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How I’ve Made some Extra Cash for Christmas

As a working at home mother I’m always looking for easy, simple ways to earn a bit of extra money at home. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been working daily on my Swagbucks account and so far it’s helped me earn £95 in Amazon Vouchers. How you ask? Well, very simple really!

What is Swagbucks?
The way I see it Swagbucks is a cashback platform and rewards site that lets you earn points for clicking through and shopping with listed retailers. I’ve listed ten ways you can earn swagbucks below. These points can then be exchanged for giftcards or cash through Paypal. I have exchanged £20 in Amazon vouchers, I’m waiting for my next £50 Amazon voucher code to come through and I almost have enough for a further £25 in Amazon vouchers. That’s £95 just in time for Christmas. I’m aiming to have had £250 in Amazon vouchers by the end of the year.

I signed up to Swagbucks ages ago but have never really used it as I didn’t know how but after rediscovering it again I won’t be looking back. The best thing about this is a lot of it can be done whilst you’re watching TV, so if you’re used to scrolling through the internet and social media whilst catching up on soaps or laying in bed then you definitely have time to add Swagbucks into your life.

Swagbucks is completely free and you never have to pay a penny to join, do any of the offers or earn. There are things like trial offers, which are free, but make sure you note down the date of the trial end so that you can cancel any subscription.

So how can you earn? Well there’s quite a few ways. I’ll list them below.

  1. Surveys – these are refreshed constantly throughout the day
  2. Daily Poll
  3. NCrave – watching ads for 30 seconds, soon available on mobile
  4. Daily Watch – watching a set of videos. You can have these playing on your phone whilst doing other things or in the background on your laptop. There’s a toolbar you can install on your browsers which allows for a video pop up on Daily Watch that you can minimise.
  5. Swagenger hunt – each month there is a bit of a game or hunt for bonus swagbucks for searching the internet
  6. Swagcode – the group I am part of share these and the time they end so you can input them in the app or browser
  7. Daily Search  – using them as a search engine gets you Swagbucks
  8. Shopping cashback –  you can get cashback for shopping at places like Very, Argos, Beerhawk and JustEat amonst so many others.
  9. Referrals – any person that signs up through your link, you will earn 10% of their swagbucks daily, at no extra cost to the referral. If you had, say, 10 people getting their daily goal of around 30 Swagbucks, you’d be getting 30 swagbucks too. If those 10 people then got 100 Swagbucks a day, you’d get 100 a day from them combined so it really helps and adds up. Friends and family can all join in at no extra cost to them, just to answer some surveys and watch some videos.
  10. Trial and Paid offers – there are a lot of great high payout swagbucks offers which require a subscription or small payment of £1. It’s up to you whether you do these but remember to cancel any subscriptions at your convenience. I recently completed an offer which cost me 50p but I got enough for a £50 giftcard back so it was worth it.

I have been doing all of the above to help me get some extra money for Christmas. Gift cards include Paypal, Amazon, Debenhams, Mastercard, Marks and Spencer and so many fantastic high street brands. Having an extra almost £100 just in time for Christmas might not be huge but it’s enough for our Christmas to go from good to just magical and I know this would make a huge difference to so many friends and families that have little ones with Christmas wishlists the length of their arms.

You can join Swagbucks for free using my referal link if you like, or if you know someone and would rather join with them then feel free to do so.

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  1. This sounds like such a great way to earn some extra pennies for Christmas! I am definetly going to check them out! #DreamandSparkle

  2. I’ve heard of these sites but have never tried them myself. Does it take a long time to build up the money? #ForTheLoveOfBlog

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      It honestly depends on how much you do and what offers you want to do. The group I’m part of has members that do not spend a penny on any of the offers and just do the searches, videos and free offers like app downloads and games etc, then some of them are getting around £20 a week or so in giftcards. Like anything the more time you put into something they more you get back. I think this is very worth it though for £100 for very little effort. The way I see it, that used to be two days wages for me.

