Okay, people, it seems that Swagbucks is just desperate to give you free stuff. Here are two new offers to prove it:
Make money with some tunes
Right now, you can pay just $0.99 for three months of Spotify Premium, the no-ads version of the famous streaming service. Normally, that’d set you back $29.97, for a “savings” of $28.98.
Why the quotation marks? Well, if you weren’t initially interested in Spotify Premium, it’s not really savings. And a central tenet of frugality is that you have to know when you’re actually saving.
But even if you don’t “save” money, you’ll still make a profit on this deal.
When you sign up for the trial, you’ll get 500 SBs. That’s enough for a $5 gift card. So just like that, you’re up $4.01. Hard to argue with that, no?
The fine print (which I prefer to blow up to normal-size print):
- You have to be a new user of the premium service. You can already have a Spotify account.
- You can only use this offer once. (Don’t try to game the system, people. You’re better than that.)
- If you cancel your order, your SBs may be revoked.
Before you ask, I couldn’t find clarification on the last one. You can always email Swagbucks for more information, but I think it just means that you can’t sign up and immediately cancel.
In other words, give it a little time. Enjoy your free music and $4.01 profit. Then decide whether Spotify Premium is worth $9.99.
Get an extra 33% back on GC purchases
Swagbucks recently rolled out MyGiftCardsPlus, which gives you cash back when you buy stores’ GCs. And it’s really encouraging you to take advantage.
Between December 7th and 15th, you’ll get a bonus 100 SBs when you buy your first gift card on the MGC+ site.
Not impressive enough? Well, how about almost 1/3 more SBs on all GC purchases? Yeah, now I’ve got your attention.
There are plenty of stores you might use, from restaurants to retailers. As an example, I chose Sears for reasons I’ll get to in a minute.
Sears offers 3% cash back, which means:
- 75 SBs for a $25 GC
- 25 SBs with the extra 33%
- 100 SBs for first purchase bonus
That’s a total of 200 SBs on a $25 purchase, which means you’re getting 8% back. Oh, and…
Make money using those gift cards
As I’ve explained in the past, you can sometimes get cash back when you shop with GCs. As in, some stores will give you cash back even on the amount you pay for with a gift card. Sears and Sephora are two examples.
Many other stores will give you cash back for whatever you pay out of pocket.
If you want to use GCs on purchases, I’d use Ebates or FatWallet. If your order doesn’t generate cash back automatically, those two sites will credit you for your out-of-pocket outlay. (Unless it’s explictly stated that GC redemption voids your rebate.) The other rewards/cash back sites are more up in the air on the issue.
What do you think of these deals? Have you used cash back/rewards sites with gift cards?