Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Earnings

I know it has been awhile since I've posted anything on here. I haven't even worked on anything new in my TPT store in forever either. What have I been busy with? Well, last year I made a switch. I switched from primary to intermediate!!!! After 9 years of teaching 1st or 2nd grade, I was moved up to 4th grade! Luckily, I am someone who loves change, so it ended up being a great change for me. I will always have a special spot in my heart for primary students and grades, but I've definitely made the big jump up, and I'm really enjoying it! 

 This summer, I am not only working on some committees for my school district, but I'm also working hard at my "second job." My second job is to work from home earning points that can be turned into gift cards and/or cash! This is awesome, because I can sit around in my lounging clothes, watch tv or listen to the radio, and click and earn away. I then use the money and/or gift cards I earn for school supplies, treats for myself, date nights with my husband, etc... My friend had a great idea to purchase all of her beginning of year supplies this summer, using Amazon money from some of these websites. I think that is a fantastic idea, and it will certainly help my budget come August! However, I also think one should #treatyoself! and enjoy a special treat every now and then, so I hope you all do that too. :-)


I will post the top 5 various apps and websites I use below. Please be sure to click and sign up with my links, as I do sometimes get referral points. Enjoy, and I hope you are all doing something fabulous with your summer breaks! 

 #1 - Swagbucks - This website is my #1 way to make money! First, you have daily tasks to do for points. These tasks are located on the left hand side, and they are there every day. Then, Swagbucks rewards you and give you points randomly for every few searches. There is no rhyme or reason to when they award you points, so don't bother trying to figure it out. It is completely random. Next, they have a section to fill out surveys and earn points. This is a huge point builder!!! Finally, they have 4 apps that you can download onto your phone or device to run and play videos. Playing a set number of videos will earn you points. I will have to have a day or time when I can sit down and outline in detail all of my Swagbuck tricks, but send me a message if you ever need help. I get anywhere between 50-300 points a day, depending how vigilant I am about it. Every 100 pts is equivalent to $1, and the points build up fast. Their reward catalog is huge, and they have a TON of great options for gift cards - both in store names and in denominations. Please check this out, as this website is seriously the easiest way to make extra money!

#2 - Bing Rewards - This website is simply the Bing website, but they have daily tasks, and then they reward you points for # of searches. I always make sure to get my set number of searches in each day!!! This website takes a little bit longer to build up points, and their reward catalog is not as extensive, but it is still worth it. I signed both my husband and myself up for the reward program (I must admit, I do the searches for him though...), and between our two accounts, I earn a $5 Starbucks gift card every month or so. It doesn't sound like much, but it builds up, and my (husband) coffee budget thanks me for it. 

#3 - Ibotta - I love this app! It took me a couple years actually to really get into it. I think that they've really improved and added quite a lot of coupons and cash back opportunities over the last couple years. This app is one you download onto your phone. Then, you can look at the different rebates available. They are sorted by category, and then they are sorted by store. The rebates are "unlocked" by completing quick and simple tasks (answer a question, watch a short video, read and learn a new fact, etc...). While you are shopping, or after you are done, you choose the rebates you would like to redeem for, scan the UPC code, and usually take a picture of your receipt (the Wal-Mart one you scan the QR code on the receipt and the Price Chopper one you have to swipe your loyalty card). Ibotta then finalizes and makes sure you have the correct items, and they let you know if you've qualified for the cash back. The cash back builds up in your account, and you can either redeem it (once it reaches $10) for gift cards or PayPal money. Brilliant! It's free cash back on stuff you would already buy! Again, I like to either get Starbucks gift cards, Amazon gift cards, or straight PayPal cash for my summer social fund. :-) You can either download this app and enter the code: "co5sq" or you can go to the ibotta website herehttps://ibotta.com/r/co5sq 

#4 - Receipt Hog - This is another great app. This app does take a while to build up money, but once you have enough "coins" (that is what they use instead of points), you can redeem them for PayPal cash! To use this app, download to your phone, and snap photos of receipts for purchases you have made any retailers that sell groceries, health items, and/or beauty products (i.e. grocery stores, club stores, convenience stores, pet stores, dollar stores, drug stores, etc...). They have also started accepting receipts for non-grocery stores such as clothing/department stores, electronics stores, home furnishing stores, office supply stores, and/or home improvement stores! Again, you are already out there buying groceries and making other purchases. Why not make money while doing it?! To download, simply go to your app stores and search for Receipt Hog. Enter the code "tect6935" when prompted. You can also go to the Recipt Hog website herehttp://app.receipthog.com/r/tect6935

#5 - Ebates - This website is excellent to use if you are anything like me and avoid the holiday crowds like the plague. I shop for almost all of my gifts online. 1) I'm usually too busy and lazy, and I HATE running errands. 2) Crowds give me a headache to be around. 3) I can earn cash back if I shop from home. 4) Again, I'm too busy/tired/lazy. See how that works? :-) Ebates is a website that will give you a percentage of cash back depending on the retailer and the amount you spent on your purchase. To earn your cash back, however, you have to go to their website, find the store that you'd like to shop at, and click the link to "open" a new shopping trip that will qualify for cash back. To use my referral link, click HERE, or go to: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=qY9TJ1xvrYcrDqiFMq09Kg%3D%3D&eeid=26471 

This list is certainly not all-inclusive, as I use a few other ones also. I will have to get my friend to send me her referral info for some of the others I use that she told me about. Let me know if you have any questions, and happy back to school shopping/treat yoself shopping/whatever shopping! Enjoy those points!
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