The POWER Hour: How to earn cash or gift cards in just an hour a day!

Now that the holidays are over, we could all use some extra cash!  I often have people ask me about legitimate ways to earn money from home.  In just one hour each day, you can earn gift cards and money for your family each month!  We all can find an hour somewhere in our day, right?
Here are your “Power Hour” earning tips:1.  If you haven’t already, sign up for Swagbucks. You’ll earn Swagbucks for searching online, watching videos, and completing surveys, offers, and polls.  You can exchange your Swagbucksfor Paypal cash or for gift cards to Amazon, Chili’s, Home Depot, Old Navy, Papa John’s and MORE!  It’s easy!Click here to register if you haven’t already–>Swagbucks registration

Complete these tasks daily:  15 minutes

  • Click on the toolbar – 1 point
  • Daily Poll – 1 point
  • NOSO (you don’t have to complete any offers to earn Swagbucks!) – varies, but 2-5 points on average for me
  • Search online – I typically earn 5-9 points per search (I have the best luck early in the morning or late at night)
  • Complete other tasks if you have time:  watch Swagbucks TV, complete “tasks” and complete surveys

*Just by doing these tasks each day, you should be able to earn at least one $5 Amazon gift card in a month’s time.  If you spend more time on it, you’ll earn more gift cards!

2.  Click on the “Super Lucky” button on Superpoints – 10 minutes

If you haven’t signed up for Superpoints yet, it’s invite only, but you can send me an e-mail ( and I’ll send you one!

Like Swagbucks, I tend to have more “luck” when I click early in the morning or late at night.  Make sure you join me on Facebook for “Superpoints Sundays” and “Wild Wednesdays” where you’ll have a chance to share your invite link and earn even more Superpoints!

*Just by clicking on the Super Lucky button and clicking through your “Super Lucky e-mails” you can easily earn enough for a $5 Amazon gift card in a month’s time!  If you watch the videos, you can earn even MORE points!

3.  Sign up for MyPoints and read through their daily e-mail offers – 5 minutes

Click here to register for MyPoints if you aren’t registered already–> registration

You do not need to COMPLETE the offers unless you want to, but you usually earn anywhere from 5 to 25 points just for clicking “get points” in the e-mails!  I usually earn enough for a $10 gift card every 2-3 months just by doing this.  It won’t make you rich, but it’s nice to have those extra gift cards for eating out or a trip to Walmart or Target!

4.  Sign up for reputable survey sites and complete the surveys you receive in your e-mail – 30 minutes (this will vary from day to day based on the survey offers you have received)

If you’re looking for reputable survey sites, here are a few that I LOVE:  click on the links to find out more about them!  These are all sites that I have personally worked with and had great experiences with!  I typically earn a minimum of $50 per month completing surveys.  This will vary for everyone based on the time you have to commit to completing surveys, how quickly you can complete the screeners so you will qualify, and whether or not you are a part of the demographic they are looking for.

Survey Spot

Register for Survey Spot here–>Survey Spot registration  

Opinion Outpost

Register for Opinion Outpost here–>Opinion Outpost registration 

Global Test Market

Register for Global Test Market here–>Global Test Market registration


Register for MySurvey here–>MySurvey registration  
I can’t wait to hear about your results!!!  PLEASE NOTE:  The dollar amounts listed here are minimums that you should be able to easily earn each month.  If you are committed, you can easily earn a lot more!  The point is that you can earn extra cash each month for a very small amount of time and once you start doing this consistently and get the hang of it, you will be able to do it all much faster!

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Nielsen Homescan has openings again: Get cash and prizes for shopping!

Nielsen National Consumer Panel is currently accepting new applicantsThese opportunities only come along once in awhile and they typically fill their openings very quickly!

Here’s how it works:

They send you a hand-held scanner in the mail and the you use it to scan the bar codes on the items you purchase. Once a week, you submit your purchase information to them.

