Are all those money earning sites really worth the effort?
That is one question I am often asked. During what I now refer to as my "coupon days" I was often asked a very similar question. For the record, I still use coupons. With having moved to a remote area my usage is just not as great as it was in the past. I was never one of those hoarders having utterly ridiculous supplies of toothpaste, cereal, etc, but did keep enough items on hand to last my family 3-6 months. As much as I miss the savings I wouldn't trade where we live now. I just need to focus more on what I can do to earn a little extra.
How about websites like Swagbucks, Bing, etc? Are they worth the effort? If you were to do the math, most people don't even make minimum wage from these sites. But I feel that is the wrong way of looking at it. No, I wouldn't give up my job(s) to devote 8 hours (or more) a day to these sites, but I will still spend a little of my time on them. Let me explain...
As someone who works a lot from home, it is very easy for me to have a device or two running in the background earning those pennies. It takes next to zero effort to occasionally advance a round of videos. Even when I didn't work from home, I was still able to earn a little extra when I was home. My memory isn't good enough to tell you exactly how much I earned but I can tell you that I earned enough to buy a new television, a grill and a metal detector for my dh. And those were just the bigger items! Before we committed to getting out of debt I would usually redeem my earnings for Amazon gift cards and treat the earnings as slush money. With my new mindset, I'm now treating these earnings as income.
Another good way of looking at it~well, at least in my mind~is to think of a faucet dripping pennies into a glass. As long as you leave that faucet on, it will continue to dripping those pennies and before you know it, that glass is full. By far my favorite
faucet site for this is Swagbucks. In December I let it drip so much that I was able to turn all those pennies into $125 of cold hard cash via deposits into my PayPal account. January has been a bit slower as typical of many of these sites they offer less earning opportunities for the first month or two of the year. I have also been busier, having less time to monitor the dripping. Even with the slowdown, I've still managed to earn $75 just from Swagbucks. I also do Bing, but that takes a bit more effort so I'm not as faithful about it. That usually only amounts to $5 or $10 a month for me.
While I wouldn't suggest you give up your day job (if you have one), I would encourage you to consider adding some money earning sites to your daily routine. While it won't make you rich, these sites can most certainly help you get just a wee bit closer to whatever your financial goal may be.