I mentioned in an earlier post (Making Money as a Stay at Home Mom) that CashCrate is one of the sites I use to make extra cash for the family. Cashcrate is the easiest and least time-consuming site I take part in – and I probably don’t use it enough, I could probably make a lot more money on CashCrate then I currently do. However, I like to spread out my earnings – both to reduce boredom and because it offers the chance to switch to another site when I have a bad luck day on one of them.
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Guide to making money on Cashcrate
CashCrate is a bit different than SwagBucks or Inbox Dollars. Cashcrate will only pay you once a month and it will only pay you if you make $20 (Don’t worry if you don’t make $20 in one month, what you do make will roll over into the next). This might seem a bit annoying, it bothered me when I started, but I’ve come to like it. CashCrate is my relaxing money maker. It’s a site I don’t have to stress over or worry about when I find myself too busy to log in. But Kristin! How can it be relaxing if you have to make $20 in order to get paid?!?
Well, let’s break it down. There are typically 30 days to a month. If I log into CashCrate and do 1 LiveSample Survey a day for $1 a day (I tend to have the best luck with LiveSample but there are others you can try as well), I can make my $20 and still have 10 days where I don’t have to worry about it. That said, I try to do the LiveSample limit of 2 surveys each day. This nets me around $60 a month for only a few minutes of my time. This $2 a day strategy gives me, even more, leeway for those busy times of the year like Christmas or Thanksgiving when traveling and other activities might keep you away from your computer.
Payment, Bonuses, and Contests
If you make $20 a month on Cashcrate then they will send you a cheque in the mail on the 15th of the next month (So make sure you sign up with your actual address).
CashCrate also has a check-in system that will give you a bonus. Clicking on the ‘Check In’ button on the right-hand side of the page will give you 3 cents. It will also lead you to an offer or survey that you may or may not feel like attempting. I normally don’t bother with these but I do try to check in every day. Doing so will give you a 50 cent bonus at the end of the month.
You should also keep an eye on CashCrate’s Forums. The forums can be found under the Community tab at the top of the page. If you scroll down the list of forums you will notice a ‘Contest and Promotion’ Forum. Once in a while, CashCrate will offer fun events. Most recently, they offered a bonus for completing a certain number of surveys from a particular sponsor. Sometimes these contests are worth enough to make me break away from LiveSample for the month in favor of another survey company. Bonus dollars are added to your account once you reach the goals.
Cashcrate Point Delay
I’ve gotten worried messages in the past about receiving survey credit. CashCrate has a somewhat delayed pay grant. Unlike Swagbucks, where points show up as soon as you finish a survey it can take a few minutes for CashCrates system to show you’ve completed something. I’ve seen it take as long as a half hour for completed surveys to credit my account.
At first, it worried me but now I don’t even notice it. I do my two surveys a day and then I log out. When I log in the next morning I always have two surveys credited from the day before.
Other Earning Opportunities
Like Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars, CashCrate offers many ways to earn. Offers, Referrals, Videos, and Shopping are all available to you. I encourage you to try them all and find the ways that work best for you. My lazy mom’s way of handling CashCrate works well for me but as I said earlier I feel this site has a lot more potential than I give it credit for. Someone who focused more time on it could likely make quite a bit!