The Power of Baby Steps

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Today’s simple graphics will enlighten you on the power of baby steps and the potency of small repeated marginal gains.

A Baby’s Growth

It’s easy to overlook the rapid growth that humans undergo.

At first, we’re a helpless whiny lump that’s capable of only three things: eat, sleep, bathroom. This baby, one might assume, must have a pretty low ceiling.

Fast forward two full years and…ok, some progress has happened. Our baby is now zooming around of her feet, and she’s babbling, and she’s feeding herself, albeit poorly. These are some true baby steps. Small progress. But this is largely still a helpless child.

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By age five, she’s talking. That’s cool. She can eat food without spilling, she can read (whoa!), and she can run around. Compared to an adult, she’s small and weak and dumb (sorry, it’s true!). But there’s been fantastic progress.

I won’t go much further. We know that brains and bodies continue to grow into adulthood. And we know that adult humans are capable of amazing accomplishments. But the path from helpless whiny lump to amazing adult—that path was walked one baby step at a time.

Let’s bring back Wallace

Remember Wallace from “The Best Time to Invest?”

He’s back, and he’s trying to improve himself via a similar baby step method. What’s he improving?

It could be anything, financial or otherwise. Perhaps Wallace wants a fully funded emergency fund. He wants to eat a healthier diet. Or maybe he wants to be a better writer.

I’m going to refer to these improvements as levels. Wallace is at Level 1 right now. He’s a whiny helpless lump, but he’s looking to grow.

Wallace is going to focus on building towards his goals using a simple 1% improvement every week. Whatever the goal, whatever the skill. Wallace’s wants to take baby steps of 1% improvement each week.

Wallace’s will improve from 1.00 to 1.01 in Week 1.

And then he’ll improve from 1.01 to 1.021 in Week 2.

Slowly but surely, Wallace will progress. His level will improve.

But baby steps are slow

Baby steps are slow. And that’s why baby step improvements can be frustrating (at least for adults—not so much for babies). Take a look at Wallace’s first year of progress. It’s that little blue streak at the bottom of the plot.

baby step year 1
After one year, Wallace has grown from 1.0 to 1.7

Whether he’s saving money or writing a blog or improving at chess, Wallace has barely made any progress (at least, based on my chosen Y-axis).

But Wallace is a grinder. He believes in the power of baby steps. So he continues to focus on weekly 1% improvements for two more years.

baby step year 3
After three years, Wallace is at Level 4.7

Ok! At least Wallace’s growth is no longer looking like a flat line. Let’s fast forward another couple years.

baby step year 5
After five years, Wallace is at Level 13.3

Wallace hits the curve

After five years, it’s apparent that Wallace is starting to “hit the curve.” His 1% improvements no longer look like a straight line. Instead, those improvements are building on one another in a compounding manner.

When he started, Wallace was at “Level 1.” His 1% improvement was tiny—1% of 1 is 0.01. But after hundreds of 1% improvements, he’s now around Level 13. The 1% improvements now increase his level by 0.13 each week. In ~6 weeks of Year 5, Wallace grows more than he did the entire Year 1.

All styles of exponential growth exhibit this behavior. Growth compounds on growth. The early steps feel slow, barely making progress. The last steps feel monumental. But those monumental steps wouldn’t have been possible without the years of slow progress beforehand.

Many 4-year olds can’t read, but many 9-year olds can read chapter books. Five years of consistent practice can bring a sea change of improvement.

It’s just like the parable of rice filling up a chessboard.

baby step year 10
After ten years, Wallace is at Level 177

The curve continues to steepen through Year 10. Now at level 177, the idea of being at level 1 is a distant memory for Wallace. It’s just like the idea that “a lot can change in ten years.”

But are baby steps always possible?

I’ve shown you an assumed scenario where Wallace is always able to make 1% improvements. And maybe that’s too ambitious of an assumption.

Even if Wallace hits the top of his game—like Lebron, Adele, or Meryl Streep—he will probably hit some sort of plateau. You can’t necessarily get better forever. But the goal doesn’t need to be infinite growth. Instead, the goal is to find an effective mindset to achieve growth. And that’s what the baby step method provides.

A widely shared story of baby steps involves coach Dave Brailsford’s leadership of the British Cycling team.

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Brailsford’s vision expanded beyond training and racing and physical attributes. Instead, Brailsford wanted to improve every aspect of a cyclist’s life—diet, sleep, even relationships. Of course, it included their training and recovery and equipment, too. Brailsford was thinking about baby steps. If he could find 70 different places to make a 1% improvement, the cyclists would end up 100% better (1.01 ^ 70 = 2). Sounds easy, right?

They bought more comfortable pillows to help the cyclists sleep through the night. They cut out refined foods, replacing them with something nutritious. The team considered every component on the bicycle where mass could be reduced, even if only by a gram.

These small improvements worked wonders.

Under Brailsford’s leadership from 2007 to 2017, British cyclists won 5 Tour de France titles. And they won 66 Olympic or Paralympic gold medals. Oh, and they won 178 world championships. British cycling dominated the world cycling scene.

Baby steps work.

Baby steps in personal finance

There are plenty of opinions about simple financial goals that you can add to your baby step to-do list.

Unburying yourself—from debt, from bad habits, etc.—isn’t a one step process. It takes time. And it requires small improvements. You know—baby steps.

You can earn money in bits and pieces. A little raise here, a side hustle there. You can find odd jobs or use smartphone apps that pay you money. Little baby steps all over.

College loans and mortgages can take decades to repay. Learning a new budgeting system requires patience. The math behind interest rates might take a few attempts to understand. Rome wasn’t built in a day. And your personal finance success will take time too. But it’ll come if you stick with it.

This plot shows the small baby steps I’ve made over the past two years. In blue are my slow and steady investments. In red is my slow and steady debt payoff. And the white circles combine the two to show a steady increase in net worth.

Winning the lottery would be cool. So would investing in next Amazon, Apple, etc. while they’re still a startup. But if I don’t get that lucky, I’ll be ok. My baby steps are slowly building up.

Keep on Growing

Take it away, Clapton!

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Meet the Man Who Makes $600 a Month Selling Crickets

June 23, 2017 &• 4 min read by Kat Tretina Comments 0 Comments

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When Jeff Neal’s wife told him she wanted to quit her job to stay at home with their kids, he had to think about how to make one income work. With over $21,000 in student loans, there wasn’t much extra money lying around. Losing another income stream would be difficult.

But rather than give up hope, Neal did something no one expected. He launched a side business that helped bring in extra money: selling crickets online.

Yes, you heard that right. Crickets.

Now, Neal makes $600 a month selling bugs online at The Critter Depot, which helps him pay off his debt. Read on to learn more about this odd side hustle and how Neal has turned it into a steady income stream.

