There are many legitimate ways to make money on the Internet. In the following post, we’ll talk about 7 ways to easily make free money for Christmas in the coming weeks and months.
The stats tell us that most Americans spend copious amounts of money on Christmas each year. One study indicates the average American consumer spends close to $1,000. The upshot of this is that many consumers start the New Year in debt. But there are ways to avoid that scenario by learning how to make extra money for Christmas.
The methods below will certainly not make you rich. But they can make your holidays a little jollier without taking quite as big a bite out of your wallet. What’s more, these are things that anyone can do because they don’t require any special skills or any investment beyond a bit of your downtime.
So, let’s talk about how you can be better prepared for the Christmas holidays this year, shall we?
7 Easy Ways to Make Free Money For Christmas
Here’s a list of websites or apps that I personally use to routinely make some extra income. My regular readers are aware that I’m a huge believer in the value of side hustles. You can’t support yourself with the activities below. But getting some free money for Christmas or other special events during the year is very possible.
My list includes a variety of GPT sites, dedicated survey sites, and shopping or receipt-scanning applications. I urge you to sign up for everything to give yourself the best chance of earning incremental income.
Swagbucks is a premier GPT (Get-Paid-To) website that offers a range of ways to earn. Consumers can get paid to perform simple tasks like complete polling questions, watch videos, play games, search the Internet, or refer friends.
Moreover, there are multiple ways to save on both everyday purchases and holiday gifts for friends or family members. Earn cashback on purchases from popular online vendors or print coupons for use when you buy in-store.
Swagbucks members earn virtual currency called Swag Bucks (SB), which are redeemable for Paypal cash or dozens of different electronic gift cards. SBs are equal to 1 cent each. The threshold payout through PayPal is $5 or 500 SB. Gift cards may be redeemed for as little as $3 with no penalty.
2. Rewarding Ways
Rewarding Ways is another free membership site where consumers can get paid to perform simple tasks online. Earn money by answering surveys, completing trial offers, downloading apps, watching videos, and competing in cash contests. The Rewarding Ways GPT website is smaller than Swagbucks but unique enough to warrant joining.
There are several things I really like about Rewarding Ways. Firstly, there are hundreds of surveys available at all times from reputable providers. Secondly, Rewarding Ways partners with a dozen or more offer walls to provide tons of engaging opportunities.
Finally, I like the minimum threshold payout of $1, one of the lowest thresholds you will find. If you choose, it’s possible to cash out daily. You will certainly never experience the long delays that are common on many other rewards sites where you might have to accumulate $25 or even $30 before you can cash out.
Some activities on this site get rewarded in cash while others earn proprietary points. But you can readily convert points to cash (each point is equal to 1 cent) or vice versa. Redeem cash balances via PayPal or points for Tango gift cards.
3. Survey Junkie
Survey Junkie is a paid survey site that claims to be “the most popular site online to feed your wallet.”The website boasts of 10 million members and is open to residents of the US, Canada, and Australia. If you’re someone who holds strong opinions and likes having their voice heard, Survey Junkie may be an ideal choice.
Unlike GPT sites that offer various tasks, answering surveys is the sole purpose of Survey Junkie members. I appreciate the fact that this platform is very upfront about the nature and benefits of paid surveys.
All surveys have a specific target market or demographic in mind. No one will qualify for all surveys. In fact, you can expect to qualify for about 1 in 5 surveys that you attempt. No one is getting rich here. But you can make your downtime a bit more productive.
Complete polling questions to earn points, which are each the equivalent of 1 cent. Points are redeemable once you have earned 500 ($5). All members can request cash via PayPal. US members may also choose electronic gift cards from several leading retailers.
Crowdtap is an influencer marketing program launched in 2009. As consumers, we have a chance to share our opinions and influence product decisions for major brands by joining this platform. Crowdtap’s theory is that everyone needs a good side hustle, and I’m totally on board with that idea.
Crowdtap is one of my favorite survey apps because the design is quite unique. There are no lengthy questionnaires to get bogged down in, and you won’t ever be disqualified. Typically, you answer one multiple choice question at a time and earn 3 points. Occasionally, you may see a set of 3 or 4 related questions, but it’s never more than that.
I will frequently check-in and answer a few questions as I relax with my morning cup of coffee. At times, there are only a few questions available. On other days, I can respond to dozens of individual questions if I choose. There’s a mobile app available, which is ideal for earning on the go when you only have a few minutes.
The Crowdtap platform is only available in the US. One downside is that they don’t offer cash through PayPal. You can only redeem your points for electronic gift cards. But, they offer Amazon gift cards, which always work for me because I’m an avid Amazon shopper.
