April 21, 2017

Swagbucks: Steak ‘N Shake

Calling Steak ‘N Shake fans: you can get a 15% cash back (in the form of SBs) when you purchase Steak ‘N Shake gift cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, Swagbucks’s gift card shop.

This is a limited time offer that’s good through April 30th or until supplies run out, whichever happens first.

This is me, in the corner, lamenting that there’s no Steak ‘n Shake near us.

WAIT. THERE IS, NOW. BYE!

April 17, 2017

Swagbucks: Egg-cellent Team Challenge

It’s time for the Swagbucks Easter Team Challenge!

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. You can pre-register starting now. If you haven’t joined Swagbucks yet, you can sign up on this page as well.

2. Starting April 17th at 8am PDT, you’ll contribute points to your team’s total as you complete activities.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card.

If you earn 300 SB before April 1st, you’ll get a 300 SB bonus if you joined the team using my link.

The 1st place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 25 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be available on Friday, April 21st and will expire on Sunday, May 7th 11:59pm PT.

April 12, 2017

Swagbucks: Spring sale cash back

Swagbucks is ringing in Spring with big promotional cash back rates through their Shop store.

Quick details

When: Deal good until April 16th
What: Better cash back rates for shopping you might be intending to do already

We may be looking down the barrel of extensive remodeling and renovations so these increased rates would come in right handy.

Home Depot = 3% Cash Back
Target = 4% Cash Back
Lowe’s = 3% Cash Back

Also, if you signed up through my links at some point this month (or sign up now), you’ll get a $2 (200 SB) bonus added to your account when you get your shopping SB.

Here’s a handy tutorial if you’d like to join Swagbucks and earn. I track my earnings here.

Swagbucks: Spring Discover

To celebrate Spring springing, Swagbucks is offering increased SB on Discover offers. They’ve got over 100 Deals, good through April 16th.

We already did the Puzzle Buzz offer: Get 2 Free highlights Activity & Coloring Books + Stickers and earn 750 SB

The puzzles are a little above JB’s ability right now, but the stickers aren’t! Ze has been loving them.

Take a look, they may have a great deal on something you were already planning to buy.

As a special bonus, if you sign up through my links this month and earn 300 SB before May 1st, you’ll get a bonus $3 (300 SB) added to your account at the beginning of next month.

Here’s a handy tutorial if you’d like to join Swagbucks and earn. I track my earnings here.

April 7, 2017

How to Make Money before Going to College

College is an unforgettable time in any young person’s life, and while you leave with a qualification and clarity on your career, you are also likely to leave with a hefty student loan that you need to pay off. Knowing that you are going to take on such a large debt before you even start working can be daunting, but it also gives you ample time to save as much money as possible to cover your costs. Here’s how to get money before you go to college so that you don’t graduate with tons of debt.

Become a Tutor

If you are considering college, then chances are you are doing well enough academically to teach and tutor younger students. Running after-hours classes at your school library or even your house is a great way to make extra money, plus it is an impressive addition to your college application form. If you aren’t sure how to get started, then look for a tutoring service in your area, and apply to become a part of their tutoring team.  All that practice might even help you with your SATs.

Invest Early

Most children receive an allowance or money as birthday or holiday gifts. The standard response is to rush out and buy that toy or spend it on a new outfit. But investing any amount of money over a long enough timeframe will reap rewards.

If you start saving in your freshman year, you can earn significant returns that can help cover basic costs or can be reinvested to earn compound interest. Even though this calls for you to have money to invest in the first place, it is a smart way to grow your wealth before going to college.

Hold a College Clear Out Sale

Going to college represents a significant milestone as children move on to become adults. This means that it’s time to leave the comforts and clutter of home behind, and start fresh.

Leaving high school is the ideal time to clear out your bedroom and sell all the stuff that you don’t need anymore. From sports equipment and textbooks to old clothes and collectibles, holding a garage sale is a great way to clear out and make some much-needed money.

Skip Spring Break

You will need to make sacrifices to make money before you go to college, and one ritual that you can skip if you’re looking to save is spring break.

While this rite of passage may be tempting, it is also very expensive. Travel, food, and accommodation add up. If you’re serious about saving and making money for college, skip this party and use the break to earn money doing any jobs that you can. There will be plenty of parties in college and it’s best not to not have money when they come around.

Ask for Help

A lot of high school children ask their parents for new phones, cars, or lavish birthday parties. The easiest way to make money before you go to college is to ask for it. Set up an account when you’re in high school and encourage your family to make deposits for your birthday, or over the holidays.  You will be surprised at people’s generosity, and if you start early this little investment could go a long way when you finally need it.

Do What It Takes

Whether you take work on Fiverr, work at your parents’ shop or sell artwork on the corner, the essential point is that being committed to making money before college will pay off. Play to your strengths and push people to help you – they will respond because you’re helping yourself.

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