Searching for a Side Hustle

Neal graduated from Temple University and got a job as a project manager. While he made a good salary, he had student loan debt and a growing family. When his wife decided she wanted to stay home with the kids, Neal knew he had to make changes.

“My wife wanted to stay home, so I had to take full responsibility as the sole provider,” he says.

Since his full-time job involves e-commerce, he focused his side-hustle search on online jobs. After doing extensive research, he decided to put all of his efforts on one specific niche.

The area that he identified was in the pet industry; reptile and exotic animal owners need live crickets to feed their pets, but getting them can be difficult — and expensive. So, Neal’s site caters to pet owners, selling crickets of various sizes in bulk.

But before you rush out and buy tanks and crickets to replicate Neal’s success, you should know his approach is even more interesting. He actually doesn’t deal with the crickets at all. Instead, his business is a drop shipping company.

What Is Drop Shipping?

Drop shipping is a business model where the store doesn’t stock any of the items it sells. Instead, when a customer purchases a product, the drop shipper works with a manufacturer — or in this case, a cricket supplier — to fulfill the order. The drop shipper never comes into contact with the product, so wrangling crickets isn’t part of Neal’s day.

“I don’t know anything about raising crickets,” he admits. “They have short life spans and unique nutritional and environmental needs. It’s a lot of work that takes a lot of knowledge. When I set up my business, I found someone who breeds crickets. He takes care of them and ships them; I just handle the orders.”

For customers, drop shipping is a seamless process, whether it’s through Amazon or a private site. Most of the time, you don’t know when you’re buying from a drop shipper. Once your order is placed, the drop shipper works with the supplier to place the order, and you receive the item like you normally would.

Drop shipping can be a mutually beneficial relationship between the seller and supplier. In Neal’s case, he has the marketing expertise and skills to build a successful website and business. That gets the cricket farmer more exposure and more orders than he would get on his own. Neal estimates that he generates about $3,000 in sales each month from The Critter Depot and his cut is $600.

Previously, Neal primarily sold crickets on Amazon. But meeting Amazon’s strict standards is hard when you’re shipping live insects. He ended up taking his sales to just his website, which requires more work for him each day to build traffic.

His new income stream allows him to take advantage of other opportunities, too. He recently purchased the site Jason Coupon King, which generates another $700 a month in revenue.

Balancing a Side Gig With Life & Work

While Neal’s side hustle is successful, he has to balance his work with his full-time job and his family. But that’s why he says drop shipping is a great option. It gives him the flexibility he needs while still allowing him to earn extra money.

“I don’t have a television, so when I come home from work, I just spend time playing with the kids and catching up with my wife,” says Neal. “Once they’re in bed, I work on optimizing my websites, contributing to forums and building links to my sites.”

Neal says he spends an hour or two a day after work on his side hustle and that his business is still growing. The extra income is substantial enough to help him pay off his student loans early and give his family more wiggle room in their monthly budget. (You can keep tabs on your own finances by viewing two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)

Making Extra Money

While selling crickets might not be for you, Neal’s story is just another example of the many ways you can make money on the side. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, or need more income to pay down debt or boost your emergency fund, launching a side hustle can be the right approach.

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5 Sacrifices to Help You Max Out Your Retirement Account Next Year

Are you at the point where you’re ready to invest more in retirement each month but aren’t quite sure how? Maybe you want to increase your savings rate but the numbers don’t add up. I’ve always said that saving something is better than nothing. If you can’t max out savings like your retirement account, it’s not a big deal and you can always work your way up to this goal year after year. We’ve put together 5 sacrifices to max out your retirement account.

Right now, the maximum contribution limits for a 401(k) is $19,000 and $6,000 a traditional or Roth IRA. This year, I was finally able to max out my retirement account contributions for the first time. I know how it seems like you’d have to fork over a lot of money each year to do the same thing, and that’s because you will. However, you can save enough to max out your retirement for the year and still live a comfortable life.

You may have to make some sacrifices, but they may not produce super drastic changes to your budget or your lifestyle. Here are 5 reasonable sacrifices to help max out your retirement account next year and every year afterward.

Your Car

One thing that you can sacrifice to help you max out your retirement account is your car. While you can probably save a ton of money by not having a car especially if you live in a big city, you don’t have to give up owning a car completely. My husband and I both drive older paid-off cars and we love it. With the average car payment hovering around $400 to $500 per month, that’s a lot of money to fork over each month just to drive.

In fact, $500 per month is all you need to max out an IRA right now since the annual contribution limit for anyone under 50 is $6,000. Since cars depreciate in value so much, it often doesn’t make financial sense to buy a brand new car. Used cars can be paid off quicker and you may even be able to buy a decent used car in cash. From there, you can use that money that you would save by not having a car loan and put it toward retirement savings.

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Live in a Smaller Home

My husband and I are sacrificing our dream home right now and I’m totally fine with that. We bought our first home a few years ago when we were 26 and 29 years old. It’s a nice starter home and it’s small. We don’t even have a basement but our family size is small right now so it’s fine. By having a smaller home and making it work, we save a ton of money on our mortgage, maintenance, repairs, and cleaning.

Now, would I love to have more space, walk-in closets or an extra enclosed room to serve as my office? Sure, but it’s not killing me that we live in a 1,300 sq ft home and instead I’m choosing to focus on what I love and enjoy about our home. I love how we have an extra bathroom and a nice fireplace in the family. We always have a decent-sized yard with a wrap-around deck and garden boxes that were already set up when we moved. Even though we are technically ‘sacrificing’ our dream home right now, I know that we will buy it later down the line and I’m content with where we’re at now.

RELATED: 6+ Easy Ways to Save Thousands on Home Repair

Frugal Travel

Some people give up traveling to pay off debt and save more. You don’t have to do this even if you’re willing to make sacrifices to max out your retirement next year. Instead of giving up travel altogether, find ways to make it more affordable so you can go on trips, and still invest generously. This is why I love frugality. Being frugal allows you to get creative and use the resources available to spend wisely on your values and save where you can.

Instead of paying for flights full price, you can wait for sales or sign up for a rewards credit card. Instead of spending tons of money on a hotel, see if you can stay with a friend or relative when you travel or book an Airbnb. Usually, when I travel, I’m not super picky about where I stay so long as it’s clean. I also plan to cook some meals if possible if our accommodations allow it.

I’ll usually book an Airbnb or a suite with full kitchen access so I can prepare breakfast and snacks. You don’t have to dine out for all 3 meals when you travel and breakfast is one of the easiest meals to prepare whether you have full access to a kitchen or not.

