25 Websites That Pay You to Refer Friends

25 websites that pay you to refer friendsDid you know you can make money simply by knowing people and referring them to try new things? There are so many websites that pay you to refer friends, it is a shame that more people don’t take advantage of these perks!

It’s a well known fact that the most effective way for companies to build their businesses is by word of mouth. People trust their friends and family more than they trust any ads they see online, on TV, or out and about around town. Customers referred by someone they know are more likely to stick around than someone who saw an ad and decided to give it a try.

Traditional advertising is pretty expensive, so many companies will PAY YOU to refer your friends and family! This technique is called Paid Referral Programs. It saves the company money on advertising, while rewarding people for bringing in more business! How can anyone pass that up?

The best part is, many of the companies don’t even require a huge amount of participation from you in order for you to be paid for referring people!

So let’s make you some money, and help these companies grow! It’s a win-win! I put together a list of companies who pay you to refer-a-friend (and make money without referring others as well). Check them out!

(Click the numbered header to be taken to the website for that offer)

Earn money by referring others to sign up for trial offers
Earn money by referring others to sign up for trial offers

1. Level Rewards

This is my favorite one, so of course it’s going first!!

Level Rewards is a company that pays you to sign up for trial offers with other companies, then refer others to sign up for the trials as well. There are both free trials and paid trials to choose from.

Each trial has a point system that accumulates to help you “level up” – the higher your level, the more you earn per referral. Every ‘level’ is worth $5, so the higher your level, the more you make per referral. I know it at least goes to level 30, which is up to $600 per referral!

**You must be at level 1 to start earning, and make sure you read all the fine print on each trial you sign up for – you need to fulfill the entire time limit for the trial. Don’t sign up and immediately cancel or your level won’t count.

**If you sign up for a free trial that you don’t intend on actually using in the future, make sure you set a reminder to cancel the free trial before you get charged.

2. Achievement

It’s 2017. Everyone uses their phone to track their steps, their health, their exercise, their sleep, and whatever else they can come up with an app for. So why not get paid for what you’re already doing! Achievement gives you points for your health details that sync in from the apps you are already using. Once you reach 10,000 points, you earn $10. Then, for each friend you refer, you earn 250 points (25 cents).

make money by referring a friend

3. Rush Card

This is a prepaid VISA card, with no credit check, etc. When you refer a friend, you BOTH receive $30.

The person signing up needs to load the card with $20 to activate the card. A small activation fee is deducted from the $20 (around $3-$4 depending on location), but the rest of that money is still the cardholder’s to use. Basically they are just creating an active balance on the card to get it going.

Once the card has been activated and loaded, you both receive $30 on your card! You can refer up to 20 people a year, which is $600!

4. 1Q

1Q is a mobile app that sends you questions from companies. It’s a “survey” app but the questions are quick and painless, unlike the dreaded 30 minute surveys on most survey sites.

You earn either 25 cents or 50 cents per question you answer, and also receive 25 cents for every friend you refer!

5. Swagbucks

If you haven’t heard about Swagbucks by now, I’m going to assume you live under a rock. Swagbucks is one of the most popular ‘make easy money online’ websites out there. You earn by watching videos, playing games, taking surveys, shopping, searching, and pretty much any other possible way you can imagine.

They also pay $5 per friend you refer, along with 10% of everything your referral earns for the rest of forever.

6. Split

Split is a brand new app, and you earn money simply by sending links.

Say you have a website you want your best friend to look at, when you “share” it from your phone, you share it using Split instead of messaging. Split changes the link so it can be tracked by the app, and you send the link as you normally would once it has been “split” (through text or messenger, etc). When your friend clicks on the link, bam! You just earned some money.

And you guessed it – it pays to refer your friends as well! If someone signs up for Split using your link, you earn $2. Plus if they buy something using your link, you earn a commission as well!

