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How to Get Paid to Watch Your Favorite Cooking Shows

Updated May 26, 2016
by Kyle Taylor
Founder

I might be a tiny bit addicted to cooking shows, which is ironic since the take-out local Chinese restaurant knows me by name.

I don’t actually use any of the cooking tricks I see on TV, but there’s something relaxing about watching someone else do the cooking, even if it includes Gordon Ramsay yelling in the background.

That’s why I was pretty stoked to find this new hack: Swagbucks is offering users the chance to earn money, simply by watching cooking shows through their video channel.

Ummm… Get PAID to watch cooking shows? I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy day!

Here’s what you need to know if you want to spend your weekend watching cooking shows and getting paid:

Watch Cooking Shows, Earn Points Called SBs

Swagbucks’ video channel lets you earn SBs for watching a variety of shows — including cooking shows.

(Never used Swagbucks before? Here’s our guide for beginners.) They give you $5 just for signing up.

Just log in, watch the short videos and claim your bucks.

You need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your bucks, so be prepared. Swagbucks lets you know how long the playlist runs before you start watching, and playlists range from a few minutes to about a half hour.

What kind of shows are available? You can learn about anything from sushi to Indian food to eating organically.

One of the videos teaches you how to make sandwich kebabs by stacking your favorite sandwich ingredients, like cheese cubes, salami and cherry tomatoes, on a kebab stick. Now that’s the kind of cooking I can get behind!

And it’s actually possible to earn up to $225/month watching these videos!

How You Get Paid

Once you’ve earned your SBs, take them to the Swagbucks Rewards Store to exchange your points for Paypal or for gift cards. Swagbucks offers gift cards for Amazon, Target and Visa as well as Nintendo, Shutterfly, Old Navy and more. 

Spend your weekend watching cooking shows and learning new cooking hacks — I got a kick out of their instructions for using pancake batter to draw cool shapes, like flowers or Disney characters.

And earn extra cash at the same time! You’ll be so inspired to cook that you won’t even think about ordering Chinese take-out. (Eh, maybe.)

Your Turn: Have you ever used Swagbucks to make extra cash? Would you watch a few cooking shows to earn gift cards and cash?

Disclosure: We appreciate you letting us include an affiliate link in this post. It helps keep the beer fridge stocked in the Penny Hoarder break room.

by Kyle Taylor
Kyle is the founder of ThePennyHoarder.com

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