Here are some of the ways I make a little extra money to buy things like kitchen gadgets! For example, I used Amazon.com gift cards that I earned through Swagbucks and Communispace surveys (through SurveySavvy) to buy an Excalibur Nine Tray Dehydrator.
There are many online survey companies, but these are my favorites:
In-Person Focus Groups
Here are some of my favorite in-person focus groups. They pay much more than the online ones and can be very interesting!
P&K Research – testing is available in Plano, TX, Chicago, IL, White Plains, NY and Santa Ana, CA only
Savitz Field and Focus - testing is available in 25+ locations across the United States.
Cash Back Shopping
Not really a way to make money, but a way to save money when you shop online. Most of them have a sign-up bonus to get you started.