Want complete honesty this Monday?
I’m feeling a bit tired. I think it might be partly due to cheating on gluten lately, in the form of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
You might think I’m being dramatic, but even a small amount of gluten zonks me out the next day. I’m not sure whether I believe the science behind an autoimmune/gluten link, but I know how it affects me (I’m a hashi’s gal).
Too much ice cream & not enough coffee. That’s surely my problem 😉
Welcome to money Monday, where I share my highs and lows from a week of money management.
Wise Money Management
This week I earned money by carving out a few minutes of my day for Swagbucks and Bing. No doubt you’ve heard of Swagbucks by now. Swagbucks is an information portal that rewards you for searching, watching videos, and completing quick tasks.
By spending 5 min. a day on Swagbucks I earn about $10 a month in Amazon gift cards. This site is great for people who are on their computer for a few minutes every day anyway. It’s not a good idea for people who earn more than $10 an hour doing something else.
How to earn Swagbucks (without abandoning the kids)
Here’s how I typically earn my swagbucks:
- Navigate to Swagbucks and search for something useful in the search bar.
- Answer the Daily Poll.
- Complete the daily offers.
- Watch the daily crave while doing other online work (answering email, checking the blog, etc.)
- Turn on my phone to “watch” videos whenever it’s convenient throughout the day (done using the Swagbucks app. I turn the volume off and put it face-down on my counter so my homeschoolers aren’t tempted to watch rather than completing schoolwork).
- Use the search bar throughout the day as needed when I’m looking up a site.
I love Swagbucks. They’re constantly coming out with new ways to earn points. They’re also a great option for people looking to make a little extra money, as you can complete even more surveys/tasks/offers, etc. Just keep in mind how much time you’re spending on the app vs. how much is really being “earned”.
How to earn with Bing
Bing is even easier, and quicker to use. Here’s how I use Bing to earn Amazon gift cards:
- Go to Bing and make sure you’re signed in. Now search for a random word.
- When your search results load, click on one of the similar searches in the right sidebar.
- When that search result loads, click on a different suggested search in the right sidebar.
- Continue until you’ve completed a total of 30 searches (it sounds like a lot, but goes really fast if you just keep using the suggested searches on the right).
- Click on the number and award icon located at the top right-hand of the page (near your username). Then, click on each of the offers to earn a few extra credits.
- Open the Bing app on your phone and do the search/related search pattern until you’ve completed a total of 20 mobile searches.
That’s it. It sounds like it would take a lot of time, but Bing hardly takes any time at all, and I can earn an extra $10 in Amazon gift cards each month. Not a lot, but if I were diligent in using both Swagbucks and Bing each month, I’d earn an extra $240 or more …nearly enough to buy Christmas presents for the little loves.
Sign up for Swagbucks to earn an extra few dollars a month, or try Bing search for quick and easy money.
I’m kind of psyched about the fact that we’re slimming down our budget, amping up our savings, and putting more money away towards debt.
The only problem? It takes more work to come up with a good example of money mismanagement each week 🙂
Oh wait… I just remembered a doozy… We bought a new printer (essential in our homeschooling house). Only, we might not have needed to replace the printer. Bah.
My hubby, being the frugal guy that he is, has been refilling our printer ink at home for years. It’s always worked well. Unfortunately, this last printer never seemed to like the refilled ink and started having issues. It’s been limping along for years, but finally gave up the ghost this week.
So, we purchased a newer model. We’re really happy with our new Epson.
Happy, that was, until my husbands printer cartridge research (he ended up ordering these), led him to believe that a new cartridge might’ve kept our old printer running.
Lesson learned. Hopefully someone out there can avoid the same mistake.
How did you manage money wisely this week?