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Earn Gift Cards While You Search the Web or Check Your Email

Posted by Lisa

If you haven’t heard of Swagbucks by now, here’s how it works.  It’s so simple!

1. Search the web using Swagbucks.com and receive results from Google and Ask.com (Swagbucks is a search engine powered by Google & Ask.com).  Every time you search, just use swagbucks!

2. Swag Bucks are periodically awarded as you search the web.

3. Redeem your Swag Bucks for products/gift cards.

I consider myself computer illiterate.  I can do what I need to and that’s about it.  Learning to blog has been a nightmare for me (my husband has taught me everything), but that’s a story for another time.  I’m just letting you know that in case you’re like me, and don’t have a clue when it comes to the computer, you can actually do this.

There are other ways to earn Swag Bucks – like shopping online through their site, etc.  Just get on the site and look around.

On average you can usually make about $5/month in gift cards just doing what you always do-searching.  Every little bit helps.  In fact, this little nugget of information is part of my “Cashless Christmas 2010″ plan.  I don’t think I can completely do it this year, but hope to next year and every year thereafter.

Another little nugget helping me along is MyPoints.  Earn points by clicking on emails (no unwanted spam).

I’m taking this computer income (through gift cards) one step at a time because 1. I don’t have a ton of time to spend on the computer and 2. I’m a dinosaur and don’t like learning new things (on the computer) very much.  That said, I am moving forward.

I’m learning from the master.  I’ve mentioned studying her blog if you’re interested in earning income at home, on your computer.  She is the author of the blog MoneySaving Methods.  There are many blogs who copy her info, but truly, she’s the queen!


Stockpile Garage Sale Today

Posted by Lisa

I had a stockpile garage sale today and threw in some things from around the house.  We made $207.50 in under 3 hours.  Over half of it was from all those freebies I get when I shop.  Eating out tonight – standard garage sale dinner – and going to bed early.   I’ll catch you up on deals tomorrow.



Posted by Lisa

I signed up to do MyPoints.com 3 months ago. I just shopped for my first reward which is a $10 gift certificate to Panera Bread Company.

MyPoints sends me emails every day (usually 1-3). All I do is click on them to earn points (usually 5 points per email). If I qualify to complete a short survey they will give me 500-1,000 points (points vary with surveys).

It takes seconds to open an email and delete it. I’m not getting any points or money for telling you this. I’m just passing it along.

Once you get above 1,000 points you can start ’shopping’ at My Points for free meals at local restaurants, gas cards etc. in the form of gift certificates sent to your home free of charge. It has taken me 3 months, working about 10 seconds per day, to earn my first $10 gift certificate. The pay isn’t great, but it’s nice to get the reward.

The list of restaurants & stores from which to choose gift certificates is extensive. I haven’t received any unwanted emails from participating in MyPoints – just a sweet $10 off at Panera’s!


$6.99 Pampers at Meijer Today and Saturday

Posted by Lisa

I don’t have a baby and I don’t have a Meijer, but if you have either of those check out the post over at Baby Cheapskate. In fact, if you have a baby you should frequent this blog because she posts daily on great baby deals.


My Points

Posted by Lisa

Someone told me about My Points and in just over a week I’ve earned 100 pts. Once you get above 1,000 you can start ‘shopping’ at My Points for free meals at local restaurants, gas cards etc. in the form of gift certificates (sent to your home free of charge). I haven’t cashed any in yet, but I anticipate a free date night with my husband at least every 4 months.

It’s so easy. They send you emails every day (usually 1-3). All you have to do is click on them to earn points. If you qualify to complete a short survey they will give you 500-1,000 points (points vary with surveys).

It takes less than a minute for me to open an email, earn 5 points and delete it. Just go to MyPoints.com (no I’m not getting any points or money for this). Wish I could though. I’m just passing along the freebie info.


Fellow Female Bloggers – $200 Paid Blogging Survey

Posted by Lisa

$200 Blogging Study for Women – ONLINE

We are currently recruiting WOMEN to participate in a paid online blogging study to be completed prior to Tuesday, June 10th.

Compensation for the online blogging study, a time commitment of no more than 30 minutes a day, is $200. Please click on the below link and answer a few screening questions to determine if you qualify for this study.

If you appear to qualify based on your answers, a Focus Forward representative will contact you with additional questions.

Thank you for your interest in Focus Forward.



Working from Home

Posted by Lisa

I’m a huge proponent of starting with what you have. Do you have equipment/skill/knowledge/passion you can use? Do it. Start there and build. Be creative. I have a computer, the ability to organize anything, and years of music instruction.

I took piano lessons for many years as a child. When my daughter started lessons I sat in on a couple and realized I could teach her for free! I remembered my music training because I had gone on to other instruments like flute, piccolo & oboe. I decided to put our piano to more use than just her practicing. I bought some books, brushed up and began to offer piano lessons to the elementary school/beginners only crowd. I continue with that crowd after many years of teaching because that’s just the age group and skill level I prefer. I’m fortunate to live in an area where people are paying over $80/month for lessons. I don’t charge quite that much and have a steady stream of students. I’m too busy to work more than one afternoon a week, but it helps with the family finances.

Our daughter has started teaching lessons as well. She teaches two very young neighbor children and is learning a lot about the responsibilities of consistently being there for her students, preparing, following through and bookkeeping. She doesn’t charge nearly as much as I do, but she will be able to earn more the older she gets and the more students she acquires. We have restraints based on her age and commitments to her own education and other worthwhile pursuits. Her business may grow as she does. She knows how much I make from students and she’ll have the same skill set to be able to use for the rest of her life if she chooses.

I’m just looking forward to the boys being old enough to mow yards together. They can do ours for free as their showcase lawn. Hope they appreciate my plans for them.

What about you? What have you done? Are you earning an income from the equipment you have at home/your skills?