Money Making

Opportunity to Earn Cash or Amazon Gift Cards Through Opinion Outpost (Open Now, So Apply Soon)

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by Cassie on July 8, 2014

It’s been a while since we have shared a extra money making opportunity with you all.  Well, a legitimate survey opportunity has opened up again for new applicants.

So, if you are looking to earn some extra money from home, we would suggest giving something like this a try! You can get paid in either cash or in gift cards. As a side note and tip from us: you will get paid more and quicker if you opt for gift cards instead of cash.  Amazon gift cards are the way we like to go as we do buy a lot of our household, diapers and groceries on Amazon and so this would pay for some of it!

We have talked about this company before when they were open – Opinion Outpost. But as a reminder, here’s what we have to say about them:

This is a decent survey company and one worth trying out.  Their sign-up process is pretty simple as it is just one fomr like what you would fill-out for a free sample, and then you will receive an email confirmation and need to fill out a demographic questions which is very short. That’s it to get started, so it is quite simple compared to most. 

What is Opinion Outpost? Opinion Outpost conducts surveys because businesses, governments, public bodies, and similar organizations are interested in the views and attitudes of the people who use their products and services. The more they know about what customers and citizens think, the easier it is for them to improve and adapt what they supply. Take Surveys to give your opinion and shape the future.

It takes a little longer to earn cash as it does to earn Amazon gift cards.  You can cash out your Amazon gift cards when you hit $5, which happens pretty quickly! So you could earn a couple of these a week with little time!  You can also go the cash route and cash out once you get $10 – cash is paid via PayPal.  You could probably do a few of these per month with a little bit of your time.  We think that Amazon would be a better route for us as this is just as good as cash.  Yes it won’t pay your electric bill, but if you snatched a $5 Amazon gift card a few times per month,  it can help with your grocery bill (Amazon has great food and household deals), diapers, Christmas, or other necessities which means that the money you save can go towards another bill or financial goal!

Here’s how to get started – we just went through the steps and it was just a couple of minutes:

  • Register through this link HERE by filling out a very short contact form
  • Then you will see the first Thank You window letting you know to watch for your email in order to confirm your registration and to start earning cash or gift cards.

  • Then click on the link in your email.

  • You will then fill-out a second short form that asks the demographic questions that all survey companies ask so that they can connect you with the right surveys.

  • Then you are ready to start taking surveys and earn!

*Please note, that since the demographic form is quite short, you will often fill-out the first page of each survey to see if you qualify further for that survey.

They do this because let’s say that Verizon Wireless hires Opinion Outpost to do a survey of smart phone users (as an example), when you start the survey, you will probably be answering questions that would be related to the smart phone survey.  Ultimately, you may or may not qualify for that survey if you don’t have a smart phone, etc.   This is just an example, but any company for any product/service will have surveys.  There are even cereal and other food ones.  If you don’t eat cereal, or a certain type of cereal, then you will not qualify for that specific survey, etc.

They do this as it would be near impossible or a never-ending registration process to answer every type of possible question.  This means that you will probably only qualify for about 20% of the survey’s in your account.  This is a common thing with every survey company.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying so that you can get in on those 20% or so surveys that you are able to take and earn money too!

Head to the Opinion Outpost Site through this link HERE to quickly register.

As a note, we did want to mention something important – you will not get rich, be able to quit your day job or make a fine living doing surveys – they can pay a bill or two a month with diligent survey taking. So if you plan to spend 15+ minutes a day or a few times a week, it can be a big help to you and your family. Either way, it is worth giving it a shot!


See our master list of Ways to Earn Extra Income: Over 100 and Counting

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Summer Money Making Idea with a 500% Profit Margin Possiblity

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by Cassie on June 7, 2014

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We have shared this idea each summer for the past few summers… why? Because it is easy, popular, successful, fun and productive.

It is a quick way to earn some extra money and a fun and enjoyable endeavor for the whole family.

As a kid we did things like this growing up! My parents were always helping to find ways that my siblings and I could earn money with our passion for entrepreneurship! It’s a great thing to encourage and to grow in your children and to help them understand the value and rewards of work.

We also have done many things to earn extra income as we worked our way out of debt and as we continue to reach our other financial goals now – this being one of them.

