As part of my Frugal Family Plan, one of the things that I do on a regular basis is Swagbucks. With my busy schedule, I don't have a lot of time to participate in many of their opportunities to earn free Swagbucks. All I did was replace my usual search engine with www.swagbucks.com and that was about it.
For me, the best thing for me to redeem my Swagbucks for is the $5 amazon.com gift cards. You only need 450 Swagbucks for this exchange. In 2013, I redeemed my Swagbucks for a total of $60 worth of amazon.com gift codes. If you haven't signed up yet, here's my referral link to get started: www.swagbucks.com/refer/lady
I keep an annual budget for gifts for birthday, wedding/bridal/baby shower, anniversary, and holidays including Father's Day and Mother's Day. What these amazon gift cards allow me to do is cut down on the cash budget and allow that to go towards other things and purchase gifts on Amazon. I am a fan of Amazon for the following reasons:
- I have an Amazon Prime membership that I share with my siblings which means that I get two-day shipping for free* (well, $18.75 per sibling which is a pretty good deal overall)
- Amazon Mom - this allows me deeper discounts on certain baby things when my kids were younger
- Amazon Subscribe and Save - this
- Amazon Reviews - I really rely on Amazon Reviews to help compare items and purchase them
- Amazon Wishlist - I love that these wishlists are there - it really helps with gift buying and it also helps with gifts/books for my kids. It also has a great function that allows you to click on it as taken especially if the item is purchased from somewhere else.
- Amazon Universal Wishlist - this allows you to add wishlist items from practically anything else on the Internet including my kids' classes and items from other websites.
In the past, I have made $40 in Amazon gift cards in 2012, $50 in 2011, $65 in 2010, $65 in 2009. Using Swagbucks is FREE and it's definitely a great way to help cut down on your budget.