May 2018 Monthly Report


While no dividends were paid, the Acorns account appreciated by $28.98. Betterment reports on a quarterly basis, so no report is available for this month.

Prosper continued it’s steady returns with $36.33 over principle repayments. Because the Prosper loans return principle and interest throughout the month, the account is securing more dividend-paying loans throughout the month, valued well in excess of income it returned.

Swagbucks retuned only $5.00 Perk returned nothing. I only run Perk when I’ve finished earning SwagBucks, and I do the daily quiz for 3 cents a day because I’m a masochist. I really think Perk isn’t worth it anymore.

The big passive breakouts this month were shopping loyalty program rebates and Ebates, returning $77.50 combined.

On the GPT side, courier services brought in $482.61, UserTesting brought in $225.00 and User Interviews (a new consumer research site) brought in $100.00.

I also did one trade on /r/GCX which returned $6.00 but which represents a 25% ROI!

Passive Income

The returns are as follows:

  • Acorns: $29.98/li>
  • Rebates: $55.00
  • Prosper: $36.33
  • Swagbucks: $5.00
  • Ebates: $22.50
  • Total passive income: $147.81

Non-Passive Income

The returns are as follows:

  • Courier Services w/o bonuses: $344.12
  • Courier Services bonuses: $138.49
  • UserTesting: $225.00
  • User Interviews: $100.00
  • Total GPT income: $807.61


Six sweet dollars.

Hourly Rates Comparisons

While no contributor to Easy Beer Money earns money through online surveys, as a public service we do monitor several of survey providers including Vindale, Swagbucks, TellWut and Pollbuzzer. According to their published estimates on the time it would take to complete the surveys, the hourly income rate from surveys during April of 2018 would have been $7.92 – DON’T DO ONLINE SURVEYS!

Hourly Rates By Type:

  • GPT: $84.26
  • Passive: $8868.60
  • Survey (inactive): $7.92
  • Trades: $180.00

It should be noted that these earnings number are not net of taxes and other costs and fees, and any potential tax credits from the investment losses.

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