Money Making Money: Claim Your Money

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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.

Did you know that their are billions of dollars of unclaimed money, and some may belong to you. There are a lot of resources and websites that share this information, including a huge booklet in the Boston Globe periodically.

You can find Missing Money in Massachusetts through the State website here. I also had good luck at MissMoney.com because, although I didn’t have any missing money in MA, I was able to find a family member on the list even though they live in a different state than me. However, I have a pretty uncommon last name, so it’s easier for me to find than it may be for others.

This is a great way  to make money since you are basically claiming money that is already yours with no effort needed! Hope your name is on the list 🙂

Previous Money Making Monday Posts

Week 6: Making Money Through Simple Online Tasks {MTurk}
Week 5: Making Money Through Surveys {Pinecone Research}
Week 4: Making Money Through Mall Shopping {Shopkick & Ibotta}
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}

Shaw’s Gift Card Promotion Through Christmas 2013!

Shaws gift card promo 2013

Shaw’s is running another Holiday gift card promotion where you will get a $10 off catalina coupon when you spend $100 in select gift cards from now until 12/26/13. You typically have a week or so to spend the $10 coupon on groceries, which is basically $10 of free food.

Shaw’s was offering a $20 coupon a few weeks ago, but this is still a great deal, especially if you need to get last-minute gift cards for holiday presents.

And don’t forget to check this HUGE list of gift card deals from local and national restaurants that gives you a little something back for buying a gift card.

Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Promotions 2013

Gift cards can be a great gift idea, especially for restaurants! Who doesn’t love to go out to eat? Here’s a few holiday restaurant gift card promotions that allow you to give a great gift while getting a little something back for you!

Make sure to read all the terms details with every promotion, as every one is a little different with different purchase deadlines and such. Here’s some great gift card deals in Boston and beyond:

Al Dente Ristorante in the North End: For every $25 purchased in gift cards, receive an additional $5 gift card

Applebee’s: Buy $50 worth in Applebee’s Digital Gift Cards online and receive a free $10 Digital Bonus Card.

The Aquitaine Group: Receive a complimentary $20 dining certificate for every $100 you spend on Aquitaine Group Gift Cards. The Aquitaine Group includes Aquitaine, Gaslight Brasserie, Metropolis Cafe, Union Bar and Grille, Cinquecento Trattoria, and Greenlight Cafe.

Ben & Jerry’s: Grab a free Scoop of Ice Cream when you spend $10 or more on Gift Cards at your local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop.

Boston Market: Grab a free $5 Bonus Gift Card for every $25 Gift Card spent Buca di BeppoBucca di Beppo: Get a free $15 Reward Card  with every $50 Gift Card purchased

Buffalo Wild Wings: Buy $25+ in Gift Cards and get a blazin’ bonus that could be worth $5-$100 at Buffalo Wild Wings!

California Pizza Kitchen: Spend $100 in gift cards, receive $20 bonus card

Cheesecake Factory: For every $25 purchased in Gift Cards now, receive a free slice of cheesecake redeemable after the new year! Chili's Chili’s: Buy $50 in gift cards, receive $10 Bonus Card

CBS Scene at Patriots Place: Buy $100 in gift cards and receive a free $20 gift card!

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: For every $100 in Gift Cards purchased, receive a free $20 bonus card.

Longhorn Steakhouse: Buy a $25 Gift Card, and receive a $5 coupon off your next purchase when you buy 2 entrees.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Buy a $50 gift card, receive a $10 bonus card, and/or buy $100 worth in gift cards, receive a $25 bonus card!

Morton’s Steakhouse: Purchase $100 in gift cards and receive $20 reward card

99 Holiday Gift Card

Ninety Nine: For every $25 Classic Gift Card purchased (not valid on eGift Cards), receive a free $5 bonus card!

Not Your Average Joe’s: Buy $50 worth of Gift Cards and receive a $10 bonus card

Olive Garden: Purchase $25 in Gift Cards and receive $10 offer for yourself

Outback Steakhouse: Receive a free $20 bonus card when you buy $100+ in gift cards

PF Changs Gift Card Promotion 2013

P.F.Changs: Receive a $20 bonus card when you buy $100 in P.F.Chang’s gift cards.

Rock Bottom: Spend $25 in gift cards and get a $5 bonus card

Ruby Tuesday: Purchase $50 in Gift Cards and receive a $15 Bonus Coupon or buy $25 in gift cards and get a $5 Bonus Coupon

Smokey Bones: Buy $25 in Gift Cards and receive $5 for yourself.

Taco Bell: Buy $20 in Gifts Cards, and receive two free Dorito locos tacos

Texas Roadhouse: Receive a free $5 eGift Card on a future visit when you buy $30 or more in gift cards online.

T.G.I. Friday’s: Get a free $10 Bonus Bites Card for every $50 you spend on Gift Cards.

Uno Chicago Grille: For every $25 spent in Gift Cards, receive $5 bonus card for a limited time.

Yardhouse: For every $50, receive a $10 bonus card on future purchases.

There are so many great holiday gift card deals happening. What gift card promotion is your favorite? Did I miss great holiday gift card deal?

Free Shipping Day on December 18, 2013 + Deadlines!

