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Last Updated on January 17, 2018

30 Websites That Will Pay You For Things You Already Do

30 Websites That Will Pay You For Things You Already Do

You may not be interested in investing 40 hours a week into getting rich online, but you can still make money online in this digital age. You don’t have to work a full-time job online to benefit from all of the possible income sources out there. In fact, this is a list of websites that will actually pay you to do things you’re already doing, like shopping and surfing the web. If you’re already doing it, why not get paid for it?

1. Swagbucks

From watching videos to taking online surveys to playing games, Swagbucks offers many different ways to have fun and put cash in your pocket at the same time. Overall, you can regularly earn $25-$100 per month on Swagbucks just for doing the things you are already doing online. Swagbucks comes first on this list because I have personally made more money with them than the rest, and they seem to have the most options. They also offer cashback shopping in the form of SB points that you can redeem for Free gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, and Paypal.

2. BestMark

BestMark is a mystery shopping job. I’ve had much success with them, and they pay quite a bit, depending on your location. You’ll get paid to shop at different places and review the experience. A lot of it will be things like general car maintenance that you’ll already be doing. Not only will they pay you to do it, they will reimburse the cost of the service!

3. User Testing

This website is a lot of fun. After you sign up and complete the test video, you will start to receive email notifications when new website tests are available. They will give you a few tasks to accomplish on a website, while you record your screen and voice the whole time. You get paid for each website you evaluate. It usually takes about 15-20 minutes, and the pay is generally $10-$15 per website.

4. Perk

Perk is growing rapidly and constantly adding new ways to make money. You can download one of their many apps, including their popular Perk TV. Now they even have an app that actually pays you to watch TV in your home.

5. TopCashBack

This website is unique in that it gives you 100% commission when you shop through them. They don’t take a cut. They’re able to do this by allowing businesses to be featured on their homepage. In other words, they are paid by the advertisers, which works out in your favor!

6. Zoombucks

Another website that pays you to watch videos, but they also pay for contests, completing offers, playing games, and much more. Zoombucks will keep you busy earning money.

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7. FushionCash

FushionCash pays you to watch videos, among other things. They’ll even pay you to listen to the radio through a third-party service called RadioLoyalty.

8. CashCrate

Watching videos, shopping, playing games, winning contests, trying products—these are just some of the ways CashCrate pays. That would explain why they are so popular.

9. InboxDollars

Get paid to watch videos, play games, and shop, among other things. I’ve used InboxDollars for a few years now, and while it won’t make you rich, it will provide you with some extra cash.

10. MyGiftCardsPlus

This website offers competitive cashback rates for gift cards to different stores, and they are powered by Swagbucks, which means they are another way to earn SB points while getting cashback.

11. SendEarnings

SendEarnings will pay you to watch videos, play games and even shop at different stores to buy the things you’re already buying. That’s just the beginning when it comes to what they will pay you for.

12. Fat Wallet

Yet another great cashback website to use for comparison when shopping. Browse around to see who offers the most cashback for what you’re buying and earn that money.

13. MyPoints

MyPoints will pay you for watching videos and playing games, like many of the other websites here, but their main thing is cashback on popular websites like Amazon and Groupon.

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14. Memo Link

Memo Link also pays for various things, but first and foremost, they are a cashback website. You can shop at all kinds of online retailers though them.

15. Extrabux

Up to 30% cashback at over 2,000 different stores! You will definitely be able to find a retailer to shop with and get cashback through Extrabux.

16. Shop At Home

This is a cashback website that seems to focus on popular brick and mortar stores like Walmart, Target, Sears, and Macy’s. However, they do offer cashback at more stores and websites, so they’re good for comparing with other websites.

17. MainStreetSHARES

Formerly BigCrumbs, MainStreetSHARES is cashback shopping with an investing twist. You receive cashback by shopping at online stores, but you also have the ability to earn virtual shares (similar to stock shares) as part of their profit sharing program. This is truly unique.

18. Mr. Rebates

This is another great cashback website with most of the major stores to choose from. They offer up to 30% cashback on a few stores, but 5% is standard to see for many of the retailer websites they offer.

19. Second to None

This is another mystery shopper website like BestMark, but the shops are different. BestMark seems to focus more on auto-related purchases, while Second to None focuses more on smaller shops. One of their biggest assignments right now involves compliance on alcohol and tobacco products at select stores. Occasionally, there could be an important assignment (depending on your location) that could pay close to $100 for a few minutes of work.

20. BeFrugal

Most of the cashback websites offer a $3 or $5 bonus for signing up—BeFrugal offers a $10 signup bonus. They offer up to 30% cashback on select stores, and up to 10% cashback on Amazon.

