Friday, December 28, 2012

Surveys, Product Reviews and More

in late August I started doing surveys for money, it is not much put in 4 months over $400 is better then nothing, right?! I thought i would share and offer referrals to my readers. Start saving for 2013!!

MySurvey: I do surveys daily for them and save up my points for Amazon Giftcards or PayPal $$ you are able to cash in starting at 1100pts for $10 and most surveys are 50-150points each when completed.  I average $25 a month on here.  for a referral please leave a comment with email and I will send you, also put mysurvey in the comment so I know which one to send.

CrowdTap:  I do quick 1 question "surveys" all the time.  Points and levels are redeemable for many prizes (including amazon gifts cards).  My favorite though is the Sample and Shares through them.  I have done 2 now for OldNavy.  They send coupons, you go to the store get FREE stuff and submit your review and pictures.  First one was CardiParty and 3 friends and I EACH received a Scarf, Skirt and Cardigan for free, over $60 worth of clothing free EACH! Second one was Sweater Party and just myself and sister received ANY sweater in store for free. Still a good deal!  They worth with many other companies for Sample and Shares too. click here to join!

Global Test Market:  I receive 5-10 surveys daily. I receive/qualify for about half of them.  I earn the MOST on this and the rewards come int he form of a check straight to your mailbox in 4-6weeks. EASY!!  I started in August and have cashed out for $253 since then. Sometimes you also get product samples to try, relevant to you, I have had 4 of these: baby products, food, and household items. Once again not bad for doing a few nightly surveys. If you would like a referral email, please leave your email adress and GTM in comments and I will send you one ASAP.

House Party:  I have been doing this for 3 years now, maybe more? I have received a few awesome parties, most recently a Huggies Potty Training Party coming up in January.

Community Focus Groups:  Through the different survey companies above I have qualified for consumer focus groups which pay in Amazon GCs and products. My first was back in September and I received a Quinny Stroller and $40 for Amazon.  Currently I am in 2 groups and am paid $15 monthly in Amazon GCs to answer at least 4 tasks 1 month, those include polls, answering others questions and posting comments. Easy money for 10-15 minutes a month.  These also include products to try sent to your house. These come from MySurvey and GlobalTest Market

ValuedOpinions: This is a harder one to earn on, but still worth it.  Each survey has a dollar value, I receive around 9 a week and qualify for maybe half of them.  So it does take longer to earn.  You can cash out every time you hit $20 or more, for different gift cards- Amazon, Macys, iTunes, Visa and travel.  I have cashed out once, and have $27 ready to cash out, and 13 pending as of tonight, but I am waiting for more before I cash out here. All surveys are at least $1 and up to $5. If you would like a referral to this company, once again leave your email in comments with VO in your comments also.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Girls weekend

This past weekend: Thursday to Monday, I went away for a girls weekend. We went in celebration of our friend's birthday, for R&R and some fun. We caught up on sleep, indulged in food (goodness is questionable), and laid in the sun or sat in hot tub on ship.
Even without our kids with us, left in hands of all the daddies, my kids sent me off with a stomach bug which lasted roughly a day, then was shared with Claire (poor thing). Also "taking out" Tim, his parents, his brother and our kids. Fun times, I am sure ;).
All in all it was a good time with some hiccups by Carnival. Hopefully they improve them before any of us take out next cruise, longer cruises seem to e so much better, service, boat, attractions, then the weekend ones. We shared laughs, jokes, and sadness for the people of Newtown while away, watching CNN from the ship, thinking of our kids back at home.
Our flight was delayed, yet as I write this we are flying back (blogging from mid-air), ready to embrace our all loved ones. AND plan the next trip .

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Finished! All done! Never again?!?

I have officially finished my Graduate Degree!

I should have my diploma soon, and now have to pay the state and mail them many documents to receive my professional certification and extra license extensions for teaching. I am anxious about my grades because I have busted my butt now for 5 semesters. (Update: 3.9!! my hard work paid off!)

When I started at Lehman Sept 2010,  J was 4 months old and I had just started a new job. My first two semesters, I was a new mom and employed full time and my 3rd semester started off with me having a baby and staying home. Even then I took the first 10 days off and went back to class the same day C got out of the hospital because of her renal reflux. I was determined. After being laid off,  I went back again taking more classes to finish as quick as possible, 3 class semesters when norm there was 2.  Since I did not have to student teach, once again challenging myself with more work, I decided to pursue the early education field to get those extra licenses.

These two classes, though very interesting and informative for me both as a parent and teacher, provided more work in one semester then any other before it. I did learn but boy was it stressful. (Another reason I was excited to run off for a girls weekend after a rough semester).

So for now, I need to find a job, in the early education/intervention field,  a home worker is what I hope to become so I can still be home with kids and continue to take them on all the adventures we go on.  I am ready to see what 2013 will bring me career wise. Wish me luck!