Saving Money in Med School: Swagbucks

Alright, here it comes, the last Saving Money in Med School post!  You can read the other posts here: Coupons 101, General Money Saving Websites, Daily Deals, Being Price Conscious and Meal Planning + Weekly Process.

I've mentioned Swagbucks before.  More than once.  And I'm about to again.  I adore Swagbucks!  It is such a great way to add a little cushion to the budget.  Swagbucks is, at the core, a search engine that periodically rewards you for searching.  Seriously, it's like Google With Monetary Benefits.  You all search for things, right?  Well, if you search through Swagbucks, you will periodically earn "bucks" that can be redeemed for various products and giftcards.  I've been using Swagbucks for about ten months, and have earned $75 in Amazon gift cards (my reward of choice!), with seriously minimal effort.  I kid you not!  All by searching, which we do everyday anyway...why not get rewarded to do it?!

Want to know how you can earn a $5 Amazon gift card by the end of October, and every month following it, with practically zero effort?  If you consider that a $5 gift card "costs" 450 Swagbucks, that means you need to earn about 15 Swagbucks a day to earn one in a month, which is easy as pie.

When you sign up for Swagbucks, you start with an automatic 30 Swagbucks in your account.  BUT, if you sign up through my referral link and use the code BIGTIMEBUCKS,  you'll be credited with an additional 70 Swagbucks, so you'll be at 100 total Swagbucks without doing anything!  (That's almost a quarter of the way to your first Amazon gift card!). The extra 70 Swagbuck code is active now and is good until 11:59pm PT this coming Monday the 3rd.

After you've signed up, download the toolbar.  It's the easiest way to remember to use Swagbucks instead of Google.  Plus, if you have the toolbar downloaded, you'll earn an extra Swagbuck every day just by opening up your internet browser.

Then start searching!  The best tip is to search normally.  You'll likely see that you can earn Swagbucks for searching once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening.  That's just kind of how it happens.  

To earn extra Swagbucks, you can do things like take the daily poll, take surveys or printing and using grocery coupons (just like from coupons.com).  Or you can simply search (like me)...normally earning between 7-15 Swagbucks per search, but sometimes up to 50!  It's super easy to earn 15 Swagbucks a day, which would earn you enough for a $5 Amazon Gift Card each month, or $60 worth of gift cards in a year.  And that's just with MINIMAL effort! Some people go all out and do everything they possible can with Swagbucks and rack up enough points to earn iPhones and to pay for Christmas!  My approach is a little more modest, but it's still great to save $5 almost every time we order something from Amazon!

For a great list of tips on ways to earn even more Swagbucks, see here.

Are you convinced yet?  Head over to Swagbucks using this link, sign up, type the code BIGTIMEBUCKS and start racking up the prizes!  But hurry...The BIGTIMEBUCKS code is only good through this Monday at 11:59pm.

Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions that you have about Swagbucks!

All of these words and opinions are my own.  Nobody's writing me a check to post this!  And, yes, it really is that easy, and yes, I really have earned $75 in Amazon gift cards! 


  1. You don't have to give out your credit card info or anything, right?

  2. Ok. I signed up for it using your code and got 10 points tonight looking for leggings at Target. Thanks for the info. Andy wants a Kindle Fire, so Amazon gift certificates would be great!


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