How I earn money, free product, and help my family save

If you have followed my blog then you know I am a mom of 4. There are 6 of us in my family including my husband and myself. My husband works hard and long to take care of us and I am a SAHM. I run my blog and have been able to get sponsored posts that I get paid for but I also have found other ways to get free product or earn a little money here and there. Here are just a few things I utilize to help my family financially.

Review Items and Earn money or Free Product

  • CrowdTap is a platform where you can earn points through polls, questionnaires, uploading photos, leaving comments, and more!
  • Influenster sends out a box full of samples (called ‘VoxBox’) for you to try in exchange for reviews afterward.
  • Join The Pink Panel, then follow them on Facebook. You’ll soon start to receive emails with testing opportunities. Products include skin care products, facial cleansing brushes, and even hair straighteners!
  •  BzzAgent and you’ll gain access to full-size samples you can try out for free in exchange for reviews afterward.
  •  Glamour Glam Spotters and you’ll get to test products before they hit the shelves like lipstick, nail polish, and lotion.
  •  Vogue Insiders team and you’ll have access to test the latest beauty products and trends! You may need to take short surveys or join panels in order to qualify, but you don’t have to review afterward.
  • Swaggable is a website dedicated to user reviews. They offer samples in food, health and beauty, beverages, pet supplies, etc. All you need to do is pick products that you would like to try or which interest you, and wait for them to send you an invite for a free sample
  • Parenting.com Mom Tester and simply fill out the form with your information and how many children you have. When you match a product you’ll be contacted with an option to receive those products to test.
  • MomSelect as a ‘Mom’ or ‘Mom Blogger’ and you’ll have the option to participate in multiple programs like in-home parties, questions and surveys, and most importantly–product samples!
  • InStyle Trendsetters also lets you test the latest trends in beauty. You’ll contribute to the magazine by giving your feedback.
  • VocalPoint, fill out your profile, and you’ll be notified when free samples are available that fit your profile.
  • SheSpeaks is an online platform where women can share their opinion on and be awarded with free products to test.

Apps to help you save

  • Walmart Savings Catcher Scan your receipt from Walmart and it will share local ads. If it finds an item that is less elsewhere it will credit the difference to your account.
  • Target Cartwheel Sends you offers to your phone. Scan the item and save the difference
  • Flipp Has all local flyers and coupons. Clip the coupon and download for easy use.
  • Groupon Local coupons for things to buy or do.
  • Living Social Discounts for travel, a night out, and things to do locally or further
  • Honey A new app for Google Chrome. You download the extension and when you go shopping online it will find all applicable discounts for where you are shopping.

Apps that Pay you to Use Them

Download these to your phone or laptop and start earning.

  • Swagbucks Accumulate points by searching the Web, completing surveys, watching videos, referring your friends, shopping in the app’s mall, completing special offers, voting in daily polls, finding swag codes and entering fun contests. These points can be redeemed for gift cards from stores like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and PayPal cash.
  • Ebates Earn up to 40 percent cash back every time you shop online at one of the participating retailers.
  • Ibotta Earn cash back for shopping online, submitting a receipt or linking a loyalty account.After shopping at a store, simply scan your product barcodes and send a photo of your receipt to have your purchase verified.
  • Mobee Get to paid to mystery shop at local businesses. Shop the places you love, answer a few questions, and earn.
  • InboxDollars Get emails sent straight to you and have the chance to earn per email.
  • Shopkick The app shows you popular products and rewards at popular retailers and gives you kicks (points) for walking in the door. You earn more points for scanning items and for making purchases.
  • Field Agent Earn Complete simple jobs, such as visiting your local discount store and taking a picture of an assigned product and verifying its price and earn between 3$-12$ per task.

If You are a bogger or looking to get into being a reviewer stop by my Blogger Resources Page: Make Money Blogging or being an Influencer. There I will list different Collaboration and Review companies. Be sure to Subscribe for a list of over 25 different companies complete with each companies requirements.

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49 Comments

  1. December 21, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Great list! I love reviewing products so I’m definitely taking notes here 😉

  2. December 22, 2017 / 9:20 am

    oh em gee thank you for these! Extra cash never hurts and i am always looking at new ways to make a bit more money! so thank you for that list! will be taking notes!

  3. December 22, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is a WEALTH of fabulous information! I just now stopped to email my family a friends a link to this post. They will all be interested in the money-saving apps you’ve listed above. Thanks a million for putting all of these great resources in one awesome place. Happy holidays to you and your family!

  4. December 22, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    I need to get into reviewing products, this is a great list and really helpful. Thank you for sharing.

    • Blair villanueva
      December 26, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      For beauty products, i got this althea korea who frequently sents me boxes of beauty products, all in full sizes in exchange of review. Its cool for me coz i dont need to buy anymore!

      • ashleyb21
        December 26, 2017 / 4:37 pm

        I’d love more info Blair. I’m always looking for a good beauty box. Is it available in the U.S also

  5. December 22, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    Wow!! These are some great great tips. I never knew there are so many ways people can do this. I will give this a shot.

  6. Andrea
    December 22, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    This is a very good list to look at and get ideas on how to make a little side pocket money. I am going to apply for sure. Thanks!

