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Swagbucks – Earn Free Gift Cards

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Step 1: Join Swagbucks (it’s free)

Swagbucks is open to residents of US, CAN, GBR, IR, AUS.

Step 2: Earn Swagbucks

Once you sign up, you’ll be prompted to fill out your profile, which can earn you a quick 50-100 Swagbucks. Alas, this is just the beginning!

Earn by Watching Videos
You can win up to 150 Swagbucks per day just watching videos and news you’d probably be interested in and watch anyway!

Earn Through Search
Swagbucks uses Google and results, so if you’re currently using Google, Swagbucks is just as good and you can earn free stuff like electronics, cash, gift certificates, t-shirts, and movies. And periodically when you search, you’ll get prompts for free Swagbucks by entering a code. Right after I joined and did a search, I earned an extra 50 Swagbucks in no time.

Here’s How to Rack up Swagbucks Search Points:

– Search using only Swagbucks
– Make  Swagbucks your homepage
– Install the Swagbucks Toolbar

Earn Through Referring Friends

If you invite your friends to join Swagbucks, you will earn whatever they earn (up to 1000 Swagbucks). Referring friends to Swagbucks is easy, and you’ll get your own unique referral link that you can use however you want. Since you will have a unique Swagbucks referral link, you can:

– Email: Invite your friends to join
– Twitter:  Tweet about Swagbucks
– Facebook: Do a status update referring to Swagbucks
– Blogvertising: Put Widget or a banner on your blog

Earn by Shopping  Online

You will earn up to 6 Swagbucks for every $1.00 you spend. That might not sound like a lot, but if you’re planning on buying a new computer, clothes, prescriptions, new shoes, office supplies, makeup or want to take a cheap trip to Vegas via Southwest vacations, buy it through Swagbucks!

Just think, if you spend $500 bucks, that’s 3000 Swagbucks. You can get an Gift Card with just 450 Swagbucks!

Some of the stores you can shop at through Swagbucks include: Wal-Mart, Macy’s, dELiA*s, PETCO, iTunes,, TigerDirect, AVON, Office Depot, Staples, DELL,  MacMall, Sports Authority, Hotwire, Southwest Vacations,  and many more.

Earn by Finding Swag Codes

You can follow Free Mania on Twitter & Facebook, & we try to post most Swag Codes as quickly as possible. Most codes are only available for an hour so you have to be fast!

Places Swag Codes are found in :

– Swagbucks Blog
– Swagbucks Newsletter
– Swagbucks Toolbar
– Swagbucks Tweets
– Swagbucks Facebook Page Updates

Other Places to Find Swagbucks:
Twitter Search

Other Ways to Earn Swag Bucks

You can send in your old cell phone or iPod to get anywhere from 50-350 Swagbucks, participate in contests, trivia games, and suggest new polls for the website to earn your way to fabulous cash & prizes.

What are you waiting for? Join Swagbucks and tell us what you win!

Step 3: Redeem  Swagbucks for Prizes

Redeem your SwagBucks for prizes ranging from gift certificates for Amazon, Target and iTunes to televisions, video games, iPods, movie, music and sports collectibles and more!

Signup for Swagbucks Now


Starbucks Rewards Program – Free Drinks, Food & Refills

At the base level of the Starbucks Rewards program is the Welcome Level. You qualify for this level just for signing up for the first 12 calendar months. The program is attached to you buying a Starbucks card and loading credit up on it to use to accumulate rewards. You can sign up free, but in order to get the most out of it, you’ll want to order a card or grab one in-store and link it to your account. You’ll earn one star per transaction when you use your Starbucks Rewards card.

How to Join Starbucks Rewards Program & Get FREE Stuff, Coffee & Treats

1. Get a Starbucks card for the Starbucks Rewards Program

(hint: ask for one for your birthday or as a present or grab one from Swagbucks for free!). You can also skip this step and move to step 2 if you use the app as your virtual card. You can also get discounted gift cards at Raise.

