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How I Made Money Online In October 2017

Making money online has probably never been easier. There are many ways that I’ve made money online

How I Made Money Online In October 2017
How I Made Money Online In October 2017

over the past several years.

I started out making nothing online. I thought it was a gimmick of sorts. Then I started reading about people making hundreds, if not thousands, each and every month. I also knew that I was about to start grad school. With a wife and kids to support, I needed to supplement my meager income, so I started reading up on some of the major ways that I could make some money online.

I started a blog after reading an article on Problogger where Darren Rowse disclosed his status as a six-figure blogger.  I dutifully started my own blog, hoping to hit the big time quickly. Within a week, I’d earned $0.59 from AdSense. I was on my way, or so I thought.

This was more than seven years ago, and I’ve cashed out via AdSense once in that time. Needless to say, I’ve not hit the big time in a Problogger sort of way, but I have seen my income grow over time as I looked into other options and made money online with them.

I quickly found out that I needed other options, and I started looking into other avenues to make money from home. I found a few, and I’ve found even more over time. These methods of making money online do not require me to leave the house. I started sharing some of them on this site so that I can help others learn how to earn money in pajamas.

How I Made Money Online In October 2017

These posts that I started at the beginning of the year list some of the major ways that I’ve earned money online in 2017. I enjoy looking back at the end of each month to see how I’ve supplemented my income from working at my Jay Oh Bee (that’s my job).

I also like to share the ways that I make money online so that others can learn that they too can supplement their incomes. It does not really take a degree in rocket science. All it takes is some free time and some perseverance. I have several different streams of income each month. The more, the better. That way, if one option goes away, I still have others that will bring me some income.

I’m using my online earnings to build up passive income from dividends and to pay off debt. This is a long-term process that I anticipate will pay off over a period of years.

So, without keeping you in suspense any longer, here are the ways I made money online in October (please note that the links are affiliate links. I may be compensated if you sign up with them):

Freelance Writing: $209.83
Swagbucks: $50.00
GiftHulk: $5.00
Earnably: $1.00

Total Online Earnings for October 2017: $265.83

This was down a little bit over the previous few months. However, it’s important to remember that even this small amount would add up to more than $3,000 over the course of a year if I kept it up for 12 months. How much would $3,000 help people who are only able to pay off their bills and save nothing each month?

I would think it would help quite a bit. You can sign up for the programs listed above and get started with your own online earnings.

Can You Make Money Online?

Absolutely. Your ability to earn money online is limited by the time that you have available each week and the imagination that you might have to market some opportunities to others. Setting up your own blog can be a great way to share these opportunities that can help people out. You can also start to earn affiliate income of your own.

WordPress recommends BlueHost, which is one of the top options for self-hosted bloggers. You can sign up for BlueHost by clicking the banner below if you’re interested in getting a self-hosted blog:

Remember, I started out making absolutely nothing online. I’ve now built up to where I’m making nearly $5,000 a year in my spare time. This can grow over time.

Reviews Of Money-Making Sites

Here are a couple of reviews that might help you decide which sites might work for you:

Earn Cash and Rewards with Swagbucks
Swagbucks is my favorite site to use to earn money. If nothing else, you can make money from searching the web.

Earning Money In Pajamas With GiftHulk

My Ibotta App Review
I use this when I go shopping. You can earn $10 for signing up with my link and getting your first rebate within a week. With cashouts starting at $20, you’d be more than halfway to redeeming for some PayPal cash!

How did you earn extra money online during September? Do you have any other options that worked? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to check them out!

Keep Up With My Progress

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Also, if you could share this latest update below via Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media platform, it would be much appreciated. I want to inspire others to improve their finances and show them some easy ways that they can do so. Just click on the “Share This” link at the bottom of this post!

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Paying Off Debt With Online Earnings

Last month, I started tracking my attempt at paying off debt with online earnings.  I started earning money in pajamas several years ago, largely to supplement my income while I was in graduate school. I earned very little in my job as a graduate instructor. Had I been single, it probably would have been enough, but I had kids.

I still built up around $36,000 in debt because of my schooling. There was a period of about four months between the end of school and starting my new job, as well as a move, that led to major debt. The debt helped me out because it opened some more doors for employment opportunities going forward. However, I…HATE…DEBT. The payments that I have to make toward debt means that I have less money for things that I like, such as saving for retirement and traveling to various and sundry parts of the world.

