For the April money challenge, I tested out a few websites from which you can get some additional income. Now I work a full-time job plus I have quite a few hobbies (you’re reading one), so I wasn’t looking for something to take a whole ton of time. Here are the few I tried and my reactions:
This is the first of two survey sites that I tested out. I would spend a few minutes in the morning filling out surveys or watching videos. I eventually got a few Amazon gift cards out of it. MyPoints has a daily 5 – if you complete five activities, you get extra bonus points. Most of these I didn’t use, like coupons and connecting to your email. But I could still get five done when I first used the website. I started to get frustrated with the website when a bunch of those activities stopped working. At that point, I started looking for other options.
- When the website is working, the daily 5 is a good way to get points
- If you don’t qualify for a survey, you get five points, up to a certain number of surveys
- It takes more points than other sites to earn gift cards
- Daily 5 doesn’t work well anymore
I joined this site when I heard it was easier to get rewards. It also has the videos and other ways to earn points as MyPoint. However, it turned out to be way more frustrating. I certainly don’t recommend this site.
- It requires fewer points to earn rewards
- Qualifying for the surveys was hit or miss, and there were no points given for non-qualifying surveys. Sometimes it took several minutes of work to realize you didn’t qualify
- I could never get the video playlists to work, so my only points-earning option was the surveys.
- They still have not sent me my gift card. I emailed repeatedly and messaged their Facebook page, but I have not received the gift card. This is entirely too much time and effort for $5!
I completed two assignments for a mystery shopping company. MSPA is a popular service that you can sign up for and receive potential jobs via email. I completed one assignment was at an electronics store and one assignment at a well-known restaurant. The value of this is debatable, though. I think I earned $12-15 at the electronics store, and had to drive there (I don’t drive much). With the restaurant assignment, I got reimbursed for an appetizer and two entrees but not drinks. So we actually ended up spending quite a bit, because we got drinks and a second appetizer. At first I thought it was a complete bust because of that, but then I realized we got a nice date night for about half the price of a normal meal. Ultimately, however, this may be better for someone without a regular 9-5 job because many of the jobs need to be completed during work hours.
- Involves getting out more in the community than an online method
- You can have some fun experiences on someone else’s dime
- Feels stealthy, like you’re undercover
- You might have to be slightly confrontational, as I had to tell the manager at the restaurant that our otherwise excellent server did not say the magic phrase he/she was supposed to
- Odd hours and sometimes difficult locations make this more difficult for people without a car/flexible hours
Ok, this is a non-traditional way to make money, but this is my favorite. This is a trivia site with daily games that you can play for cash. There used to be a free daily game, but now they charge one or two credits. I think there are still free games on Sundays.
- It is fun while also having the potential to earn money
- I actually earned the most on this site of any of my experiments.
- It requires an upfront cash commitment, so you’ll have to do math to make sure it’s worth it.
This was a fun monthly challenge. I will not be completing any more surveys, but the trivia website is an awesome way to earn a little extra cash.
Next month: miscellaneous ways to save money.