Is CashCrate Legit? Here’s My CashCrate Review

If you read my recent income report, you saw that I had my best earning month online ever (at least, up until that month).  A big part of that was thanks to CashCrate, where I earned a pretty nice chunk of change – $512.78.

I didn’t want to write too much about CashCrate until I could officially determine whether or not it is a legitimate source of earning money online, but today, I’m finally able to go into some detail.

Keep reading, I’ll explain it all.

My CashCrate Review

This all started when I was putting together my list of 142+ ways to make money online and was seeking out different places and ways on the internet where people could earn money without having any prior experience.

As with most things in life, if you want the big reward, you need to put in the big effort. There really is no such thing as getting rich quickly, aside from a handful of lucky lottery winners.

Anyway, I stumbled across CashCrate (affiliate link, although it’s 100% free to sign up and use) and noticed that it was fairly popular. You automatically get a free dollar just for signing up, but what do you do from there?

How You Make Money with CashCrate

It’s pretty simple – CashCrate makes money when you complete offers, surveys, or other tasks, and then they turn around and pay you a portion of it.

I would say that most of the tasks you can complete are free, but there are some that involve getting cash back after a purchase or after using your credit card to sign up for a free trial somewhere.  I believe it’s all legitimate, but you still have to be careful.

Here’s one example of an offer I completed:  I signed up to a free trial of Blockbuster (similar to Netflix where they send you DVDs in the mail) and received $11 for it.  I canceled the subscription after the free 30-day trial period.

There are other tasks that are much smaller and pay less – for example, I signed up for a free sample of liquid fabric softener and received 50 cents.  It all adds up.  I would just caution you to use an e-mail address for the offer that isn’t your primary e-mail address. Essentially, you are giving away your contact information for money with these offers, so you can expect to receive advertisements.

I like CashCrate, because you can make money by doing these various tasks while watching TV, for example.  It doesn’t really require any focus or thought, so it’s a nice way to earn a little bit of extra spending money.

[As a side note, I wish I thought of starting up a site like CashCrate (and I'm sure there are a lot of similar sites) - I imagine the site owner(s) make tons of money with it.]

The Real Money is in the Referrals

You can do offers and surveys until you’re blue in the face, but there’s obviously a limit to how many you can do within a short period of time.  Reading through the forums on CashCrate, there are people who do make at least $100-200 per month just by performing the various tasks available.

The real money is with referrals, however.  I realized this after I put up a link on my ways to make money online post and a lot of people signed up using my referral link.  The referral program is pretty robust.  Although I’ve made at least $20-25 completing various tasks, most of the money I earned was through referrals.

When you start out (and have no referrals), you earn 20% of what people you refer make (1st tier), and you earn 10% of anything their referrals make (2nd tier).  As you work your way up, those percentages gradually rise to 30% (1st tier) and 20% (2nd tier).

Obviously, the people you refer need to use CashCrate for what it’s intended for.  If you just refer a bunch of people you know and they create accounts but don’t use it, you’re not really going to make anything.

But is CashCrate Legit?

I wasn’t ready to call it “legit” until I received payment in a timely manner.  After your account balance reaches $20, CashCrate will send you your check the following month.  After at least one check payment has been deposited, you will have the option to switch to being paid via PayPal.

Sure enough, within a week after November ended, I received this:

I was thrilled to earn this after only my first month, but my expectations need to be lowered for the following months.  A lot of this was earned while the post that contained the referral link was ranking on page 1 for “make money online.”  Now, it’s ranking somewhat between pages 2 and 3 (although it still ranks well for other similar terms), so the traffic isn’t nearly what it was last month.

Again, this site isn’t going to make you rich, but this can be another tool to add to your collection of online income sources.  You can sign up to CashCrate here.

If you have a blog that has anything to do with making money, saving money, or personal finance, it might be worth introducing this site to your readers as a way to pick up some referrals.

What do you think?  Have you used CashCrate before, and if so, do you like it?

