13 Clever Ways to Make Money From Home in Your PJ’s

October 17, 2018 by Kyle
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The idea of making money from home is very appealing to many of us. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or love the idea of flexible hours, there are MANY perks. As long as you have a decent computer and a solid Internet connection you’ll qualify for many of these jobs. So without further ado, let’s break it down…

13 Clever Ways to Make Money From Home

1. Become a Product Tester

Become a Product Tester

How cool would it be to get paid to test products from home and get paid for it?

There are companies out there who will do exactly that. Plus, you get to keep most of the products you test which is a COOL bonus.

The best places to start looking for paid opportunities include ProductTestingUSA, Indeed.com and even Adidas.

Most product testing jobs pay in the $9 – $15/hour range.

2. Get Paid To Give Your Opinion

Take Surveys

Many survey websites will happily pay you for your opinion.

The best part is the only requirement is a computer or smartphone.

Surveys can take from a couple minutes up to half an hour. The longer the survey the more you’ll get paid.

Expect to get paid in the $12-15/hour range.

A few of my favorite survey sites include SwagBucks, Toluna, and Survey Junkie.

3. Sell Your Stuff

Sell Stuff on eBay

Do you have a closet full of clothing and shoes you don’t wear?

Or maybe a garage full of duplicate tools and sporting goods that you wouldn’t miss?

Consider making some extra money and sell them on popular sites like eBay and Craigslist.

Here are some unlikely items that sell really well. There’s a great chance you probably have many of these laying around gathering dust.

Time to start cashing in baby.

See Also: 11 Work From Home Jobs That Pay $12+ Per Hour

4. Get Paid to Watch Videos

Get Paid to Watch Videos

Yes, you read that correctly, some websites will actually pay you to watch videos online.

The site that I’ve had the most success with is called SwagBucks.

You sign-up for free and earn “Swagbucks” for not only watching videos but also for playing online games, shopping online, and taking surveys.

Earn enough Swags and you can redeem them for free gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, and Starbucks.

See Also: This Site Will Pay You $2,280/Year to Watch Videos

5. Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant

Are you a jack-of-all trades?

Maybe you’re highly organized and well versed at Outlook, Excel, Photoshop, and social media to name a few.

If you are, you stand a great chance at making good money from home as a virtual assistant.

Most successful VA’s are good at administrative tasks, including answering emails, scheduling meetings and making travel arrangements.

Check out Fiverr, Remote.co, and FlexJobs for hundreds of current job listings, many of which let you telecommute.

6. Snap a Pic of Your Receipts

Scan Receipts with Ibotta

Don’t throw away those receipts! Instead cash them in from your living room couch.

My favorite way to do this is via 2 FREE apps, Ibotta and FetchRewards.

You simply shop like you normally would, scan your receipt, and earn points on the stuff you buy.

If you want to take your game to the next level check out the apps before you buy and gear your purchases to the items that provide the most reward points.

You can then turn those points into cold hard cash or free gift cards.

If you really want to get jiggy with it and become a receipt scanning ninja, check out my article called 5 Reasons To NEVER Throw Away Your Receipt.

7. Become a Freelance Writer

Become a Freelance Writer

If you love to write and desire flexible hours, freelance writing is a great way to earn money from home.

I’ve done a lot of freelance writing over the years and it’s been a great way to supplement my income.

When I started freelancing I was earning around $40 per online article. But as my writing became higher quality, and more sought after, I was earning $200 per article (approx 750 words).

A few quality resources to get you started looking for freelance jobs include Indeed.com, Freelance Writing Gigs.com, and LinkedIn Jobs.

8. Work for Amazon

Work for Amazon

Starting in late 2018, Amazon will be paying $15/hour to all new distribution center employees. Not too shabby.

But did you know that Amazon also has work-at-home opportunities as well?

Jobs include customer service representatives as well as Mechanical Turk opportunities where you get paid to complete “simple tasks” that help out organizations.

If you’re interested in a customer service gig, and like the idea of being able to work in your pj’s, check out the Amazon Employment page and click on “Remote Career Opportunities”.

