“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Year after year I try to save up for Christmas and the same thing happens…bills, unexpected costs (like a new roof this past year and fixing a damaged rental property to sell) and then I am left stressing out how I am going to pay for Christmas.
Not this year my friends! Even though I teach full-time during the day and online in the evenings, there still doesn’t seem to be enough to go around for the extra things I want to have done around the house (remodel kitchen). Well I am planning a YEAR in advance to make sure that Christmas 2016 is DIFFERENT. It’s Hustle Time!
I have read tons of blog posts about how to earn extra money and I have tried out several of them myself. Whether you need to pay the bills, want money for vacation, or want to pay your mortgage off early, there are tons of side jobs to make a little extra income. Here are the ones that I am sticking with through 2016 and hoping that come Christmas time, I will have made enough to cover it all and not stress!
Amazon Mechanical Turk-There are some tasks that just cannot be done by a machine (robot, computer, etc.) This website is for little tasks that can take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of hours. You pick the tasks you want to work on and each one has a price. After only 10 days on the site myself, I have made over $16!
UserTesting-This website lets you review different sites for money. Most of them require you to take a screener test first to see if you qualify. There are a couple of downsides to this website. First, there are tons of people on the site so once a test pops up on your screen, someone else can grab it. Second, most of them have a screener test to take to see if you qualify and a lot of times I don’t! If you do qualify, you can earn $10 for your review! The key is to leave your computer on and logged onto the site. When a test comes through, you will hear a notification. I have done 6 reviews so far and have made over $50. The money gets transferred to your paypal EXACTLY 7 days after you submit your review to the minute. There is an app for your tablet and smartphone as well because some reviews must be done on a mobile device. This is my favorite by far, I just wish there were more opportunities that I could catch!
I am sure you have heard of mystery shopping before. I remember in college getting mystery shopped at my job. This is a fun way to earn money and get free stuff! Different companies have different opportunities. I can’t say what companies I have mystery shopped due to my contract, but I have gotten several free meals! Opportunities include food, retail and services such as oil changes and tire rotations. Here are the websites I use and what I think about them!
MarketForce-This website is my favorite. They have more opportunities in my area and I have done several shops for them. The website is pretty user friendly and their guidelines are easy to follow! I have done at least 6 mystery shops for this company ranging from restaurants to grocery stores.
Bestmark-Babe has done one shop for this company. It was an easy shop, but the report you have to fill out was a little long for the pay that it offered so we have not done another shop for this company yet.
There are websites available that you can complete surveys or watch videos and earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards or other prizes. Here are the websites I use.
Swagbucks-There are several opportunities with this website to earn what are called swagbucks. I complete tasks everyday to earn swagbucks. I have also downloaded their search engine so every time I do an internet search I can earn swagbucks. You can earn through taking surveys, watching videos, completing offers and referring friends. You can save up your rewards and cash them in for giftcards, gas cards, apparel, etc. I plan on saving mine up and cashing them in for Christmas presents or groceries.
Perk-This website is similar to swagbucks. You can watch videos, complete offers or shop. There are apps that include games you can play to win points and tokens. These points and tokens can be cashed in for giftcards of all kinds!
Both of these websites have apps for smartphones and tablets so you don’t have to be at your computer to earn rewards!
I have tried out other mystery shopping sites and some survey sites such as RewardShopping, InboxDollars and Opinion Outpost, but I’m not quite as familiar with them yet! Feel free to use my links and check them out!
Let me know what you think or if you have any other ideas!
Thanks for reading and God Bless,