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?

Sarah

15 comments:

  1. As you said, it's pocket money. And if it doesn't cost you anything (time or money) to get it, then more power to you. Just like snowballs, little by little you get a big impact overtime. I too have a separate account where these little extra things go, and for doing pretty much nothing, I have quite a bit on that account right now.

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  2. My husband and I share one car so it's difficult for me to find a job that works around his schedule (and my disability). I try to make extra income at home by doing surveys online. I've made about $150 in the 5+ months I've been doing it. It's not a lot. I don't put it in a separate account because it usually goes straight towards paying off my student loans. I'll have to look in to these apps!

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  3. Every little bit helps! I sell on Ebay - & I have an Etsy shop (although kinda empty right now) & do surveys -- all for extra cash. Not a lot, but whatever I make is just that much more toward our debt!

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  4. Wow! That's great! What are beer rebates? I've always been intrigued with mystery shopping, do you have a good site for this?

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    1. Sharon, beer companies put out rebate forms on their displays in grocery and convenience stores. Things like "Buy $6 frozen pizza and get $6 back" or $20 back for spending $80 on groceries. My state is a "no beer purchase required" state, which is what makes this worth spending the time on. If you're not in a NBPR state, you have to purchase beer along with the groceries. It's great because you don't have to buy specific brands of groceries and most of the stuff is for things I buy anyway. I just save all my receipts and check them when I find a rebate form.

      I've never done mystery shopping so I don't know a site to recommend. If you have an iPhone, download the Field Agent app. The jobs require you to visit stores, but never to buy anything.

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  5. Good info! I will definitely give those apps a try. I too, like earning little bits of income here and there (rather than having a regular job)!

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  6. I use swagbucks to earn extra

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  7. I think it's great that you have these opportunities to make and save a bit of cash! I often wonder what I'll do when I retire to bring in a bit of extra $$. Unfortunately the options are fewer here in Canada.

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  8. Wow! Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope you get your goal reached soon!

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  10. $33 in just an hour and the work's not that demanding. This is indeed a great way to earn some extra bucks, Sarah. Earning a few extra dollars and saving them is very helpful considering your situation of having a hard time to find a regular job. Just keep on saving those extra income, and hopefully, you'd be out of debt soon. Good luck! :)

    Jaden Allred @Toronto Bankruptcy Advice

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  11. Sounds like a great idea to me! To each his own! Whatever works for you! A penny saved is a penny earned.

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  12. I know a lot of people who does the same thing as you do. There are a lot of opportunities to earn money online. It gives you the chance to save money even if you can't leave the house for some personal reasons. This is a smart money-making strategy for a mom like you. Keep up the good work!

    Allan Morais @Paddon + Yorke Inc.

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  13. I think it's great that you're finding alternate ways to earn money. Resourcefulnes is key in these economically difficult times. I think putting the money you earn from these online jobs in a separate account that you can grow is definitely a smart choice. It gives you a financial resource apart from your savings that you can count on for support, or it can serve as a bank for loose money you can spend if you fancy something.

    Eustolia Nitta @Sunset Payday

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