How I Add $225 (or More!) Extra Income EVERY Month!

Know what? Budgets are hard! I’m sure I didn’t have to tell you that though. We all know how hard it can be to simply make ends meet these days! That’s why its so important to do anything and everything we can to bring in income. Whether you use it to pay a bill, to buy groceries, pay off debt or just to build your savings, it’s a super important part of our lives. I used to spend so much time on making extra cash. It was insane the hours I was “working” just to make a few bucks! Not any longer though!

Cause I’ve got a system….and by the end of this post? You will have one too.

As a quick side note before we get to my actual process. One way that you can make extra money from home is by starting your own blog. If you are passionate about anything, you could eventually earn a full time income from home. In this post HERE I tell you how to start a blog in just 3 easy steps and walk you through the actual set up of getting your blog live.

Need to add some extra money to your bank account each month? I add $225 (or more) EVERY. Single. Month! How? Just 6 EASY steps each day and I'm going to show you how you can do it too!


UPDATE: The single most common question that I receive on this post is “Are these sites available in Canada?” YES! They are!! In fact, most will actually work in other countries too! Good luck!

To start, please understand that while this does technically take you hours to do? You’ll spend VERY little time actually doing anything. Honestly? My mind is super overwhelmed most days so I don’t like anything that requires more than a passing thought and do my best to avoid things that make my brain meats hurt. So when I went searching for a daily routine that worked for me, I wanted as easy as possible. The way I do this involves 6 different sites or apps, but the majority of them are really quick.

Here’s how I work my extra income each day:

First, I start off on my phone with Swagbucks TV. I turn it on and let it play until I’ve hit either my daily goal or my max point limit from videos. Then, while that is playing, I head over the and do the Daily Crave, Daily Poll and NOSO points offer. If I’m a few points short of my goal, I either do a quick offer or survey, or I make sure to search a few times throughout the day to hit that goal. This gives me a total of around 40 Swagbucks per day at the bare minimum, but when you add in the bonuses I receive for reaching my daily goal day after day, some days I earn over 300 total points.

After I do the Daily poll and things from Swagbucks and, I log into Reward Shopping and do two things; first I do the daily click. It’s only 1 point, but that’s 1 point closer that I am. Next, I open up the Super Easy Button. I click 10 times and leave it to go to step 3.

For step 3, I head back to the phone.I open up my Perk app and let it run the popular videos section. This literally requires no work once you turn it on other than to occasionally click the screen to let the app know you’re still watching. I let mine play whenever my phone is not in use.

Go back and click 10 more times on the Super Easy Button and don’t get discouraged when you’re earning only 1 point each. It IS possible to hit that 1,000 points win!


Finally I move to InstaGC. Here, I will do surveys, offers and clicks until I reach $5.00 in earnings for the day. I do this everyday. This alone will earn you $150.00 per month! I don’t cash out gift cards here (although they’re instant if you do), instead I use the direct deposit option and get paid in cash. If you’re having trouble completing offers, log into your account then click the little question mark in the upper right. From there, you will be able to find the site guides that will help you earn more money!

As I’m working on this and other things throughout the day, I go back and click the Superlucky button 10 times each. This lets me get all 200 of my clicks in w/out wasting too much time.



Now I know, that’s only 4 sites/apps. The other 2  are only ones that I use randomly.

Receipt Hog  (be sure to use code sapt6425 for FREE spins when you join!) is the other one that I use. For this one, you’ll scan your receipts and just about any receipt you have from a store or gas station works. In return for “feeding the pig,” you’ll score spins. Spins mean points and points means an Amazon Gift card or a Paypal payment.

Shopkick – We love the Shopkick app around here. Basically you get points for walking into stores or scanning products while you’re there. You then trade those points in for gift cards. I personally use it to get Target cards that I then roll into other deals.