I had been saving up money for my dividend income portfolio, but then figured that I could keep some of this credit card debt from school for between eight and ten years if I paid only the minimum. I do not like that idea. Therefore, I decided to start using my online earnings for paying off debt (and saving, but saving less).

My Latest Step Toward Paying Off Debt

I earned some money from freelance writing last month, and the biggest payout came last week. I promptly transferred this payment from PayPal into my checking account. From there, I made another transfer to, you guessed it, the debt.

I was able to put $110 toward my debt. This one payment was well above the $81 minimum for the month. If I continued making the minimum payment at $81, it would take more than 8.5 years to pay off the debt. And this is without taking into account any balance transfer fees that add between 3 and 5 percent to the balance each time. I could easily be in debt for 10 more years at that rate.

Paying debt needs to be a priority!
Erasing debt is my goal.

If I were to make $110 payments each month, the payout period drops to the six-year range before taking into account balance transfer fees. I always look for 0 percent balance transfer rates so that I minimize the interest payments to the amount of the balance transfer fees. Otherwise, I’d probably have to pay 13 percent or more on the debt, which is way more than I want to.

This payment dropped my original debt amount of $36,000 below $8,000. I’m pretty excited about this, to say the least. However, I’ll be even more excited when I can pay off the whole kit and kaboodle.

Keep Up With My Progress

If you’d like to help me achieve my goal of paying off debt with no expense to yourself, you can make your purchases from Amazon through the link below. You’ll pay the same as you normally would, and I’ll get a small commission. Just click the image below:

You can also sign up for the following sites and start to earn points that can lead to PayPal cash, Amazon cards, or even Bitcoin.

GiftHulk (I’ll earn $0.10 if you sign up)
Earnably (I’ll earn either $0.02 or $0.10 if you sign up, depending upon where you live)
Swagbucks (I’ve earned more than $2,000 from this site, and it’s my favorite. I don’t earn a bonus if you sign up, only if you actually earn.)

Don’t feel obligated to sign up for anything you see on the site. I appreciate people who just stop by to read and/or comment.

How are you using side hustles in your goal of paying off debt? Let me know in the comments.

Sign Up For Updates

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Paying Off Debt With Online Earnings

his year, I’ve been keeping up with my online earnings each month. Most months have seen me earn between $300 and $400+ over the course of a 30-day period. Beginning this summer, I decided to start paying off debt with my earnings as they came in rather than trying to draw them out to invest.

I could theoretically take several years to pay off the debt that I currently owe, but I would like to see it go away ASAP. I came out of graduate school with about $36,000 of debt, and it’s now down to just above $8,000. This is what I’ve accomplished in a little more than four years.

My hope is that I can drop more and more over the next year or two. If I could kill off this debt over the next year, I’d be thrilled.

Paying debt needs to be a priority!
Erasing debt is a goal.

In September/October (my statement closes on the 20th), I was able to pay off $135. While this was not as much as I would have liked, it’s more than $50 above the minimum payment. This is definitely a step in the right direction as far as I’m concerned.

I currently have a 0% rate through about the middle of next year. However, an “average” credit card bill of $10,000 with a 16% annual interest rate would take nearly 28 years to pay off if a cardholder only pays the minimum each month.  That would leave me in debt longer than my mortgage would.

This is why I’m paying off debt at an accelerated rate.

Why Am I Paying Off Debt So Slowly

It may seem that only $135 is a small amount to pay off. It is. There are many people who are able to pay off debt much more quickly.

What’s wrong with me? The answer to this is nothing. Most of the people who pay off massive amounts of debt who cover their journey online are singles or DINKs. I’m neither as I have a wife and kids.

I can’t easily share a frat-like house with four other people and pay $150 in rent each month. I could theoretically eat ramen noodles every day for every meal, but my family has to eat as well.

My Latest Payment

Tonight, I made my latest payment. I’m trying to make payments as often as I get a bit of online income. I cashed out $25 from Swagbucks, and I paid $20 of that toward my debt. I’m going to have some more money coming my way later this week from some freelance writing, so I might be able to make another payment or two before the end of the month.

This will add to my payment for October/November and get me even closer to my ultimate payoff of the debt I accumulated from graduate school.

