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The Best Summer Jobs for Teens

Looking for ideas for summer jobs for teens? I’ve compiled some of my favorite ideas to help you get your creative wheels turning!

You might also be interested in 5 Work-at-Home Jobs for Beginners and Over 40 Different Income-Earning Ideas.

Summer Jobs for Teens

Summer Jobs for Teens

Recently, a follower asked me if I had any ideas for some good summer jobs for teens. I asked my Facebook followers for their suggestions and they did not disappoint.

You can read the entire post with over 200+ comments here. I’ve picked some of what I felt like were some of the best summer jobs for teens submitted.

Hopefully this list will at least give you some ideas if you’re looking for some great summer jobs for your teen (or jobs they can do year-round!)

1. Tutor

Of all the suggestions submitted, this one was the top one suggested! Michelle said: “Tutor!!! Summer us great time to offer reading tutoring. There are lesson plans out there and it is a great way to make $$$.”

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2. Teach Music Lessons

Andrea says: “My friend’s teenage daughter was an accomplished piano player by the time she was in high school and gave lessons as her ‘after school job’ to young kids/beginners. She taught my daughter for over a year. She did her lessons at the children’s homes and it was perfect – she didn’t have to have a ‘studio’ of her own and none of us parents had to worry about shuttling our kids somewhere for lessons!!”

By the way, this was something I did as a teen. I taught violin to a number of different students and it was such a good learning and growing experience for me! Oh and parents especially love if you’re willing to drive to their house and teach the lessons!

3. Pet Sit/Walk Dogs

Geri said: “My daughters both did pet sitting in their teens. They sat for everything from boa constrictors and hissing cockroaches to dogs and cats. They even took care of goats, chickens, cows, horses and other livestock. Not a skill set every teen has, but they grew up on our farm caring for our animals.”

If you love animals, you could also consider working for your local vet. Shannon said, “As a teen, I worked for my local vet clinic cleaning cages, walking dogs, washing laundry, mopping floors, etc. That turned into occasional and then part-time admin work plus assisting vets on house calls as I was just available and willing to learn. Got to interact with so many people and their pets!”

4. Referee Sports Games

This is one that we’re looking into having Kathrynne possibly do. Camille said: “My kids referee soccer. They could take the class once they turned 12. It’s been a great experience for all 3 of mine. They are responsible for submitting their availability online, accepting games, and communicating with their assignor.”

Andrea said: “My 14-year-old and 12-year-old referee soccer games! They don’t have time to earn as much as a regular job, but my 14-year-old bought himself his own computer after just a couple months of work last summer.”

Tracy also posted and said: “My 15-year-old has been doing this for 2 years. It is pretty decent income for that age. Having thick skin to ignore the fans helps.”

5. Babysit (& clean a little, too!)

Of course you knew this one had to be on the list! But take note of Melissa’s tip: “Babysitting will absolutely pay the most. If she interacts with the children, does the dishes and tidies up the house she’ll be in more demand and will earn more.”

And Celena said: “I have a hard time finding sitters who do more than the bare minimum. When I babysat in college, I always got massive tips and had people calling me all the time. I never understood why until I hired my first babysitter and came home after a late night out to a super messy house, dinner dishes still in the sink, and the sitter on the couch on her phone. Argh.”

I 100% agree! Go above and beyond and leave the house cleaner than you found it and you will likely have more jobs than you can take!

6. Wash Windows

Danna commented: “I’m a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts in Entrepreneurship. I recently taught a merit badge clinic and one of the boys in the clinic runs a very successful business. He’s 14 and he washes windows. He started on his own house and his neighbors’ houses when he was 11. He advertises using referrals and NextDoor.com to keep jobs close to his home. At 14 he has 2 employees and makes about $400 a weekend that he works.”

7. Teach Classes

Have a skill you are good at or passionate about? Consider teaching a class for younger kids!

Hollie suggested this and said: “My daughter and her friend started a cooking class for kids ages 7-12. They did the class 3 times a week for 45 min to 1 hour. Kids could do a week or all 6 weeks. Each day was a different recipe/technique. All recipes were mom approved. They had a good turnout and really enjoyed themselves.”

A Few Bonus Ideas

  • Sell things you get for free:My brother, last summer when he was 14, collected free things off of Facebook groups and Craigslist. He needed help from my mom to go collect the items, but when he got them home he cleaned them up and did his own yard sale/sold some things online. With the money he made, he was able to pay for a summer trip. He and my mom also like to do that by going to the thrift store. It’s amazing what you can find to resell. -Jaclyn”
  • Sell photos:Also, if she has access to a smart phone, she can take and upload her photos to an app called “foap.” People who want digital images (like for blogs or small businesses, etc.) can buy a license to use her photos she uploads. Foap splits the purchase 50/50 and generally each license is $10 so she’d earn $5 per license sold. If one photo sells 20 licenses, that’s $100 in her pocket. -Crystal”
  • Become a Lifeguard:My son got certified at the local YMCA and is a Life Guard. He is able to have a flexible schedule with school and the swim team. Works well for him. -Julie”

What other ideas for good summer jobs for teens would you add to this list?

