Sign-Up for a Lending Club Account and Receive a $50 Lending Bonus

January 19, 2009

Lending Club is a social lending network that connects lenders and borrowers through investing in notes. You may loan as little as $25 or as much as you want. Lending Club makes money by charging a processing fee from the borrower and a servicing fee from the lender. The processing fee is a percentage between 0.75 and 3.00% of the loan amount. The service fee is 1% of each payment from the borrower.

The benefits of investing money through loans is that Lending Club allows you to earn between 6.69 and 19.37% depending on the rating of the borrower. Lending money does involve some risk as the borrowers may default on the loan. Another benefit is the $50 bonus for signing up through my referral (I don’t believe I make any money on this transaction). The following is a step-by-step guide on how to sign up for a Lending Club account and receive your $50 bonus.

Create Lending Club Member Account

Creating a Lending Club member account is super easy. If you are interested in a $50 referral bonus leave a comment or email me ( and I will send you an email invitation. I don’t think I get anything out of this, but $50 is enough to fund two separate loans.

If you’re not interested in a $50 bonus, just follow this LINK. Creating a member account requires the following information: email address, password, security question, security answer, screen name and a human verification code. Also, you have to agree to the Terms of Use. After selecting next, all you have to do is wait for a confirmation email.

Enable Investing

Once you receive your confirmation e-mail and have followed it to Lending Club’s website, you can click on “My Account”. You are given two options: Invest or Get a Loan. Select Invest and you are taken to a 4 step set-up process.

The first page is your personal information and a few agreements. For personal information you have to enter the following: first name, last name, SSN, DOB, street address, city, state, zip code and home phone. Additionally, you have to agree to the note purchase agreement, no tax withholding and declaration of trust.

Step 2 deals with identity verification. Apparently, my identity has already been verified, moving right along…

Step 3 requires the necessary banking information to link to an external account. The required information is account holder’s first name, account holder’s last name, name of bank, routing number and account number. Also, a bank account verification and debit authorization agreement is required.

The final step is unique when compared to other investing account sign-ups. Lending Club claims that borrowers are less likely to default on a loan if they feel connected to you. The final step allows you to designate your geography, education, workplace and other associations, which will appear publicly next to your screen name.

Now you are ready to be a Lending Club lender. They use an interesting method of verifying your bank account. Most places send trial deposits into your bank account. Lending Club removes a value less than $1 from your account and puts it into your Lending Club account. You then verify this amount in your account section of Lending Club.


Lending Club uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate technology to secure website connections. SSL also ensures that all data entered is appropriately encrypted. Lending Club ensures that all sensitive personal and financial data is stored in a highly secure environment.


Creating a Lending Club account is very easy and can be done in about 5 minutes. I have not done any lending yet, but when I do I will write a review. Until then, Jonathan at My Money Blog has written a few times on his opinions of Lending Club. Again, if you are interested in giving Lending Club a shot and are interested in a $50 sign-up bonus either leave a comment or email me at pfstartup at gmail dot com.

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Earn Free Money For Searching The Internet Using Swagbucks

January 6, 2009

Anytime I can earn money for doing something I would normally do, I jump all over the opportunity. I try to take advantage of CVS and Walgreens to save money, I use Ebates, BigCrumbs, Mr. Rebates and Cashbaq to earn cash back on purchases, and I search out great deals using slickdeals. Now, I’ve stumbled upon swagbucks, which rewards users for using its search engine.

How it Works

Either you go to or download a swagbucks toolbar for your browser, but you use swagbucks as your search engine rather than google (Swagbucks actually uses google and search engines to develop results). Randomly you will be rewarded with “swagbucks”. The denominations are 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Additionally, there are larger denominations that are super rare, but I have received a 10 spot in swagbucks before.

There are all kinds of items or gift cards that you can exchange your swagbucks for. The featured prizes are currently a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card for 115 swagbucks, an XBOX 360 Premium for 4100 swagbucks and an Apple Iphone for 3800 swagbucks. I personally find the best deal to be a $5 Amazon gift card for 45 swagbucks.

Other Ways to Earn Swagbucks

There are a few other ways to earn swagbucks. You can make purchases at online retailers through swagbucks, refer friends or trade in old cell phones and mp3 players. Personally I would rather ebay my old technology and make purchases from cash back websites, but referring friends is a great way to pile on the swagbucks. You can earn up to 100 swagbucks for each friend you refer.

Sign Up

Follow this LINK. Enter your name, email address, password, country, state, zip code and year of birth. Click “Sign Me Up!” and start searching as you normally would. You’ll even get 3 free swagbucks when you sign up.


I’ve already earned 53 swagbucks, which is more than enough for a $5 Amazon gift card. It has taken me just over a month to earn that many swagbucks, but it’s for doing something that I already do. You can earn free money from swagbucks without any drawbacks. So far I’m a huge fan.

