The holiday’s are quickly approaching, which can both be an exciting time, and a stressful time for those who are on a tight budget. Without planning in the extra expenses you may face during the holidays, a lot of people end up going over budget. While we won’t be buying many gifts for Baby Budget this year, we’ll be buying 5 – Christmas pajamas, a “big girl” blanket, a book, an ornament, and a new bathtub toy. So, how can we do this without leaving the house?
Bing Rewards –
Bing is a search engine that offers you rewards points for simply searching. Every day you can receive a minimum of 30 points, 10 for searching on mobile and 20 for searching on your computer/tablet. Most days there will also be 1-2 additional rewards points. You can also earn 150 points for inviting friends. I like to save for Amazon or Toys R Us gift cards which are 525 points for $5. If you reach your 30 point goal every day, it will take you 17.5 days to earn a $5 gift card. That means that any extra points you receive, such as friend referrals, will help get you there faster. If you start now, you could have at least $15 in gift cards by Christmas! You can sign up for an account here!
Swagbucks is a muti-use platform that offers you rewards points for completing various activities, using their search engine, shopping through them, and answering surveys. There are so many ways to earn points! A $5 Amazon gift card is 500 Swagbucks, but they also have varying denominations that often go on sale. Another bonus, they have a ton of options to choose from! They offer various goals every day, and if you reach that goal, you earn additional Swagbucks! I highly recommend signing up and going through their “Get Started” tour, which will help explain all the ways to earn. Completing general tasks that don’t require a purchase will amount to $5-$10 a month in gift cards! You can sign up for an account here!
Ibotta is a phone app that pays you for buying groceries. When you download the app it will have various stores that have offers. You simply click on the offer you want, and then “unlock” it. This can be done by reading a fact, watching a short video, or answering a poll. You unlock all of the offers you want, purchase the items, then upload your receipt by taking pictures of it. Not everything you purchase may be on there, as many items are brand specific, however lately they have had a few non-brand specific items as well. Rebates can range from $0.20 up to $40.00 if you complete bonus offers. There is a section in the app that tracks your bonuses, such as purchasing 2 of the same brand will sometimes give you an extra $1.00. Currently when you sign up and redeem your first offer it will give you a free $1.00. Plus for each friend you refer that redeems an offer, you will receive $2.00. May not sound like much now, but it does add up, and depending on the brands you purchase you could earn at least $10.00 by Christmas. You can sign up for an account here!
ShopAtHome offers you cash back for your online purchases. This is one of my favorite cash back sites as they offer a 110% guarantee, meaning if someone has a higher cash back percentage, they will beat it. They also offer ShopGold which are essentially points you earn on top of your cash back. Each purchase earns you at least 50 ShopGold and a $5 gift card is only 500 ShopGold. Even better, right now when you sign up and make your first $20.00 purchase, you earn your normal percentage cash back, a $10.00 bonus, and 100 ShopGold. The minimum amount to cash out is $20.00, and they will mail you a check. If you know you are going to be purchasing items that would qualify for free shipping from a store, look at it in store, then come home and purchase the item to receive the cash back. Plus most stores offer online discount codes to help you save even more! You can sign up here!
None of these are get rich quick schemes, and all of them are tried and true. There are various other ways to earn money, such as selling items around the house, or performing odd jobs. The ways I’ve provided can be used year round, and you can customize how often you want to use each one! Let me know if you’ve found any other tried and true ways to earn money at home!
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