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It's an anniversary of sorts

I just realized that it's been exactly one year since I joined Swagbucks. I don't spend nearly as much time fussing with it as I used to, but it's practically free money even with relatively minimal effort. I was sort of curious how much I'd actually made after all this time so I dug through the account and found that to date, I've picked up $940 in Amazon gift certs. Not bad when you think about it considering all it cost me is some time and God knows I have plenty of that.

Really, the total's actually a bit higher than that since I've still got points left unused yet in the account and orders pending. By the end of the month, I should have another $150 for a grand total of $1,090. That works out to around $91 a month, which seems sort of piddling when you look at it that way, but free money is free money. Honestly, I think what keeps me going with Swagbucks more than anything else is inertia. I know some people online who are members of a half dozen different sites all offering prizes and money in this fashion, but I just can't be bothered to start anything new. Besides, the current payout is good enough really and I can pick it up without any excessive irritation.

I've already decided what I'm going to do with all the Amazon certs I've been saving too. Well, one of two things anyway.

1) My laptop is now 2 years old. It's been great but it's always had various wiring problems from the start. I have a 3-year warranty I bought through Squaretrade which I haven't used, always planning to wait until it was close to expiring before actually sending it in to get the problems fixed. It's not a big deal really and if I did it before then I would be without my laptop for potentially weeks. That said, it's time to think about a replacement and that's where all that Amazon cash will come in handy. I should have enough to buy a really spiffy laptop by the time I need it.

2) A tablet. I always figured I didn't need any more gadgets but I'm seriously thinking about picking up a tablet at some point. I was reading somewhere that the new iPad will have a battery life near 12 hours which is almost unbelievable. It's not like I'll need it for computing, what with the netbook, but it would make for a much better way to view videos when traveling.

The nice thing about Amazon certs are that they're easily convertible to cash, so even if I can't find what I want on the site I can still get what I'm looking for.


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