swagbucks http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11659/all en-US Effortless Ways to Make Money Online That Don't Require Skills http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_cash_000015350297.jpg" alt="Woman holding cash she made online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Online job opportunities are increasingly available, as well as online marketplaces for those with crafty skills to sell unique wares. But what if you're not looking for something that requires a serious time commitment? If you want to make a few bucks for spending a few minutes of downtime while waiting through commercials or during a boring conference call, here's a great list for you. Even better, some places will give you cash back for shopping at places you already shop at anyway. You'd just be leaving money on the table if you don't sign up!&nbsp;</p> <h2>InboxDollars</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289">InboxDollars</a>&nbsp;is another program that lets you make money doing a variety of things online.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Complete free offers</strong>&nbsp;and earn up to $20 by trying out or signing up for various products and services. For example, earn credits for searching with Bing! or sign up for different rewards programs. <a href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289">Earn $5 just for signing up</a>!</li> <li><strong>Take surveys. </strong>Even if you are disqualified from a survey, you get a spin on Billy's Spin and Win which lets you earn survey tokens and sweepstakes entries.</li> <li><strong>Play your favorite games</strong> at no cost or get 10% back when you purchase token packs and boosters.</li> <li><strong>Use the InboxDollars search engine </strong>and earn cash.</li> <li><strong>Watch videos</strong> or complete required activities.</li> <li><strong>Shop online</strong> through their partners and earn cash back on everyday purchases.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289"><strong>Sign up for InboxDollars today and get $5!</strong></a></p> <h2>Swagbucks</h2> <p>There are many ways to earn with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10967374-1438279993000?sid=rleib-1079289">Swagbucks</a>.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Shop popular retailers</strong> through their portal and earn points called SB. For example, you can get 4 SB per dollar at Amazon or 8 SB at Travelocity. Even better, they often have special discounts, like 15% off any order at JCPenny <em>plus</em> get 4 SB per Dollar. <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10967374-1438279993000?sid=rleib-1079289">Earn $5 just for signing up</a>!</li> <li><strong>Take surveys</strong> to earn SB. You can earn 60 SB every day just by completing the daily surveys. Highly targeted Gold Surveys allow you to earn even more SB.</li> <li><strong>Search using the Swagbucks search engine</strong>. Just use their search engine to do your usual internet searches and earn SB!</li> <li><strong>Watch videos</strong> and earn up to 150 SB per day. 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Use Bing on your desktop, tablet, or mobile devices (you even earn credits just by downloading the app). Credits can be redeemed for airline miles, meal discounts, or gift cards from popular retailers like Starbucks and Amazon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://bing-rewards.evyy.net/c/27771/89275/2168?subId1=1079289"><strong>Sign up for Bing Rewards today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Upromise</h2> <p>If you like shopping and have kids who are college bound, Sallie Mae's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12085508-1428333569000?sid=fb&amp;cm_mmc=CJ-_-2276508-_-2822544-_-Everyday%20Spending%20-%20Learn%20More">Upromise</a> service is a great way to save for your child's academic future.&nbsp;Upromise creates a college savings service that harnesses the purchasing power of parents, extended family, family, and students to earn rewards. These rewards go into an account that helps combat student loan debt. A brilliant idea, especially knowing how expensive college can be.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Earn 5%-10% cash back with over 850 online shopping partners, including Sears, Groupon, Staples, and Macy's.</li> <li>Earn 2-8% cash back at over 10,000 participating restaurants.</li> <li>Earn 5% cash back when booking travel with their travel partners.</li> <li>Earn cash back by redeeming Upromise ecoupons.</li> <li>Earn cash back by signing up for offers from local businesses and services.</li> <li>Get a boost in cash back rewards by signing up for the Upromise MasterCard (extra 5% on online shopping, restaurants, and online travel, 2% on department stores and movie theaters, and 1% on all other purchases).