One of the biggest problems of moving to a new country is finances. I can't work here in St Louis yet as my work permit is still processing and the cash I had saved is dwindling as time goes on. Who knows how long it will take me to find a job once I have my permit too. So when Cold told me about Bing, Mypoints and Swagbucks, it seemed sensible to check them out and I thought I'd share them with you too. Just clicking and running videos in the background is easy money and who doesn't like easy money!
Bing RewardsThis is a really easy, 2 minutes a day to click around and earn Bing Reward Points. Once you have 475 points (the first time, it's 500 points) you can cash them in for a $5 Amazon gift card (or Sephora, Macy's, GameStop and quite a few others). If you do both desktop and mobile searches, that's a total of 25 points per day and then there are between 3-8 points available for doing certain tasks that pop up in your account drop down. That works out at $5 every 16-17 days which isn't huge but for 2 minutes a day of clicking? It's money for nothing!
MypointsMypoints is a portal site with a wide variety of ways to earn points. You can take surveys, do searches through their search bar, watch videos and refer friends etc but the fastest way to earn is to go through their links when you do any online shopping. There are loads and loads of different stores available to shop from and the points are credited to your Mypoints account after 30 days.
Once you have enough points, you can redeem them for gift cards from lots of different stores including Amazon, CVS, Chili's, Applebees, Groupon and Gamestop to name just a few. The best thing about Mypoints is that unlike Bing, they have gift cards for up to $50 if you want to save up your points. We're both doing the video watching and surveys and we're saving our gift cards now for Christmas presents. It will make Christmas so much easier!
SwagbucksSwagbucks is a fairly new one for me but Cold has been doing it for a while. He runs videos in the background at work to build up points and is doing way better than me! But, as with Mypoints, there are lots of ways to earn points and lots of stores to shop with to earn Swagbucks. Just go to Swagbucks website and select your store to shop from - once your order is placed, the points are credited to your account a few days later.
There's also daily targets to reach if you want to - each target reached gives bonus points and if you manage to do them every day for 7, 14, 21 or 28 days, you get an even bigger bonus too.
As for the gift cards - there are hundreds available from most of the big name stores and restaurant chains, you can even cash out to Paypal. When you shop through your Swagbucks link, you get varying amounts of points per dollar - some are even as high as 10 points per dollar which is effectively 10% cashback!
Again, we're saving up these gift cards for Christmas and birthdays but if we buy our Christmas gifts through the Swagbucks portal, then we'll earn points on those too! It all adds up to easy and free money for a little bit of time each day. You gotta love free money!
If you do decide to give any (or all!) of these sites a try, let me know and I'll give you some tips to speed up your points earning. You can leave a comment below or message me on Twitter @Nevahaddict.
Even if you decide against the daily points earning opportunities, I'd definitely recommend signing up if you buy stuff online regularly - that really is money for nothing and builds up quickly too.