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Paribus

Paribus helps you save money while shopping, and even afterwards. It’s affiliated with Wikibuy, which is part of Capital One. If you download the Wikibuy extension, it will check for coupon codes and the best price when you’re shopping online at certain stores. I’ve used it a few times to find the best deal.

Paribus also keeps track of your deliveries. When something arrives later than promised, Paribus will contact you advising that you may be eligible for compensation. I’ve done it twice this month. I often forget about this part since I’ve never had to utilize it, until recently.

My last two shipments from Amazon were late. The first one was slightly disappointing because I was looking forward to my new vacuum, but no big deal. The next day, I noticed that Paribus sent me a message. This directed me to their site to view the late delivery. They said I could contact Amazon via chat, while providing the link to do so. They even gave me the exact wording, including my order number. All I had to do was copy and paste the information into the chat. I received a $5 credit right away. They made it extremely quick and easy. I would guesstimate a few minutes total between receiving the email from Paribus and receiving a credit from Amazon. This happened again on another shipment and I was given $3 for that one.

I haven’t been able to locate a referral link or code to provide, but it’s still definitely worth sharing. Try it out https://paribus.co.

For more like this, see the Financial Tips page.

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk)

Amazon is affiliated with so many things, but I recently found out about this.

Per their site: “Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a marketplace for completion of virtual tasks that requires human intelligence. The Mechanical Turk service gives businesses access to a diverse, on-demand, scalable workforce and gives Workers a selection of thousands of tasks to complete whenever it’s convenient.”

Basically, you get paid small amounts to do small tasks. This includes things like surveys, extracting receipt information, provide search results, pulling info from a site, rate pics, and so on.

I would love to share a referral link for this, but I’m not able to locate anything. If you would like to try this, visit https://www.mturk.com/get-started. If you have an Amazon account, it is the same login info. You can also choose to be paid via Amazon gift card. I’m scheduled to get my first payout of $8.39 this Thursday. My goal is to have a higher payout next time around. I created a reminder to make sure I log in daily and complete a few tasks.

For more sites / apps like this, see the Financial Tips page.

Cha ching cha cha ching cha ching

The loud, annoying, embarrassing sounds coming from the Coinstar.
Even more amplified by my ridiculous anxiety.

When I start the Coinstar machine, it is very loud. I feel like everyone is looking at me. Then I begin dumping the clanky coins, which always seems to be never ending. I feel like I’m in my own world just watching the coins, pushing them around as they get stuck, refilling the tray, and so on. It’s almost like a trance. In the meantime, I’m having panic attacks. I get really warm and my face gets red. I feel like everyone knows I’m a mess.

It happens every time without fail. No matter how I approach it or what I tell myself. I’m not entirely sure which part of my mental issues causes it, but it’s not a fun experience. I hate it. I hate the anxiety that comes over me. I don’t care that every few grocery trips, I have to lug a heavy coffee canister full of change to the store. I’m not embarrassed to use the machine. I’m embarrassed that it affects me this way.

I appreciate that we have the change to begin with. Whenever my fiance is sorting and researching his boxes of coins, the less interesting ones go into the canister. It’s recycled money, but it makes me feel better to turn it into Amazon cash to be used on family and household items. Knowing that helps me to get through my silly bout of anxiety. I just wish I could control it better to begin with.

Giftloop

This app has quickly become one of my favorites. You can make a few extra bucks doing quick tasks with little effort. The “coins” accumulate fairly quickly.

Giftloop has a continuous loop of screens that you swipe through. As you swipe, you come across several cat memes that you click on for 5 coins. In between the cats, there are also short videos to watch for 50 coins. You can complete offers, trials, install apps, take surveys, and more. They have a daily login bonus, along with other daily bonuses. For example, there’s a daily bonus for taking a survey. So, you get the coins for the survey itself, then collect an additional 750 bonus coins.

I have made $35 in Amazon gift cards since I’ve started using this app, near the end of last year. That’s not bad since I primarily just watch the videos, do an occasional survey, and collect my 5 coins whenever the cats pop up. Oh and I always have my phone set to collect coins whenever it’s charging. I would have cashed out more but I rarely complete the offers, apps, and trials. Since I’m really not testing out as many apps anymore, I think I will be using this one a little more often.

If you’re interested in trying Giftloop, use my referral link & let me know what you think: https://app.giftloop.co/r/93WYDMW.

For more apps like this, see the Financial Tips page.

MobileXpression

Per their site, “MobileXpression is a market research panel designed to understand the trends and behaviors of people using the mobile Internet.”

I love this app. I always brag about how easy it is to use and to make a few extra bucks. It takes very little time. You just install the app and let it run in the background of your phone. If I recall correctly, there is a security setting that you need to adjust for it to track properly. Once a week, I click on the app. It verifies that it is connected, then I collect my five points. That’s it. I’ve actually made $35 in Amazon gift cards, since the end of 2019. The amount would be higher, but when I first signed up I would always forget to click on it each week. Now I set a reminder for myself.