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21. Ibotta

Cashback at all of the major departments stores, electronics stores, and even movie theatres. The app makes it easy to use right on your phone.

22. Coupon Cactus

Yet another great cashback website that makes it really simple for you to find your cashback coupon and go shopping. Coupon Cactus is also great for saving money in other ways. Browse around their website to figure out all of the ways you can earn and save.

23. IntelliShop

IntelliShop is a great mystery shopper website, and it’s easy to sign up and get started. They offer many different types of mystery shopping opportunities from all kinds of different businesses.

24. Sinclair Customer Metrics

This is another great mystery shopping website. They offer fun ways to shop, evaluate companies, and earn money while doing it.

25. Market Force

Market Force is a great mystery shopping company. I like that they not only have plenty of stores to mystery shop at, but you’ll also get paid to eat! Market Force seems to have more restaurants to shop at than the other mystery shopping companies.

26. InstaGC

You’ll get paid to watch videos, listen to music, shop, and do several other things. They also have a very low minimum cash out—you can get paid after earning a single dollar.

27. Analysia

This is same concept as User Testing. Each test takes about 10-15 minutes and pays $10. Analysia works the same way as User Testing—they will email you when a test becomes available.

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28. StartUpLift

Just like the two websites above, StartUpLift pays you to answer questions about different websites. The questions vary depending on what the specific client wants, but each one pays a flat $5.

29. TryMyUI

This website pays $10 for 15-20 minutes of website evaluation. You’ll visit the website, and then provide feedback on different aspects that the client is looking for.

30. Enroll

These tests fluctuate a little more than the other websites, as far as tasks to complete and pay-per-test, but Enroll is another great option to sign up for and await emails telling you when tests are available.

Additional Tips

  • Make a separate email account. You can use your personal email if you want, but it’s best to set up a new email account that is specifically dedicated to making money online. This will keep your personal inbox clear and it will make it easier to organize emails from these specific websites.
  • Don’t use these websites as a bank. As soon as you reach the minimum for withdrawal, take your money. You never know if and when the website could unexpectedly close. This way, you also won’t have to worry about any errors with funds that you store at the website.
  • Don’t forget to pay your taxes. You may be surprised to find that you can easily earn a few thousand dollars over the course of a year. The government will be interested in this new endeavor as well. Make sure to claim the money as income and report it properly on your taxes at the end of the year.

BONUS: Websites That Pay You to Write

  • FundsforWriters -The article must pertain to writing, and they pay $50 per accepted post. Must be between 500-600 words.
  • Uxbooth – Uxbooth accepts all kinds of topics and articles. They pay $100 per accepted post. Must be between 1,200-1,800 words.
  • Listverse – The article must be a list, and they pay $100 per accepted post. There is a 1,500-word minimum.
  • TopTenz – TopTenz also only accepts list posts, and they pay $50 per accepted post. There is a 1,500-word minimum.
  • A List Apart – You guessed it, it must be a list post. They pay $200 per accepted post, but they publish less often, therefore, they accept less posts. There is a 1,500-word minimum.
  • iWriter – iWriter offers many topics and accepts a lot of posts. They pay $15 per accepted post. There are no guidelines on word count.
  • Textbroker – The pay is lower, but they have many articles to write. They pay up to $.05 per word. There are no guidelines on word count.
  • Matador Network – The pay fluctuates, but they pay up to $60 per accepted post. There is a 1,500-word maximum and no minimum.

This list is a goldmine for you to take advantage of. I’ve used websites like these to make extra cash for years—I’ve even got a free laptop from these types of websites—so they are worth your time. Stay organized, keep track of your earnings, and you’ll be surprised at how much money you can make by doing the things you already do.

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Published on November 20, 2018

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The truth is, there are many “money saving guides” online, but most don’t cover the root issue for not saving.

Once I’d discovered a few key factors that allowed me to save 10k in one year, I realized why most articles couldn’t help me. The problem is that even with the right strategies you can still fail to save money. You need to have the right systems in place and the right mindset.

In this guide, I’ll cover the best ways to save money — practical yet powerful steps you can take to start saving more. It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.

Why Your Past Prevents You from Saving Money

Are you constantly thinking about your financial mistakes?

If so, these thoughts are holding you back from saving.

I get it, you wish you could go back in time to avoid your financial downfalls. But dwelling over your past will only rob you from your future. Instead, reflect on your mistakes and ask yourself what lessons you can learn from them.

It wasn’t easy for me to accept that I had accumulated thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Once I did, I started heading in the right direction. Embrace your past failures and use them as an opportunity to set new financial goals.

