How to Shop Free on Amazon

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*This post contains referral links for Swagbucks. That means that if you join using my link, I’ll receive a referral bonus in the form of Swagbucks*

As I type this, I’m snacking on tortilla chips and fresh homemade salsa. This was my first attempt at making salsa. It couldn’t have been easier, thanks to my shiny new Ninja Master Prep. Now I can snack guilt-free as I shop free on Amazon for another handy kitchen appliance!

How do I shop for free? Let me share my little secret!

Before you start worrying that I shelled out cold hard cash for this fancy piece of kitchen equipment, let me put you at ease- it was free! Like my fitness hula hoop and other items that I just can’t bring myself to pay cash for, I ordered this fancy blender from Amazon without pulling out my credit card or dipping into my bank account.

So, how do I do it? Simple- Swagbucks!

What is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is a search engine/rewards site that gives you “bucks” for doing simple things like searching the web, watching videos, playing games, and taking advantage of special offers. You can then cash in your Swagbucks for gift cards.

It’s super simple and completely free to join and earn. It’s one of the best sites to get rewarded for doing things you already do, like shopping online, taking advantage of free offers, and searching the web.

Ways to earn Swagbucks:

  • Answering surveys
  • Shopping online
  • Watching videos
  • Searching the web
  • Answering Daily Polls
  • Playing games
  • Checking out special offers

What are Swagbucks Rewards?

Once you earn enough bucks, there are gift cards for various restaurants and retailers, like Target and Starbucks, but my favorite is the Amazon e-code reward. It only takes 300 Swagbucks to earn a $3 Amazon gift card, so you can earn one super fast.

Every time that your account hits 300 Swagbucks, simply cash out for your reward and then enter the gift card code into your Amazon account.

While $3 won’t buy you much, you can build up your balance quickly. Just keep adding those gift card rewards and watching your Amazon account balance grow! Then when you want or need something, just log in to Amazon and shop, guilt-free.

Who doesn’t love guilt-free shopping?!

Is Swagbucks Really Worth It?

At first glance, you may not think that Swagbucks is worth the effort. I originally signed up for it a few years ago and couldn’t really see any benefit to it, since I don’t shop online often. I finally went back to it one day, and once I started digging around the site, I discovered how easily I could earn points without spending any money.

Once I quickly earned my first gift card, I was hooked. It’s now just a daily habit to check in on the site and earn a few Swagbucks here and there. They accumulate quickly, so for me, it’s a long-game because I like to save them up.

Save up for Christmas

I usually let my Swagbucks build up throughout the year and then I use them on Christmas gifts. It’s such a great way for me to save money when shopping for Christmas gifts. I don’t do a lot of online shopping, but I will use my rewards for sites like Amazon so that I can avoid spending cash. This helps me stretch my Christmas budget for the kids.

Read: How to Have a Christmas Budget when You’re Broke


So How Do I Shop Free on Amazon?

By building up my Swagbucks, I end up not having to spend cash when I shop on Amazon. I just load my gift cards into my account as I receive them. Then when I have to order something, it’s little or no money coming from my credit card to cover the cost. To me, it feels like shopping for free since I’m not spending cash.

Here’s the thing- you can do the bare minimum on Swagbucks, and still build up your bucks pretty quickly. I might actively spend 5-10 minutes on the site each day if that.

If you’re going to do a web search anyway, why not use their search bar and get something out of it? You can earn tons of “bucks” and get rewarded just for using the search feature!

I answer the daily poll, click some special offers, and watch some videos. You can keep these videos running in the background while doing work, watching tv,  etc.

The time commitment is seriously minimal on my part, although there are more ways to engage with the site. You can earn a lot more, too. It all comes down to the activities and offers on Swagbucks.

So that’s how I shop free on Amazon, and how you can, too! Swagbucks is the easiest way I’ve found to earn gift cards, which will help you save money, or just give you an excuse to get that kitchen gadget that you’ve been eyeing up, guilt-free 😉


Do you use Swagbucks? What’s your favorite gift card reward?

8 thoughts on “How to Shop Free on Amazon”

  1. I agree with Shannon! Love the concept and tried it but I found it kind of cumbersome. Because I do video editing work and need the sound up, I couldn’t have the videos running in the background because it was a distraction. Maybe at some point if I have downtime I’ll go back and give it another shot.

  2. Shannon @ Financially Blonde

    I tried Swagbucks a while ago, but found that it consumed too much of my time and I couldn’t find an easy way to fit the time into my schedule. I love the concept though and would love Amazon gift cards!

  3. I used swagbucks back in the day, but just too busy to make my way back there. I do agree with you that if you’re on the net a lot it just makes sense to get paid to search the internet.

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