</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12085508-1428333569000?sid=fb&amp;cm_mmc=CJ-_-2276508-_-2822544-_-Everyday%20Spending%20-%20Learn%20More"><strong>Sign up for Upromise today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Cash Back Shopping</h2> <p>These sites offer cash back for shopping at their partners.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=vIhagUaAxdMIsu435wELZg%3D%3D&amp;eeid=26471"><strong>Ebates</strong></a>: &nbsp;Features a &quot;Daily Double&quot; store that offers double cash back. For example, you can get 16% cash back for a Daily Double store, plus any available discounts or coupons they have available. Earn cash back even easier with the Ebates Cash Back Button, which will alert you if you're browsing a participating site. <a href="http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=vIhagUaAxdMIsu435wELZg%3D%3D&amp;eeid=26471" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; background-color: transparent;">Sign up for Ebates today</a>!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-12105289-1426149300000">TopCashBack</a></strong>: Passes 100% of the commission it makes to members, earning them the title of &quot;most generous cash back site.&quot; <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-12105289-1426149300000">Sign up for TopCashBack today!</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/?referral=kaaff"><strong>FatWallet</strong></a>: Current deals include&nbsp;up to 4% back for shopping at ebay, 6% at Groupon, or up to 27.5% at Angie's List! <a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/?referral=kaaff">Sign up for FatWallet today</a>!</li> <li><a href="http://www.rebatecodes.com/?ref=106"><strong>Rebate Codes</strong></a>: Rebate Codes offers cash back at over 900 stores (for example, 3% at Amazon and 3.5% at Overstock) as well as over 50,000 coupons. <a href="http://www.rebatecodes.com/?ref=106">Sign up today and get $5 for joining!</a></li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=569561&amp;U=255320&amp;M=51865&amp;urllink=">Dollar Dig</a></strong>:&nbsp;A newcomer in the cashback world, Dollar Dig offers cash rebates at over 2,600 stores. You can earn up to 60% cashback, as well as straight dollar amounts for signing up for offers. <a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=569561&amp;U=255320&amp;M=51865&amp;urllink=">Sign up for Dollar Dig today</a>!</li> <li><a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv"><strong>Ibotta</strong></a>:&nbsp;Earn cash back for everyday purchases like groceries, household items, and more. <a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv">Sign up for Ibotta today</a>!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Cash Back Credit Cards</h2> <p>If you aren't getting rewards for your credit card spending, it's time to join and start cashing in. There are some really <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">great cash back credit cards</a> available right now. For example:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-double-cash-rewards-card-pays-you-to-pay-off-your-debt?ref=1079289">Citi Double Cash Card</a> offers 1% cash back when you make the purchase and 1% when you pay.</li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cashing-in-at-the-supermarket-blue-cash-preferred-card-from-american-express-review?ref=1079289">Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express</a> offers 6% cash back at supermarkets, 3% at gas stations and department stores, and 1% on all other purchases. (There's also a <strong>$150 cash back bonus</strong> sign up offer!)</li> <li>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-discover-it-card-attractive-cash-back-awards-for-shoppers?ref=1079289">Discover it card</a> and the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-freedom-visa-review-200-cash-back-bonus?ref=1079289">Chase Freedom card</a> both offer 5% cash back on rotating quarterly categories.</li> </ul> <h2>Micro Sites</h2> <p>A few other places to earn some quick money doing small tasks include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Survey Money Machines:&nbsp;Large companies need lots of feedback on their vast array of products in order to continuously improve their offerings to consumers. You can be a part of the dialogue and make some good money on the side.&nbsp;Sites like <a href="http://www.surveymoneymachines.com/">Survey Money Machines</a> will pay you to take a multitude of surveys. They don't pay much individually, but do a bunch, and it can really add up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resources/paid-surveys?ref=seealso">How to Get Paid to Take Online Surveys</a>)&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome">Amazon Mechanical Turk</a>: Pick a HIT (Human Intelligence Task) and start earning money. Select from over 200,000 tasks and work whenever it's convenient for you. These tasks could be data entry, answering a few short questions, or looking up an answer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites?ref=seealso">4 Best Micro-Job Sites</a>)&nbsp;</li> <li>TaskRabbit: People post requests for small tasks and quick errands. If you have some time to kill, you might as well make some money and help someone else out at the same time.