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You hear the grumblings every day; wages are not enough to cover living expenses. People have to look for more than one job to make sure all their bills are paid. With the increased popularity of the Internet, multiple ways are available to make extra cash online and here are just a few methods.
CashCrate is a website that offers users the ability to earn cash back, cash rewards, and prizes. Users simply participate in surveys, interact with companies, go shopping and buy offers, or refer others to the program. You need to make at least $20 before you will be issued a check, but you will have to wait until mid-month the following month to receive that pay. Referring people is the best way to earn money through CashCrate. You will earn a commission on what your referral makes, as well as commission on their referrals. I am a member of CashCrate and I have been paid so I am 100% positive that this is a legit offer.
Ebates is a very simple program. You shop at your favorite stores that partner with Ebates, and then you receive cash back. Instead of you having to mail in rebate certificates, you get money credited to your account. They pay via PayPal or they will mail you a check. I am not personally a member of Ebates but a friend of mine is as she has found them to be a legit company.
Similar to CashCrate, Inbox Dollars rewards you with cash for participating in surveys and purchasing from sponsors. However, they also offer cash for playing games online. Some of their partners include Target, Walmart, and H&R Block, so they collaborate with companies you are likely to purchase from regularly anyway. I have signed up with this company but I have not done much with them. However, I have seen it included in others monthly income reports.
InboxPays rewards you for simply signing up with a $5 signup bonus, but then offer you multiple ways to earn even more money. You will receive emails with links that you will be paid to click and read. You can also complete surveys or redeem coupons to make money. They also offer a referral bonus, where you earn a 10% commission on active referrals. They do only pay through PayPal and you have to earn $50 before you can cash out. I just signed up with this company and I am seeing how long it takes to earn $50. I will update with more information on the company once I cash out.
MySurvey is a site that pays you for completing surveys. Some of the surveys are lengthy and others are extremely short. You can complete the surveys on your computer or on the mobile app, and you can sign up using Facebook. You can redeem your earnings for gift cards to some of your favorite stores, like Macy’s or Amazon, or you can receive money via PayPal. MySurvey simply rewards you for voicing your opinions on products you are using every day. They are my favorite survey company and I have cashed out with them numerous times since I joined back in 2011.
Opinion Outpost operates similarly to MySurvey. You sign-up and immediately start offering your opinions on products for rewards. They send surveys via email based on your profile. In addition to earning money or gift certificates, you will be entered in their quarterly $10,000 giveaway. This is another company that I am currently experimenting with.
Swagbucks is a large online company that offers multiple ways to earn money or prizes. You can earn Swagbucks by searching the web, watching videos, finding codes, playing games, taking surveys, and shopping. As your Swagbucks accumulate, you will have the ability to enter in contests for more Swagbucks or prizes, or cash them in for gift certificates. I have been able to cash out with them a few times since I am a huge online shopper and they have most of the stores that I shop from listed in their directory, such as Wetseal and Carters.
All of these programs offer you the ability to make money doing activities you doing anyway. Take the time you are spending online, and allow it to pay for your groceries or pad your bank account.
What are your favorite ways to make extra cash online? Feel free to tell me about them in the comments section below.