9. Sell Your Lesson Plans

Sell Your Lesson Plans

We all know that teachers are underpaid for the amount of time and passion that they put into their students.

So if you’re a teacher and have made your own creative lesson plans over the years, consider selling them for cash.

Check out the site Teachers Pay Teachers as it’s the go-to spot to sell your lesson plans and supplement your income in the process.

It’s also a great place for new teachers to go to find some inspiration.

See Also: 50+ Places Where Educators Get a Teacher Discount

10. Rent Out a Room of Your Home

Rent Out a Room

Thanks to Airbnb and VRBO, the prospect of renting out a room or guest house on your property has become an easy process.

Both sites bring a plethora of qualified renters to you and let you pick and choose who you want to rent to.

Be aware that Airbnb charges hosts a 3% processing fee and VRBO charges renters a fee in the 7-8% range.

11. Serve On an Online Jury

Serve on an Online Jury

Lawyers and trial psychology firms will actually pay you to serve on a mock jury or focus group from home.

Most pay in the $5-$10 per case range with some paying up to $50 to offer your opinion on a case.

Pretty cool way to earn some extra income as they don’t take much time to complete.

Start getting paid today at these 3 popular websites: eJury.com, JuryTest.net, and JuryTalk.com.

Also check out OnlineVerdict.com to get paid to respond to legal cases and offer your opinion.

12. Start a Blog

Start a Blog

While the idea of starting a blog might seem daunting, it’s really not as hard as you might think.

See my FULL guide here.

Once you start blogging about something you’re passionate about, the readers and clever ways to monetize will follow.

From direct adverting to affiliate marketing to brand ambassadorship, there are MANY ways to make money from a blog.

Popular blog ideas right now include Mommy blogs, finance blogs, travel blogs, how-to blogs, and DIY blogs.

Bottom-line: If you’re a semi-expert at something, there is a GREAT chance someone is gonna want to read what you have to say about the topic.

13. Become a Social Media Evaluator

If you have a computer and a high-speed Internet connection, and a “High level of cultural awareness” you stand a great chance at qualifying for a Social Media evaluator or specialist job.

Your jobs would range from rating social media ads to helping a company with their social media presence. The latter could include responding to customers on Facebook to searching for relevant content to share on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The best places to search for these jobs include Indeed.com, FlexJobs.com, and Retirement Jobs.com.

Ask the Reader: What clever ways have you discovered to make money from home?

If you know of any other jobs that I should add to this list, please contact me and I’ll be sure to check them out, thanks.

By Kyle James

Photo credit to Hobvias Sudoneighm.

Torchy’s Secret Menu: Taking Tacos to a Whole New Level

October 9, 2018 by Kyle
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Like the food truck turned restaurant, the Torchy’s secret menu has become quite popular in recent years. If you’re lucky enough to live in a southern state that has a Torchy’s Tacos location, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of at least one of these secret menu items.

Torchy's Secret Menu: Take Tacos to a Whole New Level

The cool thing about this “hidden” menu is that most employees know how to make these tacos by name, making them really easy to order.

Here’s how their secret menu currently breaks down, hope it helps you find your next favorite taco.

Torchy’s Secret Menu:

1. Mad Cow

Strange item given the disease with the same name. But wow, does it sounds yummy.

Order The Mad Cow and get a taco filled with fajita steak, black beans, jack cheese, grilled corn, cilantro and creamy chipotle sauce.

Throw it all on a warm flour tortilla and you’ll be one happy taco.

2. Trailer Park Hillbilly Style

Best name ever for a taco.

The Trailer Park Hillbilly Style comes with fried chicken (of course), chorizo, green chilies, chopped bacon, green chile queso, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, poblano ranch on the side for dipping.

In case you were wondering, the poblano ranch sauce is a creamy ranch dressing with serrano and grilled poblano peppers blended in.

All served on a warm tortilla base.

3. Trashy Trailer Park

Order this concoction and you’ll get the Trailer Park taco but instead of the lettuce, you’ll get queso.