If you’d like to help me achieve my goal with no expense to yourself, you can make a purchase from Amazon. You’ll pay the same as you normally would, and I’ll get a small commission. Just click the image below

You can also sign up for the following sites and start to earn points that can lead to PayPal cash, Amazon cards, or even Bitcoin.

GiftHulk (I’ll earn $0.10 if you sign up)
Earnably (I’ll earn either $0.02 or $0.10 if you sign up, depending upon where you live)

Don’t feel obligated to sign up for anything you see on the site, as I appreciate people who stop by to read and/or comment.

Keep Up With My Progress

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Online Side Hustle Income From July 2017

The following post includes affiliate links. Should you sign up using one of my links, I may be compensated. You’ll earn the same benefits without my links, but I appreciate any support that you choose to give.  The month of July is now past, and I spent some time in Europe during the month. I also spent some time trying to earn some online side hustle income and had some decent success in spite of doing very little work during my time in Europe.

Why Earn Side Hustle Income?

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How I earned $300+ in online side hustle income in July!

You might be wondering whether starting some side hustles would be worth the effort. Why start a side hustle? Currently, you might have enough to pay your bills and save a bit. That’s great, but you can still earn money from hustling on the side. Some of the money might even be pretty passive.

I’m currently using my side hustle income to pay down some debt and invest for the future. I could probably survive with only my current income, but my life would be very bare-bones, and it would take me many years to pay off debt with little extra saving for retirement. Instead, with my side hustle income, I can use the extra money to improve my finances more quickly than I otherwise could.

I decided several years ago that earning money online was preferable to earning it from a second job. I worked two jobs for a while back in my single days, and I was hardly ever home. With a wife and kids, that’s not a great idea.

I can make some money online after the kids go to sleep. I can also earn some of it while watching TV with them or a football game by myself. There are tons of ways that you can earn money online in your spare time. Some of them pay a few cents with little thought; others can pay between $20 and $30 an hour.

Online Side Hustle Income For July 2017

Here are the ways that I earned money online in July:

This income added up to $327.19 for the month. This was about $15 more than I earned in June, and I was on the road for much of the month so I’m pretty happy with it. My freelance writing comes from some writing on Textbroker and some articles I’ve written for Seeking Alpha. I could ramp this up a bit if I needed to.

I must also inform you that my income from Swagbucks includes some money that I’d let accumulate in this account during May and June. Otherwise, my June income would have been about $50 more and this report would be $50 less. Swagbucks is my favorite online survey site that I use for searching the web, watching videos and answering surveys. I’ve done a review of Swabucks here, and I definitely recommend it.

I noted my new strategy for using my online side hustle income in June. By the end of July, I’d paid an additional $105 toward my debt. from what I’d reported in June. I’m hoping to put some more toward this debt to get it paid off in short order. After the $89 annual fee posted and a $5 payment I made today, it’s now sitting at $8,404.

Blogging Can Help With Side Hustle Income!

Some of the income that I’m able to make comes via this blog. Some is referral income, and some is from advertising that builds up over time. If you’re looking to start earning additional income from affiliates and referrals, a blog of your own is the way to go.

There are some free blogging platforms, but I was never able make much money from a free Blogger blog. Getting a self-hosted blog can really help with your reach. One of the top blog platforms is WordPress, and WordPress recommends Bluehost as a hosting agency. You can sign up to start your own blog with Bluehost here.

Some Reviews You Might Find Helpful

If you’re looking to make some income on the side with sites that allow you to make a few bucks (or a few hundred bucks) each month, here are some reviews that I’ve posted on this site that might help you.

  1. EarnHoney Review
  2. Swagbucks Review
  3. GiftHulk Review
  4. CashCrate Review

Obviously, I was able to make a few hundred dollars in July. This helped me toward my ultimate goals of paying off debt and investing for the future. I’m hoping that as my income goes up over time that I’ll be able to build up some passive income and become even more successful.

How did you earn extra money online during July? Do you have any other options that worked? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Up With My Progress

If you’d like to follow my progress each month, be sure to go to the top of the page and sign up for updates. You can also follow me on Twitter.  I’m now above 300 followers, and I’d like to get more than 400 by the end of summer. You can help!

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Online Earnings For May 2017


I’ve been pretty busy over the past ten days. A trip out of town for some work slowed down my monthly post that tabulates my online earnings for the previous month. I was also out of town for a week in May, but I was able to make some nice money over the course of the month.