Become a Postmates Driver to Earn Money!

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Looking for ways to earn extra income on the side? Become a Postmates Driver!

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Postmates Driver on Bicycle

What Is Postmates?

Postmates is a delivery company that originally started in 2011 in San Francisco.

Their goal is to be an on-demand delivery service for customers to locally order restaurant food, groceries, and more.

Customers simply order what they want through the Postmates mobile app and a Postmates delivery driver picks it up and delivers it to the customer.

Where is Postmates available?

Postmates encourages people to shop locally by partnering with local businesses.

Postmates is more popular in larger urban areas, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, Las Vegas, and more.

But they have expanded to include smaller areas, too! You might be surprised to find that this service is available where you live! (I just checked and saw all kinds of restaurants available for delivery in my area!)

Female Postmates Drive Picking Up Food

How Much Can You Earn as a Postmates Driver?

It’s really easy to earn with Postmates!

You get paid for the pickup, delivery, and wait time on each order. And you get to keep 100% of what you earn from each completed delivery.

You can easily earn up to $22-$25 per hour as a Postmates driver, and that’s not including the tips you earn on top of your delivery earnings!

The best part? Being a Postmates driver is really flexible and you can set your own hours.

How Do You Become a Postmates Driver?

If you’re interested in earning some extra cash with Postmates, it’s super simple to become a Postmates driver!

Just go HERE and scroll down to click on the “Get Started” button.

Complete the simple sign-up process. There are only a few basic requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Pass a basic background check.
  • Have a driver’s license and have access to an insured vehicle (or bicycle, if you prefer).

Once your identity is verified, you’ll be sent a Postmates delivery bag to get started right away!

Go here to sign up!

Want to learn how to make money on Etsy?

If you’ve ever wanted to figure out how to make money on Etsy, you will want to register for this class! You’ll learn how to get traffic to your shop, how to market your shop, and how to make sales!

How to Make Money on Etsy: Free Class!

Ever thought about setting up an Etsy shop? Don’t miss this opportunity!

Tomorrow night, I’m co-hosting a free online class with Lauren Keplinger. She is a wife, mom of three young kids, and very successful Etsy shop owner. Lauren is also passionate about helping other women learn how to set up a profitable Etsy shop!

The Etsy class will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST. In this class, Lauren will teach you three behind-the-scenes secrets to being highly profitable on Etsy in 2019.

She’ll help you learn:

  1. How to Drive Traffic — How you can optimize your Etsy shop to drive traffic to your listings even while you sleep.
  2. The Secret to Converting Sales — Driving traffic is one thing, but how do you convert that traffic to actual sales so you can make money with your shop.
  3. How to Market Your Shop — Marketing your Etsy shop is not a matter of just putting up some listings and hoping for the best – it takes focused effort. Learn what works and what doesn’t as you scale your shop.

Yes! I Want to Make Money on Etsy!

Even if you feel like you’ve been thinking about starting an Etsy shop for years and you’re just too intimidated – by the technology, the marketing, and the competition… 2019 can be the year you finally take that leap and make it happen.

Whether you are a total newbie to the world of e-commerce or you’ve created an Etsy shop but are stalled without consistent sales, this workshop can be your ticket to a clear cut plan of action to get started building that flexible business you desire.

This Etsy Class is for you if…

  • You feel stuck (and discouraged) by your desire to build an Etsy shop and make it profitable but your lack of direction in how to get there.
  • You have opened your Etsy shop but haven’t seen the sales you were expecting, and you don’t know how to get seen.
  • You’re overwhelmed by the steps it takes to build a profitable online business – the technology, the marketing, the social media – and you need a clear cut plan that gets you from point A to point B.

With Lauren’s proven tips, you’ll be well on your way to Etsy success! I hope I’ll see you there!

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Earn Gift Cards with Shopkick + Free $5 Gift Card!

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Have you been interested in trying Shopkick but you’re just not quite sure how it works or what it’s all about? If you’re looking for honest Shopkick reviews, this is your go-to post on all things Shopkick! And be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a special Shopkick promo code that will give you a FREE $5 gift card upon sign-up!

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Earn gift cards with the Shopkick app

My Honest Shopkick Review

If you’ve been really curious about Shopkick but you’re not sure how to get started, this post is for you!

The Shopkick app can be a little bit overwhelming to navigate when you first get started, so in this post I want to walk you step-by-step through everything you need to know to get started!

What is Shopkick?

Shopkick is an app that you can download to your mobile device and use to earn gift cards.

And the best part of Shopkick? You don’t even have to buy anything to earn gift cards!!