Who needs roughage anyways, right?

Think of it like a deliciously beautiful sloppy taco mess, hence the name.

See Also: The Taco Bell Secret Menu Will Make You Love Life Again

4. Jack of Clubs

This is a breakfast taco that will fulfill any hunger.

Order the Jack of Clubs and get a flour tortilla filled with a fried egg, fried potatoes, black beans, corn tortilla strips, cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream and some diablo sauce.

The diablo sauce consists of fire-roasted habanero chiles mixed with vinegar, tomatoes, and spices. NOT for the timid.

Not sure why it’s called the Jack of Clubs but it sounds dang good.

5. The Hipster

Turns out Torchy’s is not a hipster-free zone but requires you like tuna.

Order The Hipster and get Panko fried tuna, green chilies, chopped bacon, black bean relish, cotija cheese, avocado sauce, cilantro, and a wedge of lime for squeezing.

Like any good hipster taco you had me at bacon.

6. Ace of Spades

Kinda buried the lead by putting the Ace of Spades down here in my list of secret menu items.

Easily one of their most popular “secret” items, this bad boy is an explosion of flavor in your mouth.

Order it and you’ll get a warm flour tortilla filled with a jalapeno sausage link split down the middle and grilled.

They’ll then throw on some grilled brisket, a fried egg, green chile queso, cilantro, cotija cheese, sour cream and diablo sauce.

Wow, a lot going on in this taco, guessing you’ll need to eat it with a knife and fork.

7. The Matador

Ole! Ole!

Order The Matador and get piled-high smoked brisket, grilled jalapenos, pickled onions, jack cheese, avocado, sour cream and cilantro.

It also comes with tomatillo sauce for pouring on top and a crisp corn tortilla inside of a flour tortilla.

Think of it like the double wrapped taco that Taco Bell made famous years ago.

8. Green Chile Pork Missionary Style

By far the longest named secret menu item ever created, this beauty has an amazing flavor profile.

Order this sucker and score green chile pork, pickled onions, jack cheese, guacamole, cilantro, and creamy chipotle to boot.

This one also come in a crisp corn tortilla inside of a flour tortilla.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever tried anything from Torchy’s secret menu? If so, how did the taco rate?

By Kyle James

Photo credit to Kimberly Vardeman.

Giving Assistant Review: Cashback Site With a Charitable Twist

October 5, 2018 by Kyle
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As most of you know I’m a huge fan of cashback sites, I mean why not get paid for online shopping you’ll be doing anyways? Then combine your cashback with a coupon code and you’re clearly winning at life. So when I stumbled upon Giving Assistant I knew I needed to do a full review on their new cashback website and business model. I hope this helps you save some money.

Giving Assistant Review: Cashback Site With a Charitable Twist

How Does Giving Assistant Work?

You sign-up for free, shop through their website or browser button (more on that later) and get cashback on almost all of your online purchases.

They have partnered with over 3,000 online stores and they make a commission when you purchase via their links.

They then turn around and give a chunk of their commission back to you in the form of “cashback”.

Do The Offer a Bonus to Sign-Up?

YES, glad you asked.

Simply sign-up through the link below and they’ll add $5 to your account once you accumulate at least $0.99 in cashback.

That means you only need to make about a $30-40 purchase to score your $5 bonus. Easy money.

Click Here to Try Giving Assistant and Get Your $5 Bonus

What Makes Them Different From a Site Like Ebates?

On the face of it, Giving Assistant looks like every other cashback site in existence.

It’s not until you dig a little deeper and discover that they’re all about giving back to non-profit charities.

They actually let you pick from 1,000’s of charities to donate your cash back to.

You can also opt to keep your cashback for yourself, totally up to you.

See Also: The 11 Best Cashback Sites Worth Your Time

What Popular Non-Profits Do They Work With?


They work with literally over a million non-profit organizations. 1.2 million to be exact.

Here are some you’ve probably heard of.

  • Make A Wish
  • Pencils of Promise
  • Fisher House
  • United Way
  • Hope Matters
  • Camp Kesem
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

For a full list check out their website.

