As a stay at home Momma I feel there must be some resources I have that can make money while at home. Just a little extra for our fun days and family outings you know? After a ton of research and trial and error, I have come into some great resources that have turned out to be legit. With the technological advancements with smart phones, a great opportunity to make technology work for the average person has opened wide. Here I have listed my top 3 apps that make money. For real, you make real money. After months and months, over a year to be honest, of using apps that claim to pay you to use them, these 3 have proved to be legit apps that make money.
The Ibotta app is my favorite by far. I have been using this app for a while now and I think I might be addicted. It is so very easy to use. Ibotta pays you to shop for your groceries and house goods and clothes. How cool is that! It is totally legit. You choose from many grocery stores like Safeway, Walmart, Sam's, Fry's, Target. Some others like Walgreens, Family Dollar, and PetSmart. As well as clothing from Aeropostale (spend $40 and get a $5 rebate), home goods from Home Depot, and Military Commissary. Or restaraunts like Chili's, Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday (right now: spend $15 get a $5 rebate) and more. All you do is go here, create an account, unlock all the rebates you will use.
When you redeem your first rebate within 2 weeks, you get $10. The more rebates you redeem, the more cash rewards you get. You can not only build your cash with rebates but also with a team. For everyone that you refer, you get $5 and they help you build up to monthly levels. There are many levels you can achieve. You get to the levels by the amount of rebates your team unlocks and saves each month. They are about an extra $2 each that you get.
The first month, while trying to figure it out, I received $32 after grocery shopping just twice with my $10 for my first rebate. The second month, with one team member and grocery shopping three times, I earned $57.50. The months to fallow I have been up into the $60 range. All of these rebate amounts solely on groceries and I only shop at three different grocery stores (Sam's monthly, Walmart bi-monthly, and Safeway weekly). The months get better as you go because the app seems to customize the rebates according to what you unlock. I have not had the need to redeem any rebates for clothing or restaurants or other things yet but when I do I know my rebates will go up. I have heard of people getting rebates of upwards of $200+ a month with Ibotta.
How you prove that you bought the item is simple. You choose "verify rebate" and then select the store you shopped at. Next, choose the rebates you used at that particular store. If the receipt has a barcode on the bottom, you scan it and your done. Once the receipt is verified (within 24 hours) the cash is in your account. If there is no barcode, like at Safeway, then you scan the barcode on the unlocked rebate item that you purchased there and then take a picture of your receipt. You can also scan an item in the store to see if there is a rebate available it as well. And an area where you can create your own shopping list so it is all done in the one app.
You don't have to put in any personal information on Ibotta so there is no scare for lack of security. This is one reason why Ibotta was appealing to me, I don't trust an app with my personal information. With a $20 minimum you can transfer your cash into either your PayPal or venom. Or with a minimum of $25 choose a gift card from places like Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Sephora, Starbucks, and more. You truly will love Ibotta.
I have been using Shopkick the longest. It has been covered in Forbes and Time Magazine. The cash earned is different than Ibotta, you turn your kicks into gift cards like Fandango, Walmart, Target, Sephora, Nike, Barnes & Noble, and Game Stop. Gift cards are still cash in my eyes, free money. I think this is a great app, super great for college students, as a way to earn things they may not have the available cash for like Christmas and Birthday presents for parents ;) This is a great app because it shows you deals, aka coupons, and sale items in different stores as well as earning money for what we do all the time, shop! You just go here to download the app, create your account, then look for deals and stores for kicks near you. Shopkick is one of the easiest sights to navigate through. Just opening the app daily will give you 1-3 kicks.
Oh, I almost forgot, if you save up your kicks you can use them to buy large items. They can get big like flat screen t.v's, Coach bags, Beets, tablets, Tiffany & Co, even a Vespa!
With Shopkick you can earn more kicks by inviting friends. When they use your referral code, link mine above, you receive 50% of their kicks earned in the first month. I got almost 600 when my sister signed up;) You can also fallow Shopkick Instagram page for chances to win $ and prizes. They also give out bonus kicks during big shopping times like black Friday. I live in a rural area, a good hour to the stores, so my kicks are not as high as they could be. No worries, I don't mind, I still love the app. But my sister. Oh man, she lives in the city and has made off like a bandit with Shopkick.
3. Google Opinion Rewards.
Google Opinion Rewards is an app that links right to your google play account, sorry Apple and Window users, it's only for android. You can download it here. You are given money for opinion surveys. These surveys last maybe 5-20 seconds. They range from 1-5 questions. You get any where from $.10-$.49 (or at least that is what I have gotten) depending on the survey. This doesn't seem like much but they add up. I have earned $22.16 over the last few months. The cash is good for up to a year before it disappears.
