Are you totally confused with the new Swagbucks? If so, here it is all spelled out like you’re a 2 year old!

What is Swag Bucks?

Swag Bucks is a search engine that awards you in the form of Swag Bucks (points that can be traded in for prizes.) You can chose from a variety of prizes including gift cards. My favorite is a $5 gift card. It costs 450 Swag Bucks. I also always have my eye on the $10 Starbucks gift card for 1300 SB. You can also put money right into your paypal account! There are a ton of other prizes you can score!  

You’ll receive 30 Swag Bucks just for enrolling and can win anywhere from 20 – 50 Swag Bucks a day just by doing searches you would already be doing! I usually win within my first 5 searches. They also have Swag Codes out at least 5 times a week that can be worth 10 – 30 Swag Bucks. I always notify you of them on my blog when they are available.

Go here to enroll. Your account will be credited 30 Swag Bucks just for joining!

How can I earn more Swag Bucks?


The key is to use Swag Bucks as a replacement for your current search engine. Make Swagbucks your home page and make frequent searches. Even if you know the website address you want to visit, still type it in the search box (ie: Coupon Katarina!).

Browse Special Offers

*Go to Swagbucks homepage
*Click on Ways to Earn at the top
*Click on Special Offers
*Click on the big blue box to the right that says No Obligation Offers
*Do not accept any of the special offers (unless you wanna!), just skip through about 5 or 6 of them

At the end of that, you’ll earn Extra Swagbucks!!! EVERY DAY!!

Use the Swag Bucks Toolbar

Use the Swag Bucks toolbar everyday and you will earn at least 1 bonus Swag Buck a day! Plus there are often exclusive Swag Codes released on the toolbar. I get a swagbuck everyday from the toolbar and all I do is go to the swagbucks homepage, which is MY homepage, so that’s not too hard. The toolbar was very easy to download and I have had no problems with it whatsoever!

Here’s how:
Go to and look down the menu on the left side.
Click on Toolbars at the bottom of the list.
Download and install the Toolbar.
Use it to search for extra Swag Bucks, keep track of your earnings and more!

Swag Codes

Swag Codes are bonus codes that you enter in the “Enter Your Swag Code” box on’s home page. When I know that there is a Swag Code out, I post a message here. 

Swag Codes can vary in value. The most I have seen is 30 Swagbucks and the least I have seen is 5. But it’s nice to earn a bonus.


Twice a month Swagbucks sends out a newsletter. These have a bonus Swag Code in them. To make sure you get the newsletter, you need to go to and click on Newsletter on the left side menu.

Submit a Poll to Swag Bucks

Swag Bucks has a weekly poll. If you submit a topic and they use it, they will reward you with bonus Swag Bucks! You will find the Polls on the left hand menu of

Follow Swag Bucks

Be sure to read their blog, and become a fan on Facebook and Twitter. They release Swag Codes on these media outlets.

Mega Swag Bucks Friday

Every Friday Swag Bucks offers a higher denomination of Swag Bucks to winners. Instead of the typical 10 – 30, you might win 50, 100 or more!  Just by doing the searches you would do on a normal day!

Upload a photo of yourself to your Swag Bucks account

Swag Bucks will award each user 13 Swag Bucks if you upload a picture of yourself to your account before April 1st. For more details go here.

Refer your friends

Swag Bucks has an awesome referral program. Refer your friends to Swag Bucks and when they win by searching, you win the same amount! (That means if your friend searches and wins 20 Swag Bucks, you will get 20 Swag Bucks too! You only win from their searches and there is a limit of 1000 Swag Bucks per referral. After they reach 1000 Swag Bucks, you will no longer receive credit.) There is no limit to how many friends you can refer.

To find your referral link, go to and click on promote and then select Invite Friends and Earn.

And the best part… Cashing in for prizes!

My absolute favorite prize is the gift card. They offer 3 different denominations ($5, $25 and $50. $5 is the best value, followed by $50 and then $25). You can get 5 of each a month. You are limited to only requesting 2 prizes a day, so to max out on Amazon gift card it takes 7.5 days.

Here’s how it works:

On home page, click on Rewards.
Then select Swag Store.
Then click on Rewards and Gift Cards.
Look for the gift cards.
Select the one you want and click redeem.
You will have to verify your purchase via email.

Swagbucks says they post the gift cards on the 16th and 30th of the month. But that is not always the case. If the date falls on a weekend or there is a holiday, it will be delayed.

When you receive your gift card codes, here is how to add them to your account.
Go to
Click on Your Account in the top right corner.
Look for Gift Cards located in the Payment box.
Select this option: Apply a Gift Certificate/Card to Your Account.
You will see a box that says “Want to redeem a new gift card?”
Enter the code that Swag Bucks gives you for the gift card and click Redeem Now.
That gift card is now stored in your account as a balance. You can store as many gift cards as you want, it just adds them to the balance.
When you check out, it automatically applies your gift card balance to your order. (You can select for it not to).


I seriously LOVE Swagbucks! It’s just easy money for something you’re already doing…searching the web! If you’re already using Swagbucks, good for you fellow Swagernut! If not, hopefully the simplicity has convinced you! Go here to get started!

Thanks to CouponingToDisney for much of this information!

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March 13, 201305:02 pm

Swag bucks is wonderful in all but it does not reward with good points and trying to get the points takes an awful long time to get them. I tend to lose heart to trying to win the points, really should one have to work so hard for so little not not not not. When I was first introduced to the buck deals by my daugther, it was fun and interesting to say the least. But they have taken the fun out of it. I will continue but not at the pace as was from the beginning. Please dont be so rude to the public if you want them to support you instead of the normal micro and the rest of the many. Hope you agree and fix it for us all.


August 15, 201112:49 pm

Do you know how tasks works? That is where I have the most problems. It always says I must click in a banner on the wall which I do not see...

Bethany Santiago

July 22, 201111:51 pm

HI I just tried clicking earn then scrolling down to special offers, but I cannot find the big blue box that says no obligation offers??

ch 131

June 14, 201008:39 pm

Cool, never knew that! Lately I've been reading a lot on this.