Yes, it’s only July, but it’s all about getting ready for Christmas.
As long-time readers will recall, I’ve relied heavily on Amazon gift cards over the past three Christmases to get Tim big ticket items.
This past year, it was a PS3. Thanks to Amazon gift cards — Swagbucks, MyPoints and trading in a gift card for an Amazon GC — we paid $23 out of pocket. And we got a $25 credit from Amazon toward the purchase of a video game.
The year before that, Amazon GCs — Swagbucks and MyPoints again — paid for the PSP. And the year before that, a host of cool t-shirts offered on the site.
Since Tim is debating the merits of early adoption on the Sony Vita, I’ll definitely need to stockpile Swagbucks as much as possible.
Enter Swagbucks surveys. I check every two or three days and try my hand at some of the surveys. At least every other time I try, I get a survey or two. That usually adds up to 100-150 SBs. That’s a pretty significant boost in points to be sure!
Today, I spent about 25 minutes on surveys: 10 minutes on one, 5 minutes on another and about 10 minutes applying for other surveys that didn’t pan out. I got a total of 125 SBs. Considering that I was doing it in and around other tasks, that’s not half bad.
Obviously, it’s good to do your searches and try to stay up on swagcodes. But surveys are a really great way to grab up extra Swagbucks.
I need 2.250 SBs a month to get the five $5 Amazon gift cards each month. I hit that in June. This month, it looks like I’ll only get four. But if I can buckle down on surveys — especially by trying to get to them earlier in the day, so quotas haven’t been reached — I should be able to manage $25 of GCs a month.
That will be $145 in GCs by December 12th, which will be more than enough time to order and receive the Vita. Or whatever he ends up choosing.
Add in MyPoints and we’ll be up to at least $170. Plus, many buy/sell gift card sites will offer you either cash or Amazon credit, with the Amazon credit being a greater amount than the cash. (Speaking of, if anyone decides to sell gift cards, please consider using my links in the sidebars. I receive a commission for gift cards sold to the site, as well as one sold from the site.)
In the end, I should have between $205-230 in GCs. It will be barely squeaking by, but I think we’ll make it. This will pretty much be his only present, assuming no amazing deals on Black Friday — and it would have to be a pretty amazing deal — but Tim already knows it’s going to be a lean Christmas because of the house purchase. Tim’s parents will still be recovering from bankruptcy fees and moving costs. So we’ll probably just exchange small gifts, if any, and have a quiet day. Maybe we’ll use some free movie tickets from MyCokeRewards.
How’s everyone’s holiday stash coming along? I’m talking about both savings and actual present stockpiling.