Monday, May 2, 2011

Earn CVS Gift Cards by Searching Online

FrugalMom, a Simply CVS reader (and blogging buddy of mine) let me know that Swagbucks now offers CVS gift cards (these are e-gift cards that they email to you and you print and use in a store just like a gift card)!  This can make our CVSing even sweeter--free gift cards to pay for our out of pocket amount.  I pulled the following information from an earlier post I had written about Swagbucks if you are not familiar with it.  For a complete Swag Bucks tutorial check out the Swag Bucks 101 series.

Many of you, I am sure, are already acquainted with Swagbucks, but for those of you who have never heard of it I'd like to share a little with you about it in case it is something you
would like to do.  I earn at least one to two $5 Amazon gift cards each month with little to no time invested.  They offer all kinds of items in the Swag Store from sports collectibles to movies to posters to gift cards and much more.
Search & Win
Swagbucks are "won" every now again throughout the day as you use their search engine for your regular searching.  It does not increase your chances by searching excessively and actually your account can be frozen if you search in excess to try and win.  I use it for any of my regular searches and sometimes first thing in the morning when I get online I will search for whatever website I want to visit, even it is a regular one.  It is my understanding that a normal day will usually net a member three wins--anywhere from 5 to 50 Swagbucks.  I always win at least once and usually twice.  It takes 450 Swagbucks for a $5 Amazon card.  But there are other ways to win, too.
  • Daily Polls -- one simple question with 4 multiple choice answers (win 1)
  • Surveys -- win 1 just for clicking on it and then take surveys for more
  • Tool Bar -- win daily just for having the tool bar on whenever you bring up the browser it is in (once a day)
  • Special Offers -- two ways:  scroll thru daily special offers for a few Swagbucks or participate in others and win
  • Referrals -- you earn as your referrals earn from searching (up to the first 1000 points), this is how some people have gotten a LOT of free stuff (these links are my referral links)
  • Shop Online -- they offer several national online stores that if you place your order after going thru the Swagbucks webpage you will earn 
  • Trade Ins -- they take trade ins of old cellphones, MP3s, video games and consoles
  • Swag codes -- special codes they put out for an hour or two that when entered gives you Swagbucks
Search & Win

So if you haven't yet begun earning by using the Swaqbucks search engine, give it a try! It's an easy way to earn without any effort.  

For a full tutorial, check out my Saturday Swag Bucks 101 Tutorial posts.

And now that they offer CVS gift cards it can help us multiply or savings.


kristin said...

this is awesome!! ive been waiting for this for so long! i have been getting $10 GCs from my pnc points from my debit card so this is another great way for me to get them, im so excited!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Kristin, I love earning the gift cards so I don't ever have out of pocket. I used to get them from Gather, but haven't been on there lately and am getting low :-) so am glad for this opportunity.

MissHuniBuni said...

I have 2 of these but don't knwo how to use them? Can I use them in my local CVS and if do I do use them there?

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Yes, you can. If you have already printed them look at the bottom for instructions on how the cashier is to use them. I just hand the paper to the cashier, they punch in "giftcard," scan the UPC and it takes it off just like a regular GC.

Louella said...

Just earned a CVS gift card from as well! WOO HOO!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Louella, you all are tempting me to go back and do mypoints again :-). congrats! I just ordered another one from Swagbucks yesterday!

MissHuniBuni said...

I used mine! I still have another $10 to spend and working my way up to another gift card. i <3 swagbucks!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Grrrreat, MissHuniBuni! I am thrilled they have CVS cards now--so much more fun than Amazon. :-).

Anonymous said...

I am not yet convinced to sign up for Swagbucks. How many points do you need to earn to get a $25 CVS gift card, and approximately how long does it take you to earn it?

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Meg, here is a post where I explain one way you can get a $10 GC each month:

Amazon gift cards are easier to get as they take less. But there are sooooo many ways to earn and some only take a few seconds. If you sign up now and use the code in the little box above this post you start out with 50 right off. It takes just 450 for an Amazon $5 and 1249 for a CVS $10.

You can just sign up and try it for a week or two and see what you think. Read thru the Swag Bucks 101 posts for explanations on how to do the different things. Just searching, running the SB's t.v., taking the daily poll and a couple of other things are so easy and add up quickly.

If you try it, let me know what you think. Oh, and they have 660,000 + Facebook fans--so there are quite a few people doing it :-).