Discover 5 New Ways to earn Swagbucks and turn them into money

August 2017 was the first full month I’ve hit the daily target every single day thanks to joining a swagbucks/surveys group recommended by a friend. I honestly thought no one made money from them unless the odd good offer popped up or had better luck at qualifying for surveys then I had. I was wrong I have made £45 from 27th July till 28th August, before this I had only made £15 which was mostly because of the Heart Bingo offer I used.

What is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is a website where you can earn points (swagbucks, SB for short) for playing games, watching videos, taking surveys, shopping and completing daily tasks. You can then spend these points on giftcards or cash into paypal. Currently a £5 amazon giftcard costs 700 swagbucks or £5 into your paypal account costs 800 swagbucks.

5 Top ways to earn Swagbucks

Video apps – On android there are 7 apps (5 if your on Iphone) that you can watch videos on and earn 10 SB on twice a day sometimes more if you get a bonus. Each day the apps refresh at 2am and 8am, so if you are up before 8am you can play the apps for a second time.

I selected the shorter videos and added these to my favourites by pressing and holding on the videos and selecting the heart. Each day I can then play my favourites list and it earns me points while I’m busy doing other jobs. Some of the apps have a list of short clips and others have 10 second tip videos in the Home and Garden section.

On the Swagbucks app (at the bottom of the pic) I haven’t found short videos so I do this one by skipping every 4-5 seconds so each video counts until I hit the limit, usually I’m watching tv or doing something else at the same time. I didn’t know any about earning from apps if it wasn’t for Nikki’s blogpost.Screenshot_20170902-204116

Swagbuck games – You can earn 10 SB per day on the games. The 3 games are Swag Memory, Swag Jump and Swagasaurus Run. Playing the games twice usually gets you 2 SB. Going back to the home page and clicking on the games again helps to get swagbucks every 2 games. I use Swag Jump and Swagasaurus Run the most as they can be played quickly, and I regularly switch game especially if I’m struggling to get SB.

Swagbucks search – Use the swagbucks search engine to do any normal search you would do on google or another search engine. You can search randomly until you get free swagbucks but I find that searching normally is easier. Don’t forget to input the code and claim your SB in time.Swagbucks search win

To-do list and daily goal – The To-do list can be completed each day for extra SB. Each task gives you 1 SB, complete 6 of the 8 for 1-4 bonus SB or all 8 tasks for an even bigger bonus. Deal of the day can be completed by clicking on a few deals each day. I find discover and completing a gold survey are the hardest on the to-do list so I don’t always do these.

Your daily goal changes each day and has 2 goals to aim for. I aim for my first one each day and if I have the time I will try to hit my second one as this one can go quite a bit higher then today’s. As you can see my goal today is 85 SB and if I hit this I will get an extra 9 SB on my bonus that I will claim at the beginning of next month. For hitting the first target each day you get a streak and more bonus points at the start of the next month, my total was 571 SB for my August bonus. The amount you can get is 25 SB for 7 days, 100 SB for 14 days, 200 SB for 21 days and 300 SB for everyday of the month.
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nCrave and sponsored videos – You can run nCrave and sponsored on your PC or laptop. The offers vary but they are quick and easy to do while doing something else. The sponsored videos also help tick off your discover on your to-do list and are usually just a 30 second video however they aren’t always available but worth doing when you see them. nCrave you can play this at least once sometimes more and mostly play by themselves, the odd one you need to click to go to the next article.nCrave screenshot

Summary

I think I have found a new addiction and can’t wait to beat this months target. Its a great site if you know how to use it, I know you can all also start earning swagbucks and saving money for christmas, holidays, birthdays or just to treat yourself. Also if you use my referral link HERE you get another 300 SB for earning just 300 SB in your first calendar month.

