When I was a kid, I spent my summer mornings watching TV game shows. I know, I know, I should have been out playing, but I wasn't. I was busy watching the magic of people making money by spinning wheels, pushing buttons, or solving puzzles.
As I got a little older, I came to realize that the magic of those shows wasn't so very magical. It was actually kind of silly to watch grown-ups jumping up and down over winning less money than it cost them to fly to California. When I found out that they also had to pay taxes on their earnings, the bubble really burst.
As an adult, I've resisted watching game shows, or any other television, during the days. I almost never turn on the TV for my own amusement when my kids are around, and I rarely even watch it when I'm alone at night.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against television. My kids certainly watch more than their fair share, but I'd rather do my watching with my hubby. It's too much of a distraction for all of us in the daytime, and we have way too many channels for me to sort through when I'm occasionally by myself in the evenings. I'd much rather pop in my DVD of Pride and Prejudice, which I've already seen more times than I can count (literally!). I LOVE it!
But recently, I've started watching a different kind of TV. Money Saving Mom turned me on to Swagbucks TV, and I have to admit that I'm hooked.
If you don't do Swagbucks yet, you don't know what you're missing. After you sign up for a free account, there are a variety of ways to earn points. So far, I've earned most of mine by using it to search the web.
I use the Swagbucks search engine to look up every website or blog I want to visit, even if I regularly visit it and already know the web address. I downloaded the Swagbucks toolbar and made the Swagbucks website my homepage to help me remember to use it.
I don't get points for each and every search, but I usually earn points several times a day. Once I reach 450 points, I cash them in for a five dollar Amazon gift card. Without even trying very hard, you can easily earn at least one gift card each month. With a little effort, you can earn many more. It's the easiest way I know of to earn money.
Once you've signed up, watching Swagbucks TV is one more way to score points, and lots of them. I didn't think too much of the feature when it first came out, but my mind is changed. You earn three points for every ten videos played, and you can do this twenty-five times in a day. I don't have that kind of time, but while I'm doing housework or sitting at the computer, I open a new browser window and let it play in the background.
Yet, it's much more than just background noise. I really like the shows. A lot. Today I've been watching cooking segments with Giada De Laurentiis. It's like watching a cooking channel with only the shows I want to see and without all the commercials. How great is that?
And as long as I don't let it distract me from tasks I should be doing, I think it's enhancing my homemaking skills. It's inspiring me to be more intentional about the art of homemaking. Today, it's definitely made me interested in trying out some new recipes that I think my family will enjoy. It's a win-win kind of thing.
So, do you watch Swagbucks TV? What's your favorite show? Tell us about it in the comments!
This post is linked to Life As Mom.