We have shared this idea as it has been one of the more successful endeavors that we have engaged in. And this year, our older three children are begging to do this to earn extra money this summer and so we will be diving in again this year!

What is it? Well, it is an idea to capitalize on the summer months of celebrations, park gatherings, parades, city sponsored park events and more. It is an idea to invest $100 and make $600 profit! The profit comes from selling cold bottled water, treats and novelties.

That is a HUGE profit margin! Many in business can only dream about that type of outcome.

You will get out of it what you put into it, but this opportunity has been one of the most profitable for least amount of effort.

We have outlined the steps, product ideas and investment approximation in our previous post HERE titled Invest $100 and Make a $600 Profit This Summer.

You do need to follow city ordinances as far as this idea goes.  City ordinances will vary greatly! We actually will be working with four cities as all four are very close to us.  Each one has different rules and small fees.  The fees we will be will be $25 – $75 depending on what events we choose to be a part of.  We are still deciding on which 4th of July events to be a part of, but we will probably be walking in a parade and selling water/popsicles as the parade walking fee is the smallest fee, although the other events are for a couple of days all day… so we are going to determine what level of commitment our kids can do for the first year (again…despite what their eager attitudes want…we think a parade is a good start for them ;))

We also plan to have booths at various events this summer, some are very low cost and others are free.  At these booths, we will also sell the water/treats that we plan to sell at parades and park events along with some homemade crafts and activities that our kids have been making.  So we will get double traction at the booths from this idea shared.

The city fees are not included in the investment, but many have very small to no fee depending on the event.

Our kids are looking forward to a summer of fun and working as they too work towards their financial goals.

Again, check out the post HERE titled Invest $100 and Make a $600 Profit This Summer.

See more Money Making Ideas HERE 

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Declutter Challenge: Get Rid of 5 Items Everyday for 30 Days Plus How To Maximize Your Stuff

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by Cassie on March 7, 2014

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As a reminder, the 30 Be Intentional baby steps are designed to get you on the right foot, the right track and give you energy, efficiency and organization which will propel you into a life that is able to develop an overall financially smart, happy and frugal home.  We encourage couples and families to do these challenges together so the whole house can function well!

As the 30 steps go along, we will be focusing on 5 areas for the Be Intentional Month:

  1. Self
  2. Home
  3. Budget
  4. Schedule
  5. Frugality

See the full list of baby steps HERE. 

This next baby step is a decluttering challenge!

This challenge is to get rid of 5 items everyday for the next 30 days!

This will end up being a total of 150 items!  

After that, we are going to recommend that you get rid of 5 items a week as maintenance!

There will be some great results from this baby step!

1. Your home will become decluttered!

2. You will find things that you may have been looking for!

3. You may be able to make a bit of money or get a tax write-off for donations.  Either way, this is helping your home and financial goals.

So why 5 items?

Well the answer is quite simple really….we are doing baby steps.  Five items a day is easy, quick and doesn’t require a huge change.  Finding five things somewhere in your home each day can literally take less than 10 minutes.  If you want to do more, don’t stop – just try to at least find 5 things!

When getting rid of your items, you can do these declutter recommendations:

Set up a spot in a basement, garage or empty room with a few different boxes. Then mark each box with this label:

#1 = Donate

#2 = Garage Sale

#3 = Upsale

Each of these can bless others and make you a bit of money in the process.  Obviously, the donate box isn’t going to generate a lot of money as the money would come in the form of a tax-write off, just get a receipt.

Your garage sale box(es) will get you closer to making money in the form of a garage sale (and that season is coming up soon for most of us!) and we will be sharing garage sale tips again this year soon to maximize your garage sale opportunity.

Finally, your “upsale” box are items that are best sold via other routes than a garage sale.  Really, garage sales use to be the only and main form of selling second hand items.  Today, you have the online world.  If you have something of higher value, rare, unique, or a large item – a garage sale is probably not going to be the best route.  

Sell books, dvds and other items to Amazon for potentially a lot more. Sell furniture online locally for a greater return,  and the same for unique, rare and valuable items. 

This way you are getting your clutter cleared out and making money at the same time to also help you and your family reach your financial goals sooner.

There is a caveat!