Some of this money went toward savings. Some of it went into a rollover IRA. Still more of it went toward paying down my mortgage just a little more quickly than the amortization schedule. Regardless of where the money went, my online earnings helped me toward a stronger financial standing for the long run.

Online earnings can help you fill up a suitcase full of money
I didn’t make a suitcase full of money in May, but I did make some that helped.

 

As I noted before, I started looking for ways to make money online when my wife gave up full-time work. I’ve found several options that have worked over the years, and I’m always looking for more opportunities that can help me get a little bit further ahead than I was a month before.

The best thing about earning money online is the fact that there is a pretty low barrier to entry. Whether you’re looking to take a couple of surveys a day or write up a couple of articles for a bit of extra income, there are options that can work for just about anyone with a pulse. All you have to do is look and take some initiative. I’ve done some surveys and online writing. And then some.

Online Earnings for May

Back in April, my online earnings did not come in as high as they have in some months. They were still a solid $273.02, and they helped me improve my overall finances. May was not much different, but I earned even more. Here are some of the ways that I was able to earn money in pajamas during May 2017:

Freelance Writing:                                                                                               $244.97
Swagbucks:                                                                                                                  $75.00
GiftHulk:                                                                                                                          $5.00
Ibotta:                                                                                                                             $20.25
Clixsense:                                                                                                                    $10.00

Total online earnings, May 2017:                                                                  $355.22

I’ve listed most of these ways of earning money online before, but Ibotta is one that I had not used until last month. I signed up because of a link on another website that promised $10 in my account if I signed up and redeemed one of the digital rebates before a certain date. I did, and the $10 posted pretty much immediately along with the other discounts.

Sign Up For Ibotta And Get An Easy $10

The best way that I can describe Ibotta would be a sort of digital coupon/rebate site. You download an app, and the app takes a picture of your receipt (and sometimes the UPC code) from various retailers like Wal-Mart or Kroger that just about anyone can access.

With the $10 bonus, I was able to actually hit the cash out mark in May pretty easily, even though I signed up toward the end of the month, hence the $20.25 listed above. The cash out hit PayPal pretty much instantly. I then put it directly toward paying down my mortgage.

You can get the same $10 bonus if you sign up with Ibotta with my link,  download the app, and make a purchase and upload it via the app. This would get you more than halfway to the $20 that’s necessary to cash out with PayPal. It’s pretty simple, and there are some rebates for buying literally anything (although you can’t use the any brand rebates to get the $10 bonus–it has to be a purchase of a specific brand).

I recommend using methods that earn you money for doing what you’d already do anyway. For example, you can use Swagbucks to earn money for searching the web or letting videos play. It’s likely that you have to shop somewhere for food and various and sundry other items. You might as well get rebates from a site like Ibotta.

The rebates from Ibotta can stack with coupons and a cashback credit card like the Chase Freedom. You can even get a $150 bonus for using the Chase Freedom to make $500 in purchases in the first three months after opening the account. Just don’t forget to pay the balance in full each month. You can sign up for the Chase Freedom with this link, if you have good credit, that is.

If you’d like to follow my progress each month, be sure to go to the top of the page and sign up for updates. You can also follow me on Twitter. Also, if you could share this latest update below via Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media platform, it would be much appreciated. I want to inspire others to improve their finances.

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Online Earnings For April 2017

Online earnings can benefit your bottom line.
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The month of May 2017 is about a week old. April is long gone, and I’ve already updated any readers on my passive dividend income for April 2017.  Now it’s time to write about my online earnings for April.

I love passive income, but the biggest problem with this type of income is the fact that everyone starts at $0.  That is, unless you’re a trust fund baby. You have to earn active income before you can receive passive income.

Even in the instance of people who get born on third base, someone had to earn the capital to produce the passive income to start with. I’m in the accumulation phase of this journey.

Dave Ramsey likes to say that your biggest wealth building tool is your income. If you can build up passive income that covers your expenses, you’re financially independent. You’ve reached the “pinnacle experience” that Ramsey mentions.

However, if you’re not yet there, you still have to earn your income. This will usually come from a job. Doctors and lawyers and engineers tend to make enough to build wealth pretty quickly. Most of the rest of us, not so much.

This, dear readers, is why I started attempting to ramp up online earnings several years ago. I figured that I needed to bring in some more income than my job provided.

I’d worked fast food and retail in college. I knew I did not want to do so again. That’s why I started investigating ways to make money online, preferably in my pajamas–hence the name of this site.