Rideshare Lyft free ride credits
Earn free ride credits

7. Lyft

Lyft is Uber’s largest competitor. Remember seeing pink mustaches on cars? That’s Lyft! Although the pink mustaches aren’t so popular anymore, ride sharing business is BOOMING.

If you become a Lyft driver, you get to make your own hours and work whenever you want. I have personally driven for Lyft and absolutely LOVED it. But becoming a driver for Lyft is not a requirement for this referral program. You just need to have an active Lyft account.

If you refer another person to become a driver for Lyft, you can make up to $500 (prices vary by location). If you refer a passenger, you earn $5 as long as they take their first ride within 14 days of signing up with your referral code.

8. Uber

Uber’s referral program is similar to Lyft’s. If you refer another person to become an Uber driver, you can earn up to $300 (again, prices vary by location). Refer another passenger, and you earn discounts on your next Uber ride. So the more your code is used, you could potentially ride in an Uber for free!

9. Ibotta

Ibotta is a cash back rewards app. You earn money simply by submitting your receipt from the grocery store, selecting what you purchased, and scanning the barcode of the item. Plus they have ways to earn more rebates by signing up for certain things, or participating in sales. You also earn $10 just for signing up!

Earn $5 for each friend who uses Ibotta, plus they have an escalating system for bonuses! You can earn $20 for two successful referrals, $50 for the next five, and $100 for every ten referrals after that.. WITH NO LIMIT!


10. Amazon Prime

I rely on Amazon Prime pretty heavily. Being a Prime member, you receive free 2 day shipping on pretty much anything you purchase. It also comes with access to Prime TV, Prime Music, Prime Pantry (groceries, yay!) AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

You can sign up for a free 30 day trial, and if you like it (which I am positive you will) it’s just $10.99 a month for membership after your free trial.

When your friends join Amazon Prime and make a $5 purchase, you earn a $5 credit on your Amazon account!

11. Groupon

Groupon is another website I heavily rely on. It’s a website that has “coupons” and deal on goods, events, and services. You can buy discount massages, discount tickets to concerts, and coupons towards meals at restaurants (ex: pay $10 for $20 worth of food at your favorite restaurant).

Anytime you refer a friend to Groupon and they purchase their first deal, you earn $10!

12. Paid2Refer.com

This is a website that literally pays you for bringing traffic to their website. You earn $2 just for signing up. They make money from their advertisers, so all you have to do is spread your referral link far and wide, and you get paid 50 cents per CLICK on that link. (Shameless plug… go click my link please haha)

13. Sam’s Club

Good ole Sam’s Club – wholesale, buy in bulk supermarket.

When someone signs up using your referral link, you earn $10 and your referral earns $20!

14. BevRAGE

BevRAGE is a mobile app similar to Ibotta – except it’s for ALCOHOL! Just scan your receipt of your alcohol purchase, and earn cash.

The website doesn’t state an exact amount for referring someone, just says you earn cash when your referral redeems their first receipt.

15. Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars is similar to Swagbucks, but has their own twist. You get paid for watching videos, taking surveys, search the web, etc. They also send you emails (hence the word ‘Inbox’). All you have to do is click the “confirm you received this email” button at the bottom of your email, and you earn money for it.

You aren’t paid an upfront amount when you refer someone to Inbox Dollars. Instead you receive 10% of all their future earnings.


16. Ebates

Ebates is another rebates/discount store, except this one doesn’t require a receipt. When you are doing online shopping, just go to Ebates website first, then go to whatever online store (Amazon, Kohls, Target, etc) from the Ebates page. Ebates then tracks your purchase and you earn a rebate simply for purchasing something by going to Ebates website first! How easy is that!

Earn $5 for every referral, plus a $40 bonus when two friends join and make a purchase.

17. AirBNB

If you haven’t heard of AirBNB yet… let me tell you, it is AMAZING! Basically you rent out peoples homes while you’re on vacation, instead of staying in a hotel. And you can rent out your home as well! You don’t even have to be gone, all you need is a spare bedroom to be able to rent your space.

