5 Toys $5 or under at Amazon!


A few days ago, I shared 10 toys that were $10 or under at Amazon.

Guess what? Today at Amazon there are MANY toys priced $5 and under!

Pop On Pals Trash/Construction Set is now $4.99, 67% off of $14.99.

Melissa and Doug Artist’s Smock is $4.99, 50% off of $9.99.

LeapFrog LeapPad Educational Book: The Incredibles is $3.99; 73% off of $14.99.

Furreal Friends Furry Frenzies Zippy “Zip” McNutty is $4.99, 58% off of $11.99.

Melissa & Doug Vehicles Stamp Set is $4.99; 50% off of $9.99.

Check out all the toys $5 and underat Amazon today.

Don’t forget about Amazon Mom! If you are a caretaker of a child, you can sign up for free. Amazon Mom will give you three free months of Amazon Prime, which includes FREE 2-day shipping.

AND, don’t forget about Swagbucks! You can easily earn a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate per month by simply performing your everyday web searches. A $5 Amazon Gift Certificate would pay for ANY of the toys listed above! Learn more about Swagbucks today.


What in the world is Swagbucks? And, why should I care?

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It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about Swagbucks.

But I’ve gotten some of my friends and readers asking…so I thought I’d revisit this topic today for your reading pleasure.

What is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is a site that offers you rewards (AKA “swag”) in exchange for performing everyday web searches. As you might have guessed, you do need to sign up for a Swagbucks account to do this. Don’t worry; it’s free.

When you do your web searches through Swagbucks (as opposed to Google or Bing), you’ll randomly be awarded swag bucks. Rack up enough of these puppies, and you can redeem them for honest-to-goodness prizes. In my experience, it’s easy to receive at least one swag buck prize award per day for your searches.

There’s a catch, right?

No; there’s not. I’ve been using Swagbucks for close to two years now and can tell you I’ve personally earned and redeemed many Swagbucks.

So what kinds of things can I get?

Mostly gift cards, and some electronic items. There are also collectibles and sales from time to time.

But I’ll tell you what I personally use my Swagbucks for.

$5 Amazon Gift Cards.

These currently take 450 Swagbucks to get, and that takes the average person roughly a month to earn (more on that in a bit). The best part is you can stack Amazon Gift Cards! So when I earn one of these, I add it to my Amazon account so it’s ready to go. And because your Amazon credit never expires, you’re golden.

I also occasionally like to redeem my Swagbucks for $10 Starbucks Gift Cards. This takes a bit more Swagbucks, true, but it’s a nice splurge.

Other tips about Swagbucks?

Here are a few other things you should know before getting started…

1. Check out the Earn Tab on Swagbucks’ site! Learn about other ways for scoring Swagbucks including participating in polls and trading in old electronic equipment.
2. Fridays are Mega Swagbuck Fridays. The Swagbucks awarded on these days may be higher.
3. Conisder installing the toolbar. Sometimes there will be codes for FREE Swagbucks sent to toolbar users!

Ready to get started? Go ahead – give Swagbucks a try!

If you’ve been using Swagbucks for awhile now, what other advice would you have? Has it been worth it for you?


Are Swagbucks worth it? Check this out…


I’m sometimes asked what Swagbucks are, and if they are worth it. In my humble opinion? YES!

Here’s why: you earn Swagbucks by doing your everyday web searches. You can then redeem these “bucks” for prizes. In my experience, your best bet is to redeem 450 Swagbucks for a $5 Amazon gift certificate. You can stack these over time and build your Amazon credit. This is exactly what I’ve done!

I’d say I really started making an effort using Swagbucks over a year ago. Flash forward to this week, I decided I’d really like a new camera! Mine died, and I’ve been borrowing  a friend’s. I really wanted one for my New York trip next week too. After using my Amazon credit earned from Swagbucks? I paid ZERO out of pocket for the Kodak EasyShare Camera pictured above! I’ve also purchased books, magazine subscriptions, and Christmas gifts for free using Swagbucks. I’m also in the process of saving up my Amazon credit to remodel my master bedroom (believe it or not, I’m actually pretty close to doing just that!).

In my experience, it’d be reasonable to expect you’d earn enough credit for a $5 Amazon gift card per month if all you did was the web searches. There are additional ways you can earn “bucks” too, such as trading in old electronics. To get started, you can join Swagbucks now for free!


Black Friday Shoppers: eat your heart out!


Total spent for everything pictured above: $59. (And $5 of that was sales tax, people!)

How much did I save? Well, shoot…I already packed away the toys in my closet and I’m too lazy to go fish it all out again. I’m sure you understand. Suffice it to say everything was 75% (except the crayons which were a quarter each). So, that’s about $240+ worth of toys, baby!

Not bad, not bad. Would you believe I actually COMPLETED Christmas shopping for my daughter on this trip (as well as a couple neices and nephews)? It took less than an hour. And I’ll probably finish up my son’s gifts for $0.00 out of pocket thanks to the Amazon credit I’ve racked up using Swagbucks. SCORE! And SCORE!

