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How to Earn Your First $30 with InboxDollars

Whether you’re a new member trying to cash out your first payment or a site veteran, here are my insider step-by-step tips on how to earn your first $30+ with InboxDollars. (If you’re not currently a member, you can sign up free here.)

And guess what?  You can get to $30+ without spending a dime OR having to qualify for any surveys.

I myself have completed all of these activities and earned the cash back incentives.  Let’s take a peek.


1.) Activate your account.


We’ll pay you $5 for activating your account.  To do this, after signing up you’ll need to look for your first PaidEmail in your email inbox and confirm receiving it.  Tip: it may take a couple minutes or more for it to show up. And if you don’t see it in your primary inbox, check your promo, social, spam, or other filtered folders. You can read more about activating your account by confirming your first PaidEmail here.

Total Earnings: $5.00


2.) Complete the profile survey.

Completing this survey will help us match with you surveys that could be a good match for your profile.

Everyone qualifies for this survey! It takes a few minutes to complete, and you’ll earn $ 0.50 for filling out the profile survey.

Total Earnings: $ 5.50


3.) Watch the how-to video.

Watch the how-to video to learn a little bit more about InboxDollars, you’ll earn $0.05. Just a nickel, but it all adds up!

Total Earnings: $ 5.55


4.) Complete all the to-do list activities.

There’s a short list of to-do activities to complete when you join InboxDollars. The activities provide a basic overview of different ways to earn.  You get paid for completing each individual item in the to-do list, but as an added bonus, after completing all of the items (takes a few minutes), you’ll earn an additional $0.50.

Total Earnings: $ 6.05


5.) Complete your first paid survey on our surveys page.

The very first paid survey you complete on the Surveys page pays out $ 0.25 or more.

Total Earnings: $ 6.30


6.) Complete the InboxDollars Household Survey.

This survey will tell us a little bit more about your household (i.e. how many children living there, rural or urban area) and help us better match you with surveys.

Everyone qualifies for this short survey, and you’ll earn $ 0.10 for completing it!

Total Earnings: $ 6.40


7.) Complete the InboxDollars Interest Survey.

Similar to the Household Survey, the Interest Survey helps us better understand your interests so we can match you with surveys or earning opportunities that could be a good fit.

Again, everyone qualifies for this survey and you’ll get paid $0.10 for it.

Total Earnings: $ 6.50


8.) Aquafina or Dasani?

Aquafina or Dasani?  Which do you prefer?  Let us know and complete a short survey. For registering, you’ll be eligible to win cash prizes and earn $1.00 from InboxDollars.

Make sure to sign up for Aquafina vs Dasani offer on the Cash Offers page to earn your $1.00.

Total Earnings: $ 7.50


9.) Complete the Big Buck Survey.

If you complete the short Big Buck Survey, you’ll earn $ 2.50.

Big Bucks Survey is one of InboxDollars’ top 10 offers.  Big Bucks gathers consumer data to help brands better understand household shopping habits.

In addition to earning $ 2.50 from InboxDollars when you sign up with valid information, you’ll also win a chance at a $ 1,000 Target gift card.  Drawings are held monthly for this prize.

Total Earnings: $ 10.00


10.) Sign up for Opinion Square.

It’s free, safe, and secure to sign up for Opinion Square, a market research company that helps brands understand consumer habits so they can develop better services and products.

Complete this free offer with valid information and you’ll earn $ 3.00.  This is one of the first InboxDollars offers I ever completed, and the signup process really was quick and painless – it took fewer than 60 seconds.

Total Earnings: $13.00


11.) Sign up for VIP Voice


VIP Voice is another great online surveys site.  It’s free and easy to sign up.  If you register and complete the initial joiners’ survey you’ll get paid $ 1.50 from InboxDollars.

Total Earnings: $ 14.50


12.) Get a free McDonald’s Sandwich.

Sign up to receive your FREE McDonald’s Sandwich and you’ll get $ 0.75 from InboxDollars.

Total Earnings: $ 15.25


13.) Install ShopTracker App

Download the safe and secure ShopTracker app and you’ll earn $2.00.



ShopTracker wants to better understand consumer online habits to help brands create better products and better services for consumers.  It’s quick and easy to sign up!

Total Earnings: $ 17.25


14.) Get your free credit report from Credit Sesame.

Sign up to get your free credit score from Credit Sesame, earn $ 0.75. It’s that simple.

Total Earnings: $ 18.00


15.) Install the free Shopkick app on your mobile and earn $3.50.


While you’re on InboxDollars’ mobile offer page, install the free and fun Shopkick app.

With the Shopkick app, you earn points or “kicks” for the shopping you already do.  You can earn kicks for making purchases, just scanning items (without buying them!) or for just for walking into a store.  There are tons of participating merchants, like American Eagle, Best Buy, Walmart, Macy’s and more.

Install the free Shopkick app and earn you first free kick, InboxDollars will pay you $3.50. Must earn kicks within 7 days of installing the app to receive the reward.

Total Earnings: $ 21.50


16.) Sign up for free makeup samples with  Cosmetics Samples&Savings.


This offer is for ladies only. (Sorry guys.) Register to get free makeup samples from top brands with Cosmetics Samples&Savings and you’ll earn $ 1.00.

Total Earnings: $ 22.50


17.) Get a free auto insurance quote from Liberty Mutual, earn $1.00.

