It's been awhile since I've written about swagbucks, but I'm still searching away and redeeming swagbucks on Amazon for things I need! Recently, a friend asked me what she should do to cash in her swagbucks to make some real purchases. Below is how I responded to her in my email. I hope it's helpful to you as well.
Those of you who stopped searching with swagbucks, I encourage you to start up again. Even if accumulating bucks comes slowly for you, it sure is an easy way to earn some extra money toward Christmas gifts or necessities. For more information on how swagbucks work and how to sign up if you're ready to give them a try, go here.
How to Cash In Earned Swagbucks for Amazon E-Cards
Go to the swagbucks website and log in. You'll see how many bucks you have in the top right hand corner. Then, look along the top at the left side and put your cursor on the tab that says "Redeem". "Swag store" and "swagstakes" will show up- click on "swag store".
Look down along the left hand side and click on "Gift and Rewards Cards". If you hover over it with your cursor, you can choose the $ amount of the cards if you know what you can afford (how many bucks you have). Look on the first page and find the amazon $5 cards for 450 swagbucks. This card is the best way to get the most actual money for your swag bucks. There are larger amount amazon cards, but they are more expensive swagbucks-wise to buy. Another thing to note... You can only buy two of one kind of card per day and only five of the same card in one month.
Okay, to purchase that $5 Amazon card, click on it. Then click "snag this". Then you will need to confirm your information on the next screen. Once you do this, they will send you an email to confirm that you want to buy the card. It may take a few minutes for it to come to your inbox, but when it does, follow the instructions to verify that you ordered it (it involves clicking on a link that then tells you it was verified).
Now you have the card ordered. It can take up to two weeks (depending on what time of the month you ordered it) for you to be able to use it. You know it's ready to use because they will send you an email telling you it's ready. When this happens, log back in to swagbucks and hover your cursor over your number of swagbucks at the top right and a drop down menu will appear. Click on "My gift cards". You may have to type in your password to verify who you are. Then, you'll see your amazon code for each card you ordered that is ready.
Keep that tab open and go shopping on amazon. When it comes time to check out, copy and paste the code into the place where they ask if you have any coupons or discount codes on the checkout page. Hit apply or update or whatever and the $5 credit will be applied (it goes toward shipping as well). If you have more than one, just keep entering the codes into the box until you've used the ones you want and you're set! You'll see the reflected credit.
Back on your gift cards page on swagbucks you can mark that you've used the codes so you know how many you have to use for next time (instead of trying to use old codes which will not work).
Does this make sense? Once you do it a few times, it's easy, but as I type this, I realize there are a lot of instructions! Printing this out and keeping it handy until you do it a few times may help. Happy shopping, friend:-).