Money Making Monday: Earn Money Through Search


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 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 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?

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Free Advanced Showing of Delivery Man at Select Theatres in Massachusetts!

Delivery Man

Head here to request your free pass to see an advanced showing of Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn on November 6, 2013. There are a few free screenings in the Greater Boston area but free showings tend to fill up fast, so make sure to RSVP soon if you are interested!

Halloween Candy Buyback Programs in the Greater Boston Area - In the interest of fighting the childhood obesity epidemic, I've decided to eat all the Halloween candy I bought
Did you know that there’s many companies and organizations that will buy back your Halloween Candy so it won’t be around the house causing temptation and calories. Thank goodness. Here’s a few options in the Greater Boston area where you can get Halloween candy out of eyesight:

Magic Beans Halloween Candy Buyback: Friday, November 1-3, 2013 at all Magic Beans store locations. Trade that junk food for something more wholesome. One or more pounds of candy will get you 20% off toys purchases that day too. Candy turned in will be donated to a local food pantry and military support groups in the Greater Boston area.

2013 Candy Buyback Event: Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Framingham. Head west to donate your Halloween candy to Framingham dentists, meet the tooth fairy, grab a goodie bag, and try to win an iPad mini!

There’s also a website entirely dedicated to helping you find a Halloween Buyback program near you: There’s roughly 10-15 participating dentists within 20 miles of Boston helping to buyback that Halloween candy! Pretty cool!


Amazon Sales Tax Hits Massachusetts on November 1, 2013 + Sign-Up for Amazon Prime!

Starting on November 1, 2013 Massachusetts Residents will start to pay sales tax (6.25%) on all Amazon Orders. If you have been eyeing anything on Amazon or thinking about making a big purchase, you may want to consider buying before the tax takes place on Friday.

Also, you may want to consider opening an Amazon Prime account which has a few perks like:

  • Unlimited FREE two-day shipping with no minimum order
  • Borrow books from Kindle Owners’ Library
  • Instantly stream over 40,00 movies and TV episodes

Membership is typically $79, but you can sign-up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, which is perfect for pre-tax and holiday shopping! You can cancel online anytime before your 30 days is up if you don’t want a yearly membership.

Also, if you are a mom to young children, you can sign-up for a free 3-month trial of Amazon Mom and receive free two-day shipping as well as receive a free $25 credit for diapers if you sign-up before November 18th as well score other discounts on family essentials!

If you are a college student, you can sign-up for a 6-month trial Amazon Student and get free 2-day shipping and other perks, such as a $39 membership fee if you decide not to cancel after the first 6-months. Keep in mind to qualify for Amazon Student you need an active .edu e-mail address 😉

I personally have Amazon Prime and love it! Nothing beats doing some holiday gift shopping in your pajamas away from the crowds! Do you have Amazon Prime or will you sign-up for this holiday season? Will you still use Amazon after the sales tax hits Massachusetts this Friday?

*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy here if you have any questions.


Weekly Grocery Deals in New England for 10/25/13-10/31/13!

New England Grocery Deals

Okay, here is another grocery deal post for October 25th to October 31, 2013! It’s a pretty light week in my opinion, but Stop and Shop has a pretty cool coupon promotion happening this week: Write your own coupons!

My weekly ad had 6 coupons where I could get $1 off any meat, any produce, any frozen, and two off any item! There are some restrictions like milk, lottery tickets, alcohol, etc., but most items are fair game! This will make some items free or very cheap depending on how you want to use your coupons! You do need to spend a minimum of $10 after coupons are met to use the make your own coupons. Very exciting noneless.

Just friendly reminder to check your own weekly ad as prices are sometimes different from store to store as well as check your store coupon policy. If you are looking to print even more coupons to save more, here’s a few of my favorite places to look for grocery deals!


Near East Rice Pilaf or Couscous: .69 each, limit 4 (3-day sale 10/25-10/27/13 only)

Boneless Chicken Breast: $1.88/lb

Fresh Express Cooking Spinach, 9oz: .99 a bag

Mueller Pasta, 12oz: .69
(You may be able to print a $1/2 printable coupon here but it didn’t work for me)

Stop and Shop:

Stop and Shop Chicken Thighs or Split Chicken: .99 for 3/lb or more (drumsticks, whole chicken too, but really a great price for thighs)

Stop and Shop Assorted Pork Loin Chops: .99/lb for 3/lbs or more

Progresso Vegetable Classic Soup: .88/lb, limit 8
Use $0.50 off TWO CANS any flavor Progresso Soups
You can also Save $2.00 when you buy 8 Progresso Soups through SavingStar
Final Price: As low as .13 when you buy 8

**Don’t forgot those write your own coupons to get great buys on frozen meals, frozen vegetables, meat, produce and much more!**

Roche Bros:

Coca-Cola 2 Liter: .77, limit 6 (3-day sale 10/25-10/27/13)

Fresh Whole Chicken: .88/lb, limit 2 (3-day sale 10/25-10/27/13)

Northeast Tote Bag Apples: .88/lb

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Free Boston Duck Tour Tickets on Friday, October 18, 2013!


