Hello, friends and fellow bibliophiles! It feels so good to be back after a week off blogging, and I'm looking forward to sharing some very exciting things with you in upcoming posts. January is kicking off to a fast start, and I've already got subjects picked through the end of the month.
Today, I'm going to address the issue of bibliophiles and money.
Oftentimes, those spare quarters and dimes really come in handy when it comes to building up your book collection, don't they? After all, books are classed amongst the 'luxury' items for most people, but for the bibliophile they're something a little more than that. They are the spice of life, the inspiration for those of us who like to write, and the fuel we use to change the world. Without books, the world would make the same mistakes the last generation did, because they are functionally illiterate.
"Leaders are readers", so every leader says. But in many cases the budding bibliophile doesn't have the means to purchase new books as much as they would like. Even if you do, what's to argue with more book money?
Let me introduce you to Swagbucks.
I am not part of their blogging affiliate program, nor am I connected in any way to their organization, but I was so pleased with their program that I want to share the joy with all of you. I would have shared it sooner, but I had to test it out first, to make sure it worked.
Here's what Swagbucks is:
You sign up on their website with email and street address, and they start you off with 30 points. Every time you use the Swagbucks search bar instead of a traditional Google bar, your search has the possibility of winning points. You won't win points every time, as it's a random thing. Once you earn 450 points, you can go to the SwagStore and turn it in for a $5 Amazon gift card--or there are various other prizes for various other cards and items.
There are other ways of earning points too--watching a select number of movies, playing video games, taking the daily poll, and survey opportunities. Since I didn't want to use my time playing video games, I've never tried out that feature, but if you enjoy that in your spare time you may want to explore it. Watching the videos was not rewarding enough to waste time on it, so don't go out of your way. Remember that little disclaimer "up to 150 points" when you're disappointed you only got 2 after a half-hour of your time. (Speaking from personal experience.)
I use the search bar and the daily poll.
The daily poll is a multiple choice question, which might take 20 seconds of your time, and gives you one Swagbuck. I do it if I happen to think of it, but I don't stress out about it every day.
The search bar, as I said before, is a random winning thing. For those families who use extra caution on the Internet, Swagbucks does not display pictures in their search results, which can be a bonus. Also, you get one Swagbuck every day just having it installed on your Internet host site. (Note: even if you have it on more than one computer, you only get one Swagbuck, not one for each computer.) I use it for extensive writing research and online Bible study tools; therefore, I think students and writers especially can use it.
What it all boils down to: you get money while you're working. And that's pretty fun. I don't know how long Swagbucks will keep going, but I'm grateful for this tool as long as it lasts.
What I Bought
Before I was going to advertise this, I had to make sure it worked. So I searched, earned points, and collected Amazon gift card after Amazon gift card. There are various values: you can get $5, $25 or $50 cards, but I calculated out the points, and you get the best value if you buy $5 gift cards (at least from Amazon; I didn't calculate the others.) Amazon gift cards do not expire, and I entered 11 cards at checkout with no problem, so you don't have to worry about entering multiple cards.
This is what I saved up for:
Some books need to be in collector's editions, and I knew I would never save up the $55 necessary to get this. But God blessed me beyond my imagination, and over a year of using Swagbucks, I saved up the money necessary for the LOTR boxed collector's set. They're all hardbacks, illustrated by Alan Lee, and I had to tip the box upside down to get them out because they were so heavy. :) I'm working towards Focus on the Family: The Luke Reports next.
Swagbucks can help a tight family budget, or a student's spending money. It may not give you hundreds of dollars, but an extra $50 a year is $50 you didn't have before.
Swagbucks Dos and Don'ts
Some of us rely on this program so that we can build up our bookshelves and use them wisely. Please steward this resource well so that everyone can enjoy it for a long time to come. Here are some Swagbucks Dos and Don'ts:
Do use the toolbar whenever you need it, but Don't use it only to win Swagbucks.
Don't create multiple Swagbucks accounts for only one user, but Do create one for each family member if they so desire. (It's easier to have one account per electronic device.)
Do install the Swagbucks toolbar on each electronic device you use.
Do use your time wisely. Don't squander it on things that may not win you anything.
My Referral Code
If you are willing, I would be very grateful if you used my referral code while signing up. Within the first 48 hours of you signing up, I would get matching Swagbucks for everything you win, up to 1,000 Swagbucks. Multiple people can use my referral code when signing up.
Here's my code:
Swagbucks offers gift cards to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Southwest Airlines, various restaurants and online stores. They also offer jewelry, a Kindle, and electronic and kitchen items. I recommend avoiding books, posters, and magazines as they are quite immodest.
You can sign up at www.swagbucks.com!
I am excited about the future things I can save up for through this program, and I hope you find it a valuable resource as well. Have you ever used Swagbucks, or do you have any money-earning tips that fellow bibliophiles can use? We would love to hear about them.
You may have noticed, but My Lady Bibliophile is undergoing renovation! I just wanted to run over the features for you all.
New? Start Here contains the comment policy, which was last updated 1/7/13, so be sure to glance over it. :) It's short and simple. More additions coming to that page soon, so check back periodically. The Book Reviews and Articles pages are complete, with a link to every post I have done so far on this blog. As I post, I will add each post to the appropriate page. The articles are in the order of their appearance, and the book reviews are listed in alphabetical order by author's last name. Enjoy browsing!
The Movie Reviews page lists all the movies available for review. I will never spam your email address if you request a review. All titles are listed in alphabetical order, and the list will expand as I add more titles. If a title starts with "The" I use the next word instead.
My bookshelf has moved to the resources page, and I look forward to adding other great resources, such as favorite blogs, websites, and other great learning materials.
If you would like to post my blog button on your blog, it is now on the sidebar. :)
Any questions or difficulties with the new design? Let me know, and I'll do my best to make it as reader-friendly as possible.