4 Of The Best Websites For Earning Cash In Your Spare Time


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I have tried out dozens of survey sites and what I like to call point reward programs. I enjoy spending time figuring out how to best earn cash or gift cards from each program so my readers can get straight to earning.

4 of the best websites for earning cash in your spare time! There are people earning $100 a month or more with these sites--all from the comfort of their own home.

The geeky side of me loves doing it. I love messing around on each site figuring out which point earning actions earn the most points in the quickest amount of time.

Now that I am more than 4 years into this blogging thing, I have had time to see which sites are consistently offering their members new ways to earn money. I can tell within a short while of using the program if it is what I would consider a high income earner or a low income earner.

Below is my list of the top 4 programs I have found to date.

These programs offer everything I look for in a good point rewards program.

  • A variety of ways to earn points.
  • At least one fast way to earn points.
  • Low cash out values so you are not waiting forever to earn a reward.
  • A PayPal cash out option so that you can apply your earnings to whatever you want to.
  • A reasonable wait period from when you order your reward to when you receive it.

4 Of The Best Websites For Earning Cash In Your Spare Time


The other programs on this list are not in any particular order, but there is a reason why I put Swagbucks first.

In my opinion if you only want to mess with one point rewards/survey program, Swagbucks is the one you want to join.

Swagbucks offers over 20 different ways to earn points–called SB–and they offer new ways to earn points on a fairly constant basis. A lot of those ways to earn are probably for things you already do online like web searches, shopping, purchasing daily deals and printing coupons.

Back before I was a blogger I earned a $5 gift card from Swagbucks each month just for using them as my homepage for web searches and nothing more. I was essentially being paid to do something I was doing for free.

Of course, it is possible to earn much more than $5 a month with Swagbucks. I have readers who report earnings of $100 a month from Swagbucks.

However, I think it is more than worth your while to join more than one point rewards/survey program. Variety opens up your ability to make even more money. Joining several programs allows you to do the quick earning point tasks at each company, which leads to earning more money per month in the long run.

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PrizeRebel currently offers 9 different ways to earn. There are a mix of quick and simple ways to earn points such as following them on you favorite social media platform and keeping your eye out for codes you can enter into the site for points or watching videos. They also offer many different survey options.

My first cash out from PrizeRebel took just over 24 hours to receive, but since I became a Silver member my Paypal deposits have come within minutes of ordering them.

That is another thing I really like about PrizeRebel, they have a member level system. The more points you earn the higher you go up the system. As you go up the levels you start earning bigger discounts on cash outs–meaning your points go further and you get faster cash outs.

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See the “insta” in the name? That is my favorite part about InstaGC: their rewards are instant. The only exception is the Paypal, Direct deposit, or e-check option which can take up to 7 business days.

However, they do offer Starbucks gift cards starting at $5 and Amazon gift cards starting at just $1. Those are usually what I cash out for. InstaGC is currently my mom treat account. I use it to pay for the coffees I drink while blogging away from home and the discounted e-books I fill my kindle with.

InstaGC offers many different ways to earn, but my favorites are listening to music through Radio Loyalty, clicking through to sites, and watching videos.

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MintVine doesn’t offer a long list of ways to earn, but it does offer a great survey selection and I really like how quickly their system either allowed me in a survey or kicked me out and offered me another. With some survey sites you can spend way too many precious minutes just waiting to get into a survey, I didn’t find that at MintVine when I tried it out.

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These 4 programs will help you turn those little moments in your day into money making moments.

 If you are wondering just what little moments of my day I am referring to for using these programs, here are some ideas.

  • Download the apps for Swagbucks and set the videos to roll while you are getting ready for your day.
  • Listen to Radio Loyalty while you are working on the laptop and set your phone timer to remind you to look for the point earning code to enter into InstaGC every 30 minutes.
  • Snuggle up to your sports loving hubby and do a few surveys for MintVine while you watch the game.
  • Put your laptop beside that big pile of laundry you need to fold and enter into the video area of PrizeRebel and earn a few points as you fold.

Psst…want to try out even more programs? Check out my list of all the point programs I have tried and read what I have to say about them.

How to earn $100 in gift cards every month--without spending all day on the computer.

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3 Things I am LOVING Lately: June 15


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Hot and sunny weather most of the week here in Indiana and I am LOVING it!

pool reading

First thing I am LOVING lately…..

Reading time on my pool lounger

I got my favorite inexpensive floating pool lounger out and have used it twice this week. This baby has a cup holder for my favorite insulated cup ( this cup keeps beverages cool for hours on end) and keeps me out of the water so I can read my book without getting wet while letting my feet dangle in the water through its cut out (hard to explain but you can see it here).

