Shopping Amazon for FREE!


I am known among my friends as a thrifty shopper.  A good friend of mine even has kindly given me the cute descriptive name – “Fruglista.” Now, I am the first to admit I am a thrifty shopper, a coupon clipper and will hardly EVER buy something if it is not on sale.  Some may call that cheap, but The New Oxford American Dictionary says a Frugalista is “a person who lives a frugal lifestyle but stays fashionable and healthy by swapping clothes, buying secondhand, growing own produce, etc.” Now I won’t say I fit that description as close as I could, I do not swap a lot of clothes and I did a horrible job of growing my own produce this year – we just didn’t set aside the time to plant the garden!  On the other hand, I do buy secondhand and I do buy on sale and look for great deals.  So today I am passing on one of my great finds – and I can’t believe there are so many who do not know about Swagbucks!  That is how I shop on for FREE!

  • Swag what?

Yes, I know….sounds a little strange, but you will want to know about this if you could use getting stuff for free, and not just any stuff – stuff you want!

Swagbucks is a search engine that pays you to use their site. You register with Swagbucks and then search the Internet as you normally would. When you register, you’re started with 30 Swagbucks just for signing up.

To search, you can either go to the Swagbucks website, or you can download the Swagbucks toolbar for your Internet browser. I chose to download the toolbar, because it’s easier for me than having to navigate to their site each time I want to search.

Once you have the toolbar, you simply enter your search terms into the search box (just like you would on google).  You’ll get high-quality search results, and every so often you’ll be rewarded with Swagbucks for a search. There’s no rhyme or reason to the prizes. You won’t win with every search -they’re just randomly awarded.

You’ll earn a different number of Swagbucks each time you win. Those randomly-awarded Swagbucks pile up in your account. In fact, if you opt for installing the toolbar, you’ll always know how many Swagbucks you have. There’s a little counter icon right on the toolbar.

  • What can I do with my Swagbucks?

Once you’re registered, start your searching and you will begin earning Swagbucks. You’ll need to be a little bit patient. You need to let them add up. Once you have a nice little stash of Swagbucks, you’ll be able to head over to the Swagstore to redeem your Swagbucks for prizes.

I personally save my Swagbucks and redeem them for Amazon gift cards. To earn a $5 Amazon card, you’ll need to accumulate 450 Swagbucks. A $25 Amazon card is 3,150 Swagbucks, and a $50 Amazon card is 5,900 Swagbucks. That may seem like a lot, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly they add up, especially if you’re using Swagbucks as your primary search engine.

There are other prizes available too, including iTunes gift cards, Target gift cards, Disney Store gift cards, movie swag, posters, and all sorts of other things! They regularly add merchandise, so you never know what you’ll find in the Swag Store.

  • How can I get FREE stuff faster?

There are additional ways for you to earn Swagbucks. Fridays are Mega Swagbucks Days! That means that instead of earning 7 Swagbucks for a search, you might earn 40 or 100. So plan to do a lot of your searching on Fridays!

You’ll also find a Ways to Earn tab at the top of the Swagbucks website. If you choose Special Offers under that tab, you can look through the No Obligation Offers section. You don’t have to sign up for anything, and you’ll win a Swagbuck just for looking through them. These reset each week, so you can check back regularly for another chance to win Swagbucks.

You can also choose Daily Poll under the Ways to Earn tab. There will be a different question each day. Answering it will earn you another Swagbuck. All of these little things add up.

If you choose to download the Swagbucks toolbar, you’ll find an occasional message that will contain a special code for you to enter and you will get Swagbucks.

I have only ever used my Swagbucks to get Amazon gift cards, I am a big Amazon shopper (see my post about buying food on Amazon) plus I always need books, CD’s and love to buy gifts too.  This is a great way to get something for really doing something you already do – searching!

  • What are you waiting for??

I would never steer you wrong, would I?  Go ahead and try it, see how easy it is to accumulate those Swagbucks, just head over to the Swagbucks website and register.  Feel free to leave comments after you start receiving Swagbucks – I would love to know what you got for FREE too!

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  • I have earned over $100 in Amazon cards with Swagbucks just since – I think March? Amazing!!

  • P.S. The “post about buying food on Amazon” link is broken. I’d love to read that post! 🙂

  • It is fixed now, thank you for letting me know. Not sure the trouble, could be my talent, not always the best operator with my blog! 🙂

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