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Making Money Online: Swagbucks

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Using Swagbucks is a really simple way to earn money online. You won’t earn a fortune, but without much effort you can you earn $5+ a month. It just takes a few minutes of time. Everyday you can earn a few points by completing a few short tasks and if you a do a few searches a day you can also earn more points.Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 10.57.46 AM

There are multiple other ways to earn as well: playing games, printing and using coupons, special offers, online shopping, surveys and watching videos. If you use google chrome and download the extension it will alert you of opportunities to earn points while you are shopping online or if a special code is posted on facebook.

It’s amazing how fast the points add up. 500 points is equivalent to $5 and there are a wide array of gift cards you can redeem it for. Personally, I only redeem it for amazon gift cards because the ratio is 450 points for $5. I get a little more for my money and I use amazon alot for various purchases. It’s especially helpful for Christmas shopping, which I can’t believe is coming up in a few months.

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Just a small sampling of gift card options available

All in all I have loved this site. It took me a little while to get used to it, but now that I have I average between $10-$20 per month. I’ll take it!

If you don’t believe me check out my post on How I used surveys, Bing and Swagbucks to purchase an i-pad mini.



Pinecone Research Accepting New Applicants

Pinecone Research is accepting new applications for survey participants. This is one of the better companies to do surveys with as every survey pays $3. They give you points now that you have to redeem, but one survey is the equivalent of $3. And you can redeem it straight to your Paypal account. There is no minimum.

The surveys are more limited. I probably take 1 every couple weeks. But I do like the payout for anywhere from 10-20 minutes of my time. I have also had a few product tests from them as well, which are always fun.

If interested, register here.

How I used Swagbucks, Surveys and Bing to buy an I-pad mini

ipadI don’t remember how I got started in online surveys. I think it was in college when I had my own laptop and time to surf the net. I started with ZoomPanel. In those days there was no such thing as Amazon.com or Paypal. I earned points which I redeemed for products. My mom still has the waffle iron we got from those points, but we got rid of the deep fryer.

As time went on I learned about more survey sites and other income generating sites online and as technology has progressed so have the opportunities. I am now registered with several survey sites and other simple search or marketing sites, all of which provide a small steady stream of income. When I say small, I mean small, but over time it adds up. Now I can generally make anywhere from $15-$25 a month for about 15 minutes a day of clicking away on my laptop. And that is just from Swagbucks, Bing and Crowdtap. I also earn money from surveys, but I don’t cash in on those as often so it’s harder to track my monthly income.

This past month we finally saved up enough in amazon gift cards to purchase a 32GB ipad mini, along with a case, screen protector and a usb hard drive. We are hoping to use this as a tool to help John with giving drum lessons. Plus, it’s fun and we can do so much else with it too. A few years ago I was able to purchase my kindle fire with survey money and now the ipad. Not bad for no money out of pocket!

Want to learn more about how to make money online? I will be featuring various sites in the coming months so stay tuned.

Surveys and Other Money Makers: Swagbucks

Swagbucks4Swagbucks is another site where you can earn points and redeem them for gift cards or other merchandise. The best deal is the $5 amazon gift card for 450 points. I probably earn at least 1/month in a matter of minutes a day. And I really don’t try hard. If you actually try you can probably earn twice that. There is a daily poll and daily click thru’s that allow you to earn 4 points per day. They send you emails as well where you can earn points for watching a few videos. You can also earn points by searching via their toolbar. I earned $65 last year in amazon money, and like I said, spent very little time to do so. If you have more time there are many ways you can earn even more.

*If you click thru and sign up it is my referral link.

Survey’s and Other Money Makers: Pinecone Research

I work full time outside the home, but I am always looking for ways to make money in my spare time (whenever that is). I have been doing online surveys since college and while they don’t pay great, they do pay. I can honestly say that I’ve earned thousands of dollars over the course of the years, not to mention free products as well. I am a member of several survey companies that I will highlight over the next few weeks.

Pinecone The first is Pinecone research. This is a great one, and they are accepting new applicants right now. Sign up Here. (Only one person per household) This is definitely one of the better survey companies because the pay scale is great. You earn points for every survey complete, but the equivalent is $3/survey. You can save up your points for products or cash out via Paypal. You don’t get a million surveys from them either. But I’d say I get roughly 2 per month. It’s a very easy way to earn a little extra cash.