Whether you’re a site veteran or a brand new to InboxDollars, you’re probably eager to boost your earnings. While it seems that everyone knows about our videos and surveys, there are dozens of other little-known ways to maximize your cash payouts.
Even though I am an employee of InboxDollars (analytics department), I am also a member of InboxDollars and love earning extra cash on the side.
This post looks at my 12 favorite little-known ways to earn with InboxDollars. Completing each item separately might only be a couple of bucks; altogether, they can add up to an extra $50 a month or more.
1. Check our Facebook Page Daily.
We love being social with our members! On our Facebook page, we post WINIT Codes, money-saving tips, new deals, and special social contests or promotions.
Past social promotions have included: scratch-off images (awarding members sweeps or cash prizes), caption this images (cash prizes), and selfie payment photo contests with prize winnings up to $100 cash.
Earning can vary from month to month, but the average member can definitely earn small amounts of cash on a regular basis month over month.
Total Monthly Earnings: $ 0.50.
2. Shop at Walmart Here, Pick Up Items in Store.
If you’re like me, you probably make three, four, even five or more Walmart runs per month. If you plan those shopping runs through InboxDollars, you can earn 2% cash back on your Walmart purchases.
I shop as usual, filling up my cart with grocery items, clothing, household goods, and other typical Walmart buys. (You can use the search bar at top of page to type in whatever you are looking for.)
When adding items to my cart, I select the option that says “Free pickup.” (To set up pickup at your favorite store, select “Free pickup options” and enter your zip code. It will show you a list of store locations in your area and you can select the one that you frequent.)
Then when I’m ready, I check out and pay online. I can pick up the items in store later at a time that’s convenient for me, and InboxDollars pays me cash back on my total purchase. For groceries, apparel, furniture, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, and health and beauty, I earn 2% back. For electronics, media, and photos, it’s 0.5% cash back.
In a typical month, I will personally spend about $250 at Walmart and earn $4.75 back in cash.
Monthly Earnings: $1.75.
3. “Spam” is Your Friend.
As many new members observe, we message our members regularly. We will email you when a top survey is available (one that we think you will like and qualify for), and we also send PaidEmails®. PaidEmails are email messages that feature special partner deals, like 99-cent bottles of wine or first month free subscriptions.
I love getting these PaidEmails since I earn rewards for each one I read. (There is a button to click on in each email to confirm I have read it.)
Just reading one PaidEmail a day, the rewards really add up over time.
I can read PaidEmails in my personal email account, or from my PaidEmail “Inbox” within the InboxDollars dashboard. Personally, I prefer to look for PaidEmails there so I know that I am reading all of them and I’m not accidentally deleting real money from my Gmail.
Monthly Earnings: Varies.
4. Get Paid to Coupon.
I must admit, I love couponing and coupon apps. While some may like the hours of clipping, cataloging and planning a coupon run, I am a lazy couponer.
Before each supermarket run, I will check out the coupons page (under the Deals tab) and clip coupons for products that I actually use and that are on my current list. Hundreds of coupons are featured (just like in the newspaper), but I only clip the ones I need. My brand favorites are Purina, General Mills, Palmolive, Yoplait, Cetaphil, Glade, and Nivea.
In a typical month, I will make three supermarket runs and redeem a total of 35 coupons. With the coupon savings themselves (i.e. 50-cents off a box of cereal), I save an average of $ 26.25 a month.
What’s more, InboxDollars will pay you 10-cents for each coupon you redeem in store! (Note: it can take a few weeks for the coupon earnings to credit your account. Stores are often slow to process the coupons.)
Total Monthly Earnings: $ 3.50
5. Earn Cash Back for Using Groupon.
An early lover of Groupon, I check out their deals a few times a week. As an avid deal-seeker, it gives me a thrill to save 50% on a meal or $40 off a cut and color.
Did you know that InboxDollars pays you 5% cash back on every Groupon you buy?
How it works: Groupon has partnered with InboxDollars to acquire more Groupon users. On InboxDollars, go to the Deals tab and drop down to Groupon.
Hundreds of Groupons are featured. My favorite categories are Beauty & Spa, Things to Do, and Retail.
In a given month, I’ll spend $ 40 on Groupon and bank $2 in cash back.
Total Monthly Earnings: $2.00.
6. Ditch Google.
Do I like Google? Sure. Of course. But does Google reward me for “googling” things? No.
InboxDollars has its own search engine that, you guessed it, pays me for searching the web.
It partners with Bing to bring searchers the same results that show up Bing’s page, but when I use InboxDollars Search I earn money.
Members earn up to 15-cents a day for making searches (desktop or mobile), and you can set it as your homepage so that you do not forget to use it.
Total Monthly Earnings: $ 4.50.