When you refer a friend to travel using Airbnb, you get $20 in travel credit. If they become a host, you get $75 in travel credit when they welcome their first guest! Plus, when your friend signs up, they receive $40 off their first adventure!

18. Educents

Educents is a website with thousands of educational products, where you can shop from hundreds of independent sellers who make education fun. Basically, a marketplace of educational products for children of all ages.

Earn $10 for every friend that spends $50 or more on their first purchase.

19. Circle Pay

Circle Pay is a mobile app you can use to send money to people instantly, with no fee.

Send friends and family your referral link, and you will both earn $5 once your referral links their debit card to their account, and sends $25. (They can send you $25 and you can send it back, just be cautious of abusing the system so your account is not deactivated).

20. SquareCash

SquareCash is another mobile app you can use to instantly send money to people.

Refer a friend to sign up using your code, and you both receive $5 once your referral sends $5.

21. ShareASale

ShareASale is an affiliate marketing network, with access to hundred of merchants. Sort of like a switchboard for affiliate programs. You sign up for ShareASale, and then choose which companies you want to be an affiliate with.

To earn money, you use ShareASale’s affiliate link they provide you and refer others to sign up to be affiliates with them as well. The amount of money you can earn ranges far and wide, so go check it out!

22. Gymboree

Gymboree has an affiliate program that also pays you to refer other people to become affiliates as well. I’m not sure what the amount is, but something is better than nothing!

23. Dollar Shave Club

Inexpensive razors by snail mail. Why didn’t I come up with this idea? Your first month is $1, you receive a handle and a package of blades. Then your following months are either $3, $6, or $9 a month, and you are automatically shipped a package of new blades each month. I don’t know about you guys, but I hate buying new blades because they are so expensive! I’ll use that blade as long as humanly possible before finally giving in. So how can you pass up this deal!

Plus, earn $5 per friend you refer! Which could potentially mean you don’t even have to pay for your blades!!!

24. Xfinity

Are you an XFINITY customer already? Just refer someone to sign up with XFINITY (it can be any service they provide) and you earn up to $500!

25. Verizon

If you are already a Verizon customer, you can refer your friends to Verizon and get up to $200, AND your friend earns $50 too!

8 Things Pregnant Women Want You to Know

Pregnant Woman Want You to Know

Pregnant Woman Want You to Know

Everyone knows someone who is currently pregnant, or has been pregnant. Usually, when someone sees a baby bump, they get all mushy and are so focused on what’s inside the belly that they forget about the woman CARRYING the baby. How many times have you seen someone just walk right up and touch a pregnant stomach, even if the two people didn’t know each other? It’s no one’s fault, really, it’s just human nature. Babies turn most women (and some men) into big piles of mush and they can’t contain themselves!

But what about mom? She’s the one doing all the hard work growing a fetus! Mom still matters (for now haha)!


I gathered a few things to pass onto all of you baby belly onlookers, and hopefully you will keep these in mind next time you see a baby bump.

1. I am not Buddha. Do not touch or rub my belly without asking first, unless you are the person who put that baby in there!
2. Please don’t dictate my meals. I am well aware that pregnant women need a special diet, but cravings happen. If I want to sit down to a giant bowl of ice cream with every possible topping available, let me be.
3. Keep helpful advice to yourself unless I ask for it. I value your opinion, but this is my body, my baby and my choice on how things are done.
4. I am pregnant, not disabled. I can still do everyday tasks. It might be a bit harder, but I am still capable. I will ask for help if I need it.
5. If I do ask for help, be kind. Simple tasks of getting dressed or putting shoes on are harder in the last couple months. Don’t be mean. Raging hormones suck and little comments you may think are funny aren’t always funny to us.
6. Be patient with me. The last few months are hard due to nesting, packing for the hospital, and getting everything ready for baby to come home. Things will change a million times. I want everything perfect for my new angel. So if I change my mind 50times in one day, just go with it.
7. Do not assume you will be there for the delivery. I may allow you to be in the waiting room, but I may not want to share this moment with everyone. I will inform you if you are on my call list for when baby is coming.
8. Please do not bombard me with theme ideas, colors, dates for possible baby showers, which doctor to go to, etc. This is my time to start making choices for me and my baby.

