Swag Bucks: Intermediate Guide

Photograph Credit: Swag Bucks

Photograph Credit: Swag Bucks

Having had opportunities this week to chat about the benefits of Swag Bucks, I enjoy sharing more ways you can earn Swag Bucks to help in stretching your dollars.

For registration instructions, please visit Swag Bucks: Beginner’s Guide. After registering and conducting basic searches, you can increase your Swag Bucks by doing the following:

1. Download the Swag Bucks Toolbar

NOTE: The toolbar is only available for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari browser users. Chrome toolbar is coming soon. I use the toolbar through Firefox on my desktop while waiting patiently for the release of the Chrome toolbar for my laptop.

The Swag Bucks toolbar includes a search field. Anytime I need to search a topic, I open up a new tab and type the topic into the Swag Bucks toolbar. By skipping the step of searching for Swag Bucks and then my topic, I save time by using the toolbar.

Another feature I find helpful is the mail notices. Periodically Swag Bucks releases codes for free Swag Bucks. You will get a red envelope notice on the toolbar with instructions for redeeming that code.

Redeeming your Swag Bucks is quick when selected from the toolbar.

NOTE: Adding toolbars on your computer may cause your computer to slow down. My husband, the computer tech, informs me each time I mention waiting on my computer to process that my two toolbars are slowing me down. However, I choose to keep Swag Bucks since the benefits are worth a little extra time.

2. Bookmark Frequently Used Pages

If you visit your web site or e-mail account each day, then setup a bookmark to that account through a Swag Bucks search.

    • Go to Swagbucks.com
    • Type in your web site (i.e., Using Time Wisely)
    • Click “Search”
    • Verify that the site you want appears in the search results
    • Bookmark that page (click on the star in the address bar)

When you need to go to that site, click on your bookmark and Swag Bucks will re-search those words. You can save precious time using your bookmark while searching through Swag Bucks.

3. Print Coupons

After compiling your grocery lists, check Swag Bucks for more coupons. If you plan to use the coupons offered, then print them out and redeem them. For each coupon you print AND redeem, you will earn 10 Swag Bucks. This perk is nice, but it does take up to 3 months to see those Swag Bucks deposited into your account.

If you do not plan to use the coupon, then save your printer ink and bypass that coupon. You will not get any Swag Bucks for printing the coupon. You must print and redeem to get the Swag Bucks.

4. Search on Fridays

Fridays are Mega Swag Bucks Days. Extra Swag Bucks are given throughout the day. You have a good chance of winning 20 or more Swag Bucks for your searches on Mega days. Though there is no guarantee that you will win, Swag Bucks gives higher value Swag Bucks every Friday.

5. Purchase Groupons

Groupons.com is a daily deal site offering a new deal each day. The widget on my sidebar indicates the Groupon of the day. If I choose to buy that Groupon, I can also earn Swag Bucks. The process is a bit complicated, but worth the time to earn those gift cards.

Because Christina at Centsible Savings wrote a great explanation in a guest post on moneysavingmom.com, I recommend following these guidelines. If this process is too tedious, you can buy your deal through the link on Using Time Wisely. Using Swag Bucks is just another way to earn those rewards to stretch your dollars.

In using time wisely, the toolbar setup occurs once, the bookmarks used daily, coupons checked weekly, Friday searches weekly, and Groupons purchased periodically. Though there are many more ways to earn Swag Bucks (coming in next week’s post), I choose these five options to increase my Swag Bucks while using time wisely.

Note: Affiliate links included in this post where Using Time Wisely receives compensation by Swag Bucks for those registering through these links.

Question:  What is your favorite way to earn Swag Bucks? Please add your answer to the comments.

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Daily Deal Site: Groupon.com

Photograph Credit: Groupon

As the cooler air wafts through my home, I have been feeling more energized as I complete some of those maintenance items around the house. Besides the seasonal yard work, my house needs to be pressure washed. Thankfully, Groupon, one of my favorite daily deal sites, recently offered a great deal on pressure washing from a local company.

Instead of paying the usual $250 price, I purchased a Groupon voucher for $129! This awesome deal was offered at 53% off the company’s regular price!

Using daily deal sites to purchase items our family needs helps stretch our dollars. Though the deals are daily, I only purchase items we need, will use, or will give as gifts to others.

To help you in using time wisely to view the daily deal from Groupon in your city, I have placed an affiliate link on the right sidebar. By visiting www.usingtimewisely.com each day, you can view your city’s daily deal.

Disclosure: The Groupon link in this post is Using Time Wisely’s affiliate link. When you make a purchase (with no additional fee) through my link, then Groupon compensates me.

Though you can access your city’s daily deal through the Groupon web site, your support of Using Time Wisely is greatly appreciated. Here’s my full disclosure policy.

As you view deals that are 50-90% off the regular price, be sure to read the fine print. I always check the location, expiration date, and restrictions. If I find these guidelines doable, then I will consider purchasing.

I routinely bypass great sales to stay within my budget. For me, purchasing a great deal only to go over budget is not worth the thrill of the deal. As I evaluate the daily deals from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, I ask myself these questions:

  • Does the recipient need this voucher?
  • Would the recipient use the voucher?
  • Would the recipient love the voucher?
  • Do I have room in my budget for this purchase?
  • Do I want to spend money on this voucher?

There have been deals that I have foregone just because I did not want to spend any money. The recipient would have used and loved the voucher, and I had the available funds. But at that time, I chose not to spend the money. Looking back, I have no regrets. Deals come and go, and I have lots of opportunities to stretch our dollars.

On those days when I find awesome deals that we need, I enjoy snagging them at a deep discount. Daily deal sites, like Groupon, help save money, energy, and time. Whether you are looking for restaurants, family activities, or pressure washing, continue using time wisely as you stretch your dollars.

Question: What additional questions do you consider before making a purchase? Please add your answer to the comments.

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