All you have to do is walk into stores and scan products (if you want to) — and it can be done when you’re already out and about running errands and doing your shopping.

Is Shopkick Legitimate?

Yes, Shopkick is 100% legitimate. I’ve been using Shopkick for a couple of years now and love it!

And many readers have commented in the past with positive Shopkick reviews, too! (See a couple of those reviews here and here.)

If you’re looking for a legitimate way to earn some extra gift cards without much extra effort, Shopkick is a really great app to try.

Earn Kicks in Shopkick

How Does Shopkick Work?

To get started with Shopkick, you simply download the app, turn on Bluetooth, and look under the “Earn” tab to see what kind of kicks are available at stores near you!

If you look in the photo above, you can see the three different symbols that represent the three different ways to earn: walk-in, scanning, or kick bates.

Many stores will give you “kicks” just for walking in! {Hint: Sometimes you don’t even have to walk all the way in. You can just walk by the store and you’ll earn your walk-in kicks!}

You can also earn kicks for scanning product barcodes — no purchase necessary! There are other ways to earn, such as purchasing products that offer “kick bates,” but I don’t bother with linking up my debit card to the account.

So that you don’t waste a lot of extra time, I recommend that you only Shopkick at stores that you’re already planning on shopping at or that you’re nearby when you have a few extra minutes to spare.

Kicks Center with gift cards

How Do I Redeem Kicks on Shopkick for Gift Cards?

It’s super easy to redeem your kicks for rewards in the Shopkick app. Just select which reward you want to try to earn kicks towards, and the app will let you know when it’s time to cash in! It’s SO simple.

And there are some great rewards to choose from, including Amazon, Starbucks, TJMaxx, Target, Walmart, Old Navy, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, and more!

When you’ve earned enough kicks to redeem for a reward, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the “kicks center” in your app by clicking on your number of kicks at the top center of your screen.
  2. Click on the image of the gift card you’ve chosen as your reward.
  3. Click on “redeem kicks” at the bottom of the screen.
  4. (Or you can choose to “change goal” if you’d like to keep earning towards a higher valued gift card.)

You can find all of your rewards under the “my rewards” tab in the kicks center! When you’re ready to use one, just have the cashier scan the barcode of the gift card right from your Shopkick app!

Download the Shopkick app to earn gift cards

How Much Can You Realistically Earn With Shopkick?

Here’s the cool thing! By simply walking into stores and scanning products, you can easily earn at least one $5 gift card per week!

Shopkick is one of the quickest and easiest ways to earn gift cards of just about any app I’ve tried.

And you could choose to spend your smaller gift cards on splurges as you receive them OR save them up throughout the year to stretch your Christmas budget! (If you earn $5 per week, you’ll have almost $250 to use for Christmas gifts when December rolls around!)

And honestly? You can definitely earn more than that, but I like to keep it simple and not waste extra time. I only use Shopkick when I’m already out and about, shopping in a particular store, or have some extra time to kill. I never go out of my way to get kicks!

{And I’ve heard SO many Shopkick reviews from readers who report these similar earnings!}

Some Final Shopkick Tips

Here are just a few more tips to make you even more successful on your Shopkick adventures:

  • Walk-ins are often the most prevalent and highest in value on the weekends.
  • Pay special attention to the holiday weekends, because they often offer higher value bonus walk-in kicks on those weekends!
  • Consider getting a group of frugal-minded friends together for a fun, free afternoon of Shopkicking. It also gives you good exercise from walking around shopping centers!

Shopkick Promo Code

Shopkick Promo Code: Get a $5 Gift Card When You Sign Up!

If this Shopkick review made you curious to try it out, I have a special bonus opportunity for you!

Shopkick is currently offering MSM readers an exclusive promo code to get a FREE $5 gift card when you sign up!

If you’re ready to get started, here’s what to do:

  1. Go here to download the app.
  2. Register and use Shopkick promo code MOM5 during the registration process.
  3. Scan a product in-store to earn scan kicks within 7 days of signing up.
  4. A bonus of 1250 kicks will be added to your account when you earn kicks within the first 7 days.
  5. The 1250 kicks can be traded in for a $5 gift card of your choice!

This is a super rare offer (and one that I’ve honestly never seen). Typical referral Shopkick bonuses are 250 kicks, so this is a really GREAT deal to get a FREE $5 gift card just for signing up and trying the app once!

Note: If you miss inserting your promo code during the initial registration process you can still add it by clicking on the gear icon and then adding the MOM5 code in the “add friend code” box.

Sign up here with Shopkick to get started.

What’s your experience with Shopkick? Leave your Shopkick reviews in the comments! I’d love to hear!

10 Tips for Having a Successful Garage Sale

Planning to have a garage sale soon? I’ve had a number of successful garage sales over the years and these are my top 10 garage sale tips!

