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!


So this is my first official post. For anyone just joining me, this blog is all about quick ways to score some cash.

Okay, so maybe this one is pretty obvious, but if you haven’t heard of it before, Fiverr is a great way to earn some quick moolah.

Here’s the concept:

You have a task that needs completing but really don’t have the time or desire to do it. Fiverr has thousands of people who are offering to do all sorts of tasks starting at…you guessed it $5. On the home page it says, “Fiverr is the easiest way to get everything done at an unbeatable value.”

Here’s what I love:

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