Saturday, December 4, 2010

I Think I'm In Love

 This drawing is closed and the winner is.... Karen!  Please email me ( so I can send you your $25 Amazon gift card code.  Happy searching with swagbucks, everyone! 

Okay.  I wasn't going to post today.  I've got bathrooms to clean, a treadmill to walk on and a shower to take before a neighborhood Christmas party tonight.  But, I couldn't resist.  If you haven't gathered by now, if I find something I love, I talk about it.  And I am on the verge of in love with Swagbucks.  Here's why...

1) I purchased 90% of our Christmas presents from Amazon two weeks ago using Amazon gift cards I earned with swagbucks.  I did not stand in lines.  I did not sit in traffic.  I did not have to change out of my "in for the evening" clothes.

2) Since we were able to buy so many gifts this way, we were able to give to several charities/mission agencies this Christmas instead of choosing only one.

3) Thanks to my referrals and the way I've set up my bookmarks, I don't even think about the fact that I'm searching swagbucks until the little swagbuck pops up showing me I won more.

4) The swagbuck folks are introducing all kind of cool features, one of which is their FREE Trade In Books option (you pay no shipping).  I was intrigued by this option because I hate selling books.  Some, I donate, but the others I know I could earn some money for.  Often, my consignment shop won't take them and if I try to sell them on eBay, I usually earn pennies after the fees they charge and the piddly amount the book sold for.

Well, I tried swagbuck's program the other day and it was easy as pie.  I earned 900 swagbucks (they will be credited once they get my books) which is the equivalent of $10 in Amazon gift cards.  Here's how it works...

~ Log in to swagbucks (or, if you haven't signed up, sign up here).  Click on the "Earn" button at the very top and in the drop down, click on "Trade In".  Choose "Books".

~ Now, run around your house like a mad woman (or man) and pull together a stack of books that are only gathering dust.

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~ Type in the ISBN numbers (one at a time) from your books and see if they are accepting them.  If they are, click "Sell", then go back and add more books until you're all booked out.  They do not take all books and their swagbuck values varies.

~ Once you've entered all your books, follow the instructions to finish your "order" (even though you're not buying anything) and print out the shipping label.

~ Box up your books, slap on the shipping label and take it to the post office.  That's it.  You don't pay a dime.  There's no requirement to buy books back.

5) If you've read all the way through this post, you are either considering signing up for swagbucks or you already have.  If you have already signed up with me (all your referrals have really helped me earn!), I want to do something nice for YOU.  So, if you've signed up with me in the past, I want to give you a chance to win one of my $25 Amazon gift codes to copy and paste into your next Amazon order.  Just leave me a comment telling me you've signed up (with a way to ID you) and I will draw a name this coming Tuesday, December 7th.

Happy Swagging, everyone!  Have a wonderful weekend!!

For more tips and information on signing up and using swagbucks, click on the tab at the top of my blog called "Swagbucks".
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  1. Just another reason why I need to JUST DO IT. I signed up under you months and months ago...I just haven't USED it. Mainly because my other computer broke...we got this new one...and then my husband was Mr Strict with what we could load onto this one. But...I think I've got him convinced that it's not going to crash our computer and that it's basically FREEE MONEY. Who doesn't want that?!!


  2. Wow, where have I been? I have a Swagbucks account but had you no idea you could trade in books like this! We have a stack of books gathering dust in the garage right now! Thank you!!

  3. Yes, I signed up, and I think it was under you - I hope so. Tried to do it that way, at any rate. I haven't erned nearly as much as you have, but I still think it's totally cool. Anything free is awesome, in my book. I need to look into that book trade in thing. Wish I knew about it before we moved - we gave a lot of books away!!

  4. I honestly can't remember if I signed up under you or not--I remember following a link from your blog, but I can't recall ever seeing your name attached to anything. So sorry if it didn't work.

    But, how on earth did you get 900 SBs? I just entered about a dozen books, and there was only one they were interested in and they offered 2 SBs for it. What kind of books did you list (mine were either parenting books or fiction)?

    Veddy Curious Indeed,

  5. Wow, I am going to have to try the book thing for sure! Thanks!

  6. Jodi,
    One was an Aesop's Fables book, one about raising chickens (we have that down pat pretty well), one was on health foods, cheese making (I have no time for that now), one of Anne Lammot's books, Good Life by Helen Nearing...I think that was about it. I tried maybe a dozen more that they wouldn't take. A few of them were worth between 100-300 swagbucks. Lammot's was only worth 5. Keep trying:-)!

  7. I've been curious about swagbucks for a while. Guess I need to look in to it.

  8. After much research (and speculation), I signed up for Swagbucks as your referral and am SOOOO glad I did. I've not been "religious" about the daily polls & such, but use the search bar and have earned $30 in Amazon money = I can buy a few books I have on my wishlist or buy an anniversary present for "FREE"! I finally convinced my husband to sign up too...again (like a previous comment said)"Free money!"

    I didn't know about the book thing though. DEFINITELY gonna have to try that.

  9. What a lovely idea. I just ordered the DK Natural History book. It is quite the epic! I'd love to win another $25. Sounds great. Thanks for the referral!!!

  10. Thanks for the book trade in tip! I'm going to try it this week :)

  11. Christy,
    I signed Jamey up early on and later found somewhere (I can't find it now!) that it said only one swagbucks account per household, so we immediately canceled his account. I wanted to pass this along to you because I don't want you to lose yours!

  12. I'm so thankful you introduced me to Swagbucks. Thanks, also, for the info about the books. I'll have to give it a try. I signed up as Tidy Brown Wren from your link.

  13. I signed up under you several months ago too (Mommas3Girls). I am so glad I did. I've been able to get some amazon gift cards and do some of my Christmas shopping too. I'll have to look into the books, thanks for the info.

  14. I had the same issue as Jodi. I tried entering about 5 different books, but they weren't accepting any of them. I'm bummed because I also just unloaded a ton of books & donated them to my local library.

    Also, how do you get a swagbucks button to put on your blog? I'm assuming that if people join through clicking on it that's how you get your referral points. I joined awhile back & I've only accumulated about 1000 points. The only thing I do right now is search using swagbucks.

  15. Karen,
    To add a button, log in to swagbucks. On the main page, look down along the left hand side and you'll see "Promote" next to a purple button with a star. Click on "Promote" and you'll be taken to a page that lists your referral address (where you want YOUR friends to sign up to give you credit). Below that are a bunch of buttons that you can put on your blog- just choose the code underneath the button you want and paste it into your layout/design on your blog. Since you got it from that page, it does contain your information, so anyone who signs up with it will be counted as a referral for you.

    Just under the "Promote" button is the "Widget" button. That's what I have on my blog. People can check for swag codes there, sign up and see how many swagbucks you have. Again, if you're logged in, the code they give you includes your info. so you'll get the referrals.

    Hope this helps:-).

  16. I signed up under you - will have to check out the book trade-in, if I can bear to part with any of ours! :)

  17. By the way my username is mommadesi.

  18. I clicked on the 'here' link in your post and signed up for Swagbucks. I have 39 so far.
    ;-) Thanks for the introduction/explanation. I have a lot to learn, but I hope it works!

  19. Thank you so much for this post!!! I just did it with some books that I was not able to sell used on Amazon and got 1400 SB! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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