One of the best ways to pay off debt more quickly is to snowflake money toward your debt payment. Finding little ways to earn some quick cash can make your debt disappear much faster!
I’ve been involved in the following programs for a while, and while you won’t get rich off either of them, each provides a way to earn a few cash or gift card rewards in your spare moments.
I’ve been using MyPoints for a long time. With MyPoints, you don’t directly earn cash, but you earn points that you can redeem for gift cards from a wide variety of businesses. In the past I’ve selected gift cards from Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Bath & Body Works.
In order to use the gift card money to pay off debt, I select a card from a place like Walmart, use the money for food, and transfer the equivalent amount of money to my bank account to make a payment on debt.
Earning points from MyPoints is really straightforward. If you shop through their site with one of their partner stores, you earn points. In your spare time, you can open their emails and click through to the partner sites for points. No purchase necessary. And you can also take surveys for points.
The points you earn add up surprisingly fast. It doesn’t take long at all to earn a $10 gift card!
You’ll want a separate email address to use with MyPoints, because you’ll be receiving a LOT of email.
Swagbucks is much like MyPoints in that you earn points (or swagbucks, as they’re called), which you redeem for prizes or gift cards. It can be a great way to save up for a needed purchase or for purchasing gifts for people.
The easiest way to earn Swagbucks is to do internet searches, using the Swagbucks search engine. It doesn’t cost you anything, and you’re probably already doing internet searches, so it doesn’t take any extra time. Each time you search with the Swagbucks search engine, you have a chance to win Swagbucks.
I use the Swagbucks search plugin for Firefox. I just keep my search box set to Swagbucks, and every time I do a search, I have a chance to win Swagbucks! In fact, I have over 1500 Swagbucks sitting in my account right now, and I can’t even remember how I got them!
You can also earn Swagbucks for shopping with their partners or recycling your old cell phone or video gaming system. I love a company that rewards me for recycling!
Do you have experience with any of these programs? I’d love to hear about it!
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