Oh my goodness, I can’t believe it’s almost February! I feel like Christmas was just a couple of weeks ago. December is always so crazy with performances, parties, family time, shopping, etc. that it flies by before I even realize I haven’t written here for awhile. (Whoops) Not to even mention how EXPENSIVE it is, even when trying to be super frugal!  But I do totally pay for Christmas with all my little “GPT” things. They take some time, but it’s so worth it in the end. I’m trying to get up and going with resolutions and routines lately, so here we are again.  I’m excited to tell you all about my favorites this year.  And if you have any favorites, let me know!!  I’d love to check them out.

I want to tell you about one of my favorite websites today …  swagbucks   It’s awesome!!

I love it because it’s easy to have fun and put cash in your pocket by doing things you’re already doing online…watching videos, playing games, and taking online surveys. There are so many different options and lots of variety!  I regularly earn between $25-$100 a month with Swagbucks.  You just earn SB points that you can redeem in the form of gift cards to TONS of places.  My favorite being Amazon and Wal-Mart.  You even get $5 free just for signing up and getting started.  It’s definitely a great site to check out.

Now go have fun earning that extra little bit of moolah! And if you save it all year, you’ll totally pay for a great Christmas the end of the year.

Happy New Year, let’s make it a great one!

Black Friday…a couple days late.

Phew…anyone else still having a Turkey hangover?


Well, there’s a really great way to work off that turkey…


Or so I thought. Has anyone else noticed how “Black Friday” now starts on Tuesday night? It’s like they have “Pre-Black Friday”, “Pre-pre Black Friday”, then the actual Black Friday. I guess there are some perks to having Black Friday start on Tuesday. I’ve noticed that in the town I live in the madness is a lot less. What I mean is that people aren’t so “deal crazy” because they’ve been getting the deals all week. They don’t have to trample little ol’ grandma’s in order to get that cheap TV anymore. No one needs to punch their neighbor so they can get the last copy of “Gilmore Girls Season 7”.

The drawback that I see is that Black Friday really started the end of September. I’m not exaggerating. I went to Wally World at the end of September and saw Christmas decorations out. CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS! We’re moving back Christmas so far that I feel like a big part of the magic is already gone by the time the actual holiday gets around.

I know, I know. This is a money saving site, but I guess I’m saying that sometimes, there are more important things than money and deals. And by sometimes, I mean most of the time.

Anyway, hope your holiday season has been great so far. Let’s pray that it will continue.

“Pyramid Schemes”

Well, it was inevitable right? On a blog like this, the subject of pyramid schemes was bound to come up!

If you are anything like me, you’ve been hit up at least a dozen times or so by someone who has something they are “really excited to share”. All they want to do is sit down with you for 30 minutes to tell you about this exciting new product.

You know how it goes, the “30 minutes” turns into about 2 hours of uncomfortable begging. “It’s only $100 to join, then all you have to do is get 3 people to sign up under you. Then all you have to do is coach them to get 3 people to sign up under them. And from there if you can get 3 more under them….”

Well, they all sound great up front but they never work out. As a matter of fact the only people who profit are the first 1000 or so suckers who join.

But, to be fair, there are some “schemes” that may be legit. These are known as Multi-Level Marketing groups. What’s the difference, you ask? Well, you can tell the difference between a Pyramid or Matrix Scheme and a legit MLM because an MLM will have an actual product to sell in addition to the tiered system of payment.

Here are some things to consider before joining an MLM:

  • Is there an actual product to sell? I know I already covered that, but does the group sell their product to the general public without the stipulation that they have to be a “consultant”? If they do, then this is probably legit.
  • Study the product in depth before you commit. Do the research. Check them out on the BBB, etc.
  • Ask questions. Lots and lots of questions. If the group can’t or won’t answer them, be cautious.
  • Learn about all the fine print. What restrictions are there? Limitations?
  • Ask friends who are involved to show you their results. Don’t get sucked in by someone you don’t know. Their results might be fabricated. They might be a “shill” – a plant or stooge.
  • Take your time. If there is pressure to “join now or you will lose out on hundreds!” throw on the brakes. Being cautious is a good thing here.
  • Think about if this is something you really want to do! Do you really want to talk to all your friends and try to convince strangers that they need this product? Are you even good at sales?

I’m not trying to say all MLM’s are awful, but just make sure you know what you’re getting into!

InBox Dollars


So by now I’m sure you’ve noticed that not all GPT sites are the same. You’ve probably also noticed that you can spend hours and hours looking through offers, reading emails, completing surveys, etc and only make a few bucks. So, you have to be careful with the sites you visit.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let me just say I believe Inbox Dollars is on the more “lucrative” side of things. Yeah, the word lucrative is in quotes for a reason. Remember, none of these sites is going to make you rich anytime soon.

Anyway, by now you’ve probably picked up on the fact that most of these sites run the same way. Read an email, make a few cents. Complete an offer, make a few more cents. Answer a survey, make a few more cents. Inbox Dollars is really no different but the thing that they have going for them is that there are literally thousands of companies that partner with this site, so you can make some quick cash a little more easily.

