The Monetizer is a big fan of Cash Crate for making a bit of extra online money. It provides a laid back system where you can complete free trial offers, take 2 daily surveys or shop online to receive percentage rebates of your purchases.
Here's a more comprehensive look at how to use Cash Crate to earn money online.
1) Sign up for Cash Crate - Cash Crate is free to sign up for and use. It will ask you for information such as your name and address (to send your check) and email address. You may want to create a special email address just for using Cash Crate. You can create free email address accounts at sites such as inbox.com, myway.com and Google's G-mail.
You can sign up for Cash Crate here.
Once you are a member you'll become familiar with the easy 3 tab system, seen here. Select from Cash Offers, Point Offers, or Daily Surveys.
2) Complete Cash Offers - this is the area you want to exercise caution with. As you can see in the picture below there are plenty of offers to choose from. Some will want a credit card at signup so you may want to avoid those. Also beware of those with fine print at the bottom of their screen saying "complete 3 silver level offers and 2 gold level offers".
Although the pic below is blurry, you can see offers are listed on the left hand side, details next, payout and then "SUBMIT" button. Make sure when you go to do an offer to click the offer title. After you are done signing up or completing that offer you return to this panel (below) and click "SUBMIT". Cash Crate will credit your account within several days (if you completed the offer as described).
3)Complete offers for Points - You may decide to pursue points rather than cash rewards. This seems like it would take longer to do, so you may want to stay away from this option. However, this is similar to step #2 in that you are signing up for offers, surveys or completing free trials. Points can be accumulated and redeemed for Amazon, Best Buy, Starbucks, Staples, iTunes and WalMart gift cards or prizes like the iPod, Sony PSP and the Xbox 360. Again use caution here as some offers may ask for a Credit Card at sign-up or your home address/phone number.
4) Complete up to 2 daily surveys - This is the third tab you see on your account, "Daily Surveys". This is probably the safest option for making money on Cash Crate. These won't require you to give your address or phone number or credit card number, but they can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes to do. You have the option to complete up to 2 daily surveys, each worth 80 cents. Make sure you complete 1st survey, then 2nd survey. You will have to prequalify for most surveys, which can test your patience, because often you will answer a few questions then be told "you do not qualify". You can keep trying to "Take Another Survey" though and attempt to qualify for more opportunities. If you were able to complete just 2 surveys a day, you'd rack up a possible $48 per month from Cash Crate.
5) Go Shopping and Earn Rebates - This option obviously involves spending your own money, however it makes sense if you were planning a purchase at any of the sites such as Apple Store, iTunes, or Walmart to make the buy through Cash Crate. To do this you'll need to go to the top menu of your Cash Crate account and select "Go Shopping". The Apple Store option offers you 1 percent return on your purchases, so if you were planning to buy an iPod or computer, etc it makes sense. iTunes offers 5% back, which may not seem like a lot but adds up. There's about 20 total stores to choose from, so it's something to keep in mind as a member of Cash Crate.
Monetizer racked up close to $30 using Cash Crate last month. The minimum threshold to receive a check by mail is set at $10. You will need to confirm your account by phone once you reach that threshold. This is done by requesting Cash Crate's automated system to call your home and give you a special code. You then enter the code at your account online and you're good to go!
Give Cash Crate a try if you're looking for a bit of extra cash each month. The referral program is also nice as it provides you 20% of whatever your first level referrals make and 10% of whatever your second level referrals earn.