I was recently asked to review the GetPaidTo website as a way for earning a few extra pounds as a mum.
My work at home journey has been fraught, and just ever so slightly bumpy and generally not how I actually imagined it would be at all. I am clearly the ideal person to take a look at a website that offers a way of earning some more money to supplement your income – do as I advise not as I do…? *glances around guiltily*
What is GetPaidTo all about?
GetPaidTo is a simple concept, you join their site, and then you can:
- Earn points by completing specific tasks which can be paid out as cash; 500 points is £1.00
- Save money through cashback offers when you buy goods from other sites
- Save money through vouchers offered on the site.
Points are earned by completing various tasks including watching videos, following social accounts, or registering for other sites. I had to register with an email, as the Facebook sign in didn’t seem to work, hopefully something they will solve when the site comes out of Beta.
You can shop through the site at a number of retailers, and purchase through their own websites, and then get cashback on those purchases through GetPaidTo. You can track your cashback purchases through a dashboard on the site. To qualify for cashback, you must follow the details of the offer AND click through to the site from GetPaidTo. If this isn’t done then the site can’t track your purchases.
Full details of how GetPaidTo works is within the video on the company’s site, which explains clearly the concepts
The website is clear, and easy to navigate. The navigation throughout the site is done through simple drop down menus split into relevant sections, with the key ones focused on earning and redeeming your money and points.
The colours on the site are clear and don’t distract from the offers; though they are simple, I think that this helps make the information presented clear. This is really important as the concept can be a little hard to grasp at first. Though this might be because I am very new to the idea, and have been known to struggle with managing my kids pocket money demands….
How do the points offers work – Get paid to blub?
The offers that are available range from those that pay 5 points for following a Twitter account and one for watching a video, to offers that will give you over 3,000 points for providing information to other websites; from applying for a Black Diamond Credit Card to registering with Ladbrokes, or trialling products.
Amazingly, you are even paid to cry…well, I cried at one of the videos from a gift website that you get points to watch anyway. However, that’s very possibly just me again. Anything that talks about mums being special invariably sets me off. Don’t they with you too?
The videos change regularly, which means that you can keep coming back to the offer walls to see what’s new on a daily basis. There were a few that didn’t load for me, but as the site is in Beta at the moment, I am sure these issues will be ironed out in time.
I found the most productive place to find offers on the site was the Offerwall which set out the offer partners that GetPaidTo were working with, and listed each of their offers, clearly showing how much each one was worth:
There is also a section within the site for GetPaidTo’s own offers for points as well.
It is wise to explore the offerwall for the best offers and the ones that suit what you would like to do to earn your points. Each third party provider offers a few different types of tasks in exchange for points; you can pick the ones that work best for you.
You can also earn referring your friends, just nip over to the “refer” section and grab your own url so they can track registrations.
How does the cashback work?
It took me a while to get my head around this – but that’s because I am very averse to anything that looks too good to be true..
However, it seems that if you are buying goods through specific retailers anyway, and you do it through GetPaidTo, you will get some of the money you pay back into your GetPaidTo account, just for making the purchase through them…
Now forgive me, but that confuses me a little, as I can’t work out what’s in it for them.
I am presuming GetPaidTo get commission for sending my lovely little self, and all you other fab consumers, to those retailers. GetPaidTo then give ALL that commission back to us. Seems like largely a win for us, for not to much work other than making sure we all go to GetPaidTo before we make our purchases. If you are an Amazon fiend like me – it makes a hell of a lot of sense to use a cashback site, that’s FREE, to make purchases you were going to make anyway, as what do you lose?
My only problem is going to be remembering to use the site before I buy anything online *makes mental note to tell Chatterbox so she can remind me*
Critically, it is easy to navigate through the retailers, so if you wish to make a purchase of a specific item, then you can see quickly whether there are any GetPaidTo cashback offers for that product. For example, my daughter is obsessed with Build-a-Bear, so we checked whether there was a Family offer for this item. We could also have done a quick search within the search bar at the top of this offer page:
Low and behold, we found one that suited for her birthday…if you are struggling with inspiration, there is also a section on related retailers within the sidebar so you can explore a little more:
Where do points come in with my cashback savings?
GetPaidTo offers a unique service – you can boost your cashback on purchases from a retailer by using your points against those purchases – sometimes, if you have enough points, this means that you could be claiming ALL your money back…. This will, of course, depend on how active you are on the site in earning your points…..
Share more and you get more…
As a general rule, the site gives you more points for more time spent providing information, or giving out more personal details, or even trialling products. So for example, you could get a point to watch a video, or over 3,000 points for providing registration details to another website. As with all these types of websites, be aware of what you are signing up for. I like to have a separate email address for offers; this means that I can a) keep track of new offers easily b) make sure I don’t miss announcements from my kids school because they got lost next to an Amazon deal and a knicker giveaway.
Sharing also includes tweeting and spreading the social love about offers – you can earn more points for being social about the offers that GetPaidTo have on their site.
What did we think? 8/10
Generally, GetPaidTo is an easy site to get to grips with. The offers on here will help you save while you are spending anyway, as well as giving you a little extra through the points system they operate. If you put the time and effort into regularly checking the site, perhaps once the kids have gone to bed, you could build up your points tally nicely. Every 500 points is equivalent to a pound. As with all these types of make money doing tasks sites, you will only get out what you put in. Dedicate enough time to the site, and you will find that you are able to get a few more of those ever important pairs of trousers or skirts for your kiddies.
What’s important about GetPaidTo and why its different is that is FREE to join, and if you are buying good online anyway, using the site can give you cashback, which you can boost through your points tally. I shall certainly to trying to remember to visit GetPaidTo before I purchase online in future.
Have you tried GetPaidTo – what do you think?
Photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net / Stuart Miles
This article includes affiliate links, and we were compensated for writing this review. However all opinions are my own, though I have to admit I have never lost a school related email in my inbox because of a knickers offer… *writers license*