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Swagbucks Pays: For the Movies!

Posted April 8, 2015

We all love going to the movies during the summer. Whether you prefer the biggest blockbusters or the sweetest romantic comedy, Swagbucks can get you into the movies for free! Swagbucks is a rewards site that gives you points called “Swag Bucks” for things like searching, watching videos & browsing articles. You redeem those Swag Bucks for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal -- and yes, even to the movies.

I have been using swagbucks to earn gift cards for over 3 years. I usually cash in the Swag Bucks I earn for gift cards to CVS, Sheetz, Paypal and Starbucks (special treat for the kids). They have hundreds of choices available including Walmart, Target, gas stations, fast food, clothing stores and so much more.

Here’s how Swagbucks can help you can turn watching videos online into your watching movies in the theater for free: Earning 1,500 SB gets you enough for a $15 movie gift card from AMC or Regal Cinema (or any of the many $15 gift cards)! Whether you’re on the go, at home, or stuck at a desk, here’s how you can get your $15 movie gift card in just 1 week:

SBTV mobile on Android & iOS: Earn up to 36 SB per day watching everything from food videos & news to Hulu clips & music videos - 252 SB (I do this every day and let the videos run on my phone next to me while I am working. They just run continuously so you do not have to keep clicking for a new one to run. After every 5 videos, you get 2 Swag Bucks for a total of 36 per day) app on Android & iOS: Get 18 SB per day watching the latest movie trailers - 126 SB

EntertaiNOW app on Android & iOS (US only) - You can also earn another 18 SB per day checking out news on movies and TV shows, behind-the-scenes interviews and celebrity gossip - 126 SB

SBTV on Desktop: Watch a little bit of everything when you click on the Watch tab from the (found on the Swagbucks homepage), including Hulu clips & music videos, but with a higher earning cap of 150 SB per day - 1,050 SB

Various other easy ways I earn Swag Bucks every day:

Complete the daily poll for 1 SB per day (found on the Swagbucks homepage)

Scroll through the NOSO pages for 2 SB per day (found on the Swagbucks homepage)

Click on the Daily Crave videos for 2 to 5 SB per day (found on the Swagbucks homepage)

Enter the daily Swag Code that they post in various places for 2 to 5 Swag Bucks (I post the code on the Smart Shopper blog and Smart Shopper Facebook page nearly every day)

Watch videos from the Discover tab (click on Discover, then go to Special Offers, then Radium One) for 1 SB per video.

When you have a specific SB goal (like a $15 AMC or Regal Cinema gift card) and a plan of action, you’ll get gift cards faster and check out the newest action-comedy or Oscar-nominated drama without spending extra money. There are even more ways to earn SB online, so take a look around and see what works best for you. You don’t have to wait until the next blockbuster comes out to start saving up with Swagbucks!

New to Swagbucks?

If you don't know about Swagbucks yet, it's the largest rewards website that gives people free gift cards for the things they do online. You earn points (called Swag Bucks) for online activities and then you can cash them in for gift cards to places like CVS, Amazon, Starbucks and many more options!

How do you get these super Swag Bucks? Each time you need to search for something online, use the Swagbucks search engine on their website (instead of Google). I actually have the Swagbucks toolbar installed on my desktop and it places a search box right on my screen making it super easy to search. Every once in a while, they award Swag Bucks just for doing the searches I used to do using Google. There are also a number of other ways to earn Swag Bucks including taking surveys, answering polls, watching videos, playing games, referring friends, using their online shopping portal, special Swag Code events and more.

Swagbucks also posts additional bonus codes on their Facebook, Twitter and blog pages each day. When a Smart Shopper reader finds a code (usually one per day), they post it here on the blog so we can all get it. The codes are only valid for a couple hours usually. Once you find a code, you then copy and paste the code into the Swag Code box at the top of the homepage of Swagbucks HERE . Look for the circle with the words Swag Code next to it.

New member bonus Swagbucks sign-up code!

It's free to sign up for Swagbucks and only takes a minute. New members usually get 30 Swagbucks when you sign up HERE and right now, you can score an additional 70 Swag Bucks for a total of 100 Swag Bucks! To get the bonus Swag Bucks, click the text that reads "I have a sign up code" during registration and then enter the code: SMARTSHOPPER to get the bonus. Make sure you use all caps since it is case sensitive.

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  • lmcgee Oct 22, 2015

    One other thing, we sometimes turn it on at night while we are sleeping and let it earn SB while you sleep. About 3 days per week it will say you have reached today's limit but you qualify for a bonus. We have earned over 300 SB per day letting it run with those bonuses. My daughter and I each earned $300 in Disney gift cards for our recent vacation from Swagbucks. (We used our SB to purchase Target gift cards which we then used the Target gift cards to buy Disney gift cards). Sure made our vacation more enjoyable with $600 in "free" money!

  • lmcgee Oct 22, 2015

    An SBTV tip my daugher shared with me. When you open SBTV and click on the 3 green lines at the top left corner, you will see all the video categories listed. the Home and Garden have some 10 sec tips. On iPhone, if you swipe to the left, a little heart will come up and you can favorite it. If you click on it, it will make it a favorite. At the top under your username it says favorites. If you click on that, it will play those favorites over and over and is much faster to earn SB since they are 10 sec videos.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 9, 2015

    jdouglas13 - you can definitely earn more than that!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 9, 2015

    sfivers - Good question. I e-mailed my SB contact so I could give you the official response. Here it is:

    "Both apps are part of the Swagbucks family, so when you sign into the apps, you actually log in with your Swagbucks account. When you first download it and open it, it goes through how it works and then prompts you to log into your SB account."

    If that does not answer your question, just let me know what other info you need and I can find out.

  • jdouglas13 Apr 9, 2015

    This is a huge help. I'm lucky if I earn a measly 500 points every 3 months! :p

  • sfivers Apr 9, 2015

    When you watch videos on app or EntertaiNOW app videos, how does the app know to allow you to earn Swagbucks?

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 9, 2015

    TJ84 - they really do help. My phone is running the mobile SBTV right now and I'm earning while work. :-)

  • TJ84 Apr 9, 2015

    Thanks Faye for the info on the apps. Will help me reach my goal!