Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Total Redeemed in April

At the first of each month, I redeem the points I've earned from my various sites.

Prizerebel -- I redeemed $4.
Swagbucks -- I redeemed $25.
InstaGC --  I redeemed $17.
Pinecone Research -- I redeemed $10.
I-Say -- I redeemed $5.


This month I also received a $10 incentive for a product test I did.  I am not sure which site it was associated with.

So, overall, for the month of April, I redeemed $71.  April was a pretty slow month for me.  I am trying to plan my daughter's kindergarten year, so I have been spending more time planning that and not doing offers and surveys. 

With MyPoints, I always wait until I can redeem $100.  Since I redeemed last month, I will not redeem points here for another two or three months.

With Bing, I have been pretty slack in doing all of my searches each day, so I need about 800 more points for my next $5 gift card.

With E-Poll, I need 11400 points for my next $30 gift card.  Right now I could redeem a $5 gift card, but I get more dollar for my points if I wait.

With Socratic Forums I need 2 more points to redeem my next $5 gift card.

I do not have enough on any of the grocery apps to redeem any points yet.  Hopefully with in the next month I will.


My Total Redeemed Amount for 2017 is:
January -- $57
February -- $147
March -- $170
April -- $71

Total Redeemed for 2016: $783
Total Redeemed for 2017: $445

Monday, May 1, 2017

Swag Wars Team Challenge

In honor of May 4th, Swagbucks is doing another team challenge!  This time there are 5 teams instead of 3, so it should be more interesting.  I am on team R2-Swagup!

Below is a list of activities to help get team points.  At the bottom I will add activities that are posted by members in the chat section.  All the rewarding activities in one spot, so check back to see what new activities there are to complete!  Good luck everyone!


Discovery:
One Point Offers -- RadiumOne and PeanutLab tend to have the most one point offers that actually credit.  Go to the walls and order offers from lowest to highest and get to work!  The other walls also offer some good activities as well, so don't forget to check them out as well.
  • Don't forget to look at the walls on both a laptop/desktop and a mobile device.  I have offers that show up on my phone that are not on the computer.  
  • Also remember that some one point offers can be done more than once, so check back again later to see if they returned!
  • SuperSonic One Pointers -- Old time board that is still active if you know where to look!
Insurance Branch Offers:  Look on the AdscendMedia wall or the Adgate wall for these offers.  All you do is enter your zip code and click "Get Quote" and you get some SB and the team gets points too!  (Also available on other walls as well, but I find them most frequently on the above)

EngageMe.TV -- Look on the AdscendMedia wall or the OfferToro wall for this activity.  Let it run while you do your normal thing, but be careful, the tab must stay open for the videos to advance.
  • AdscendMedia: Watch 6 ads, get 1 point.  I tend to get a faster turnaround in points on this offerwall.
  • OfferToro:  Watch 9 videos get 1 point.
Coupons.com -- This offer is available on multiple walls!  Just print coupons and get points.

RewardBee -- Available on various walls, do a quick survey and earn points!  From what I can tell, they can only be done once, or that is all I've been able to get credit.  (Once per topic).


Watch:
Mobile Device -- I usually do watch videos on my mobile device because they tend to freeze up my laptop.

NCrave -- This is by far my biggest point earner for the team.  I start the videos and let them play.  I keep the window visible by changing the window sizes so I know when to start a new activity.
  • Daily Crave -- Easy one point playlist that often refresh during the day.  Do not forget to use these if your regular NCrave run out!
  • Banner NCrave -- Run out of NCrave videos on the main NCrave page?  Click on your "My SB" page to see if you have a blue banner at the top that reads, "Complete this activity for 1 (or 2) easy SB!"
Other Watch Tips -- Some users have offered up some great links to earning opportunities with the Watch feature!!
  • Check out THIS site or THIS site for links to short video playlist!
  • Check out THIS forgotten watch area.  Watch a series of videos for 3 SB each!

Surveys:
Surveys can be a way to earn big bucks, but they are time consuming.  Look for the shortest surveys to try.


Inbox:
Don't forget to check your inbox!  Swagbucks has been sending a lot of 1 and 2 point discovery activities to complete!