Here is my Inbox Dollars pros and cons list:


  • Like I said before, thousands of companies use Inbox Dollars. Not only is this good for variety sake, but I think it says a lot about the trust level of the site.
  • Most of the offers are free and easy.
  • No charge for joining
  • Quicker than most – for instance, you can earn a couple bucks by signing up for MySurvey through them. You can earn around $30 in about your first 20-30 minutes.


  • You can’t cash out until you’ve earned $30. Maybe this isn’t a big deal, but I want my cash now dang it! (Patience isn’t my forte)
  • On a lot of other sites you can complete an offer more than once. Not so with Inbox Dollars. Once you’ve completed an offer, you can’t do it again.

All in all, I think Inbox Dollars is definitely one you should check out.

Points to Shop


So today’s offering is Points2Shop. They are a fairly new GPT site but they seem pretty promising. You get paid (in points or gift cards) to shop. I think you can shop for anything from diapers to HDMI cords. From carpet cleaning to computers. Here’s the nitty gritty.

You can earn six different ways:

  1. Referring – This seems pretty standard right? Most GPT sites will do this too.
  2. Joining – you get an initial reward just for signing up, so that’s cool.
  3. Doing offers – pretty standard here. Check my other posts for details.
  4. Reading emails – duh. It is afterall the name of my site.
  5. Shopping – all online.
  6. Taking surveys – Not a surprise here.

So, like all these GPT sites, the key here is patience, perseverance, and pennies.   On Points2Shop’s website there are some testimonials and one of the people there said that it took them 2  months and 14 days to earn enough points to get a Play Station 3  with a 320 gig hard drive and the video game Uncharted 3.

Another apparently satisfied customer said it only took them 3 weeks of watching videos and completing offers to earn their XBox Connect.

The downside here is that you get paid with Amazon gift cards so if there is a particular product you want from Amazon, then this is for you.

Check Points2Shop out. You may just love it!

A tip or two…

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. I’ve got a form of vertigo that kicks my butt occasionally. Once it strikes, I’m usually down for a few days.

Anyway, the world has stopped spinning. Well, it hasn’t, but my head has, so off we go.


Today’s post is a little different. I wanted to offer some practical advice as you go about trying to earn a little extra cash with all these wonderful programs and apps. Just a couple little tips that I’ve been finding useful.

  1. Create a “dummy” email. I’ve mentioned this before, but a lot of these “Get Paid To” (GPT) sites are advertising machines which means as soon as you sign up, you can expect to be receiving a lot of emails and offers from a lot of different companies. Your inbox will be inundated with emails. So I created an email account that I use for the sole purpose of these GPT sites. Gmail, Hotmail, offer a free account as I’m sure a hundred other email hosting sites do as well.
  2. Create an alias. I’m always a little leery about giving away my personal information so I like to create an alias or avatar. Ooooo, doesn’t that make you feel cool? Like you are a spy or something? Or even better yet, a big blue creature from another planet. Or (and here’s where I may date myself) a really cool oriental kid with super nature powers and who rides a flying air bison…too far?
  3. “Free” is king. I think I’ve mentioned this in another post, but be very careful if any on these sites asks you for money. These are “Get Paid To” sites, not “Pay to Play” sites. Free should be your magic word as you search for sites or apps that will pay.

Well, like I said, just a few tips but keep them in mind as you go out and earn some quick easy cash.



This could arguably be one of the most famous GPT (“Get Paid To”)  sites out there. I think the only one that would be any real competition would be SwagBucks (Post pending).

Like so many GPT sites, you can earn money on CashCrate by taking part in daily research surveys, doing your shopping online, referring other members to their program, and trying products from a wide variety of different companies.

Here’s what I really like:

  • They are legit. CashCrate has been around since 2006. I just rest a little easier knowing that they’ve been around a decade. They also have something like 2 million members. That’s 2,000,000!
  • Forums. You can talk to other CashCrate users about their experience and get tips and feedback. I think that’s a cool feature.
  • Referral bonus. The site claims that some users are making over $1,000 a month by referring people. They’ve structured this almost like an MLM. You get 20% of your referrals make and 10% of what your referrals’ referrals make.
  • Free. Ahhhh, I love that word! CashCrate costs nothing to join.

Here’s what I don’t like so much:

  • Misleading. The name evokes images of boxes full of moolah. I guess if you really tried you could possibly earn near $1,000 (or so the site claims), but even though they are called CashCrate, for most of us this isn’t going to be a cash cow.
  • Consistency. If you aren’t consistent, you really won’t earn much. But hey, you won’t really succeed at anything if you don’t learn to be consistent, right?
  • Payouts. I don’t really like the pay out method. It’s only once a month. And if you don’t make the minimum $20, you have to wait another month.
  • For US residents only. Although on the site it does say that other countries can participate it warns, “Members from the United States and other English speaking countries will have the most offers available to them, but members from other countries are welcome too.”

I think so far, I’m most excited about this program. It’s a simple relatively brainless way to make a little bit of extra cash each month.



