Saving a Little Fun Money

March 5, 2020 at 5:53 am (travel) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Money is tight, I’m right there with you. But I want to show my kids things and have fun too. Here are a few simple ways that I have found to grow a little bit of a “fun money” fund and set aside to do some family things, or whatever your heart desires!

Ibotta– (referral code irrqbz) This app really is legit. When I shop, just as I normally would for everyday items and necessities, I search the app for deals on things I got. If I I some, I scan my receipt and get money back. They add it to your account and you can cash out via paypal or other gift cards once you hit $20. It’s a little slow, but free money! Sometimes I check the app before I shop to see if there’s a good deal going on for something we use anyway even if it wasn’t on my list, but in general just shop as normal then scan. If you use my code we can help each other as a team to earn bonuses. Score! See below for how much I’ve earned this way!

Ebates– Same idea, but use when shopping online. You start through the app and then search for the store you want to shop at. Money is added up and a check is sent out to you quarterly. I have cashed the checks and they are legit too! See below!

Receipt Hog– This one you just scan any receipts you get into the app. They give you points for each one. Once you add up to so many points you can cash out via PayPal or other methods. Super easy and I scan I receipts I’m already getting, gas, groceries, etc. I’ve made a little cash so far.

My big tip when doing this is to take the cash out directly and immediately add it to an envelope or jar and stash it away. Why? So that it doesn’t get spent on everyday stuff. This helps me to really keep it “extra” money and see it add up. I add money to this envelope that I get from anything extra, maybe selling some clothes or a furniture project I do.

A couple more to possibly try:

Door Dash- I’ve signed up to be a delivery driver just for some pocket cash, and since I’m always out and about anyway, but haven’t found any jobs in my area yet. Keep you posted!

Amazon Product testing- there are several sites you can do this through. But beware that you may eventually add up enough “income” that taxes may need to be filed. I’ve been told that the expenses would outweigh the income, so this may not be an issue. I’ve used PPOC before and made a little cash.

I also sell our clothes and items that we outgrow, especially baby things, through local resale shops or Stuff, Etc.

Good luck saving for something fun! What are you hoping to save up for?!

XX,

Jess

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Thanks Apartment Therapy!

June 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Apartment Therapy just added our big back yard to their “My Great Outdoors” features!  Thanks so much!  We love to get some feedback on our projects and love some constructive criticism, as we are new at this!  So, welcome everyone who finds us from AT!  Thanks again!

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Fire Pit Finished

June 8, 2009 at 7:55 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I picked up a few bricks yesterday and we finally got to work on finishing the fire pit.  Yes, we are short by exactly one brick (not a bad guess!), but that will be taken care of next weekend.  The bottom two layers which we laid a while back were now settled in mud and ash since we have been using the unfinished pit.  After much digging and playing the mud we finally had them all arranged and neatly packed in.  We cleaned out the bottom and laid a few rocks.  What a difference!  And, grass is poking up where we put grass seed already!  We were so excited!  Maybe there will already be some green out there in time for the party!  I’m hoping it is strong enough be then so we don’t crush it all! 

Yes, one quite obvious brick is missing! ;)

Yes, one quite obvious brick is missing! 😉

 

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And here is the new chairs and table that we picked up over the weekend.  They will be getting a special paint treatment…soon!

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At first I was disappointed to not have found two of these style chairs that match, but we now think it will be fun to do them indifferent colors and embrace the uniqueness!  (Plus, I couldn’t beat the price we found these for!)

Overall, it was a very productive and fun weekend.  And, our softball team won our first game!

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