So while others will wake at the crack of dawn the Day After Thanksgiving, I’ll be taking a Day After Thanksgiving Nap! HA! You just think of that as you line up outside your big-box retailer of choice at 3 am!


Step2 Pink Easel for 2 for $26 shipped!


If you want this, HURRY…I posted this deal before and the price jumped up I believe the same day!

This Step2 Easel for 2 in Pink was $69.99, but right now it’s $26.81 AND ships for free! (That’s 62% off!)

If you’ve been racking up Amazon credit through Swagbucks, this might be a great way to use some of it. (And if you’re not signed up for Swagbucks? Check it out! It’s a great EASY way to earn points you can redeem for prizes, including Amazon credit!)

Thanks, Thrifty NW Mom!


Swagbucks launches upgrades, you win more bucks!

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I'm a fan of Swagbucks, though I haven't mentioned it in awhile. What is Swagbucks exactly and how does it work? The basic premise is you sign up for a Swagbucks account (it's free) and then you use their search engine to perform your web-searches…just as you would use Google. (And you'll find the search results you get are similar to Google, as well.)

In exchange, you'll randomly be awarded Swag Bucks to your account. You can also earn Bucks by referring friends, participating in polls, trading in your used video games and equipment, and other contests. Then, you can redeem these for prizes.

My favorite prize? A $5 Amazon gift card. Once I have my Amazon gift card code, I add it to my account to have available. You can add multiple gift cards to your account. If you did your ordinary searches through Swagbucks, you should be able to earn about 10-20 Swagbucks per day*. If you carry this thinking through, you should be able to earn a $5 Amazon gift card each month. Start now, and you'll have a little money saved up in time for the holidays (and let me tell you, Amazon out-did any Bricks & Mortar competitor they had during Black Friday!). This is a very easy way to earn a little extra money. No surveys, no offers to complete, just the everyday web searches you already do.

*Please note that as of today, they changed things up. 1 Swagbucks is now 10.  

Why join Swagbucks now?
Today the folks at Swagbucks are launching Swagbucks 3.0 and they are celebrating with special giveaways and contests. They are also giving you new opportunities to earn Swagbucks. For instance, you can download their toolbar, and earn extra Swagbucks for viewing special offers. 

Need another reason to join?
When you sign up, use SWAGCODE4U and you'll start your account with 60 Swagbucks right off the bat! This code is case sensitive and is only good through March 4th at 6am. 

Already registered?
Download the new toolbar and make sure you're actually logged in to start earning your Bucks! Be sure to check out their new site for information on all their Swagbuck giveaways and contests.

Go here to get started! 


Swagbucks users: are you watching your toolbar?

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A couple days ago, I shared about how a new Swagbucks toolbar can help earn you even more Swagbucks.  So mine's installed and I just made an important discovery that I wanted to share with everyone in case they missed it!

On your toolbar, you'll find an icon with an envelope that reds "From TSG" (I'm guessing that means "from the Swagbucks Group").  If you find there is a message in there, OPEN IT.  I did so just now and found there was a Swagcode worth 2 bucks sitting there – and it was about to expire within the hour!

If you find a message with a code, go to your Swagbucks home page and enter it in the box provided.  Your total will update immediately. 

Want to know more about Swagbucks and what I'm talking about?  Read my post from a couple days ago on how to get started.


Ready to earn some serious Swagbucks?

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I love Swagbucks…it's a great way to earn prizes for doing something you probably do already anyway…do Web searches.  Maybe you've heard me talk about it, but haven't taken the time to get started.  Well, September is here and it's a great time to sign up! 
I was recently contacted by the good folks at Swagbucks and they've recently launched a new toolbar.  During the month of September, you'll receive one Swagbuck per day the toolbar is up on your computer…for a total of 30 Swagbucks if you download it today!  

And if you haven't signed up with Swagbucks yet, here's another incentive.  Coupon Project readers can earn 5 Swagbucks when they use the code aswagger at signup (case sensitive).

What does one do with Swagbucks?  You rack them up and then redeem them for prizes.  They have music, movies, memorabilia, gift cards…and now you can even redeem them for cash into your PayPal account!  

What do I do with my Swagbucks?  Right now, I've been redeeming them for credit at Amazon.com.  45 Swagbucks earns you $5 credit at Amazon.  Once I receive my e-certificate, I add it to my Amazon account.  I've been slowly building my Amazon account.  My goal is to be able to buy my bedroom furniture this way…nothing out of pocket.  I still have a ways to go, but it's sure an interesting goal to shoot for, don't you think?  Money Saving Mom has another interesting use for Swagbucks.  She uses them to buy diapers for her baby.  Also a smart idea!