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top 10 garage sale tips

Since I’m a minimalist at heart, I’ve always loved to declutter, go through old stuff, and purge what we no longer need.

Back in our law school days, I frequently had garage sales to earn a little bit of extra cash — because every little bit helped stretch our really tight budget during those financially lean years!

Since I’ve had SO many garage sales over the years, I’ve learned a lot about how to have a successful garage sale.

If you’ve been thinking about have a garage sale soon, here are my top 10 garage sale tips!

1. Collect clutter year-round.

Always have an ongoing Garage Sale stash you’re adding to.

Try to regularly declutter and purge what you don’t need. When you come across something you no longer need or use, stick it in a box! Once that box fills up, start another box! And another.

Without much effort at all, by the time your garage sale comes along, you’ll have multiple boxes of stuff you can sell!

I used to do this throughout the year and then have an annual garage sale each year. It made things super easy, because I already had everything in one place to sell. I didn’t have to spend days going through items and figuring out what to sell.

2. Have a plan.

A successful garage sale does not happen without organization.

At least a week before your garage sale, I recommend going through your home top to bottom and clearing out any last-minute clutter that’s not already in the garage sale boxes. At least 2-3 days before the sale, set aside an afternoon to price everything out and organize your items. And then the day before the sale, devote a few hours to final organization — advertising on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, getting some cash together for change, making signs, etc.

Do not wait until the last minute to pull off a garage sale. Either it will flop or you’ll run yourself ragged — or both. If you’re in a new location or you’re new to hosting a garage sale, I’d suggest that you start getting organized at least 3-4 weeks in advance.

planning notebook

Getting organized for a successful garage sale:

:: How are you going to display items? Do you need to borrow or make a clothes-rack?

:: Do you have enough table space? If not, check and see if you can borrow tables from friends or put together some makeshift tables out of plywood and boxes.

:: What signs will you be using and how many do you need? Where will you be displaying the signs to best direct traffic to your home? Drive the routes people will be using to find your home and decide on locations for your signs ahead of time.

:: Who is going to put the signs out the morning of the sale? Designate someone for this ahead of time and let them know specifically where to place the signs.

:: How much cash should you have on hand and how will you keep it in a safe location?

:: Do you need to purchase a license for running a garage sale in your area?

:: Do you have enough help?

3. Team up.

One of my top garage sale tips is that you should never do them alone! Find friends or family to team up with.

Not only does this arrangement mean you have a larger quantity and variety of items to sell, but it also means you have more help. Divvying up the responsibilities between 3 or 4 people makes a garage sale much more manageable.

Plus, it just makes it more fun when you’re doing it with friends and family!

4. Location, location, location!

If you want to have a garage sale that flops, pick a location that is off-the-beaten-path and hard to get to. That’s a surefire way to lose a lot of business.

Don’t live near a busy intersection? Look for alternative locations like the home of a friend or relative.

We always had really successful garage sales at our home in Kansas, because we lived right between two very heavily-trafficked streets. We put up some good signage and the crowds came!

5. Timing is everything (well, just about!).

I don’t advise planning a sale in the freezing cold Winter or the blazing hot Summer. Choose a time of the year when the weather will be very pleasant and try to check the weather forecast ahead of time to make sure rain is not expected when you’re planning your sale.

In addition, find out what days of the week are best for yard sales to run in your area. Fridays and Saturdays are usually really popular, but you’d be surprised to find that in some areas Thursdays are big days for garage sales!

circular peel and stick price tags

6. Clearly mark your prices.

It’s easy to want to just stick a big sign on a table saying that everything on that table is a quarter, but in the long-run it is much more efficient to go ahead and put price stickers on everything. Instead of having to make up prices on the spot, people will know exactly how much something is. In addition, some people are too shy to ask the price of an item, so you’ll lose a sale if an item isn’t marked.

I’ve found it’s worth paying the few dollars it costs to buy pre-priced stickers for most items. It makes things SO simple and fast!

I also recommend having a variety in pricing — with plenty of really inexpensive items. Often, when you have a lot of inexpensive items, people are more likely to pick up more items — and it will often help sell some of your larger-ticketed items in the long run!

{Tip: If you are running a garage sale with multiple families, just put initials on all the price tags so that you can keep a tally sheet of who sold what. And you can even have two people working the money table — one to keep track of the tally sheet and one to handle all of the money transactions.}

7. Price things to sell.

Of all my garage sale tips, this is one of the most important — and something that I have seen people miss the mark on time and time again with garage sales!

When people come to a garage sale, they are expecting to pay garage sale prices. Keep this in mind when you price your items.

While pricing can vary a bit depending on the area you live in, it’s really important to price things to sell. A good rule of thumb is to price things at what you feel would be a good bargain if you were buying that item at someone else’s garage sale.

