal, you can earn more Swag Bucks for a bonus. These bonus goals are added together and awarded in the next month. I earned an additional 235 Swag Bucks throughout July which arrived in my account on August 5th.

Earning Swag Bucks is one way to prepare for Christmas. Though it is FREE, you will need to determine how much time you can invest into earning Swag Bucks. On some days, I could earn Swag Bucks within one hour while other days took close to two hours. I committed to the 31 days and reaped the rewards of that investment.

Swag Bucks has its perks. I loved purchasing the 6 books we needed for home schooling by using the gift cards earned. My son loved being a part of the process as he knew the goal as I searched and took surveys. He helped and checked the progress with me throughout the month.

One will not get rich by using Swag Bucks, but you can earn some extra gift cards to offset the cost of gifts for Christmas. In using time wisely, Swag Bucks was a good option in July. However, I could not do it now that home school takes so much of my time. I only offer this suggestion as I know times are difficult, but there is a way if you have the time to invest.

In the next post, I’ll share ways that I earned Swag Bucks to reach my daily goal. If you need money for Christmas, then plan to start earning Swag Bucks daily on Wednesday, October 1. Happy choosing!

Question: Have you found Swag Bucks’ rewards worth the investment of time?

Chick-fil-A: September Calendar Card Deal

022If you purchased or received the Chick-fil-A calendar for 2014 and have used your card to redeem for FREE offers, then you quickly made your $6 back. Our family purchased four cards for our family because we love Chick-fil-A.

With the September calendar card deal of a FREE breakfast entrée and a large Coca-cola drink, my children and I headed to Chick-fil-A on Friday morning. Having worked really hard this week, we were able to take Friday off.

We spent the day making a quick doctor’s visit before heading to Chick-fil-A for breakfast. Mr. 9 ordered a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit while the girls chose Chick-fil-A biscuits, and I selected the chicken, egg, and cheese bagel. Yum! The drinks were huge but came in handy while playing with our friends for 4 hours at the park.

Though you may not get to make a special outing out of the September calendar card deal, you can redeem your offer for a FREE breakfast entrée and a large Coca-cola drink. Just remember, your offer must be redeemed by September 30, 2014, as the deal will reset on October 1. Happy planning!

Question: What is your favorite breakfast option at Chick-fil-A?

2014: National Coffee Day – September 29, 2014

2014: National Coffee Day – September 29, 2014

Photograph Credit: Fotolia

Coffee drinkers are in for a treat! If you are a picky coffee drinker, then hopefully you can find at least one FREE option to warm you on Monday morning.

The following companies are offering FREE coffee in celebration of National Coffee Day on Monday, September 29, 2014:

If you know of other FREE coffee offers for Monday, September 29, 2014, then please share in the comments.

Offers like these make perfect opportunities to schedule that get-together with a friend. You know, the one where you say you need to get together, but the timing is never right.

Plan a morning coffee break or meet a friend early on Monday to catch up while enjoying your FREE cup of coffee.

Until I join the ranks of coffee drinkers (as my tastes have been known to change), I will enjoy my sweet tea and listen to how you enjoyed your cup of FREE coffee. Happy catching up!

Question: Do you have a favorite coffee brand?

Dunkin’ Donuts: National Coffee Day – September 29, 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts: National Coffee Day – September 29, 2014

Photograph Credit: Dunkin’ Donuts

Coffee lovers, get ready to start your work week with a FREE cup of Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee. In celebration of National Coffee Day, participating Dunkin’ Donuts will offer a FREE medium hot dark roast coffee to guests on Monday, September 29, 2014.

Per the Dunkin’ Donuts’ news release, the new dark roast uses a unique roasting process to bring out key characteristics of different beans, creating a bold flavor and the smooth finish without the bitterness typically associated with most dark roast coffees.

To stretch out their celebration, Dunkin’ Donuts will then offer their medium hot dark roast coffee for $0.99 from September 30 – October 5, 2014. With the promise of a FREE or inexpensive cup of coffee maybe you can muster the motivation needed to get moving next week.

Getting out of bed has become more difficult for me this fall. I love the cooler temperatures, my warm bed, and snuggling under the covers. Though I’m not a coffee drinker, I know many would gladly leave a bit early on Monday morning for a hot cup. Enjoy!

Happy Coffee Day!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: National Coffee Day – September 29, 2014

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: National Coffee Day – September 29, 2014

Photograph Credit: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Monday, September 29, 2014, is National Coffee Day!

In celebration, participating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is offering a FREE 12 oz. cup of house, decaf or dark roast coffee.

If you care to splurge, treat yourself to a 12 oz. mocha, latte or iced coffee for $1 at participating locations.

The FREE options include the following:

  • House Blend – a smooth, medium-bodied, Latin American blend with a balanced flavor profile for the everyday coffee drinker.
  • Dark Roast – with a dark roasted, full-bodied flavor, this blend of African, Indonesian and Central American coffees was made for those who prefer a bolder coffee taste.
  • House Decaf – a decaffeinated blend of Colombian and Sumatran coffee.

Krispy Kreme mochas and lattes are available hot or iced in a variety of flavors, including Pumpkin Spice Latte. Pick up a 12 oz. cup of any delicious variety for $1 only on National Coffee Day. Enjoy!

Happy Coffee Day!