My name is Kaley from Cha-Ching on a Shoestring and it is such a privilege for me to be guest posting here today! (Someday maybe Beckie will let me write another post entitled 5 Ways to Rock a Pair of Overalls since she and I were known to do so a time or two in our college years.)
I have a passion for helping others learn to live large on a limited budget because a little over four years ago, my husband suddenly joined the ranks of the unemployed. A self-professed coupon-a-phobe, I was introduced to the world of couponing by a certain someone that we all know and love. (Yes, she is a woman of many, many talents!)
Soon this newfound hobby became a full-blown passion and I began my very own money-saving blog where I get to help thousands of people every day stretch their dollars further than they thought possible.
One of my all-time favorite ways to stretch my dollars is through what I like to call ‘free money’ opportunities. These are simple ways to bring in some extra spending money online. None of these methods will get you rich anytime soon, but over time I promise you’ll see the benefits!
Here are my 5 Favorite Ways to Earn Money and Free Stuff Online:
1. Swag Bucks: If you only chose one method to earn online, this is the one I would recommend. Swag Bucks is an online search engine that rewards you with items like Amazon, Starbucks and other gift cards (and who doesn’t search online?).
Sign up here by Monday (7/30) and use code SBISONTHEGO at registration to get 60 Swagbucks in addition to the 30 Swag Bucks you earn just for signing up. Learn more here. 2. MyPoints: I’ve been a MyPoints member for years and have saved up enough points to redeem for several hundred dollars worth of gift cards. Earn points by reading e-mails, signing up for offers, and shopping through their site. Learn more here.
3. Ebates: Want to earn cash back when you shop online? Sign up for Ebates – one of my favorite cash back shopping sites. If you’re going to shop online, why not earn money for doing so?!
4. Surveys: Consider joining a survey panel for a little extra spending money. A few of my favorites are: Pinecone Research, Opinion Outpost, and MySurvey. I know you girls are multi-taskers! Take a few surveys while you’re watching TV in the evening and over time, earn cash, gift cards or PayPal cash.
5. Share with friends. Often these types of online earning opportunities I just mentioned offer rewards when you refer friends. If you have a blog or use Facebook or Twitter, you have a platform. Use it! Your friends will thank you when you show them the money!
I used my gift cards and rewards that I earned last year to fund our Christmas and was able to spend only $50 out of pocket! How about you? What will you use your earnings to fund?