So a few weeks ago I read about SwagBucks on another blog I frequent. It's a search engine -like Google- but they pay you with "swagbucks" to use their search engine. You don't win with every search, so it's kind of like a game.
(A game that would be more fun if there was an audible "ding! ding! ding!" when you won, but the image of a big swagbuck is fun too. Ah well.)
After signing up, you can download their toolbar which puts a SwagBucks search box in your toolbar. If you're using Firefox, you can use the arrow to switch easily between search engines.
SwagBucks are redeemable for merchandise, gift certificates (Target, Lowes, Amazon, Starbucks, iTunes to name a few), music, books, STAR WARS COLLECTIBLES (I just saw this category today... shhh, don't tell Liam), etc, etc.
To be honest, I don't find SwagBucks' search engine to be quite as good as Google (mostly because it doesn't seem to bring up my good friend Wikipedia, so I get lonely for him using SwagBucks exclusively), so in those instances where a search didn't find what I was looking for, I'd just search FOR Google... and have even won SwagBucks that way!
If you're interested in signing up or learning more, click on the banner below.
In the interest of full disclosure, I do get referral points/SwagBucks if you sign up through the link above, so I will be benefiting from your enrolling (but you love me, so I know you won't mind!). Once you've signed up, you can invite friends and family to use the search engine and so benefit from their signing up.
And so on and so forth.
No one will get rich using SwagBucks, but I figured I might as well get paid a little something to do something I'm doing anyways. It'll be nice to redeem some SwagBucks for maybe a Starbucks gift card so that Peter and I can go out for coffee - since indiscriminate spending isn't part of the budget. So if using SwagBucks will earn me date night each month - AWESOME. Works For Me.
EDIT: I just heard from the SwagBucks people and if you enter the code MUDDYBOOTS (case sensitive) you'll receive a bonus $2 SwagBucks in addition to the 3 free ones you get for signing up. So that's $5 SwagBucks! Ya, I'm good at math. You're welcome. The code expires Friday at midnight.