&nbsp;(See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-make-money-today">20+ Ways to Make Money Today</a>)</li> </ul> <p><em>Do you earn extra income online? How?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resources/paid-surveys">How to Get Paid to Take Online Surveys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-really-make-money-taking-surveys">Can I Really Make Money Taking Surveys?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-worst-ways-to-make-extra-money">The 10 Worst Ways to Make Extra Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-home-based-side-business-ideas">10 Great Home-Based Side-Business Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income cash back shopping inboxdollars make money online online surveys side income swagbucks Mon, 18 May 2015 02:27:02 +0000 Rebecca Leib 1079289 at http://www.wisebread.com Christmas Shopping With Fake Money: Time to Get Started http://www.wisebread.com/christmas-shopping-with-fake-money-time-to-get-started <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/christmas-shopping-with-fake-money-time-to-get-started" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/freewrapping.jpg" alt="free wrapping paper" title="Last year I even got my wrapping paper for free." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last year, I wrote about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-went-christmas-shopping-with-fake-money">Christmas shopping for my husband using &quot;fake money&quot;</a> and it generated some excitement among readers who wanted to try it themselves for Christmas 2010. This post is laying down the gauntlet: If you want to shop with fake money for this holiday season, it's time to get moving!</p> <p>The &quot;fake money&quot; I used last year came from <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10967374-1438279993000?sid=ckirby-233584">Swagbucks</a>, an Amazon promotional credit, my <a href="http://www.paypal.com">PayPal</a> balance, store credits, coupons, and free offers. This year, I have a bigger goal: Do <em>all</em> my holiday shopping with fake money.</p> <p>Why do I feel that I can do this? Well, I have a lot more fake money this year. A little thing called <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10817658">Groupon</a> gained steam since last holiday season, and I have earned many, many Groupon Bucks by promoting the excellent daily deals here and on my other blog. And I have a lot more points called SB from <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10967374-1438279993000?sid=ckirby-233584">Swagbucks</a> than I had last year too, thanks to readers who have signed up through me. (Seriously. <em>Thanks, readers</em>.)</p> <p>Here's what I am doing now, before the first green leaf has changed color, to prepare for Dec. 25:</p> <ol> <li>Sign up for free <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fprime&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">Amazon Prime</a>, which will allow me to ship my fake-money purchases for free. Right now you can get a year of free Prime through <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FOff-to-College-Supplies%2Fb%3Fie%3DUTF8%26node%3D668781011%26ref_%3Dnav_swm_primecoll1&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">Amazon Student</a> (if you have a .edu email address), or three months if you sign up for <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2010/09/join-amazon-mom-for-free-prime-and-30-off-diapers-and-wipes.html">Amazon Mom</a>. That would end before Christmas, but you can extend it by a month every time you spend $25 on certain products.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Build up my <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10967374-1438279993000?sid=ckirby-233584">SB</a>. SB earned for your own searches build up gradually over time, but you can really rack them up if you <a href="http://www.swagbucks.com/?cmd=sb-plugins">install the toolbar</a> and watch for new Swag Codes to be released, then use those to encourage your friends or contacts on Facebook and Twitter to sign up through you.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Trade in <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10967374-1438279993000?sid=ckirby-233584">SB</a> for gift cards &mdash; and not spending them. Since there are limits on how many gift cards you can redeem during each two-week period and on each day, it's a good idea to start trading in SB for gift cards now in order to shop later.