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Earn Swagbucks Faster: 15 Ways to Earn Swag Bucks

Earn Swagbucks Faster: 15 Ways to Earn Swag Bucks

If you’ve read for any length of time, you’ve probably seen me mention Swagbucks at some point. Some of you may not know what that is, so let me explain:

Swagbucks is an online portal dedicated to helping you earn digital dollars called “Swag Bucks”. These bucks can be redeemed for things like gift cards, downloads and products in the Swag Store.

Does it Actually Work?

Yes – it really does!

In the last year, I have earned over $600 in gift cards by using Swagbucks. I was able to purchase many books and kitchen items that we needed with the gift cards that I redeemed my bucks for.

How Do I Sign Up?

If you’re interested in signing up to Swagbucks, visit the Swagbucks website and register. You will earn 30 free Swag Bucks just for signing up.

Please note that you are only allowed to have one account per individual (not per household).

How Do I Earn Swag Bucks?

There are actually many ways that you can earn Swag Bucks other than just using the search engine.

I don’t recommend trying to do all 15 of these things because it will probably be overwhelming and take up an incredible amount of time, but these are all ways to earn Swag Bucks that I feel are worth mentioning.

1. Search the Web

The most popular way to earn Swag Bucks is to search the web. Just visit the Swagbucks homepage and every time you search for something using their search engine, you will have the chance to earn Swag Bucks.

You will only earn bucks periodically as you search, so don’t try searching for things over and over again – it won’t work.

2. Watch Videos

Find some great content that you are interested in, and fill your Swag Bucks meter as you watch. Once the meter is full, you’ll have a chance to win Swag Bucks.

All you have to do to earn points is watch videos that interest you and at the end of each video you can earn anywhere from 1-5 Swag Bucks. Keep in mind that you won’t win every time you watch a video.

I like to run these videos when I am doing something in the office, such as cleaning or organizing paperwork. That way I am nearby to click to the next video. I don’t do this very often, but when I do, I usually earn about 4 Swag Bucks for every “winning” video.

3. Play Games

If you enjoy computer games, check out the free ones offered by Swagbucks and you can earn 1-5 bonus Swag Bucks just for playing.

If you want to play against other Swagbucks members, you can buy into a tournament (these are limited time or limited player tournaments) and have a chance to win as much as 2000 Swag Bucks or more.

I haven’t had much luck with these games, but I know a few people that claim to earn quite a few Swag Bucks by playing games a few times per day.

4. Take Surveys

Visit the “Trusted Survey” dashboard every day for great survey opportunities. When you give your opinion, you will be awarded with Swag Bucks.

You will only earn Swag Bucks when you qualify and I have found that I don’t qualify for many. However, it may be worth your time to check and see if you do qualify.

5. Complete Time Sensitive Offers

There are some offers that you can complete to earn bonus Swag Bucks, and many of them don’t require payment of any kind.

You can earn quite a few Swag Bucks by completing these offers, but be sure to only complete the ones you are sincerely interested in to avoid spam mail.

6. View No Obligation Special Offers

Visit the “NOSO” page to view special offers with no obligation necessary to earn Swag Bucks. You can look at all of the offers and not even sign up to one of them and earn 2 Swag Bucks per day.

However, if there is an offer that interests you, be sure to sign up for it to earn even more bonus Swag Bucks.

7. Recycle Products

Swagbucks has a recycling program where you can earn Swag Bucks for handing over your old cell phone, books and gaming systems.

All you have to do is look up the product that you’d like to trade in, print the pre-paid label and trade-in receipt, stick the package in the mail and collect your Swag Bucks (once your item has been received and processed).

Personally, I don’t think the bucks that you get for these items is very much, but if these are items that are just sitting around your home collecting dust, it may be worth it for you to trade them for some Swag Bucks.

8. Answer Polls

There is a new poll every day on the Swagbucks website. Every time you vote in the current daily poll, you will earn 1 bonus Swag Buck.

This is such a simple way to earn around 30 Swag Bucks every month. It only takes a few seconds to do. It is usually the first thing I do in the morning when I log on to the computer.

9. Referrals

Once you see how easy it is to earn great prizes through Swagbucks, you will want to tell all of your friends so that they can start earning prizes too.

Make sure you get them to sign up through your referral link so that you can earn points for referring them. Swagbucks will give you 10% of their Swag Buck earnings for life!

10. Perform Tasks

When you do small “tasks” on the Swag Bucks website, you will be rewarded with bonus Swag Bucks. Small tasks include things such as testing online discounts and promotions, finding biographical information for celebrity actors, finding great things to do in a particular city, etc.

11. Use the Toolbar

Be sure to install the Swagbucks toolbar on your browser so that you can search for things on the web easily.