RELATED: How to Plan for Budget Travel This Year

Delay Your Gratification

We live in a society where people want everything fast and right now. This often leads to getting items and services before you can pay for them in full. If you want to avoid debt and living above your means, practice delayed gratification regularly and budget for larger purchases instead of financing them.

My husband and I used to have a ton of credit card debt, student loans, personal loans, and car loans. This debt really ate into our disposable income. Even after paying it off, I’ve still been tempted to finance things like furniture and other purchases. I choose not to and to delay my gratification. By simply waiting and planning, I save a lot of money and do a better job of committing to live below my means.

When you slow down on financing purchases and making impulse buys regularly, you’ll find that your budget is not so tight. You may even wind up with thousands extra each year that you can invest.

Your Time

Time is not a renewable asset. Once you use your time, it’s gone. You can never go back or relive a day where you wasted time. Keep this in mind when considering sacrifices to max out your retirement account. However, it should also be motivation to make good use of your time especially when it comes to working and earning extra money. If you’re looking to start maxing out your retirement account, odds are you’re still earning an active income where you’re trading time for money. If you want to earn more or increase your savings rate, you may have to get a second job or a side hustle.

Even if you want to establish a passive stream of income, you’ll need to dedicate time or energy to get that idea off the ground. Of course, sacrificing your time to work is not a waste. You can even make the most of your effort by choosing work that is enjoyable and fulfilling. Or start a side business where you can do things you love and still make good money.

Try to stick to your budget and save your money wisely to make it all worth it in the end. Pay yourself first consistently and remain dedicated to your goal in order to max out your retirement next year and each year afterward.

Source: everythingfinanceblog.com

16 Best Survey Sites

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Sharing your opinions by taking part in surveys is a great way to influence products and services and make some cash at the same time. The best survey sites work with companies to get consumer thoughts on current and future products and services.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can earn some extra cash by sharing your opinions, check out our suggestions for the best survey sites to sign up with.

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What are the Best Survey Sites?

Not all survey sites are the same. The best survey sites make it easy to sign up, easy to complete surveys, and easy to make money.

While some survey sites are definitely not legit, the survey sites mentioned here are the real deal. Here’s a bit of information about the best survey sites on the web.

1. Survey Junkie

You know Survey Junkie is legit when it’s one of the most popular survey sites around. And it was created in 2005 which makes it one of the longest running survey sites. Survey Junkie has over 10 million members so they must be doing something right.

How it Works

The company has two survey groups you can sign up for: The regular Survey Junkie and SJ Pulse.

The basic Survey Junkie gathers opinions through surveys and other types of market research. SJ Pulse works to have members participate in focus groups and share browsing activity.

If you choose to participate in basic Survey Junkie, here’s how it works:

  • You complete profiles to see if you’re eligible for surveys
  • Once you’re eligible, you can take surveys anywhere from any type of device
  • You earn points for every completed survey

With SJ Pulse, you just download the extension or opt-in on the Survey Junkie app. Survey Junkie does the rest as it assesses your browsing activity for market research purposes.

How Will I Get Paid?

So, with Survey Junkie you get points for each completed survey or activity. Then you can use your points to get PayPal cash or gift cards to a variety of retailers. If you choose the gift card option, you can get gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, and more.

Oh, and you can get paid via bank transfer as well.

How to Sign Up

It’s easy to sign up for Survey Junkie: Just hit the “Join Now” button on the website’s homepage.

Trustpilot score: 4.5 out of 5 stars

2. Swagbucks

Swagbucks nears the top of our list as one of the best survey sites too. First launched in 2008, Swagbucks has paid out over $460 million dollars to its members.

How it Works

Once you’ve signed up, Swagbucks will show you a list of surveys you can take. As you answer the questions you earn points.

Bonus: Swagbucks has other ways you can earn points too. You can watch videos, shop online, play games, search the Web and more. In fact, the site often has signup bonuses of $5 or $10 to give you an earnings boost.

Just browse the site daily to look for ways to earn points that can be converted into cash.

How Will I Get Paid?

Once you’ve hit the minimum number of points you can redeem those points for PayPal cash or gift cards to popular retailers.

Some of the retailers Swagbucks partners with include Walmart, Target, and Amazon.

How to Sign Up

Simply visit the Swagbucks website and you’ll see a popup box that shows you how to sign up. You can sign up with your Facebook account or with your email address.

Trustpilot Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars

3. Vindale Research

Vindale Research is another long-time site in the survey business. They’ve been in operation since 2004 and have paid out nearly $8 million.

How it Works

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get invitations daily to complete surveys on a number of topics. Survey topics include:

  • Automobiles
  • Politics and current events
  • Home improvement
  • Health and beauty

And other topics. You can also earn cash through Vindale Research by referring others to sign up and by participating in other activities.

How Will I Get Paid?

One unique thing about Vindale Research is that they pay you in cash. There are no points to earn or redeem. Just request a PayPal payout when you’re ready.

How to Sign Up

At the top of the Vindale Research website, on the right hand side, there are two buttons: Sign In and Sign Up. Hit the “Sign Up” button and become a member for free. The website will instruct you from there.

Trustpilot score: 4 out of 5 stars

4. InboxDollars

InboxDollars started up in 2000 and has paid out over $59 million to members. Oh, they often have sign up bonuses as well.

How it Works

When you sign up (for free) as a member, you’ll be asked a number of questions in order to complete your profile. The answers you enter will help InboxDollars direct you to surveys that are right for you.

As you fill out the surveys you earn cash for each completed survey. And you can also earn money by completing other activities such as:

  • Watching videos
  • Playing games
  • Shopping online
  • Taking advantage of deals

Each task has a dollar amount assigned to it so you know how much you’ll earn if you choose to complete the task.

How Will I Get Paid?

As with Vindale Research, InboxDollars pays you in cash, not points. When you’ve reached the minimum earnings threshold of $30 you can request your cash.

They’ll pay you via mailed check, PayPal, or you can get an e-gift card to retailers such as Amazon.

How to Sign Up

There’s a signup box right on the InboxDollars homepage. Fill out the information in the signup box to open a free account. Remember that you’ll get a lot more survey opportunities if you fill out the answers to all of the profile questions.

Trustpilot score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

5. MyPoints

MyPoints has been helping people earn money through surveys since 1996. They’re another trusted site you can earn some cash with.

How it Works

When you sign up on the site you’ll get notifications to see if you qualify for surveys. One cool thing about MyPoints is that they pay you even if you don’t qualify for the survey. They’ll pay you a bit just for trying. Many sites won’t do that.

There are other ways to earn with MyPoints too such as shopping online and watching videos.

How Will I Get Paid?

When you earn your points you can redeem them for a variety of gift cards. You can get gift cards to PayPal (i.e. cash) or gift cards to one of the company’s 75+ other retail partners.

