4 Easy Ways to Make Money Today

January 9, 2017
Here are 4 ways you can make extra money starting today.
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If you’re looking you’re looking for some easy ways to make some extra money starting today, you’re in the right place.

All of these tools I’m discussing today can help you save a nice amount of coins this year, so I figured I’d better share them while all of your goals and resolutions are fresh on the brain!

I’ve used every single one of these free tools for years now and I love the fact that they can help me earn a little money. You earn by simply doing what you normally do every day.

If you’re making a grocery run, there’s something on this list that will help you earn some cash back. If you’re shopping online, there’s something for that too. And the best part is that three out of four of these tools will give you bonuses for getting started.

So, I’ll delay no further. Let’s get into this goodness, shall we?!


Want to make more money starting today? Here are 4 simple, easy ways to make more money starting today.



4 Easy Ways to Make Money Today


1)  Ebates.

Ebates is first up on the list because you can earn some major dough with this free website.  I’ve written a thorough review of this website here, but let me just give you some basics:

  • You can save money on Groupon travel deals (as of writing this it’s at 6% cashback).
  • You’ll have access to some exclusive coupon codes that you can use to increase your savings.
  • Retailers include JcPenny, Etsy, Amazon,, Old Navy, Kohls, and more!
  • You can earn $25 for every friend you refer and it will be added to your cash back bonus.
  • You can redeem your cash back as a check, gift card, or using Paypal.


Sign up for Ebates today and you’ll get a free $10 gift card to retailers like Target or Kohls if you make a qualifying purchase through Ebates within 90 days of becoming an Ebates member. 


2) Shopkick.

Shopkick is an app you download onto your phone. When you go to a store, you can earn kicks. There are multiple ways to earn kicks.

You can earn kicks by:

  •  Entering a store listed on the app.
  • Scanning specific products in the store.
  • Purchasing certain items listed in the app.

At the mall, turn on your app and simply walk around the mall. You don’t even have to go inside of the store to get kicks. You will receive them as you near the store entrance.  I earned around 150 kicks for just walking.

Once you’ve earned enough kicks, you redeem them for a gift card. They offer gift cards for retailers like Walmart, Target, and more.  So if you’re already going to be in the store, this is just an extra way to stack up your savings.

Sign up and start making extra money using Shopkick today.


3) Take surveys with American Consumer Panel, Vindale Research, or Swagbucks.

I love taking surveys for gift cards. Let me tell you…they can support many habits or either basic household needs.

For instance, if you like to go to Starbucks every day, Swagbucks has Starbuck gift cards that you can cash out your Swagbucks for.


To earn Swagbucks, you can take surveys, do internet searches using their search bar, do online shopping, and redeem coupons. For every coupon redeemed, not only will you save money on your groceries or other household items, you will earn Swagbucks for redeeming those coupons.

Sign up for Swagbucks and learn about the multiple ways you can earn extra money today.

American Consumer Panel

You can earn points and try products with American Consumer Panel. You even get paid for pre-qualifying surveys (5 to 50 points!). With the actual surveys, you earn 100 to 5,000 points. With longer surveys providing some additional incentive and taking around 10 minutes, you really have nothing to lose for your effort.

Sign up for American Consumer Panel to start earning extra today.

Vindale Research

Vindale is a great survey company that offers multiple ways to earn more money.

  • Sign up for a separate email and check your inbox daily for survey opportunities.
  • Follow their blog and social media pages for reward code alerts (Swagbucks does this too).
  • Watch videos and read email for additional points.
  • Earn $5.00 for referring your friends!

Sign up for Vindale Research here and start earning today.





4) Ibotta.

You will put Ibotta to good use!


Well, don’t you buy eggs, meat, bread, milk, and fresh veggies?

If you do, they have rebate opportunities on those products!  It’s an app you save on your phone and when you go to the store, you select the products you want to redeem.

Once you make your purchases, you verify your purchase by scanning the item and your receipt.  After it’s verified, the money is applied to your account!

Plus, you can use this app in conjunction with Shopkick. For instance, say you purchased a magazine and redeemed a rebate on Ibotta, now you can just sign into shopkick and earn kicks if the magazine is redeemable too.

After you reach a $20 threshold, you can cash out directly via PayPal. And you get you’ll get a bonus just for signing up and extra bonuses for referring friends.

Sign up for Ibotta and get your $10.00 bonus today.


Bonus: ShopTracker

I started using ShopTracker last year and it’s insanely easy. The only thing you need to do is register and install ShopTracker’s application.