You can type all your searches into the toolbar instead of having to click on the homepage to do so. You are also awarded 1 bonus Swag Buck every a day, just for using the toolbar.

12. Follow Swagbucks on Facebook

Swagbucks will often post special codes and offers for their Facebook fans, so it’s a good idea to “Like” them on Facebook.

Check their page every day or so to see if there are any new promotions or special Swag Codes available.

13. Follow Swagbucks on Twitter

Just like on Facebook, Swag Bucks rewards their Twitter followers will special offers and codes, so be sure to add them to your list.

14. Read the Swagbucks Blog

The blog is always updated with news and offers and is a great place for you to find special promotions.

Occasionally, Swagbucks will pick a random follower and reward them with FREE Swag Buckd! Look for blog posts from “The Swag Guy” (TSG) or “The Swag Girl” (TSGal) to find exclusive Swag Buck opportunities.

15. Make a Search Your Homepage

Most people say to make your homepage, but I have a much better tip for you.

  • Go to
  • Search for something you search for a lot (maybe
  • When the search results come up, make the search results page your homepage
  • Now, every time you click the HOMEPAGE button (the little house) in your browser, you will end up at that search page

This means that every time you go to your homepage you will have a chance to win bucks – and you didn’t even have to manually search for anything.

After referrals, this is how I get the bulk of my Swag Bucks.

Swag Bucks is one of my favourite “money” making programs and I recommend it 100% to anyone who spends time online.

For very little effort you can enjoy free gift cards and other prizes for doing something as simple as surfing the web.

What are you waiting for? Click here to sign up for Swagbucks.

If you found this article helpful, please share it with your friends and family by clicking one of the social share buttons below (or at the top-right of this post)!


  1. Steph

    Signing up right now. Will use your refferal link ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Cassie Howard

    Thanks, Steph!

  3. Heather

    how many ‘bucks’ does it cost to get a book or a starbucks gift card?

  4. Mel

    Quick question. Do you let your SB add up to a large amount and then do a redemption all at once or do you do them as soon as you get to that level?? The reason I ask is if you order an gift card and you want to use it towards Christmas shopping can you do that or do they have an expiry date? Thanks

    • Az

      There is no expiry date for amazom cards

  5. LInda S

    I love swagbuck. I have earn 65$ since march, doing not much ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Cassie Howard

    Heather – A $10 Starbucks card is 1300 Swag Bucks and a $5 Gift card is 450 Swag Bucks.

    Mel – I redeem for as many of the $5 cards as I can in a month (limit 5), as they are the best value. Then I will usually get the $50 Amazon or $10 Starbucks, since they are the next best value (of things I want). The Amazon codes don’t expire. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. sophie

    it’s bad that it don’t work for quebec resident

  8. Mel

    Oh that is great to know thanks for responding. I for some reason thought the codes expired. So that is what they give you a code? And can you use more then one code per order? So for example would you place like a big order come Christmas lets say and then enter all the codes and pay the difference? Thanks again for responding.

  9. Cassie Howard

    Mel – I always enter the codes into my account when I get them from Swagbucks and then save them up until I have enough to buy something. I just made a $100+ order a few weeks ago using $5 codes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Mel

    Oh that is great to know that is what I am going to do then cause I have been cashing out to paypal but its 700SB to do that.

  11. Laura

    Signed up for swagbucks also. Can you tell me if the coupon offers are they good in Canada? I’m assuming not.

  12. Cassie Howard

    Laura – From what I’ve been told, they are US only.

  13. Laura

    bummer – oh so many coupons!! We could get lots and lots of swagbucks using them. lol I wonder if we could suggest they add a Canada coupon link.

  14. LB

    great website! signed up too! Today I was trying different methods of earning swagbucks as recommended and have a couple of questions.. When I try to subscribe for any offer and fill in the form, my postal code doesn’t fit?? Looks like it is availaible for american zip-code only??
    And another thing, I made my home page, and opened it a few times, but didn’t earn anything? How does it work? Thank you!

  15. Cassie Howard

    LB – Some offers are for residents of the US only. As for your homepage, you earn “bucks” sporadically. You won’t earn them every time you open the page.

  16. LB

    MrsJ, thank you for reply! One more question, if you don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚ Are those Amazon gift cards valid on Or if not, I heard one has to pay duties and fees buying on… could you give an example how much it can be?? Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Cassie Howard

    LB: You can get .ca or .com Amazon gift cards. I always get the .ca ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Andrea


    Does anyone else have issues downloading the toolbar? I keep getting a message saying I’m not authorized to download the toolbar, that I need to log out and log in as an admin…very weird since it’s my laptop, so I should be the admin.

    If anyone can offer some suggestions on how to get past this, I’d greatly appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. StarkRadio

    I cannot register, I enter all the info and the page freezes when I click on submit.