How to Sign Up

Just head to the MyPoints website and fill out the signup box as directed.

Trustpilot score: 4.4 out of 5 stars

6. Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll Online is one of the longest-running survey sites. They’ve been in the market research game since 1975 and did in-person and mail-in surveys before online surveying became a thing.

How it Works

Once you sign up with Harris Poll Online you’ll be eligible to start receiving survey invitations. The invitations are based on the information you shared when you signed up.

Each invitation comes with a short questionnaire to see if you’re eligible. If you are, you continue on with and finish the survey to get points.

How Will I Get Paid?

You earn what are called “HiPoints” for each survey you complete with Harris Poll Online. After you’ve earned the minimum number of points, you can cash those points in for free gift cards to various retailers.

How to Sign Up

Just go to the Harris Poll Online website and click on the sign up button and follow the prompts.

Trustpilot score: 3 out of 5 stars

7. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is another longtime survey company with a great reputation. Although the website doesn’t say how much they’ve paid out, I can tell you they’ve been around for quite some time.

How it Works

When you sign up you’ll start getting notifications for surveys. Note that when you sign up you need to fill out your profile as accurately as possible. This will ensure you qualify for the highest number of surveys.

This is because companies that hire Pinecone Research have specific client bases for each market research project.

How Will I Get Paid?

Every time you complete a survey you’ll earn points. Then you can redeem your points for cash via a bank transfer. You can choose e-gift cards or other merchandise as payment too.

Note that with Pinecone your points do expire after 12 months of no earning activity. So if you’ve earned points and have decided to discontinue working with Pinecone be sure to cash out your points.

How to Sign Up

When you visit the Pinecone Research site, just click on the signup button and follow the directions.

Trustpilot score: 2.5 out of 5 stars

8. LifePoints

LifePoints has a member community of over 5,000,000 that earn money by taking surveys. The LifePoints website says that the company is ranked the largest provider of custom research and analysis.

How it Works

Once you sign up to become a member, you’re sent surveys you have the option to complete. As long as you complete the surveys within the specified survey period you will earn LifePoints.

Along with surveys, you might be asked to participate in market research that involves recording daily habits or trying out a new product.

How Will I Get Paid?

You can use your LifePoints to get paid by PayPal or to get other rewards such as e-gift cards. The site even has an option where you can trade in your LifePoints to make a donation to charity.

How to Sign Up

Head to the LifePoints homepage and click the “join now” button on the top right-hand side of your screen.

Trustpilot score: 4.6 out of 5 stars

9. Ipsos i-Say

Ipsos i-Say is an online survey community with millions of members. One cool thing about i-Say is that along with traditional market research surveys they have polls that are created by members.

How it Works

As with other survey companies, you start by becoming a member. You’ll earn points for each survey you complete. And there are contests you can enter as well. As with any of these sites, you can earn cash at home or anywhere else where you have a few minutes to spare.

How Will I Get Paid?

As you earn points, you can use them to get e-gift cards to retailers such as Starbucks, Amazon, and Walmart. You can get PayPal gift cards as well.

How to Sign Up

Once you reach the i-Say website you’ll see a “Join Now” button in the middle of your screen. Click the button and follow the prompts.

Trustpilot score: 4.2 out of 5

10. Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost is another upstanding survey company that’s been around for years. In addition to surveys, the company also offers product testing.

How it Works

When you first sign up you take a screen questionnaire to help match you with the right types of surveys for your demographic. Sometimes there will be duplicate questions in the screening questionnaire to ensure you’re answering questions accurately.

Once you’ve completed the screening session you’ll get access to surveys that fit your demographic.

How Will I Get Paid?

Opinion Outpost awards points for each completed survey or other activity. You can use your points to get PayPal cash, Visa gift cards, or other awards like Amazon e-gift cards.

How to Sign Up

Just hit the “Join” button at the top right hand side of the Opinion Outpost home page and follow the prompts.

Trustpilot score: 4.3 out of 5

11. Toluna

Toluna shares surveys on current affairs, new products and more.

How it Works

When you sign up to be a Toluna Influencer you’ll be a part of a community that influences the products and services of the future. Each survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

How Will I Get Paid?

Toluna uses a points-based system. Points can be used to get cash, e-gift cards, or other prizes.

How to Sign Up

Click the Sign Up button on the top right hand side of the home page. Complete instructions from there.

Trustpilot score: 4.2 out of 5 stars

12. Branded Surveys

Branded Surveys is a bit newer on the scene than some of the other companies we’ve mentioned here. However, they’re already gaining a great reputation from survey takers.

How it Works

You’ll answer some demographics questions when you sign up, as with similar sites. The site has several different profile surveys you can fill out.

You choose which ones you fill out and which ones you don’t, but the more you fill out the more surveys you can be matched with. You’ll be given survey opportunities based on your screening survey answers.

How Will I Get Paid?

You get awarded points for each survey you complete. After you’ve reached the minimum threshold of 1,000 points, you can get paid via PayPal or Branded Pay, which is the company’s own payroll system.

You can get e-gift cards as pay too.

How to Sign Up

Just click on the Sign Up button on the top right hand corner sidebar and follow the prompts. You can sign up via Facebook or with your email address.

Trustpilot score: 4.4 out of 5

13 .PrizeRebel

PrizeRebel has been in business since 2007. They’ve got over 10 million members and they’ve paid out over 22 million rewards.

How it Works

The sign up process is super easy. Once you sign up, you’ll complete a demographics survey for which you’ll earn points. This survey will match you to surveys you can complete to earn cash.

How Will I Get Paid?

PrizeRebel works on a points-based system, meaning you’ll earn points for every completed survey. You can choose to redeem your points for PayPal cash, e-gift cards, online games, or other prizes.

How to Sign Up

You sign up with Facebook; there’s a big pop-up box on the home page. You can’t miss it.

Trustpilot score: 3.3 out of 5 stars

14. Valued Opinions

Valued Opinions has been conducting market research since 2004. They’re a part of a larger company called Dynata Global which is the largest research market company in the world.

How it Works

After you complete the registration form (it only takes a few minutes) you’ll start receiving survey invitations. If you fit the right demographic, you’ll receive invitations to test new products and review advertising campaigns as well.

How Will I Get Paid?

You can use your earned points to get a Visa gift card, a gift card to one of many store retailers, or use your points to make a donation to one of the company’s partner charities.

How to Sign Up

There are “Join Now” buttons in several places on the site’s home page. Click on one to begin your registration.

Trustpilot score: 4.0 out of 5 stars

15. Google Opinion Rewards

The Google Opinions Rewards app lets you share your opinion right from your phone (most of the other companies mentioned here do to, though).

