Thursday, January 10, 2013

Earning Money Online - Equals a Free Family Summer Vacation!

For the past five years, I've been able to completely fund our family summer vacation with my online earnings!  By earning money online, I'm able to pay for 100% of our transportation, lodging, food and entertainment for our family of four.  Three summers ago, we spent 10 days on the Oregon Coast.  Last summer we spent a week at the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, and this summer we will be renting an oceanfront beach house on the Oregon Coast for an entire week.

I've always been a stay at home mom and have zero regrets. My husband and I sat down and discussed all the options, this was the only way to go for us.   Figuring out my salary for working, gas to and from work and other work related expenses... almost my entire paycheck would go to someone else to take care of my children. It just wasn't worth it! 

There are several websites where I earn money online - cash, gift cards, giveaways and freebies.  All of which make things stretch further for my family and really make a difference. I use many of my wins and freebies for gift giving. They make the perfect gifts and that's zero money out of my pocket for presents! I also cash in for gift cards that enable me to take the kids to the movies and do extra things for fun.  Also free for us!

I use coupons as often as I can and combine them with sales and clearance. Last September, the small bags of Goldfish crackers were on sale at Albertson's for $1 and I had (74) $1/1 Goldfish cracker coupons. I got 74 bags for $4.44 - all I had to pay was the sales tax!
I buy all of my kids clothes on clearance and off season for the next year. I got winter coats a couple weeks ago, and paid just $12 each. They were normally priced at $90 and $120 each.  

I also sell lots of clothes, toys, and other items that the kids no longer use, need or can wear on Craigslist or Shop N' Swap

Here are my favorite online earning sites (all of them are free, easy and really DO pay):

Social Spark:  By posting sponsored posts you can earn money!  You get to choose which blogging opportunities you take, so you can keep them relevant to your blog! 

Swag Bucks: Last year I earned $335 in gift cards. There are several other prize and gift card options available to choose from, I just choose Amazon. I save my gift codes and then cash them out for Christmas gift shopping for the kiddos! 

CrowdTap:  Earn cash and get freebies! 

Smiley360: Get great samples, coupons and free products to test at home! 

Listia:  It's like Ebay but you use points instead of cash to bid on items. You earn points to spend by logging in, bidding, etc... 

SocialMoms: They have different posting opportunities. If you are one of the qualified participants you get great gift cards and/or PayPal payments.  I LOVE THIS ONE!!! 

Escalate Network: I get to share great deals and freebies that are PERFECT for my followers, friends and family! 

I hope this helps. Trust me, you CAN make it work and it's well worth it!

What are your favorite online earning sites?


J Rodney said...

It really is amazing what you can earn....and what you can save! I just spent $30 for $218 worth of clothing at Gymboree...

I wish you would do an article about how to sell toys, clothes etc. on Craigslist the most successful way.

Cori said...

I love good deals and FREE is even better! Thanks for sharing those sites off to do some research!

Anonymous said...

Already use a few of these!

Sippy Cup Mom said...

Great list of sites!

Jeff Rivera said...

I just respect those moms who prefer to stay at home to raise their children. Their sacrifice should be appreciated by their family, friends and the society. However, I'm very glad you found some ways to make money at home. Being able to both make money and stay with your children. Thanks for the list and sharing your experience. I'm sure many stay at home moms will love this post.

Jeff Rivera
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