2. Sign up for Starbucks Rewards

Register your card online or with the Starbucks app (if you sign up using the link above, you’ll qualify for an ADDITIONAL FREE DRINK just for signing up as long as you accept email offers)

Just for Signing Up & Registering a Card!

A Free Drink of Your Choice
When you sign up and register a card – you’ll get a free drink of your choice on your birthday, just for signing up!

Welcome Level – 0-5 Stars:

A Free Birthday Beverage
Your choice of one (1) complimentary handcrafted beverage (standard Starbucks menu sizes only), OR one (1) complimentary food item; OR one (1) complimentary ready to drink bottled beverage such as Evolution Fresh™ juice at participating Starbucks® stores in celebration of your birthday. The offer for the free beverage or food item expires the day after your birthday. You must present your registered Starbucks Card to the barista at a participating store in order to redeem your Reward and receive your complimentary birthday item.

Get Free Drinks & BOGO Coupons
Personalized offers and coupons: Special offers may be distributed by email or by physical mail. You must opt-in to receive promotional and marketing offers from Starbucks and provide a valid email, telephone and physical address in order to receive your special offers.

Green Level – 5-29 Stars:

Welcome level rewards PLUS

Free Refills on Coffee & Iced Tea
This might be a big deal if you frequent Starbucks, especially as a spot for free wifi and getting some work done. You could plausibly camp there all day and get free refills. Though, you’d probably be too amped up to get any real work done.

Gold Level – 30+ Stars

Welcome level rewards + green level rewards, PLUS

Free Drink or Food Item after Each 12 Additional Stars
Once you reach the Gold Level, you will earn a free food or beverage item after every twelve (12) additional Stars. You may choose one (1) complimentary handcrafted beverage (standard Starbucks menu sizes); OR one (1) complimentary food item; OR one (1) complimentary ready to drink bottled beverage such as Evolution Fresh™ juice at participating Starbucks® stores; OR your choice of one (1) complimentary tea beverage (standard Teavana menu sizes); OR a complimentary 1-ounce serving of loose leaf tea at participating Teavana® stores. Your complimentary Reward will be automatically loaded onto your account and will be available to you for thirty (30) days.

Starbucks Rewards Tips

  • Ask for each transaction to be rung up separately, as each transaction is a star

Starbucks Savings Tips

  • If you use your own cup, you’ll get .10 cents off
  • If you buy a venti size, it’s the same as two talls and if you split between yourself and a friend with an additional cup, you’ll save $3-4 between the two of you!
  • Want an iced latte? Don’t order it with the milk. Instead order a few shots of espresso and pour the milk or half and half from the condiment bar. If you do this, you’ll save 50% or more on your drink.
  • Even if you don’t have Green Star status, you can get coffee or tea refills for $0.50.

IKEA Family – Free Coffee & Tea Anytime

Shop at IKEA often? Or even just a few times a year? Than you should definitely belong to IKEA Family (it’s free to sign up), which gets you access to free coffee and tea whenever you shop or browse, discounts in the restaurant (sometimes 100% free meals), bogo deals, and free baby food with an adult meal purchase. You’ll also get an extra 10% off of sales prices and automatic accident insurance for your goods on way home or during assembly… I don’t know how many times I’ve screwed things backwards! You’ll also qualify for free events and workshops at your local IKEA store.

What IKEA Family?

  • Free coffee and tea anytime
  • Restaurant discounts (and sometimes free meals)
  • Extra 10% off sales items
  • Accident insurance for any purchases
  • BOGO ice cream cone coupon when you join
  • Free in-store events and workshops, for the whole family

How can I join IKEA Family?

Well, I’m glad you asked!

All you have to do is enter your email address to get started in the sign up process. From there, you’ll be asked for your name, birthdate, to create a password. Then, you’ll be asked to sign in with your email and password (so don’t forget those!). After you’re logged in, you can check the box to receive an annual IKEA catalog in the mail and sign up for text updates on sales and what not, if that’s in your interest.