Are Their Cashback Rates Comparable?

Cashback Rates

Yes, they’re definitely comparable to other cashback sites. It just depends on the store as some rates are higher and some are a little lower.

The best strategy is to sign-up with Giving Assistant and TopCashBack or Ebates and play them against each other so you always get the best cashback rate possible.

To give you a taste, here are some of their current cashback rates:

  • Amazon (4% back)
  • Urban Outfitters (3% back)
  • Macy’s (3.5% back)
  • JCPenney (3% back)
  • Movies Unlimited (10% back)
  • Modell’s (5% back)
  • Nordstrom Rack (3% back)
  • Walmart (up to 5.5% back)
  • Athleta (4% back)
  • Sam’s Club (3.5% back)
  • Lillian Vernon (3.5% back)
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods (2.5% back)
  • Old Navy (2% back)
  • Priceline (2.5% back)

I’ll be sure to keep this list updated.

Do They Have a Smartphone App?

Unfortunately, as of this writing they do NOT have an app that you can shop through and collect cashback.

But…they have the next best thing in their browser extension “Button” that notifies you when you’re shopping online at a store that offers coupon codes and cashback.

Browser Extension

Currently available for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome, the Button makes it possible to NOT have to shop directly though their website.

Just shop online like you normally would and you’ll get an alert at checkout when cash back AND a coupon code is available.

Kinda cool because with very little effort your charity will benefit and you’ll save money on your online purchase.

How Often Will I Get Paid?

Giving Assistant will pay you whenever you request it once you’ve accumulated at least $5.99 in cashback.

There is no lifetime limit to the amount of cash back you can receive.

How Does Giving Assistant Pay Me?

Payment Options

Giving Assistant currently pays their members via these 2 payment methods.

  1. PayPal – You must have at least $5.99 in your account, no fees to you.
  2. eCheck – Same as PayPal above.

Unfortunately, they don’t pay via gift cards to stores like Amazon, Walmart, and Target like many other cashback sites do. Not a big deal though.

Is Giving Assistant Only For Online Shopping?

Yes, as of this writing they only offer cashback when you shop online and not in-store.

How Do I Ensure I Get My Cashback?

There are some very important steps you need to take to make sure you ALWAYS get your cashback.

Here are the 3 steps that Giving Assistant highly recommends:

1. Completely disable AdBlocker or Privacy extensions on ALL websites.

2. Begin shopping with an EMPTY shopping cart.

3. Complete your purchase in the SAME browsing session within 24 hours.

Keep in mind that some stores take up to 7 days to credit you with your cashback.

Also, most travel sites like Expedia and Orbitz won’t give you your cashback until your travel has been completed.

What Happens If I Still Don’t Get My Cashback?

If you do the above three steps and still notice that your Giving Assistant account does NOT get credited, you have some recourse.

Specifically, you can shoot Giving Assistant an email at help[at]givingassistant.org and tell them your situation and they’ll get back you ASAP.

Make sure your email includes a copy of your order confirmation, date of purchase, order number, list of items purchased, and the subtotal prior to shipping and taxes.

They’ll reach out to the brand on your behalf to find out what went wrong and credit your account, if necessary.

Bonus Tip: Consider Upgrading Your Account

Upgrade Your Account

Giving Assistant also has a slick Upgrade program where you pay $5.99/year and get double cashback and 1st in line customer service if you encounter a problem.

It’s the only cashback site (that I’m aware of) who has a program like this.

It’s definitely worth upgrading if you shop online frequently as it will pay for itself really quickly.

I hope this Giving Assistant review helps you understand their cashback website so you can start earning some free money for a charity or your families budget.

Happy savings.

By Kyle James

Disclaimer: While I didn’t get paid a cent to write this review, and all opinions belong to my brain, I do get paid a commission if you click on my link and sign-up.

Want a Job at Amazon? Get Paid $15/Hour (No Joke!)