For example, after accepting that you’re thousands of dollars in debt create a plan to be debt free in a year or two. This way when you’ll be at peace even when you get negative thoughts about your finances. Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.

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How to Effortlessly Track Your Spending

Stop manually tracking your spending.

Leverage powerful analytic tools such as Personal Capital and these money management apps to do the work for you. This tool has worked for me and has kept me motivated to why I’m saving in the first place. Once you login to your Personal Capital dashboard, you’re able to view your net worth.

When I’d first signed up with Personal Capital, I had a negative net worth, but this motivated me to save more. With this tool, you can also view your spending patterns, expenses, and how much money you’re saving.

Use your net worth as your north star to saving more. Whenever you experience financial setbacks, view how far you’ve come along. Saving money is only half the battle, being consistent is the other half.

The Truth on Why You Keep Failing

Saving money isn’t sexy. If it was, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

Some people are natural savers, but most are impulsive spenders. Instead of denying that you’re an impulsive spender, embrace it.

Don’t try to save 60 to 70% of your income if this means you’ll live a miserable life. Saving money isn’t a race but a marathon. You’re saving for retirement and for large purchases.

If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things. This may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. Wouldn’t it be better to save $200 each month for 12 months instead of $500 for 3 months?

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Most people run into trouble because they create budgets that set them up for failure. This system won’t work for those who are frugal, but chances are they don’t need help saving. This system is for those who can’t save money and need to be rewarded for their hard work.

Only because you’re buying nice things doesn’t mean that you’ll save less. Here are some rules you should have in place:

  1. Save more than 50% of your available money (after expenses)
  2. Only buy nice things after saving
  3. Automate your savings with automatic bank transfers

These are the same rules that helped me save thousands each year while buying the latest iPhone. Focus only on items that are important to you. Remember, you can afford anything but not everything.

How to Foolproof Yourself out of Debt

Personal finance is a game. On one end, you’re earning money; and on the to other, you’re saving. But what ends up counting in the end isn’t how much you earn but how much you save. Research shows that about 60% of Americans spend more than they save.[1]

So how can you separate yourself from the 60%?

By not accumulating more debt. This way you’ll have more money to save and avoid having more financial obligations. A great way to stop accumulating debt is using cash to pay for all your transactions.

This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you stop accruing debt, but you’ll also be more conscious with what you buy.

For example, you’ll think twice about purchasing a new $200 headphone despite having the cash to buy them. According to a poll conducted by The CreditCards.com, 5 out of 6 Americans are impulsive spenders.[2]

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Telling yourself that you’ll have the discipline to not buy things won’t cut it. This is equal to having junk food in your fridge while trying to eat healthy–it’s only a matter of time before you slip. By using cash to make your purchases, you’ll spend less and save more.

A Proven Formula to Skyrocket Your Savings

Having proven systems in place to help you save more is important, but they’re not the best way to save money.

You can search for dozens of ways to save money, but there’ll always be a limit. Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income. The truth is that once you have the right systems in place, saving is easy.

What’s challenging is earning more money. There are many routes you can take to achieve this. For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise. But there’s one problem–you’re depending on someone else to give you a raise.

Your company will have to have the budget, and you’ll have to know how to toot your own horn to get this raise. This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right? That’s why building a side-hustle is the best way to increase your income.

Think of your side-hustle as a part-time job doing something you enjoy. You can sell items on eBay for a profit, or design websites for small businesses. Building a side-hustle will be on the hardest things you’ll do, be too stubborn to quit.

During the early stages, you won’t be making money and that’s okay. Since you already have a source of income, you won’t be dependent on your side-hustle to pay for your expenses. Depending on how much time you invest in your side-hustle, it can one day replace your current income.

Whatever route you take, focus more on earning and save as much as possible. You have more control than you give yourself credit for.

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Transform Yourself into a Saving Money Machine

Saving money isn’t complicated but it’s one of the hardest things you’ll do.

By learning from your mistakes and rewarding yourself after saving you’ll save more. What would you do with an extra $200 or $500 each month? To some, this is life-changing money that can improve the quality of their lives.

The truth is saving money is an art. Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future. Saving money takes effort and having the right systems in place.

Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month? Or, saved $20K in one year? Although it’s hard to imagine, this can be your reality if you follow the principles covered in this guide.

Take a moment to brainstorm which goals you’d be able to reach if you had extra money each month. Use these goals as motivation to help you stay on track on your journey to saving more. If I was able to save thousands of dollars with little guidance, imagine what you’ll be able to do.

What are you waiting for? Go and start saving money, the sky is your limit.

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