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Monday, November 16, 2009

What's new at Swag Bucks: Some improvements, some disappointments

Search & Win

I've mentioned Swag Bucks many times before, but as a quick recap, it's a "search & win" site, where each search is an opportunity to win random "Swag Bucks" in the amount of $1, $2, $3 or $5. Swag Bucks can be redeemed for prizes, such as gift certificates, video games, and memorabilia. You can read my original review from last year and an update from earlier this year.

There have been some changes to Swag Bucks recently that I think are worth mentioning. First, there are more Swag Codes than ever. A Swag Code is a code that you can enter on the homepage to get a free Swag Buck or two (or occasionally more). They're awesome because they're usually free. However, they tend to expire quickly, and some of them are more difficult to find than others. Places you'll frequently find Swag Codes are in the Swag Bucks blog, the Swag Bucks toolbar, Twitter and Facebook.

A new way to find a weekly Swag Code is in the Special Offers page. Once a week, after you go through all of the special offers, you'll get a Swag Code that you can enter for a free Swag Buck. An easy way to see if there's a Swag Code available is to check the Swag Bucks widget, or "Swidget." You'll see the swidget in the left side bar of Chief Family Officer - the top black bar will alert you when there's an active Swag Code.

Second, you'll get a free Swag Buck when you connect your Facebook page to your Swag Bucks account by the end of November. Read more at the Swag Bucks blog.

And third, the change that's really disappointing: You can now redeem only five of the same prize each month. That means a max of five $5 Amazon certificates per month. Sure, there are $25 and $50 Amazon certificates, but they are 315 and 590 Swag Bucks, respectively. The $5 certificates are only 45 Swag Bucks. Breaking down the math, the $25 certificate is 64 Swag Bucks per $5, and the $50 certificate is 59 Swag Bucks per $5, making the $5 certificate the best value by far. Since I had been redeeming my Swag Bucks for more than five $5 Amazon certificates each month, my enthusiasm for Swag Bucks has waned considerably with this change.

However, just because Swag Bucks is a lot less attractive than it used to be doesn't mean it's not worth using. On the contrary, Swag Bucks is still a great way to make some free money. It's virtually effortless, requiring only the effort to remember to use it as your regular search engine - something that you get used to quite quickly.

If you're new to Swag Bucks, you'll get three Swag Bucks when you register. If you use my referral link, I'll receive bonus Swag Bucks when you win, so thank you!

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  • At 11/16/09, 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love your many great hints, thoughts, and ideas! I am a swagbucks fan because of you...and the Special Offers info is new to me! Thanks! Their new policy about redeeming only five of the same prize each month is not a disappointment to me...I'm lucky if I get one or two $5 Amazon gift certs a month!

  • At 11/27/09, 8:45 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @Anon - Glad I could help! Happy searching :)


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