|Posted by Miss MoneyHoney on June 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM|
So, it's been a busy week! I've been keeping up with my online money-making (and saving) activities, focusing most of my efforts on Swagbucks. I'm beginning to lose track of how many Amazon gift cards I've been able to snag so far, but it's around $23 worth (not bad for 2 weeks of effort). They are much faster now about getting the gift card codes to you (usually 2-3 days), so usually what happens is that I go to my email to verify my gift card order and one order is waiting for me to redeem! One gorgeous aspect about using Amazon codes is that you can apply the codes to your Amazon balance for redemption later (and it never expires). I may wind up buying something different than bottles of my favorite body mist, maybe save up for something fancier and more useful. Maybe a tablet, or a phone. What's fantastic is that I recently read that Amazon has rolled out a new program where there's free shipping for non-Prime members on "small, inexpensive items" (under 8 ounces, less than $10)! How fabulous is that? Apparently it's still in the early stages so not everything on the site that meets these qualifications is showing the free shipping option yet. And I just discovered via the link above that the low-cost fulfillment center is located right here in Kentucky! I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for products that qualify for this shipping feature.
I received my May Swagbucks bonuses yesterday (for hitting my daily goal meters, and for a 14 day winning streak on hitting goals) that amounted to about 230 SBs! That put my balance up close to the 500 SB range, so I did more activities and cashed out for a $5 Amazon gift card this time. I have been able to qualify for about a survey a day on average, sometimes two. Peanut Labs seems to still be the best route for me. I've had less luck qualifying for "Gold Surveys" or their "Partner Surveys."
CashCrate is still moving along, though slowly. I'm now $5.34 away from my $20 minimum cashout level. I need to put a bit more elbow grease into trying daily surveys there. I'm almost at 300 ZB for Zoombucks, so I can grab another $3 Amazon gift card! I noticed they tend to reward more times for searching than Swagbucks. This is another site I need to spend more time at. iRazoo and instaGC are both going slowly too, BUT again, I don't spend much time on either site. I discovered that you can get 5 points just for visiting iRazoo's offer page once a day, so I try to do at least that, and a few searches. Plus I always check for special codes on SBCodez or SC-S (Swagcode Spoilers). I have noticed that sometimes one of these sites missing a code (I will find it on one site, but not the other), so it's a good idea to double-check both! There are always Swagcodes once (sometimes twice) a day -- now they are doing some only for the Swagbutton tool. iRazoo and Zoombucks tend to offer codes less often. The instaGC point booster codes are a little strange. I just tried to redeem one (though it may have expired) but it said "can only be redeemed by active users," so I don't know what that's all about. Plus you can apparently create your own code to give out, but it costs you points. Not a huge fan of that site so far anyway, so I won't worry about it.
It's rather easy to get a little too caught up in hitting daily goals and trying to get codes entered before they expire (especially ones that expire right about the time I get home from work), and I finally realized that it's just not worth fretting over. If I hit a goal or enter a code in time, great. If not, best to move on to the next opportunity!
And speaking of opportunities, my instant wins are beginning to add up! On 5/30/15 I won a soccer ball from Mondelez, and on 6/1/15 I won a hat from Heinken! I have also been signing up for freebies left and right. One of my new favorite sites is FreebieShark. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter so you won't miss any deals (many offers expire fast!) So far I've signed up for 2 free magazine subscriptions (no bill ever), and samples of Breathe Right nasal strips, Nordic Naturals, Friskies, Playtex, etc. etc! I also snagged some great deals using coupons and promos at Kroger. If you haven't already, be sure to check out KrogerKrazy! I bought a Sunday newspaper for the first time in ages last weekend (there were 3 coupon inserts), but so far I've only be able to use one coupon (50 cents off 2 Barbasol shaving creams, which were on sale for 1.00 each last week), but I haven't been able to utilize any others. Many are for brands I don't use or want, and even with a coupon it's still cheaper to get the store brand. I will hold onto them though in case so big deals pop up. I tried printing coups from coupons.com the other day (once I got my printer hooked up and working again), but I haven't had any luck getting anything to print. There are a few tricks I can still try (see KrogerKrazy for more info) so when I'm not so tired, I'll try again. In the meantime, I'm still keeping an eye on SavingStar to get "rebates" after the fact. I need to get up to $5 to cashout (I'm at $2 right now). I can't use Ibotta since I don't have a mobile app, since I only have a basic cellphone right now. But hopefully that will change soon!
I have to say I am getting a little burnt out after hitting all this stuff so hard for the last few weeks, plus I've been really exhausted from work so I'm trying to build in more nap and relaxation time this weekend. Which reminds me, I'm exhausted and need a nap! I was up till nearly 5 am because I had trouble sleeping (I took the day off from work yesterday and took several naps), so now my schedule is out of whack. But I'm close to hitting my daily goal at Swagbucks already, so now it's time to recharge my batteries! Happy earning and saving everyone!