And it’s better to price something on the low end and have someone actually buy my item, than to have 25 people pick up the item and put it back down on the table because it is too expensive.

garage sale sign

8. Advertise well.

The marketing of your sale is usually the number one factor in how well your sale does. You can have great items, great prices, and a great location — but if people don’t know how to get to your house or can’t find it on their own, you won’t have a successful garage sale!

So put some time and effort into making a number of quality, clearly-readable signs, and put them in conspicuous places that easily lead to your home. The brighter, bolder, and bigger the sign, the better!

And don’t forget to advertise on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist! Both are free to advertise, so why not?! And remember — the more details you can put in your ad, the better. Mention specific items, brands, and sizes.

Often times people are searching for really specific items on Craigslist or Marketplace, so even if they’re not looking at garage sales, they might see one of your listed items pull up in their search! The more descriptive you can be in the listing and title, the better.

And be sure to use proper grammar and spelling, too. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference!

9. Mark items down on the last day.

Things are usually pretty picked over by the last day of the sale. That’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and hand out rock-bottom bargains!

Consider making everything half-price on the last day. We even used to let people “Fill a Bag for a Buck” on the last day of our garage sales, and it was really effective! Sometimes we’d get rid of 25 bags of full stuff in just a few hours by doing this!

Or, if you have quite a bit of stuff left and feel ready to close up shop, you can give things away for free during the last hour of your garage sale.

lemonade stand

10. Don’t forget the cookies and lemonade!

This is one of my favorite garage sale tips! What better way to teach your children entrepreneurial skills and let them earn a little money in the process than to have them set up their own little cookie and lemonade stands at the sale?

Or, if it’s cold outside, try selling hot chocolate, coffee, and fresh cinnamon rolls. I remember we even set up a pancake griddle and sold hot pancakes one year! Everyone loved it.

Baked goods — like homemade cookies and bars — actually sell really well at garage sales. Sometimes you can make over $100 just from selling baked goods!

We also used to let Kathrynne run her own little toy table when she was younger. Everything was a penny and she had a great time interacting with customers and taking money. Best of all, it was a great learning experience for her! It was a chance for her to practice communicating with adults and learn the value of money!

What are you best garage sale tips? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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The Complete Guide on How to Use Swagbucks

Looking for an honest Swagbucks review? Want to know how to make money on Swagbucks? I’ve put together a very comprehensive guide on how Swagbucks works, how to earn free gift cards, and my top tips for earning more with Swagbucks.

Looking for more ways to earn free gift cards? You can earn free gift cards from Shopkick and Fetch Rewards. And here are 15 More Ways to Earn Extra Money.

how to earn more with Swagbucks

I have been using Swagbucks for years, so I thought it was finally time for me to write up a really honest Swagbucks review. Plus, I wanted to give you my top tips on how to use Swagbucks!

What Is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is a site that rewards you for completing tasks and doing certain actions online. When you complete a task, you’ll earn points called swagbucks (also abbreviated as SB!) that you can cash in for free gift cards.

You can earn free Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, Visa gift cards, Walmart gift cards, and dozens more! You can even earn gift cards for free hotel, travel, and airline sites.

earn free gift cards with Swagbucks

How Do You Earn Free Gift Cards with Swagbucks?

Want to know how to make money on Swagbucks?

Swagbucks offers many different ways to earn points toward free gift cards or even PayPal cash!

Some of the more popular ways to earn are doing online searches, signing up for offers, printing coupons, completing special offers, and taking polls.

Does Swagbucks Really Work?

When I first heard about Swagbucks, I was a little leery because it sounded too good to be true. But I went ahead and tried it — and after earning multiple gift cards every month for the past eight years, I’m here to tell you in this Swagbucks review that it’s not too good to be true. Swagbucks really works!

And I’m not alone. I know dozens of friends who’ve also had great success with Swagbucks — earning at least a gift card or two every month and sometimes much more than that.

Here’s a Swagbucks review from one of my readers:

I have earned $325 in Amazon Gift Cards from Swagbucks. Last year, I bought all of my husband’s Christmas gifts, and a few gifts for the Grandparents. This year we have used it mostly for “extras” that I didn’t want to pay for, but really wanted to have (aka: my blow money). I normally earn $5-10 a month in gift cards — and I don’t have any referrals under me. I simply search on my laptop and my Android. -Andi

See more testimonials and Swagbucks reviews from my readers on how much they are earning with Swagbucks here.

How Do You Get Started Earning With Swagbucks?

Wondering how to use Swagbucks?

To get started with Swagbucks, just sign up for a free Swagbucks account. It’s simple and easy to sign up and you can start earning points right away!

