Money Making Monday: Make Money Through Mall Shopping

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*Money Making Money is a Boston on Budget ongoing series during the holiday season to give simple ways to make money online and more. None of the suggestions will make you rich but hopefully cover a holiday gift or two. All suggestions are personally used and recommended by me.

If you are heading to the mall or a shopping plaza with a smartphone, there are a few fun and easy ways to earn a little side money with apps!

Shopkick is an app that has been around for a few years, and is perfect for a frequent mall shopper! Simply check in to various stores, browse items, and more to earn points for rewards. You don’t need to spend money to use Shopkick, as you can earn points for just walking into a store!Shopkick usually does fun and extra promotions for Black Friday too, so make sure to checkout Shopkick on Friday, especially if you are out and about!

Another great app to earn a little extra money is Ibotta. Ibotta allows users to upload receipts of items purchased from participating stores like Target, Home Deport, Chili’s, and hundreds more. You can take polls, engage with Facebook, and more to save even more on items you use often. If you buy a participating item simply upload your receipt to get a rebate in your account. Some stores don’t require a receipt upload, as Ibotta technology is constantly advancing. You can link your PayPal to Ibotta to get paid as well. For more information or to sign-up for an account, please head here.

Okay–now what is your favorite app to make some extra money while you are out shopping for holiday gifts!?!

Previous Money Making Monday Posts

Week 3: Making Money Through Online Shopping {Ebates & Shop At Home}
Week 2: Making Money Through Freelance Gigs {Elance & Fiverr}
Week 1: Making Money Through Search Engines {Bing & Swagbucks}

*This post contains my referral links. Please see my disclosure policy here.

Frugality Gal

Free $15 Uber Credit with PayPal

Uber and PayPal

If you link your PayPal account to your Uber account, you will get $15 off your next Uber ride when you pay with your PayPal account (excludes UberTaxi) through 11/28/13. For more information and restrictions, please head here.

Note: I linked my PayPal and Uber account the other day, and I had to commit to always pay with my PayPal account. I’m not sure if this can be changed in the future, but something to keep in mind if you don’t want to pay with PayPal or need to switch between credit cards.

 

 

Shaw’s Holiday Gift Card Promotion 2013

Shaws Gift Card Promo 2013

Shaw’s is doing a gift card promotion this week which is perfect if you are doing a little holiday shopping soon. Buy $100 in select gift cards, and earn $20 off your next grocery purchase now through 12/5/13. Here’s a few of the terms that you can’t read in that little gray print in the box above.

“See store for participating gift cards. $20 free grocery coupon issued at checkout and may be redeemed on your next grocery purchase. Coupon expires 1 week after issuance. Coupon not valid on previous purchase and cannot be used to purchase gift cards… while supplies last…”

I did this gift card promotion last year. Only select gift cards will get you the $20 grocery coupon, but they’re will be a sign on the gift card display with the eligible gift cards, and if not, just ask. I personally like doing it because I am going to spend over $100 in holiday gifts this year at some of the stores above, and I’ll get $20 in free groceries.

Also, the Stop & Shop Gift Card deal is also still running, so if you’d rather have gas than groceries, check that out! Happy shopping!

Money Making Monday: Earn Cashback from Online Shopping

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*Money Making Money is a Boston on Budget ongoing series during the holiday season to give simple ways to make money online and more. None of the suggestions will make you rich but hopefully cover a holiday gift or two. All suggestions are personally used and recommended by me.

Yes, you do need to spend money to make money with this Money Making Mondays post, but hear me out. You probably spend money online, especially during the upcoming holiday season, you mine as well get a little something back, right? When I shop online, I always check out cashback sites like Ebates and Shop At Home to see how much I can get back for my onlne purchase.

Shop At Home and Ebates are the two main cashback sites that I use. Cashback sites award you from checking out through their website and will usually give you back between 2%-8% back on purchases, but sometimes it can be more. Both sites pay quarterly and it’s great to get back a little something for doing pretty much nothing.

