I hope you all had an amazing Christmas! I wasn’t sure if we would because it was the first year without my Dad joining us as he wasn’t well enough and the kids were both quite poorly with this bug that’s going around. After a lovely Christmas Eve visit with my Dad and thanks to the magic of Lemsip, Vicks and Olbas Oil, we had a very low key, chilled day at home which was so nice and so different to how we usually spend Christmas Day. The kids were super pleased opening their presents this year and we were just as pleased as we managed to get some great deals and even better – we managed to get some free Christmas presents this year too!
A while ago I signed up to a site called Swagbucks which is a really popular website where you can earn points (called Swagbucks) for doing things like surveys, watching videos, searching the internet and also by signing up to free trials or other services. You can swap your Swagbucks for vouchers or even for cash paid into your Paypal account when you have enough and unlike a lot of other sites, you can earn enough points to swap quite quickly.
I made enough for a few £10 Amazon vouchers in pretty quick time so I shared a referral code in a blog post and a few times on social media. Then I promptly forgot all about it as all of my spare time was being taken up by the blog but then, the week before Christmas, I was writing a post for later in January about the best survey sites to use to earn money with and I popped on to Swagbucks to make sure it hasn’t changed since I’d last used it about a year or so ago.
I was absolutely astounded with the number of points that I’d accumulated since I last logged on! I had enough to swap for £270 of Amazon vouchers which was amazing and went a long way to paying for the shopping I still had to do!
As far as I can see, you earn Swagbucks when people you refer sign up and start to earn Swagbucks – which is a win, win situation.
You can sign up here and start earning points right away and if you like it as much as I do then you can share your referral link with all your friends and start making Swagbucks on their earnings too. You need 620 Swagbucks for a £5 Amazon voucher and looking at my inbox on Swagbucks right now there are so many chances to earn – mostly by completing surveys but there are a few free trials in there too along with a few gambling offers which always pay well but I steer clear of:
So that’s how I used Swagbucks to get some free Christmas presents this year and I’m going to try and do the same again next Christmas except next year, I’ll check on it a bit earlier so I can redeem my Swagbucks before I do most of my Christmas shopping. I’m going to try and spend a little time on there a couple of times a week too so I can do some surveys and bump it up even more.
I save points up on my Boots card all year and although it doesn’t add up to as much as the Swagbucks success, I still earned enough to pay for a lovely Ted Baker gift set for Miss Frugal. I don’t think that’s bad at all considering it’s no effort to just hand over my Boots Advantage when I buy something from there. Unless you spend a fortune in Boots through the year then you won’t get many free Christmas presents using your Boots Advantage card but you can definitely earn enough points for a couple of nice presents without any effort on your part.
3. Tesco Clubcard
I use my Tesco Clubcard every time I shop in Tesco and generally, I save my vouchers up to spend on meals out with Miss Frugal at the Chef and Brewer pub near where we live as we love going there for a treat every now and again. The points soon add up when you use your card for petrol as well as your shopping and if you redeem them for meals vouchers then you’ll get four times the value for most places so £7.50 in vouchers is enough for a main and a pud for the both of us! But, I did have a £5 voucher left over after I redeemed my last lot so I got an actual voucher to spend in store. I kept it in my purse because I remembered over the last few years they’ve done a buy one get two free offer on selection boxes and chocolate oranges so I was hoping that they’d do the same again this year – which they did.
This year I’m hoping to be able to do the same again and as well as the three ways above for getting free Christmas presents, I’m going to try and spend a little time each week doing some surveys to make some extra which I will put away just for Christmas. I’ve just shared a list of survey companies over in my Facebook group if you fancy having a go at this yourself.
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