HOW I MADE AND SAVED $175.20 ONLINE IN MARCH 2019 (1)

HOW I MADE AND SAVED $175.20 ONLINE IN MARCH 2019

I have written about how to make money online before but I thought it might be even more helpful to share exactly how much I make and save each month. So for all of March I kept track of what I earned online throughout the month and all up I managed a total of $175.20 using the following sites.

Disclosure: Some of the following links are referral links and I may receive bonuses for sign ups made through links in this post. These are all sites I highly recommend and I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t personally used.

Cash Rewards – $51.50

I use Cash Rewards when doing any shopping online including my grocery shop each week. This gives a discount or cashback depending on where you shop. To read more about how to reduce your grocery costs click here.

Flybuys – $10

I didn’t accrue many flybuy points this month. I’ve been doing all of our grocery shopping online with Woolworths using Cash Rewards, as they were offering free delivery for 3 months. I did however manage to redeem $10 flybuys Dollars.

Purkle – $13.70

I only signed up for Purkle this month. I managed to complete 6 surveys throughout the month. Most took me around 5 minutes each so that’s not too bad.

Swagbucks – $80

I managed to cash out three times with Swagbucks this month. I opted for 2 $25 Paypal cards and a $10AUD Apple iTunes card which was on sale. As Swabucks pays in American dollars the Paypal cards end up equalling approximately $35 AUD each. To check out my post of how to use Swagbucks click here.

Woolworths Rewards – $20

I was surprised to only receive a $20 bonus from Woolworths Rewards this month because as I said I’ve been doing all of our grocery shopping online with Woolworths using Cash Rewards. I think once our three months of free delivery is finished I might swap back to Coles for a while to see if they bump up their offers.

So that was how I made and saved money in March 2019. Do you make extra money online? I would love to hear how you do in the comments.

For all of March I kept track of how much money I earned online throughout the month and all up I earned a total of $175.20 using the following sites.

WAYS TO SAVE MONEY IN AUTUMN

WAYS TO SAVE MONEY IN AUTUMN

This week I thought I would share a few ideas my family uses to save money in Autumn. Although you wouldn’t know it from the weather we’ve had recently here in Australia, we are well and truly into the season and cooler weather is on the way.
To read my other posts on ways to save click here.

A striped pale blue and navy woollen jumper folded neatly on a blank background. Popping on a jumper is a great way to save money on heating.

Pop on a jumper

At some point in the upcoming months my husband is going to suggest getting out the heater, because he is cold. I am going to offer that perhaps the reason he is cold is because he’s wearing shorts and a t-shirt and suggest he should try putting on his jeans and a jumper and then seeing how he feels. Once he is rugged up all thoughts of the heater will disappear for another few weeks until it gets cold enough that we may actually need it. I know this is going to happen because it happens every year. Before you turn on the heater, try popping on another layer.

Check your house is airtight

Now is a good time to examine window and door seals to make sure they’re ready for the colder months. When you do finally turn the heater on you don’t want the warm air escaping through any pesky gaps. Also if you don’t have any, think about investing in a few door snakes to help keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

A modern bedroom with a grey rug on the floor to protect tootsies from cold floor boards on early Autumn mornings which saves money on heating.

Put down a rug or two

As the weather cools down and the days get shorter I find getting out of bed in the morning gets harder and harder. It’s even worse when you have to face freezing cold floors. Be kind to your tootsies and get yourself a rug now.

Hold a clothing swap

As lovely as it is to buy new clothes each season, sometimes the budget just won’t stretch that far. Why not organise a clothing swap with friends instead? You get new (to you) clothes and can clear out somethings you no longer wear. Win win!

A young heterosexual couple enjoying a walk with their child through the Autumn leaves, a great budget-friendly family activity during cooler months.

Skip the car and go for a walk

Going outside during Summer in Australia feels like some sort of hellish torture. However as the weather cools down walking when you only need to travel a short distance will help both your budget and your health.

So there you have 5 ways to save money in Autumn. What are your best tips for saving money as the weather cools down? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

MORE WAYS TO SAVE ON GROCERIES

When money is tight I find one of the simplest ways to reduce our budget is to look at our spending at the supermarket. I have written about how to save on groceries before and today I am sharing more ways to reduce your food costs.

To see my other posts on ways to save click here.

When trying to cut your food costs soft drink is one of the things to take off your grocery list.

Stop buying soft drink

I’m not a huge fan of fizzy drink, but my Husband is and I do like to have some on hand to offer to guests. However when I am trying to lower our spending this is one of the things I cut first from our grocery list as it’s definitely not something we really need.

Switch to home brand products where you can

If I was only shopping and cooking for myself, there’s a good chance I would buy home brand everything. My Husband can be incredibly fussy about the things he will and won’t eat so I know this one can be tricky. My suggestion is to give home brand products a go, work out the ones you can live with and go from there. I find essentials such as oats, flour and sugar are a great place to start.

Compare the unit prices of items when shopping.  Most supermarkets now conveniently put on the price tag, you just need to look closely.

Check the unit price

Sometimes I look at the price of something compared to other products around it and think, ‘Wow! That’s a bargain!’. But when I stop and compare the unit prices (which most supermarkets now conveniently put on the price tag, you just need to look closely) I realise I’m paying more in the end. Be careful not to fall into this trap.

Only buy what your family will eat

It’s easy to convince myself buying something that’s half price is a great idea because I’m saving money, but if no-one will actually eat it I’m just wasting money. Sure it’s great to try new things, but when money is tight I stick to things I know my family will eat, and save more adventurous meals for less frugal weeks, that way it’s not such a huge issue if everyone hates it.

Adding lentils added to bolognese or a curry, is an easy, cheap way to bulk out a meal and make it stretch a little further and help cut your food costs.

Go meatless

This is another work in progress in my house. My husband is not a fan of anything vegetarian (that he knows of) but a can of lentils added to bolognese or a curry, is an easy, cheap way to bulk out a meal and make it stretch a little further. If like me you have a picky eater trying adding in small amounts to begin with and increasing it over time.  What my husband doesn’t know won’t kill him. Unless he’s reading this, in which case, I’m sorry baby.

So there are 5 more ways to reduce your food costs. I’d love to hear your tips for saving money at the supermarket in the comments below.

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