I earned some side money in April. Here’s how I did so.

Online Earnings For April

I had online earnings from three different sources in April. Keep in mind that these avenues took a bit of effort on my part. They were definitely active income. Here is my online income by source for April 2017:

Freelance Writing:                                                                                                $218.02
Swagbucks:                                                                                                                  $50.00
GiftHulk:                                                                                                                          $5.00

Total Online Earnings for April 2017:                                                      $273.02

This is about an average month for me. As I’m looking to build up passive income, I could increase my passive income by nearly $11 if I invested all of this money into a dividend stock that pays a 4 percent yield. That’s enough to buy me about 1/2 an hour of freedom based upon my estimate of needing $20/hour to keep up my current standard of living.

I’ve had people ask where I earned money for freelance writing. I’ve earned several thousand dollars writing on Textbroker over the past few years. This is a site where people who need articles/blog posts/marketing materials written post opportunities for enterprising individuals like myself. You can claim any that are available at the level you’ve qualified for.

I earned a bit of money from GiftHulk this month.  This site pays users for the first search they perform each and every hour. You can also perform other tasks like watching videos on GiftHulk TV to earn more “Hulk Coins”, which is the digital currency that you can cash out.

I used my Hulk Coins to get PayPal cash, which I put toward paying down my mortgage. This will effectively earn me a return of 4.125 percent, which is my current interest rate. You can sign up for GiftHulk here if you want to start earning a few bucks in your spare time.

I also earned some income from Swagbucks.  This is a site that’s pretty easy to use. You can use the money you earn here to build wealth over time. Here’s a resource with the general strategy that you can use to start growing passive income via Swagbucks.

Benefits Of Earning Online

One of the biggest benefits of earning money online is the fact that just about anyone in America can do so. For sites like Swagbucks or GiftHulk teens as young as 13 can earn.  Most freelance writing sites will require you to be an adult.

If you’re smart, you can use the money you earn to do great things like pay off debt or save for the future. Whether you pay off debt or save money, you’ll earn a return that’s equal to the interest rate. You can avoid paying interest if you pay off debt. You can earn interest or dividends if you save. It’s a win-win situation regardless.

Online earnings are only limited by the time that you spend and the effort you put into making money. Also, it’s a good idea to think in terms of the future. A dollar today is worth more than a dollar in the future when you think of the power of compounding. The time to start earning is today so that you can take advantage of that power.

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Online Earnings for March 2017

Many, if not most, Americans live on a paycheck-to-paycheck basis. This makes it hard for most people to build up wealth. When you spend pretty much every penny that you make, it’s hard to build up a nest egg. This is where online earnings that can supplement the money you get from your regular job.

Prioritize Your Finances to wind up with a suitcase of money
Online earnings can build up a nice nest egg over time.

While many people do quite well financially, there are more that have a job that pays little. These people frequently look to the side hustle. This is the reason I started to look for ways to make money online about a decade ago.

It’s definitely helped improve my financial position over what it would have been had I not started. My online earnings have increased over time. Some months’ I’ll do pretty well; others, I’ll make less. The way I look at it, though, any extra money that I can bring in will help me build wealth over time.

Back in February, I made just above $200, which was less than the $334 that I made in January. Now it’s time to check my online earnings for March.

Online Earnings for March 2017

Freelance Writing:                   $241.55
Swagbucks:                                  $75.00

TOTAL for March 2017:       $316.55

While this amount of online earnings was less than it was in January, it was more than I earned in February. I earned from two freelance sites. I usually write about finance, but will occasionally take a job for a different topic like travel.

I’ve also gone over $1,500 lifetime earnings on Swagbucks. If you’ve not yet signed up for Swagbucks, you can do so by clicking on the previous link. You can also learn about some of the methods that I use to earn money on Swagbucks and how this could build up to a nice chunck of change over time from this short and relatively inexpensive book on building wealth with Swagbucks:

How To Earn Money With Swagbucks In Your Spare Time To Build Wealth

I’m keeping up with my online earnings to show you, my readers, how it can be done. I started making money on the Internet nearly 10 years ago, and I’ve increased this over time. You’ll probably not get rich over time, but you can earn money and supplement your income. You can make this money in your pajamas without leaving home, and it can really go a long way to helping you improve your personal finances.

