Simple Side Hustles

Here are a few ways to earn extra cash and gift cards without a lot of effort. Another plus is you can refer your friends and also earn more for a referral credit. All of the links below are affiliate links, but these are all programs that I use. There are many survey companies out there, but the ones below are easy to use, pay out quickly, and have clear terms.

Survey Tips:

  • Set up a separate email just for surveys
  • Share with your friends for referral credit
  • Set up a Paypal account for faster payment or use the gift card option for your favorite stores

Benefits of Surveys:

  • Simple to do
  • Extra money/gift cards for fun



I don't usually answer surveys with Swagbucks. I get Swagbucks (points) by playing videos. I play videos on another computer throughout the day and just let the points accumulate.


Vindale Research

Vindale Research is an easy to use survey company. Each survey also has the amount that you earn next to it.

There are some surveys that you can complete up to 10 times a day! For example, one survey .75 cents *10= $7.50. That's like earning a meal out each day! In a month just from completing that one survey, you could earn $225.

Not bad for answering a few questions. Vindale Research is a great survey company. They also pay $5 for each friend that you refer!

Tips: When you first set up your account they will also have multiple offers. Just click "No" on each to continue.



Cashcrate is similar to Swagbucks in the different ways that you can earn. At Cashcrate you can earn for answering surveys, watching videos, and completing offers.

The payout is only $20, and it is pretty easy to reach. Just like Swagbucks, I play videos in another window when I'm at the computer doing my work.

More Survey Websites

Pinecone Research- $3/per survey

They usually send me 3-4 surveys a month. Surveys take about 15-20 minutes to complete.


Rebates/Cash Back

Ibotta is a rebate website that you submit your receipt after you purchase specific items. Once you reach $20, you can withdraw your cash to be deposited in your Paypal account or for gift cards to stores such as Walmart, Amazon, and more. Before you go shopping, search Ibotta for any items you might buy. Add the rebate to your account, submit it after purchase and that's it! Ibotta also has bonuses such as a $10 welcome bonus, and bonuses for specific products.

Ebates is a rebate site that pays you a percentage for shopping at your favorite store. Before you do your online shopping, with your gift cards (hopefully you earned through Swagbucks), log into Ebates to get a rebate after purchase.