How it Works

After you sign up, you can complete short surveys while doing other tasks such as waiting for appointments. The app will tell you when there is a survey waiting for you.

You’re chosen for surveys based on the information you fill out when you sign up. Each short survey pays between $0.10 and $1.00

How Will I Get Paid?

Every time your rewards balance reaches $2.00, Google Opinion Rewards will send the money to your PayPal account via the address you signed up with.

How to Sign Up

Just download the app for Android or iOS. Make sure you use your main PayPal address when you sign up for the site in order to receive your payments before they expire.

Trustpilot score: None listed

16. American Consumer Opinion

American Consumer Opinion started surveying customers in 1986 via phone and snail mail. Today the company’s digital surveys ask you questions about the economy, and about products and services they use.

How it Works

After you register, the company will send you survey invitations via email. Know that this company sends survey requests several times a year.

That means you might not get as many survey requests as you would with some of the other companies listed here. As you complete each survey you will be rewarded with points.

How Will I Get Paid?

You can cash out your points and get PayPal cash. Or you can choose from a variety of other rewards such as e-gift cards.

How to Sign Up

Just click the Sign Up button in the middle of the screen or on the upper right hand corner of the site’s home page.

Trustpilot score: None listed

Summary

You won’t get rich by taking surveys but it can be a great way to earn some extra cash. Especially if you use the sites listed here. Have you ever taken surveys to make money? If so, what do you think the best survey sites are?

Tell us in the comments section.

Laurie is personal finance writer and a licensed Realtor. Her goal in blogging is to help others find their way to financial freedom, and to a simpler, more peaceful life.

Source: debtdiscipline.com

16 Best Survey Sites

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Sharing your opinions by taking part in surveys is a great way to influence products and services and make some cash at the same time. The best survey sites work with companies to get consumer thoughts on current and future products and services.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can earn some extra cash by sharing your opinions, check out our suggestions for the best survey sites to sign up with.

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What are the Best Survey Sites?

Not all survey sites are the same. The best survey sites make it easy to sign up, easy to complete surveys, and easy to make money.

While some survey sites are definitely not legit, the survey sites mentioned here are the real deal. Here’s a bit of information about the best survey sites on the web.

1. Survey Junkie

You know Survey Junkie is legit when it’s one of the most popular survey sites around. And it was created in 2005 which makes it one of the longest running survey sites. Survey Junkie has over 10 million members so they must be doing something right.

How it Works

The company has two survey groups you can sign up for: The regular Survey Junkie and SJ Pulse.

The basic Survey Junkie gathers opinions through surveys and other types of market research. SJ Pulse works to have members participate in focus groups and share browsing activity.

If you choose to participate in basic Survey Junkie, here’s how it works:

  • You complete profiles to see if you’re eligible for surveys
  • Once you’re eligible, you can take surveys anywhere from any type of device
  • You earn points for every completed survey

With SJ Pulse, you just download the extension or opt-in on the Survey Junkie app. Survey Junkie does the rest as it assesses your browsing activity for market research purposes.

How Will I Get Paid?

So, with Survey Junkie you get points for each completed survey or activity. Then you can use your points to get PayPal cash or gift cards to a variety of retailers. If you choose the gift card option, you can get gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, and more.

Oh, and you can get paid via bank transfer as well.

How to Sign Up

It’s easy to sign up for Survey Junkie: Just hit the “Join Now” button on the website’s homepage.

Trustpilot score: 4.5 out of 5 stars

2. Swagbucks

Swagbucks nears the top of our list as one of the best survey sites too. First launched in 2008, Swagbucks has paid out over $460 million dollars to its members.

How it Works

Once you’ve signed up, Swagbucks will show you a list of surveys you can take. As you answer the questions you earn points.

Bonus: Swagbucks has other ways you can earn points too. You can watch videos, shop online, play games, search the Web and more. In fact, the site often has signup bonuses of $5 or $10 to give you an earnings boost.

Just browse the site daily to look for ways to earn points that can be converted into cash.

How Will I Get Paid?

Once you’ve hit the minimum number of points you can redeem those points for PayPal cash or gift cards to popular retailers.

Some of the retailers Swagbucks partners with include Walmart, Target, and Amazon.

How to Sign Up

Simply visit the Swagbucks website and you’ll see a popup box that shows you how to sign up. You can sign up with your Facebook account or with your email address.

Trustpilot Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars

3. Vindale Research

Vindale Research is another long-time site in the survey business. They’ve been in operation since 2004 and have paid out nearly $8 million.

How it Works

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get invitations daily to complete surveys on a number of topics. Survey topics include:

  • Automobiles
  • Politics and current events
  • Home improvement
  • Health and beauty

And other topics. You can also earn cash through Vindale Research by referring others to sign up and by participating in other activities.

How Will I Get Paid?

One unique thing about Vindale Research is that they pay you in cash. There are no points to earn or redeem. Just request a PayPal payout when you’re ready.

How to Sign Up

At the top of the Vindale Research website, on the right hand side, there are two buttons: Sign In and Sign Up. Hit the “Sign Up” button and become a member for free. The website will instruct you from there.

Trustpilot score: 4 out of 5 stars

4. InboxDollars

InboxDollars started up in 2000 and has paid out over $59 million to members. Oh, they often have sign up bonuses as well.

How it Works

When you sign up (for free) as a member, you’ll be asked a number of questions in order to complete your profile. The answers you enter will help InboxDollars direct you to surveys that are right for you.

As you fill out the surveys you earn cash for each completed survey. And you can also earn money by completing other activities such as:

  • Watching videos
  • Playing games
  • Shopping online
  • Taking advantage of deals

Each task has a dollar amount assigned to it so you know how much you’ll earn if you choose to complete the task.

How Will I Get Paid?

As with Vindale Research, InboxDollars pays you in cash, not points. When you’ve reached the minimum earnings threshold of $30 you can request your cash.

They’ll pay you via mailed check, PayPal, or you can get an e-gift card to retailers such as Amazon.

How to Sign Up

There’s a signup box right on the InboxDollars homepage. Fill out the information in the signup box to open a free account. Remember that you’ll get a lot more survey opportunities if you fill out the answers to all of the profile questions.

Trustpilot score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

5. MyPoints

MyPoints has been helping people earn money through surveys since 1996. They’re another trusted site you can earn some cash with.

How it Works

When you sign up on the site you’ll get notifications to see if you qualify for surveys. One cool thing about MyPoints is that they pay you even if you don’t qualify for the survey. They’ll pay you a bit just for trying. Many sites won’t do that.

There are other ways to earn with MyPoints too such as shopping online and watching videos.

How Will I Get Paid?

When you earn your points you can redeem them for a variety of gift cards. You can get gift cards to PayPal (i.e. cash) or gift cards to one of the company’s 75+ other retail partners.