  20. StarkRadio

    I started all over again and yay! Thanks very much.

  21. blessed

    hello. is this swag thing applicable to those of us in Cda??? i signed up today.. but when i go to certain links like the coupons..its only US.. when i try to go to the link to view ads without obligation.. the questions are based on people living in the US as there is no where to enter a canadian address….i was actually looking forward to trying this but i guess like most things online, its only for the US

  22. Cassie Howard

    Andrea: Hmm, I had no problems installing it. If you are logged into your Swagbucks account and keep having issues, I would definetely suggest contacting them about it.

    blessed: Yes, Swagbucks is for Canadian’s as well (except Quebec). Some of the stuff us US only though, like the coupons.

  23. Anna

    “Swagbucks is for Canadianโ€™s as well (except Quebec). ”

    Not again…:-( I swear Cassie I’m this close to moving out of this forsaken place and into your basement…lol

  24. Cassie Howard

    Anna: I know, I’m sorry! My hubby actually suggested we move to Quebec (for a job opportunity he had) and I was all “HELLZ NO! Don’t you know Quebec sucks for coupons and freebies?!”

    You are welcome to come stay at my house. I need a shopping buddy anyway. ๐Ÿ˜›

  25. Melanie D

    What is the best reward to cash out for? I wanted to do paypal for the cash but it’s 700 SW for 5$. I saw 5$ at Amazon is 450SW. Is this the best option? Love the website! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Cassie Howard

    The $5 Amazon gift card is definitely the best value.

  27. Julia

    Can you use multiple gift cards to pay for one transaction on Or would each card have to be on a separate purchase?

    • Cassie Howard

      You can! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Christine

    trying to sign up for swagbucks but its asking for a i just enter any zipcode??

  29. Cassie Howard

    Christine: Did you select Canada? I was able to enter a postal code.

  30. stefanie

    Thanks for all the infromation you post! I just joined swagbucks its very cool!

  31. Beatrix

    I’m trying to sign up but it won’t accept my postal code. Is there a different sign up page for Canadians?

  32. Cassie Howard

    Beatrix: There should be a spot for “postal code” when you are signing up.

  33. Jennifer

    I wanted to say thank you SO much for posting about swag bucks. I had heard of it before but didn’t really understand what it was until I read about it on your site. Both me and my boyfriend got swagbuck accounts less than a month ago and already collectively we have $50 in amazon gift cards. We’re totally addicted to swag bucks now lol – it’s so EASY to earn free gift cards, it’s amazing!! It’s so exciting to get things for free!!
    Thank you so so much for posting about swag bucks!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  34. FuzBnE

    when it come to the zip code issue, what I did was I just type in any USA zip code and try to register, once I registered I went in to my profile folder and change the info (which you can go in and add your address and change the country back to Canada)

    hope this help.

  35. AMANDA

    I want to sign up but where is a referral link posted so you get the points as well? thanks

  36. Cassie Howard

    AMANDA: Thank you for wanting to sign up under me, I appreciate it! You can click on any of the “Swagbucks” links at the top of the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Caroline

    Where can I find the rule about 1 per household? I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the website. I did see something about 1 per person though. My husband and I both have accounts because I didn’t know about that rule so I want to confirm and if it’s not allowed, I will cancel one account. Thanks.

  38. Cassie Howard

    Caroline: I just did some research on this, and it looks like they have changed it so that now you are allowed one account per person, not household. Yay!

  39. Lin

    Whats the difference between and gifts cards other than the obvious geography. Which card is better to redeem for?

  40. Delly

    Only redeem E-Giftcards, you are canadian!

  41. Mel

    Delly, just because Lin is canadian doesn’t mean they should only get giftcards. I *much* prefer .com because it has way better selection and the majority of retailers on there ship to canada anyways ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Amanda

    Hello all, would tip #15 work also if a page is bookmarked instead of made as the homepage?

  43. teachermum

    That’s what I do-I have a “search” page saved to my favourites and just open that several times a day to try for search points. I chose hotmail for mine so it’s easy enough for me to check email from there. And no, you definitely don’t get points every time you open it!

    I have a friend who earns an amazon $5 worth of points every day–no she doesn’t have that many referrals–she gets them from surveys!!! I NEVER qualify for surveys!!!

  44. Jenny

    Quebec sucks big time. Always missing out on good opportunities! Really looking into moving out within the next 4 yrs. *crossing my fingers*

    anyways, Cassie thank you so much for all your great tips! Slowly easing into a new lifestyle of being a SAVER! Been couponing for over 2 months and love the feeling of getting surprises in the mail. Money does add up and as a housewife, my hubby’s very grateful that I stretch every dollar he brings home!

