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Swagbucks Team Challenge through Friday

Posted May 4

The Swagbucks Mother May I Team Challenge has started and it's not too late to join a team and earn bonus SB points!

Join one of the teams and earn up to a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate!

Mother May I Team Challenge Details

Join one of the Swagbucks Mother May I Team Challenge teams today by heading to and clicking on the link to join a team. They will randomly place you on a team. I was put on the Soccer Moms team.

The Soccer Moms, 9 to 5ers, and Fur Mommies are all waiting for you to make them proud in the following categories:







Swag Codes

The Mother May I Team Challenge begins Monday, May 2nd at 11:01 am EDT and ends at 3 pm EDT on Friday, May 6th!

All members who participate and contribute at least 300 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate.

Members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate.

Members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate.

Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Monday, May 9th and will expire on Tuesday, May 31st.

See all the details about the Team Challenge and join a team now at HERE.

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 (searching, shopping, watching videos, playing games and more). You earn points called SB for online activities and then you can cash them in for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, CVS, Lowes, Starbucks, Paypal, Bass Pro Shops, Kohl's and so many more! It's free to join and I have earned a bunch of gift cards in the many years I have been a member.

How do you get these SB points? There are lots of ways.

* Search online: 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 SB points just for doing the searches I used to do using Google.

* Take surveys on their website

* Answer the daily poll

* Watch videos through their website or multiple mobile apps (I earn about 80 - 100 SB a day doing this)

* Use their online shopping portal (I do most of my online shopping at major retailers who are part of the Swagbucks Shop and Earn program (like,, and more) and earn Swagbucks every time I shop. Just this week, I was credited with 562 SB points (worth $5.62 in gift cards) for an online purchase I made a few weeks ago.

* Play games

* Participate in special Swag Code events

* Enter the daily Swag Code (which we usually let you know about here on the blog each day). Swagbucks posts bonus codes on their Facebook, Twitter and blog pages each day. If you have the Swagbucks Mobile App, it will buzz when there is a new code. When the code becomes available each day, one of us posts it here on the blog so we can all get it. The codes are only valid for an hour usually. Once you get the code, you then copy and paste the code into the Swag Code box at the top of the homepage of Look for the circle with the words Swag Code next to it.

New member bonus Swagbucks sign-up code!

As I posted above, new members get a 70 SB bonus when you sign up HERE. To get the bonus SB points, 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.

How I earn Swagbucks every day

Swagbucks can take up as little or as much time as you want. Most of the activities I chose to do are ones I can do passively while I am working because I don’t have a bunch of time to devote to it.

When you make your 1st Daily Goal you get an additional bonus and my goal each day is to reach my 1st goal. It’s usually between 90 and 105 SB per day. I usually don’t get enough SB in a day to make my 2nd goal. If you make your 1st goal all month long, you get an additional 300 SB at the beginning of the next month in addition to the daily goal bonus you make for each day you make your goal.

These are the activities I do every day and get about 100 SB each day doing them.

* Running videos on my phone through the Swagbucks App (you can earn up to 10 SB per day per app)

*Running videos through Watch on my desktop computer (you can earn something like 500 per day but I get about 50 - 70 per day)

* Take the Daily Poll for 1 SB (link is on the homepage on the left side)

* Go through the Daily Offers (NOSO offers) every day (2 SB). For NOSO, I just click More Deals to move on to the next one (unless I see one I want to sign up for). The link for NOSO is on the homepage on the left side.

*Enter the daily Swag Code for 2 – 4 SB each day. They usually post it on their Facebook page sometime between 12 noon and 7 pm on the hour. I have the Swagbucks app and it buzzes when there is a new code. EVen if I am not t my computer, I can enter it in the Swagbucks Mobile App and still get the points. Every Monday, the code is only available to enter in teh Mobile App.

*I was doing nCraves every day for many more SB’s but for the last few weeks, I have not had any nCraves available, unfortunately. I am hoping they come back soon. They are located in the Watch section and it’s faster to get SB points with nCraves than it is with Watch videos.

* Before I shop online anywhere, I first go to Swagbucks Shop to see if they are a Swagbucks participating store. If so, I buy through the Swagbucks portal to earn SB points just by making purchases I already planned to make. I’ll be getting back 288 SB points in the next week from a purchase I made online a few weeks ago at Amazon. The stores I usually shop online through Swagbucks are Amazon, Kohl’s, Walmart, and Groupon. They have hundreds of different participating merchants from travel sites to retailers and more.