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40 Responses to “Is CashCrate Legit? Here’s My CashCrate Review”

  1. Hey Eric,
    Nice to know that your best earning is from Cash Crate. But it is not for everyone. I am from India. I think we could not make big money like you by referring people because they are mainly looking for US people.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Yes, unfortunately they do focus on people who reside either in the US, UK, or Canada, mainly because this these are the people who their advertisers target. I would think, even as someone from India, you could still refer U.S. people if you have a site that receives U.S. traffic.

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  2. Nice review Eric. I noticed cash crate in your income report and thought that I’d overlooked a recent post or something. That’s a nice earner for the month. Goes to show to power of two things:

    1) How you can make passive income from multiple sources through having your own plaform such as an authority website. I guess you did nothing active to promote that link other than place it on that page as a once off. Nice earner for minmal effort and just another income source from your site.

    2) Ranking on page 1 of Google. You struck gold there in ranking for make money online. Your monthly earnings were way up last month (and muh deserved).

    Thanks for the review. You’ve reminded me to check it out. Might look at trying it myself for a while and then promoting on my site too.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Absolutely, Greg – all the money I’ve earned to date on Cash Crate has been super passive, like you said, just from adding a link to a popular post that I wrote two years ago.

    It’s also a good reminder to revisit posts on your blog that are popular or ranking well and see if you can optimize them. Adding that one little link made a huge difference in my earnings.

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  3. good post Eric

    CC is def legit. I have been an affiliate since 2009 and it is consistently one of my highest earners in my Paid Surveys niche.

    I have posted several images of payments received from CC as well on my blog, as well as a review of my thoughts.

    I agree that the real money is in the referrals. in fact, when a referral hits a certain earning mark, you can opt for a special bonus ($10 per referral).

    I also love what management is doing. last year because of the amount of earnings I generated through the program, I was sent a special, unexpected present in the mail by the Management team. depending on how you perform as an affiliate, you may receive an Amazon gift card, a fruit, cheese and wine basket or something similar.

    now that you have had experience with the program, do you think you will be actively promoting it in more ways than you already are? interested in your thoughts….
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Sunil. Now that you mention it, I do recall reading about CC on your blog a long time ago.

    I too got an unexpected present this year from them – no big deal, $10 Amazon gift card, but still a very nice gesture.

    I would like to find other ways to promote it – with the other web properties I have right now, it wouldn’t really fit well. None of my other sites are in niches where it would make sense.

    Perhaps if/when I create a new site, I’ll try to do it in a niche where I can promote it without it being completely unrelated.

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  4. I’d also like to add that CPA networks like MaxBounty have CashCrate offers. You usually get $1.50-$2.00 per lead.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Cool, thanks for the tip!

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  5. I have wondered about cash crate. It is good to see a good review with an honest opinion. Thanks I’ll have to give it a go.
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  6. how long have you been with cashcrate and how many hours would you say you spend doing surveys and stuff in a month?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’ve been with CashCrate for about 6 months now – I don’t really do the surveys anymore…all of my earnings right now are from referrals.

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  7. CashCarte Question: With all the surveys and activities that you completed this month, did you have to pay anything to make $521.93? Also, you mentioned that you signed up for a free trail at Blockbuster and cancelled after 30 days. What would have been the cost if you didn’t cancel the membership?

    Thanks!!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I didn’t pay anything to earn the $521.93 – and as I mentioned in the article, the best way to earn with CashCrate is through referrals, which is a substantial portion of my earnings. For the Blockbuster deal, if I hadn’t cancelled, I believe it would have been around $9.99/month. That’s not bad, but I already pay for Netflix and prefer that.

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  8. I have recently signed up and started to promote CashCrate after someone recommended it to me. It seems like a very nice so far. I hope I can attract many referrals like you did…
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  9. Hi Eric,
    Thanks for the post. Was very insightful.
    However, I am quite sceptical on whether I would be getting the payments since I am based out of India. There is still a while to go when cross border payments are made consumer friendly. Wat do u have to say on this ??

    Regards

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Abhay, I’m not exactly sure how it works for international users of the site. I know there are some things on there that are US only, but I’m sure if you earn the payout amount, you will get the money one way or another. It might be worth sending them an e-mail or asking a question on their forum.

