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1savvysaver asked …

I’m curious, how much have u made from swagbucks so far?

Here is what I’ve made so far:

  • $515 in Amazon Gift Cards (45 Swagbucks = $5 Amazon Gift Card)
  • $50 US in cash (70 Swagbucks = $5 US in cash via PayPal)

TOTAL EARNED = $565

The #1 question I get is “how do you earn so many SBs?” My #1 way is through referrals. When you refer someone, you get 100% of the SBs that they earn, up to a maximum of 100 SBs. I also subscribe to their blog, have them on Facebook, use their search engine, and follow them on Twitter. It takes a bit of getting used to, but if you already use Twitter, Facebook and have Google Reader (or whatever RSS reader you’re using), it really takes little effort to earn SBs.

The other question I get a lot is if I declare my blog earnings & Swagbuck winnings on my taxes. The answer is YES. I claim it all. Because technically, it all falls under my side business – this blog incorporates communication & marketing work, plus writing, design work, etc.

My SBs earnings have definitely died down since most of my referrals have already hit the 100 SB mark. Ever since they imposed that limit to 5 of a single prize each month, I’ve only been cashing out that maximum. So on average I’m earning $25/month through Amazon gift cards – which, P.S., are the best return for your SBs.

Here is my Swagbucks referral link if you decide to sign up. :)

Netbook has sold!

So this month I’ve been able to generate a lot of extra income. This is not normally the case, but I’m not going to complain! For those who follow me on Twitter, you might know that my netbook sold today. :) I’m sad to see it go, because I really did love it. But I never use it, and it’s just sitting there. After shipping & fees, I should bring in about $325. Which brings my extra income total this month to $1,005. :)

I also just listed my ski helmet on Craigslist. I bought it online from MEC a few months ago, have worn it 2 or 3 times, and it’s just a tad too small – the ear flaps don’t cover my ears! Which is imperative, considering they’ve got a built in sound system so I can plug in my iPod. :) I’ve already ordered a new replacement helmet from MEC, because they’re running out of stock and I don’t want to be without one!

It feels good to get rid of things that I’m not using. I’ve been wanting to de-clutter and sell things for months. Now that the ball is rolling and I’ve generated some income, it’s a lot easier to get the motivation to do it. I’m sure if I really put my mind to it, I could clear and sell a lot of my stuff. We’ve already donated a lot of books and clothing so far this year.

Making more money

I wrote yesterday that I’ve made an additional $615 this month. Well I’m happy to report that today, I made an additional $65 from something selling on eBay – was listed for less than 24 hours before it sold. :)

So that brings my additional income total to $680 for February, with pending transactions still to come this month. Plus there are more things on eBay that I’d like to sell. Namely, I’m thinking of selling my LG X120 netbook. I bought it for traveling, and now that we’re not traveling and I have an iPhone, I don’t really need it. It’s nice to have, but it’s not necessary.

Because of all my hard work, I’m thinking of treating myself to a massage appointment early next week. I had meant to budget it into February, but forgot about it. It will be $65 for a 45 minute session, conveniently right next door to my work. And I’ll probably needed after the weekend – skiing and mountain climbing are on the agenda! Although I might save it for when I go get my hair cut next, as they have a spa in their facility that I’ve been meaning to check out.

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