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Watch <a href="http://www.groupon.com/r/uu1426341">Groupon</a> with an eye for gifts. Groupon will give you $10 for every new member who signs up through you and makes one purchase &mdash; and some deals go for as little as $5. Once you have some credits, keep an eye out for items that will make great gifts. Don't tell the people on my list, but a lot of them will be getting cashews and such from The Nutty Guys this year, since it's been featured several times on various cities' Groupon deals. (There are lots of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-50-or-more-on-local-stuff-with-groupon-and-others">other daily deal sites too</a>, many of which also <a href="http://www.youswoop.com/ainvite/carrie.purins">pay affiliate fees</a> or <a href="https://livingsocial.com/redeem_invite/5455492-carrie?ref=lnk">credits</a>.)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Accumulating freebies that might go in gift baskets. Even though I'm busier than ever, I still stop into CVS and Walgreens to grab freebies using &quot;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/trying-out-cvs-madness">the drugstore game</a>,&quot; and some of the items I get are quite valued by those I love. My Grandma is notoriously hard to buy for &mdash; but her eyes lit up last Christmas when she got my basket of ThermaCare wraps and Metamucil.</li> </ol> <p>So, who's with me? I'd love to hear your ideas on how to Christmas shop for free this year.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: I used my referral links to the various stores and reward programs I used, so if you would like to sign up for any of them through this post, I&nbsp;will receive a small payment or credit.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christmas-shopping-with-fake-money-time-to-get-started">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-went-christmas-shopping-with-fake-money">I Went Christmas Shopping With Fake Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-common-holiday-budget-pitfalls">Avoid These 5 Common Holiday Budget Pitfalls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-genius-gifts-for-office-secret-santa">15 Genius Gifts for Office Secret Santa</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">25 Thoughtful and Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping christmas shopping frugal gifts groupon Holidays swagbucks Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:00:07 +0000 Carrie Kirby 233584 at http://www.wisebread.com I Went Christmas Shopping With Fake Money http://www.wisebread.com/i-went-christmas-shopping-with-fake-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/i-went-christmas-shopping-with-fake-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/presentsjimmiehomeschoolmom.jpg" alt="presents under tree" title="I Got All My Husband&#039;s Gifts and Only Spent $3 Real Money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Of all the post-holiday letdowns, the one I&nbsp;hate the most isn't the scale or the January weather or the household clutter:&nbsp;It's getting that credit card bill and finding out what my Christmas gifts from my spouse cost us.</p> <p>In the spirit of avoiding that particular letdown, my husband and I&nbsp;made a new pledge this year:&nbsp;No use of the marital credit card to buy each other's presents. Instead, we would try to&nbsp;come&nbsp;up with gifts&nbsp;for one another completely off the books, using &quot;fake money&quot; like rewards points, rebates, store credits, pocket change, PayPal balances&nbsp;and coupons. Or we could make gifts for one another, but with three little kids running around, neither one of us has much time to be crafty.</p> <p>I was about 97% successful in shopping for my husband with fake money. He was somewhat successful in shopping for me that way, and he's still working on it &mdash; he bought himself an extension by transferring some money from our savings account to his PayPal account, and is hoping to pay it back if and when some of his items listed on Ebay sell.