We all need a form of passive income, a way to make money with little effort by getting paid to do things you already do. Rewards sites are a great way to do just that. We recently tried one such site. Take a look at our ClickPerks review.
If you are a long time reader of Frugal For Less, you will be familiar with rewards sites like Survey Junkie and Swagbucks. While none of these sites are going to generate enough income to allow any of us to quit our day jobs, they are a fun way to make some extra money in the form of cash and gift cards.
What is ClickPerks?
You can create your ClickPerks account by entering your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, date of birth and a password. You’ll receive three points just for creating the account.
Once you’ve created an account, the next page you’ll see is a listing of free offers for things like a SuperSaver, a coupon site newsletter, the Norwegian Cruise Line newsletter, and information on reducing your electricity bills.
You can opt in or out for these offers or just scroll to the bottom of the page and skip this section.
The next page is a list of surveys from companies like Enfamil baby formula (1.82 points), Jobs2Shop, another survey site (4.55 points), and a survey specifically for those in the landscaping industry (36.40 points).
Next, you’ll see an offer for $2 magazine subscriptions, but we showed you how to get free magazine subscriptions so do that instead! The following page is a series of offers similar to the first page you see after creating an account.
You will next be directed to your Status Summary page. This page is great. It shows you how many points you’ve earned and sets a goal for you.
My pre-selected goal was to earn 250 points for a $25 Amazon gift card. You can change the reward, and you have lots of options to choose from at different point values.
Some of the choices were for Starbucks, Walmart, Target, and eBay gift cards and there were dozens of other choices. There were cash options too including PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa Card. I opted for the $100 PayPal reward which will cost 1,000 points.
I have to admit after I saw my goal, I was excited to get started. $100 is nothing to sneeze at, and 1,000 points doesn’t seem like a high barrier. Let’s see how we can earn some points!
The offers on this page are to receive informational emails about things like Divine Pets (4.50 points), signing up for Starbucks coupons and free samples (13.50 points), taking a survey at Sample Cube (10.80 points) and entering a Sweepstakes with Instant Play (13.50 points).
I chose the Starbucks samples which took me to a survey. It was about 20 questions and only took two or three minutes. It turned out to be something of a rabbit hole though.
Every time I thought I was finished, it took me to another page that asked more questions. I finally just grew frustrated and closed the browser.
I don’t know if this disqualified me from earning the points or not. Some of the other offers pages show how long it takes for the points to register in your account for each task which is a nice bit of information to know but this page does not show you that.
There are a variety of offers in this section, and not all of them are surveys. The offer with the highest points reward is to donate to the charity Feeding American. If you donate, ClickPerks will reward you with 102 points.
Another offer was to sign up with InBoxDollars which is a site similar to ClickPerks. When you join InBoxDollars, you will get a $5 bonus from them when you confirm your account by clicking on the activation link they send to your email. This is worth 40 points with ClickPerks.
I like this task because it shows how long each survey takes and the points value. I don’t want to start a survey only to find out that it takes 20 minutes to finish.
The surveys on this page range from 5-30 minutes and you can earn between 3-30 points. Topics include household goods, health, and autos.
There is an excellent feature in this section that I wish all survey sites would adopt. I attempted to do one survey and a few questions in, it told me I was not eligible.
I tried a few others, and each time I clicked one, it immediately told me that I was ineligible before I had to answer a single question.
Now, of course, I would like to have been eligible, but if you’ve ever tried to make some extra money by taking surveys on rewards sites, you understand how frustrating it is to get several questions in only to find out you don’t qualify.
ClickPerks must keep the kind of demographic information you provide in the first few questions of the first survey you attempt and applies it to the others so you know before you waste any time that you won’t be able to earn points on a particular survey.
I’m not sure why these are labeled as “Top Surveys.” Most of them were not worth a ton of points, the most valued was for 90 points. If they were listed as “Top” because they were a higher priority for ClickPerks, they should tempt us with higher point values!
These tasks are things like ordering from Hello Fresh (31.50 points), getting a promo code for a free Redbox rental after making a purchase through a third party site (60.30 points), and making a purchase with Zaful, an online women’s clothing retailer (15.30 points).
Many of the offers on this page are for UK companies which is good news for our readers across the pond who aren’t always eligible for rewards sites we review.
Some of the UK offers include entering sweepstakes to win a year of free Pot Noodles, Ramen to us Yanks (4.95 points) and a chance to win 500 pounds to spend at Sainsbury’s, a UK grocery store (4.95 points).