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Online Earnings For February 2017

Some of my online earnings came from Swagbucks
I earned some of my online earnings from Swagbucks.

I’ve decided that it would be a good idea to track my online earnings this year. I used to do this when I started my site a little more than four years ago, but dropped out of the habit. I’ve since started tracking passive income from dividends. I believe that passive income is the best income, and that dividends are the best form of passive income.

Passive Income Does Not Build Itself

However, to build up passive income, I need to earn income from active work. This is necessary because passive income does not create itself. It’s a function of earning money off of capital invested in anything from pork bellies to gold to stock in great companies.

Starting around 2008, I began earning a bit of extra money online. I took a big pay cut to start a job that I really wanted. There was the possibility of this job becoming a great career, and it did. However, the financial remuneration at the time was not the best. I had a new and growing family, and I had no desire to work retail if I could avoid it I therefore started to focus on online earnings so that I could make money without leaving the house outside of my day job.

This effort started to pay off nearly immediately, and I’ve not had to go back to working in retail or fast food to make ends meet since. Some months I make more; some months I make less. Regardless, the additionally money outside of my day job has really helped my standard of living. I made money online via two different avenues during the month of February 2017.

Online Earnings For February 2017

Swagbucks:                                                               $25.00
Freelance Writing:                                               $176.87

Total Online Earnings, 2/17:                          $201.87

This was less than the $334.60 that I earned online in January, but it was still a nice little bit of income that helped me toward my overall financial goals of building up passive income. Part of the money that I made in February went toward buying quality dividend stocks that should pay me passive income for years into the future. Hopefully, I’ll make more in March that can help propel me further. I’m hoping that both my online earnings and my passive income will snowball in the future.

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Avoid the Christmas Debt Trap With Online Earnings

Debt Is Not Cool

Debt is NOT cool. It can strangle the life out of people. It basically makes you a slave to your lender. Staying out of unnecessary debt is one of the most important steps to take toward financial freedom, because debt brings interest payments that hurt your cash flow. If you pay cash for the things you buy (or pay off the credit card bill in full each month), you’re automatically saving any interest you would have paid had you gone into debt.

Some debts are better than others. For example, a home mortgage can be a “good” debt because buying a home on credit with a mortgage can actually cost less on a monthly basis than renting in many markets. Every dollar that you pay toward the principle of the home loan will also build up your equity, which is a major component of net worth. Student loans can be a “not-quite-so-bad” debt, as long as it is manageable because a degree can lead to higher earnings over time. Most other debt is pretty crummy because it forces you to pay more than you would normally pay for the items you buy on credit.

The Christmas Debt Trap Is Super Not Cool

One of the absolute worst sources for major debt is Christmas debt. Christmas doesn’t really sneak up on people. It shows up at the same time every single year. It’s always on December 25, year in and year out. It should not be a shock. Americans (and people of other nationalities who celebrate Christmas) tend to spend lots and lots of money at this particular time of the year for just about anyone that they come into contact with.

Of course, this is a slight exaggeration, but the average person who goes into debt for Christmas presents takes until April until the debt is paid off. Instead of paying the retailer for the full price of these presents, lots of Americans tend to also pay a nice little chunk to a bank for the privilege of using the bank’s money for the presents.  The bad thing about the Christmas debt trap is the fact that many kids will play with the boxes and other wrapping for as long as they do the toys that are within the packages.

Avoiding the Christmas Debt Trap With Online Earnings

One of the major purposes of this site is to get people (AKA you) to think about ways to increase your earnings so that your financial situation will be a bit less constrained outside of self discipline. One of the benefits of earning more money is more flexibility. Earning extra money before Christmas should allow you to pay off the bill for presents before the credit card comes due, which is a good thing. If you have any left over after buying for everyone on your Christmas list who’s avoided getting on Santa’s naughty list, that’s a great thing.

The first step in avoiding the Christmas debt trap through online earnings is setting up some goals for actually earning the money.  This will require investigating some of the leading places for making money online. If you’re just a few weeks from Christmas, sites that allow for instant or near-instant redemption of funds would be preferable. If you have longer, you can also start looking into sites that pay once a month to maximize your earnings. Here are some of the top options that can allow you to earn some money for Christmas (and all year ’round, for that matter).