As much as I would love to provide a referral link or code, there isn’t any available. If you are interested in trying the app, I can send you an email. Although, I don’t know if there are any benefits for referrals. There is an affiliate program, but I haven’t signed up for it. You can also go to your app store, or their site to sign up at https://www.mobilexpression.com/About.aspx.

Try it out and let me know what you think, or if you have similar apps that you have used successfully. I am always looking for feedback.

For more apps similar to this, see the Financial Tips page.

Mistplay: Games That Really Pay

I had already mentioned Mistplay here on my site in the past, but I really didn’t have a lot of information listed on the Financial Tips page. I just updated this, but I felt the need to spotlight it as well.

Mistplay is a gaming app that you would play games on.

The process is simple:
* Choose the game that interests you.
* Download via the app.
* Open the game and play.

Usually, you will need to adjust security settings so that the app can track your activity. If it doesn’t seem like you are accumulating points, check your phone’s settings.

This has actually become one of my favorite apps, surprisingly. While they are fun, I’m usually not a fan of playing video games. This is only because I feel it wastes a lot of time and I always need to be productive. This particular app has proven to very productive for me. I have made $70 in Amazon gift cards since I’ve started using it, less than a year ago. I’m about to cash out another $10.

Use my referral link to get a bonus 50 points. Let me know what you think.

Everyone’s results will vary. For the most accurate up to date information, see the individual company’s site/app. I’m in PA, US, using an Android phone and Windows laptop to access above mentioned. My only affiliation is that I have personally used these companies and share my referral links, which may pay an incentive.

My Points App

I just added My Points to the ongoing list of places to make a few bucks.

They’ve been around since 1996. I’ve been using the site since 2010. Back then, there was no app. I used to get tons of Barnes & Nobles gift cards just by clicking on emails and a few other quick tasks. Then I forgot about the site for a while, until I recently started using it again. Otherwise, my lifetime points would be much higher than 8,114.

Points don’t seem to accumulate as quickly as they used to for me, but it’s still worth it. It only takes a few moments to complete a few tasks like taking surveys, playing games, shopping via the app, clicking on emails, and more. Since I started using the app, I’ve made $10 in Amazon gift cards so far.

Try it out using my referral link, and let me know what you think.

For more ways to make a few bucks and save money, check out the Financial Tips page.

Keeping Busy, Sane, And Safe

I’m trying my best to stay busy during this time of quarantine. Of course there’s always something to do. I’m never ever bored. Not sure how anyone could be with so much to do all the time. I am constantly racing against time to do as much as possible. I usually fail, but I keep trying. Those small wins, really do matter. Baby steps, right?

I can say that lots of cleaning has been done. Repeatedly. Except the dishes. I just can’t stand to do them. Once I start, I’m ok. I know that’s a major thing and usually no one else will do it, but getting there is difficult. I actually just found a used portable dish washing machine for sale online today. That may be a happy new addition in our tiny home. It might be a tight fit, since I also want a hot/cold water cooler. I know, they are so 80’s. My fiance tells me constantly how lame they are. I had one for years up until recently and I regret not taking it with me. I absolutely loved it. Except for the part where I had to obtain the bottles. That part sucked. I guess we shall see.

I’ve also been doing all sorts of organizing, updating, filing, and so forth. I’ve fallen so far behind with this, that I have a few piles started here and there. Usually I do this during the mercury retrograde, but I wasn’t properly prepared for this last one. I’m a major dork. Give me a pack of sticky notes and I’m happy. Everything must be labelled, things need to be in bins, and paperwork must be in chronological and priority order. I have OCD and ADHD, so I often get distracted while being super focused on a particular project for a while. Hence, the multiple piles started here and there. But I get through them all, eventually.

Since I’m always working on anything that provides an extra few bucks for my family, I figured I’d take this time to follow up on the sites and apps I’ve been working with. Some were a bit more time consuming so I’ve been delaying them till now. I’ve been narrowing down a few more survey sites and places to get free Amazon items. I’ve also cashed in on a few Amazon cards from playing games and scanning receipts. My eBay has also been updated with a few ongoing coin listings. I expanded to a few other selling sites.

I have ventured out as needed for medications and food, but I make those trips as little as possible during this time. My family won’t let me leave without a mask and gloves. It’s so strange when I’m out driving. Very little traffic or people in general. Fast food places only have their drive thru’s open. Places are now delivering that didn’t before. E-vists are becoming standard, as doctor offices don’t want you to spread anything further. We all have to be safe everyone. Even if you feel like you won’t get it, someone else you interact with might.

How are you staying busy, sane, and safe?