If you’re like me, then you get super excited about freebies, extra side money, and interesting ways to save.
I mean, who can say ‘NO’ to making some extra cash? Especially when you can have some fun doing it!
Between changing dirty diapers, wiping runny noses, making school lunches, and dealing with temper tantrums, being a mom can be exhausting… and EXPENSIVE!
To be honest… I can hardly contain myself when I find ways to put money back in my pocket. It’s intoxicating. Whether it savings on Amazon, or getting paid to watch videos in bed (Yes – really), there are many easy ways there are to use your smartphone or laptop to be an enterprising, independent mom, and I’m going to share them with you!
Here are some of my favorite hacks, starting with getting PAID by Amazon for late packages:
How To Find Out If Amazon Owes You Money
Did you know that some big online retailers like Amazon change their product prices up to 2.5 million times a day? Meaning that an average product’s cost will change about every 10 minutes. CRAZY right?!
One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a FREE app that gets you CASH BACK for online purchases (That you’ve already made!).
What is Paribus?
It’s FREE to sign up (take’s 30 seconds), and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts (Don’t worry, they don’t open any other email and their technology only identifies emails that are receipts).
If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers (For example, Target, Kohl’s, GAP, Best Buy, Walmart and even hotel bookings!), it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund if there’s was a price drop.
So that new pair of shoes you bought for $47 online is now on sale for $40? Paribus will automatically get you $7 back!
Think of ALL THE MONEY you’re owed from big box retailers…
Also? If your guaranteed shipment is late from Amazon Prime or Walmart, they’ll help you get compensated!
To date, they’ve found over $29 MILLION in potential savings for users.
How Paribus Works:
1. Sign up for Paribus. It’s FREE and takes 30 seconds.
2. Allow Paribus to do what it does best – passively track your orders as you shop.
3. Once it detects a late guaranteed shipment or price drop, Paribus will work with the retailer to get you compensated.
It’s that simple!
I know a single mom that’s recouped over $600 in the past year just by using Paribus.
*Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.
Save Money, Without Thinking About It.
If you’re part of the 80% of Americans that have some sort of savings but could use a little more help, you’re definitely not alone. The key to saving is automation.
You won’t even notice it but Digit will make it happen.
Just link a checking account and their smart algorithm will determine small but safe amounts to withdraw into your separate FDIC-Insured Digit savings account.
Regular savers will get a 1% bonus every three months, netting you some free money!
It’s the perfect set-it-and-forget-it app where the AI will watch your savings back.
You can withdraw your money at any time you need and it’s free to use for the first 30 days. After, it’s just $2.99 a month.
Average savings in a month (varies): $144 or more
What it could add up to in a year: $1,728 or more
Quarterly bonus: 1% on your total savings amount
Additional Referral Earnings: $5 per referral
How to make money taking online surveys
Taking online surveys with Survey Junkie to make extra money is a no-brainer!
You definitely won’t get rich or make hundreds of dollars per day with surveys alone, but you won’t waste much time, and you can make some money the easy way. It is my #1 favorite (and highest paying) survey site:
Survey Junkie: This is a free survey app for your phone that pays you to take online surveys, participate in focus groups, and try NEW upcoming products.
It’s FREE TO JOIN and they don’t charge you anything to be a member (they will actually pay you cash via PayPal).
Join for free through this link and get your free registration bonus.
Earn Free Gift Cards – Just by Scanning Barcodes
Are you tired of getting free gift cards yet? No? Well here’s another way to earn some!
Shopkick is a shopping app that’ll reward you for the stuff you already buy both in-store and online. It’ll also reward you for just stepping into certain stores or scanning specific items off the shelf!
- For instance, I walked into my local Target and earned 15 kicks (points). Yep, just by walking in.
- I scanned a few items off a shelf for a total of 125 kicks.
- I purchased some beauty items and snacks, scanned my receipt and got 1,015 kicks!
From that one Target trip, I earned a total of 1,155 kicks/points on stuff I already needed. That puts me at 97% to redeem a $5 gift card or more if I want to wait. Pretty easy stuff!
In order for ShopKick to work properly, you’ll have to turn on Location Services and Bluetooth. This ensures that you’ll get your kicks/points when you walk into stores!
Also, it doesn’t hurt that OPRAH freaking loves this app: “This app is addictive.”
Earn Up To $90/Month Watching Videos In Bed With Swagbucks!
Swagbucks pays you to watch videos! You won’t earn a lot (up to 150 SB points per day), but the videos are in all sorts of categories — entertainment, home, travel — so you’re likely to find something that appeals to you.
Moms should try this trick: Just turn off the sound on your computer, open a new tab, and keep the videos going in the background while you watch the kiddos.
You can also download the Swagbucks TV app, which plays videos back-to-back on your phone. Again, just plug in your phone, make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and set it aside to play videos — and earn rewards — while you do something else.
You could earn up to $90 a month watching videos through Swagbucks — plus you’ll get a $10 bonus when you earn your first 2,500 ‘SwagBucks’ within 60 days.
Snap a Pic of Your Grocery Receipt And Get Cash Back.
You’ve told yourself a million times you were going to download some money saving apps to try and cook at home more. Well stop eating fast food and get in shape by shopping at the grocery store!
By not using this app at the grocery store, you are literally throwing money away. On average, active Ibotta users get back up $240 a year. What would you do with that extra money?
It’s simple, all you have to do is take a picture of your grocery receipt and Ibotta will pay you cash.
So before you go to the store, search for your items in the Ibotta app. Then take a photo of your receipt (or a “relfy” – receipt selfie) to get cash back.
Ibotta is free to download and you’ll also get up to $20 in Welcome Bonuses when you sign up!
Invest Your Spare Change With Acorns
Learning how to invest your money can be one of the best things you can do in your life. But like most people, you don’t know where to start (nor do you have a load of cash laying around). That’ why we recommend giving Acorns a try.
How Acorns works: It rounds up the spare change from your purchases and deposits the money into a separate account, which is then invested automatically (micro-investing).
This is a great way to put aside money for an emergency fund without having to think about it too much. Think of it like a money saving app robot that does all the guesswork for you.
I’ve been using it for 5 years and I’ve already saved up $4,278 without even realizing it!
You also earn a $10 sign-up bonus!
BONUS: How To Start A Mom Blog (Beginner’s Guide)
Blogging is one of the most convenient jobs (Hey, it’s what we do for a living) where you can money from your thoughts, ideas, and passion from the comfort of your own home.
I can stay home, make an online income and take care of my kids. Do you want that too? I know you do.
You can make money on your blog as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort to learn how to start a blog. If you’re not sure if you can, just look at these bloggers who started out just like you and grew their blog to thousands a month!
- Abby from Just A Girl and Her Blog – $40,124 in one month
- Rosemarie from The Busy Budgeter – $32,469 in one month
- Lena from What Mommy Does – $9,997 in one month
- Jenn Snyder of Women Winning Online – $2,419 in one month
The crazy part? It only takes 10 minutes to setup a blog!
Learn how to start a blog without any technical skills. Just follow our guide and start sharing your thoughts and knowledge with the world in your own unique way.
You’ve told yourself a million times that you wanted to start a blog, but never get around to it. Stop reading this and GO START YOUR BLOG! You can have everything up in less than 10 minutes. You’re going to look back in 6 months from now and wish you started today.
Maybe you could start a blog about being a mom? Just saying…