Saturday, June 15, 2013

How I fund my sewing

Bonus Saturday post! If you've read along at all, then you've probably heard me use the phrase "saving my pennies" a few times. I'm a stay-at-home mom and my husband and I believe strongly in using cash for all our purchases. It's no secret that sewing is a costly hobby. Let's just admit it. You're buying fabric, thread, patterns, supplies...the list goes on and on. So how do I manage?

Last summer I was reading a blog and the author mentioned a site called Swagbucks. She said she used it on and off and was able to make a little side money with it. I decided to take a chance and see if it was legit. Over 1 million Facebook likes was enough to convince me that it was "real". Today is my one year anniversary with Swagbucks, and I can say that it definitely is! I use it every day and earn enough each month to pay for my sewing expenses. I'm not sure what I would do without it!

What exactly do you DO on Swagbucks? The primary focus is on taking surveys and using their search engine, but there are tons of other ways to earn. You earn a virtual currency called Swagbucks, and when you've saved up enough Swagbucks, you can order stuff from the Swag Store. I always order gift cards. They offer gift cards from all kinds of places, but the most popular ones are Amazon and PayPal. Yes, PayPal straight to your account! (Make sure if you sign up to Swagbucks that you use the same email address that you use with PayPal.)

If you want to give Swagbucks a try, please use my referral link. The best way to learn how to use it is to "Like" Swagbucks on Facebook and read their wall. It's used by Swaggers all over the world and you'll figure out all kinds of tips that way. You can also comment here if you need help!

*I receive a small bonus for my referrals, but that doesn't even matter that much. I truly enjoy using Swagbucks and the bit of financial independence it gives me. I hope you will too!

Edited to add: Be smart anytime you do something online. If you don't feel comfortable giving out certain pieces of information, then don't. There are many Swagbucks offers that ask for a mailing address, telephone number, etc. but I never complete those. I also never download anything. Many people have no problems with those types of offers, but I prefer to be careful. Trust your gut!

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