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It's Been Over a Month...

May 8th, 2010 at 02:32 pm

since I last posted an entry on here! I have been so busy with my children and doing yard work that I've only had time to occasionally get on here and read the blogs.

I also have participated in lots of surveys (both medical & general) plus I have been doing so many restaurant mystery shops too!

Even though I've been lax about posting on here, I am still tracking my expenses and extra income. Right now I need to run a few errands, but will post my total extra income deposits since it was last updated on 2/28 later on today.

Survey Money

April 6th, 2010 at 11:05 am

This past weekend I completed a Pine Cone survey. Yesterday I got $3 DD for that. I also got an email rewarding me $10 for doing a medical survey. I need to choose a retailer from which I want a GC.

I'm getting lots more invites to Pine Cone surveys than I have in the past, so that's a good thing!

A Bit of Extra Money!

April 2nd, 2010 at 05:22 pm

Yesterday I found a dime and a nickel while I was at the grocery store. I also got a $3 DD from Pine Cone in my Pay Pal account.

So I am adding $3.15 to my extra income account!

Ebay, Found $, Mystery Shopping

March 28th, 2010 at 03:19 pm

I'm hoping to list some items on Ebay today. I sold 1 item so far, four others are listed all with bids which will be ending in a couple of days. I also have to contact someone that may be interested in an item I listed on Craigslist a few weeks ago.

Yesterday while at the grocery store I found 5 pennies on top of a gumball machine. So a bit of extra income there!

Friday evening I did another restaurant mystery shop. It ended up being about $7, after reimbursement, for 2 people at a casual restaurant. Not bad IMO!

I received a DD in Pay Pal for $30 for a mystery shop payment, so more $ to the extra income account!

$3 Extra Income

March 23rd, 2010 at 11:09 am

I got a DD into Pay Pal today from Pinecone, so I will add $3 more to the extra income fund. I did that survey over the weekend.

Sunday News

March 21st, 2010 at 08:54 pm

Today is a NSD!! I haven't even left the house.

Yesterday I found a dime and a penny while running some errands. We did another mystery shop on Friday evening.

I received an Amazon GC by email from Reward Port Surveys. It was for $10.

Today I listed 5 items on Ebay today. One of them had a bid on it. Another one has a watcher.

Other than that...not much going on here.

Have a wonderful day!

Laundry & Survey Money + Mystery Shop Income

March 21st, 2010 at 04:20 am

Today I did a few loads of laundry, which I hung outside. One of the children didn't empty their pockets, so I have 51 cents to contribute to my extra income for this week.

In addition, I received a $10 survey check today from Global Opinion Panels.

Last month I did a restaurant mystery shop which I got a $35 DD in my Pay Pal account for a couple of days ago.

Gotta love extra income!!

Busy with Mystery Shopping!

March 14th, 2010 at 07:15 pm

I have done three restaurant mystery shops in the last week. The food has been delicious. The service, on the other hand, especially at the one place was not very efficient with less than acceptable wait times after ordering meals. But all in all, not bad considering we can eat out for minimal OOP expenses due to reimbursements and shopper fees. I have another casual restaurant assignment scheduled for tomorrow night.


I have found a total of 2 dimes, 1 nickel, and 2 pennies over the course of the last few days while doing these assignments. So 27 cents in found money.


I got a $2 check from Survey Savvy on Friday. Yesterday, I received my Rite Aid monthly check rebate for $12.99. So a bit of extra money to send to the extra income fund.


Today is another NSD! Yeah!!

Friday Update

March 12th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Not much financial going on here. I did a mystery shop at a restaurant for dinner earlier in the week. I have another one scheduled for tonight...

I've found a nickel and penny in the last few days, so 6 cents to the extra income fund!

Have a wonderful Friday!

$25.19 Extra Income

March 6th, 2010 at 01:45 pm

A couple of weeks ago I completed a mystery shop at a local chain restaurant. Yesterday a $25 reimbursement was deposited into my Pay Pal account. In addition a PP deposit was made from You Data for $0.19!!

I will add this amount to my extra income fund!