How to Sign Up

Just head to the MyPoints website and fill out the signup box as directed.

Trustpilot score: 4.4 out of 5 stars

6. Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll Online is one of the longest-running survey sites. They’ve been in the market research game since 1975 and did in-person and mail-in surveys before online surveying became a thing.

How it Works

Once you sign up with Harris Poll Online you’ll be eligible to start receiving survey invitations. The invitations are based on the information you shared when you signed up.

Each invitation comes with a short questionnaire to see if you’re eligible. If you are, you continue on with and finish the survey to get points.

How Will I Get Paid?

You earn what are called “HiPoints” for each survey you complete with Harris Poll Online. After you’ve earned the minimum number of points, you can cash those points in for free gift cards to various retailers.

How to Sign Up

Just go to the Harris Poll Online website and click on the sign up button and follow the prompts.

Trustpilot score: 3 out of 5 stars

7. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is another longtime survey company with a great reputation. Although the website doesn’t say how much they’ve paid out, I can tell you they’ve been around for quite some time.

How it Works

When you sign up you’ll start getting notifications for surveys. Note that when you sign up you need to fill out your profile as accurately as possible. This will ensure you qualify for the highest number of surveys.

This is because companies that hire Pinecone Research have specific client bases for each market research project.

How Will I Get Paid?

Every time you complete a survey you’ll earn points. Then you can redeem your points for cash via a bank transfer. You can choose e-gift cards or other merchandise as payment too.

Note that with Pinecone your points do expire after 12 months of no earning activity. So if you’ve earned points and have decided to discontinue working with Pinecone be sure to cash out your points.

How to Sign Up

When you visit the Pinecone Research site, just click on the signup button and follow the directions.

Trustpilot score: 2.5 out of 5 stars

8. LifePoints

LifePoints has a member community of over 5,000,000 that earn money by taking surveys. The LifePoints website says that the company is ranked the largest provider of custom research and analysis.

How it Works

Once you sign up to become a member, you’re sent surveys you have the option to complete. As long as you complete the surveys within the specified survey period you will earn LifePoints.

Along with surveys, you might be asked to participate in market research that involves recording daily habits or trying out a new product.

How Will I Get Paid?

You can use your LifePoints to get paid by PayPal or to get other rewards such as e-gift cards. The site even has an option where you can trade in your LifePoints to make a donation to charity.

How to Sign Up

Head to the LifePoints homepage and click the “join now” button on the top right-hand side of your screen.

Trustpilot score: 4.6 out of 5 stars

9. Ipsos i-Say

Ipsos i-Say is an online survey community with millions of members. One cool thing about i-Say is that along with traditional market research surveys they have polls that are created by members.

How it Works

As with other survey companies, you start by becoming a member. You’ll earn points for each survey you complete. And there are contests you can enter as well. As with any of these sites, you can earn cash at home or anywhere else where you have a few minutes to spare.

How Will I Get Paid?

As you earn points, you can use them to get e-gift cards to retailers such as Starbucks, Amazon, and Walmart. You can get PayPal gift cards as well.

How to Sign Up

Once you reach the i-Say website you’ll see a “Join Now” button in the middle of your screen. Click the button and follow the prompts.

Trustpilot score: 4.2 out of 5

10. Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost is another upstanding survey company that’s been around for years. In addition to surveys, the company also offers product testing.

How it Works

When you first sign up you take a screen questionnaire to help match you with the right types of surveys for your demographic. Sometimes there will be duplicate questions in the screening questionnaire to ensure you’re answering questions accurately.

Once you’ve completed the screening session you’ll get access to surveys that fit your demographic.

How Will I Get Paid?

Opinion Outpost awards points for each completed survey or other activity. You can use your points to get PayPal cash, Visa gift cards, or other awards like Amazon e-gift cards.

How to Sign Up

Just hit the “Join” button at the top right hand side of the Opinion Outpost home page and follow the prompts.

Trustpilot score: 4.3 out of 5

11. Toluna

Toluna shares surveys on current affairs, new products and more.

How it Works

When you sign up to be a Toluna Influencer you’ll be a part of a community that influences the products and services of the future. Each survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

How Will I Get Paid?

Toluna uses a points-based system. Points can be used to get cash, e-gift cards, or other prizes.

How to Sign Up

Click the Sign Up button on the top right hand side of the home page. Complete instructions from there.

Trustpilot score: 4.2 out of 5 stars

12. Branded Surveys

Branded Surveys is a bit newer on the scene than some of the other companies we’ve mentioned here. However, they’re already gaining a great reputation from survey takers.

How it Works

You’ll answer some demographics questions when you sign up, as with similar sites. The site has several different profile surveys you can fill out.

You choose which ones you fill out and which ones you don’t, but the more you fill out the more surveys you can be matched with. You’ll be given survey opportunities based on your screening survey answers.

How Will I Get Paid?

You get awarded points for each survey you complete. After you’ve reached the minimum threshold of 1,000 points, you can get paid via PayPal or Branded Pay, which is the company’s own payroll system.

You can get e-gift cards as pay too.

How to Sign Up

Just click on the Sign Up button on the top right hand corner sidebar and follow the prompts. You can sign up via Facebook or with your email address.

Trustpilot score: 4.4 out of 5

13 .PrizeRebel

PrizeRebel has been in business since 2007. They’ve got over 10 million members and they’ve paid out over 22 million rewards.

How it Works

The sign up process is super easy. Once you sign up, you’ll complete a demographics survey for which you’ll earn points. This survey will match you to surveys you can complete to earn cash.

How Will I Get Paid?

PrizeRebel works on a points-based system, meaning you’ll earn points for every completed survey. You can choose to redeem your points for PayPal cash, e-gift cards, online games, or other prizes.

How to Sign Up

You sign up with Facebook; there’s a big pop-up box on the home page. You can’t miss it.

Trustpilot score: 3.3 out of 5 stars

14. Valued Opinions

Valued Opinions has been conducting market research since 2004. They’re a part of a larger company called Dynata Global which is the largest research market company in the world.

How it Works

After you complete the registration form (it only takes a few minutes) you’ll start receiving survey invitations. If you fit the right demographic, you’ll receive invitations to test new products and review advertising campaigns as well.

How Will I Get Paid?

You can use your earned points to get a Visa gift card, a gift card to one of many store retailers, or use your points to make a donation to one of the company’s partner charities.

How to Sign Up

There are “Join Now” buttons in several places on the site’s home page. Click on one to begin your registration.

Trustpilot score: 4.0 out of 5 stars

15. Google Opinion Rewards

The Google Opinions Rewards app lets you share your opinion right from your phone (most of the other companies mentioned here do to, though).