You will only need 1,000 points to redeem a $5 gift card, which doesn’t take long.
BeFrugal is a shopping portal that not only offers cash back on purchases at more than 5,000 online stores but guarantees the highest cashback rates. Beyond cashback, BeFrugal also offers deals and coupons that are good at over 50,000 stores.
As we all do more and more of our shopping from the comfort and safety of home, it only makes good sense to start your online shopping trips at BeFrugal. Using the site is free, so you have nothing to lose. And, if you intend to purchase the item anyway, you could see substantial savings.
BeFrugal earns revenue through both affiliate marketing commissions and advertising fees. The revenue earned is then shared with the members who make such earnings possible. Consumers can stretch their holiday dollars further by getting great deals on Christmas gifts and also accumulating savings on everyday purchases throughout the year.
Once cash is available in your account for distribution, you can request cash via PayPal or a direct deposit to a US bank with as little as 1 cent in your account. Electronic gift cards may also be requested started at $5. Be aware that cashback on purchases is typically pending for 30 to 90 days, depending on the vendor.
Vendors hold commissions until the refund window has closed on a purchase. Once BeFrugal receives payment, pending funds become available for distribution to members. BeFrugal also offers a $10 sign-up bonus, which becomes distributable once you earn $10 in cash back.
6. Fetch Rewards
Fetch Rewards is one of the best ways I know of for turning my otherwise useless grocery receipts into a little stash of free money. Scanning your grocery receipts with this mobile app is a quick and painless process, and the points can add up in a snap.
If you already use a grocery app like Ibotta, adding Fetch Rewards to your arsenal is even better.
Notice I recommended adding Fetch to your current shopping routine rather than switching apps. There is nothing to prevent you from using multiple apps at once, thereby double or even triple-dipping. Furthermore. employing Fetch only adds a few seconds to your shopping routine.
Unlike some other apps, you don’t have to select products in advance or shop at certain stores to save money with Fetch. This super app works at any grocery or convenience store. You can also upload receipts from big box stores like Costco or Sam’s Club.
If your receipt contains an item from one of the many everyday brands that Fetch Rewards partners with (think household names like General Mills, Kraft, or Heinz), you earn points. It’s really just that simple. In fact, you get at least 25 points for every receipt you snap a picture of even you didn’t purchase anything from the more than 300 brands Fetch promotes.
That said, it never hurts to scroll through the specials for the week because you can potentially earn thousands of points by choosing a featured product or brand rather than a comparable item.
One downside to the Fetch Rewards app is that you can’t cash out to PayPal. That said, there are dozens of electronic gift cards that you can choose from, including grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and retail shops. I view these cards as cash equivalents.
Claim your first reward with as few as 5,000 points ($5).
Coinout is becoming an increasingly handy and versatile app for those of us who love to save money. On the one hand, Coinout is a receipt scanning app like Fetch, except that it accepts a lot more than grocery receipts. Almost any retail slip, including haircuts, dog grooming, or restaurant takeout, will earn rewards.
Coinout does not fool around with points. Rather, they award cash for each receipt you snap and upload through the app. Your award is a randomized amount for each receipt submitted that supposedly changes daily. My experience includes rewards from 1 cent to 18 cents per invoice (although some people report receiving as much as 70 cents).
But Coinout is much more than a receipt scanning application. They also offer cashback when you shop at many retail establishments, both online and in-store. It seems like every time I open the application. There’s a new and interesting offer. For example, I can now earn 2.5% cashback at Safeway, my favorite grocery store. Sweet!
Moreover, there are lots of Offers you can complete for rewards, including buying retail products and financial products like insurance or Debit cards for your kids.
You need a balance of $20 to cash out via PayPal. But you can request an Amazon gift card in any amount. There are no minimum thresholds for a gift card.
There’s something magical about the holiday season. Everything about this festive year, including the decorations, the baking, the entertaining, and the gifts, can put a strain on our finances. So, I think we can all agree that a little extra free money for Christmas could come in very handy.
Why not try out any or all of the strategies listed above? They’re all free to try, so you really have nothing to lose. You can’t earn enough to quit the day job. But these methods can help with extra expenses.
Now, if you’re looking to earn a more substantial income online that might ultimately replace your full-time income, I may be able to help with that as well. I urge you to investigate building a website like mine and creating an online business. You won’t see immediate results from a business venture, but the rewards will come in time if you’re willing to work at it.
May your holidays be a little merrier this year!
Join the Conversation
Do you have experience with any of the websites or apps discussed above? Or, maybe you have another program you can recommend for earning a little extra spending money. Please share your experience in the comments below!