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Using Ev’reward To Optimize Cash Back

December 15, 2008


Recently I blogged about all of the cash back websites (Ebates, Mr. Rewards, BigCrumbs, Cashbaq, Fat Wallet and Live Search) for online shopping. Each of these different websites offers different cash back amounts from different online retailers. It can be quite a hassle to go to every website to maximize your cash back. Ev’reward is an online directory that tracks cash back percentages daily for all of the top cash back websites.

What is ev’reward?

The following comes directly from ev’reward:

At ev’reward, we scour the web daily for the best shopping rewards available.¬† Our directory includes over 14,000 rewards for over 3,000 online stores, available through more than 40 leading cash back, frequent traveler, savings reward and points programs.

From the home page I type in the name of the online retailer where I am planning to make a purchse into the search field and click on “Find Rewards”. For example, if I was making a purchase at Wal-Mart, the results from the search would provide me with up to date information about the current cash back rebate rates. Ev’reward even mentions which cash back programs have sign up bonuses or fees.

Other Benefits

Ev’reward also provides up to date information about available coupons, credit card points, college savings plan programs, and frequent flyer and hotel points programs. A box in the upper left corner of the results page offers suggestions as to other online retailers that¬† may sell the same product and provides the top cash back percentage for that store.

Now What?

After performing the search and deciding on the correct online retailer and cash back program, all you have to do is click on the “Go” button. This takes you directly to the cash back program’s website for that online retailer. All you have to do is sign in and select “shop now”.


It can get pretty overwhelming to try to sift through all of the cash back programs to maximize your cash back. Ev’reward makes it easy to find the best deal and be shopping in five minutes. If you’re an online shopper and like to receive free money this is a website that you will be visiting frequently.

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Earn Cash Back Through Live Search

December 11, 2008

The last cash back website that I wanted to review is Microsoft’s Live Search. I know there are other cash back options like coupon cactus and Jackpot Rewards, however, they either offer inferior cash back or charge a fee. Microsoft’s Live Search is very hit or miss, however, the potential for a large cash back sum makes it worth mentioning.

How it Works

Microsoft Live cash back works very similarly to the other cash back programs. To earn cash back for online purchases all you have to do is create an account with Microsoft Live Search (see below). After signing in all you have to do is initiate a search at for either the store you want to shop at or the product you want to buy. If the search results are accompanied with this symbol, cashback Icon, all of your purchases at that store qualify for Live cash back.


After searching for a product or retailer and clicking on a link with the cash back symbol, you will earn cash back on all eligible purchases made during the store visit. A visit is defined as a web browsing session that may not exceed 24 hours. Different products may have different cash back percentage rates. There is a limit of $2,500 in cash back for one calendar year.

Getting Paid

To get paid you sign into your cashback account and go to your cashback summary page. If you have a minimum of $5.00 in your account you can request a payment via one of three methods: PayPal, paper check or a bank account. Live Search cashback purchases may be listed as pending in your account for up to 60 days after the purchase date. After this waiting period the money will be available to claim.

Sign Up

Follow this LINK to sign up for a MSN ID. Enter your email address, a password, and a password reset option. On the following screen you have to enter your birth date, gender, industry, occupation, state and zip code. Lastly, you have to do is agree to a few policies.

Now you have to sign up for open a Live Search account. Sign in at using your MSN ID. Proceed to the cashback homepage (there is a LINK at the upper right hand corner). Click on the “Your cashback account” link. Select the “Sign In” button. Enter your name, address, phone number and agree to Microsoft’s service agreement. Now you’re completely signed up to use Microsoft’s live search to earn cash back.


Microsoft’s Live Search cash back is similar to the previously reviewed websites of Ebates, Mr. Rebates, Fat Wallet, Cashbaq and BigCrumbs, in that you receive cash back for online purchases. Live Search cashback differs in the number of online retailers offering cash back and the percentage of cash back. Live search cashback is available for ebay at percentages as high as 30% depending on the day. Also, I’ve seen cash back of 20% at Target and Circuit City, which is a pretty good deal. If you stumble upon a high percentage cash back from Live Search jump all over it, otherwise the other cash deals are usually better.

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Free Trial Of Blockbuster Online And $25 PayPal Credit

December 10, 2008

I’ve blogged before about a similar offer by Blockbuster and PayPal, but the deal arose again. All you have to do is sign up for a Blockbuster Online free trial to be paid through PayPal. After the free trial is over, pay for one month’s billing cycle and PayPal will credit your account with $25.