Even if you just run the apps each day on Android you would get 2,100 SB enough for £10 and 500 SB left for your next payout (1,500 SB on Iphone 100 SB away from £10 paypal but easily made up with the games). Do be careful if you don’t have unlimited data with your internet provider. Let me know how you get on 🙂 Ellie xx

PS. Keep your eyes out for Instant surveys they pop up and go very quickly but are usually only a few questions. Swago board and Collector’s Bills promotions run quite often and are worth having a go (Swago board is a bingo type game with certain tasks to complete and Collector’s Bills are picked up at random during searches).

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Taking on the dreaded laundry #EcoverLaundry

I have never loved laundry, I can’t pretend that I sort my lights and darks like my mum would have. I just open the washer throw my washing in and my chosen washing detergent.

I cross my fingers and hope for the best that the clothes will come out clean and smell lovely and fresh.

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With a toddler who is always on the go, manages to get covered in food or mud at every opportunity. I need washing detergent that does the job quickly and on the same 40 degrees setting I put everything on.

Normally I stick to the same wash powder or tablets as I have always had sensitive skin and find a lot of cheaper detergents don’t have the nice fresh laundry smell that I absolutely love. There’s nothing like the smell of clean clothes or fresh bedding. I love my bed when I’m allowed to sleep!

This post was meant to be done ages ago but seen as Harry has had a virus and been coughing so much and being sick I had to put it off a bit. I was invited to join the #EcoverLaundry Britmums Challenge. They kindly sent some free Ecover wash detergent.

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The Verdict

I have to say I was really impressed! I normally don’t like the smell of non-bio laundry detergent but this smells absolutely lovely. I also loved the bag which is now full of socks that I never get around to sorting.

The clothes Harry was sick on came out so fresh and clean, even his little dinosaur had to be washed.

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The power of the mind

I never thought that changing the way you think could change so much but it really does. The more I look into the world of psychology the more I’m fascinated by the power of thinking and reprogramming your brain to think positively and think I can do this. Consciously dismissing any negative thoughts that occasionally like to creep up on me, believing I can get my burning desires as I wouldn’t have even thought about them if it wasn’t possible.

I’m currently reading 2 books that are inspiring me on a daily basis, I spoke about ‘7 days to change your life by Paul McKanna’ in my last blog post. I’m also reading ‘Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill’ which is amazing. I can’t get enough and feel like I’ve changed so much already, I am so much more confident in my own abilities than I ever have in the past and you know what not much has changed on the outside, its all thanks to the power of my mind.

These past few weeks I have done so much more than in the last few months. I went to my Nanna’s 80th birthday my first night out since I had Harry and we all had an amazing time. It was so great for our family to meet up for a happy event and really funny seeing my Nanna giggling over Pawnstar cocktails, thanks to Beks (my sister) for starting the cocktails 😉 I was driving so I couldn’t join in but I had such a laugh surrounded by drunk people!

We also went to the beach, which I had been putting off worrying about it being crowded. I knew the kids would be back at school and so I invited my friend Rosie to take the kids to Hornsea. It was such a nice day Harry and Penny loved the beach. Harry decided to have an accidental dip and ended up soaked from head to toe, it wasn’t the warmest day so he looked adorable in Penny’s flowery raincoat. We got sausage and chips for dinner, and couldn’t resist getting some donuts. Both the kids went for a nap in their pushchairs! Every parent’s aim enough time to sit and relax for a few minutes. It was such a lovely day 🙂

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Don’t Think, Just Do!

I’m not saying don’t think all the time but I have come to the conclusion that I think about stuff far too much. I want to do this, maybe I should do this, I won’t be good enough, round and round they go. 

When you actually step back and think about it, Who said I can’t fulfil my dreams? Usually people who aren’t worth thinking about!

I am in the process of reprograming my brain. Sounds crazy I know but I borrowed a book from my friend ‘7 days to change your life by Paul McKenna’. I was finally willing to give it all I have, a few years ago I don’t think I would have read it and then the thoughts would win. Those negative thoughts that say oh don’t be stupid how can that book change your life.

I started reading and it really makes sense. So I am going to fulfil my dreams. I will write, paint, cook and create to my hearts content!

