Swagbucks redux: Extra points for newbies, and bigger wins on Tax Day.Posted by Donna Freedman on Apr 13, 2013 | 23 comments
I’ve written before about Swagbucks, the rewards site that awards points for doing things like online searches, playing games, taking surveys, watching short videos and keeping an eye out for special codes.
You can trade the points (“Swagbucks,” or SBs for short) for gift cards or other goods, or use them to enter contests. My favorite premium is the Amazon gift card, which let me do a fair amount of birthday and Christmas shopping for free last year.
I’m something of a brand evangelist for the site, and not just because I get extra points for referring newbies. Of all the programs out there, this is my favorite because it’s easy, it pays out things people want and it has a sense of fun.
So yes, I think you should join, with or without my referral link – and through May 31 newcomers can get an extra incentive.
Normally you get 30 SBs when you sign up. But through April 30, Swagbucks newcomers can obtain a bonus by registering at this link, clicking the text that reads “I have a sign-up code,” and using the code THRIVING70.
Note: This is a sign-up code, good only when you sign up. When you are filling out the form, click on “I have a sign-up code” — the code is case-sensitive, so it’s all upper-case, no space between “THRIVING” and “70.”
Some of you existing members may be miffed by that bonus, offered as it is only to new users. Although Swagbucks won’t retrofit the extra 70 onto your accounts, the site is offering a special event on Monday, April 15.
A fruitful day
Starting at 12:01 a.m. on tax day, “Double Stuffed Swagbucks” is offering double payout on certain opps, including the daily poll, NOSO, toolbar installation, games wins (up to 20 total) and SBTV (up to 300 total).
(Hint: Among the things you can watch on SBTV are movie previews; look under “Entertainment.” Another easy/fun category is “Food,” which can make you think you can cook what they’re showing – or it can just make you hungry.)
In addition, all the Shop & Earn stores will offer double SBs per dollar spent, you’ll get double entries if you enter the “Swagstakes” for the iPad Mini, iPod Touch or iPod Nano, and Swagbucks will release Swag Codes totaling 30 SBs during the day. Stay tuned.
Speaking of Swag Codes: As of Friday, it is now legal to share active codes. I’ll put them up on Facebook and Twitter when I see them, henceforth and forevermore.
Let me conclude with my own version of the Swagbucks daily poll:
When you read the phrase “Double Stuffed Swagbucks,” did you think of…
A. Oreos (even though they spell it differently)
C. Really chubby plush animals