Other Tips and Links:
Popular Offers -- Look for the "Watch this Video" for one point. (I think this is Volume 11 videos, please correct me if I am wrong!)
Laptop Guy -- Usually quick 2 point activities.  To find him on the main page, look at the Sponsored Video section.  He is the guy sitting with a laptop!
Computer Girl -- Look on under the Sponsored Video section, she is the girl sitting with a lap top.  Usually 2 point activities.
Tank Top Girl -- Look under Sponsored Videos, if she is there she is a girl in a tank top looking like she is in the middle of a party.  These are 2 point ads that are only 30 seconds each.
Binocular Girl -- Look under Sponsored Videos, she is the girl looking through binoculars.  Usually 8 videos that must be manually clicked through, 2 minute activity for 2 SB.
SwagCodes -- Look out on Facebook and Twitter for codes for extra points!  Remember to redeem through the Swagbucks App or the Swagbutton for team credit!
All You Can Eat SB -- Some people still have this offer.  I unfortunately haven't seen it in weeks.  Let it start playing and it will passively run while you do other activities.


Team Submitted Activities for Quick and Easy Team Points:
5/1/2017 -- AdGate Media: Discover the joy of traveling by RV
5/1/2017 -- Inbox: Click and Discover Great Porch Offers (5pts)
5/2/2017 -- RadiumOne Mobile Offer -- CVS -- can do up to 15 times.
5/3/2017 -- Discover Page -- Explore and Earn section -- Booking Buddy (9pts)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

MyPoints Facebook Contest

Starting on Monday, April 17th and going through the that Friday, April 21st, MyPoints is holding a Facebook contest where there will be one winner each day, for a total of FIVE winners!  The Prize?  A $100 gift card to your choice of the following stores:  Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, Target or Bed Bath and Beyond.

Man I wish this contest had been last week!  I could have used the Lowes gift card with all the wood we have been buying for out fence.  Fences are expensive!  But enough about what could have been.  I know if I won, I would have no problem spending $100 at any of those places!

To enter, first make sure to sign up as a member of MyPoints.  Just click on the site name anywhere on this post to sign up.

If you are already a member, click HERE and like the MyPoints Facebook page.

Each morning MyPoints will post a question related to some type of home improvement and all you have to do is answer the question!  One winner will be randomly chosen each day!

Easy Peasy!  Good Luck everyone!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Egg-cellent Team Challenge

It is that time again.  Time for a team challenge!  In honor of Easter, we are having the Egg-cellent Team Challenge on Swagbucks!  I'm on team Chocolate Dippers!  Good luck to everyone!

Discovery:
One Point Offers -- RadiumOne and PeanutLab tend to have the most one point offers that actually credit.  Go to the walls and order offers from lowest to highest and get to work!  The other walls also offer some good activities as well, so don't forget to check them out as well.
  • Don't forget to look at the walls on both a laptop/desktop and a mobile device.  I have offers that show up on my phone that are not on the computer.  
  • Also remember that some one point offers can be done more than once, so check back again later to see if they returned!
  • SuperSonic One Pointers -- Old time board that is still active if you know where to look!
Insurance Branch Offers:  Look on the AdscendMedia wall or the Adgate wall for these offers.  All you do is enter your zip code and click "Get Quote" and you get some SB and the team gets points too!  

EngageMe.TV -- Look on the AdscendMedia wall or the OfferToro wall for this activity.  Let it run while you do your normal thing, but be careful, the tab must stay open for the videos to advance.
  • AdscendMedia: Watch 6 ads, get 1 point.  I tend to get a faster turnaround in points on this offerwall.
  • OfferToro:  Watch 9 videos get 1 point.
Coupons.com -- This offer is available on multiple walls!  Just print coupons and get points.

Watch:
Mobile Device -- I usually do watch videos on my mobile device because they tend to freeze up my laptop.

NCrave -- This is by far my biggest point earner for the team.  I start the videos and let them play.  I keep the window visible by changing the window sizes so I know when to start a new activity.
  • Daily Crave -- Easy one point playlist that often refresh during the day.  Do not forget to use these if your regular NCrave run out!
  • Banner NCrave -- Run out of NCrave videos on the main NCrave page?  Click on your "My SB" page to see if you have a blue banner at the top that reads, "Complete this activity for 1 (or 2) easy SB!"
Other Watch Tips -- Some users have offered up some great links to earning opportunities with the Watch feature!!
  • Check out THIS site or THIS site for links to short video playlist!
  • Check out THIS forgotten watch area.  Watch a series of videos for 3 SB each!

