Howdy, I know it’s been about seven million eight hundred days since I wrote but I’ve had a major brain block and lots of stuff going on that I may or may not be writing about in the future. I’ve got two–yeah, two–books in the works. One is a collection of short stories and one is a cook book of sorts. I’m working my little brain off on those two projects, but in all that meantime I have while staring at my gorgeous new Mac I’ve discovered some ways to supplement my income and I want to share it because Heather over at My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream shared it with me–she’s got a whole page dedicated just to sites that can be moneymakers for sitting at the computer. I’m once of those crazy people who believes that we should share the wealth to have wealth because there is enough to go around despite what negative Nancys might have you thinking.
Anyway, in my online adventures I have discovered a few tips and tricks for navigating what can be an exhausting and sometimes confusing way to make a few bucks.
Some things you should know:
It’s about your time and opinions. 99% of these sites are survey sites that offer rewards. Sometimes you take surveys, sometimes you sign up for a free newsletter, and sometimes you watch a video. There’s even a site where you take little quizzes about what you watched on TV last night. It’s a lot of form filling out and question answering. Decide how much time a day you want to dedicate and don’t go over that. You’ll go bonkers.
It’s not just about money. There are sites that do in fact cut you a check. It’s great. I love it. But it takes time and commitment and it’s tedious as crap. There are more sites however that pay in gift cards, coupons, and free samples. Not stupid gift cards, but Wal-Mart and Amazon and Whole Foods. To me this is worth just as much as cash because it costs me time but I can still buy my groceries or gas or Christmas gifts with these cards. The samples and coupons come in handy too if you use coupons, which I am just starting to realize comes in very handy.
You should be prepared. I suggest getting a dedicated e-mail account just for your online efforts. I was expecting to get a ton of junk mail too but I haven’t received a single piece. Your phone will ring too–I wish I would have gotten a burner phone number but I didn’t so my phone rings pretty much constantly. I ignore it.
You’re about to go down the rabbit hole. With every click of your mouse you will open a new page with a new offer and a new promise of vacations and diamond watches and free stuff. My recommendation is to do what you have to do to qualify for your rewards or cash and get out. Don’t believe the hype and don’t do any offer that sounds too good to be true. It is. Trust me. Also, I don’t participate in any paid offers but I’ll get to that in a minute.
How I get organized:
I keep a dedicated notebook where I record each time I do a survey for points or money, and each time I give my e-mail address. The reason is because I don’t want to waste time. The more I do this the more lucrative it becomes–I made over $100.00 last week for literally filling out forms and answering questions. I keep a record because some of the offers are repetitive and will pay multiple times and some won’t, and some will let you sign up multiple times and some won’t and I don’t want to waste the time on something that won’t pay. I’ve picked out my favorite sites and I’m going to share what I’ve learned so far.
CASH SITES: sites that pay in money
CashCrate: You’ve probably heard of this site. It’s my favorite because they have a low pay out minimum, meaning how much you have to earn before they cut you a check, ($20.00) and they are super easy to navigate. The surveys you are eligible for are listed and when you submit and offer it disappears. If you aren’t eligible for one it won’t have a submit button. Also, if the offer requires a purchase it is marked so you can avoid it. Read the instructions carefully. I’ve missed a few payments because I didn’t do the required action. It may seem like it’s slow going but most take about a minute to complete and you just watch the money add up.
InBox Pays: InBox is almost exactly like CashCrate except that it isn’t as organized and has a higher payout amount ($30.00). It contains the same surveys for the same amount of money in most cases, and the best news is that with most of them you can get paid for doing both on both sites. Why not earn twice? Most the time its a matter of signing up for coupons or newsletters that are going to a dedicated e-mail anyway so just do it–it’s free money.
Send Earnings: Send Earnings follows the lead of the first two but has an even bigger payout amount ($50.00). The good thing about Send Earnings is that they pay with PayPal instead of a check so you get paid faster when you submit for payment. Again, it has many of the same surveys which means triple the money.
I recommend signing up for all three and for the first few days spending at least 20 minutes on each site familiarizing yourself with how it works and the layouts. It’s worth it, trust me.
REWARD SITES: sites that reward with gift cards and coupons
GiftHulk: this is one that I found out through Heather. You accumulate points and redeem them for gift cards. It is super easy to rack up points and it has many, many more offers than the cash sites. It’s also very easy to use.
Plink: With Plink you earn points for specific purchases and get reward cards. You go to Plink and pick an offer, like $10.00 at 7-11 then use the credit or debit card you link from your Plink account (you don’t give them your card information, your bank does it with your permission) and you earn points when you make your purchase. You make purchases anyway, might as well get rewarded for it.
There are lots of sites out there formatted like this one, but these are the most simple ones I’ve found so far. Remember, keep a notebook and read the fine print. Many of the research and survey sites promise cash and rewards but they really just let you earn points that you use to enter sweepstakes. I stay away from dealing with them directly. I just give them my e-mail when they pay through one of the above sites. Send me questions if you have any, and good luck!