This only takes like two minutes and you’ll be rewarded each month.

Basically, this app links up with Harris Poll Research and tracks your shopping habits on Amazon. They remove personal info like shipping address, payment, and name. It only catalogs your shopping data for research purposes.

Within 48 hours of downloading and registering, you’ll receive a $3.00 bonus code and you can participate and receive the bonus each month!

Sign up for ShopTracker and get your $3.00 bonus today.


Do any of you use any of these money making methods? Any others we may not know about? If so, share in the comments below!




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Latoya Scott is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and personal finance writer with a mission to help millennials learn how to stop living paycheck to paycheck so they can become financially carefree.

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  • Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog May 22, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I just signed up for Ibotta and redeemed my first rebates as well. I got $11.50 total including the sign up bonus. It really is effortless savings!
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  • Femme Frugality May 23, 2016 at 12:47 am

    I haven’t heard of Shopkick before! Will have to check it out!

  • Chonce May 24, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try out Ibotta for some time now. I use Swagbucks often, but don’t do too much shopping online so the earnings don’t trickle in as fast.
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  • Ty August 31, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I have never heard of any of these but I’m very interested in Shopkicks. I’m all for saving a few coins so I’ll give this a try.
    Thanks for the tips.
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  • Allison Jones August 31, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    These are all great ideas. I’ve never done any of them before so I’m super eager to try them out. I’ve heard great things about Ebates.

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    • Latoya Scott August 31, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Awesome, Allison! Happy Savings!

  • Eva August 31, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Shopkick sounds really cool! I’ll have to check that out. I still haven’t done ebates, but I will!
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    • Latoya Scott August 31, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Yes, shopkick is pretty cool! Have fun saving!

  • Marsha September 1, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I use Ibotta all the time! I used Ebates once and got back $13 but I keep forgetting about it. Glad to know I can download it to my toolbar! Honey is another thing you can download to the toolbar. Whenever you’re shopping online, it gives you coupons codes.

    • Latoya Scott September 1, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Marsha! I will look into them!

  • Kim September 1, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I love using ebates. That cash back is lovely, girl. I’ve never heard of shopkick. I need to check it out.
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    • Latoya Scott September 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Hope you like it, Kim!

  • Elle Cole September 1, 2016 at 12:47 am

    I like to use My Points. It’s kinda like Ebates, but I tend to make more with mypoints because they also allow you to earn points just by opening emails. I am not a big spender so it takes me forever to accrue a lot of cash back from Ebates.
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    • Latoya Scott September 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Yes, My Points is a good fall back if you don’t do a lot of shopping!

  • Tiffany H. September 1, 2016 at 1:43 am

    I signed up for ebates! How do you make it apart of the tool bar? Signed up for ibotta but never actually used it or uploaded my receipts Like shopkick, I used to scan items in the store but now i just earn kicks when i walk in, i need to start uploading the receipt.

    • Latoya Scott September 1, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      I think Ebates has a tutorial on how to download the button to the toolbar. I can’t actually remember, but I will look into it and include a tutorial.

  • Mimi Green September 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I used to do surveys for money, but stopped for no reason. I’m going to try the Ebates route, I shop online a lot so I would love a good kick back.

    • Latoya Scott September 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Awesome! Happy savings, Mimi:)

  • Daria September 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I love Ebates and having been using them for years! I’ve never heard of Ibotta but will definitely give them a look at you. I love to add up coins when shopping. Thanks for sharing!

    • Latoya Scott September 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      You’re welcome, Daria!

  • Stacie September 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I’m always looking for ways to save more money. I used to be all about the coupons but I’ve been slacking lately. I’ll have to look into these.
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    • Latoya Scott September 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks for reading, Stacie!

  • Kirstin Fuller September 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Great article! I knew about Ebates but not Shopkick. So I will have to definitely give it a try.
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  • KenyaRae September 2, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I tried ibotta when it first came out. I don’t remember what made me stop using it though. I haven’t heard of these others though.
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  • Ramona September 2, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I’ve heard of Shopkick and Ibotta. I need to check out Ebates. Sound like a good way to save. Thanks for sharing.

    • Latoya Scott September 2, 2016 at 10:20 am

      You’re welcome!

  • Terri January 9, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I use everything listed. And I designate each one to specific expenses. For example, everything I earn from Swaybacks will be used for travel expenses. And everything I earn from Ibotta is applied to student loans.
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