I encourage you to set an earnings goal each day and try to login and hit that, if possible. If you can even just put in 5 to 15 minutes each day, it can really start to add up! I loved what Megan posted in her Swagbucks review on my Facebook Page that she does:

I have found that watching (usually with the sound off) about 30 seconds on 10 videos on Swagbucks TV is a fast way to earn bucks… in addition to doing the daily poll, NOSO, and using the toolbar. In about 10 minutes of your day, 15 Swagbucks is pretty doable. We have a tight budget, so the 10-15 minutes a day is worth it for us. I have several little kids so I can’t commit much time or energy to it. Every little bit helps, though! This has been great for our family.  -Megan

earn money with Swagbucks

How Much Can You Earn with Swagbucks?

You can easily earn $5 to $20 per month in Amazon gift cards without spending a lot of time.

However, if you want to earn more in a shorter time period, I highly recommend checking out Swagbucks TV — especially if you spend a lot of time working on the internet every day. You can increase your earnings significantly by watching Swagbucks TV each day while you’re working online — or through their smartphone apps.

In addition, if you have friends you know who would love to try out Swagbucks, be sure to pass along your referral link so that they can earn free gift cards, too.

I’ve earned over $75 this year through Swagbucks and I honestly don’t even spend three minutes a day earning points. Not too shabby! -Theresa

Do You Have To Refer People To Make Money?

If you’re curious how to make money on Swagbucks, I have great news! You can earn even without referrals!

Swagbucks has a great referral program: you’ll earn 10% of your referral’s lifetime earnings. Obviously, this is a fantastic way to increase your earnings — and one way that has helped me earn quite a few more Swagbucks over the years.

If you try Swagbucks and it works well for you, be sure to share your referral link with your friends or write a post about it on your blog. Don’t keep a good thing to yourself.

That said, you can still earn a decent amount with Swagbucks even if you have no referrals at all.

earn more with the swagbucks mobile apps

How Do You Redeem Your Swagbucks?

Once you’ve earned enough Swagbucks to cash in for a gift card, you just log into your account and request your gift card. You’ll have to confirm your request and then your gift card will show up in your account within a few weeks.

There are dozens of different gift cards to choose from — VISA, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more! You even have the ability to trade in for straight cash via PayPal!

You can cash out quickly when you earn SB at the 300 or 500 mark ($3 and $5 gift cards, respectively). Or you can save up your SB and cash in for the biggies at the $25, $50, or $100 mark. (They even have airline and hotel gift cards!!)

Is Swagbucks Really Worth Your Time?

There are a lot of really positive Swagbucks reviews out there, but they don’t answer this very important question…Is it worth my time?

When my husband was in law school and every penny had to be carefully spent, I would have LOVED to have something like Swagbucks.

I was desperate for any way to make $0.50 — even if it took me 10 to 20 minutes (or longer!) to do so. At that time in my life, it was good if I were making $2-3 per hour. Swagbucks would have been a DREAM come true to have as an option!

I never forget those days and I know many people here are in that kind of spot in their life, so I want to provide them with solutions that might work for those who don’t have a lot of immediate options or for whom an extra $15 or $25 per month could make such a difference!

If you’re not in that season of life and don’t have extra pockets of time in your day when you can multi-task and earn SB while doing something you’d already be doing (working on the computer, cooking, cleaning, etc.), there are probably better ways to be spending your time.

However, I bet everyone has at least a little bit of extra time each day when you could easily earn at least a few SB. And it’s fun to watch them add up over time!

How to Make Money on Swagbucks

If you’re interested in getting started after reading my Swagbucks review, I wanted to give you some best tips for earning more on Swagbucks.

These are my top 15 best tips on how to earn Swagbucks fast…

print coupons to earn Swagbucks fast

1. Print Coupons

Did you know you can earn SB for printing coupons? You’ll earn $0.01 per coupon printed (up to 50 SB per day). Allow 48 hours for these to be credited to your account.

To find the coupons, look under Discover and then Grocery Coupons. It also says that you’ll also earn 25 SB for every coupon redeemed in-store, but it takes up to 12 weeks for these to show up in your account.

Play games to make money on Swagbucks

2. Play Games

There are a few games that are free to play and you can easily earn 10 SB every day for doing so.

Look under Play on the sidebar and then choose Swagasaurus Run (scroll past the games that aren’t free to find it). You get 2 SB for every two games you play (each game takes about 30-60 seconds to play), up to 10 SB total per day.

My kids love to help earn SB by playing these games!

take Swagbucks surveys to earn gift cards

3. Answer Questions

You can earn 2 SB for every 10 multiple choice questions that you answer! There is eventually a limit to this once they’ve asked you all of the available questions, but you can do it multiple times each day to earn!

To find this offer, just click on Answer and then look over on the far right side.

Hint: This is also really important to do, because it helps fill out your survey profile so that Swagbucks is able to better fit you with available survey opportunities! I find that the more I answer these questions, the better survey opportunities I get!

Swagbucks to do list

4. Complete the To Do List Every Day

When you log into Swagbucks, look on the lefthand sidebar for your daily To Do list. You can click on each of the items on the list and it will take you directly to where you need to go to complete the task.

