I figure making money in alternative ways is a poor skill, so I'm posting some things the woman I'm living with does on the side to make some extra cash. It's not a lot of money, but every little bit counts, right? Everyone's encountered those annoying popup ads that tell you that you can get a free ipod or xbox 360 or a free gift card if you just do all their offers. Most people get a few offers into the system and decide it's not worth the time or effort (or money) to complete all the offers when there's no real promise that the companies will actually send the item they promised. A few people see completing the offers, getting referrals, and cashing out their prize as a business, and they'll pay you to complete offers for them. Usually this involves investing a few dollars in completing the offer, then you get paid a set ammount when the offer shows up as completed. There's even a feedback system similar to the one used by ebay. You can't make a fortune doing this, but if you keep decent records and complete offers consistantly, you can make a bit of extra spending money. Most people pay between $15 and $25 for each offer, with differant choices of how much you want to pay for the offers, including a very limited number of free offers. Most of the others range in price from $2 to $10. For more details, check out the site. This site is not affiliated with the freebie websites, it's a forum designed to fascilitate trading and selling of referrals and offers for the freebie sites. http://forum.freeipodguide.com/ Real mystery shopping doesn't cost anything to join and the companies pay you to do the shopping. The companies that ask you to send $20 or $30 to start mystery shopping are just selling a list of the differant companies, they aren't companies themselves. So here's some off that list. A few she's been using for years (and I'm just starting out with) include: www.mysteryshops.com www.iccds.com www.serviceevaluation.com The pay's not that great, (usually between $5 and $15 per shop,) and they will usually credit your account for a set dollar ammount of your purchase, but if you can schedule a bunch of mystery shops in the same day, you can make some decent money doing them. The woman I'm living with scheduled 5 in town one day (she was already running errands, so she didn't have to make a special trip,) and made $75 off the lot of them. That's pretty good pay for a few hours' work.