How to Make an Extra $100 This Month

What would it mean to you to earn an extra $100 each month?

What if I told you that not only is it possible, it's probable. It will just take a little bit of your spare time but you could easily put $100 in your pocket if you follow our suggestions.

You may not realize it but there's something you have that is very valuable to some companies. Sometimes you give it out for free but these companies will pay you for it.

Your opinion.

A few years ago, I discovered that with a little bit of time each morning I could earn some extra money filling out a few surveys, answering a few poll questions, and cashing out the points for deposits to my Paypal account, checks, or gift cards.

The hard part was figuring out the scams (some were outright scams, some were a waste of time) from the real ones but since I did it, you don't have to.

Here are the most reputable survey sites out there and none of them will ask you to pay a penny ever. These sites pay you.

Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie is the survey arm of a marketing research company that was founded in California in 2013. They're a subsidiary of DISQO, which was a rename from Active Measure.

The parent company's name may have changed but Survey Junkie has continued to be all about surveys and they pay you cash to complete surveys. There aren't any videos to watch or offers to sign up for, it strictly only offers surveys and they email when they think you qualify for one.

Like the rest on this list, it's free to join.

(here's a full review of Survey Junkie)


SwagbucksSwagbucks has paid their members over $142 million (as of September 2016) for doing a lot of the things you're already doing on the Internet – including filling out surveys, answering polls, shopping, and playing videos.

Swagbucks, incorporated as Prodege LLC, has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (their highest rating) and is an Accredited Business. They've been around since 2005, which is nearly as long as Facebook, which is an eternity in Internet years.

The best part is that they give you $5 in SwagBucks to start. (read our Swagbucks review)


InboxDollarsInboxDollars is similar to Swagbucks, you can earn money for shopping online, watching videos, answering surveys, and even just clicking on links in emails (you don't have to sign up for anything, but you earn more if you do). The big difference is that it's just cash – no gift cards. They tell you how much you earn per task and then pay you that amount. It's that straightforward.

InboxDollars, incorporated as CotterWeb Enterprises, has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (their highest rating) and is an Accredited Business. They've been around since 2012. For more, read our review of InboxDollars or sign up.

Pinecone Research

You can make an extra $100 a month easily by doing something you're already doing!One of the oldest companies, Pinecone Research pays for surveys and pays out in gift cards. They are currently owned by the Nielsen company, which is the same company that does television and radio ratings, so they're practically a household name.

They open their membership for applicants very infrequently so if you try the link below and it doesn't work, wait to try again later. If it works, sign up immediately because we don't know when it'll close.

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About Jim Wang

Jim Wang is a forty-something father of four who is a frequent contributor to Forbes and Vanguard's Blog. He has also been fortunate to have appeared in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Entrepreneur, and Marketplace Money.

Jim has a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Information Technology - Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. His approach to personal finance is that of an engineer, breaking down complex subjects into bite-sized easily understood concepts that you can use in your daily life.

One of his favorite tools (here's my treasure chest of tools,, everything I use) is Personal Capital, which enables him to manage his finances in just 15-minutes each month. They also offer financial planning, such as a Retirement Planning Tool that can tell you if you're on track to retire when you want. It's free.

He is also diversifying his investment portfolio by adding a little bit of real estate. But not rental homes, because he doesn't want a second job, it's diversified small investments in a few commercial properties and farms in Illinois, Louisiana, and California through AcreTrader.

Recently, he's invested in a few pieces of art on Masterworks too.

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  1. DNC says

    Not a bad post but I wouldn’t recommend bragging about their BBB ratings due to the fact that companies can pay the BBB for a high/higher rating, and can even pay them to remove complaints. BBB is like the mafia: they can make a lot of your problems go away if you give them enough money.

    Otherwise not a bad post. Thank you.

    • Jim Wang says

      I suppose that is true to some extent but it’s one of the only rating systems in town, so I think it’s worth mentioning. I wouldn’t ever rely on them as the sole reason, but it is one data point in a larger decision making process.

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