Most of these can be done in seconds and you’ll be awarded a bonus if you complete all of the tasks on your list each day.

Hint: Even if you don’t have time to do all the tasks each day, try to complete just six of the tasks, because you’ll at least get a smaller bonus!

Sarah says: “I absolutely love Swagbucks. The Amazon gift cards I earn from it pays for nearly all of the Christmas gifts we purchase as well as other household purchases throughout the year. I think everyone should give it a try.”

swagbucks inbox

5. Check Your Swagbucks Inbox

Click on the little mailbox icon in the upper right corner and check your Swagbucks inbox. Usually, there are a least a few offers in there to earn easy Swagbucks — such as to watch a video and earn 1 SB or to click on an article and earn 3 to 5 SB.

I typically just click on anything email that is a 1-5 SB offer and then click through on it. You don’t want to take much time on these, but if you can earn a few SB in less than 30 seconds or a minute, it might be worth it!

watch Swagbucks videos to earn more gift cards

6. Play Videos in the Background While You Work

If you have a job that you can play videos in the background on your phone or computer, don’t miss this! You can also play them on your phone or computer while you’re working on other tasks at home or when you’re out and about.

Best of all, there is no limit to how many videos you can watch. You earn points when you’ve watched an entire playlist.

Tips For Earning More with Swagbucks Videos:

I would recommend making it a habit to start playing the videos at set times during the day when you don’t need your phone, but can have it near to you. I just turn off the sound and have the phone nearby me when I’m working on blog projects. You’ll want to check in on it periodically as sometimes it will stop playing or you’ll need to engage with the content or restart the videos to continue watching.

Here are two tips from my readers’ Swagbucks reviews:

Christina says: “I LOVE Swagbucks! Worst month, I make about $40. Best month, $120. Pays for all of our toiletries and then some. I run nCrave videos on my desktop, and run videos on my phone and tablet. Not much else.”

Karen says:  “Make sure you have the most up to date version of the apps. If you don’t, it won’t let you earn points. I exclusively use the apps when I’m not using my phone or run them on another mobile device. It’s rare for me to not earn 50 SB a day from them.”

Do note that many of the videos are for movie trailers or other things that might not necessarily be family friendly. Also, keep in mind that playing videos will drain your phone battery, so it’s great to do this when you can have your phone plugged in.

SwagButton in browser

7. Install the SwagButton on your Browser

If you have Chrome or Safari, be sure to add the SwagButton to your browser! (To download the SwagButton, look for it at the bottom of the menu on the lefthand side of your screen once you’re logged in.)

This is just a little extension you add to the top of your browser in the bookmarks/menu area, but I think it’s one of the most helpful Swagbucks tools!

I love the SwagButton, because it reminds you to use Swagbucks on a daily basis! Not only does it automatically pop up for any site you’re shopping at to remind you to activate cash back, but it also alerts you to swag codes all day every day!

Since I work from the computer all day, I almost never miss a swag code anymore! And there’s even a place you can enter the swag code right from the SwagButton.

It also alerts you to survey opportunities that specifically fit your profile. I typically get alerted for 10-minute surveys that will earn me at least 50 SB. And I find that I almost always qualify right away and can earn the SB very quickly. For some reason, the surveys that become available to me through the SwagButton are almost always successful (compared to the ones I’ll try and try to qualify for from the “Answers” page on the actual Swagbucks site.)

I would miss out on SO many cash back opportunities, survey earnings, and swag codes if I didn’t have the SwagButton installed on my browser.

{Psst! Swagbucks is also currently offering a bonus 100 SB when you refer someone with your SwagButton referral link. Once they install the SwagButton and start using it normally within 30 days, you’ll receive a bonus 100 SB. This is on top of all your regular referral earnings!}

book travel through Swagbucks

8. Book Your Travel Through Swagbucks

Do you purchase airline tickets or book hotels online? If so, you’ll want to check to see if you can purchase them through Swagbucks!

They offer great cash back offers for many travel sites. And typically, when you book travel, it’s going to be at least a few hundred dollars — which means that your cash back can add up very quickly!

To book your travel, just go to the Shop section on the lefthand sidebar and then click on Travel. Click through on whatever travel site you are planning to purchase your tickets or book your hotel through.

Since it takes a little while for Swagbucks to verify things, allow a week for your purchase to show up as pending in your account.

9. Refer Your Friends

Have any friends who might be interested in earning free gift cards with Swagbucks? If you encourage them to sign up with your referral code, you’ll earn 10% of their earnings — for life! So as long as they are earning Swagbucks, you’re earning Swagbucks!

Plus, they oftentimes run bonus offers where you can get an additional SB bonus when they first sign up and earn SB.

So if you find that you really love Swagbucks, be sure to share your Swagbucks review with friends to earn even more!