This offer is not longer valid, but you can buy discount tickets for Boston Duck Tours through Goldstar Boston.

The Boston Duck Tours will be FREE on Friday, October 18, 2013 starting at 9am thanks to Santander! The entire fleet of Duck Tours have been rented and available at no cost to the public on Friday only! No reservations can be made in advance, just simply show up at one of the three ticket locations (Prudential Center, Museum of Science, or New England Aquarium).

Please note that spots are limited and are on a first-come, first serve basis with a maximum 6 tickets per person. For more information about Free Duck Tour Tickets, please head here!

UPDATE 10/18/13: Santander is also giving away FREE Dunkin Donuts and Kicka$$ Cupcakes too today! More info here.

*Note: If you bought a Discounted Duck Tour Ticket from LivingSocial earlier this year, please keep in mind the promotional value expires in roughly 6 weeks at the end of November when the Duck Tour season ends!

Free Fitness Class at Athleta on Wednesday, October 16, 2013!


There is a free Yoga-CardioBox-Strength Class at Athleta on Newbury Steet on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 8pm with instructor and personal trainer Susan Reardon! Make sure to head here to register first!

There are also some free fitness classes still available on my free fall fitness classes post, however, some have already wrapped up this season.

Grocery Deals & Coupon Match-ups in New England for 10/4-10/10/13

New England Grocery Deals

Shaw’s is going crazy with great deals this week that I didn’t even get time to do all the different grocery stores! If I find time, I’ll try to sneak some more grocery deals in.


Chiquita Bananas: .19/lb (3-day sale item available 10/4-10/6 only)

Eastern Apples Tote Bags: .79/lb

Maine Potatoes, 5/lb  bag: $1.99

Boneless Chicken Breast: 1.78/lb for 3/lbs or more

General Mills Cereals (Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, Golden Grahams, Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs, Multi-Grain Cheerios: $1.88
Use $0.50/1 General Mills Cheerios Cereal from the 10/6/13 Smart Source Insert
Or use $0.50 off ONE BOX Lucky Charms cereal or $0.50 off ONE BOX Original Cheerios cereal or $1.00 off TWO BOXES any flavor Cheerios cereals
And use save 75¢ when you buy ONE (1) BOX Multi Grain Cheerios® OR Multi Grain Cheerios® Peanut Butter cereal (Saving Star Deposit)
Final Price: As low as .18 with coupon double and saving star deposit

Pillsbury Rolls: .88
Use $1.00/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits, Any Cans, Any Size/Variety – or $1.00/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits, Any Cans, Any Size/Variety –
And Save 40¢ when you buy THREE (3) CANS any size/variety Pillsbury® Refrigerated Grands!® or Grands! Jr.® Biscuits (Saving Star Deposit)
Final Price: .48 each when you buy 3, and after SavingStar Deposit

Green Giant Box Vegetables: .88
Use .60/3 Green Giant Coupon from the 9/15/13 Smart Source Insert
Final Price: .48 each when you buy 3

Yoplait Yogurt: .50
$0.40 off SIX CUPS any Yoplait Yogurt
And Save 40¢ when you buy SIX (6) CUPS any variety Yoplait®  Yogurt (Includes Original, Light, Light Thick & Creamy, Thick & Creamy, Whips!®, OR Lactose Free) SavingStar Deposit
Final Price: .30 each after coupon doubles and SavingStar

Yoplait Greek Yogurt: .88
Use $1.00 off FIVE CUPS any Yoplait Greek yogurt
And use Save $1.00 when you buy FIVE (5) CUPS any variety Yoplait® Greek yogurt (SavingStar Deposit)
Final Price: .48 each after coupon and SavingStar Deposit

Cliff Bar: $1.00
$0.50/1 Cliff Mojo or Mojo Dipped Bar (DND)
$0.50/1 Cliff Mojo Bar, Mojo Dipped Bar (DND) from the 8/18/13 Smart Source Insert
Final Price: .50 each

Hamburger or Tuna Helper: $0.88
Use $0.80 off FOUR BOXES any Hamburger Helper or $0.75 Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper from the 10/6/13 Smart Source Insert
And $0.75/3 Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, or Chicken Helper Home Cooked Skillets (SavingStar Deposit)
Final Price: .13 each when you buy 3, and after SavingStar Deposit

Shaw’s Roast Beef: Price Varies
Use $1 Shaw’s Roast Beef (Store Coupon)
Final Price: As low as free, depending on size

What did I miss? Do you like the grocery deal posts?