How it Works

After you sign up, you can complete short surveys while doing other tasks such as waiting for appointments. The app will tell you when there is a survey waiting for you.

You’re chosen for surveys based on the information you fill out when you sign up. Each short survey pays between $0.10 and $1.00

How Will I Get Paid?

Every time your rewards balance reaches $2.00, Google Opinion Rewards will send the money to your PayPal account via the address you signed up with.

How to Sign Up

Just download the app for Android or iOS. Make sure you use your main PayPal address when you sign up for the site in order to receive your payments before they expire.

Trustpilot score: None listed

16. American Consumer Opinion

American Consumer Opinion started surveying customers in 1986 via phone and snail mail. Today the company’s digital surveys ask you questions about the economy, and about products and services they use.

How it Works

After you register, the company will send you survey invitations via email. Know that this company sends survey requests several times a year.

That means you might not get as many survey requests as you would with some of the other companies listed here. As you complete each survey you will be rewarded with points.

How Will I Get Paid?

You can cash out your points and get PayPal cash. Or you can choose from a variety of other rewards such as e-gift cards.

How to Sign Up

Just click the Sign Up button in the middle of the screen or on the upper right hand corner of the site’s home page.

Trustpilot score: None listed

Summary

You won’t get rich by taking surveys but it can be a great way to earn some extra cash. Especially if you use the sites listed here. Have you ever taken surveys to make money? If so, what do you think the best survey sites are?

Tell us in the comments section.

Laurie is personal finance writer and a licensed Realtor. Her goal in blogging is to help others find their way to financial freedom, and to a simpler, more peaceful life.

Source: debtdiscipline.com

21 Easy Ways to Get Free Google Play Credits

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There are several ways to get free Google play credits if you’re interested in being able to get more apps for your Android Phone.

If you find a lot of apps on Google Play that you like and want to get for free–or get credits to pay for the monthly cost of the app–check out this list of sites that will let you earn free Google play credits.

Our Top Picks to Get Free Google Play Credits

Fetch Rewards – Scan receipts from purchases you make

Swagbucks – Take Surveys and Get a $10 Sign Up Bonus

Mistplay – Get Paid to Play Games On Your Phone

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Shopping Apps

One way to get free google play credits is to use popular shopping apps when you shop online and in-store. Here are some of our favorite apps for doing that.

1. Ibotta

Ibotta helps you earn rewards two different ways. You can earn by taking advantage of in-store offers that pop up on your Ibotta app when you shop at your favorite stores.

Or you can take advantage of offers that pop up when you shop online through your Ibotta app. All of your money savings goes as cash into your Ibotta account. Then you can withdraw the cash via PayPal or Venmo.

However, you can also use your cash savings to buy gift cards to retailers that partner with Ibotta, one of which is the Google Play store.

Bonus: You can earn cash by referring others to use Ibotta as well, resulting in more money to use toward your Google Play credit purchases.

2. Fetch Rewards

Using Fetch Rewards is another really easy way to get Free Google Play Credits. When you install the Fetch Rewards app on your phone, you’ll be able to scan your receipts into the app’s system.

The Fetch Rewards app will automatically scan your receipt for cash back offers on purchases from its retail partner deals. Fetch Rewards partners with big name brands such as Kraft, Huggies, General Mills and more.

You’ll get points every time you make a purchase that coordinates with a participating offer. Then you can use your Fetch Rewards points to get gift cards for free Google Play Credits.

You can earn additional points by referring friends to use the app or by purchasing special offer products when you get notification of them.

3. InstaGC

InstaGC is a rewards site that will pay you for, among other things, shopping online. When you shop online through the InstaGC site, you earn points. After you’ve accumulated the specified number of points you can use the points to get your free Google Play Store gift card.

InstaGC lets you earn points in other ways besides shopping online too. You can earn by taking surveys, watching videos, surfing the web, referring friends to use the app, and more.

And if you’ve got enough Google Play Store gift cards, you can choose from over 300 other stores to get free gift cards to with your InstaGC points.

Take Surveys to Get Google Play Credits

Another way to earn free credits for Google Play is by taking surveys. Here are a few of the most popular survey companies that offer Google Play credits.

4. Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie is one of the highest rated and longest running survey companies on the web. Each time you take a survey, you earn points. Then you can use the points to get your free Google play credits

Bonus: You can earn extra points by taking part in focus groups and by sharing your browsing activity with Survey Junkie’s SJ Pulse add-on.

Have enough Google Play credits? Use your points to get PayPal cash or gift cards from popular retailers such as Walmart or Amazon.

5. LifePoints

Like other survey companies, LifePoints will reward you with points for sharing your opinion on popular products and services. Or for sharing your opinion on subjects such as current events.

You’re rewarded with points every time you complete a survey. Then you can use your points to get your free Google Play Store gift card. As with other survey companies, you can use your points to get gift cards to other retailers or to cash out via PayPal as well.

In addition to completing surveys, LifePoints might ask you on occasion to complete specified activities as well. You’ll get rewarded points for completing the required activities too.

6. Google Opinion Rewards

Google Opinion Rewards is another site that will reward you for completing surveys. This site is a bit different in that you have to wait for an invitation to complete a survey.

After you sign up, you might get an invitation weekly, or you might get several invitations in a given week. Oh, and can earn points other ways too such as downloading apps.

All of the surveys through Google Opinion Rewards are created by Google. So it makes sense that they’d offer free Google Play Credits as a reward for completing the surveys.

7. Swagbucks

Swagbucks has paid hundreds of millions of dollars to people who use the site to take surveys and complete other tasks. All you need to do is sign up for a free account on Swagbucks and you can start taking surveys right away.

You can cash out and get your free credits after you reach the minimum number of required points. Swagbucks will give you points for completing other tasks too, such as watching videos, shopping online, or searching the net.

Along with getting free Google Play credits, you can use the points you earn to get free retailer gift cards too.

8. Branded Surveys

Branded Surveys is another popular survey company. With this company you start by filling out a profile when you sign up. Your completed profile will help the company match you with their partners and products.

After you’ve completed your profile, your Branded Surveys dashboard will show you surveys that match your profile. Each completed and approved survey will award you a designated number of points.

Then you can use the points to get your free Google Play credits. Or if you’d like, you can use your points to get PayPal cash or other retail gift cards.

9. Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll Online is one of the longest running and most well respected survey sites. When you become a Harris Poll Online member (it’s free) and fill out the required member information you can qualify to take surveys.

Each time you complete a survey, you’ll earn what are called HIPoints. You can be as active as you want on the site, however, the more active you are the more HIPoints you’ll earn.

After you reach the designated points balance, you can trade your points in for gift cards to get your Google Play credits or get gift cards to other retailers.

