Activity from 2010 July (page 9)

Ask The Swag Gal: July 14th, 2010

Posted by on Wed, July 14th, 2010 at 11:00 am

Hey Swagsters!

Today’s Ask the Swag Gal question comes from a simple man, just wanting to keep things simple. Some of you may remember this question… it has been seen on Swagbucks, yet never answered.


Birthdays, Christmas, Father’s day – I am always asked what I want for gifts. I am a simple man and don’t really need or want anything. If I need it, I will buy it. If I don’t need it and I feel frivolous, I can just use the money I earn from Swagbucks to get something on So, how can I let people know that I don’t want them to get me anything that will sit on a shelf, need to be returned, or eventually go in the garbage months after I receive it? If there is a polite way of asking for money so that we can put it towards groceries or home repairs, that would be great! But usually when I bring up the cash, people say that it’s no fun to get cash, what would I like… And they also scoff at donating money to charities in my name.

So, if you have any ideas to let people know that they can save their money, let me know.


Dear Mandsogdon,

I always face this problem with my mom, she always wants me to give her a list of gifts that I want and she will just pick the one that has the most meaning for her but to me, it’s more important that the gift is practical. You are lucky to have friends that are so eager to shower you with gifts! I can also relate to your friends – it’s not fun to just give your friends cash.

I have been to a couple of home renovation parties and have thoroughly enjoyed myself and felt like I left my friend with something they will enjoy even after our friendship has passed. You mentioned that you would rather have their finances donated to a charity of your choice or go towards groceries and home repairs. Why don’t you consider organizing a home renovation soiree of your own?
You can pick one room in specific and make a list of the equipment, man power and approximate time it will take to get your room just the way you’ve been thinking it would fit your needs best. Once you make the list of supplies needed, send out a Facebook invite suggesting that specific people bring specific tools to the party. Oh, and don’t forget to tell people this is also a potluck BBQ style event – so they bring food.

Heck, if you don’t think the things you need to renovate your house will be expensive or hard to come by, organize a scavenger hunt for you and your friends to take part in. This way everyone who gathers in celebration of your day, gets to feel like a kid again, save his or her money and you’ll have the things you need to take care of your home repairs. You could also suggest a potluck-style dinner for that event as well.
It’s amazing that you have people in your life that are wonderful enough to want to give you something greater than a check and it’s okay to help them give you something that will bring you comfort when they are not with you.

Here is my final suggestion: If you would prefer the monies be donated to charity. Talk with that charity and see if there is a day near your birthday that you and your friends could come and donate your time to their organization. I am sure if they spend an afternoon with your favorite charity, they’ll get to see why you have chosen the organization as something you want to support and hopefully they will donate more than their time for years to come, as you have.

I hope this helps.

Until Next Time,


Swap It Like It’s hot

Posted by on Wed, July 14th, 2010 at 9:00 am
Have you checked out Swaptree yet? They make it easy and fun to trade the CDs, Books, DVDs and Video Games you don’t want anymore for ones that you do – It’s a great site that Team Swag Bucks members actually use. If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s how it works: Go to the ... Read More »

Something Swaggy This Way Comes

Posted by on Wed, July 14th, 2010 at 7:00 am
Mornin’ Swaggernauts! TSG here to put a little pep in your step, a slide in your glide, a code in you abode. You heard me right – we’re having a swag code hunt today, courtesy of one of our Swag Store partners. If you want in on the action, all you have to do is ... Read More »

A Hair-y Situation

Posted by on Tue, July 13th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Afternoon Swagsters! With hair being the forefront of our confidence and style it’s always important for us to continue seeking ways to keep our hair rejuvenated and stylish. Summertime makes it particularly challenging – between the heat and the humidity, sometimes I don’t want to leave the house. In the Health and Beauty category of ... Read More »

Walk The Dinosaur

Posted by on Tue, July 13th, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Trivia question: does TSG have any pets? If you’ve been a Swaggernaut for a long time (and I do mean a long time), you might recall some discussions about my pet dino, Swagasaurus Bux. Don’t worry dinosaur lovers, I got him from a rescue shelter! Seeing as how many of you have probably never heard ... Read More »

Prepare to Shred

Posted by on Tue, July 13th, 2010 at 1:00 pm
The Swaggernauts are a music lovin’ bunch. TSG’s Songs of the Day tend to favor the axe, as they call it, and for those future guitar stars out there, you still have a chance to enter the Swagstakes for the Greg Bennett UM1 Electric Guitar – it’s another amazing instrument brought to you by Greg ... Read More »

Me! Bath’s Pamper Yourself Contest

Posted by on Tue, July 13th, 2010 at 11:00 am
Hey there Swagsters! I’m super excited to tell you about a special contest we’re holding, sponsored by Me! Bath. I know you ladies out there are with me when I say that we need some pampering every once in a while. That’s why we’re holding the Pamper Yourself Contest, where you can win a relaxing, ... Read More »

Swagbucks: We’re All Over The ‘Net

Posted by on Tue, July 13th, 2010 at 9:00 am
Recently, Swagbucks was featured in a post by Julia Scott on the site Wallet Pop. The video is essentially about finding great stuff for free. We’re honored to be mentioned here, especially by the Bargain Babe herself… Check it out: If you see videos like this out there on the ‘net, email me about them ... Read More »

Twitter Tuesday Phrase that Pays – 7/13

Posted by on Tue, July 13th, 2010 at 7:00 am
Hey Swaggernauts – TSG here with another installment of Twitter Tuesday Phrase That Pays (a.k.a. TTPTP), the contest where your creativity is rewarded with Swag Bucks (in addition to that warm, fuzzy feeling). This week’s TTPTP comes from Swaggernaut gabby from Bremerton, Washington – it’s SwagPhonics! If you want a chance to win the TTPTP, ... Read More »

Here Today, Swagstakes Ending Tomorrow

Posted by on Mon, July 12th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
The great thing about our Limited Time Swagstakes is that they feature some really amazing prizes. The part that always makes me a little sad is that, like all good things, they must come to an end. Here are some Limited Time Swagstakes ending tomorrow: The world of handheld gaming can be yours if you ... Read More »