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25 Creative Ways to Save and Make Money Online

25 Creative Ways to Save and Make Money OnlineBy Holly Reisem Hanna

It’s amazing to me how much the web evolves and changes each and every day. Remember when we used to search for jobs and clip coupons from the Sunday newspaper? Now we check our inbox for daily deals from sites like Living Social and We search coupon blogs for the best coupons, and to find jobs, we use social networking sites like LinkedIn and online jobs boards like FlexJobs.

With all of the changes occurring daily, I only thought it fitting to combine the two areas into one big post on how to save and make money online. I’ve used many of these services myself, like Groupon and Zulily, and I’ve also signed up with a couple of other sites to make some extra pocket cash. While I don’t think you’re going to get rich using this services, I do think you can save on quality goods and services, and make a few extra bucks for your coffee habit or a new pair or shoes.

Let me know which ones work for you.

Get Paid for Sharing:

ChaCha – Share content from ChaCha and get paid when people click on your link. The site claims that one of their affiliates made over $2,000 in a single day. Definitely worth checking out.

My Likes – Get paid for promoting stuff you like on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and your blog. Average user earn $50+ a month.

Peer This – Simply search for offers, share with your friends on social media, when one of them purchases the deal, you get paid a stipend. Example: Yoga membership for sells for $29, any sales made through your link, offers a $6 commission.

Share Magnet – Pays you for surfing the net and sharing your favorite products and services on social media. Each magnet has a certain value assigned to it, ranging from from .02 cents to $2.00 dollars per share. The more you share the more you earn.

Sponsored Tweets – A Twitter advertising platform that connects advertisers with tweeters. You can set your price, keywords and appropriate categories.

Earn Referral Bonuses:

8 Moms – Spread the word about 8moms and you can even earn $8 of 8moms credit when each person you refer makes their first purchase.

Beezag – Watch video from retailers and get special rewards and discounts for watching. Share with you friends and earn money on specials that they take advantage of.

Choxi – A daily deal site that offers products up to 80% off. Get a $10 credit for each referral that makes a purchase through the site. Formerly known as NoMoreRack.

Stitch Fix – A personal shopping service, that will pay you a $25 Stitch Fix credit when friends sign up under your link.

Groupon – Earn $10 in Groupon bucks whenever you refer a friend to Groupon and they buy their first deal.

Zulily – Invite friends and when they make their first purchase on Zulily, you’ll get $15 cash.

Get Rewarded:

Bing Rewards – Sign up for Bing Rewards and earn credits toward gift cards, Xbox LIVE points, and more.

Swagbucks – Earn SB points for searching the web, then cash in swag bucks for gift cards, electronics and more. Receive 30 free SB points for signing up.

My Town Perks – Earn rewards using your credit card at local businesses.

Get Paid to Shop:

Big Crumbs – An online shopping and cash back site. You can even earn money for referring friends. You get credit for the referral and earn cash each time they shop.

Ebates – An online shopping and cash back site. New members also get a $10 gift card, after their first $25 purchase. Member of the BBB.

Shop at – An online shopping and cash back site, that also offers discounts, coupons, free trial offers, and free stuff to give away from top brand. Member of the BBB.

Out With Old, In With the New:

Listia – Trade in your old unwanted stuff for credits and buy new stuff for free.

Paid Surveys:

InboxDollars – Here you can earn cash for surveys, reading emails, playing games, redeeming coupons, searching the web and shopping online. Membership is free and you’ll receive $5.00 for signing up. Payments are made via check.

MySurvey is a top-rated online opinion poll and product testing platform, where individuals are compensated with reward points and sweepstake entries. For each task that is fully completed you earn points that can be redeemed for for PayPal and Amazon e-certificates, gift cards, vouchers, money, and more. MySurvey has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Survey SavvyIs an online survey site where you’ll get earn money for sharing your opinions with companies. Most surveys pay out between $1 to $20 depending on the length and topic of the survey. Once your account has reached $1 in rewards, you can request payment via check. Survey Savvy has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Sponsored Blog Posts:

Social Spark – A sponsorship marketplace that connects publishers with advertisers, who will compensate you to write blog posts about their products, services and websites on your own blog. Advertisers offer you “Opportunities” and you have the option of accepting, declining or negotiating with them.

Linquia – Connects influential bloggers to brands. To be eligible for sponsored campaigns, you must have a blog, at least 1,000+ visitors or followers on Facebook or Twitter, and be located in North America. Once you’re an approved blogger, you’ll receive emails for campaigns which usually consist of reviewing a product and monetary compensation.

Do a Task:

WeReward – Is a mobile application that rewards you for actions you take in the real world. Each time you check in or complete a task you earn points. Each point is worth a penny, and when you accumulate 1,000 points ($10.00), you can cash out your points through PayPal.

Gig Coin – Is a platform that makes it easy to get and offer gigs. Gig givers get quick access to a motivated group of community managers, survey participants, blog post contributors, designers, and SEO experts. You can also offer your services on the site for companies and brands to take advantage of.

Looking for for ways to save and make money? Make sure you check out this article, where I share my secret methods for earning big bucks while I shop!

What sites, blogs and services have you used to save and make money online? Please share your go to resources below.

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10 Responses to “25 Creative Ways to Save and Make Money Online”

  1. 1
    Greg Walker says:

    I understand that people like to have the option of earning money on the side from these sorts of things, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I think sometimes people don’t realize how easy it is to set up a website offering a service and find their own clients instead.

    Once you have set yourself up as a freelance writer for example (that’s what I do so that’s all I can really comment on with any authority) you could literally work for one or two hours a day and earn more than you could earn from the above sites in an entire week, all with very little effort.

    It takes more effort to set yourself up, but after that I genuinely believe it’s a better bet for earning money on the side, and you also have the option of turning it into a full-time living.

    Like I said, I’ve got nothing against earning money using these types of websites, and for some people they are ideal. I just think it’s a good idea to be open to the other options as well.

  2. 2
    miss donna says:

    i’m an advocate of multiple income streams. there’s no “set in stone blueprint” way of going about it. diversify and do what works best for you. thanks for sharing, Holly!

  3. 3
    Lily says:

    While I’m always wary of websites that claim you can make money for doing practically nothing, I absolutely love Swagbucks! I don’t really do anything except use Swagbucks for search and I earn a couple of $5.00 amazon gift cards each month. It’s not much but it’s enough to buy myself some episodes of my favorite shows on Amazon.

    • 3.1
      Holly Hanna says:

      I haven’t tried Swagbucks yet, but I’ve heard good things about it. I will update the post if I try any of the others out, and let you know what works =)

      • Renee says:


        Could you suggest a company/website where I could submit my photos for sale?


        • Hi Renee,

          Here are some places that purchase stock photos:




          I haven’t gone through them to weed out any seedy sites, so make sure you read all of the fine print. Eventually I’ll add the good sites to my WAH job page. Good luck!

  4. 4
    Carla says:

    Thank you for this, I’m going to check some of these out. Here’s some you might want to check out.
    Crowdtap is great. You get involved with the companies and many times get to have sample parties, host Brand parties and more, plus you are earning. A small percentage goes to your choice of charity and they will match that and then you can take the rest or donate it all. I’ve gotten a free pair of jeans, McCormick spices and many other items for FREE and given my opinions on the products and brand.
    Also, I might not be it correctly, but check out (I just started so am still learning.

  5. 5

    i’m a supporter of different salary streams. there’s no “set in stone outline” method for going about it. expand and do what works best for you. a debt of gratitude is in order for offering, Holly!

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