I checked out CashCrate this week after someone mentioned it to me recently.
Let’s celebrate Free Money Friday by seeing how the CashCrate program works.
How to Earn Money with CashCrate
- Sign up for a CashCrate account.
- Use an alternate email address when you sign up so you can easily track offers and avoid mixing it with your regular email.
- Earn money by completing surveys, joining websites, and completing other offers.
- Once you reach $20, you’ll get your payment the following month.
Fast Track. When you enroll, they give you a fast track list. The list is supposed to be the quick and easy offers that pay well.
Cash Back. You can also use your CashCrate account to earn cash back for shopping online. I noticed WalMart and Babies R Us on the list.
Referrals. You can refer your friends and family to earn 20% of what they make. In addition, there is a second tier of referrals to earn 10% on the friends your referrals refer… if that makes sense! You also get a $3 bonus when your referral earns their first $10.
Contest Leaderboard. In March, they gave away extra money ($150 – $10) to the top 15 CashCrate earners for the month. Be sure to check the contest link in your account to see the leaderboard. Hopefully, they’ll do it again for April.
Forums. They have an active forum where users share tips and tricks. I spent some time browsing to figure out how to best spend my time.
Roboform. Whenver I complete a lot of forms online, I use Roboform to speed up the process. You might want to consider it.
I’m always a little leary about trying out new services like this. Thanks to a reader, Sky, for sharing her tips on CashCrate, I have a plan of action:
I used CashCrate in February for the first time and got a $134 check in March for my efforts. It was great fun but I have to warn you it is not something I can repeat each month. I was successful because I was new and used all the offers with greatest payout (for example, eToro offer had a $50 payout).
In addition, she had some great tips:
- I recommend CashCrate for a one time quick payout if you are organized and can keep track of all the rules (especially cancellation dates).
- I didn’t do any of the surveys (in the $1 payout range) because they are endless.
- I actually tried the products I signed up for (and didn’t sign up for those I was not interested in) and kept a spreadsheet with information about each offer and when trial periods would end so I could cancel (unless I decided to keep the service!)
Thanks for your tips, Sky! Now, I’m going back to my CashCrate account to try to earn some free money!