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 $60 a month or more.
1. Check the Offers Page Often.
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, both the desktop and mobile version. (Some offers are device specific.) In a typical month, I earn at least $6.00 by completing free offers.
Right now, some of InboxDollars’ hottest offers include:
Aquafina or Dasani. Which do you prefer? Complete a short consumer survey on which water tastes better and earn $2.00.
Free Tide Laundry Detergent Sample: Earn $1.00 when you sign up for your free laundry detergent sample and complete the short consumer survey.
The Harris Poll: Sign up for free to start taking surveys with Harris Poll Online and earn $3.00.
Total Monthly Earnings: $6.00+
2. 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
3. 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 the 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: $4.75
4. “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.
5. 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
6. 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, rewards me for searching the web.
Start searching with InboxDollarstoday! Set it as your homepage so that you do not forget to use it.
My daily earnings for searching the web and earning Scratch & Win plays will vary. Sometimes it may be a few cents, other days it may be $0.12 or more. On average though, I’ll earn an extra $2.00 per month. Not bad for making web searches I would have made anyway!
Total Monthly Earnings: $2.00
7. Watch TV Online.
Earlier this year, InboxDollars introduced one of my favorite ways to earn: InboxDollars TV.
As a viewer, I earn rewards for watching TV content (entertainment, news, pop culture and more). As I watch more TV content, the Scratch & Win progress meter fills up. When I reach one of the three prize tiers, I can scratch for a chance to win a prize — up to $100 cash.
While my earnings vary from day to day, on average I’ll earn about $0.20 a day from watch TV and playing Scratch & Win. This adds up to $6.00 a month.
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 players earn cash or Scratch & Win progress for answering. 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 paid 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
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.