No Spender & Survey Check

February 27th, 2010 at 06:58 pm

Looks like today will be another NSD!!

Yesterday I got a $2 check in the mail from Survey Savvy. I will add that to my extra income fund.

A Penny, Pinecone, & Mystery Shop

February 23rd, 2010 at 04:30 am

I completed a Pinecone survey this weekend. I received a PayPal payment today for $3.


At work today, I found a penny in the bathroom.


I received a voice mail message from a scheduler with a mystery shopping company. I did assignments with this company previously. She stated that a mystery shop was available in my area. Generally, when a scheduler calls it means that a deadline is nearing and there are still assignments that need to be scheduled. Otherwise, an email is sent to make mystery shoppers aware of upcoming assignments and it is possible to self-assign a specific job.

Anyway, I suspected that the scheduler was desperate to assign a shop. I returned her call after I left work. She asked if I could do a restaurant mystery shop either tonight or tomorrow. The shopper previously assigned to this job failed to communicate with the scheduler and didn't enter the report online by the assignment due date. A $10 bonus was offered plus a reimbursement of $25 for the meal. Since I didn't have anything planned for this evening, I accepted the assignment. The scheduler kept thanking me throughout the conversation. I'm glad I made her day! When I got home from work, I gathered up the children and we were on our way to the restaurant. It turns out I spent $32.71 including tip. So I'm making a couple of extra dollars, plus a free meal!!

Some Extra Income!

February 20th, 2010 at 06:54 pm

Yesterday I received a refund check in the mail for $5.19. Also I got a Paypal deposit for $33.17 reimbursement for a mystery shop.

Today I just traded some coupons with a fellow coupon fanatic. She sent me $2.20 through Pay Pal for those.

So a bit over $40 to send to the extra income fund!

Ebay, Taxes, Found Money, etc...

February 14th, 2010 at 05:53 pm

Last Sunday I listed 5 items on Ebay. All of those are ending today. Each item has bids and plenty of watchers. I will be happy to get rid of some clutter and have some extra money.


Normally I use Turbo Tax to do my federal taxes, but I'm researching other options this year. Even though I get a discount through an investment company, it stills ends up costing *at least* $50. I'm thinking about using Tax Act since it is free for everyone with no income limits...Does anyone have any feedback using Tax Act? I doubt that I'm getting a refund. I may just complete the online forms and save it. Then I can submit it closer to the deadline. We will see what happens...


Last night I did another mystery shop at a restaurant. I just finished submitting the information online a bit ago. We stopped at Wal-mart to get a few things. I found a nickel in the parking lot and a penny on the floor near the exit doors.


Have a nice Sunday! I will post the Ebay profits in a few days!!

Mystery Shopping Income

January 22nd, 2010 at 04:20 am

I received reimbursement in my Pay Pal account yesterday for doing a mystery shop last month. I will add $35 to my extra income for the week.


January 12th, 2010 at 03:03 am

I received $3 in my PayPal account today for a survey I completed over the weekend. I will add that to the extra income fund!

Have a great evening!

Toluna Surveys

January 8th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I just visited to see if any changes have been made since Greenfield online has combined with this company. I'm wondering if it is even worthwhile now to do these surveys because a minimum of 60,000 points are required to even begin to "cash out". Prior to the merger, you could request a shopping voucher if you accumulated 45,000. Now it is increased to 75,000 points!!

Other than Pine Cone and Survey Savvy, what are some other favorite online survey sites that you participate in?

Survey News

December 22nd, 2009 at 11:47 pm

According to an email I received today, Greenfield surveys is combining with Toluna surveys effective 1/4/10. If you want to request any survey money from Greenfield (that is sitting in your account), it must be done before that deadline. Otherwise, it will be transferred to Toluna.

I've noticed in the past few months that with Toluna (which was formerly Your 2 Cents *I think*) you need to accumulate more points than was previously required to "cash out". Oh well...

A Nickel, A Penny, and Pinecone

December 22nd, 2009 at 03:09 am

Over the weekend I found a penny in a crack in the sidewalk. Also, last night at Walmart I found a nickel under a bench.

