Potato Chip Cats: Earning and Saving

Earning and Saving

Let me just start this by saying, yes, IT IS TOTALLY POSSIBLE to make and/or save a good chunk of change online, from home, without wasting your day. I didn't believe it at all at first. I was always skeptical. But after signing up for these sites and spending just a few minutes a week, you can make a pretty penny for very little effort. 

Please, before joining any of these sites on my recommendation, check the Terms and Conditions for yourself. 

Earning Sites

Got some free time? Earn some money!  

  • Swagbucks- Earn points for searching using their Google-esque search bar, answering surveys (or even getting rejected from a survey), watching videos, shopping online, playing games, and more. You can trade in your points for gift cards, sweepstakes entries, or CASH (basically, 1 Swagbuck = 1 cent).  
  • InboxDollars- This site rewards you for completing surveys and offers, and opening special emails. There is a $5 automatic reward for signing up. You can request your first check when you reach $30. 
  • Shopkick - Earn "kicks" for walking into participating stores, scanning product barcodes, or making certain purchases. Cash out for gift cards to major retailers, like Target, Marshall's and more. 
  • Lucktastic - play virtual scratch cards to earn points or cash and enter sweepstakes. Can be pretty addictive! Use your points for gift cards. 
  • Applike - This pays you to install and use participating apps. I have cashed out just for playing Panda Pop, Angry Birds, and other games. Use my link to receive 4,444 "mCoins" when you join. 

Cash-back Shopping Sites

Stop here before you shop online, or get credit for in-store purchases! 

  • Ebates- Ebates offers cash back at thousands of retailers, and usually credits your account within days of your purchase. You can receive payment from a check or via Paypal. Receive a $10 gift card just for joining.
  • Jingit- This app incentivizes shopping for participating stores and brands. If you're already out and about, the app makes it easy to claim cash back. 
  • ibotta - my new favorite way to save on groceries! Get cash back from a wide variety of products, including produce, dairy and meat of any brand. Earn bonuses by teaming up with friends on Facebook. Pair this app with Checkout51 for awesome savings!  
  • Zuuzs- Functions the same way as Ebates but with a more social aspect in their referral program. It is designed primarily for women.
  • BeeSavy- "Taking the sting out of online shopping." How cute is that? Earn cash back by shopping through BeeSavy and create a referral network of up to 7 levels to earn commission.

Daily Deal Sites

Use sites like these to find mega-discounts on all kinds of items in sales that last for a limited time.
  • 1 Sale a Day- Find deals in a variety of categories. I got a Rachel Ray knife here for less than $20 (down from almost $70). Allow some extra time for delivery compared to normal shopping sites.
  • SaveMore.com- Look for local and national deals here and receive a $10 credit for signing up. With this credit, I got a $30 teeth whitening pen for free including shipping, with $2 leftover. Worth a visit.
  • Shopping Notes- Set saving alerts for products you'd like to buy, but not necessarily right away- Shopping Notes will tell you when the products you've selected go on sale.
  • Groupon- Pick a nearby city for local deals, or take advantage of product sales and amazing getaways.
  • Living Social- same program as Groupon, different deals. Always check both when planning a night on the town! Get an automatic 5 Deal Bucks when signing up. 
  • Bonus: earn cash back when you visit Swagbucks before shopping Groupon or LivingSocial!