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Trying to earn extra money.

February 20th, 2007 at 08:05 pm

Hello everyone,

I am doing one .75 survey each day. In a regular 30 day month that is 22.50. I'm trying to earn that much per weekend. You can only do one .75 per day. Sometimes that's all you get to do. I get denied for more surveys then I get approved for.

I signed up for the Bronze member program in Shadow shopper. It looks pretty interesting. I wish I knew someone else that tried them to see what they can tell me. I really don't want to spend the sign up money if I don't have to.

My son asked me to make macaroni with cheese and hamburger for dinner today. I found out that I didn't have any hamburger. I didn't realize that I was completely out. I did get a few more groceries (after the shopping spree) but the hamburger was all over $2 per pound. I just can't afford to pay that. I'll have to keep an eye out for the sales. I have only about $60 left in the food budget until March 14. My next check on 2/28 goes to the mortgage and car insurance.

We had left over soup from yesterday instead. If I still have soup left after today, I'll freeze it for another time.

I think tomorrow we'll have grilled cheese with turkey slices for dinner.


It's gone down to the 40's at night for the last couple of nights and my heater has kicked on. I'm worried about the propane. I haven't checked the tank in a while.

I have until April 26th when DD has her ortho appointment to come up with at least $250 to start her braces, than make the payment of $130 a month.

My oldest daughter just told me she is thinking about joining the army again. She has wanted to do this since she graduated from high school. She will be 23 this year.

Even though I worry, somehow I know in my heart that everything will be okay.

I leave you with one of my favorite bible quotes.

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest is love."
I Corninthians 13:13

4 Responses to “Trying to earn extra money.”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Wow, You are really stretching your food budget out. A suggestion, When I do buy meat I only buy it on sale and then I split all meat in half putting into freezer bags and freeze. While we do not have meat left overs anymore it does works out really well. Another suggestion, Have you tried tuna in mac and cheese? When you can afford it you should buy an electric space heater so that you have heat if you run out of propane. I have several electric space heaters in case I run out of propane. The are made much safer nowadays. Make sure you get one with a fan if you do get one. Good Luck!

  2. Chan Says:

    Try going to http://mysteryshopsmart.com/ before you pay for shadow shopper. There are reviews on many secret shopping companies and links to their websites so that you can sign up for FREE. Also, it contains many tips for new shoppers. I signed up for a few of the top rated companies and I get emails with jobs almost everyday(although I don't apply for all of them). Just try it before you pay for anything. Good luck!

  3. barbara L Says:

    Wow! Great tips. I will try the tuna and space heaters and THANKS for the link!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Some legitimate free survey companies that you may want to sign up for:

    American Consumer Opinion Panel
    Lightspeed Panel
    NFO MySurvey
    Global Test Market

    The first one pays outright per survey or product trial (you put no money out for the product trials, the are truly free).

    The second one you can cash out each time your account hits $5. Surveys are anywhere from $1 to $3 per. Lightspeed, NFO, and GTM all pay out when you hit a certain level of points. I have personally been paid by all of the companies except the last one, but others on the forums have said it pays out when you get enough points.

    Other things you can do are paid to read emails. MyPoints is the most familiar of these, you get five points per email, or more if you complete offers and when you get to a certain number of points you can cash out for gift cards. I usually manage to get one $10 certificate each month, usually a gas card to help with the gas budget. Other pay to read email sites that have personally and consistently paid me:


    I do them when watching DVD's because otherwise its not worthwhile to sit there doing them to me. But I usually earn about $15 to $20 a month on them if I do them consistently.

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