My brother, who is a huge computer super smart person, told me about this app. The surveys range from "did you visit any of these stores in the last week and what would you rate it" to "do you shop for your families groceries" to politics to sports. I am sure it differs on the person as to what they ask. Sometimes they ask what your household income is, I am paranoid and I don't like this question, so I either choose the 'choose not to answer' option or make it up. Sorry, but I do.
Now, the difference between Google Opinion Rewards and the Shopkick and Ibotta app is you spend your money in the play store. You can not withdraw the cash or get gift cards. I love this idea as I am not the person to spend my money on apps and games. But earning it this way to get a super cool upgrade packet fro my son's off road game, I can do that. There are instances from time to time too when I come across a neat app that will come in handy dandy and boom, I have my google play credits to use. You know those annoying adds on the free app that you just love? Wee, for $.99 of my google rewards to stop the annoying adds, I will do that too. Those games and apps can nickel and dime ya but not with Google Opinion Rewards, they have you covered. (No I am not an affiliate, I just thought that sounded catchy)
What I like to spend my credits on is movies. That's right, movies I can watch on my phone while we travel. I have a Samsung Note so my phone is huge;) And good music. My kids then connect to my google play and have all the music they want and I can control what they download. Oh yeah, win for Momma!
I hope that my endless search for legit 'pay you to use' apps pays off for you like it did me. Please do let me know how much you get;) And if you come across some great ones too. Have a fantastic day you guys!
Walking Tacos...great for camping or large cookouts with family and friends. We love them for when we host UFC throughout the year. Also, such a fun idea to do with little kids. Picky eaters think these look fun and will eat them up;) My teens love these as does my 4 year old niece;) No mess clean up and perfect for the big game day you guys!
Update: As one of my amazing readers ideas, Walking Tacos are great for to go meals. Thank you Amila! Visit her yummy recipes at Food Corner here.
*Preheat oven to 350 and
*lay almonds on a pizza stone or a cast iron skillet or a cookie sheet in a single layer. Fresh and/or organic almonds are my favorite but, you can use bagged if you can't get your hands on fresh or organic. Whole, sliced, slivered is really up to you. I prefer slivered cause I make a homemade quinoa cereal...I'll post on that later.
*Once oven is warm, put the almonds in the oven and set a timer for 8 min. Check after this as everyone's ovens are different. Mine takes 10 min.
*Spoon out raw honey, preferably from a farm around you...this helps with allergens double score! If you can't find a farm near you, buy the purest honey you can from your local market. Farm fresh honey has no comparison! The farm near us is kept by a 14 year old very ambitious young man. A huge mason jar is only $12, I buy a lot! I think I am his favorite customer. His Momma runs a dairy farm where I get raw goats and cow milk...yes! Tutorial on how to make raw fresh butter coming after Christmas I hope.
*Cover with as much honey as your taste buds like. Stir. And done! They do clump together as they don't have any nasty anticaking agents like the store bought. I fix this by stirring them ever so often as they cool.
I have to take out one very Beautiful and one very Handsome mooching vultures as I make these. Hands get threatened;) And one ginormous moocher, if he is home, him I have no chance against...sigh... Anyway, enjoy and let me know what you think!
I have tried everything from different boiling times to baking soda to vinegar to pricking the egg with a needle just to get a good hard boiled egg. UGH! So frustrating. For real, one of my biggest pet peeves is to have the shell take off chunks of the egg or that membrane that wont come off. You can ask my sisters or my babies, I get so frustrated I want to cry. I hate wasting food, I typically do 18-24 at a time. You can imagine the frustration when only half the egg is left:( I wised up and only did a few this time just in case it didn't work. And guess what, it did...the time I only do a few...go figure.
Maybe I should title this hard boiled eggs for dummies. Apparently everyone else in my family can peel the egg just fine with it just in water but I can't :( But put a smile on and look at these little gems...
They are going in my belly! One of them cracked when I put it in the water so it is a little misshapen, oops, but they are perfect to me:)
So, here is what to do...
When the timer beeps, I drain the pot and place the eggs in a large bowl. Then I pour cool tap water over them. Wait 1 min while I wash the pot. Begin to peel and the shells fall right off! SCORE!!! I am so happy, I could do a happy dance. Maybe I did but my babies made me stop, just maybe;) I hope this helps anyone else who needs a fool proof was to hard boil an egg. Leave comments below with what you think. Or if you have any of your own tricks. God Bless!
A super happy Thanksgiving from our turkeys ;) May your day be filled with thankfulness that lasts the whole year!