Our day at The Deep

I’ve been wanting to take Harry to the deep in Hull for a long time but either didn’t have the money or the time. So when a friend suggested going I jumped at the chance to get him out of the house. I didn’t worry about the cost thanks to surveys and other money making schemes I’ve been slowly putting in place.

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I saved £1.25 just by booking online instead of paying when I got there, I did it on the day too so I didn’t even have to book days or months before to save that money. It is worth making that extra little bit of effort after all £1.25 each soon adds up for a family. It was £11.25 for an adult ticket online and £12.50 in store. Under 3’s are free so I didn’t have to pay for Harry.

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The BEST thing about The Deep is that you pay the once then can go as many times as you like within a year, excluding bank holidays. We plan on going again when the kids go back to school. Hopefully it won’t be as busy and more freedom for Harry to run around.

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We found Marilyn! (Nemo’s Dad from Finding Nemo)

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And we took on the Jellies 🙂

It was a great day out, Harry was unsure to start with as the first bit is dark and has fossils on the wall but he soon got over the nerves and enjoyed looking at the fishes and the lights on the floor!

I would definitely recommend going and if you want to make a full day of it the marina around there is a lovely walk. They even have Penguins and Sharks and at the end you exit in a lift or stairs with a view, we got a great view of the sharks and a tortoise as we left. I did take a video but don’t want to spoil it. I really enjoyed the day out and so did Harry we will be back within the next month or 2 and I can’t wait!

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Free slots on bingo, how I’ve won over £100

I thought like a lot of people out there, you never win on bingo sites but regardless I do like to play a bit of bingo. So I decided to give heart bingo a go. This was the first of a few sites I discovered have games you can play daily for FREE as long as you’ve deposited £10 in the past, you can win free spins and cash. Each week you pick a free game to play, they vary from site to site but I will include a list below of the ones I’m currently playing.

I came across heart bingo from a cashback site, I couldn’t tell you which one but I know swagbucks currently give you 1,250 points for depositing £10. The terms say to wager it but at this current time you can withdraw the £10 after your swagbucks are credited. DO NOT accept the bonus money unless you want to play bingo as wagering terms apply and you won’t be able to withdraw your money.

The more days you play in a week the higher your chance is to win and every day earns you a bonus at the end of the month and the closer you get to the £10 withdrawal or alternatively top up your balance to £10 and withdraw.

Each day you pick 6 different squares and need to find so many of each picture

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I have to be honest with you sometimes I gamble the money because I have won it, sometimes it pays off other times it doesn’t but at least it hasn’t cost me anything! I got my £10 back and more a long time ago when I was lucky on bingo. Not to mention referring my partner for £20 and taking advantage of offers like deposit £10 and they matched it 100%. This went into my account as cash so I ended up withdrawing most of it.

Always read the terms and conditions. Wagering requirements do apply if you accept the bonus, check which games count more to the wagering terms for example bingo is normally 100% of what you spend and slots 10%. Heart bingo at the time of writing you need to gamble 4 times the welcome bonus before you can withdraw any bonus money. That works out at £160 and some other sites can be worse.

DO NOT play these games if you have problems with gambling. When the fun stops STOP!

Please enter my referral, prettyplease26, if you wish when you join any of these sites.

I haven’t cashed out on Monopoly but I’m currently £6 up and Tombola I signed up from quidco my offer was spend £10 and get £8 cashback. It says I’ll get it in January so that will be good in the new year. I did manage to cash out £13 too so got my £10 back plus £3. Good luck let me know how you get on, Ellie xxx

Edit: Please note from the 4th September 2017 Heart Bingo, Virgin games, Jackpotjoy, Starspins and Monopoly are changing their rules so you have to gamble £2 within the last 7 days in order to play the free games.

Tired mum confessions

*Not sure what beach this is at. Me, my 2 younger sisters, mum and dad <3*

Recently I’ve been thinking. I’m not looking after myself enough and a lot of this is down to being tired a lot. I get up at 5 am most mornings and even when Mike gets up with Harry I still end up getting up at 7 am, I can never just relax. I haven’t been taking Harry many places recently and really want to change that.

