June 5, 2014

Fuel your book-buying addiction by earning free gift cards!

I'm always on the lookout for ways to save money and reduce our household budget, including cutting cable and reducing our overall entertainment expenses. Of course, using the library is an awesome way to find free entertainment in the form of books, eBooks, audiobooks, and DVDs. But sometimes the library doesn't have everything you want, or you may want to purchase your own copy of a favorite book for your shelves or eReader. I'll admit that I have trouble resisting a good eBook sale, and I'm always looking up the Kindle daily/monthly deals to see what bargains I can find.

Recently I've been experimenting with using online rewards programs such as Swagbucks and Bing Rewards to redeem points for gift cards, and I thought I'd share my results. I learned about both of these websites through MoneySavingMom.com, but I was a little skeptical until I tried them myself and started earning rewards. They really work!

Swagbucks is a rewards site which allows you to earn points, aka "Swagbucks", for doing simple tasks online that you would probably be doing anyway like searching the web, watching videos, printing & redeeming coupons, shopping online, playing games, and more. There are also surveys to take, but I haven't had much luck qualifying for them yet. 

I mostly earn points by searching, watching videos (for example, I watch funny clips from the Tonight Show since I never seem to catch it in the evening), and completing short tasks in the daily "to do list". I've also printed some coupons for items I was planning to buy anyway at the grocery store or pharmacy. It just takes a few minutes each day, and I've already earned several $5 Amazon gift cards in a month, which I promptly spent on Kindle books, of course. :)

There are a ton of different options for gift cards in the rewards store, including iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Target, and Redbox, to name a few that caught my eye. Definitely check out Swagbucks if you're interested and consider signing up!

Bing Rewards
Bing Rewards is even easier to use than Swagbucks. Sign up for an account and simply search the web on your PC and mobile device using Bing...that's it! The points will start rolling in. And if you're going to be searching online anyway, you might as well be earning free stuff, am I right?

There are many different options for cashing in your rewards points, including gifts cards for Amazon, Starbucks, various restaurants, and credits for websites like Hulu Plus. (I decided to cash in my first month's points for a free month of Hulu Plus so I could catch up on some favorite ABC shows now that the network no longer puts them online for free.) Or you can cash in Bing Rewards points for Swagbucks or donate to charity if you prefer. Pretty cool! Sign up for Bing Rewards and give it a try if you're interested.

Hopefully these tips will help you buy more books!

Disclosure: These are referral links. If you sign up with one of these links, you'll help me earn more rewards and enable a fellow bookworm to keep fueling her book-buying addiction. :)


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