  45. Cara

    Hi! Used your referral link and signed up 2 weeks ago. I already have $25 for amazon and another 600 swagbucks still to redeem! Can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner. Wondering how long you continue to get the points from someone who uses your link – just the first month? First week? Forever? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Bren

    Note, Quebec residents cannot sign up.

  47. Cassie Howard

    Cara: Thank you for using my code! You continue to get points/bucks until that user has received 1,000.

  48. pinktulips

    Do you have a referral code so I can sign up too?

  49. ellen

    I do have swag bucks but I don’t use it right or something..

  50. IMO

    I was about to register for swagbucks and read in their policy that they can use my personal information like credit card number.
    Do you need to give your credit card number to subscribe? why?
    And is it safe?

    • Cassie Howard

      Yes, it is safe. You do not need to give them your credit card information.

  51. Cheryla

    I’m really a “nervous nellie”, so am wondering have there been any problems with using Swag(getting inappropriate material, not getting Swag bucks earned, etc.)?

    • Cassie Howard

      No problems at all, Swagbucks is great!

  52. Lucy

    Do u think they will ever come out with a app so u can use it on iPhone????

  53. Maame

    can u get gift cards for places like forever21?

    • maame

      by the way Cassie, i read down and signed up using ur referral code u provided someone.

      • Cassie Howard

        Thank you so much!

        They have a variety of gift cards, but nothing for Forever 21.

  54. cass

    I find with the videos you watch 10 of them and you get 3 swag bucks. Sometimes as well if you are doing soemthing else while running them you miss typing in the code on time and miss out on the 3 bucks.

  55. Zara

    Does anyone else have trouble signing up for swagbucks? I only get a plain text version of the webpage and cannot seem to sign in.

  56. Jen

    Do the “write answer” tasks. 0.8 Swagbucks a page, but you can get bonuses for good answers that equate to 24 Swagbucks per page. I get thousands of Swagbucks for them in a week.

    • Ruth

      How do I get to the “write answer”?

  57. dolly

    im using swagbucks but it’s taking really long to get the swag bucks does anyone have a faster wat of earning them?

  58. Terri

    I just signed up for an account at swagbucks but only earned $4 for doing so. You mentioned we would receive $30 so I thought I would let you know it seems to have changed.

  59. Monique

    I had a good month on Swagbucks! I actually beat my record and earned $46.39. I posted payment proof on my blog as well.

  60. Hasiba

    All I read in your blog about swagsbuck is “earn the chance to get/win swagbucks”. How long did it take you to get that $600? And what gift cards to which stores do they have?

  61. Lindaswagga

    I been doing swagbucks since end of jan this year I earn at least 70.00 a month or at least in 5 1/2 weeks I love it just let videos run all day while ur working!

  62. Mary

    Hey I think they mentioned 30 swagbucks ~ which equals about a penny a swagbuck if you trade them for 5 dollar gift cards at 500 swagbucks. To get 4 dollars for signing up is awesome I think i only got a dollars worth when I signed up.

  63. Jamie

    #9 is extremely misleading–you can only earn the swagbucks that your referral earns through SEARCHES.

  64. Krysta

    Can you still earn through recycling phone, books etc? How do you do that?

  65. jane

    She said 30 swagbucks not $30

  66. Bill

    You do know that 1 swagbuck is the same as earning $0.01, right?? Watching 10 videos (each lasting 30 seconds – 5 minutes total) is earning you $0.10 every 5 minutes. That equals $2 an HOUR! Not worth it IMO.

  67. Brandon

    they doesnt seem like its worth it but once you get things started you if you make 333 swagbucks a day (which isn’t hard at all) then you can get 10000 swagbucks in a month therefore get a 100 dollar gift card, so that is 100 dollars a month.. You have to remember that it is not a job, they are not employing you. You sit down and do a few things for a few hours a day through their site and make 100 dollars a month that is not bad for alittle extra income a month..

  68. kats

    You can earn swagbucks by doing Bing rewards searches every day.

  69. Deborah Milne

    Why will the Gold Surveys not accept my Cdn postal code? So frustrating, I am thinking of leaving! Help, please!

  70. Gregg Eshelman

    The browser toolbar no longer gives you 1 SwagBuck a day. Sign up for text message alerts at for notifications of Swag Codes.

    They’re trying to get people to use that annoying SwagButton program so some of the codes only work with it.

  71. Callie

    You now get 10% of everything your referral earns. Now it is worth it to get referrals.

  72. Thiyaga

    Newly I join today and got 38SB sofar

  73. Krista

    It’s definitely worth it even if one SB is only worth 1ยข — I don’t usually do things that require my attention. Passive stuff makes it worth it because it’s easy money for doing nothing!

  74. Jolie

    Happy you post this! I’ve just started using Swagbuck and totally feel lost. Thanks for the guide!

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