Based on the popularity of this post outlining 5 Swagbucks searches that will change your bottom line, I decided to follow up with 5 more searches!
Note: Are you on the Swagbucks wagon yet? It’s a great way to earn points called SB that you can then cash in for rewards or actual cash just by doing what you do anyway: searching the internet (you can also earn points for referring others, taking surveys, and lots of other activities).
In addition to adding to your bottom line by earning points while searching the internet, let me show you 5 searches you want to complete that will help + boost your cash flow even more!
Swagbucks Search #1: “Pharmacies + Your Zipcode”
Okay, here’s a crazy ‘secret’ I found out a few years ago: the cost of a prescription is different at different pharmacies. Seriously.The cost of a prescription is different at different pharmacies. Seriously. Click To Tweet
I was always under the impression that the cost of the same antibiotic would be regulated to some set price no matter if I went to my grocery store pharmacy, a Costco, or to the local CVS. But it’s not true! In fact, this study sent secret shoppers around to find out the price of a set of prescriptions at various stores, with the discovery of an astounding 447% price difference!
So if you’re on a high-deductible insurance plan where you’re likely going to be paying out of pocket for your prescriptions most of the year, and have prescriptions to fill – especially maintenance-types that you are paying for each month – then it makes sense to shop around and find the lowest priced option. Heck, if you’re generally a healthy person and you don’t usually meet a lower deductible (like $600) throughout the year, then you want to shop around as well because you’ll be paying out of pocket.
This search will yield you pharmacies close to your home, so gather the phone numbers and make a few calls to inquire about the prescription meds on your list. Create a little chart and figure out where you’ll be shopping from now on.
Hint: the same is true of pet medications, so shop around for these as well.
Swagbucks Search #2: “Bus/Metro Route From Place of Home to Place of Work”
Even if you’re not paying exorbitant gas costs to commute to work, this is a good search to do. Why? Because if your car ever breaks down – and us beater car owners know this will happen from time to time – then you won’t feel pressured to immediately rush into a new car purchase. Knowing that there is a route, even if it’s an inconvenient one, to get you to work and back should your own vehicle ever need an end-of-life repair (like ours did after plunking down most of our savings onto our home down payment six years ago) is quite freeing.
Swagbucks Search #3: “Free Substitute + Something You are Paying for Right Now But No Longer Want to Be”
Be bold in your search request on this one. Choose something that you never thought or have little faith that you could find for free. It’s possible it’s something that can’t be converted to free, after all, but it’s also possible that there is that one person out there who has figured out either a free or cheap alternative that you haven’t thought of before.
A few of my shocking discoveries from this search have been things like free internet through FreedomPOP, a free almost-what-I-needed-Microsoft-Office alternative (OpenOffice.org), and this awesome tool where you can plug in your favorite shows and see if/where they are available for streaming (in case you’re thinking about cutting the cable cord).
Swagbucks Search #4: “Cash for + An Old Electronic Hanging Around Your Electronic Graveyard”
No matter how much I might fight it – even as a blogger, who relies on it much more than other professions – technology is a big part of our lives. This means that your home and ours periodically become littered with what I like to call an electronic graveyard.
The sooner you get around to cashing in these old devices as you upgrade to new ones, the more money you will receive for them. So take the time to rid your home of some of them by shopping around for the best cash amount you can get (when I did this a few years ago, we reaped $107 in cash, $25.99 in tax deductions, $4 store credit to the Office Depot, and 150 points for my Recyclebank account).
Swagbucks Search #5: “Best Bank Bonus Offers + Today’s Date or the Year”
Looking for some relatively quick cash or to jumpstart a savings goal? When I set the goal of saving up $2,500 in cash for our honeymoon to Austria outside of our paychecks (as our paychecks were going towards any number of other things that year – the wedding, our new home purchase, paying off our the remaining $25,000 of our original $59,496 in debt before walking down the aisle), I decided to open up a new account with a laser-focus on its purpose. Well, that and, because when you open a new savings or checking account you can generally do a quick Swagbucks search and find a decent bonus to jumpstart the savings. For us, the bonuses I reaped with this strategy ended up totaling $421. That was 16.8% of our savings goal right there!
Note: you’ll owe taxes at the end of the year on any bank account bonuses you end up receiving – the bank will send you a tax form automatically for this around tax season.
Now it’s your turn: what internet searches have you conducted that really made a difference to your bottom line? Did you try any of these, or any from the first post, with success? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!