I always feel so much better after going to the gym and eating healthy. Also when I’m not spending money randomly instead of planning. I’m thinking of starting a step by step program sharing what I’m doing on here to get all parts of my life in order and the way I want them to be. I want to be able to go on holiday, not anything really fancy just to Cornwall, I love Cornwall and I haven’t been since I was 15.

Every year we would make the long drive down to Cornwall, usually overnight so the traffic was better. We’d have some sweets to last us the journey, my love of milk bottles started there, I remember riding in a recovery truck one of the times we broke down eating a packet of milk bottles, I think it was the first time I’d tired them. It was such an adventure, but I have a feeling my mum and dad wouldn’t have enjoyed breaking down on the motorway 2 years running half as much as we did as kids.

I want to take Harry and re-visit all the places we used to go to. We would stay on a camp site that was also a farm called Trencreek farm, it was family ran so we got to know them each year we went. I remember pork belly pigs, goats and even a ram who decided to chase my dad. He had a stick at the time and was using this to keep the ram from headbutting him while stood on a picnic bench. I forgot about that, its funny what you remember while writing.

There was a quiet beach nearby called Port Holland where we would go quite often, my kind of beach it had only 1 shop at the time and now only a small coffee shop (as far as I know). There wasn’t big crowds of people but enough people around for us kids to make friends or I play cricket with a group of friendly strangers.

My last visit to Port Holland ended in a typical dramatic Ellie fashion, I was in the sea with my body board. I don’t have the balance for real surfing ha ha, I’m more like to get covered my a wave like the time me and mum went looking for a jelly shoe, sat on her shoulders still covered us both! It felt like I stood on something really sharp, I assumed it was glass so hobbled out of the sea. When I looked at my foot all I could see was a pin prick but it was quickly swelling up and very painful. On the way back to the car hoping in flip-flops I did a spectacular fall and grazed the same leg and my hands on the stone car park. So clumsy but makes me laugh now.

There is more places where I want to visit again some of the amusement parks, the swimming baths in St Austell, Mevagissey a little fishing port where I remember running down the peer in between waves splashing over. My aim is to do this next year. I want to save money by planning my meals, bills and any other way I can think. I want to see how much I can earn as an extra income, mostly online and fitting around Harry. Most importantly I want to be healthy and to a weight I feel comfortable at and hopefully more confident 🙂 I hope you enjoy my posts. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you like. Ellie xxx

Ellie’s simple bolagnaise and left over chilli

This is one of my old favourites, I’ve made it time and time again. Recently I have been making a bigger amount then adding a tin of baked beans and making into chilli for another meal (I add the chilli after taking a bit out for Harry).

Ingredients

  • 750g minced beef
  • 2 medium onions (or 1 large)
  • 3 tins of chopped tomatoes (400g each)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 heaped tsp of mixed herbs
  • About 4 tbsp of tomato puree
  • Salt and Pepper

Method

  1. Dice the onions and crush the garlic. To crush the garlic I dice it as finely as possible, add some salt and using the side of your knife work the garlic into a paste. I find it helps break the garlic down but if you don’t fancy doing this just dice as finely as possible or use a tsp of powdered garlic (The taste isn’t as good in my opinion but I have used that shortcut).
  2. Brown the mince and onions in a pan together until the mince is fully cooked. Drain any excess fat and put it back in the pan.
  3. Add the tomatoes, garlic, mixed herbs and a bit of pepper. Give the mix a good stir and then add half the tomato puree and stir again. Cook the tomato puree in for 5 minutes and add the rest of the tomato puree if the sauce is still runny (This depends how thick you like the sauce).
  4. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pasta, rice, jacket potato or chips. I chose spaghetti today as its yummy and cheap. Enjoy 🙂

Tip: Add a bell pepper for a different flavour or use this to make a lasagne.

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Nice and messy but he loves it 🙂 I gave up trying to keep a bib on him a long time ago haha.