Friday, August 28, 2009

My online earnings in the past month

I thought maybe you would like to have a quick rundown of what I have earned online in the past month. It's not a full time income, but those of you who are trying to figure out how to pay the electric bill or put gas in the car will appreciate it. Without earning online, I most assuredly would not be able to make from one payday to the next. I earn from various sources. I am not posting referral links here, other than to my blog that is devoted entirely to online jobs, so if you do sign up for one of these programs, please tell them firemom31 sent ya!

MyPoints: $25.00 Walmart card
Chase Leisure Rewards Program: $100.00 cash, $10 BP gas card
Toluna Surveys: $10.00
SurveySpot: $16.00
oDesk: $89.00
Pinecone Research: $9.00

Think about your budget (or lack of one) and imagine how much this would help. You can earn in the same way, and stretch that paycheck. If you wish, go to my other blog for in depth information about earnings opportunities.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

See previous

So it seems that we are using one roll every 2.5 days. Doesn't that seem like a lot for two people? Seriously, isn't it?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Not really a tip, just a funny example of how serious I am about this

It occurred to me this morning that hubby and I have made a science out of this whole frugal living concept. I spend at least an hour every day looking for bargains and online coupons. I spend a few hours a week research the various ways to make money online. I Twitter relentlessly. I not only want to make extra money from home, I want to make all of my money from home. I accepted all of this as a part of my life, but this mornings activities kind of brought it all home, so to speak.

My husband, who has previously not paid much attention to my online efforts, sat at his computer yelling "Woohoo!" because he got paid $5 for a survey - he's been hooked into my world of online cash. He is also very excited to have received a package in the mail that contained three pair of underwear. Why is this exciting? Because he is being paid to wear them, wash them, and review them (I even woohoo-ed about that one).

The crowning moment this morning was when I changed the toilet paper roll. I logged the date I opened the new package, how many rolls, the brand, and the fact that they were double rolls. This is my attempt to locate the best, yet cheapest, toilet paper. Is this hard core frugal living, or what?!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Quick tip of the day - auto insurance

Buying auto insurance is a hassle, no doubt about it. I think that's why so many of us stay with the same company and never shop car insurance rates. You are probably paying more than you have to. The cheapest was is to buy car insurance on line. Many of the traditional brick and mortar insurers are also set up to let you get auto insurance online, even if you are a new customer. Get your car insurance quotes from several sites, and then use them to negotiate with the one you decide on. You can save big this way, and saving is just as good as earning, in my opinion.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A couple of tips

I sat down this week and tallied up what I had saved in coupons, and then decided to figure what the best source of coupons is. I looked at where I had gotten the best coupons from and decided to share with you where I got them. By the way, I saved $37.00 this week by using coupons!

Internet coupons are by far the best, but not just those you get from coupon sites. Go to manufacturer sites and you can often find great coupons and special offers that aren't advertised anywhere. For example, hubby is a smoker, and Marlboro was giving away 2 one dollar coupons every day for 30 days. That's a $60 savings, my friends! Betty Crocker almost always has great coupons on their site, I check there regularly. The next best sites are the free sites that let you print coupons, such as If you do a search for free Internet coupons you will come up with three or four sites that you can use. I generally get at least $5 a week in savings from these. The only drawback to Internet coupons is that most cannot be doubled. If your store has a double coupon day, save your newspaper and manufacturer coupons to use on those days. That leads me to my final tip. Look for stores with double coupon days and make sure you schedule your shopping trip on those days, you will save a ton.

I hope these tips help a little, now get off of my blog and start looking for coupons! Have an awesome day!