  • Follow this LINK
  • Click on see all available plans
  • Select your desired plan
  • Click on the “Check out with PayPal” button
  • Enter your PayPal email and password
  • Agree to PayPal’s policies
  • Enter account information and address
  • Click on the “Start My Subscription” button

Terms and Conditions

The following are the terms and conditions:

Offer valid for new customers only; cannot be combined with any other offer. For those getting a free or discounted trial, limit one per household. Requires internet access, a valid e-mail address and a valid method of payment for low monthly fee. If you do not cancel your subscription prior to the end of your free or discounted trial period, your subscription automatically renews at the applicable monthly fee for the plan selected (plus taxes) until cancelled. If you cancel your subscription prior to the end of your free or discounted trial period, BLOCKBUSTER Online rentals must be returned no later than ten (10)days past the expiration date of your trial to avoid additional charges.

Unfortunately it is for new customers only, which precludes me from taking advantage of this deal again. You must pay for one monthly billing cycle. Your billing cycle will continue monthly until it is cancelled. Don’t forget to cancel your subscription plan after using all of your rentals and have paid for one monthly billing cycle.


If you haven’t previously signed up for a free trial at Blockbuster Online and are either a movie fan or a free money fan, then you should take advantage of this plan. If I were able to do this deal I would select the cheapest plan ($3.99). In the end, you get paid $21.01 to have 4 movie rentals delivered to your home, these types of deals are my favorite!

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Cashbaq – Get Your Money’s Worth

December 9, 2008

Cashbaq badge to place on your siteCashbaq is yet another website that provides, yes, you guessed it, cash back for online purchases. In the past few days I blogged about Ebates, Mr. Rebates, Fat Wallet and BigCrumbs. Now you can add Cashbaq to that list while searching for the highest cash back rebate.

How It Works

Cashbaq is similar to all of the other cash back websites. You initiate your online purchase through Cashbaq and receive a percentage of the purchase as a cash back rebate. Cashbaq receives a referral fee for your purchase from any of the 2,100 retailers, which they partially pass along to you as a cash back rebate.

Two Cash Back Methods

Cashbaq provides two distinct methods of cash back. They offer a % baq method that is similar to the other cash back websites. Also, they have a $ baq method that is pretty unique. The $ baq method provides you a fixed dollar amount back for your purchase.

How Do I Get My Money?

Once you’ve earned $10 in cash back you will receive either a check or a payment through PayPal. Payments are initiated on the 20th of every month. If your account balance is short of $10 on the 20th of the month, your balance is carried over to the next month.

Sign Up

Sign up takes 1 minute. Follow this LINK. Enter your email address and a password. Check the box to agree to the site terms. Click on Join Now button.

Earn Via Referrals

Cashbaq has a refer-a-friend policy that allows you to earn money from referred people’s purchases. When you refer a friend you get 10% of their purchases, 5% of the purchases from anybody they refer, and 2% of the purchases from the third generation of referrals. Your friends will get a $5 bonus as well.


Cashbaq is very similar to the other reviewed cash back websites: Ebates, Mr. Rebates, Fat Wallet and BigCrumbs. The main difference is the fixed dollar rebate for purchases at certain retailers. I recommend checking Cashbaq our for yourself and seeing if your frequented retailers provide a large percentage cash back compared to the other sites. If you’re going to be making an online purchase, you might as well get your money’s worth.

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Fat Wallet Offers Cash Back And An Online Shopping Community

December 4, 2008

I’m continuing with my online shopping cash back theme by reviewing Fat Wallet. Like Ebates, Mr. Rebates and BigCrumbs, Fat Wallet provides cash back for online purchases. Fat Wallet also provides a unique shopping community to share deals and money saving tips.

Cash Back

Just like the other cash back programs, Fat Wallet provides cash back for initiating online purchases through the Fat Wallet website. Sign in to your Fat Wallet account, click on the store you want to make a purchase at, make your purchase and collect your cash back rebate.

Get Paid

Your cash back balance is tracked in the “My Account” section. You can request your cash back in one of two ways: check or PayPal. A minimum of $10 is required to receive your cash back. Cash back payments are processed weekly.

Shopping Community

Fat Wallet’s shopping community offers a forum for its members to share deals and money saving tips. All content comes solely from Fat Wallet users. A few of the forum categories are hot deals, travel deals, online auctions, free stuff, product reviews, finance and one time use coupons.

Sign Up

To sign up for Fat Wallet’s cash back rebates and shopping community follow this LINK. Enter your email address and a password. A verification email will be sent to verify your email address. Follow the link in the verification email and select a username for the forums. After finding a unique username, select the activate account button. Now you’re ready to earn cash back and contribute to the forums.


Fat Wallet provides another cash back option along with Ebates, Mr. Rebates and BigCrumbs. The appropriate cash back website depends on where you are making your purchase. The shopping community can be extremely useful. The community pools information from all its members to fatten your wallet, take advantage.

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