My Favourite Ways to Save + Make Money Online

By nature I am a saver, I don’t love spending money and when I have to I want to get the best deal. Most times the best ways to save money include shopping online. Over the years and through research I have found the best websites for coupon codes, cash back and alerts for when a product goes on sale.

Not only do I want to save money by shopping online, but I also want to make money. That’s where online surveys come in. The more surveys I complete the more cash or gift cards to stores like Amazon I can collect. I’d call that a win-win!

The best part is all of these tips are FREE (with the exception of Amazon Prime, although they offer a free trial!). If you want to save money and even make money from the comfort of your home keep reading!

10 Ways to Save and Make Money Online

Online Shopping


Ebates offers cash back at over 750 online stores,, eBay, Sears, Old Navy, Forever21 and Groupon. Each time you buy a product from an eligible store a percentage of your order is added as cash to your Ebates account. I joined Ebates in June and so far I’ve earned $15 which will be sent to me as a check.

Why wait? Click here to sign up today!

Retail Me Not

Before completing any online purchase I quickly search the name of the website I’m buying from on Retail Me Not to check if there are any active coupon codes that can be applied to my order. I’ll also check this website if I’m considering buying something in store to check if it’s cheaper to buy online.

Retail Me Not also has an app that can be used to search for coupons that can be used in-store and online. Just show the coupon on your phone to receive the discount.


Amazon Prime

I recently joined Amazon Prime and I really wish I’d done it sooner! Not only does it offer free 2-day shipping, in some areas you can get free one day or same day shipping.

Join as a student to get a 6-month free trial and save 50% on the price of Prime Click here to sign up!

Prime is super convenient for stocking up on commonly used household items or hard to find things. Your Prime account can also be shared with one other adult in your household.

Plus Amazon also offers unlimited streaming of TV and movies from Prime Video. This is a great service because unlike Netflix there is no additional monthly fee.

Prime Day just passed but this one-day shopping event offers exclusive deals for Prime members.

Another great perk for families with young children is Amazon Family where you can save 20% off diaper subscriptions and a 15% discount upon baby registry completion.

Prime Photos include unlimited photo storage which can be accessed from any device. No longer do you need to search for multiple photos on your phone, laptop or tablet.

Finally, Prime offers early access to deals. This is especially helpful for Black Friday when you can get a 30-minute head start on the best deals.

To sign up for a free 30-day trial click here.

More Amazon Tips to Save Money!

Amazon Deals-not the easiest to find so look in these places:

  • Today’s Deals-Deals of the Day
  • Outlet-Limited quantity flash deals
  • ‘Open Box and Used’-Amazon Warehouse, discount on open and pre-owned merchandise
  • Woot!-discount on surplus and end of life products

Amazon also has a program where you can sell or trade in electronics to get maximum return.


Never miss a deal again. Shoptagr allows users to save items they want to purchase and sends an alert when the product goes on sale or comes back in stock.

Another benefit is that you can create a shopping list from multiple websites which can be accessed from various devices.

Click here to sign up!


With Honey never miss a coupon code again. At checkout, the best coupon code is automatically applied to your order!

Click here to sign up! Be sure to add the extension to your browser.


Another quick and easy way to earn cash and other benefits like gift cards to Amazon is to fill out surveys. I’m currently a member of a few websites including Opinion Outpost, Harris Poll and Swag Bucks.

Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost collects feedback from consumers to help companies create better products and services. In return, members are rewarded with points which can be exchanged for cash or gift vouchers for brands such as Amazon or Itunes. Additionally, draws are held each quarter to win $10,000. The more surveys completed the better your chances of winning.

To sign up click here (US) click here (Canada)

Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll is similar to Opinion Outpost in that you earn HIpoints from completing surveys. Unlike Opinion Outpost points cannot be converted into cash only electronic gift cards, merchandise and instant win sweepstakes entries.

To join Harris Poll Online click here (US) click here (Canada)

Swag Bucks

With Swag Bucks members receive cash or gift cards for tasks they complete online. This can range from completing surveys to watching videos, shopping online or completing searches. I like Swag Bucks because you can earn rewards beyond taking a survey doing tasks you already do.

Join now!

Paid Survey Update

To find websites that offer paid surveys check out Paid Survey Update. What I like about this website is they offer a comprehensive review of the survey websites you can join, they also provide a link to join based on your country. Some websites only accept US consumers whereas others accept applicants from Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, China, India or Ireland to name a few.

Depending on the number of surveys completed you can make up to $300 extra income each month! That extra cash can be used for a cell phone bill, eating out or saving up for vacation.

Personally, I find taking surveys to be easy, somewhat fun and a quick activity to complete while I’m bored or watching TV.

What are your best tips to save or make online? Leave me a comment below! I’d love to hear your suggestions. 

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