</p> <p>I got my husband a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB001REZLY8%2F&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">video game</a> worth about $60, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FTom-Waits%2Fe%2FB000APAB9U%3F_encoding%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1262202726%26sr%3D1-1&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">CD worth $8</a>, some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FHighland-9420200-Bungee-Assortment-Piece%2Fdp%2FB002Q46EI0%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dhi%26qid%3D1262202775%26sr%3D8-2&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">bungee cords</a> worth $8, and a cool <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FEye-Fi-Share-Wireless-Memory-EYE-FI-4SV%2Fdp%2FB001U0O5QE%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Delectronics%26qid%3D1262202870%26sr%3D8-6&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">wireless photo card</a> worth about $60. Also, I&nbsp;filled his stocking with candy and nuts. And hey, I just remembered that I FORGOT to give him a $22 bag of <a href="http://www.coffeebeanery.com/products/Hawaiian_Kona_Coffee-9-5.html">Kona coffee</a> I hid away in the freezer (bought on <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2009/12/happy-free-shipping-day.html">Free Shipping Day</a> and with a rebate). Not an extravagant haul (I was much more spoiled, since besides a few modest gifts I received a long coveted <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FKindle-Wireless-Reading-Display-Generation%2Fdp%2FB0015T963C%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Delectronics%26qid%3D1262203115%26sr%3D1-1&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">Kindle e-book reader</a>.), but not exactly lump of coal territory either.</p> <p>Here is how I bought that stuff while only using about $3 of &quot;real money&quot;:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10967374-1438279993000?sid=ckirby-4368">Swagbucks</a>. Late last year, I&nbsp;signed up for this program, which pays you to let Web search data aggregators eavesdrop on your Google searches. After about 14 months, I had accumulated around 700 points called SB, which I traded in for Amazon gift cards. I also transferred a little money to PayPal. I ended up getting $65 in Amazon gift cards, which paid for the video game, part of the CD, and I&nbsp;think something else I got for someone else. (The remaining $3 of the CD, which was marked down to $5 in an Amazon Lightning Deal, was the only money I spent on our credit card.)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Amazon Promotional Credit: I took advantage of one of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-10-on-amazon-or-why-to-read-fine-print">Amazon's free magazine offers</a>, where you can send in a form to request a credit for the value of the subscription instead. This put a $10 credit on my account, which allowed me to buy a pack of bungee cords marked down to $7.99 on another Amazon Lightning Deal.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.paypal.com">PayPal</a>: While my husband and I agreed that we would not use payment from our regular jobs, we each had received payments for random small transactions through PayPal. For instance, the pittance that I earn through Google Ads for my <a href="http://www.myfunnyfunnyfamily.com/">personal blog</a> goes into PayPal, as do the payments and reimbursements I get for occasional <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">mystery shopping jobs</a>. Any Ebay sales we make also go into PayPal. (Confession: There was some money laundering going on here. I paid for several mystery shopping transactions and postage on an Ebay sale with our credit cards, but was reimbursed via PayPal.) I&nbsp;used PayPal to get the photo card and the coffee&nbsp;for my husband.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Store Credits: I used <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealista-tip-getting-free-stuff-at-walgreens">Register Rewards</a> to buy a can of peanuts and some chocolates, I&nbsp;used <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/trying-out-cvs-madness">CVS Extra Bucks</a> to get him a huge Reece's Peanut Butter cup, and I&nbsp;used a $5 <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/advanced-grocery-deals-catalinas">Catalina coupon</a> at Jewel-Osco along with a coupon to get him some pistachios.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Coupons:&nbsp;I used &nbsp;$10 <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2009/12/sunday-paper-ads-and-coupons-free-fannie-may-chocolate.html">Fannie May coupon</a> from the Sunday paper to get him half a pound of fancy chocolates (and paid the $1.50 remaining after the coupon with pocket change), combined manufacturer's coupons with&nbsp;a Walgreen's store coupon to&nbsp;get some free Toblerone&nbsp;bars, and used &quot;buy one, get one free&quot;&nbsp;Reece's coupons with a &quot;buy one, get one free&quot; sale to get some of those for free. I&nbsp;also gave my husband another $10 Fannie May coupon to spend on me, and while I was typing this I&nbsp;ate some of the half pound of chocolate-covered caramels it bought. Thanks, Epu, and thanks Fannie May, because these things are friggin' delicious!