How Swagbucks Works For Me – lotusenta

It’s a new year and we’re excited to meet new Swaggernauts – are you??  Today we’d like you to meet lotusenta, from Pawtucket, RI.  Setting goals for the new year is something many of us do – and lotusenta got a head start towards the end of 2013.  Read her story about how she was able to quit smoking – thanks to Swagbucks!

I have been using Swagbucks off and on for the past few years. Myself and my husband are both disabled; he hurt his back at work, and was never able to fully recover, and I have psychiatric issues related to childhood trauma. Swagbucks helps us with some money that we wouldn’t be able to get normally due to our fixed incomes, and has helped us be able to not only survive, but also live. It’s bought us new computer accessories when ours have broken down. It’s bought us printer ink for printing coupons to save us more money. I think I may have bought toilet paper once or twice on Amazon.

One thing that Swagbucks has helped us out with recently was quitting smoking. I was a smoker for over 10 years, and had failed with quitting 4 times in the past 4 years. I found myself wanting to quit but not having the willpower to do it. I decided to try electronic cigarettes to see if that would work. I had tried in the past, but the start-up cost of it was too much at the time, and with my limited income, it’s hard to pay for something up-front like that.

I started doing some research a few months ago, and found out that Amazon carried a lot of the supplies I would need to switch from tobacco to “vaping.” I decided to start saving up my Amazon Gift Cards and start purchasing the supplies. That in combination with some of my local shops, I was able to get everything I needed in a short amount of time. And the brunt of the cost was paid for in the gift cards I earned from Swagbucks.

I have now been completely smoke-free for over a month. The picture included is from the Rhode Island ComicCon (which I would not have been able to attend had it not been for Swagbucks helping me set aside money by allowing me to purchase certain things online). That was in November, and it was the very last time I had a cigarette. It was then that I realized that, with the switch to the electronic cigarettes, that regular cigarettes make me sick to my stomach. I have not had one since that day. I am now working on trying to make it so I only use nicotine-free liquids, which I can make myself using supplies that I can order from Amazon.

So, I would like to formally say “Thank you, Swagbucks, for helping me quit smoking.” I wouldn’t have had the money to do it if it weren’t for you guys. Now that I don’t have to buy cigarettes, I can put my money towards more useful things… like cat toys and Magic cards. 🙂

In the picture provided, I am on the left, my husband is on the right, and Nicki Clyne from Battlestar Galactica (the reboot) is in the middle. Yes, we are nerds, and we are awesome.

Thank you for sharing this great story, lotusenta!  First – we’d like to say WAY TO GO!  Quit smoking is incredibly challenging and certainly takes will power – which you’ve clearly displayed.  Keep it up!  And second – you ARE awesome! Here’s 500 Swag Bucks to add to your stash, enjoy!

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-Team Swagbucks