**Updated on 4/19/2010 to correct point totals**
Swagbucks (click on the title of this post to follow my referral link) is a search engine where you randomly earn swagbucks (points) for searches. You can also earn them through swagcodes (random codes giving free points, usually posted on their blog or twitter, and often posted on the swagbucks thread on slickdeals.net), referrals, trading in your old cell phones, etc. 450 swagbucks will buy you a $5 amazon gift code. They have other prizes as well, but I'm all about the amazon codes. In my first six months as a member, I earned enough points to purchase $100 in amazon gift codes to help out with our Christmas budget. I have earned these through NO MORE than five minutes a day of searches (I usually search for a few minutes in the morning until I get a swagbuck reward, and a few minutes in the evening until I get a swagbuck reward). It really is incredibly easy.
In addition, for the first 1000 swagbucks a referral earns, you earn swagbucks, too. So if you use my link, I will get something out of it. Of course, this also means that for everyone that signs up with YOU as a referral and earns swagbucks, you get swagbucks, too. I've heard of people with so many referrals that they earn a $5 amazon gift code every couple of days. It's hard to keep getting new referrals, but for every one you get who earns 1000 swagbucks, you get 1000, too, which means you get $10 in amazon (or whatever other prize you choose) for each active referral.