Ebates

Ebates is one of my favorite cashback sites mainly because it’s really easy to use, and they have a few perks. When you sign up and spend $25 online, you will get a $10 gift card in the mail. (I got one from Target about 1-2 years ago, and they are still running the promo!) Also, Ebates has a great Tell-A-Friend promotion too and constantly have great promotions for telling friends. For example, I referred my mom last holiday season and got a $25 bonus. Another feature I like about Ebates is the PayPal option, which lets you get paid quick and easy.

Shop At Home

Shop At Home is the other cashback site I use regularly and the first one I signed up for. It doesn’t have as many perks as Ebates (in my opinion) but it is just as easy to use and the cash back amount is sometimes a little better, so I always check between the two. Also, Shop At Home guarantees that you will save the most with their website and they’ll beat competitors if you find a better deal elsewhere.

If you are new to the whole cashback thing, I’d recommend choosing one site and sticking to it for awhile, and then maybe expand to another once you are comfortable and like it, but it’s up to you.

Also, don’t forget to log in through your cashback site before you make a purchase online. Sometimes I forget right until checkout, so I quickly pull up a cashback site to get redirected to my shopping cart through the site and then make my purchase. Also, they’re are so many participating retailers and more for your online purchases like Kohl’s, Target, JetBlue, Priceline, Groupon, and much more. Sometimes I find that one cashback site doesn’t have a retailer I’m looking for but another one does, so make sure to check!

Yes, you are spending money to make money but shopping through cashback sites are a great (and very easy) way to earn on everyday online purchases.

Update 11/26: After asking my husband to sign-in to my Shop At Home account before purchasing our new hardwood floor (exciting, I know) I realized I could have been a little more clear since he had a million questions for whatever reason. You simply need to upload Shop At Home or whatever site you want in your browser, and type in the website you want to purchase from. Click on the link (and it will say the cashback amount and if any promo codes are available) and it will re-direct you over to the site. Once you are there, you just make your purchase and you will get an e-mail later from the site saying the amount has been applied to your account. You don’t have to do anything once you are redirected from the cashback site, and you won’t see anything indicating the cashback at the time of checkout like a promo code, unless you are using a promo code too, which you can. You’ll get your check on a quarterly basis, but it depends on the cashback site. Very simple.

Do you shop through cashback sites and do you have a favorite?

Previous Money Making Monday Posts

Week 2: Making Money Through Freelance Gigs {Elance & Fiverr}
Week 1: Making Money Through Search Engines {Bing & Swagbucks}

*This post contains my referral links. Please see my disclosure policy here.

 

Stop & Shop Gift Card Gas Rewards Deal Perfect for Holiday Shopping

Stop and Shop Gas Point Deal

Stop and Shop has a gift card deal that will give you 4X gas rewards on (almost) all gift card purchases when you use your Stop and Shop card now through December 5, 2013.

To break it down, you will earn 4 gas points for every dollar spent on a gift card. If you spend $100 on gift cards, you will receive 400 gas points which equals .40 off a gallon of gas. If you have a 20 gallon tank you would be saving $8 at the pump, which isn’t too bad. The maximum savings in this scenario would be $14 since 35 gallons of gas is the limit for gas rewards.

Obviously if you buy more gift cards, you will save more on gas. You can only redeem 22000 points at a time for a maximum savings of $2.20 per gallon and leftover points would rollover to the next time. Gas points typically expire within one month, but will have the exact date on the receipt when you check out.

If you have a car and are looking for ways to save on gas, this is a great way to do so. You can give the gift cards for holiday gifts or you can buy gift cards at specific stores you plan to shop at to help lower gift giving costs.

For example, if you plan to go Christmas shopping at Kohl’s, buy a gift card that matches up with your budget and pay with the gift card. You can also combine the gift card with Kohl’s coupons and other promotions to help lower costs. You will also get the gas deal which helps with gas to the store. This is a great way to save even more money on your holiday shopping.

How do you plan to save with your holiday shopping? Have you done Stop & Shop gas points before?