One final site that I use is Ebates. I told you HERE how I often use the gift cards that I receive to score FREE groceries and Ebates plays into that. When I shop online at Amazon, Target or more, I will shop through Ebates. This allows me to earn CASH BACK on the food and other items that I’m buying since I buy a lot of our groceries and household stuff online! I’m not sure how ya’ll feel, but I certainly feel much better about spending money when I’m getting money put back into my pocket.

So how do the earnings breakdown for me?

  • InstaGC – $150/mo (minimum)
  • Swagbucks – $25.00 (minimum)
  • SuperPoints – $10.00/mo (minimum)
  • Ebates – $25.00/mo (minimum)
  • Receipt Hog – $5/mo (minimum)
  • Shopkick – $5/mo (give or take)

Total? $225.00 in EXTRA income each month!


So what are you waiting for? Sign up and put my system into play! You don’t have anything to lose!


Swagbucks HERE

Perk App HERE

Reward Shopping HERE

Receipt Hog HERE (and use code sapt6425 for FREE spins when you join!)

Ebates HERE

Bing Rewards HERE


Looking for even more ways to earn? You’ll like these too! I didn’t mention them above, but I use them occasionally and love them just as much!

Gift Hulk HERE

IBotta HERE (Get cash back for shopping in store PLUS Get a Free $10.00 Bonus after you redeem your first rebate!)

Checkout 51 HERE (Get cash back for shopping in store!)

Join my Thrive team! It’s totally FREE to become a promoter and you’ll get to work with me personally! No quotas, no forced autoships, nothing hinky at all! You can easily (very easily I might add), add several hundred to your income with Thrive! Let me show you how!

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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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  1. thank you for sharing this. I have followed your links to join the sites you mentioned. I have a question about InstaGC. I’m finding their website to be a bit confusing. I was on their website for nearly 2 hours and didn’t get anywhere near reaching $5.00 for the day. You said you do surveys, offers and clicks until you reach $5.00. How long does this normally take you? I am wondering if I haven’t discovered a part of their site that you have, should it really takes hours a day to reach the five dollar mark?

    • It takes me less than 30 minutes usually because I’ve been doing that type of site for years. They have a guide on how to complete them, just ask in the chat box for the link and someone will make sure you get it. I don’t have it handy right now or I’d pass it to you.

      It does get easier over there. Promise. 🙂

  2. I’m having the same problem as Kathleen. I’m not sure what the best strategy is for InstaGC. I wasn’t able to find the guide. Any advice? I love your site BTW!

  3. Is the SuperEasy button now the SuperLucky button on Superpoints? That’s all I see on thee. Thanks for this great post!

  4. Hello. Thanks for the great information. I have a couple questions for you. How much do you earn from the perk app and how long do you have it run to earn your daily goal?
    How do you get paid cash for these? I didn’t see any options to have direct deposit from any of them.
    Also, do you get a lot of junk e-mail or phone calls from doing the surveys?
    Thanks again,

    • Marne, I run the perk app a few hours a day, but it’s literally no work other than turning it on and clicking that I”m still watching every so often. As far as cash, most of them have options to be paid in Paypal. IGC DOES have Direct deposit and check options. I use the direct deposit option if I don’t use it for a gift card to pay a bill (which keeps cash in my pocket instead of it being spent out for that particular bill).

  5. PiperGrissom says:

    I’m wanting to do all the things you do throughout the day, in addition to the freelance work I do. I’m looking at instaGC and I’m not seeing that lucky button or whatever it was called. Help?

  6. Is this income taxed?

  7. What is the Perk TV app attached to? Is it InstaGC?

  8. Love these tips! On Swagbucks, I do like the videos but can they be watched continuously? It’s nice to have on in the background while I’m cooking but not easy to go back and forth hitting the button for each.

    • Videos can be watched, but once you do so many you have to do a captcha. Just keep an eye on it. It will also cap you at a certain point for the day.

  9. McKenna says:

    How long do you usually watch the swagbuck videos? I watched for a while but only got a couple swagbucks. Am I doing it right?