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  10. i still don`t get is it worth doing it if you are from INDIA or its for US members only…

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I know they allow non-US members, however you may be limited in what types of offers you can complete.

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  11. I really have enjoyed messing around with Cash Crate. I have had a hard time with some of the surveys though. I feel like i’m either not answering them right or they don’t like me :(
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  12. So will actually end up making money! That’s awesome. So when would they send the money?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    They send the money at least monthly, if you earn $20 or more. If your earnings grow even higher and you achieve higher levels, the payout can occur more frequently.

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  13. Hi Eric!

    I’m just getting started with online surveys. How does it work with taxes? I’ve read that I will possibly get a 1099 if I make more than $600. Can I keep my earnings under $600 on multiple survey sights and not get that 1099? Will I get 1099 if I opt for gift cards instead of money if that’s an option? I’m not looking to be dishonest but i’m just looking to do this for a little fun money so it wouldn’t be worth the whole taxation thing in the end. Thanks for you time and info!!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Jill – yes, it’s true that you will receive a 1099 if you earn more than $600, most likely. I don’t believe you will get a 1099 if you opt for gift cards, however it’s still possible that you could, depending on how the site reports its payouts.

    If you’re doing everything “by the books”, you’re technically required to report all income earned, regardless of whether you receive a 1099 or not. If you don’t receive a 1099, it simply means the income wasn’t reported to the IRS by the company that paid you.

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  14. I am from India. What if I sign in and do referels of my friends in India ? I will not eran money ?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’m not 100% sure – you’ll have to read the fine print of their referral program to see what the rules are for non-US referrals.

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  15. Hi Eric, I would like to get instruction on how to add the referral link so people can sign up. can you tell me.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Sure – when you’re logged into your CashCrate account, simply click on the “Referral” tab from the homepage. You’ll see your referral link right there.

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  16. Hi Eric,
    Haven’t visited here in a while, but you were a part in influencing my idea for a blog to help families in financial struggles.
    Do you use social media marketing to advertise your link to cash crate? You income disclaimer is great on cash crate, a link on Facebook marketing groups couldn’t do harm?……

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Christine. I don’t usually advertise my affiliate links on social media, but that’s definitely a good idea!

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  17. I’ve had trouble with this site. They owe me for at least 6 tasks that I was never credited for. I don’t know if I’m not completing the surveys correctly or what. I’ve messaged them and they never got back to me. BTW, clue me in on the referrals.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’m not sure why you didn’t get paid, but I would suggest leaving a message in their forum…there are a lot of active people in there.

    As for the referrals, it’s quite simple – you get people to sign up through your special link, and you will earn a % of whatever they earn!

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  18. I’m sorry but i dont get this whole referal thing would you mind explaining it thanks

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    Eric G. Reply:

    It’s quite simple, actually – you get people to sign up through your special link, and you will earn a % of whatever they earn!

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  19. hi your article helped me feel more at ease with cashcrate being legit. I just have one question and that is do you have to give them your credit card imformation?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    You shouldn’t have to give CashCrate your credit card information. However, for some of the offers that require purchases (such as ones where you buy something, and get a cash reward from CashCrate), you might use a credit card if that’s your preferred payment method. In general though, I can’t see why you would give CashCrate your credit card #.

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  20. Does cash crate require your social security number to send the money? Also is it safe to give away your address and email to join the website? And they also ask for your birthday, should we give our real date?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I can’t recall if they require a SSN, but they may for US residents. It’s safe to give away your address and e-mail to join, as well as your birthdate. I’ve used them for years now without any problems.

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  21. Does earning the check increase/ affect your mortgage or rent or any bills? And do you have to report your earnings in the tax reports? I ask because i don’t want to see my bills go up by hundreds from only earning like $50 a month.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Nope, earning money doesn’t increase your bills. For US citizens/residents (I can’t speak for other countries), your earnings here are taxable.

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  22. CashCrate is among the very few GPT sites that you can actually make money and GET paid on time.

    Their program is not a scam and is still legit. It is not an overnight “get rich quick scheme,” but if you believe in the program and give it your best, there is income potential.

    Anyways, nice review.
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