Using Reward Sites to Earn Money – 52 Week Money Savings Challenge
Welcome to week 8 of the 52 Week Money Savings Challenge Week! This week’s deposit is $8, if you’re following along. Last week I talked about Ebates and using cash-back sites to save money while shopping online. This week, I’m going to chat about rewards sites. Why did I separate them? Well, Ebates is all about cash-back when making a purchase. The sites I’ll talk about below are places you can visit and either make a purchase through or do an activity like taking a poll, clicking an email, making a search, taking a survey, etc.
I’ll be honest here, using rewards sites can be a slow process and little return, so why am I even including them in this series? Because regardless of the slow process, if you stick with certain activities, you can earn cash and gift cards with little effort. I’ll share my favorite rewards sites with you that I keep going back to because of the little effort involved. When it comes to payouts, usually, a rewards site offers gift cards, memorabilia, sweepstakes and sometimes cash, so if you’re looking to earn cash-back or to increase your savings, don’t start with rewards sites. This is something I recommend as you have time, but they are not something I count on to help us out each month with our budget.
MyPoints – MyPoints has been around for a long time and frankly, I just love this one. I opted in to get the emails where all I have to do is click and I have 5 points awaraded to my account. Sometimes I go to the main site and participate in some other activities, as well as do some searches, but mainly, I just stick to the email clicking. It’s fast, simple and I can delete the email in seconds. Rewards start at 500 for donations and 1600 for gift cards. I do not do the surveys for MyPoints.
Swagbucks – Swagbucks probably offers the most activity variety of these sites (though MyPoints is very similar). You can shop through Swagbucks, take polls, play games, do internet searches, find codes, etc. It’s easy to use and can be a very rewarding site. Rewards include memorabilia, donations, gift cards and visa cards. The rewards start at 5 Swagbucks for donations and 500 Swagbucks for a $5 gift card. I do not do the surveys for Swagbucks.
YouGov – I like YouGov because although they just offer surveys, these aren’t the kind that drag on and on and on, only for you to be told after 10 minutes that you don’t qualify. The rewards start at 20K points and you receive 500 or 1000 points per survey. I opted into their “more” surveys and usually receive about 2 per week, maybe 3. The rewards for YouGov include memorabilia, donations, gift cards and visa cards.
How about you? Do you have a favorite reward site?
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