Friday, May 31, 2013

Another month gone!

Holy cow, how did it get to be the end of May already?? I really don't have a lot to report. We've been pinching the pennies even harder this month to pay for DS's second summer school class. DH and I went to an out-of-town wedding last weekend for the daughter of very close friends. It was the first time in more than nine years that the two of us have been away alone! We seriously had to remind ourselves how to act.

I realized the other day that at the end of the summer, we will be halfway through the 5-year payoff plans we are on for 6 of the credit cards. Yay, progress!

My favorite thing about summer is the fresh fruits and veggies. Tonight I roasted fresh green beans and sliced the first canteloupe of the season. Yummmm!

Enough of the rambling. I've been keeping up with all of you, even though I've not been posting much. Love hearing about the progress everyone is making!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Earning fun money

Since I'm not able to work outside of the home and still care for my son, I'm always looking for ways to pick up a little extra cash. I've already written about finding beer rebates, which earned me about $100 last month.

Recently, I started using apps on my iPhone to earn a few dollars. I use iBotta and Endorse, but the most lucrative app I've found so far is Field Agent. With that one, I'm offered jobs - like mystery shopping, except I never have to buy anything - and am paid from $3-$12 for each. Last week I earned $33 for about an hour's worth of work total, which isn't a bad take. An example of a job I did this weekend was to go to a particular Target and stop by the sampling stations they had set up. I answered a couple questions about each on my phone and submitted the project. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes and I was paid $8.50 via PayPal the day of the job. Field Agent jobs are offered, I think, in Canada and Australia as well.

I am putting all of the earnings from these little ventures into a separate Ing/Capital One 360 savings account to be used for a yet-to-be-determined extra apart from the regular budget. It's fun to think about how much I can grow that little account.

I know all of this might sound a lot of effort for very little. But I don't have the option of going out and getting a "real" job and I often have down time in between DS's treatments and activities, so it works for me. Am I the only one who does this?


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nice surprise!

We took DS's dog for her checkup and a slew of shots that were due. I was bracing for the bill, which I figured would be well over $100. (I was right.) But when I went to pay, the receptionist said we had a $63 credit on our account. Apparently, they forgot to give us the 30% discount for a service dog on our last visit and were nice enough to make note of it. I ended up paying $67, which was much better than I had expected.

It's the small blessings that add up ...