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One of the ways I helped us stay entertained after cutting the cable cord was to sign up for Hulu. We started with a gift card that covered about 11 months of membership, and got another 3 months when my work allowed me to choose a 3 month Hulu gift card as part of my work anniversary gift.
We like it enough that we would like to keep it, but we don’t really want to pay another $8/month for it.
My solution is to try and earn Swagbucks to earn a gift card every month to pay for it. I have been using Swagbucks for at least five years to earn Amazon gift cards. This year, I’ve used them to help buy the new Thug Kitchen Vegan cookbook (lots of recipes for healthy and frugal meals) and Bean By Bean, a cookbook with lots of bean recipes.
The process is easy; you earn Swagbucks by searching the web, taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, voting in a poll, finding random Swagcodes, or shopping at retailers through their portal, similar to Ebates. Unlike Ebates, instead of cash back, you earn Swagbucks, which are then traded for gift cards.
An Amazon $5 gift card is about 500 Swagbucks. A 1 month Hulu gift card is 800 Swagbucks. There are many more gift cards you can earn- these are just my favorites. You can also earn $25 in Paypal cash, but you will have to save up 2500 Swagbucks. You can decide what you like and then do the math to figure out how many Swagbucks to earn each day to meet your goal.
What do I do? I try to earn enough for four $25 Hulu gift cards a year to cover our Hulu membership, plus $25 Domino’s Pizza gift cards to cover our monthly pizza treat.
They sometimes discount the gift cards, so that a $25 Amazon gift card only costs 2200 Swagbucks, less than you need to get five $5 Amazon gift cards. It pays to keep an eye out to see if there is a discount.
I use Swagbucks as a search engine, and you can randomly earn Swagbucks for searching, but it doesn’t happen with every search. I might win 10-25 Swagbucks per day by searching. Many tasks will only earn 1-3 Swagbucks at a time. Again, you’ll just need to do some simple math to see how many videos to watch or games to play to get the number of Swagbucks you want.
It is not unusual for me to be doing homework, writing, or reading on my laptop with a Swagbucks video running in the background, while my computer volume is muted. In fact, that is exactly what I am doing as I write this! Multitasking at its finest.
What about you? Do you have a favorite website or app that helps you to earn a little bit on the side?