Hobbies Couponing Tips and Tricks on How to Earn SwagBucks and Swag Codes Earn Free Gift Cards to Top Retail Stores, Restaurants and PayPal Share PINTEREST Email Print Tetra Images/ Getty Images Couponing Local Coupons Coupons Outlets Restaurant Loyalty Programs Clearance Sales By Donna L. Montaldo Massey Junior College (Fashion Institute of America) Donna Montaldo wrote for About.com (now Dotdash) for almost 17 years, covering couponing, discount shopping, and other ways to save money. our editorial process Donna L. Montaldo Updated October 20, 2018 Swagbucks is a free online reward and cash back program. Registered members can earn rewards by searching the web, answering polls, watching videos, playing games, and shopping. Members accumulate points called Swagbucks (SBs) that can be redeemed for free gift cards from restaurants and major retail stores like Amazon.com, Walmart, Target Stores and PayPal. To become a registered member go to swagbucks.com and sign up by using your email address and a password or by signing up with Facebook. Becoming a member is super simple and free. As soon as you sign up, you can begin earning points. Searching the Web Do you do a lot of searches online? Why not take a chance to earn money while you do it? There are three ways you can start earning Swagbucks when you are searching online. Use the Swagbucks search engine Use the search bar on Swagbuck.com. Make Swagbucks your default search engines. Instructions for Firefox, Chrome, and IE. Then start searching the web like you normally do. Not all searches earn Swagbucks, but if yours is a winning search, you will see a large Swagbucks symbol immediately above your search results. Swagbucks can be won in points 1 - 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100. Other Ways to Earn Swagbucks A popular way to instantly win Swagbucks is by spotting and entering Swag Codes. What is a Swag Code? A Swag Code is a promotional code made up of a series of letters or numbers which, when redeemed in time, will earn you an extra Swagbuck or two. You can find Swag Codes anywhere on the Swagbucks network, including pages on Swagbuck.com, the Swagbucks newsletter, the Swagbucks blog, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Flikr.Swag Codes can come and go quickly. They are available for a limited time, sometimes limited to a preset amount of redemptions, so when you see one, act fast. What Does a Swag Code Look Like? Swag Codes can be a random set of letters or an easily understood message spelled with letters, but no spaces. An example (these are not valid codes) might be, "GrabThisSwagCode" or "HaveaGreatSwagDay."Other Swag Codes are not as obvious until you become a Swagbucks regular. For example, you might see something like - Swag Guy loves drinking "ZeroCokeonIce" when he wakes up. The code could be ZeroCokeonIce, but you won't know for sure until you try it. Swag Codes are always in quotes, and there is never a space between the letters. Think You Found a Code? Now What? Assuming you are signed up to earn Swag Bucks, the next thing you would want to do (and do quickly) is go to your "My Account" page at Swagbucks.com to enter the code. The "My Account" button is located in the top-right corner of the Swag Buck homepage. You will then see the box where you can enter the Swag Code. Carefully type the letters (they are generally case sensitive) as you see them and click the Gimme! button. If it is a legitimate Swag Code entered in time, you will see your rewards. When the Swag Code is Expired? As hard as you tried to enter the code in time, it might still come up as expired. However, if you do get the expired message, at least you know that your hunch that what you saw was a Swag Code was correct which means your developing a good eye for spotting Swag Codes. Just keep trying to spot them! When the Swag Code is Invalid? If you receive an invalid message after entering your code, double check yourself and make sure you entered it as it was displayed. If the message says to refine the Swag Code, chances are you did not enter it correctly. Maybe it was in all CAPS? Maybe some leTTeRs were CaPs and some not? Did you include a s_pace? Once you are sure you did it correctly and it still shows as invalid, just try again next time and stick to official Sway Buck pages for future codes. Is the Code Already Used? Did you forget that you had already earned bucks from a code you entered? If you get the message that the code was used, chances are that is the case. Swag Codes can only be redeemed one time. Bottom-Line People who are searching for ways to get free merchandise seem very excited about the SwagBucks program. It's simple, and it works.