You earn points for submitting your information which can then be exchanged for prizes includingelectronics equipment, jewelry, household items, and more! Plus, you’ll be entered into asweepstakes to earn CASH!  You will also receive surveys by e-mail.

There are no minimum requirements for weekly purchases and sign-up is free! Sign up here to see if you qualify while spaces are still available! You’ll have to complete a short questionnaire (it took me less than 5 minutes) and they will e-mail you if you qualify!I have also heard that even if you’re not accepted into the scanner program, they will sometimes send you surveys and other opportunities along with cash reimbursement!

I just got my scanner in the mail a few days ago. 

Let me know if you get accepted! If anyone has any person experiences about Nielsen, I’d love to hear those, too!

Apparently, once you’re “in” they also send you freebies!  I got a re-usable shopping bag from them in the mail recently.  It folds up and snaps shut, too.  Awesome!

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HOT DEAL ALERT: Gap 40% off sale!

Gap is having a HOT sale today between the hours of 2 pm and 8 pm ET ONLY!  For six hours, you can save 40% off your Gap entire purchase when you enter the code GAPFIND at check-out!

You can save even more through a cash back site!

Get 10% cash back when you shop through Ebates–>Gap 10% cash back registration (if you are new to Ebates, you can also get a $10 gift card or a $5 cash back bonus!)

Get 3% cash back when you shop through–>Gap 3% cash back (you will also get a $5 cash back bonus if you are new to

Start filling your cart now!  The good stuff won’t last long!

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Toluna: test FREE products + earn cash!

Toluna is a survey and product testing company!  You can earn cash for completing surveys and testing new products!  Starting tomorrow, they have a product testing opportunity for Maybelline Watershine lipstick.

Here are some of the other product testing opportunities that are coming soon:

  • Nivea for babies (starts 10/31)
  • Modelite mascara (starts 11/14)
  • Blush Ball compacts (starts 11/28)
  • Hello Kitty toothbrush (starts 12/12)
  • Maybelline Mousse blush (starts 12/26)

I have done done product testing before and it is SO fun to be able to try new products before they are available on the market.  They usually send you a full size sample to test, too!

When you join Toluna, you will also have the opportunity to complete surveys and share your opinion on a variety of topics.  Surveys are a great way to make some extra money to pay for holiday expenses! I save the money and gift cards I earn from completing surveys all year to pay for gifts!  Typically, I can earn enough by doing “extra” things that we don’t have to take any money from our monthly checks to put in our Christmas fund.  Toluna is one of many survey companies I work with.

Sign up and start earning cash for surveys and product testing here–>Toluna registration

As soon as you register, you’ll be entered into a monthly cash drawing of prizes totaling $4,500!

PLEASE NOTE: You are probably not going to get “rich” completing surveys, but it is a nice way to bring in a little bit of extra money few minutes of your time.  Survey companies often target certain demographics so what works well for one person may not work well for another.  This is why it’s good to sign up with several different survey companies.  You figure out pretty quickly which ones work for you and which ones do not.  I try to set aside a little bit of time each day to go through and complete the surveys for the different survey sites I belong to and can usually make at least $50 per month just by doing this!

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Synovate: Get extra cash for Christmas by completing surveys!


Are you looking for a way to make some extra cash for Christmas? Synovate is now accepting new members! Synovate is a very popular survey company and their spots always fill up quickly, so hurry and sign up and start earning extra money!

As a member, you earn rewards points that can be exchanged for cash or vouchers from popular retailers. Here are some of my favorites:
-Bath & Body Works
-JC Penney
-Papa Johns

At a member of Synovate, you’ll also have the opportunity to:

    • Improve existing products and services
    • Test new products
    • Influence the design of items before they’re sold in stores
    • Earn rewards for sharing opinions

As a new member, you automatically receive the following:

  • 500 Bonus Reward Points
  • A sweepstakes entry with a chance to win 1 of 200+ prizes
  • Superhero survey assignments

Sign up here and let me know what you think–>Synovate registration

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