How many Swagbucks can you earn?  I find by doing simple online searches, I can generally earn 1-2 bucks per day.  You can also earn Swagbucks by trading in your used cell phones and video games.  If you have a blog or website, you can also promote Swagbucks on your site.  Let's say you sign up today.  You'll earn 5 bucks off the bat.  Download the toolbar, and at the end of September, you'll have earned another 30 bucks.  Earn approximately 1 buck per day doing online searches.  At the end of the month, you'll have earned 65 bucks, more than enough to claim an Amazon card or many other prizes.

What else is going on in September?  Swagbucks has added lots of back-to-school items as prizes.  This would be a good way to help get your child the items they need while reducing your out-of-pocket expenses.  There is also going to be a version of Bingo going (called Swaggo).  When you redeem your Swagbucks for a prize, you'll receive a Swaggo chip.  Collect three in a row and you'll win 1,000 Swagbucks!  

Ready to get started?  Go here to sign up for Swagbucks and be sure to use the code aswagger for 5 Swagbucks.  And if you're already using Swagbucks, be sure to download the new toolbar for your chance to get 30 extra bucks this month!


Spend $50, save $10 on denim at Amazon.com!

Amazon.com is running a promotion that might be of interest to you back-to-school shoppers:

Spend $50 on Denim, and save $10 at checkout.  As a bonus, most of these items qualify you for free shipping.  I found several cute styles for Juniors that I think are already great buys before these discounts:

Unionbay Jean
Was $40, now only $12
Sizes 0 & 3 are only ones left!

ReRock Flare
Was $89, now $17.80

Dickie's Jean
Was $42, now $21

This promotion is also good for men's, women's, and boy's styles too.  Check out all the save on denim offers.

Finally, I know I harp on this all the time, but if you haven't signed up for Swagbucks, consider it.  To-date, I've earned $20 in Amazon.com credit just by doing my ordinary, everyday online searches.  (I am not sure what I'm saving up for yet – I think either Christmas gifts or bedroom furniture.)  When paired on a deal like this, you can make a sweet deal even sweeter!  (Read more about why I like Swagbucks over here.)


Restaurant.com $25 gift certificates only $2 each through 7/28!

Restaurant.com Weekly Promo Offer 300 x 250

I've yet to try Restaurant.com, but I've been hearing great things about it.  And now through the 28th, you can try it for cheap, cheap, cheap.

Here's how it works.  On their website, you enter your zip code.  Then, it will bring all the participating restaurants in your area.  You can then buy gift certificates good for the restaurants you select.  There are a couple requirements – for instance, on most $25 gift certificates, your total bill must be at least $35 or more (alcohol not included).  Knowing that, I'd like to think of these more as killer coupons and a great way to eat out at nice restaurants for cheap.  The certficates are emailed to you so you can use them right away.  And I believe they are valid for up to one year after you buy them. 

I entered my zip code and guess what?  I found many restaurants that my family either enjoys or would like to try in the near future. 

On to the good part – right now, the $25 gift certificates are 80% off!  Select the ones you'd like, and then go to checkout.  At the top of the screen is a place to enter a code and type in NAPKIN.  The 80% discount will be reflected before payment.  This offer is good through 7/28.

Here's how your potential savings could break out (hypothetically):

Buy 10 gift certs for $25: $20
Total bill at each restaurant $35 = $350
Discount with certs = $250
Your OOP (for certs and restaurants) = $120
% Saved = 66%!

That's like paying $12 per trip!  To check out which restaurants are available in your area and to give it a try, go here or click the image above.

(Incidentally, I recently earned a $25 Restaurant.com e-card through Swagbucks.  I tried to redeem it on this sale, but it was a no-go.  However, it's still be a great route to go to nab a couple gift certificates for free!) 


$25 Restaurant.com ecard: just 45 Swagbucks!

I was looking at my Swagbucks account today and a new prize caught my eye.  For just 45 Swagbucks, you can snag a $25 Restaurant.com ecard!  While I've yet to try this service myself, I have heard great things about it and plan on giving it a go soon.  Basically, you can buy restaurant gift cards at a huge discount – and there are lots of great places to choose from.  These gift cards do have special restrictions on them, but they still are an excellent way to save on eating out.

Restaurant ecard

I typed in my area code and found many local restaurants near me.  Many of them give me an option to purchase a $25 gift card for $10.  A lot of them do require a minimum purchase of $35 to redeem, but still a great savings! 

So here's why I'm posting this deal.  With a $25 Restaurant ecard, you'd easily be able to purchase (2) $25 gift cards and then (1) $10 gift card.  Let's say then you spend $35 at the 2 restaurants you had $25 for, and you spend $20 at the one you had $10 for.  Here's how your math would work:

Total spent at restaurants: $90
Total saved with cards: $60
Total spent out of pocket: $30!

If you already eat out, this is a wonderful way to defray some of that expense.  And redeeming just 45 Swagbucks to give it a try and save $60 seems like a HOT deal to me!  If you don't know about Swagbucks, read my post here.  I would guess if you got started today, you'd have enough points in about 3 weeks to claim this prize.  Not bad!