I know what you’re thinking. Jaime, it’s only March, why are you talking about Christmas? Because I save up money for Christmas year-round! It’s on the same day every year, so I like to get a head start. So what if I told you that with just 15 minutes a day, starting now, you can have an extra $200.00 or more by Christmas to spend on gifts? Yep, it’s true. And how would you like to order all your gifts from Amazon, in the comfort of your pajamas? *Raises hand* That’s me, every year. I hate going out in the Black Friday rush! So how can you make this happen?
Say hello to EarningStation! EarningStation is a site that allows you to redeem points, called Station Dollars (SD), for FREE gift cards! Signing up is super easy, and once you have an account, you can start earning those Station Dollars right away. There are a few methods of doing so:
The fastest and simplest way to earn Station Dollars is by taking surveys. You answer a short questionnaire first to give your demographics, and that allows them to find the surveys that are a good match for you. There are Featured Surveys and Daily Surveys, as well as a general Survey Board. Peanut Labs, a survey company, also has a spot with even more to take.
The payout for surveys range from 50 to 150+ Station Dollars. Typically, the more SD it’s worth, the longer the survey will be, but I’ve taken some high-paying surveys in like 10 minutes so don’t just pass up the longer ones! Now, you won’t qualify for every survey, so sometimes looking for one can be a hassle, but just keep trying. There’s always at least one available for you!
There are 2 dailies you can do every day. One is the poll of the day, which gives you an easy 2 Station Dollars. The other is the daily video, which is usually about 2 minutes long and is worth another 2 Station Dollars. Don’t forget to do these every day for easy money!
If you run out of surveys to take, look at the Express Deals section for 5 different offer walls. These deals include more survey opportunities, signing up for games/apps, and great free offers to earn Station Dollars by doing things like looking at a slideshow. Just be aware that some of these things require payment, which will be listed in the instructions! However, most of the deals you’ll see are free to claim.
If you’re a big fan of Groupon, head over to the Shopping section! Included here is Groupon deals in your area, and if you purchase them through EarningStation, you earn 5.5% cash back, put into your account as Station Dollars. This is a great deal if you use Groupon a lot, especially for those massage or spa treatments. Being a massage therapist for almost 7 years, I can tell you that those particular Groupon offers are about the best deal you can find, and getting cash back just makes it so much better.
One of the final ways to earn Station Dollars is to watch videos. Choose from a number of categories, and as you progress, the meter on top goes up. Once it reaches 100%, you earn 2 Station Dollars. It takes maybe 10-15 minutes to get through all 10 videos, so it’s super easy!
And now for the good stuff- the rewards you can earn! EarningStation offers a number of different gift cards and denominations to choose from; the two I get most often are the Amazon and Starbucks gift cards because hey, a girl needs her coffee. I’ll also pick up a Wal Mart gift card sometimes because I can use it at Sam’s Club, too! I like being able to stock up on things like 5-pound bags of cheese to stick in the freezer for when I need it.
So let’s break it down! Can you earn up to $200 before Christmas to help with gifts? Here’s how it’ll work:
- 15 minute survey, 50 SD a day x 30 days = $15.00 a month
- $15.00 x 9 months = $135.00 by the beginning of December
But that’s only if you only take the surveys that earn 50 SD! If you take one 75 SD survey a day, that brings your total up to $202.50 by the beginning of December. I just took a survey the other day that was worth 100 SD, so just imagine what you can earn in 9 months, especially if you have time to take more than one a day.
All that in just 15 minutes a day? It’s totally possible. I try to work on them when Allison is sleeping; early mornings are my most productive times, so that’s when I mostly get them done. I’m well on my way to getting more money for Christmas gifts!
Have you signed up yet for EarningStation? Click here to get set up in less than 5 minutes and start taking surveys right away!
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