In my last post I told you I would be letting you know about more ways to earn money by reading emails, completing offers from companies, or taking surveys. So, as promised, may I introduce (or remind) you about FusionCash.

Fusion Cash is a lot like Inbox Dollars (click here for my post about that). You can earn a few bucks by completing offers and taking surveys. Here’s where they are a little different:

  • In addition to the standard “get paid to read”, they also offer a “get paid to call” and “paid to click” option.
  • You can earn a little money by watching videos and listening to their radio station.
  • You can use PayPal if you’d like. You can also get paid by check if that feels more secure for you.
  • Some companies make them give you their credit card information (some of the offers you sign up for want a way to charge you). Not so with FusionCash.

Here’s what I love:

  • Lots of options! Paid to call, click, watch, listen, read…. I like options.
  • Within seconds you can score $6.70. The three offers they have on the home page are quick and easy.
  • Referral bonus! You get paid each time someone you refer signs up.
  • They have a long standing history with the BBB.
  • They’ve been around for at least 11 years. In this niche that’s a pretty big deal.

Here’s what I don’t love:

  • It’s only open to the US. Sorry my foreign friends.
  • You can’t really explore the website without registering first. This probably isn’t a big deal, but I would have liked to see what kinds of offers, and surveys they had before I signed up.

I was able to a little over $10 bucks in about 20 minutes, so I would definitely recommend FusionCash to anyone. Enjoy!

Money Reading Emails

Well it was bound to happen, right? A post about making money by reading emails…I mean it is the name of this blog after all.

Here’s the thing: People get suspicious of this concept because it sounds too good to be true. There are definitely some scuzzy sites out there with less than noble motives, but there are also some legitimately great sites. There are just a few things you have to understand before you set out trying to make money by reading emails or filling out surveys:

  1. Not all of these are a scam. This is advertising in it’s purest form! A company is going to pay a website a certain amount of money to send you an email. Then, the website is going to pay you to read it. There will probably be some links to click that will take you back to the company, hence getting their product in front of your eyeballs.
  2. Some of these are a scam (I know I sound like a flip-flopper, but hear me out). Do. Your. Homework! Pay attention to things like fees. If a site is asking you to pay a fee – no matter how small – be highly suspicious. Remember, you are the one whose supposed to be making money. Also, look for this: “https” in the url address bar. That means the site is secure. That’s just good web surfing advice generally speaking but when you have to tell a company your personal info so they can pay you, you need to make sure they are secure.
  3. This is not going to make you rich. If you’re looking for the goose that lays golden eggs – or the golden eggs – keep looking. This ain’t your cash cow. But it is a quick, fun way to make a quick buck or two.

With that in mind, the next few posts on this blog will highlight some of the more reputable places you can earn money by reading emails or filling out surveys.

The first one I’d like to show you is InboxDollars. This is an online rewards program. Basically, thousands of companies pay InboxDollars to promote their products to it’s members. So when you sign up to become a member of InboxDollars, you get paid to visit the various company’s websites and complete an offer.

What I love:

  • Most of the offers are free.
  • You get paid via check. I like this because I don’t have to give them my banking info.
  • There is no fee to join Inbox Dollars
  • When you do join, you get $5 right off the bat!

What I don’t love:

  • You have to earn a total of $30 before you can cash out (but it’s pretty quick and easy to do, so maybe I shouldn’t complain so much).

How to sign up:

www.inboxdollars.com – Then, just fill out the form and you are on your way!

Once signed up, there are a couple ways to get your $30 quick and easy.

  1. Free offers. Just pick an offer, do what they ask you to do, and boom…easy money. For example, you can sign up to get a free Heart Healthy recipe and get $0.25 in a matter of seconds. Or signing up with MySurvey through them will score you a quick $2.

Spend about an hour and you could make $30 really quick. I think I spent about 50 minutes there and made $32. Not a bad hours work, I’d say.

The down side is you can’t repeat an offer, but check back every couple weeks for new offers and you’ll be good.

2. The Quicker Way. Free trial offers. WARNING: these involve a lot more risk so make sure you pick a reputable company and read the fine print before you agree to sign up.

The risks are higher but so are the payouts. For example, American Cellars Wine Club is willing to fork over $20 if you sign up for their trial offer.

Well, that’s the first of many ideas. Please keep in mind, results are going to vary! You won’t become a millionaire doing this but you can make some pocket change relatively quick.


Close 5

I recently discovered a really cool app. I love it.



It’s like an easier version of ebay. It is a way to find items or sell items on a local level. The interface is slick looking and the controls are very user-friendly.

The app utilizes the built-in GPS on your phone then you set the distance you would be willing to travel to sell or buy. Once set, the home screen will show you what people in your traveling radius have recently posted for sale, or you can do a search and find what you are looking for.

When you’re ready to sell, just snap a picture of your items and the app keeps track of all your stuff in one convenient place. When someone wants to buy something from you, you get an alert and then communicate through an in-app texting program. I like that because I don’t really want people knowing my cell number.

Close 5. Do yourself a favor and download it today!