This section is pretty sparse. There were just two tasks, watching videos through OfferToro, a survey site (up to 100 points) and through hyprMx (10 points). I tried hyprMx but there were no videos available.
ClickPerks shopping section is not what I think of when I think of an online shopping portal.
A lot of the rewards sites that allow you to earn points through online shopping portals have partnered with big retailers like Amazon, Target, and Walmart, the kind of retailers that sell nearly anything, so it’s an easy way to rack up a lot of points.
ClickPerks shopping section only had five offers available the day I was on the site, and none of them were things that I would buy.
You could buy roadside assistance (45 points), a water bottle that filters water (270 points), a headlamp (270 points), flashlight (225 points), and a “tactical pen” (270 points).
A lot of the offers in this section were repeats of offers I had seen in other areas of the site, so there is some crossover among tasks.
New offers include getting a quote on renter’s insurance (something any renter should have, it’s very inexpensive 36 points), signing up with the grocery delivery service Pea Pod (45 points), an offer to receive four Disney books for $.99 each with free shipping (72 points), and signing up for Graze which is a snack box delivery service (10.80 points).
Other Ways to Earn
ClickPerks says on the home page that you can earn points by doing web searches but there is no direct access to those things. You have to go through one of the other links, and they may take you to a page for those things. So I found that to be a bit murky and annoying.
Kind of like when I tried to earn points by giving my information for free Starbucks coupons and samples. I just kept getting redirected and asked to fill out more and more demographic information and survey questions until I just got frustrated and gave up.
At this time, there are no games available that you can play to earn points.
ClickPerks will give you a referral link which you can email to friends and share on your social media pages. When a friend signs up through your link, you earn points. But I couldn’t find out how many points! It was nowhere on the site.
Pros and Cons
There are some pros and some cons of using ClickPerks. The site is very clean and easy to navigate. The choice of rewards is excellent and I especially like that you can redeem your points for PayPal. Gift cards are great, but nothing beats cash.
The point thresholds to earn rewards are low. My goal is 1,000 points to get $100 via PayPal. The threshold to cash in points is also really low. If you want a $3 gift card from places like Amazon, eBay, and Dunkin Donuts, you only need 30 points.
I loved it that after being disqualified from one survey, the demographic information I provided was transferred to the other available surveys so I knew instantly if I could take those and earn points before I wasted time answering questions only to learn I was ineligible.
This feature was only available on the “Live Surveys” portion of the site though.
It was nice to know how quickly points would be deposited into your account for some of the tasks.
ClickPerks does have some cons. You absolutely need to set up a separate email address if you’re going to use this site. Nearly every opportunity to earn points requires you to go through a third party site, and they all require an email address.
So unless you enjoy wading through “Special Offers” in your inbox, be sure to do that. Almost none of the tasks can be done directly on ClickPerk’s site.
Many of the opportunities to earn points through these third-party sites require you to make a purchase before the task will be considered complete and therefore eligible for points with ClickPerks.
It’s often a very small purchase, just a few dollars, but we are doing this to make money, not spend money.
The site is not quite as transparent as some of the other well-known rewards sites.
I still haven’t figured out how many points you get when you refer someone. The place to find those kinds of answers is the FAQ page of a site, but ClickPerks oddly doesn’t have an FAQ page. There is a Support Page, but it’s pretty short on information.
I wish ClickPerks offered a more traditional shopping portal. Like many of us, I do a lot of shopping online, and because I’m excited about ClickPerks, I was hoping to rack up a lot of points by using their portal.
I’ll keep checking back to see if there are any items I would buy offered but for the time being I’m sticking with Ebates.
The fact that some of the point values were not whole numbers but sometimes 2.5 or 10.80 points is not really a con, but just something I thought was odd. I use a lot of rewards sites, and I don’t remember seeing that little oddity before.
What’s Our Verdict?
There is a lot to like about ClickPerks. A wide selection of rewards options and a low threshold to redeem. I like the look of the site and the Status Summary page.
In one place you can see how many points you have, what reward you are working towards, your orders, referrals, completed offers, and open tickets which is the status of any complaints you have made or questions you have asked.
I have only used the site so far in the course of researching this article, so I’ve just dipped my toes in every area enough to get a sense of how things work and I’ve already earned 75 points.
For me personally, I certainly plan to continue using the site and earning points. I really want that $100 delivered to my PayPal account.
I do recommend ClickPerks, and we hope you’ve enjoyed our Clickperks review. If you have any opinions or questions regarding this rewards site, let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy frugaling!