What other things would you tell people if you were the pregnant lady carrying that adorable baby bump? Leave them in the comments!

Addiction. Why?

Addiction Why
Addiction Why
Struggling with the why’s of addiction? You’re not alone.

Being a loved one of an addict is no easy task. You love your addict, and want them to get better, yet it never seems important enough for them to actually stop their addiction. So you are stuck constantly questioning yourself, your addict, and both of your actions.

The most common question I find myself asking is simply “why?”

Questions to the Addict

Questions to the addict include “Why won’t you just stop?” “Why did you use again?” “Why don’t you understand how your actions cause others so much pain?” “Why don’t you care about the consequences of your addiction?” “Why can’t you keep a steady job?” “Why put us through this again?” “Why do you not love me enough to stop?” “Why put yourself through this again?”

Yet we all know the answers. They are always the same. “I tried.” “I don’t know.” “I didn’t mean to.” “I do love you.” The fact of the matter is, addiction is the devil; Satan on Earth. It gets into your mind and takes over, making everything else irrelevant. From my personal experience, addiction starts as just a desire to get out of one’s own mind. Maybe the person has depression or some other underlying condition, and they just want to feel numb for a bit. Or, they were prescribed some pain pills and their tolerance has gone up, so they look for something stronger. No matter how it initially starts, once the body becomes addicted to the substance, it becomes ‘necessary for survival.’ And by the time it has become obvious that there is a problem, Satan himself has already taken grip, and it’s too late to turn back.


Questions to Yourself

Then there are the questions you ask yourself. “Why am I still trying to help you?” “Why can’t I just walk away?” “Why do I put up with this?”

These questions are harder to answer. In a way, loved ones of addicts have a sickness of their own. It’s not necessarily a need to feed on the drama that comes with addiction, but I’m sure that could play in role in some lives. The desire to help the addict recover, the want for him or her to have a normal life, the feeling of responsibility as a loved one – those are the answers I can come up with. You love this person. They’re your family or friend and all you want is for them to see how much better things would be if they would just put the needle/bottle/pipe down. And if you walk away, it means you are giving up on that person, which is unbearable to consider.

So how do you handle the “whys”?

I struggle with this on a daily basis. When it comes to addiction, it is futile to ask “why.” There is no logical or good enough explanation to satisfy me, and it does nothing to help me OR the addict. It takes time and effort, and sometimes I still obsess on the unanswered questions. But I try extremely hard to not even ask “why” anymore. As a loved one of an addict, the most important thing for me to focus on is myself.


If you are a loved one of an addict, struggling to understand, I highly suggest attending Al-Anon meetings. No, not the meetings for the alcoholics. Al-Anon is for loved ones of addicts. Family, friends, partners, spouses, etc. In this meetings, you work the 12 step program, just like alcoholics do in AA and drug addicts do in NA. Except this program is geared towards YOU and YOUR RECOVERY. It helps YOU keep focus on yourself, and not be so co-dependent on the addict.

Not ready to go to a meeting just yet? Check out the books above, they help explain the process. You actually use these books in the Al-Anon meetings, so if you get one, you will be one step ahead of the other newbies.

What are your thoughts on the “whys” of addiction? Are there any other questions that you simply cannot answer, and are driving you insane? Leave them in the comments, I would love to hear your input.

Addiction, Why
Struggling with the why’s of addiction? You’re not alone.

Post Pregnancy Tips

Post Pregnancy Tips

Post Pregnancy Tips

I asked my Facebook followers over the past few days for advice and tips to pass on to brand new mommies, and the response was outstanding!! Having become a new mom OVERNIGHT, Lord knows I could have used all of this information. I was so wrapped up in my world being flip flopped, I’m not sure if it would have even stayed in my brain if someone had told me. So for those of you expecting to become a mother in the near future, this is for you to read in your own time, at your own pace, since you have time to prepare.