{For example, right now they’re offering an extra 300 SB if your friend signs up and earns 300 SB in the first month! They’re also offering the bonus 100 SB mentioned above if you refer someone to install the swag button in their browser — and that’s on top of all the extra referral earnings!!}

Swagbucks Answer App

10. Download the Swagbucks Answers App

Qualifying for Gold Surveys on Swagbucks can be a little frustrating at times, but I do try to earn 50-100 swagbucks from Gold Surveys each day. If you qualify for one, it’s such an easy way to quickly earn 50-100 swagbucks!

This is where the Swagbucks Answers app really helps out. It can sometimes be frustrating or boring to take Gold Surveys on my computer, but I don’t mind taking surveys through the app when I have down time on the go!

I try to earn swagbucks for at least one Gold Survey through the app each day — whether it’s when I’m waiting for something to finish cooking, watching a tv show, sitting in the passenger’s seat of a car while someone else is driving, or waiting at an appointment or in the carpool line! I can usually find a small pocket of time to qualify and earn for a Gold Survey.

Hint: I go for the surveys that take less than 15 minutes and give me at least 50 SB — that way it’s definitely worth my time and it doesn’t take too long!

Swagbucks Shopping Receipts

11. Submit Your Grocery Receipts

Another great perk of the Swagbucks Answer App is that you can submit your grocery receipts to earn 2 SB!

Any time you have a grocery receipt from purchasing groceries, household, or personal care items, just snap a photo of your receipt and submit it right in the app! You’ll earn 2 SB per receipt, and it’s SO easy to do!

I’ve gotten into the habit of saving all my receipts and being sure to submit them in the app. It’s a super quick way to earn a few extra SB each week.

Daily Swagbucks Goal

12. Try to Hit Your Daily Goals Each Day

This is one of the biggest secrets to earning more swagbucks! At the top of your screen when you’re logged in, you’ll see a “daily goal” area. Each day, you have a daily goal to hit. If you hit that goal, you’ll get BONUS swagbucks!

And once you hit the first goal, you have a chance to hit a second bonus goal — giving you even more swagbucks. At the end of each month, you’ll confirm your monthly bonus and be awarded for all of the daily goals you hit that month!

I typically aim to hit the second goal each day, which gives me anywhere between 5-8 extra swagbucks per day. That equates to about 150-240 bonus swagbucks per month!

Swagbucks Winning Streaks

On top of that, you can get winning streak bonuses for meeting your daily goals multiple days in a row:

  • 7 days in a row — bonus 25 SB.
  • 14 days in a row — bonus 100 SB.
  • 21 days in a row — bonus 200 SB.
  • 31 days in a row — bonus 300 SB.

This is such a great way to earn swagbucks fast!

SWAGO Board

13. Play SWAGO Each Month

This may not be something you see often in Swagbucks reviews, but it’s one of my favorite tips!

If you haven’t been playing SWAGO, you’re missing out on a BIG earning opportunity with Swagbucks!

SWAGO is sort of like BINGO with swagbucks activities. Each square has a certain activity you have to do in order to earn swagbucks.

You get to choose which pattern to go for and submit your board for bonus SB!

SWAGO typically occurs once (sometimes twice) per month. I just submitted my SWAGO board for May and earned a bonus 165 swagbucks. And I didn’t do anything very differently than normal. I just made sure I did all of the activities I needed to do in order to submit my board. Score!!

Swagbucks Offers

 

14. Sign Up for Trial Offers Through Swagbucks

Have you been wanting to try meal delivery boxes, Hulu, BarkBox, Graze, or other subscription-based services?

If so, be sure to double check if Swagbucks rewards you for your first trial offer! You can often earn BIG swagbucks for signing up for your trial through Swagbucks.

For example, right now you can earn 4000 swagbucks on your first HelloFresh box, 3500 swagbucks on your first Schwan’s delivery, 2000 swagbucks on your first HomeChef box, 500 SB on your first IntaCart purchase, 1000 swagbucks when you sign up for Hulu, 4000 swagbucks when you try BarkBox, and tons more!

While I don’t recommend just signing up for these offers to earn swagbucks, it’s definitely worth activating the offer through Swagbucks if you’re already planning on trying these services in the first place.

Hint: If you have the SwagButton installed, it will alert you when free trial offers like this exist!

Swagbucks Swaggernauts Facebook group

15. Join the Swagbucks Swaggernauts Facebook Group

Looking for more tips beyond what I mention in this Swagbucks review?

Karen submitted this tip and she said, “There is a Facebook group called Swagbucks Swaggernauts that is awesome! Be sure and read the pinned post at the top-it is full of tips and hints. Members also post new deals that worked and things to look for.”

I hope this Swagbucks review was helpful! What other tips or advice do you have for earning more Swagbucks? Tell us in the comments so we can help each other out! And I’d love to hear your own personal experiences and Swagbucks review if you have one to share.

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