</li> </ul> <p>I&nbsp;also used fake money to get gifts for some other people on our list; there were plentiful free photo items available through Shutterfly, Kodak Gallery and others, as well as various $10 off a purchase of $10 or more at stores. And, I&nbsp;got all our wrapping supplies for free:&nbsp;wrapping paper and tape from the Hallmark store using the generous $5 off $5 or more coupons they put out (now expired), and tissue paper and gift tags from CVS during a free-after-Extra-Bucks offer.</p> <p>Meanwhile, my husband got me several books from his office book exchange without spending any cash. As for the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FKindle-Wireless-Reading-Display-Generation%2Fdp%2FB0015T963C%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Delectronics%26qid%3D1262203115%26sr%3D1-1&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">Kindle</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ; margin: 0px;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" /> and other goodies he got me, he did use&nbsp;cash and the cash transferred to his PayPal, but is planning to replace it. I have to cut him some slack since, as a&nbsp;frugal blogger,&nbsp;I&nbsp;hunt down bargains and freebies as my job, while he is stuck in an office most of the day and many evenings to boot.</p> <p>I feel that this experiment in fake money shopping was successful, so we're going to go for it again next year, this time with a whole year to plan. Actually, we might try to get one another's birthday gifts with &quot;fake money&quot;&nbsp;as well. I'd love to get to the point where I&nbsp;could fund&nbsp;ALL my Christmas shopping with fake money; I'm not counting on it, but who knows?&nbsp;Here are some unturned stones that we could still try:</p> <ul> <li>Resale income: I&nbsp;actually brought a bunch of maternity and children's clothing over to our local consignment shop in order to generate cash for my husband's gifts, but I&nbsp;have not yet collected the proceeds. Assuming I&nbsp;make a little cash there, I'll set it aside for future gifts. Also, I&nbsp;haven't gotten around to putting various household stuff up for sale.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Referral program earnings. I recently started referring friends to <a href="http://www.alice.com/referral/2C73980C">Alice.com</a>, the Web site where you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alicecom-how-to-save-on-toilet-paper-and-diapers-without-working-hard">buy toilet paper and stuff for regular prices and have it delivered free</a>. I&nbsp;haven't earned a ton from this -- $21 in the first month -- but over the course of the year this could certainly add up to another video game. Another referral program that I&nbsp;haven't tried but want to is children's clothing seller <a href="http://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/Default.aspx">Boden</a>, which <a href="http://www.moneysavingmom.com/money_saving_mom/2009/10/boden-up-to-240-in-free-purchase-credit-per-year.html">pays you $5 in store credit for every friend's address you hand over</a>. Just click the &quot;Recommend to a Friend&quot;&nbsp;link on the upper right of the <a href="http://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/Default.aspx">Boden home page</a> to get in on this program, and of course don't be spamming people!</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Rebates: I have been shopping through <a href="http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=0nagGDaQ5IgnjyGjjRvSnw%3D%3D">Ebates</a>, <a href="http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=366079">Mr. Rebates</a> and <a href="http://discounts.shopathome.com/?IAFCG=mruAUE4Nqews+MKj2dVWVg==">Shop at Home</a> whenever I buy online, so I'm starting to have small balances accrue in those accounts. Most of them pay a check when you hit $20 or so.</li> </ul> <p>All these little rebates and such don't seem much when they trickle in. That's why I&nbsp;like the idea of saving them all for one purpose -- they certainly seem worth the effort when I&nbsp;put them together and am able to make my husband happy without spending any of our hard-earned paychecks.</p> <p>If any readers out there used creative means to gift their spouses this year, be it crafts, money laundering or the ever-appreciated &quot;backrub coupon,&quot;&nbsp;I'd love to hear about it in the comments.</p> <p>Disclosure: I used my referral links to the various stores and reward programs I&nbsp;used, so if you would like to sign up for any of them through this post, I&nbsp;will receive a small payment or credit. And then I'll have more virtual pocket change to apply to the hubby's gifts next year, so I&nbsp;should really have him write you all some thank-you notes!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-went-christmas-shopping-with-fake-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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