  10. I cannot find the Super Lucky button anywhere on InstaGC. I chatted and was told there wasn’t one. Am I missing something? Help!!

  11. On average how much time will it take daily to complete all of these different sites & steps you’ve listed?

    • Leslie,

      A lot of it is broken into portions or is just done while I’m working on other stuff (like letting videos play, etc). If I had to wager a guess at how long everything would take if I sat down and did it all at once, I’d say 2-3 hours, maybe a bit more on slower days.

  12. Angie Bender says:

    Hi, I am having trouble signing up on instaGC. I tried 3 times and it keeps telling me there is a problem with my registration and to contact support for assistance but there is no link for support. What am I doing wrong?

  13. Thanks for all the great pointers. I’m having trouble with Superpoints, says I need an invite by a member. Do you have a code you could send me or am I doing it completely wrong? TIA!

    • Becky, the link in my post has an invite code in it for that reason so you should be able to just click through.

  14. Hi Stacy! Thanks for the tips! I’ve added a couple of apps that I didn’t know about, yet!

    I was curious to how much you made with the Perks app per month since your earnings breakdown listed InstaGC twice and not Perks.

    • Hi Susan,

      Perk is hit or miss for me since I tend to forget about it a lot lol. Usually its close to $20/mo if I let it run everyday like I describe in the post.

  15. How many points do I have to earn a day to get to the $5 mark with InstaGC?

  16. Do you get taxed on these earnings?

    • It is up to you to claim taxes on anything you earn that is more than $600 per year. That is the rule with any way that you are earning money.

  17. On swag bucks it says to find a swag code on face book. Do you know where I would have to go to find it? Thanks Barb

  18. Gail Akeman says:

    Wow. I really should take after your routine.

  19. I am so thankful you posted this and it showed up on my Pinterest feed! I am encouraged about learning a simpler system than I was using. I felt overwhelmed because there were so many options and in some cases I didn’t realize I was not fully taking advantage of a reward. Thank you!

  20. I am wondering if you’ve recently experience trouble with Swagbucks tv? I used to run it (and all of their apps) all day long without any problems. Now it seems like it is always timing out and saying there is no server connection. I clear my cache regularly and it helps for a bit. It makes it so much more difficult to meet the daily quota. I am just curious if I’m the only person this happens to? Thanks for the other info. I’ll have to check these other sites out.

  21. Jonathan Bennett says:

    Are most of these only rewarding gift cards? I would prefer cash of course. Are the numbers you suggested still the same? I noticed Swagbucks is offering a Visa card instead of cash and you have to do around 66 SB per day to receive $20 on that Visa card. Am I pretty accurate on those numbers and features? I’m trying to completely strategy a daily plan to get the max amount on each website per day and month. Just wondering which sites actually pay cash because I’m not interested in the gift cards. I also saw Superpoints pay like $1 paypal for every 2,124 points. That seems almost undoable unless you dedicated just to that one website everyday which would ruin the plan.

    • InstaGC does Paypal and Direct Deposit and Swagbucks also does Paypal as well. I wouldn’t bother with Super Points cash unless you have no choice. Receipt Hog will also do Paypal.

  22. Hi, just wondering what avenues you go through on instagc to get the most points. I’m finding I frequently get disqualified on the surveys and am just having a very hard time coming up with 500 points/day. thanks!

    • Angie, I focus on the actual offers using a different email than my main one. It’s quite easy to make $5.00/day if you do offers instead of only the surveys. (I do those as well, but the offers, clicks, videos and app downloads (on a spare phone that I have) help when I’m getting disqualified constantly.

      • when you do the offers do you have to buy anything?

        • KB, I have never once spent a dime to make money. There ARE offers that cost but you absolutely do not have to do them. Also, “NOSO” stands for no obligation special offers. Just click skip the entire way through and enter the captcha unless there is one that you want to sign up for. You don’t have to sign up to get the points though.

