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How I Made $25 Last Night on Swagbucks.com

by - September 28, 2011 - 9 Comments

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with sites like Swagbucks. On the one hand, if you use “get-paid-to” sites correctly, it can be an easy way to make a few extra bucks. On the other hand, I hate how so many people are tricked into spending hours clicking and answering surveys only to earn .42 cents, or some other ridiculously low number.

The secret to these programs is stay away from the low paying assignments and to try and cash out as quickly as possible. Of course, if you do enjoy clicking around while watching tv, it’s possible to also use Swagbucks to make money answering surveys, watching videos, and clicking the links to their partner sites. You can even make money playing games, but don’t expect to earn more than a few cents.

My strategy has always been to go after the free trial offers. They offer the biggest payout and they only take a few minutes of my time to complete. I did 4 of them last night and it earned me 3,250 Swagbucks, enough for a free $25 in my Paypal account. Here’s what I signed up for…

1. Netflix – I signed up for the free 30 day trial and earned 675 Swagbucks

2. Gamefly – I signed up for the Gamefly.com service. This one cost me $7.99, but I’m also a member of Offermatic.com which is offering a $10 rebate this month if you make a purchase at Gamefly. I pocketed 900 Swagbucks, plus I’ll end up making $2.01 from the overage on the rebate.

3. FreeCreditScore – I earned 900 Swagbucks for taking a look at my credit report and signing up for a free trial of credit monitoring. Thankfully there have been no changes to my credit report since I last checked. :)

4. Stamps.com – Pocketed another 675 Swagbucks for signing up for their free trial.

The cool thing about Swagbucks is that my account was credited almost instantaneously so I was able to cash-out quickly.

As far as the trial offers go, be sure you mark the end date on your calendar so you remember to make a decision about whether to keep the service before you are charged for it.

If you’re interested in giving Swagbucks a try, you can sign up here.

Good Luck Penny Hoarders! 

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  • http://www.thefrugaltoad.com Paul @ The Frugal Toad

    Interesting. I recently started seeing a few visitors from swagbucks so I signed up. I just don’t have the time quite honestly but it is always an option!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/TheYoungidealistEconomyBlog Steve

    About the free trial offers, there’s a lot of payouts out there for Netflix, but it’s always a first time signup offer. Did you really only go for the deal that got you ~$5 in swagbucks when there are offers out there for $10 worth of kickback or more? I’ve been a fan of Netflix for a while but my recent money problems forced me to drop them. They are on standby awaiting for me to sign back up again, but I’m pretty sure that all of the offers through other sites to get me back on board would refuse to credit me because I’m not a first time member. Do you have a way of getting around this or did you really sign up for netflix for the first time?

    On another note, Perhaps it would be a good idea to make a hit-list of the best reported offers on offer sites of this nature. Let people contribute to it and help to update it regularly. For example:

    1) Netflix – Get $10-$15 worth of credits at znzpay.com signup (not a real link, but I remember a freebie site that would make this deal with you)

    2) BookClub.com (not a real site as far as I know) – buyer beware, they will be stubborn, read the fine print. Pay $15 now for a $10 credit through inboxdollars.com and return within 30 days if you’d like for your $15 back. Or keep the books, buy about $40 more worth of books and cancel to have a considerable discount on 7 great bestseller books for $45.

    3) etc.com….

    Keep at least a top 10 list with links to sign-ups and to the best of your knowledge instructions and people can at least get screwed the least possible from offer sites, which tend to be tricky, low payback, and misleading.

  • http://onecentatatime.com/ SB @ One Cent At A Time

    Every little bit helps, now do remember to stop those trial offers, i am very bad at those

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  • TL

    Oh! I just looked everywhere for the Stamps.com offer. I could have sworn I saw it before and now I want to try it. Which sponsor is it under?
    Thanks much!

    • The Penny Hoarder

      Hi TL,

      I found it under the “special offers” category. I just checked and it is still available…


  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Cherleen @ The College Investor

    This is interesting. Earning money while watching TV… not bad! Thanks for sharing!

  • Untemplater

    Nice earnings! Free trials are always fun when they don’t come with any strings attached. As you say the important thing is to remember to cancel service before they start charging. -Sydney

  • http://www.galsdigit.com Julie Gaudet

    Although not an idea for me I am always amazed at the number of ways to make money online. Your site is one to keep in touch with for sure! My readers will likely get a lot from this as well!

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