Who doesn’t want to save money on their auto insurance? If you have a genuine interest in lowering your car insurance and register with valid information, you can earn a $ 1.00 cash reward.  Plus, drivers who switch to Liberty Mutal save an average of $ 529 a year!

In order to get your savings quote and earn the $1 reward, sign up via InboxDollars with this link.

Total Earnings: $23.50


18.) Sign up for Permission Research and earn $2.00!

Join Permission Research for your chance to win the Grand Prize of $100,000 in cash in our “Your Opinion Matters” sweepstakes.

Permission Research is a prestigious online market research community with over 2 million members worldwide.

When you sign up for Permission Research with your InboxDollars account, you’ll earn a $2.00 cash bonus. Being opinionated pays!

Total Earnings: $ 25.50



19.) Sign up for free supermarket samples from Cool Savings.

When you sign up to receive free samples from Cool Savings, you’ll get great, free sample merchandise and earn $ 0.50 from InboxDollars.

Total Earnings: $ 26.00



20.) Sign up for Pinecone Research and earn $ 1.75!

Earn points from Pinecone Research for every completed survey you take, points you can redeem for cash or prizes. Register, confirm your email and take a short demographics survey to earn your $ 1.75 bonus. Must complete qualifying steps and sign up with this InboxDollars link in order to receive payout.

Total Earnings: $ 27.75



21.) Sign up for more free samples with Share Your Freebies.

Sign up for free samples (health & beauty, home, grocery) with Share Your Freebies! and InboxDollars will pay you $ 0.15.

Total Earnings: $ 27.90


22.) Take a free online language demo class.

¿Hablas español? Want to brush up on your high school Spanish or greet your Russian-speaking neighbor? Or are you simply curious about Rosetta Stone language software since you’ve seen their kiosks at the mall?

Register for free to take a quick, fun online demo course at Rosetta Stone and InboxDollars will pay you $ 0.25.  Muy impressionante.

Total Earnings: $ 28.15


23.) Get a free dog walk with the Wag! app.


You’ll need to sign up for this app from your mobile device, but it’s well worth going to the InboxDollars offers page on your iPhone or Android.

Install the free Wag! app and sign up for a free dog walk and you’ll earn $ 0.25.

I tried this one a couple weeks ago and was impressed. It was easy to install the app, then select the future date and time I wanted the walker to come.  I made $0.25 and Kermit got a free 30-minute walk in the park.

With chilly weather upon us, now’s the perfect time to make someone else go tromping through the snow with Fido!

Total Earnings: $ 28.40



24.) Redeem 12 coupons at the grocery store.


The coupons page is another amazing, yet often overlooked, way to earn cash.  On the InboxDollars coupon page, there are hundreds of free, printable grocery store coupons.  The same coupons you’d get in your Sunday paper, but here you select only the ones you need.

Brands include Tide, Bounty, Kraft, Hershey’s, Pampers, Huggies and more!

The coupon savings will generally vary from $0.50 to $2.00 which means money straight back in your wallet, but here’s the best part:

InboxDollars will pay you 10-cents for every coupon you redeem in-store!

There’s no limit to how much you can earn from redeeming coupons, but if you redeem only 12 coupons on your next supermarket run, you’ll make $ 1.20.

Total Earnings $ 29.60


25.) Get Paid to Watch T.V.

You can earn cash and rewards for watching T.V. on InboxDollars’ T.V. Channel.

You can watch all kinds of content: celebrity, health, current events, and more.

As you watch more T.V., the progress bar fills up so you can play the T.V. scratch-offs to win cash or other prizes.

scratch and win

Earnings vary, but watching a few minutes every day – from your desktop or mobile – can really add up.  At only 13-cents per day, for example, that builds up to $ 3.90 a month.

Total Earnings: $ 33.50


Boom, there you have it.  An easy-to-follow list of great tips to bank your first $ 30.00 in earnings.

Keep in mind, some of the offers may take 7-30 days to credit. Some partners credit the offers quickly, others take a while. As soon as a partner lets us know you’ve completed the offer, we will immediately show you the payout in your earnings dashboard.

Additionally, available offers and payout amounts are always changing.  An offer paying $ 1.25 today may pay $ 1.75 tomorrow, or the amount may go down. It literally pays to check the Offers page frequently! Top earners know to check it daily.

And even though you’ve banked your first $ 30, don’t stop there! Cashback Groupon, cashback shopping, web search, and Paid Surveys are also fantastic ways to keep earning more.

While at first, Paid Surveys may be a bit difficult to qualify for – some brands are looking for a specific audience segment, or only have room for a limited number of participants – available Paid Surveys are always changing. Sooner or later, we promise you’ll find one for you. Plus, the more surveys you are able to complete the more you bolster your profile for better alignment and better qualification with other surveys.  Many gold members make $30+ a month completing just 1-3 surveys per day.

You’ll find more great survey and site earning tips here.



Most offer earnings will be credited to the member’s InboxDollars® account within a few business days of offer completion. Some offers may credit immediately, while others may take up to 30 days to credit. Members should read and comply with all requirements of an offer to ensure timely credit.

InboxDollars® credits members for completing offers based on information we receive from our Advertisers. Thusly, the Advertiser has the final say in whether or not a member is credited for completing an offer. For more information, please read full terms of Cash Offer Crediting.

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