Note that Harris Poll Online is one of the few companies that doesn’t pay out in cash. But if you’re looking to earn free Google Play credits that shouldn’t matter much.

10. i-Say

When you sign up to take surveys through i-Say, they’ll contact you when they have a survey that fits the qualifications you specified on your profile.

i-Say members receive an average of eight surveys per month according to the i-Say website. You’ll earn i-Say points for every completed survey. Then you can use your points to get your free Google Play credits gift card.

Note that if you don’t take any surveys with i-Say for a three-month or longer period, your account becomes inactive and you risk losing your i-Say points.

Now let’s talk about ways you can earn Google Play credits by playing games online.

Get Paid to Play Games

There are several websites that will reward you for playing games online. Here are a few of the most popular sites.

11. Mistplay

Mistplay rewards members for trying out new games that the site recommends. The site makes a Mixlist for you. Your Mixlist is a personalized game library similar to your personalized song library you might have on Spotify or similar sites.

As a member, you’ll get rewarded units every time you play. The longer you play, the more units you’ll earn.

The units you earn can be used to get great rewards such as Google Play gift cards. Mistplay has given away over $11 million in rewards to date, so you know they’re legit.

Bonus: Mistplay has regular contests you can enter to win cash and other prizes.

12. Bananatic

Bananatic is a site that rewards you for testing out games and leaving reviews after you test. You’ll earn “bananas” every time you complete a quest, leave a review and follow other directions.

Bananas are Bananatic’s own virtual currency. After you reach the required number of Bananas, you can use them to get free Google Play gift cards and other gift cards.

Bananatic has a community too where you can add friends to your group and share experiences. There’s no cost to join Bananatic and there are plenty of free games to play.

Note that there are in-app purchases you can make as well, but doing so isn’t a requirement.

13. AppNana

AppNana will give you “nanas” for downloading free apps to play games on them. The more you play, the more nanas you’ll earn. In fact, you can earn 400 nanas per day just by logging into your account.

Besides playing games, you can earn nanas for other activities too. You can earn for simply downloading apps, for watching videos on AppNana, and more.

AppNana will give you nanas for inviting friends to become members too. Then you can use your nanas to get your free Google Play gift card.

Other reward options include credits to use your nanas at the AppNana store. AppNana is available on both Android and Apple iOS.

14. AppKarma

AppKarma works similar to AppNana. You’ll earn rewards for following the app’s instructions. For instance, you might be asked to download a game app and play to level four.

There are other apps you can use to earn points besides game apps too. Your points are rewarded fairly quickly, usually within 15 minutes of completing the requirements for using the game app.

Then you can use your points to get your free Google Play credits or other retailer gift cards. Note that you can earn points for other activities within AppKarma too, such as referring friends who sign up to use the app.

Check out the other AppKarma features too, such as daily rewards.

The last section we’ll talk about for earning free Google Play credits involves apps and websites that will pay you for completing various tasks.

Complete Tasks to Get Credits

Each of these sites/apps pays you in points or other rewards for completing a variety of tasks. Check them out and see if you’d like to join and get free rewards.

15. MobileXpression

MobileXpression is probably one of the easiest task apps to use to get free Google Play credits. This is because all you have to do is download the app and do what you normally do.

MobileExpression awards you points every week simply for using the devices you have the app downloaded and activated on. The app shares your browsing information with its partners so they can better design products and services for you.

Reward choices vary, and you might not find Google Play credits as a choice for your reward. If that happens, you can always get an Amazon gift card with your rewards points and use it to purchase a Google Play gift card through Amazon.

16. FeaturePoints

FeaturePoints is an app that gives you rewards by completing various tasks such as:

  • Taking surveys
  • Shopping online
  • Downloading apps
  • Referring friends

And more. A lot of the tasks are easy, such as one-question surveys. And earning points by shopping online is easy when you shop at stores through the FeaturePoints portal.

You can use your rewards points to get your free Google Play gift card or any number of other prizes available.

FeaturePoints has instant win contests too where you can win up to 50,000 points to be used to get more free gift cards. This site has been in operation since 2012 and has paid out close to $6 million in rewards to date.

17. Viggle

Viggle gives you points for using the Viggle app to stream shows and/or movies. You’ll check in to a show by tapping on the Viggle app before you watch.

Once you’ve checked in, Viggle will keep track of your viewing and reward you with Perk Points. You can check into any movie or TV show to earn, but you’ll earn more points if you watch featured shows or movies suggested by Viggle.

There are also trivia questions and other tasks you can do to earn points. Perk Points can be used to get free Google Play gift cards or other retailer gift cards.

Or if you’d rather, you can use your points to donate to one of several charities Viggle partners with.

18. PrizeRebel

PrizeRebel will reward you points for getting free Google Play gift cards when you complete a variety of tasks. Some of the tasks you can earn points for include:

  • Watching videos
  • Taking surveys
  • Signing up for offers
  • Referring friends

Aside from using your points to get free Google Play credit gift cards, you can use them to get PayPal money too. Or you can use your points to get prizes such as video games.

Note that PrizeRebel has levels that members can obtain by reaching certain task goals within the site. As you reach higher levels, you get additional member benefits.

19. PointsPrizes

PointsPrizes will reward you with Google Play credits when you complete tasks such as taking surveys, taking advantage of daily bonuses, watching videos, and more.

The PointsPrizes website says that you could earn enough points to get a free Google Play gift card in as little as an hour if you work at it.

Bonus: PointsPrizes will give you additional points when you refer friends who use the site. For every ten points your friend earns, you’ll get awarded one point.

20. CashForApps

CashForApps will give you free Google Play and other gift cards for downloading and using apps they recommend. All of the apps CashForApps recommends are free to download.

You earn points for every app you download and test out. Then you can use the points to get your free Google Play card. The site has other retailer gift cards available as well.

21. GrabPoints

GrabPoints is similar to the other task apps mentioned here. You sign up, you complete tasks of your choosing, and you earn points to get your free Google Play credits.

With GrabPoints you can earn points by taking advantage of offers, completing surveys, watching videos, downloading apps, and other activities. You can earn points for referring friends too.

Along with Google Play gift cards, GrabPoints has gift cards for PayPal cash and for other retailers too.

One cool thing about this site is that you can earn a lot of points each day. The website says some very active members earn 10,000 to 20,000 points per day.

Summary

There are lots of ways to get free Google Play credits. Why pay for them when you can get them for free? The more credits you have, the more apps and games you can download for free.

Have you tried any of these methods for getting free Google Play gift cards? If so, feel free to share your experience in the comments section.

Laurie is personal finance writer and a licensed Realtor. Her goal in blogging is to help others find their way to financial freedom, and to a simpler, more peaceful life.

Source: debtdiscipline.com

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