The snow has melted in my part of the country. The ground is beginning to thaw out and we have entered The Mud Stage. You know, the one where the sun lures you outside with promises of gardening and warmth. You then become trapped by either sticky mud or surrounded by a moat of brown, watery, goop that may or may not have a bottom to it.
With the work on our house still happening (I am assured the end IS in sight), our yard is beyond its normal muddiness. So much so that once I took up the area rugs last month, I have yet to put them back down. I can look across my wooden floors and see brown footprints everywhere. I have resigned myself to dirty floors for just a bit longer.
What I have not resigned myself to, though, is being kept inside by The Mud. The last straw was catching a glimpse of tulips appearing in my flower beds. Out came my well-loved jeans and I found a bed to ‘work’ in while George and Jack ‘built’ something in a different pile of dirt. As I worked, my brain started to thaw also and plans for the shade garden in our front yard began to take shape. All the details that have been scattered here and there in my thinking this winter began to come together.
With the list of materials growing longer, I stopped myself with the question, “How can I save money on this project? I can’t save on everything, so how can I make it so less of it comes out of the bank account?” One of the answers, Swagbucks!
Hosta plants beginning to appear. This area has since had (free) mulch added.
Whether you are planning to put in a garden, take a trip, eat out or do some shopping Swagbucks can save you money. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you get points called “Swag Bucks” for things like searching, watching videos and discovering deals. The you redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal and Starbucks.
Columbine in a former bed. I wish some had been saved as I really liked the look of the delicate flower.
Here’s a plan for using Swagbucksto earn $25 in gift cards each month. It’s easy, and if you keep at it, you’ll have at least $75 by June to spend on gardening or other summer fun without having to dip into your wallet or spend a ton of your precious time!
Swagbucks discounts your first $25 gift card of the month to 2,200 SB. That’s like getting $25 for $3 less! Here are a few things you can do that will add up to 2,200 SB each month:
1) Knock out the quick stuff – all of these activities can be found on the left-hand-side of the homepage (1-2 mins a day):
- Answer the Daily Poll everyday – also available on the SB mobile app, so you can earn your daily SB wherever you are: 30 SB
- Do the NOSO everyday – Browse through No Obligation Special Offers for 2 SB everyday: 60 SB
- Get your daily SwagButton SB – our popular browser add-on gives you the ability to earn SB from anywhere on the web. It also alerts you to Swag Codes AND you get 1 SB each day just for having it installed and active: 30 SB (Bonus: if you don’t have it yet, you get a one-time bonus of 50 SB for downloading the SwagButton!)
- Do the Daily Crave – discover new content and websites to earn 1 SB everyday: 30 SB
2) Search online to earn SB everyday (no extra time needed!):
- Use the Swagbucks Search engine – People who use Swagbucks search to find what they want online can earn 10 SB per day! Plus, members who make Swagbucks the default search engine on their browser typically earn even more: 300 SB
3) Earn BIG SB payouts (5 min – 20+ min depending on survey opportunities available):
- Take the Daily Survey every weekday – SB amounts vary from survey to survey, but it’s very possible to earn about 35 SB per weekday: 700 SB
- SBTV app on Android (all countries) & iOS (US only) – earn a maximum of 36 SB per day on this app: 1,080 SB
I plan to follow these steps and use my gift cards to either purchase or offset the cost of landscape fabric, borders, and some bedding plants. Combining this with (hopefully) free mulch, existing plants and stepping stones should result in a very cost effective shade garden. I will be happy to see plants growing and my husband will be happy not to see bare dirt again this year. 🙂
Whether you’re catching the latest blockbuster, enjoying a weekend road trip, purchasing cloth training pants, grabbing some extra garden supplies or stocking up for your next outdoor BBQ, Swagbucks can help. It doesn’t end there, though. Keep going and you can save for the holidays, back to school, or just a rainy day. If you’re already on Swagbucks, share your own tips for earning Swag Bucks and saving up for summer in the comments!