Surveys:
Surveys can be a way to earn big bucks, but they are time consuming.  Look for the shortest surveys to try.


Inbox:
Don't forget to check your inbox!  Swagbucks has been sending a lot of 1 and 2 point discovery activities to complete!


Other Tips and Links:
Popular Offers -- Look for the "Watch this Video" for one point. (I think this is Volume 11 videos, please correct me if I am wrong!)
Laptop Guy -- Usually quick 2 point activities.  To find him on the main page, look at the Sponsored Video section.  He is the guy sitting with a laptop!
Computer Girl -- Look on under the Sponsored Video section, she is the girl sitting with a lap top.  Usually 2 point activities.
Tank Top Girl -- Look under Sponsored Videos, if she is there she is a girl in a tank top looking like she is in the middle of a party.  These are 2 point ads that are only 30 seconds each.
Binocular Girl -- Look under Sponsored Videos, she is the girl looking through binoculars.  Usually 8 videos that must be manually clicked through, 2 minute activity for 2 SB.
SwagCodes -- Look out on Facebook and Twitter for codes for extra points!  Remember to redeem through the Swagbucks App or the Swagbutton for team credit!
All You Can Eat SB -- Some people still have this offer.  I unfortunately haven't seen it in weeks.  Let it start playing and it will passively run while you do other activities.


Team Submitted Activities for Quick and Easy Team Points:
4/17/2017 -- RadiumOne CVS offer, repeatable multiple times on mobile only.
4/17/2017 -- InBox offer:  Earn up to 25SB -- Social Ingot Slideshows

10% Bonus on all Offers!

Starting today and going on for the next 10 days, Prizerebel is offering a 10% bonus on offerwall offers!  That means that every offer you complete will give you 10% MORE earnings!

To benefit from this offer you must first be a member of Prizerebel.  Click on the Prizerebel link to sign up if you are not already a member. 

Secondly, you must click HERE to activate the offer.

Lastly, start earning! 

There is no limit on the number of bonus points you can earn, so take advantage of this offer while you can!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah was sent to me for FREE by the SheSpeaks website to read and review.  (The paperback version will be available on April 25th!)

I think the cover artwork on this book is beautiful and well done.  It is a novel whose story takes place in France during the second World War and really begins just before the French surrender to the Nazi.  It focuses on two sisters and their struggles to endure and survive in German occupied France.

I've only read the first eight or so chapters in the first week I've had this book, but so far I am really enjoying the book. So far it seems very well written and the author captures the horror and emotions in a way that many, who have never seen war or experienced it, will get a new perspective on just how terrifying it can be.  I look forward to finishing this book in the next few weeks.

If you want to learn more about how I received this book for free, check out the SheSpeaks website.  Sign up to receive email invitations to the book club as well as other giveaways and other fun activities.  This is the first book I have received and I look forward to receiving many more through SheSpeaks.


Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber


This is the Lifetime Geometric Done Climber that I ordered off of Amazon.com using my gift cards that I earned from my point earning and survey sites.  My goal this year is to create an outdoor space for my kids to go outside and play, which I would not be able to do without the gift cards that I have earned.  (See the fence being constructed in the background?  I used Swagbucks and MyPoints to order all the wood so I could maximize my cash back).

It took 3 people to put this together, but we misread the directions. (Ok, I misread the directions and made an untrue assumption about the process of getting the different sections together).  It should be possible to construct with 2 people.  I did a lot of the beginning assembly on my own because my daughter was very eager to play on her new toy.  (She ended up being scared to climb up and at 4 is still a little two short to make it up on her own without a stool).

My son, who is two, loves to sit on the bars.  He is no where near tall enough to go the climbing on his own, though he desperately tries.  Thankfully he has learned how to get off on his own, without getting hurt.  I think in a few years, this toy will be perfect for my son, who loves climbing, and his little brother who is growing fast behind him.

To learn more about the sites I used to earn the gift cards to purchase this awesome toy, click HERE!