On Tuesday, I discussed one of the ways I have discovered to earn a little bit of money
while being a stay-at-home mom.
Mechanical Turk may be growing in popularity, but I would argue the hands-down, most popular and efficient way to earn a bit of extra money is through points sites.
I’ve written about points sites elsewhere, but the general premise is this: through taking surveys, opening emails, reading articles or even doing a simple online search, you earn points to be used toward gift cards, discounts, PayPal transfers or charitable donations.
As noted in the linked article, my favorites a couple of years ago included several sites, including the popular Swagbucks and Mypoints. Since adding to our family has cut down on my time online, I focus my time primarily on those two, as well as Epoll and Recyclebank.
Instead of saving the points for use at Christmastime, I have begun using them to get Amazon gift codes for items I can’t get at a decent price in stores (such as the kids’ multivitamin) or toward a charitable contribution (my personal favorite is the planting a tree reward through Treecycler, courtesy of Swagbucks). Recyclebank is great for magazine subscriptions, both print and digital, and for awesome coupons on eco-friendly products.
Whereas I used to devote several hours a week to my points sites, now I devote maybe an hour or two per week, in addition to the brief amount of time spent on Mechanical Turk. I’ve found that focusing my time more on bill reduction frees up some income from the get-go, and we really don’t need more clutter in our lives, so the “need” to do the points sites has diminished somewhat.
That said, every little bit does help, and as I mentioned on Tuesday, if I’m going to spend time online anyway, I’d rather it be for some greater good. Points sites offer a great way to bring in a little bit of extra cash throughout the year.
I’m always looking for new ways to bring in a bit of extra change to put toward savings and big purchases. What are some ways you have earned an extra buck on the side?
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