  • The first two weeks after birth are the hardest. But you WILL get through it!
  • When you feel like giving up, stop and take a second to breathe.
  • Napping is 100000% okay! Even though it is tough and scary, you need your rest too. Everything else can wait.
  • It is also normal to not sleep at all, to become hyper-aware and function on no sleep. I call this the “Zombie phase.”
  • The uterus massage hurts like a bitch.
  • Amazon Prime is the best thing that will ever happen to you. Not having to leave the house, free shipping, AND two day delivery? That’s heaven on earth for new moms.

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  • DIAPERS. DIAPERS. DIAPERS. After birth diapers are way more comfortable. Complete lifesaver.
  • It is okay to not be able to do everything after giving birth. You do not have to dive right into full blown motherhood, even though it will feel that way. Mommy mode kicks in, and it is tough to accept help. But trust me when I say, it takes a village to raise a baby. It is perfectly acceptable to ask for help.
  • Crying is normal. A lot of crying. Your hormones are out of whack, your sleep schedule is nonexistent, you are probably not eating right, and your entire world just turned upside down. Crying by yourself, crying with the baby, crying in general – just roll with it! This too shall pass.
  • You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to do everything perfectly. Just go with your gut, and learn as you go.
  • It is okay to not have visitors for awhile. Alone time is important and precious for your family and the new addition. Bonding time is so amazing.

  • If you breastfeed, latch problems are common, and your nipples will be sore no matter how well the baby latches. Also, it is completely normal if you become uncomfortable ‘aroused’ when breastfeeding. Thankfully, this issue does go away after a few days. Just remember that your nipples are not used to being used to eat. They are accustomed to stimulation, so it is absolutely normal when this happens!
  • Breastfeeding in public will be your biggest battle. People will stare, or give you awful looks. Just keep yourself covered and ignore the onlookers. What matters is that your baby gets to eat.

And last but not least, YOU GOT THIS!! Motherhood is the most stressful yet exciting thing that will ever happen to you. Take everything with a grain of salt, and do the best you can. That’s how we all get through it.

What other advice or tips do you have for new moms that I didn’t include in my list? Leave them in the comments!!

Make Money Using Your Car

Make Money Using Your Car

Have you been looking for a way to make decent extra money, on your own time? Your personal vehicle is the answer to your prayers. I have been a ride share driver for the past year, and thoroughly enjoy it! I love meeting new people every day.

As long as you keep your car clean, can pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license and good driving record, you can most likely drive for a ride-share company.

There is no minimum amount of hours you have to work, and you just go “online” and “offline” whenever you want.

They both also have a “destination filter” that can be used twice a day. This feature allows the driver to pick someone up going in your general direction, so that you get paid for as many miles as possible (example: earn money while driving to/from your regular job).

Both companies have programs to help you either buy or rent a car (if you are in a city where this feature is offered).

Driving during big local events is when you will make the most money, due to surge pricing. There is definitely a strategy to making decent money from ride-sharing. If you decide to be a ride share driver, send me an email and I will help you master the system!

Requirements: Be at least 21 years of age, have at least one year of driving experience in the U.S. (3 years if you are under 23 years old), use an eligible 4-door vehicle, and own a smartphone.

Drive with Uber

Drive with Lyft

If you are unable to become a driver, but are interested in using ride-share for transportation, here’s a ride credit for your first ride!! **Ride credit must be used within 14 days or it expires**

Ride with Uber

Ride with Lyft

As always, feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions about ride share!! I’m here to help!!

 

10 Things New Moms Want You to Know

10 Things New Moms Want You to Know

What comes with a new baby?? A NEW MOM!! Becoming a mother is the most exciting yet stressful moment of a woman’s life, which means they need the people around them to understand a few things. If you know someone with a new baby, or about to have a baby, follow these tips to help ensure an easy transition for the new mother.