October 2, 2018 by Kyle
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Looking for work? Amazon may be the BEST place to check out right now as they’ll be offering $15/hr starting wage beginning on November 1st, 2018. Pretty darn solid if you ask me. Here’s everything you need to know to apply…

Want a Job at Amazon? Get Paid $15/Hour

Amazon To Offer $15/hr Starting Wage

This new pay scale will affect 250,000 current employees and 100,000 seasonal workers.

The generous wage hike makes it a great time to get your name in the hat for either holiday or full-time employment right through December and beyond.

So…How Do I Apply?

Glad you asked.

Just visit the Amazon Job website and search for employment opportunities in your local area.

Just follow the steps to apply for the job of your choice.

What Type of Jobs Does Amazon Have?

They currently have 988 open positions at fulfillment centers, 162 student program jobs, and 277 open positions that allow you to work-from-home as a customer service rep.

That’s over 1,400 open positions and that number will surely increase rapidly as we inch closer to Black Friday.

All of these jobs will start at $15/hour.

See Also: 11 Work From Home Jobs That Pay $12+ Per Hour

It’s also worth noting that this new $15/hour policy applies to employees at Whole Foods as well.

If you have any specific questions about applying for a job at Amazon, I found this Amazon Employment page very helpful.

I just happened to stumble upon it and it’s chalked full of great content and answers to frequently asked employment questions.

Ask the Reader: Are you looking for seasonal or part-time work? If so, Amazon might be an excellent choice.

By Kyle James

8 Clever Ways I Always Find Cheap Gas Near Me

October 1, 2018 by Kyle
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Back in 2017 the average U.S. consumer spent about $1,400 a year on gas. As gas prices continually rise this number stands to increase substantially in the coming years. Because of this large expense, it’s TOTALLY worth it to try and find the cheapest gas whenever possible. Here are 8 highly clever ways I always find cheap gas near me and save a bunch of money at the pump.

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Walmart Making Big Changes to the Savings Catcher Program

September 24, 2018 by Kyle

The Walmart Savings Catcher program as you know it will be going away October 29th, 2018. You’ll still be able to have Walmart compare your purchases for lower prices from competitors, but how you submit your receipt and how you pay TOTALLY changes. Here’s everything you need to know…

1. Gotta Enroll in Walmart Pay

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9 Brilliant Ways to Hack the Starbucks Rewards Program

September 20, 2018 by Kyle

Starbucks coffee is expensive. But thanks to the Starbucks Rewards program you have some options when it comes to saving money and even getting some cool freebies. Brew from home? No worries as these hacks will also help you score some free Starbucks from time to time. Let’s break it down…

First Off, How Do I Sign-up?
Joining the Starbucks Rewards program is simple.

Just follow this LINK and get signed up for free.

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Sam’s Club Return Policy: Your 12 Burning Questions Answered

September 18, 2018 by Kyle
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The Sam’s Club return policy is pretty darn solid. But is it as good as Costco’s? Not only will we explore that question, but we’ll answer all your other concerns about Sam’s policy. Here’s everything you need to know so you can shop smart and carry on.

How Many Return Days Do I Have?

Similar to the Costco return policy, Sam’s allows you to return items ANY TIME after your purchase on most items.

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Clever Hack to Pay Only $26 a Year for Costco Membership

September 10, 2018 by Kyle
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Are you looking for a Costco membership discount? Maybe you’re on the fence about dropping $60 for a basic Costco membership and need some incentive to take the plunge. Well, if you live in Mexico or near the border, or are planning a vacation to Mexico in the near future, I have a great way for you to save money. All thanks on this Costco hack goes to loyal reader Dorothy. Thanks Dorothy! Now […] Continue Reading…

3 Walmart Receipt Must-Do’s That’ll Earn You Free Cash

September 6, 2018 by Kyle
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(Updated 9/28/18) The next time you leave Walmart DON’T toss your receipt in the nearest garbage bin. Instead whip out your smartphone and use these 3 highly clever apps to earn some free cash from your receipt just for shopping at Walmart. Here’s everything you need to know to make it happen.

1. First, Scan It With Savings Catcher

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