4 ways to make extra money from home and earn $500+ monthly 

We all could use a little extra money per month whether it's to pay bills or save for vacation or prepare for Christmas. I've put together my top 4 ways to earn extra money from home to show you how you can start earning extra money today! These days it seems like everyone is struggling to make ends meet. Cost of living has went up and so has gas! We all could use a little extra money coming in at the end of the month. Some of us need it to pay our monthly bills, some to pay off debt. You could also use the extra money to save up for a vacation or the ever expensive…Christmas! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stressed out about how we were going to pay for everyone’s presents at Christmas! Or how about back to school shopping? Having a little extra money coming in is always a good thing and definitely makes me feel better. Luckily there are lots of ways to make extra money out there. I’ve made a list of 4 rock solid  ways to make at least $500 or more per month.

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Make extra money by shopping online

Did you know that you can literally get PAID to shop online? Up until a few months ago I didn’t either. One of my girlfriends told me about Ebates and I have been hooked ever since. You basically go to Ebate’s website and search for the store that you want to buy from and click on the link to get there, buy your stuff and checkout and BAM! Money gets put into your Ebates account and they send you a check! The amount you get depends on how much that particular store is giving back at that time. It could be 2% or it could be 10%. Either way, it is free money that you are getting to shop! I LOVE Ebates and I’m kind of mad I just found out about this and not sooner! LOL!  If you want to sign up for Ebates and start getting paid to shop you can use my link here and get a free $10 sign up bonus.

Make extra money by grocery shopping

This is one of my favorite ways to earn extra money. By grocery shopping!! You can use Ibotta or Checkout 51 to earn money back on the stuff you buy at the grocery store. So here’s how it works. You download the Ibotta app and/or the Checkout 51 app and you check the offers that they have that you are planning on buying at the grocery store. (They have food products as well as household items and personal care items). You then go grocery shopping like you normally do and when you get home you use your app to scan in the barcode of all the items you selected and you upload your receipt to the app and then you earn the money that each item designated that you would get back. It is AWESOME!!! I don’t know about yall, but I go grocery shopping all the time, so I almost always get something that is on the app. The money quickly adds up and with Ibotta you can cash out with paypal, venmo, or a bunch of different cool gift cards. Checkout 51 will mail you a check once you reach$20.00. If you want to start earning money by grocery shopping head over here to get started with Ibotta. By using my link you will get a $10.00 bonus. If you want to start earning money with Checkout 51 click here.

Make extra money by selling stuff online

You can make a decent amount of extra money by selling things you no longer use online. You can do this on a number of sites and apps, but my favorite ones are Poshmark, Mercari and Ebay. I have sold a lot of clothes and shoes I no longer use on Poshmark and Mercari. I have sold my old purses that I no longer want or use on there too and got a decent amount of money for them being that they are name brand. I have sold my kids old clothes too. Poshmark is good for selling clothes and Mercari is too, but you can sell more things on Mercari like electronics or household items. There are fees associated with both, but the cool thing is that when someone does buy your item, you don’t have to go and figure out how much it will cost to ship it. You just pick the appropriate weight for the package and the app sends you a UPS or FedEx label to print out and stick on your package. The tracking is already on it so you just wrap it up and drop it off at the post office. Ebay doesn’t have as many rules for what you can sell as Poshmark or Mercari do, but its a little more detailed when you are posting the item you want to sell online. You could even buy things and resell them for more. I have done this when I see things on super clearance or see things not in my size on clearance and make a little extra money. You can also find some pretty cool stuff for yourself to purchase on these apps too! If you want to earn money with Poshmark, click here and use my code “PCBKK” to get $5.00  and if you want to sign up for Mercari, go to the app store on your phone, download the Mercari app  and use my code “PVFNYW” to get a $2.00 credit!

Make extra money taking surveys

I have been taking surveys to earn extra money for years now. It’s one of those things where you can earn more or less depending on the time you put into it. A lot of people are scared to use survey sites because they think they are a scam, but if you use the right sites then you will be fine and earn some extra $$.  You sign up for the site and answer questions in different surveys that are listed. Most of these sites also have other cool ways for you to earn besides taking surveys, like watching short videos, or trying different products out or opening emails. Here are some of the survey sites I use and trust to earn extra money.

Inbox Dollars

  • Do tasks such as take surveys, watch videos, online shopping, complete offers and read emails
  • You can request payout at $30.00
  • Sign up here for Inbox Dollars

Cash Crate

  • Do tasks like surveys and watching videos to earn money
  • Also pays you to try offers and shopping online
  • Has been around since 2006
  • Pays cash out once you earn $20.00
  • Sign up here to join


  • Do tasks like surveys, watch videos, shop online, explore offers, use their search bar
  • Pays in SB which add up to money. Can be used to get gift cards to Amazon or you can convert to your paypal account and get cash.
  • You can also use your SB points to donate to one of the many charities listed. I think this is kind of cool!
  • Sign up here to join Swagbucks


Another great way to make money is to start a blog!

Start a blog

Another great way to make passive income is to start a blog. If you have ever enjoyed writing, than this is an awesome way to start making money each month for yourself. Why blog?

  • It’s fun! Writing about something you know and love and showing other people how to do something is a lot of fun.
  • You can earn extra money through your blog by using affiliate links, doing sponsored posts, using ads on your page and creating and selling your own products.
  • Freedom! You can literally blog from ANYWHERE! You can stay at home and spend time with your family and children and still make a full time income.
  • It’s the lowest start up cost for starting a business you will find out there! Seriously you can start a blog right now for $3.95 a month through Siteground!

If you think that you are ready to start your own blog, let me help you set it up! Click here to follow along with step-by-step instructions on how to start and set up your blog with Siteground.


I hope that these ideas help you to earn some extra money for you and your family.  What other things do you guys do to make extra money? I am always up for making some extra cash! What do you guys use your extra cash for? Paying off debt? Vacation? Leave me a comment below and tell me!



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