 

  1. Don’t touch my baby without permission. If I give you permission, WASH YOUR HANDS FIRST. Avoid touching his hands and don’t kiss his face.
  2. Give me space after I bring my baby home from the hospital. I need time to settle in with my new addition.
  3. Gifts such as baby wipes, food, and gift cards are nice gestures when visiting for the first time (totally not necessary, but greatly appreciated!)
  4. Plan on skipping the hospital visit unless you have been personally invited. I don’t want to spend my few days there entertaining countless people. I will invite you over when I am ready.
  5. Don’t share information on social media until I say it is okay. This means no announcement of birth and absolutely no pictures until AFTER I make my own announcement.
  6. When invited over to visit, if possible, bring me food. This is not necessary, but chances are I haven’t had a chance to cook, let alone eat anything. Also, feel free to help me catch up on chores such as laundry and dishes.
  7. Please don’t smother my baby. Mommy and baby bonding time is important to me, don’t assume I need a break and try to take my baby from me.
  8. Arrange your visits around nap time. My baby’s sleep (and my chance to sleep) schedule is more important than your visit.
  9. If you bring your children around my baby, you are responsible for making sure they know how to act around a newborn. I worry about their grimy hands touching my baby. Actually, just don’t bring your kids around for awhile.
  10. Respect my opinions and choices. If I did not ask you for advice or an opinion, please keep it to yourself. I will raise my child as I see fit, and spoil him as much as I desire.

 

Helpless & Hooked

Helpless & Hooked

Time to hit a soft spot…

This hits extremely close to home for me, as I have a daily reminder of this terrible epidemic – my sweet baby nephew.

The heroin and opioid problem in America is spiraling out of control. And what’s left behind? Thousands of drug addicted babies who are born as a result. Just imagining these helpless babies suffering cold-turkey withdrawals from the moment the umbilical cord is cut is beyond heartbreaking.

Thankfully, hospitals are becoming more aware of the issue and have started drug testing mom and baby instantly upon birth. This “new” procedure saves many newborns from immediately going home with their drug addicted parents and possibly suffering deadly circumstances at home. I thank God every day that this procedure was in place when my nephew was born.

Wondering how these little soldiers get through this terrible experience? I experienced it first hand, every day for 3 weeks in the hospital. Luckily, my nephew was a “less serious” case (if that’s even possible) – the nurses told me some horror stories about other babies… trust me, my nephew is a lucky one. These babies are kept in the NICU and given morphine to help relieve the withdrawal symptoms (I won’t get into those, because it’s beyond upsetting) from the opioids. Guess what? Now he is addicted to the morphine. So then they start the process of weaning from the morphine. This takes days. Weeks, even. The hospital we were at required the baby to be completely off morphine for 72 hours before being able to go home.


Don’t you just want to cuddle these babies and tell them everything is going to be alright? YOU CAN!!! Babies born addicted need more love and care than your average newborn… and most hospitals are BEGGING for volunteer cuddlers!!! YOU CAN VOLUNTEER TO CUDDLE BABIES IN YOUR SPARE TIME!!! Just contact your local hospital and they will get you started!

Another way to help – become a foster parent. These sweet babies do not get to go home to their parents until (if) the parents become clean and pass all requirements for Child Services. If the parents do not meet the requirements within a certain time frame, their rights are terminated and the child can be adopted. Group homes are not the place for addicted babies… they need individualized care and attention, extra love. With the exponential growth of this opioid epidemic, there is not enough foster families to keep up with the amount of babies that need places to go. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, check out the National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Search for the resources in your local area.

So I beg of you… if you have free time, volunteer to cuddle these babies. If you are able to take on an infant, become a foster parent. The state gives you assistance if you are a foster parent – but don’t do it for the extra money… do it for the love of these helpless children.