If selling your stuff is too daunting and difficult – don’t hold on to it! It is better to get rid of it in a donation or one-day garage sale (even if you aren’t getting top dollar for it!) then to hang onto it forever in hopes of selling it. 

The goal is to declutter with the potential side benefit of making money.

This declutter challenge starts today and ends in 30 days and then go onto a maintenance program where you have a box out in the garage/basement where you can put 5 items in each week and then donate when it’s full!

To make this a bit easier, break your home down into sections and focus on a couple of ares of your home each week.  This gives you a bit more of a streamlined focus!

Here’s a suggested focus area weekly breakdown:

Will you join us for this 30-Day Declutter Challenge? 

What tips do you have for those deciding what to keep and what to get rid of? 

Be watching for tips and updates from us over the next 30-days too! 

One final thing….. we also have a Facebook Group where you can engage in discussions, receive encouragement and talk to others that are participating in the challenges too for more ideas! Head to the Be Intentional with The Thrifty Couple Facebook Page HERE and ask to join us there! You can also invite friends and spouses too!

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Be Intentional Baby Step 16 – Brainstorm Extra Money Making Ideas (With Free Download Helper)

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by Cassie on February 24, 2014

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As a reminder, the 30 Be Intentional baby steps are designed to get you on the right foot, the right track and give you energy, efficiency and organization which will propel you into a life that is able to develop an overall financially smart, happy and frugal home.  We encourage couples and families to do these challenges together so the whole house can function well!

As the 30 steps go along, we will be focusing on 5 areas for the Be Intentional Month:

  1. Self
  2. Home
  3. Budget
  4. Schedule
  5. Frugality

Baby Steps for Self

Baby Steps for Home

Baby Steps for Budget

We have one more baby steps under the budget category of our Be Intentional Baby Steps to help you get those 5 areas on track! We are continuing on with generating extra income in your household this year to help you meet  your  financial goals – whether to be debt-free, pay for college, fund retirement…anything, and that brings us to the next challenge!

Baby Step #16 

Brainstorm Extra Money Making Ideas This Year

We encourage you to be sure to take Be Intentional Baby Step #15 HERE first before this one to know what goals you are shooting for this year.  Once you have done that, then let’s talk about some ideas!

We have shared MANY, many ideas and talk about them continuously.  Instead of going through many of our ideas again, we will post links to those ideas with over 130 ideas and counting! And as always, we will continue to talk about ideas as we find them!

As some ideas that we have done in the past and currently to bring in extra income:

  • Delivering Newspapers (this was the first extra income job we had and we made around $400 a month.  It was hard work and we only did it for about 4 months because getting up everyday at 4 am was tough – BUT it was a HUGE blessing to get the ball rolling and a great one for kids too!)
  • Upselling items we bought used (usually a 200% profit each item)
  • Selling on Ebay/Craig’s List (about a 50+% profit)
  • Blogging (income in blogging doesn’t start for about 6 months, but it can bring in a few hundred a month with consistent posting)
  • Delivering Phonebooks (We’ve made a couple thousand each 4-week round – but our guest posters made $7,000 in a few weeks!)
  • Donating Blood (you can make $25-30 each time!)
  • Surveys from home a few minutes per day (about $15 – $30 a month from each company)
  • Helping someone with whatever they need help with (babysitting, cleaning, weeding, snow removal, etc. and we’ve made about $10 -$20 an hour doing this)
  • Swagbucks
  • Amazon Trade-In program (selling back not only items in our home, but using our smart phones and scanning items at garage sales/thrift stores to find valuable items and then buying them cheap and selling.  We typically will buy items for $1 and have sold them for $20 profit each!)
  • Selling hand made items at craft shows.
  • Using skills we currently have (Alex is a Software Eng. by trade and so he sells his services on the side for an hourly fee for those that need 1-hour of work to those that have a lot more work needed).

This is a subject that has lots of ideas and innumerable ways to earn extra income. We just want to encourage you to get started with generating ideas that can lead into some fabulous money making opportunities for your family!

Just print off this Brainstorming Download and start planning! This is a very basic planner and not meant to be comprehensive, but it will be enough to make a plan!

This is also a fantastic learning, growth and responsibility task for children and teens!

