Acorns gained $45.33 in investments value and $8.15 in dividends, on which $1.00 in fees was paid.  The accumulated gain for the Acorns account this month was $52.48.

Betterment reports quarterly so there are not numbers for this month.

Prosper returned $35.42 in interest payments (principle repayments are not registered here).

Swagbucks earned $50.00 through a combination of phone farm work and shopping rebates.  I don’t count Swagbucks rebates in the rebates section since they are of a different type (i.e. they return SB’s which are then converted into cash or cash equivalents).

Perk returned just $5.00 from phone farm activity.

Ebates returned $26.39 in rebates this month from regular online shopping activity.

No courier services were done this month, and UserTesting brought in a very respectable $335.00 in just over 2 and 2/3 hours.

No trades were made this month.

Passive Income

The returns are summarized below:

  • Acorns: $52.48
  • Betterment: $0.00
  • General Rebates: $0.00
  • Prosper: $35.42
  • Swagbucks: $50.00
  • Perk: $5.00
  • Ebates: $26.39
  • Total passive income: $169.29

Non-Passive Income

The returns are as follows:

  • Courier Services w/o bonuses: $0.00
  • Courier Services bonuses: $0.00
  • UserTesting: $335.00
  • Total GPT income: $335.00


No trades made this month.

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 conclusion regarding doing online surveys is clear: DON’T DO ONLINE SURVEYS!

Hourly Rates By Type:

  • GPT: $120.00
  • Passive: $10,157.40
  • Survey (inactive): DO NOT DO ONLINE SURVEYS
  • Trades: $0.00

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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