Online earnings can help you avoid the Christmas debt trap.
Here’s a check that I earned from CashCrate

The second step in avoiding the Christmas debt trap because of Christmas gifts is actually signing up for some sites that allow you to make some money pretty easily. Here are some sites that I’ve used to some success over the past few years. I’ve even earned more than $1,000 on a couple of them in my free time, much of it while I’m watching TV in my recliner.

Sign Up For Swagbucks

My favorite site is Swagbucks. There are several options to earn money pretty quickly here, and you can cash out when you get up to 500 SBs (the digital currency on Swagbucks) for a $5 Amazon.com gift card.  I usually save up for a $25 redemption in PayPal cash. You can read my review of Swagbucks here.  I’ve earned more than $1,300 from this site.  Kids as young as 13 can start earning money on Swagbucks.

View Webpages For Money On Clixsense

I’ve also been using a site by the name of Clixsense recently. I’ve already redeemed three times, and you can earn money pretty quickly by just clicking on links and viewing the website for 15 or 30 seconds. I actually view the TV while I’m clicking. I’ve not reviewed the site on this blog yet, but I can say that it definitely pays.  The first payout has to be by check and reach $10, but subsequent payments can go on PayPal after reaching $8 and take only 2-5 business days to go through. You can sign up for Clixsense here.  You have to be 16 years of age to set up a Clixsense account.

Try CashCrate

I’ve earned more than $1,000 from CashCrate. This is one of the oldest websites that allows users to complete various tasks. This one only pays out once at the beginning of the month and requires $20 in earnings. I’ve done a more in-depth review of CashCrate here.  One guy that I’ve seen on another site has earned nearly $160,000 from CashCrate, but that would take lots and lots of referral income. A few bucks here and there each month is more likely.

If you’re looking for more ways to earn money online, you might like my list of Thirteen Ways to Make Money Online Without Spending a Penny, but the three listed above are likely to earn money pretty quickly.

Online Earnings Can Pay As Well As A “Real” Job

Some people will complain that it takes quite a bit of time to earn much money. However, it’s important to remember that there are costs associated with going to a day (or evening job) that quickly cut down on your actual income per hour of work, especially if you’re a mom or dad who only makes minimum wage or slightly higher. I recently read a personal finance book** that showed that a wife with kids who worked at an $18,000 per year job only pulled down $0.64/hour when accounting for additional clothing, transportation, and child care costs.

That’s hardly worth going to an office for 8 hours a day. You can make that much or more online pretty easily without even having to leave the house. That’s why I’ve been into earning money in pajamas for the past few years. It’s definitely been very beneficial to improving my standard of living, and by making a few hundred dollars over the course of the year, you can avoid the problem of getting into the Christmas debt trap from buying presents altogether.

*Disclaimer–I may earn a referral commission if you sign up for some of the programs that I cover on this site. I’ve actually used all of them and have gotten paid. You can still earn from the sites without using my link, but I definitely appreciate any support that you give.

**Howard Dayton, Your Money Map: A Proven 7-Step Guide to True Financial Freedom (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2006), 95-96.

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Final 2014 Online Earnings Report

I’ve spent the past couple of years writing this blog, with the first post coming nearly two years to the day prior to this one. In these two years, I’ve set online earnings goals. The first year, I came up short of my $5,000 goal. I set a goal of $450 per month in 2014. That was a total of $5,400 for the year. I came very close to meeting this goal during the year.

I started out the month of December with $4,777.11 in online earnings for the year. This is money that I’ve won while sitting in my recliner, while I’ve been in a foreign country doing short-term mission work, and while I’ve been sitting in a hotel room on vacation. This is over and above my regular paid work. I continued earning money in December. I earned through a few income streams. Here is the money I earned in pajamas during December:

Freelance writing: $466.62

Swagbucks: $50.00

Treasure Trooper: $20.27

This brought my total earnings for December up to $536.89, which was over my monthly earning goal by just over $86.  When I combine this money with the more than $4700 I’d earned through November, my final earnings for 2014 were exactly $5,314. This was just $86 less than my goal for the entire year, which was not terribly shabby, if you ask me. If I am able to keep this up for the next 15 to 20 years, it will definitely add to my retirement funds.

I am not planning to keep a diary of my online earnings after this point, but I think that I’ve at least partially been able to show that, yes, it is quite possible to make some money on the Internet without leaving home. While few people would be able to live on what I’ve made as a main income, this money definitely provides a nice supplement to my main job. I will continue to post other ideas for making money in the future.