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The Swagbucks rewards program has offered to sponsor a prize of 5,000 SB, enough for a $50 gift card of the winner’s choice.

This week’s giveaway is going to be a bit different:

  • It will last longer (11 days instead of five).
  • As indicated by the headline, the prize is bigger than usual.
  • You can enter only once and in a very specific way.

I’m calling this the “Dog Days of Summer” giveaway as a reminder of the ways that gift cards can help the heat-weary battle through the waning (but still steamy) season.

For example, you could opt for a $50 movie gift card and sit a cool, dark theater. Or get $50 worth of Starbucks scrip and sit there with a cool drink on the hottest afternoon.

Maybe you could get $50 worth of restaurant credit and avoid cooking on a particularly uncomfortable day, or choose Amazon gift cards and buy something to take your mind off that heat rash.

 


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card349 Readers of this site know that I’m quite fond of the Swagbucks rewards program. I’m happy to report that you can get 500 SB for signing up for Visa Checkout, a digital wallet service. (More on that in a minute.)

To get the extra SB credit, you must sign up today, Wednesday, Aug. 12. And to sweeten the deal, Swagbucks is offering an additional incentive if 100,000 members register. (More on that in a minute, too.)

Here’s how to qualify for the bonus:

 


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thWhy am I giving away $10 in Amazon scrip? Because it’s easy, that’s why.

I’ve got too many irons in the fire right now to focus on coming up with a clever giveaway and an even more clever explanation of said giveaway.

Summer + deadlines = not quite enough time to do everything I need/want to do. Thus I’m cutting corners wherever I can.

Heck, last week I skipped the giveaway altogether. Sorry about that.

 


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Grocery GiveawaySavings.com recently gave away $1,000 worth of Amazon gift cards. Now they’re at it again, and upping the stakes.

The online coupon site will give away $2,000 worth of Visa gift cards, $20 at a time. They’re calling it a “Grocery Giveaway,” but obviously you can use the scrip any way you like.

Beat the heat with cold drinks or a double feature in a blessedly air-conditioned theater. Take advantage of summer clearance sales.

Buy that paperback thriller you’ve been eyeing. Put the money toward a facial or a pedicure. Purchase $20 worth of Snickers bars and freeze ’em all.

Your prize, your choice.

 


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thWe’re spending less on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation: an average of $630.36 per family with kids in K-12. That’s about $39 less than last year.

Almost one in five families are already shopping, both to avoid crowds and to spread out the cost among multiple paychecks.

I’ve got another way for you to stretch your BTS budget: Win the $25 gift card I’m giving away this week.

The card is good at five different stores: Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta and Piperlime. Spend it all in one place, or go from store to store.

 


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