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?