7. Watch TV Online.
Earlier this year, InboxDollars introduced one of my favorite ways to earn: InboxDollars T.V.
As a viewer, I get paid for watching TV content (entertainment, news, pop culture and more). I earn cash for each set (of one TV segment and one ad) that I watch. (As a closeted celebrity gossip junkie, it’s pretty great.) I will typically watch InboxDollars T.V. for about 25 minutes a day (at desk, while waiting for a friend to show up) and earn about $0.21 per day.
Total Monthly Earnings: $6.00.
8. Set Daily Survey Goals.
When I initially started doing surveys on InboxDollars.com, I did not have a set plan or approach. Some days, I would take three or more. Other days, I would not qualify for the first couple of surveys I tried and I would get discouraged.
But about a year ago, I adopted a more dogged approach. Every day my goal is to qualify for and complete at least one survey. That’s all. One survey on any topic and of any length and of any payout.
Some days, it takes me only a couple of survey attempts to reach this goal (and I then go on to complete a couple more surveys.) Other days, it may take five or six tries to qualify and once I have completed one survey I am done with surveys for the day.
Because of this approach, I end up completing about 45 surveys a month. Earnings vary – and it is easier to qualify for less audience specific surveys with lower payouts. But typically, I can make $ 27 a month with surveys.
Total Monthly Earnings: $ 27.00.
9. Learn and Earn.
Every day, InboxDollars offers a new Learn & Earn question. What is the fastest animal? Most popular color? Length of the Nile?
As a trivia buff (and one-time Trivia Mafia Champ!), I love these fun Learn & Earn questions.
It’s multiple-choice and I earn sweeps and prizes for each question I answer. Even if I don’t come up with the correct answer, I’m still earning for learning – that’s the whole point.
Total Monthly Earnings: Varies.
10. Go for Low-Paying Surveys.
On the InboxDollars surveys page, the $3.00 survey with an estimated time of 12 minutes always appears very enticing. However, odds are that I won’t qualify.
I’ll still try of course. And occasionally I can complete the high-offer survey. But over time, I’ve found that surveys offering high payout are typically looking for a very specific kind of participant (i.e. newlyweds in a certain zip code, first-time pregnant women in their second trimester, small business owners with an office staff of at least 10).
Thus, I go for the low-hanging fruit. Surveys that take more time and offer lower payout amounts (i.e. 25-cents for 27 minutes) are more likely to be targeting a broader audience and I am much more likely to qualify.
I think of it this way: do I want to spend 20 minutes getting disqualified for short, high-paying surveys? Or during that time period, would I rather bank 25-cents?
My goal is to complete just one low paying survey a day, which translates to $8 a month or almost $100 in a year.
Total Monthly Earnings: $ 7.50.
11. Check the Offers Page Daily.
The deals featured on InboxDollars Offers page are constantly changing. If you visit the page only look for the higher paying ones, you might not see a lot of change from one day to the next. However, among offers that pay $0.01 to $ 0.50, there can be a lot of changing variety.
I personally check out the Offers page daily. There are some great free offers that might only be there for 1-3 days, offers like getting paid to click on an online ad or circular for a retail store, signing up to win free samples, free coupons, completing short consumer surveys, receiving auto insurance quotes, and more.
By visiting the Offers page daily (and only signing up for free offers), I typically make around $ 2.75 a month by completing some of the free, lower paying offers.
Total Monthly Earnings: $ 2.75
12. Tell Your Friends and Family.
This is a commonly missed opportunity. Shortly after I joined InboxDollars, I sent an invite to friends and family (who promptly deleted it).
However since I can make 10% of their earnings, I was motivated to convince them to join.
I posted pictures on my Facebook page of both my check payments and purchases I made with those earnings and would include my referral link in the post. (You can get your referral link by going to the “Refer Friends” tab.)
I would also share some of InboxDollars Facebook posts and blog articles, as well as news stories I’d find (like ones in Yahoo! Finance and Forbes) about earning with InboxDollars.
And when meeting up with friends or family, they would ask me what I was doing on my phone (having glimpsed at surveys or daily polls on my phone screen) and I let them know how I was earning.
Through these tactics, a handful of my friends and family have joined InboxDollars. My monthly earnings from their activity will vary, but in an average month, I can make $ 1.25 in referral earnings.
Under the “Refer Friends” tab, you can invite friends and family by sending them a custom URL (that has a specific referral ID code in it that is tied to your account). Or you can also invite friends by email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or banner.
Total Monthly Earnings: $ 1.25
So there you have it. Those are my top favorite, lesser-known ways to earn cash with InboxDollars. If you’re looking to earn even more cash and score some free swag, check out our 67 Best Internet Freebies.