I’m the sort of person that took cans to the recycling center to collect my $0.05 each – before there were oh-so-convenient recycling bins we could use. When I find a penny, I’ll pick it up. I pretty much do all my shopping either online or with my cash back card (or both) since every little bit helps towards that savings fund. As someone who blogs and is on the internet a LOT, there are a couple of ways I’ve been able to make a few extra bucks. I know many of you are already saving savvy, but just in case you haven’t heard of these programs, I thought I’d share two of my favorite extra-cash-earning tricks. (*Note: For full disclosure, the links below are affiliate links. Feel free to go directly to the company websites if you would prefer. *)
I’ve mentioned Swagbucks a couple of times in the past. This is a super way to get cool gifts or gift cards. The premise is simple. Use Swagbucks for your searches and earn Swag Bucks which can be redeemed for gift cards, jewelry, electronics, and other items.
Since I’ve joined, I’ve redeemed over $150 in Amazon gift cards, and I have enough points for another $40 still in my account. How? I downloaded the Swagbucks toolbar and use it for 99% of my web visits. Even if it’s a site that I know – say, CNN – I’ll search for CNN using the toolbar and then click on the link. This extra step gives me the chance to win a few Swag Bucks. On a good day, I can make about 50 Swagbucks just from searching, which means I average a $5 Amazon GC in just over a week (they currently cost 450 Swag Bucks.)
There are other ways to earn Swag Bucks daily, such as playing games, taking surveys and polls, etc. but personally, I find using the toolbar the easiest.
If you use the internet (which clearly you do if you’re reading this 😉 ), then I definitely recommend you sign-up for Swagbucks!
2. Social Spark
This cash-earning opportunity is for bloggers. Social Spark is a platform that allows advertisers to “hire” bloggers to write sponsored posts. Once your blog is qualified, you can start receiving sponsored post opportunities from various advertisers. I think that the amount of opportunities you get will be based on 1) the size of your blog and 2) the price you set for your posts. You’ll get a range of opportunities through Social Spark and can accept or reject the opportunities based on what’s a good fit for your blog.
If you’re a blogger who is looking for another potential revenue stream, sign-up for Social Spark!
While neither of these will make you rich, they do provide that extra cushion for a gift or a night out on the town.
The links above are affiliate links. Feel free to go directly to the company websites if you would prefer.