As promised, this post is the first part of a series that will detail several ways to earn money and gift cards to defray your holiday costs!
I am a member of several incentive and rewards sites, but In Home Product Testing is probably my favorite. Just like the name suggests, their mission is to provide you (free of charge) with products that you test in your home, and then review for them. The best part? They PAY you to try new products in Target gift cards!! I have been a member of In Home Product Testing's panel for the last 3 years, and have earned hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards! Another perk is that you are almost always allowed to keep the extra products, which have included razors, baby bottles, and many household and personal care items.
The process is easy - they send out email questionnaires when they have a new study, and if your answers show that you are a part of their targeted audience they will accept you to try the products. You will then receive the product and further instructions in the mail, try them for a period of time, and then fill out surveys rating the products. I have never had to spend more than 5 minutes on one of their follow up surveys, so the time involved is very minimal. In exchange you will be rewarded with a Target gift card - they have ranged from $10 - $25 for each study in my experience! That's it!
There is no referral program or any catch, so I encourage you to sign up on the website!