As you might have noticed, there are many people online who share their amazing online income levels every month. From freelance writing to social media management to successful blogs, they manage to make a full-time income while working on the internet. While I’m in awe of them anytime they post, that’s simply not my reality. Winston and I both have full-time jobs that provide our income. We’re in the lucky minority who seem to really enjoy our jobs, so we won’t be quitting for online work-from-home careers anytime soon.
With that being said, I did find myself needing a few extra bucks several years ago and searched the internet on how to do it. Right after college, I joined a volunteer organization, and spent the year in Baltimore working for a very low stipend. The work was rewarding, but the money, not so much. I joined in August and almost immediately started freaking out about how I’d be able to buy anyone a Christmas present. That’s when I started searching online and found Swagbucks.
It got me maybe $30 by Christmas time, but I was able to give small gifts to each of my family members along with some homemade sweets. Looking back, I can’t imagine the gift or the sweets were very good, but everyone understood. I was 22 and volunteering full-time – my family was just happy I’d made it the 600 miles home without hitchhiking.
Here it is 6 years later, and I’m still chugging away at Swagbucks. My interest levels wane occasionally and I give it up – sometimes for months at a time – but I always find myself coming back to it. For the amount of time I spend online, it allows me to at least make a few bucks here and there.
The basic synopsis is that you sign up and do tasks online for Swagbucks that are equal to 1 penny. When you get a few dollars, you can cash out for Amazon gift cards (my favorite), Starbucks gift cards (my second favorite), and a variety of other gift cards that I’ve never really used. I usually do a few special offers that involve giving someone my email in exchange for 10-45 points or surveys that give me 60-200 points.
It seems tedious and it most certainly is. I give myself 1 hour when I wake up in the morning to get as many points as I can and then I call it a day. The best attitude to take into Swagbucks is one of casual indifference. There are some days that few things credit and I give up after 20 minutes. There are other days that I make $3 in 20 minutes. I’ve learned to expect nothing and be very happy when I get something! I usually average $15-20 a month. Even though this seems like a low amount, I’ve found that it adds up for when I need a gift. When birthdays and holidays come around, it’s nice to be able to go into Amazon and have money waiting for me instead of pulling it out of my account. Currently, I’m saving for Christmas.
If you’re interested in trying it out, it doesn’t cost anything to open an account. You will need to give Swagbucks your address before you cash out, but other than that, you can stay as anonymous as you want. I’d suggest opening a spam email and following the Swagbucks facebook and reddit pages for tips on what’s crediting that day!
In the interest of full disclosure, the Swagbucks links above are my referral links. When you sign up, I get a referral percentage. It doesn’t add up to much, but I do appreciate every point!