Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Shopping & Bing Rewards

Back in September I wrote a post on earning rewards through Swagbucks. If you haven't heard of Swagbucks, check it out. It can be a great way to earn a little extra spending money for the holidays.

A similar resource is Bing Rewards. Bing is a search engine that has been touted as comparable to or better than Google. And so far, I agree.

When you sign up for Bing Rewards, you get an account that tracks how many searches you do. For every two, you get a point. There are often opportunities to earn bonus points each day as well. Your points can be redeemed for rewards such as gift cards, apps, sweepstakes entries, or donations to charities.

The site is easy to use and easy to accrue points. After a month of doing my everyday searches (and some extra searches to move things along), I earned a $5 gift card for Amazon.com!

How is this different than Swagbucks?

1. Bing is simplified. You only earn points through searches, accomplishing milestones, and friend referrals. Swagbucks gives points for searching, using coupons, shopping online, friend referrals, watching SB TV, playing games...and tons more. It's easy to waste time at Swagbucks, but...

2. Bing earning potential has a daily cap. When you search on Bing, you get a point for every two searches up to 15 points a day. Sometimes, they offer double the points (for double the searches - so 30 points). And they will give other small earning opportunities through milestones achieved. But overall, you can count on 15 points a day and know that it will take X number of days to earn your desired reward. On Swagbucks, you can spend as much time as you want doing all the different earning opportunities, so it is possible to earn more -- IF you put the time into it.

3. Bing points are guaranteed for searches. You know that after every two searches, you will get a point. Guaranteed Swagbucks are harder to come by. When you search on Swagbucks, you could get bucks right away. Or you could spend 30 minutes typing in words and not get a thing. Same thing with playing Swagbucks games, taking surveys, etc. There are some activities that yield SB right away, such as the daily poll, no obligation special offers and SB TV (3 SB for every 10 videos).

The Better Choice?
I don't think there is one! I use them both as they both have great earning potential and help me earn rewards faster than just using one. The key is figuring out how the sites benefit you the most and using them in that way. I'm looking forward to some extra holiday gift money thanks to these sites. I hope you can earn some too!