Monday, September 24, 2012

Money-Saving Monday #7


Here's the BEST money-saving tip I could possibly offer you.   How would you like to get a variety of your craft items COMPLETELY FREE?  Here's a few brand new items I've gotten over the past two years and none of it cost me a single penny...not even for shipping!  How?  Scroll down!

My first Cricut...a baby bug

Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge

Cricut Designer's Calendar Cartridge

Cricut Groovy Times Cartridge

Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge

Cricut Walk in My Garden Cartridge
Bic Mark-It 36 pack permanant markers

Pentel Waterbrush

Scotch ATG Tape refills (x 3) 

Black Smash* Book

Blue Smash* Book (x 2, I used one for part of a giveaway)

Smash* Like It Washi tape

Red Smash* Book

Smash Stickies

Square eyelets

Staedtler 24 pack Watercolor Pencils

Tiny Clothespins

Uchida Bistro Markers 4 pack

We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon Tool

Xyron Create A Sticker Value Pack

And this is just the CRAFT STUFF I've gotten for free!  It doesn't include Christmas presents for family and other assorted goodies, or the nice sum I've already saved up towards my next purchase!

So. have I got your attention?  Ha ha!  A few years ago, I joined Swagbucks.  Basically, Swagbucks is a program where you can earn (you guessed it) Swag "bucks."  You're randomly rewarded "bucks" for doing web searches using their Google Search Engine.  Although I don't normally do tons of searches, every time I go to ANY site, including Hotmail to check my email, or Facebook, or my own blog even, I type it into my Swagbucks tool bar.  You don't have to install their tool bar to join or search, but it makes it a lot more convenient for me.  You can also earn Swagbucks by taking daily polls, watching videos, and all sorts of other activities.

Now, here's where the free stuff comes in.  You can save up your "bucks" and redeem them for all sorts of various prizes.  I ALWAYS redeem mine for Amazon gift cards.  It takes 450 "bucks" to earn a $5 Amazon gift card.  (I can usually earn enough points without really trying, to exchange for 3 - 5 gift cards each month.)  Even though we're only talking $5 at a time, you would really be surprised at how quickly it adds up.  There are other increments of Amazon cards you can save up for, but having done the math, the $5-for-450-bucks is the best deal in the long run.

Once I've saved up enough Amazon cards to purchase what I want, I make sure to get items that qualify for free shipping.  Your Amazon purchase has to add up to at least $25 to get the free shipping, but I'm more than happy to do that.  After all, free is free!!

If you would like to check out Swagbucks, click HERE!  If you have any questions or would like more info, please don't hesitate to ask...this is a program that has given me so many free goodies, so I'm happy to help! Oh, and FYI...quite a few blog readers also participate in this program, and I know from one very sweet reader (hi Kristan!) that it works in Canada too.  My understanding is that it works world wide, although some different prizes may be offered in other parts of the world.

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

4 comments:

CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

Hi Amy!! Thanks for the shout out!! It works for me but not quite 3-5 $5 every month maybe 1!!! I still don't know how you do it?!?! I only have enough for 8 of the $5 and I have been doing it since the beginning of the year!! Do the surveys really give you points??
Kristan

Juliana said...

This sounds interesting! TFS!!!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness so excited to try this!!!

Thanks!

The Archiving Angel said...

This is awesome!
Love all your freebies so far.
You really racked up.
Congrats!
Hugs,
Sonia