|Posted by Miss MoneyHoney on May 17, 2015 at 8:20 AM|
After a long hiatus, I'm back! Shortly after my last blog post in 2012, I got a full-time job (temp to perm) in the healthcare field and have been working there ever since. The first year was somewhat stressful and overwhelming, plus I was working part-time some nights and weekends throughout the year (cleaning, pet sitting, data entry). I was usually too exhausted to work on my side ventures of earning money online. While I always NEED extra money, I was worn out!
Recently I set a short-term goal to find ways to earn, win, save, and budget for the next 3 months so I can have at least one month of rent ($795) stockpiled. So far I've jumped back into Swagbucks and CashCrate. I also joined up with Zoombucks (similar to Swagbucks) and InstaGC to try some new opportunities. The Yahoo Associated Content website was discontinued sometime last summer, as I recall, but I'm on the lookout for other writing gigs.
I have spent the bulk of my time working on earning Swagbucks, and I started something new: joining Swagstakes to win gift cards and prizes. My faves so far are the High Stakes Huge Odds, where there are a limited number of entries (sometimes as few as 3), but you have to throw more Swagbucks at them to win. Since Friday night, I've won two $5 PayPal gift cards! They are worth about 1,000 SB combined, and my total contribution towards these limited entries was 220 SB, so I made out like a bandit. Additionally, you can't redeem PayPal gift cards in these denominations in the regular Swagbucks Reward Store (I believe the lowest denom available is $25), so I felt extra lucky! I'm still going to use earnings in the regular SB Reward Store for my guaranteed rewards (my next goal is to get to 300 SB to earn a $3 Amazon gift card), but I plan to enter some Swagstakes here and there with my extra earnings because it's so much fun!
As for CashCrate, I'm $8.70 away from my next cashout ($20 min). I qualified for a few surveys which really boosted my earnings, plus I do daily check-in (3 cents a day) and watch videos to whittle away at things! I haven't gotten back into FusionCash yet because I didn't want to spread myself too thin right away. But I might jump back into it!
And a few handy tips before I wrap up:
1) To find Swagbucks and Zoombucks Promo Codes fast and easy, check out SBCodez. You'll see a tab up top for Zoombucks codes as well. You can subscribe to get alerts sent to your email inbox. Another site I like is Swagcodes Spoilers, which is the one I subscribed to. This one has good info about international codes too.
I've noticed that Swagcodes are usually available once a day for a few hours, usually mid-day, expiring around 5 pm or so Eastern time (US) on weekdays. Sometimes there are two available in a day. The code from yesterday (Saturday) was available after noon and expired around 3 pm Eastern time. Zoombucks doesn't appear to have promo codes daily, but it looks like they posted one late last night.
2) If happen to play scratch-off lottery tickets at your local store (I did some research on this, though I haven't bought any lately), there are usually more winners in the first 10 tickets on a new roll, and much less near the end of a roll. New lottery games tend to contain more winners too, to get people excited about the game. The more you pay for a ticket, the better the odds (i.e. a $5 ticket vs. a $1 ticket). It's never a good idea to buy a whole roll because you will almost always lose more than you win (unless you happen to win a rare jackpot!). Also, if the person ahead of you wins off a certain game, best to buy a different game. You can also ask the clerk if they know which one hasn't had any recent winners (better chances a winning ticket is coming up!). One of my favorite sites is Neville's Financial Blog and one of his experiments was to buy 100 scratch- offs and post the results. Fascinating read!
Alright folks, it's time for me to head off and earn some money! Good luck to you!