  7. December 22, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    This is an awesome list! I had no ideas there were so many apps to save money or get product samples (my favorite!). So glad you shared these! 🙂

  8. December 22, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    This is a great list. I have been using Bzzagent for two years now but I have not had any campaign offer for over 9 months, which is a bit disappointing. But I will definitely give the others a try!

  9. December 22, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I use Swagbucks and Ebates which comes in handy for saving money! However I like the sound of living social as discounts for a night out sound perfect!

  10. December 22, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    GREAT LIST! I am always looking for ways to make extra money.

  11. December 22, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    Very helpful post! I am new to the blogging world !

  12. December 23, 2017 / 2:24 am

    This is a great comprehensive list. I love there are so many different ways to make some extra money.

  13. December 23, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I am always interested in saving money or making it. This is a great list for me to start with and make sure I’m doing what I can for my family.

  14. December 23, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I seriously love Influenster and Flipp. They are great tools for the everyday blogger/saver. Every time I make a grocery list, I have a pen in one hand and Flipp open on my phone in the other. Happy holidays to you and your family 🙂

  15. December 23, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    As a blogger, a mom, and a money saver, you had some great information to share. Just added this post to my bookmarks for future reference!

  16. December 23, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    So many great ways to save money AND get some free stuff too! I need to remember to use the Ebates more often.

  17. December 23, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Keep doing that hustle girl. Saving money is a worthy task.

  18. December 23, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    I learned a lot from this. I can do more to make some easy money!

  19. Savannah Pham
    December 24, 2017 / 8:08 am

    These are such great ways to save and/or get paid. I didn’t know there were apps that paid you for using the app! Definitely going to look into this. Thank you for sharing.

  20. December 24, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I had no idea there were so many awesome Apps and resources to help make a bit of extra income. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. December 24, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    This is such a great and comprehensive list. I’m a member of some, but there are so many networks that I’m not! Thanks for sharing.

  22. December 25, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Wow what an amazing list! I use Influenster but havent tried or heard of the other ones on your list. But I’ve bookmarked it and will def be checking them out. Thank you!

  23. December 25, 2017 / 10:46 am

    I never consider this, since I only been blogging for four months. They certainly seem worth it. I am always looking at new ways save money! Thank you for that list!

  24. Blair villanueva
    December 25, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    You are a super smart Momma and blogger! Thanks for sharing these tips. I think the mommy bloggers are more influenrial and got many opportunities to try and test many products.
    More clients for you!

  25. Ruth I.
    December 25, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Awesome list! I didn’t know there are lots of apps that I can use to save/earn some money. This is really helpful.

  26. December 26, 2017 / 1:43 am

    If only I can find any of these to work in my country. Most of the review / coupon website are mainly US and UK friendly only.

  27. December 26, 2017 / 8:28 am

    These are some really great resources. So helpful for anyone looking to monetize their blog.

  28. December 26, 2017 / 9:05 am

    I’ll take notes on this list. It’s really helpful. I think blogging really gives us opportunities.

  29. December 26, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Thanks for putting this up. It will be a great help for new bloggers so that they dont spend too much in intial stages.

  30. December 26, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Great list! I have heard of and use a few of these, but some are new to me. I use Walmart Savings Catcher and Ibotta all the time!

  31. December 26, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Definitely saving this blog post and checking out your other! This has a lot of great information!

  32. December 26, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Sounds like you’re a super-savvy money-saving mum! I used to work for MoneySavingExpert.com, one of the biggest UK money-saving websites for consumers, so I know a lot of sites and schemes similar to these but UK-based 🙂 hope you’re able to save your family more money in 2018! x

  33. December 26, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    i have tried a few of these going to try the ones i havnt yet thank you

  34. December 26, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    This is such a great list. It’s awesome you can participate and save money for your family.

  35. December 26, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    wow! There are so many ways to earn money online these days! It’s a really nice option for people that don’t have the interest or ability to work outside of the home!

  36. December 26, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing how you make your cheddar! It’s all about the hustle and what you make of it! Great resource!

  37. December 26, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    I know a few people who are looking to make a few extra bucks- this seems like a perfect place to start. Plus, we could all use those money-saving apps. Definitely feeling grateful for technology right now!

  38. December 27, 2017 / 12:42 am

    I had no idea there are so many ways to earn money as a blogger. This is a great resource especially for new bloggers.

  39. Tonya
    December 27, 2017 / 4:50 am

    Ooh these are great ideas! And who doesn’t love trying new products!! Thanks for sharing with us!

  40. Jessica Taylor
    December 27, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I actually use a few of these, and the gift cards come in so handy! I can’t wait to sign up for a few more.

  41. Bobbi
    December 27, 2017 / 10:52 am

    I am a member of a few of these but have not heard of others. I am going to check them out.

  42. December 27, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    I love all the side opportunities you have listed. More money is always a great thing especially when you have a large family.

  43. December 28, 2017 / 4:40 am

    I am a blogger and am looking forward to reading through the information about influencers and companies as well as their requirements. Thanks for sharing this great information.

  44. December 28, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Oh this is a great list! It will surely help a lot of people to save money.

  45. December 31, 2017 / 10:53 am

    what a great list , signing up for a few of them. I would love to make some $$ to help family out as well

  46. January 1, 2018 / 3:29 am

    Ebates is a great way to save. My wife often use it when she shops online. Great way to save a bit more extra money by doing what you are already doing.

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