Some people have good luck with the surveys, which can pay out big SB points. I usually get disqualified and I don’t really have any time for taking surveys these days so I stopped doing them. I found that many of the surveys take way too long to get through the qualifying questions before you can even see if you qualify to take the real survey.

I also go to the Discover section when I have extra time to see if there are any offers I want to do in the Radium One, Trial Pay or OfferToro section. There are usually a few articles in the Radium One section that only require you to click on them to get the 1 SB. Those are usually ones that have Article or Therapy in the title like the Insulin Therapy one today or the Fighting Diabetes Article today. Most of them require too much time to click through all the screens to be worth my time. And the ones with a required Captcha at the end often don’t credit for me so I don’t do those anymore.

I hope that helps to get you started! Have fun and good luck!

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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 4, 7:16 a.m.

    grafted - great reminders on the Swag-ups!

    Stephanie - our Soccer Moms are still in the lead! I will be shocked (but thrilled) if I am on the winning team since that never happens.

  • grafted May 2, 3:25 p.m.

    Ascherer - A couple things to be aware of with the swag-ups. You may have more than one swag-up listed as "available" but they will take the one with the next expiration date so long as it isn't more than the gift card amount. So if you have one for 5 which expires tomorrow and one for 50 that expires the day after that, I'd wait 2 days to get your gift card unless you KNOW you'll have enough sb to purchase another one at that time. I learned this one the hard way. And you can't use more than one at a time.

    Dr D - I'm a Fur Mom too and so far it looks like we're all out walking our dogs, not earning sb - ha!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 2, 12:56 p.m.

    Shocking but true - the Soccer Moms are in the lead! This is shocking because I am NEVER on the winning team. We'll see how long it lasts..... lol

    Dr D - good to know. Thanks for the heads up the different dates. If you send thema ticket, they may still honor it today.

  • Dr D May 2, 11:39 a.m.

    I've been assigned to the Fur Mom team, which is funny because I haven't had a pet for many, many years. Kicking myself because even though the wording from the last team challenge did indicate that the SwagUp points would expire on 4/30, on My SwagUp page it said they would expire sometime later in May. So I thought I'd wait until 5/1 to use them in combination with the one-per-month discounted $25 gift card. But sure enough, those SwagUp points did expire on 4/30 and I missed using them. Aargh. Next time, I'll take a screen shot of My SwagUp page and ask them about the expiration date if it doesn't match the expected date.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 2, 11:13 a.m.

    ascherer - Stephanie did a great job of explaining Swag Ups. Basically they are a discount off your next gift card redemption when you get a gift card using your SB points. It's not a discount on buying gift cards from the mygiftcardsplus section.

    So if you go to redeem 500 SB for an Amazon GC in the Rewards section, and you have a 40 SB swag up, you will actually only have 460 deducted from your SB balance in order to get the gift card. I hope that makes sense! Happy Swaggin! Time to party on the Team Challenge!

    Welcome to the soccer moms team, Stephanie! I used to be a soccer mom. Now I am a theater mom. :-)

  • ascherer May 2, 8:22 a.m.

    Sengligh - I understand. A 9 to 5'er I am not. Fur Mommies would be a better description of me.

    I did find the My Swag Ups tab. So, the April ones have already expired. I am still very new to this but am trying to get the hang of it as quickly as I can. Thanks for all of the help.

  • senglish27529 May 2, 8:13 a.m.

    ASCHERER, I found this on Swagbucks:

    I tried to read it, and it's still confusing. But it made me feel better about having difficulty explaining it!

    Maybe Faye has a simpler explanation. :-)


  • senglish27529 May 2, 8:07 a.m.

    I'm a Soccer Mom, which I find hysterical! Baseball grandma would be closer....

    ASCHERER, look in your ledger/account, and then look at the options on the left side and you'll see "My Swag Ups". That will tell you what you've qualified for and when it expires. A Swag Up is a bonus that is applied to your account when your purchase a gift card.

    Swag Ups are kind of hard to explain, I'll look and see if I can find a better written explanation for you. :-)


  • ascherer May 2, 7:25 a.m.

    I'm a 9 to 5'er. How are Swag Up points different from regular points and how will I know if I have used mine from the last Team Challenge? Thanks.