  23. Stephanie Gibree says:

    LOVE THIS POST! Definitely going to keep this blog on my radar. Thank you soooo much 🙂

  24. Miranda McNeece says:

    Thanks so much for the great info 🙂

  25. Edith Stephens says:

    I’m completely new to this blog and new to these ideas. I am a school teacher and so can’t keep doing those things on my phone during the day – Is it possible to do some of these on my computer? I could really use a little extra money each month! Thanks so much for your help!

  26. I really appreciate your post! I look around for things like this all the time. Most of all I LOVE how you shared the process. Great work!!

  27. Such fantastic advice! I gotta give it a try! Thanks, Stacy.

  28. Hi Stacy!
    I know this post is from awhile back, but I just found it and started your system! So far tis going great, I was just wondering how you kept track of earnings and paid taxes on them? Do you include gift cards in the claimed earnings, or just what you get in cash? Thanks!

    • Hey Skye,

      I’m glad it’s going great for you! Anything earnings over $600 per year will trigger a 1099. This means that the company will send you a 1099 form at the end of the year. Gift cards are included in that. 🙂

  29. This is the best post I’ve read about earning money on the side!

  30. Tahlia B. says:

    I am just starting to follow the first 3 websites/apps to earn, but I can’t figure out one of the terms you use for SwagBucks. What does “NOSO points offer” refer to, please? Thanks in advance!

    • “NOSO” = No Obligation Special Offer – In other words it’s 5 or 6 quick pages that you can just skip through unless you’re interested in something.

  31. First time on your site and I’m hooked. I’m not as committed as you are, lol , but I’m thinking about all the items we gathered while organizing our basement this very morning, in the spirit of decluttering I made huge piles, pitch, donate …there just might be a little cash there. A yard sale!? My last attempt was in the 90’s and it bombed! I started begging people to take things for free, especially toys anything to avoid bringing it back in my house or drive to donate. I think that horrible memory is far enough in the past now, maybe it’s time to give it another try😉. One last thing, friends have taken surveys, etc online to make a few dollars. I went on a couple and the only thing I got, was 150 emails trying to sell me something?

    • Nani, I’m glad you’re hooked 🙂 Better to be hooked on something that won’t cost you a ton of money than something that will. As for the surveys, there are a ton of companies out there that only attempt to scam people. That’s actually why I wrote the $225 post. I know 100% those companies are legit and pay so hopefully it will keep others from getting involved with “bad” ones.

      Go have your yard sale! I made $1100 at my last one in 2015! Use the tips I have HERE and HERE. Hopefully you’ll do better than your last one. 🙂

  32. Thank you for all the great info. on your site. Is there a search feature? I am unable to find it. I was trying to locate the article about recycling old towels.

  33. HI there. I just found you on Pinterest. 😃
    Are taxes needed to be paid on these money making APPS and etc? I’m on Social Security Disability and can only make so much extra per month.
    Thank you for teaching this old dog of 52 some new tricks. 😉

  34. marilou abruscato says:

    Don’t know if anyone has mentioned ReceiptPal – I love it just as much as ReceiptHog – 12 receipts a week earn 300 points and you can cash out for some nice gift cards after you earn enough points

  35. Samantha says:

    On average how much do you earn with Perk TV? Do you have any updates since posting this?

  36. Patricia Flynn says:

    I’ve been looking for something part time to bring in some extra money. Looks like I may have found it. I’m excited to get started. Thanks for all of the information.

  37. Anna Patterson says:

    hi Stacy. I stumbled on your website on Pinterest and having just gone through a divorce I can wait to get started to help me move on and make a little extra to help with the household bills. Do you know if the sites that you have suggested in your system are conducive to the UK?

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Anna, I’m sorry to hear about your divorce. I believe that most of them do accept members from the UK although you might find they have different/fewer survey/offer options than the US does.

  38. On InstaGC, how do I know when I have reached $5?

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