I got $6 deposited into my Paypal account today for 2 Pinecone surveys I completed over the weekend.

So $6.06 in extra income!

Checks & No Spender!

December 20th, 2009 at 12:52 am

I got 2 refund checks in the mail today totaling $42.72. In addition, I got a $40 reimbursement in my Paypal account for doing a mystery shop last month.

I didn't spend any money today + it is still snowing. We have *at least* 12 inches now!!

Have a great evening!

Mystery Shop Dinner Tonight

December 11th, 2009 at 03:39 am

I had a mystery shop to do tonight at a casual restaurant. I will get reimbursed $35 for entering the information online. Our total bill, including the tip, for all three of us was $40.46. So in the end, three meals for $5.46. There are enough leftovers for another meal! Smile


November 21st, 2009 at 01:49 pm

I get payments deposited in Paypal yesterday for $100 in reimbursements for 3 restaurant mystery shops + $3 from Pine Cone!

Then I went to Walmart for a few items which included yams $0.25/lb, celery $0.88/stalk, head of cauliflower $1.98, and broccoli $1.25/lb...all pretty good deals in my opinion! I found a penny at the checkout register there.

So I had extra income yesterday of $103.01!!

More Checks + Found Money

November 15th, 2009 at 09:58 pm

Yesterday I received two checks in the mail. One was $7 for completing a mystery shop. The other was from Toluna Surveys for $10.

After work yesterday I stopped for gas at a convenience store and found another penny in the parking lot!

Have a great Sunday!

Small Checks

September 6th, 2009 at 03:09 pm

Yesterday I got several checks in the mail. One was $4.64 for a Rita's Italian Ice mystery shop reimbursement, a $2 refund check, and a $2 survey check. So a total of $8.64.

I also got a sample box of cereal from Vocalpoint--Kashi Honey Sunshine.

Mystery Shop Update

September 4th, 2009 at 04:46 pm

I did another restaurant mystery shop last night. I should get $35 reimbursed for that in the next month or so.

I have a shop to complete tonight at another restaurant. The reimbursement for that one is $40.

I enjoy doing these because we get to eat out with minimal OOP expense!

Have a great Friday!

Ebay Update

September 1st, 2009 at 03:44 pm

I recently sold 4 items on Ebay. I have received payment for 3 of those items. After the fees, I have netted $17.74. Not a lot, but certainly a little bit to add to the extra income fund, which I need to update on my blog.

I have still been keeping track of all my extra income, but will update my sidebar with the figures possibly later today.

Oh, I also got $3 in my account from Pinecone for a survey I completed last night!

Mystery Shopping News

August 22nd, 2009 at 09:12 pm

This week I got a total of $134.92 reimbursements in my Paypal account for 3 restaurant mystery shops I completed in July.

I'm leaving soon to do another restaurant mystery shop assignment tonight. Then, tomorrow I have a retail one to complete.

Oh I found a penny also the other day at the store.

It Was a Good Mail Day!

August 15th, 2009 at 02:55 pm

I received a survey check from Your2Cents(now Toluna)today for $10. In addition, I got 2 refund checks totaling $26.77.

So there is another $36.77 in extra income to add to the account, which I will update later this weekend.

Have a great day!

Busy Doing Mystery Shops!

August 13th, 2009 at 03:52 am

Over the weekend, I did another Cheesecake Factory mystery shop. I wasn't as impressed by the service at this location as I have been at the other three that I've done.

Tonight I completed an assignment at Texas Roadhouse.

Tomorrow I have 2 to at a local hardware store plus a Rita's Italian Ice.

Nothing is scheduled yet for Friday, but Saturday I have an Orange Julius assignment scheduled.

So, I'll be quite busy mystery shopping the next couple of days!

Survey + Found Money

August 4th, 2009 at 04:35 am

Yesterday I found a penny in the Wal-mart parking lot. Then today at the mall I found another penny.

I got a Pinecone survey DD into my Paypal account today for $3.

So $3.02 to the extra income fund!

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