Giveaway: Win $100 Gift Card to One of Hundreds of Retailers from Swagbucks
Holiday shopping has begun, but the average consumer is set to lose hundreds, if not thousands of dollars this winter and they may not even know it. So how can consumers get the most out of shopping experience and actually grow their pocket book?
Swagbucks is a site that lets us earn virtual currency and real life rewards for performing the everyday actions we already ake online. Search the web on Swagbucks, play games, watch videos, fill out surveys, and “cha-ching,” users earn branded virtual currency — Swag Bucks — that translates into real-world rewards and prizes.
The Swagbucks, earned through every day web activity that you are doing ANYWAY reward members with currency called “swagbucks” (get it now?) redeemable for gift cards and products at hundreds of partner retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Macy’s, the Apple Store, Sears, Disney, K-Mart and more.
I’m all about saving money this (and every season) and there’s some quick tips you should always be keeping in mind.
Combine Everything - You can save a lot of money if you combine all available discounts, rebates, promotions or coupons to maximize your spending power
What Happened Last Year? - Often times sale prices may be the same or only a few dollars lower than standard MSRP on products, even at top retailers. Check last year’s discounts, the prize of the item on eBay, Amazon or other sites and at several competing retailers to be sure you have the best deal
Beware of the Mark Up - Retailers secretly mark up prices on inventory every day up until the holidays begin, then slash prices the day after Christmas to liquidate inventory. Although it may be a buzz kill, celebrating gift exchange several days after Christmas can double or even triple the amount of goods you can purchase in stores or online for the same dollar amount
Consolidate - Try consolidating all your old gift cards, coupons, gift certificates or other credits through customer loyalty programs along with holiday discounts.
Giveaway: One reader will win a $100 gift card to ANY of Swagbucks’ partner retailers (there’s TONS to choose from), to enter, go to Swagbucks.com and register (it’s free!) using the unique registration code of ALYTUDE — this will give you 70 Swagbucks in addition to the 30 you normal get for registering — to everyone who enters, regardless of whether you are the lucky $100 gift card winner! Also, follow @Swagbucks and @AlyWalansky on Twitter and tell us your tricks to save money on your holiday shopping this year. Deadline to enter is December 10. Good luck!