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Sunday, 6 January 2019

20 Cogs: A Totally Legit Way To Earn Yourself Some Extra Cash

DISCLAIMER: Parts of the following post talks about gambling.  If you are under the legal age to gamble, or gambling is an issue for you, I would highly recommend avoiding reading this blog post.

If you remember from my previous post all about my 2019 Goals, I talked in great detail about how I want to get my finances under control by saving more money, but also earning more money.

In the last few months of 2018, I discovered the #debtfreecommunity on Instagram.  I've spent that time reading up on a lot of their posts and advice, and let me tell you, those guys know how to use the internet to their advantage to make themselves some extra dollah!

One website that kept popping up in my feed was 20 COGS.  COGS stands for Competitions, Offers, Gaming and Surveys, and the concept is simple.  When you sign up to the website there are 20 cogs.  You must complete one to unlock the next.  Each cog has a number of offers to select from, and will earn you cash.  Depending on what offers you choose to complete, you can earn anything from 50p - £25.00 per cog.  The catch is that you must complete all 20 cogs and wait for them to turn green before you are able to cash out, so this involves a little patience and a smidge of work.

When I say work, the offers can be anything from signing up to free trials, purchasing a product (For which you will get your money back and then some from that particular cog), and signing up and wagering to casino sites if you so wish.

When I first signed up I thought it was all a little sketchy.  Why would a site pay out so much money for me to just sign up for free trials to Now TV and Hayu?  I was really cautious about the casino offers, especially as I had to wager anything between £10.00 - £20.00 per offer.

In the end I decided to try one of the casino offers out with some of my Matched Betting winnings.  If I wagered £10.00 I would receive £20.00 from that particular cog, so even if I didn't win anything I still profited by £10.00 in the end.  It just so happens that I was incredibly lucky and won £40.00 on that particular offer, which I was able to withdraw straight away.  Add the £20 I would get from that cog and minus the £10 I wagered, on that one cog alone I earned myself £50!

Now I'm not much of a gambler, so for me it has been very easy to sign up to these sites and then walk away from them without returning.  I know how high risk these sites can be, so it is only because I knew that no matter the outcome I would profit on those offers that I signed up in the first place, but high risk gambling is not something I do and I know I have the will power to stay away from sites like these.  If gambling is something you would feel would be an issue for you, I would highly recommend taking up one of the other offers.

Due to my success with the first casino cog, I ended up completing a few more casino offers.  Some I didn't win any extra money with, and some I did (With one I even won an extra £100!!!).  My only rule with these offers was that no matter the outcome, I would always come away with a profit.

I understand that not everybody has the spare cash to take up these offers, or do not trust themselves to sign up to gambling sites.  In which case that's absolutely fine.  There are plenty of more offers to choose from, and even if there are no offers suitable for you at that time to move you on to the next cog, give it a week or two and eventually the offers refresh and an offer will come up that you can use to earn extra money and move on.  I had to do this a couple of times, but eventually something suitable came up.

There are three stages to the cogs.  A grey cog is an incomplete offer, an amber cog has been confirmed and is awaiting approval from the brand you have taken the offer up with, and a green cog is an approved cog.  It can taken up to 48 hours for a cog to turn amber, but if I'm honest I had a few issues with cogs I had completed remaining grey.  I would suggest taking screenshots of every offer you complete so that, under these circumstances you can submit a ticket to the 20 COGS Help Desk.  As long as you submit your attachments along with the ticket, they will turn your cog from grey to amber for you.  My tickets were always dealt with within 48 hours, and the information the 20 COGS team are generally looking for on the screenshots is your name, and the name of the brand on the same screenshot.

Once your cogs have turned amber, it takes up to another 30 days for the brands to approve them and your cogs to turn green.  In the end it took about two months from me signing up to 20 COGS for me to be paid the full amount, and I earned a whopping £218.50 (Not including the extra money I won from some of the Casino offers!).  The reason it took me this long is because sometimes I needed a bit of a break for a few days from completing the cogs.  The Casino ones could be especially time consuming.  I sometimes had to wait for more suitable offers to come up as well before I could move on to the next cog.

If you follow a few simple rules whilst completing the cogs, then I think this site is absolutely worth investing some time in to:

  1. Keep track of any free trials you sign up to so you can cancel on time and avoid any membership costs.
  2. Only sign up for casino offers if you will profit from the offer either way.
  3. Only take up offers to purchase items that you will get use out of, and again ensure that in the end you will still profit from the offer.
As long as you follow these simple rules, 20 COGS can be an extremely profitable site to use.

If you're interest in earning yourself some extra moolah in the dreary month of January, I'd be incredibly grateful if you signed up via my refer a friend link.  By signing up via this link it means I earn myself a little extra money for any referrals that discovered 20 COGS because of lil' ol' me.

If you do sign up and take part, lemme know how you get on by either commenting below (Although I hear that isn't the done thing in the blogging world these days!), or by hitting me up on my Instagram.

Now go forth and earn yourself some easy money!

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