Of the many questions that come up when the holidays roll around, one is prominent: Where are you going to get extra money for presents?
The answer: on your smart phone and the Internet.
Several apps and websites exist to reward you with gift cards and products. Here are three that can get you some sweet holiday presents.
Swagbucks (swagbucks.com and app stores): Operating as both a website and an app, Swagbucks mixes several different types of media to help users rack up points, known as Swagbucks, through Web searches, surveys and trial purchases.
Users accumulate Swagbucks, with 450 Swagbucks nabbing a $5 Amazon gift card and 2,500 Swagbucks getting a $25 Visa Reward card.
“I started collecting Swagbucks because I was referenced by a friend to try,” bargain hunter Nancy Rabin says. “I’ve tried a ton of these and this is probably one of the most rewarding, if you have the free time.”
According to the site, more than 11 million members have claimed more than $65 million in retail gift card awards since the site’s debut in 2008.
The attractive part for people if they don’t want to spend money, the most they have to spend is time to accrue points.
“We give rewards for just engaging in content or other non-transactional (activities). Four of the six activities that we offer… are (not purchases),” says Mark Lindsey, director of public relations.