I get into it without getting my book wet by dragging it up near the pool ladder and placing two kick boards under it to help it float just a bit higher off the water.

Of course I never take a chance reading a library book in the pool, instead I stick to books I own from inexpensive or free sources such as  Tyndale Rewards.

homeschooling books

Second thing I am LOVING lately…

More stuff out of my home…

Okay so the picture actually shows the stuff that came home with me but I did sell quite a bit at the secondhand homeschooling curriculum sale this week.

Here are my resale totals for June so far :

  • Yard Sale: $302
  • Secondhand Curriculum sale: $454.50

That is a total of $756.50 for the month of June from items our family won’t miss.

If you want to give reselling a try visit my reselling page for tips on how to sell your goods in various ways including eBay, Craigslist, Facebook and more.

hair accessories

Third Thing I am LOVING Lately…

Some beautiful hair accessories to try

After talking about my new hairdo styling problems in my weekly newsletter a while back a reader and Lilla Rose consultant asked me if it was okay to mail me some hair accessories to try out.

I said sure and was so thrilled when they arrived and I found out she had sent me not one, not two, but three different pieces to try. My daughter and I are looking forward to trying them out.

What is something you are loving lately? Tell me about in the comments below.

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Welcome to Our Not So Pinterest Worthy Homeschooling Room


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Once upon a time I dreamed of having a homeschooling room, and then we moved and I had one. It was beautiful with huge cabinets to store books and a long table that could fit all two of my students, plus plenty of room for a desk for my third student. There was a place for a small couch to cozy up with books and great sunshine pouring in the windows all day long.

A real life homeschooling room, plus a major tip for creating your own!

We used  that ideal homeschooling room for about two months. Actually, to be completely honest I think it was really about two weeks.

You see, my oldest child just didn’t do well having 2 siblings in the same room as him. He got too distracted and got very little done each day. Another child ended up memorizing both his siblings’ memory work, but never did seem to get much else done.

Eventually I ended up letting my oldest do his school work in his room and I let the other two move to the bigger and more comfy couch in the family room.

And so the homeschooling room sat empty except for a cupboard full of books. Eventually even those were removed when we converted it to a 4th bedroom so that our boys no longer had to share a room.

Welcome to Our Not So Pinterest Worthy Homeschooling Room

A real life homeschooling room, plus a major tip for creating your own!

My children are teenagers and don’t often allow me to post photos of them on the blog anymore. They did, however, approve of this photo exposing their blanketed legs for your viewing. (eh, whatever this is truly what homeschooling looks like most days)

And this is what homeschooling now looks like.

That is me working on the apple laptop and those are two kids wrapped  up under blankets.  All of us use handy fold away tables for desks. My oldest son is in college now so it is just the three of us.

In this photo my two children are working on their Time4Learning subjects. Currently they are doing both English and History through Time4Learning. I love how I can set up a daily timeline for them to follow with just a few clicks inside the parent section of the website. I also love that most of their school work is marked for me. I just have to grade the writing assignments.

At the end of the year record keeping is a breeze. I simply print out the report that shares with me their grades on all their tests and quizzes and then I perform a simple math equation to create a course grade average and BAM! I have a final grade for their transcripts.

With both children now in high school this is what really sold me on using Time4Learning–record keeping is so simple.

High school level courses at Time4learning are currently $30 a month for up to four subjects. Elementary level courses are $15 a month for up to four courses.

We could use Time4learning for math and science and not pay a dime more, but the children really enjoy Apologia science and Teaching Textbook math–plus this means they are not on the computer all day.


A real life homeschooling room, plus a major tip for creating your own!

Which brings me to the second part of my homeschooling room tour

This is the laundry basket that holds the books needed for Apologia science and Teaching Textbook math.

I had grand plans of getting these at least onto a bookshelf, but halfway through our first year without a homeschooling room to store our books they were still on the floor and at that point I decided that they were really handy right here so why change things.

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But wait–there is more. We use one desk drawer to hold all the disks needed for science and math.

I am horrible at pronouncing scientific words so I decided a long time ago to get my children the books on MP3 CDs so they could listen along as they read and learn how to properly pronounce their science terms as a result.

I have the children store the disks in the desk drawer so they don’t get crushed by the weight of the school books.

Yes, our homeschooling room isn’t very Pinterest worthy. I don’t think you could really even call it a homeschooling room. It is really our family room with homeschooling books in it.

But it works for us and that is what matters most.

Homeschooling mama, create a homeschooling room that works for you and your family. And if you create the one of your dreams and it doesn’t work–well, go with the one that does and convert that room space into something more usable.

our family uses time4learning.comOur family has used Time4Learning for several years now and we are very happy with it.

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