Make Extra Money At Home: My Tips & Recommendations

Free Gift Cards Earned Online

These are the free gift cards I took on our recent Disney trip. All earned from the sites mentioned in this post!


I receive a lot of emails asking me which survey companies I recommend so I wanted to share some of the ways I earn money online. These are all legitimate companies that I am either currently working with or have in the past. If you are looking to make a little extra money, this is a great way to do it. I suggest signing up for more than one to find your favorites. You won’t know if you like a company if you don’t try! Also, it is a good idea to open a “survey only” email account, or set up an email filter, so it is easier keep track of your surveys and offers.

Online Surveys/Product Testers

  • Sunshine Rewards: My favorite! Have been with them for years! Go HERE to see how I earned $900!
  • Nielsen Home Scan: Scan groceries and do paid surveys at home.
  • Ipsos i-Say Community: Test new products and services before anyone else.
  • MyPoints: All I do is click on the emails and take the surveys for a free 5-10 points.
  • Synovate (closed again): Take surveys to redeem for points/cash and test free full size products!
  • Valued Opinions: Receive up to $5 for every survey and up to $50 for specialist surveys.
  • Toluna: Take surveys, test products and give reviews.
  • Vindale Research: Get paid to review products in the comfort of your own home.
  • Reward Port: Take survey & play games to earn points. You get 500 points just for signing up!
  • MySurvey: Share about the products you want & earn points for taking surveys (1,150 points = $10.00).
  • MyView: Take surveys & earn points that you can redeem for PrePaid Visa Cards.

Shopping Online:

You guys hear me mention this over and over! IF you shop online, and you’re not doing it through a cash back program, you’re saying NO to FREE money!! Here are my favorites:

  • Ebates: Find thousands of coupons, promo codes & discounts. Get a FREE $10 gift card for joining.
  • MyPoints: Every couple of months they offer 2,000 points for an Avon or Lancome order…love it!
  • Sunshine Rewards: My favorite! Have been with them for years! Go HERE to see how I earned $900! Plus, exclusive to my readers only, you’ll get a free $2.50 just for joining! Thanks Sunshine :-)

Need to know information:

  • Never pay to join, ever. All of the companies above are free to join!
  • Sometimes you will need to create a profile or answer questions. This is just their way of getting you to the appropriate survey. I check all of the interests so I qualify for more.
  • Surveys aren’t sent daily. The more companies you join, the more surveys will be sent to you.
  • Surveys are limited. When you receive an email, complete the survey as soon as you can.
  • Set up a separate email account just for your survey sites so your inbox doesn’t get full of clutter.
  • Keep track of the surveys you have done, the company you did it for and when you receive payment. I use a spiral notebook that I keep in my desk.

I do not spend much time doing this. Like many of you, I don’t have much free time so I don’t spend more than 15 minutes a day doing surveys…if at all. I’ll usually check what surveys/offers I have been sent while drinking my first cup of coffee. If one interests me, I do it. I always use my rewards for our Disney trips! I cashed out over $600 for our trip in November! That said, you could probably earn much more than I do if you dedicate more time to it. When I shop online, it literally only takes a few seconds of my time to login to my cash back program and shop through their link…and I get rewarded big time for doing it!!

Keeping it real…you won’t get rich doing this but I earn an extra $800 – $1500 a year doing this in less than 30 minutes a day and most days I don’t do anything! If you can dedicate more time to it, you could earn much more than I do. Reader, Shelly is stay at home mom and sent me this email:

“Hi Andrea, I love your site and have followed you for a few months now. I just wanted to thank-you for your post on how to make money online. I am a stay at home mom and have been averaging $5 to $7 a day doing the surveys. I hope to one day take my kids to Disney World and so appreciate all your tips. Thank-you again, Shelly”

WAY TO GO Shelly woohoo! Great job!! $5 – $7 a day is $150 to $210 a month, $1800 to $2520 a YEAR…enough to pay for a Disney trip :-) If you guys have any questions, please feel free to contact me using the link at the top of the site, leave a comment or ask in our Facebook Community

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