I am lucky enough to currently live close to Walt Disney World, but that was not always the case. Once we were bitten by the Disney bug, my family and I came to Central Florida a lot. I know how much it can cost to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth. I’ve picked up a few savings tips along the way, and from time to time I’ll share them with you.
One way that I was and still am able to save extra is through Swagbucks. (Full disclosure, if you click that link and sign up I’ll get a referral.) Swagbucks is a site where you can complete different activities for virtual money. You can then use that money to purchase real gift cards. Each Swagbuck is worth approximately one cent. You’re not going to get rich, but you might save enough for a few extra souvenirs on your next vacation.
With Swagbucks, you can watch videos to earn points, and there are other opportunities such as surveys. My favorite activity, and the one that I make the most with, is Shop. I’ll purchase something online from a participating store or vendor, and once the transaction has completed (you can’t cancel and still earn) I’ll receive an email that will state how many Swagbucks I’ll receive and the date that they’ll be credited to my account. My husband travels a lot for work, and I’ll usually book his hotel through a Swagbucks link. We’ll get a discount for using a travel site, and then we’ll end up with an additional extra. It’s never a huge amount of money, but it does add up over time.
There are several popular travel sites that are associated with Swagbucks. Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, and Marriot are just a few. If you use one of these sites you might as well make a little bit extra on it! You can also earn Swagbucks by making purchases from hundreds of online stores, including Shop Disney. Swagbucks can be redeemed for gift cards at plenty of popular places. These include Amazon, PayPal, Visa, Walmart, Target, and more. Some people will “purchase” gift cards for a store that sells Disney Gift Cards in packages at a discount, and then use those to pay off their Disney vacation. I’ve never done that so I can’t tell you much about it, but I know that others swear by the method.
If you decide to watch videos through Swagbucks, make sure that your virus protection is up to date. I haven’t had a problem in a long time, but you can never be too careful. Also, don’t give out too much personal information if you’re not comfortable with it. You can have a credit card on file with them, but that’s something that I’ve chosen not to do. Remember that many of the offers are third party sites, so if your Spidey senses start to tingle, back away. Some offers don’t ever credit. I’ve found that their support staff is usually pretty good at getting things worked out, but I won’t send in a ticket if I’m only being shorted a few Swagbucks.
I’ve been using Swagbucks for probably close to ten years now, and overall I think it’s worth it. It’s nice to get a bonus when I purchase something that I would have bought anyway. If you’re looking for a way to save for some of the extras on your Walt Disney World vacation, you should check it out.