Whether you’re looking to make some extra money or get a free meal, there are several ways to get paid to shop.
Become a mystery shopper
Becoming a mystery shopper is a great way to make money shopping or eating out. Stores may want to check how their sales associates are doing or a new restaurant may want to train their staff before opening, either way, there are opportunities out there. The last experience I had was with a diner chain that opened up in town. They sent me coupons for two free meals and then I got paid giving them feedback. Stores reward you for visiting their store, interacting with their employees, making a purchase, and then reviewing the experience. Oftentimes the store will require to spend your own money, but they will likely reimburse you for your expense. The going rate is usually between $5 and $20 depending on the store. Reviews that require more footwork or a larger purchase will likely pay you more. The biggest advantage to this method is that it can pay you for what you’re already doing. If you already plan on visiting that new restaurant around the corner, do a quick search online, and you may be able to earn free meal.
Make money from online shopping
If you prefer shopping from home, Big Crumbs is a great way to earn extra cash back on purchases you make online. Big Crumbs and other sites give you a set percentage back from shopping at certain retailers. For example, I recently bought new gardening equipment for my home. By going through BigCrumbs.com, I earned extra cash back. Big Crumbs is a great way to make money by shopping online. Click here to sign up now.
Complete surveys on items you use
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of changing what you are doing, there are a number of sites that pay you for submitting surveys on products or services that you already use. I personally use mysurvey.com, which gives you points for completing surveys that can be redeemed for cash and prizes. Another site that I’d recommend is BigSpot.com, one of the leaders in the industry and a safe bet to make extra cash from online surveys.