Last week I read an article written on Budgeting the Fun Stuff by Amanda from Frugal Confessions. She wrote about how to use your smart phone to make some extra money.
I just got an Apple iPhone two weeks ago and decided I would try one of the apps out. I used the app called Field Agent. It basically gives you opportunities to take pictures of products and displays at certain stores and fill out some questions about them. They have different prices listed for different jobs.
Most jobs are around 6.50 per job. I found a job for $13.00, and it was to go to Target and take 7 pictures of different acne products. I was excited to try it.
My First Job
I live 7 miles away from Target, and I just wanted to get out of the house by myself since with little ones that rarely happens. I went in, and the app was so specific and detailed. It was very easy to use. I left Target with $13.00 to put in my PayPal account.
Might as Well Go Again
Since it was so great, I thought I would look and see if there were any other jobs in the area. There was one at Walgreens. I had to see if they carried the product and take a picture. I went there and unfortunately they didn’t have the product that I needed.
I went to Walmart for the next few jobs. They had a list of a few different items I needed to take pictures of. I spent over an hour at Walmart trying to find products in the shampoo isle and looking at UPC codes. I forgot my glasses at home which didn’t help.
I left with no money.
The Thrill of the Hunt
I really had a lot of fun. It was kind of like a challenge to try and find these items. I did make some money, so it wasn’t a total fail. I am definitely going to do some more often to get out of the house. I know, I lead an uneventful life! I also told my husband we will have some date nights doing these scavenger hunts.
Try it out! We do a lot of shopping at Sam’s Club, and there are some for that store. I wouldn’t drive 25 minutes to make $6.50, but if we go to Sam’s I can then check to see if there are jobs and make a little spare change.
Hopefully you can use your free time to read some great articles this week!
Bill from One Cent at a Time writes a motivating list to use the debt snowball method. <– It feels good to get things paid off!
Aaron from Three Thrifty Guys has an awesome list of tips to help your groceries last longer! <–So helpful!
Invest It Wisely has a great article explaining why you should try freelancing and what you should do. <– Great tips!
Melissa from Beating Broke gets bold and asks for discounts, you can too! <– I need to get more courage!
Money Beagle gives some good tips about finding opportunities to save! <—So many ideas!
Surviving and Thriving is giving away $50.00 gift card for Yoga gear until April 23.
My Personal Finance Journey is giving money to a charity and to the community until April 30.
Cult of Kale is giving away a book called Eat and Run by Scott Jurek.
Faithful With a Few was included in the following carnivals and articles:
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie – April 13 2013 – Freeat33 April 13, 2013
Carnival of Financial Independence, sixth edition – Reach Financial Independence April 13, 2013
Beyond Debt gives 18 ways to solve a debt problem.
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