If someone told you that you could make extra money online, what are the chances you would believe them? Naturally, you would probably be a bit skeptical and/or fearful that you would fall into a scheme. And while there are many schemes out there that you should be wary of, there are also some easy and safe ways to earn money online. Unlike most schemes, none of these methods I’m about to reveal to you require your credit card number or other super confidential information. All they require is your time and the use of your laptop and/or smartphone.

I don’t know about you, but an extra $800+ dollars a year is worth my time!  Most of us spend hours on our electronics anyways, so we might as well be using that time to make money… right?!  This year I’ve earned $808.96  just by using my laptop and smartphone. And the best part about it is that I did this from the comfort of my own home!

Are you ready to learn how to earn 💵? If so, read on to discover 7 easy ways to earn money online.🤑

1.Survey Junkie

If you only sign up for one of these methods, let it be Survey Junkie! Survey Junkie is a survey site and is also my current favorite website to earn extra money on! Since joining Survey Junkie in July 2023, I’ve made $167.03 just by filling out surveys in my downtime. What I love about Survey Junkie is that their surveys are relatively fun and easy to complete. And unlike some survey sites, Survey Junkie also doesn’t waste your time by disqualifying you at the end of the survey. If you for some reason don’t qualify for the survey, they’re quick at disqualifying you towards the beginning and they also award you with 3 courtesy points for giving the survey a try. 

It’s super easy to earn gift cards and cash rewards on Survey Junkie. Not to mention the rewards are sent to your email really quickly. Survey Junkie has helped me earn at least an extra $20 for groceries a month. I highly recommend giving it a try.

Survey Junkie Amount Earned: $167.03 in the last year


2. Branded Surveys

Coming in at number two, Branded Surveys is another great survey site to earn extra money on. 

Although there are many survey sites on the web, Branded Surveys has been one of the best in my experience. Many surveys are on interesting topics and consumers are often offered an incentive to try and review products.  Branded Surveys provide members with relevant surveys that typically range from anywhere between 50 cents to $10.  Members are sometimes even selected for research studies that have a payout of $100 or more. You can redeem your points for Paypal money and a large assortment of gift cards.

Branded Surveys Amount Earned: $489.82 made from Feb. 23, 2022 to 1/8/2024 ($60.84 in the last year)


3. Bing(Microsoft Rewards)

Microsoft Rewards (formerly known as Bing Rewards) is a reward system created by Bing.com. Bing.com rewards members for their daily searches, for taking short quizzes, and for clicking web pages on Bing’s homepage. The number of points you can earn daily depends on whether you’re a Level 1 or a Level 2 member. Every member begins  as Level 1 but can level up to Level 2 if/when you consistently search on Bing. Once you’re a Level 2 member, you can earn up to 250 points a day! This is a lot more than the 50 points you earn daily as a Level 1 member. The more points you earn and the quicker you’re earning them, the faster you’ll be able to redeem them for awesome rewards such as $5-$10 Starbucks & Amazon Gift cards!

While you won’t get rich from it, Microsoft Rewards definitely gives you some extra pocket money! I honestly couldn’t afford my Starbucks habit without it!

Microsoft Rewards Annual Amount Earned: $320 in Gift Cards redeemed Total ($65 redeemed in the last year)


4. Crowdtap

Crowdtap is another one of my trusted favorites! Crowdtap a website where consumers are connected to the brands they love, as well as brands they’ve never heard of. On Crowdtap, members earn points by taking short polls, viewing/sharing content, participating in discussions, and sampling and reviewing new and exciting products. Upon earning 1000 points, you can redeem for a $5 gift card to many retailers such as Amazon, Ulta, Kroger, Walmart, and more!  It’s a fast and fun way to earn money for your Amazon wishlist! Use my referral to receive 100 points upon joining. Crowdtap Annual Amount Earned: $1270 in Gift Cards since 2018 ($175 this last year)


5. LifePoints

LifePoints is an app and website to earn money by completing surveys. LifePoints surveys are some of the best to complete because their surveys are typically shorter and they have a highly functional app to use on your phone. Once you accrue 575 points, your points can then be redeemed for Venmo or Paypal deposits, or a variety of gift cards. Life Points Annual Amount Earned: $430 total since 2022 ($260 in Paypal/Venmo in the last year)


6. YouGov

YouGov is a website and app that’s available to both Apple & Android smartphones. On YouGov, members answer short surveys and polls on a variety of topics. Most surveys are only 10-15 minutes and points range from 100 to 2500 per survey. Once you receive a minimum of 25,000 points, you can redeem for Amazon gift cards, Regal movie gift cards, AMC movie gift cards, CVS gift cards, and more. YouGov Rewards Annual Amount Earned: $65 in gift cards in the last year


7. Mercari

Selling your items online is now easier than ever thanks to Mercari. Those interested in selling and buying items can do so by downloading Mercari. Upon joining, you can post photos and list your items to sell and then easily ship out your items to the buyer.

I haven’t kept up with my Mercari listings as much as I did when I first joined, but when I was actively posting items, I made a pretty good amount of money! Making any money on items collecting dust in your closet is a major win in my book! Mercari Total Amount Earned: $435.48 total since 2021 ($16.09 in the last year)


Not all of these options are as lucrative as others. However, they are all worth giving a go in your spare time. While none of them will make you rich , they will provide you with extra cash to fund your Starbucks habit, buy Christmas gifts or to save for that luxury vacation of your dreams. Time is money, so you may as well be making a little extra money with your free time 😉.

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