<== Download your printable Brainstorm Extra Income Ideas Plan HERE

One final thing….. we also have a Facebook Group where you can engage in discussions, receive encouragement and talk to others that are participating in the challenges too for more ideas! Head to the Be Intentional with The Thrifty Couple Facebook Page HERE and ask to join us there! You can also invite friends and spouses too!

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Be Intentional Baby Step 15 – Write Down Extra Income Goals Based on 2 Percent Rule (Free Download Too)

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by Alex on February 21, 2014

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As a reminder, the 30 Be Intentional challenges this month are designed to get you on the right foot, the right track and give you energy, efficiency and organization which will propel you into a life that is able to develop an overall financially smart, happy and frugal home.  We are going to have different themes each month this year (and we have very exciting stuff planned) and this month is your foundation!We encourage couples and families to do these challenges together so the whole house can function well!

As the 30 steps go along, we will be focusing on 5 areas for the Be Intentional Month:

  1. Self
  2. Home
  3. Budget
  4. Schedule
  5. Frugality

Baby Steps for Self

Baby Steps for Home

Baby Steps for Budget

We have 2 more baby steps under the budget category of our Be Intentional Baby Steps to help you get those 5 areas on track!

Now that we have talked about debt and also reducing our spending to reach financial goals, the second part is increasing income a little bit each month too!

Baby Step #15 

Write Down Your Extra Income Monthly Goals (Using 2% Rule)

First, EVERYONE has the chance the ability to make extra income if you really want to.  Whether you spend 1-hour per month or many hours, don’t think that your situation prevents you or someone in your family to earn extra income.

Again, what are we talking about with this 2%?  Well, we have mentioned the 2% cut a few times in various blog posts here, but for the most clear perspective, we suggest you read about our 2×2 plan HERE which is what we used to pay off our over $100,000 consumer debt and what we use today to help us continue to reach our goals.

So we want to help propel you into reaching your financial goals.  But we want to do this incrementally so that you don’t overwhelm yourself and so that it becomes a lifestyle.

After your are finished reading those posts (no need to restate them here) come on back here and print off this form (there are 3 months on each form, so print off 4 to plan for the year).

First, how do you figure out what the 2% income increase is?  Well, we all have different types of jobs, schedules and budgets and so we recommend choosing one of these ways to calculate what your extra 2% income would be:

1. If the main income in the household is salary based, you can also calculate your increase on your take-home pay, which is hopefully higher than your expenses :) Let’s say you bring home $3,500 per month, then your 2% increase would be $70 ($3,500 x .02 = $70).

2. If you have varied/commission based income then you can calculate your 2% on your actual bills and living expenses to set your goal.  If you spent $2,800 in January between bills/living expenses (debt payments not included) then set a goal to increase your income by $56 this month, etc.

3. If you have varied/commission based income then you can calculate your 2% by looking at what you made this month last year.  Let’s say last February, you made $4,000, set a goal to make an extra $80 each month this year.

4. Finally, no matter how you earn your income, one last way to choose how to set your 2% extra income goal, take your take home pay from last year (whether salary or varied income) and divide it by 12. Then calculate 2% of that.  For example, let’s say that last year, you made a total of $50,000, your 2% goal increase each month this year is $83 more per month.  ($50,000/12 x.02 = $83.33 and round to nearest dollar).

Choose whichever method makes the most sense for your family!

This is also a fantastic learning, growth and responsibility task for children and teens!

Now what we are saying is to add that each month.  So the first month is $60, second month is $120, etc. these are goals that you are setting and some months you will far exceed the 2% and other months you will come short.  But the goal is to do something and you will see lots of amazing progress towards your financial goals!

The next baby step coming next week is to brain-storm ideas on making extra income.  We have lot of sources on our site for this too.  But for now, just fill these downloads out so that you can catch a vision for what the goals are!

It shouldn’t take you long to set your money making goals – have fun!!

<== Download your printable Extra Income Monthly Goals Plan HERE

One final thing….. we also have a Facebook Group where you can engage in discussions, receive encouragement and talk to others that are participating in the challenges too for more ideas! Head to the Be Intentional with The Thrifty Couple Facebook Page HERE and ask to join us there! You can also invite friends and spouses too!

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