Free Shipping Day 2013

Last year Thanksgiving was a week earlier which meant a week extra to prepare for Christmas. I could definitely use an extra week this year! Time is running out, and the shipping deadlines are fast approaching. Luckily, tomorrow December 18, 2013 is Free Shipping Day and many online stores are participating.

Over 800 retailers and counting are offering free shipping on Wednesday, no matter the order size or price! This is a great opportunity to get some shopping done without leaving the house! For more information or to see all participating retailers, please head here.

Also, this week is the deadline for most retailers for (free) shipping, so make sure to get your orders in.

Today is the last day for free shipping for non-prime orders at Amazon. Saturday, 12/21/13 is the deadline for Prime orders. For more information about Amazon Prime or to sign-up for a trial offer, please head here.

Both Target and Walmart seasonal/free shipping ends on Thursday, December 19th!

I have done most (if not all) of my shopping online this year! It is so easy and convenient! However, it has been driving my one-year dog crazy with all the deliveries at the door! 🙂

 

Money Making Monday: Make Money from Doing Simple Tasks

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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.

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (or MTurk) is a service from Amazon where you complete simple tasks for small payment. Tasks range from taking surveys, uploading videos, writing articles, searching in search engines, and much more. Each task pays differently and ranges from a .01 and upward.

Mturk is definitely not going to make you rich and is not for everyone. It is really easy tasks so it can be a little boring for not much return. However, the nice thing about Mturk is that payment can be transferred to your Amazon account, so you can put money towards holiday gifts. Also, you will receive payment very quickly so you can start making (and redeeming) money right away!

If you already have an Amazon account, you don’t need to create a separate account. (I created an account awhile ago, but I think this is still the case).

I did a solid hour of work to see how much I’d make with Mturk, and I definitely made less than minimum wage for an hour of my time. I only used Mturk “to check it out” but I may use it in the future if I’m tight on cash or looking for something to do.

Mturk certainly won’t make you rich; however, if you have more time than money or need money quick, Mturk is a nice option.

To check out Amazon’s Mturk, please head here or for more information from a helpful article, please head here.

Previous Money Making Monday Posts

Week 5: Making Money Through Surveys (Pinecone Research}
Week 4: Making Money Through Mall Shopping {Shopkick & Ibotta}
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}

 

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Boston Red Sox Tickets On Sale 12/14/13 + New Ticket Pricing!

Select Boston Red Sox Tickets go on sale on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10am. This is a great opportunity to purchase Red Sox Tickets for Christmas Gifts, buy a Sox Pax, or grab tickets for yourself for a spring game.

Also, the Red Sox have changed their pricing structure this year. The Red Sox have switched to a tier pricing strategy, which is based on demand. For example, a weekday game in April will be less expensive than a Saturday night game in July. Here’s the new 2014 Red Sox Single-Game Ticket Pricing for each tier.

For example, last year Upper Bleacher tickets were $12. With the new pricing strategy, you can get tickets for as low as $10 and as high as $20 for Upper Bleacher directly from the Red Sox ticketing. Some tickets are cheaper than last year and some sox tickets are more expensive. Look for the Tier Five tickets for the most budget-friendly tickets and try to stay away from Tier One games if you don’t want too spend too much on tickets.

To purchase tickets starting at 10am on 12/14/13, buy directly at RedSox.com or call 888-REDSOX6.

I personally buy Red Sox Tickets typically on RedSox.com in December and then again in February when the rest go on sale. In the past, except last year, I would be waiting in the ticket queue on RedSox.com for hours and hours. If you haven’t bought tickets directly through the site on the first day before, it can be very time consuming, so don’t feel guilty doing other things.

It will be interesting to see how ticket sales will be this year with the new ticket pricing and a World Series win after a bad ticket sales year. Will you be buying tickets for select spring games this Saturday?

Monday Making Monday: Earn Money Through Surveys!

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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.

This series has been sharing ways I make a little money currently or in the past. Some things that may work for me, may not work for you and vice versa. Today I am going to share ways to make money through Surveys. I no longer make money through surveys just because I found it painfully boring. I just didn’t like it, but maybe you will.

However, the longest survey company that did use was Pinecone Research. My current age and gender are quite competitive among survey takers probably due to a lot of stay-at-home’s and such so it took me awhile to actually qualify for this survey company, but they do open slots up periodically for everyone. The nice thing about Pinecone Research is that they pay $3 flat per survey, and you can receive payment via PayPal.

You receive surveys in your e-mail when you are a good fit for something. I usually did a survey twice a month, but sometimes it was much more often and sometimes it was less. The surveys weren’t bad, and once I mailed a product (cheese) to try out and then give feedback on. It was actually pretty fun and I got free cheese. I’m lame, I know.

Pinecone Research is looking for males and females ages 18-24 to take surveys. As I mentioned, it pays $3 and can be done watching TV or whatever. It’s not going to get you rich, but it’s nice to have a little money in PayPal for online purchases and such. Some surveys were long (about 20 minutes or so), but others were really quick. Head here to see if you qualify or to join Pinecone Research’s survey panel. *Note: When I applied, it took a few weeks before I actually started to take surveys, so timing may work out well if your in college looking for things to do during break.

Just make sure you can actually take the surveys, because Pinecone Research is a little more particular and legit than other survey companies, and will no longer send you surveys if you don’t take them.

 

Previous Money Making Monday Posts

Week 4: Making Money Through Mall Shopping {Shopkick & Ibotta}
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}

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