Even though the first national Thanksgiving was proclaimed by George Washington in 1789 and not celebrated officially until Abraham Lincoln in 1863, well after the Pilgrims in the Plymouth Colony celebrated in 1621, this was not the first thanksgiving recorded in our nations history. It was 1540 when Francisco Vasquez de Coronado conducted a thanksgiving in the Texas Panhandle thanking God for the success of their voyage. Then on Dec.4, 1619 on the James River in Virginia, the Berkeley Hundred deemed this day after landing in the New World as a yearly and perpetually kept Holy Day of Thanksgiving. Everyone in our beautiful country has had reason to give thanks to The Lord. May we continue this tradition. Many Blessings to you on this Blessed day:)
Some times you just need some good old fashion comfort food. Now, don't get me wrong, I am a total clean eating supporter. But comfort foods can be healthy too, though obviously not as low in calories. My mylifestea-ism is that if you use real food, higher calories in moderation, then you are eating clean; example: butter in moderation=good/coconut oil=better/margarine=bad, sea salt=good/preservatives=bad. No, you don't want to eat high calories every meal but sometimes you just need it:) This was my need of comfort food and it was so yummy!
I made enough for 4 bowls but I should have doubled this. I had very sad faces when there was no seconds. In my defense, I had never made it before (I made it up) so I didn't know what the consensus would be and didn't want to waist food. Next time, I will make more...note: I don't measure spices, I just throw it in there so I did my best to guess how much I used, feel free to adjust...Here is my recipe...
Crockpot Taco Soup
1 pound ground turkey, beef, buffalo, elk, pork, chicken (I used turkey) or leftover shredded roast or brisket or chicken would also be yummy. Whatever you have lying around, this is the most expensive so if you can make two meals out of leftovers, go for it.
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp Flavor God Garlic Lovers...can use garlic powder
2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Cheyenne Pepper
1 7oz can green chilies, chopped
3 cups water
1 package of noodles or 1.5 cups Jasmine rice or gluten free pasta, leftovers maybe?...old fashioned noodles in the freezer section are good or go gluten free with rice (add extra water according to instructions, about 1.5 extra cups) or yummy quinoa noodles (these should be pre cooked and added right before you serve)
1/2 cup heavy cream...optional...just makes it real creamy
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese...optional...adds to the creaminess
diced fresh tomatoes
1.Put the meat, spices, chilies, water into the crockpot and put it on high for about 4 hours. Unless the meat are precooked, then you can put it on low for the seasonings to mix well. If using raw meat, you can crumble it as it cooks with a wooden spoon or you do it after it is cooked.
2.After the meat is cooked, this is the perfect time to taste the seasoning and see if you add any extra.
3.About one hour before you serve, add the noodles if raw or rice. If using already cooked noodles, add right before you serve. Adjust the amount of liquid that you want after the noodles or rice is cooked.
4. Ladle into the bowls and garnish with cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, black olives and enjoy:)
It all began months ago. My lover has been in his line of work for 8 years now and it takes him away from home. He is a husband who desires to be at home and a Daddy who adores his babies, deeply grieved by missing out on most of their lives. To have a husband and my babies to have a daddy that has a heart for his family is a blessing from the LORD. I am not going to waist that, no way José!
Our entire family atmosphere has shifted . We are walking in the blessings of the LORD because of our obedience. We couldn't be more joyful. Come along as we share the life of homeschooling teenagers adventures.
We all have had a hard stain to remove. Rather it's grease from cooking, mud, grass, sweat or oil, it has to come out. But how? My Lover discovered this DIY stain removal years ago when he did roto-milling, putting new black top or tar on roads. He has continued to use it with oil and grease from mechanical work.
This is not entirely organic :( I know, still working that part out, but it is very effective. I most common use it for football now. My "little" football player is always keeping me busy. I regularly use this tactic 3 days a week, the other days he has games and those pants are black...score for Momma! Anyway, here is what you will need:
In the picture above, I had already washed the football pants in my normal washing detergent, with oxyclean, in warm water cycle. That is what was still left of the stains. No, I did not dry them yet, just let them air dry; I don't dry our clothing except for underwear, sox and towels.
All you do:
Let set 5-15 minutes or up to over night. I typically do this when I see the stain and then throw it back in the dirty clothes till wash day. Then I don't have to remember to set aside extra time to treat and set the stain removal. Now wash on any cycle desired and appropriate for the item and material treating.
Here is the football pants after washed and hung to dry. Note: I tried the lemon juice wise-tale on the right leg just to see and it really didn't make a difference. I figured with the type of destruction these bad boys go through, this recipe is sure to get any stains out. Again this works for oil, grease, sweat, grass, mud or any stubborn stain. I did use this on my Beautiful' nice American Eagle jeans that she wore to help Daddy dig post holes in the mud, I wasn't a happy camper about that one. It took 3 good times, without the hydrogen peroxide, to get the mud out but it did work and now they are as good as new:)
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)