You’ll be offered a printable page (or digital one, if you don’t have a printer, but have a phone) with your scannable card on it, including a QR code. When you get to the store, there will be an IKEA kiosk where you can automatically print your real card, in-store. Though, in the interim, the digital page with your card info will work.

Ebates – Cash Back When You Shop Online

My Review of Ebates

Editorial note on my personal experience with Ebates… I only shopped twice and already I have $11.85 in cash rewards. The first purchase I made was a credit reporting tool I needed for improving my credit, while the other was a standard purchase for some professional clothing I bought on Woohooo, I earned nearly $12 bucks, just like that. And almost every store online has an Ebates link, which will earn you cash back on your online purchases. Heck, buy stuff online that you’d normally buy at the grocery store or in person, with 6-10% cash back at many stores, it adds up fast! The only gripe I have is how long it can take for your shopping trip to show up on Ebates (up to 3 days sometimes). Since my shopping trip and therefore credits didn’t show up right away after my Macy’s shopping trip, I used their system to send in my receipt and was immediately credited. So, don’t worry about missing your credits. Ebates has you covered.

How to Sign up for Ebates & Get a Bonus $10 Gift Card 

You get cash back at any of 1,200 stores any time you start your shopping trip at And right now they are offering a $10 gift card when you spend $25 through Ebates. It is so easy to get to $25 when online shopping, which means you will earn your $10 gift card quickly!

There are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in, and no fees. Stores pay Ebates a sales commission for sending shoppers their way, and Ebates uses the commission to pay you cash back. All they need is an email address so we can notify you when your cash back has been credited. To date, our members have already earned more than $55,000,000 and you can join them today!

Join Ebates Now (It’s Free!)

Starbucks – Get a Free Drink for Joining!

I’m a huge fan of Starbucks Rewards® and think you’ll love it too. You earn free refills, free drinks, and some other pretty great offers along the way.

Here’s how to get your free drink:

1. Sign up for a My Starbucks Rewards Card here
2. Register a Starbucks Card and opt-in to emails
3. You should receive your free drink in your account


Once you’re a Starbucks Rewards Member, you can refer your friends and give them free drinks too! You’ll also get stars for referring them that can be use on free coffee, tea, drinks, food, and more!

How to get free stuff with the Starbucks Rewards Program
Get free wifi at McDonalds & Starbucks worldwide!


Ace Hardware – $5 on Your Birthday

Ace Hardware has a rewards program that offers great benefits including a free $5 coupon for your birthday!

Sign up for Ace Rewards here, & you will receive the following:

  • $5 coupon for your birthday ($5 off $20 purchase)
  • 1,000 points for signing up
  • 10 points for every $1 spent
  • Coupons and freebie offers
  • And more…

Note: 2,500 points gets you a $5 reward. So once you spend $150, you’ll get a free $5.00 off coupon. 

Go Green at CVS and Make Money

UPDATE: As of April 2013, this program has been discontinued, but many stores (NOT CVS) will reward you for bringing your own bag with savings on your purchase or a donation to a local cause. 

It is Green Week! CVS has a super deal that will pay you back again and again. This week only, purchase a Green Bag Tag for .99.

Now is the fun part. Show this card every time you make a purchase at CVS and use your CVS card. They will zap your CVS card first, then ask you to “hold on, wait until I scan one of your items first” before they zap your Green Bag Tag.

Every 4th purchase results in a $1.00 ECB printed directly on the bottom of your receipt! I have earned over $5 with my bag already this year.

Now think about how many times you hit multiple CVS stores in one day like I do. Maybe you are hunting for that special Snuggie or you are pigging out on a diaper deal. You can only use your Green Bag Tag ONCE per day. But if you have TWO Green Bag Tags that you can carefully remember which was already used that day, you can double your money more quickly!

You may find your CVS cashier is a bit snotty like mine when I come in without a recyclable bag but I have her zap my Green Bag Tag. She has made me toss all my purchases in a cart without a bag many times. Oh well…just remember to bring your bag in! Or better yet, attach the Green Bag Tag to a recyclable bag.