  3. I do this from time to time too, but must confess that I do get bored with doing survey after survey, so have to take breaks, to save me from going totally crazy. It certainly does help out with Christmas though. #dreamandsparkle x

  4. This sounds like a fab idea! I’ll have a look at it now. I used to do surveys on line but they became so repetitive and also seemed to get longer and longer! I’ll have a look though, thank you! #dreamandsparkle

    1. Author

      I have to say the surveys aren’t my favourite part but the videos are good, you can just have them playing in the background and let them do their thing! x

  5. I have never heard of this, but it sounds like a great way to have extra pennies – which is never a bad thing at this time of year!

    1. Author

      I like the ease of it personally, just adding it onto a browser or watching a few vids makes it nice and simple! Not massive money, but as you said anything extra this time of year is helpful!

  6. I already belong to Swagbucks but, like you, I didn’t take the time to learn how to get anything out of it. I may check out that FB page you mentioned. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  7. I was always a little skeptical of these things until I started using Ebates.ca in Canada and received a little dosh every quarter for effectively doing nothing! I’ll definitely be signing up, thanks! #ForTheLoveOfBlog

  8. Wow this sounds brilliant! I use Quidco (when I remember) to get cash back but also have it set up on my debit cards so when I use them in store I get instant cash back! It does add up and I only periodically look at my account so I am usually met by a nice surprise! #dreamteam

  9. I’ve never heard of Swagbucks which sounds like a really easy way to make cash, and fun for collecting it too. Well done on collecting £95, hope you make it to £250. Claire x #MarvMondays

  10. Great advice! I joined Swagbucks a few years ago and could never get the hang of it, nor did I ever seem to get anywhere with it! May have to give it another go! #DreamandSparkle

    1. Author

      I really recommend trying it again! Especially with some support like the group I’m in. It really feels like a team effort and keeps you going!

  11. I will defiantly be joining need the extra cash. MAT pay is just rubbish 🙁 #GlobalBlogging

  12. I’ve heard of Swagbucks but never actually use it. I’ve used Quidco for the last few years and have earnt loads with them, but it sounds like there are so many more ways you can earn money with Swagbucks so I think I’ll definitely have to check them out. I’m looking for a few ways to earn some extra pennies this far into maternity leave! Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

    1. Author

      Yes a few people have said about Quidco too I will have to take a look at them because it’s better to have more ways to earn isn’t it?!

  13. Oooo nice one! I’ve heard of this I think & it sounds like a fab way to earn some extra money – especially coming up to Christmas! Thank you for sharing your post with us at #BloggerClubUK xx

  14. Sounds like a win-win! Will be checking it out in front of the telly once the kids are in bed! Thanks for sharing!! #bigpinklink

  15. I’ve used Swagbucks in the past, but yes I got a little bored at times although I know some people (like you) seem to do really well with it. I tend to use OnePulse, Spare5 and Prolific Academic. I’m all for getting something for nothing 🙂


  16. It’s always good to have a little extra cash during the holidays! What a great and helpful list!! #globalblogging

  17. I use Quidco for cashback which is definitely worth it if you shop online. Will have to check out these other ones #DreamTeam

  18. This is fab – what a wonderful way to save up some money before Xmas! I had no idea about this but sounds perfect, especially as you can buy almost anything from Amazon these days…Amazon Prime is such a lifesaver for me. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

  19. This sounds great Kat. Hubby and I didn’t really get each other anything for Christmas to save money, but I’m desperate for a new camera, so I could save up Amazon vouchers and get myself one! Then start saving again when the kids’ birthdays are coming up. I’ll join through your link here, then message you on FB to join the group, if that’s ok?

    1. Author

      It made things so much easier for you! Yes that’s absolutely fine send me a friend request and I will add you into our support group too which is super helpful, encouraging and supportive! xx

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