*Also, I won’t be doing weekly grocery deals each week since there are so many great blogs that do the match-ups already, and they were a lot more work than I initially thought! However, if there’s anything great promotions or gift card offers like this, I will share them!

Thanks, How to Shop for Free!

Money Making Monday: Earn Money Through Freelance Sites

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Every Monday until the holidays I am going to post simple ways to earn a little extra side money online. None of these suggestions will make you rich, but will hopefully help with the extra expenses that come up during the holiday season. All Money Making ideas are different things that I actively use or have used in the past to make extra money, and all that I personally recommend (and are really easy too).

This week on Money Making Mondays, I will be sharing a great way to make money through freelance projects online. There are many different ways to make money online and offline through freelance projects from dog walking, graphic design work, writing, and much more. It can be easier if you know someone who needs work done, but it’s not always possible.

Freelance Websites

One website that I have used in the past to find freelance work is elance.com. Elance connects businesses to freelancers for many different freelance projects. I used Elance to pick up some side projects and bring in some extra income. Elance has a large amount of job listings from so many categories. Since there are so many job listings, there are also so many freelancers on the website from all over world. I must say Elance can be very competitive, especially in general administrative jobs since they are typically easy and entry jobs.

If you are or try Elance to find freelance jobs, my tip is to find jobs that you can stand out from the crowd whether it is a specific skill, location, experience, or more. This is especially true when you are trying to find your first job since you are still trying to create a profile and be viewed as a solid hire.

Elance can definitely be competitive but can be a great way to get a few side jobs and make some extra money. You can upgrade for a better account and more job connects, but I found the free profile to be just fine. If you are referred by a friend (like me) you will receive 10 connects to get started. A connect will give you an opportunity to place a bid and the hiring person can view your account to see if you are a good fit for the project.

For more information or to sign-up with Elance with 10 connects in your account, please head here.

There are also other freelance websites but I haven’t personally tried them out yet. I have bought something from Fiverr, which people sell services for $5, but I haven’t made money through the website. Have you used Elance or another freelance website?

Previous Money Making Monday Posts

Week 1: Making Money Through Search Engines {Bing & Swagbucks}
And more to come every Monday!

 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy here.

Veterans Day Free Offers for Veterans and Active Military!

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is this Monday, November 11, 2013. Thank you so much to our active military, veterans, and families for all you do and continue to do for this country.

As a small thank you, many restaurants and companies are offering free meals, free fun, and more to Veterans, current military members and family members. If you qualify for any of the offers below, please make sure to bring proper identification and click the link for more information on special terms or restrictions.

Applebee’s: Free signature select entrée for veterans and active military all day on Veterans day

Bar Louie: Enjoy lunch or dinner (up to $12 value) at Bar Louie on November 10 or November 11, 2013

Boston Market: Free whole chicken for veterans with a purchase of a family meal on Veterans day

California Pizza Kitchen: Free pizza for veterans and active military on Veterans day. (Not valid at airport, stadium or university locations)

Chili’s: Active Military and Veterans will receive a free meal off a select menu on 11/11/13. (Anyone that dines at Chili’s on 11/10/13 can donate 10% of their bill to the Wounded Warrior Project when you bring this flyer)

Einstein Bros Bagels: Free Classic or Signature Bagel for Veterans and active duty members on 11/11/13.

Fire and Ice: Free Lunch or Dinner for Military and their families on November 10-11, 2013

Hooters: Veterans and active military get a free meal on Veterans day.

Ikea: Free entrée for veterans and active military from November 9-11, 2013

McCormick and Schmick’s: Free meal for veterans on Sunday, November 10, 2013 from a special menu

Olive Garden: Free meal for Veterans and current service members from select menu on 11/11/13. Family members will also get 10% off the meal as well as all November long

Outback Steakhouse: Free bloomin’ onion and beverage on Monday, 11/11/13 for active military and veterans + 10% at Outback for “Military Mates” through 12/31/13

Starbucks: Free tall brewed coffee for veterans, active military and their spouses on Veterans Day at US owned stores.

Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch for military and veterans on 11/11/13 for a special lunch menu

TGI Friday’s: Lunch is free for veterans and active military on veterans day

Free Car Wash: Many operators across Massachusetts and the Nation are giving free car washes on Monday to Veterans and Active Military

Boston Duck Tours: Free Boston Duck Tours for Veterans, Active Military and First Responders from November 11-15, 2013 at MOS and Prudential Center. Dependents pay $10 for duck tour

Veterans Day Cruise: Veterans and Active Military can enjoy a free cruise around Boston Harbor on 11/9/13. Family members can pay $5 for a ticket

Hall at Patriots Place: Free admission to the Hall for Active Military and Veterans from November 9-11, 2013

Zoo New England: Veterans and active military can receive free admission to the Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo from November 9-11, 2013

Free Entrance Day at National Parks: Everyone can get free entrance at National Parks across the nation in honor of Veterans Day!

Update: The Red Sox is also offering free tours on Monday for Veterans and Active Military too.

 

If I missed any great Veterans Day offers in Boston, Massachusetts, New England, or nationwide, please leave them in the comments. Happy Veterans Day!

Money Making Monday: Earn Money Through Search

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Every Monday until the holidays I am going to post simple ways to earn a little extra side money online. None of these suggestions will make you rich, but will hopefully help with the extra expenses that come up during the holiday season. All Money Making ideas are different things that I actively use or have used in the past to make extra money, and all that I personally recommend (and are really easy too).

Make Money Through Search

How many times do you use a search engine to find different websites and blogs online? Well, for simply doing something you are going to do anyway, you could be making a few extra bucks online. Pretty cool huh?

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a site that I have been using for two years or so year round, and I save up all my points for the holiday season. You can earn points by searching the internet, taking polls online, watching videos, printing coupons through their site, and many other ways. You do not earn points for every search, but Swagbucks will reward you randomly for different searches. For example, you could search for 10 different topics, and then the 11th search you could receive 20 swagbucks for your search item. Apparently Friday is the best day for searching online with Swagbucks, but I haven’t noticed a big difference personally. I sometimes will get a reward for my first search and other times it would be further down line.

If I have a big online search project (like looking up Boston Restaurant websites with cheap eats) I will usually use Swagbucks to conduct my search since I will be searching a lot. My earnings will definitely vary, but I will usually receive a few bonus points for my search (around 15-50 a day).

The other big thing I personally use Swagbucks for is printing coupons. When you print and redeem a coupon at a store, you will earn 10 points. If you use coupons regularly at the grocery store, your earnings can definitely add up.

Once you start earning points, you can redeem Swagbucks at the reward store. My personal favorite is the $5 Amazon E-Card for 450 Swagbucks, but there are many other great gift cards and rewards too. I know in the past, it took 2-3 days to receive my e-cards in my e-mail, so plan ahead with your redemption.

Swagbucks is great if you do a lot of activity online, because you definitely get rewarded and it’s free to join!

Swagbucks also randomly does special treats to reward users, and today (11/4/13) Swagbucks is giving double points for shop & earn, daily poll, toolbar installation, SBTV, games, and extra Swagbucks codes available! Perfect for current members and new members!

Bing

Bing is a new way to make money online through search. Personally, I have only used Bing for a week or two, but it’s a great way to earn points for rewards. Once you sign-up for a Bing account, you will earn 1 point for every 2 searches online, with a max of 30 searches (or 15 points) a day. You can also earn additional points for referring friends, completing special offers and more.

There are many different rewards and gift card options, but 525 points will score you a $5 Amazon Gift Card. Bing also has different reward levels, so once you search and use Bing more, you can receive higher membership. Once you hit Gold status, a $5 Amazon Gift card would be 475 points. When you sign-up for Bing, you will earn 20 points.

If you are not a fan of Swagbucks search or want a different option, Bing Search is a great way to earn a little something extra for something you already do online. Bing can also remember your account login so you don’t even have to log in daily or put in extra effort to find what you are looking for.

Thanks for reading the first Money Making Monday post! Do you earn a little extra money by searching online?

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy here.