Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ways Of Dealing With Rough Economic Times During The Holidays

Most of us have dealt with trying to make whatever income or resources we have had stretch to cover everything before. Right now, however, things are really tough all over the U.S. Many people have lost their jobs that have never had to worry about such a thing before. Even those still employed must struggle harder than before to stretch those pennies! Gas prices may have fallen in the last couple of weeks, but still they are high enough to eat up a huge portion of a budget, and grocery prices are unreal.

There are a lot of small things that you can do to help make ends meet if you use your resources! Many resources are available online & in our communities to help us during difficult times.

Groceries: Clipping coupons and watching grocery store sale papers are a good way to save money on your grocery bill. Sites such as Coupons.Com are a great way to find the coupons that you will actually use, as opposed to having to deal with all the different ones that are in the Sunday newspaper. I use Coupons.Com quite often- you can enter your zip code to find coupons that apply in your specific area. Utilizing sites like FoodNetwork.Com and RachaelRay.Com to find creative recipes & tips to use leftovers is another way to help save cash- you are less likely to waste food if there is a way to make leftovers tasty and appealing. There are HUGE databases full of recipes on both sites. Also, rebates are a handy option! Watch magazines, newspapers, and even the store shelves themselves for great rebates on groceries. I got cash back for buying Luvs Diapers and BeechNut baby food- items that I buy anyway! Check out sites like MrRebates.Com for cash back on your Holiday shopping- up to 30% at many stores. If you don't have store savings cards for your favorite grocery stores, get them! Pretty much every major grocery store these days offers some sort of savings card that you just have to fill out a short form to get, and if you are not using it every single shopping trip, you are probably spending way too much money.

These are just a few ways that I use to help stretch my tiny little budget a bit further! Watch for my next few blogs to share other ways that I and others make our dollars go further.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Free Trial Offers Are Not Free...

I am a genuine, legitimate, real-life single mom working at home. My goal when starting this blog was to share my experiences learning all about the online world of GPT (Get Paid To) and PTC (Paid To Click) Sites, and to help other moms find ways to work from home as well. So, most of my experiences in the GPT world have been pretty positive- I have been paid now, several times, by several sites; accurately and in a timely manner. I have met lots of people, a few of whom have become what I consider to be real friends.

There have been a few "glitches" along the way, however. First and foremost, let me say sheepishly that I was warned by several people NOT to do Free Trial/Credit Card offers. I, of course, in my infinite wisdom, did anyway. Let me preface this by saying that there are tons of legitimate free trial/credit card offers- I have done a bunch and been paid for a bunch. But when you are right on the edge of financial ruin already, barely enough cash to do what you have to do, (like feed your kids) , it is not worth it to take the chance of getting yourself into a bind the way I did! There are so many free offers out there, don't cut corners - it may take a little bit longer to make money by doing a lot of small offers, but it is far easier to do that than to deal with large sums of money deducted from your bank account! Just be really careful!! I have been able to deal with most of this, but it has been horribly stressful, and also time-consuming, which was what I was trying to avoid in the first place! LOL...

In the GOOD news section, I received payments from MoneyDreams.Net, CashCrate.Com, SquishyCash.Com, DailyCashRewardz.Com, and Freebies Junction! I have one pending that I will receive within 36 hours from MySurveys4Cash.Com!

I made enough money to both reserve a nice sum for my kids' Christmas presents, and to buy my first two PTC Sites!! I am very proud & happy to announce the Grand Opening of Pioneer Clicks PTC and Cherry Blossoms PTC ! They are awesome websites, with Aurora Scripts which I like very well, and Site Design by Ksp Kreations , a great and patient lady who is very talented. I have been overwhelmed by the response & rush of new members that have joined my sites!! I am well on my way to having two very successful at-home businesses, and am so thankful.

I have a wonderful & exciting new site about to open withing the next two days that I have been brainstorming about for months now! It is a combination PTC & PTS site, and I am very proud of it. It will be so much fun to work with!!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Updates On GPT's That Pay Well!

It has been a looooong 12 days since Halloween! I have been doing a sort of "weeding out" process with the GPTs that I prefer based on payment, ease of use, admin support, and availability of new & different offers. Currently, here are the ones that I feel it is MOST worth it to spend my time working on:

Surveys R Us - For a number of reasons; They have good, available administrative support, they have fresh offers often, they offer quite a few contests, (a GREAT way to make extra money!) multiple payment options, and they do reliably pay. Also, they offer reasonably-priced advertising options that really do work!

SquishyCash - Another great money-making site- a really cool option on this site is the "instant payment" - through Paypal, you can get your payment within 24 hours if you need to do that, I tried it to check it out- it DOES take a 33 % fee, but if you need money quick, it is a good option to have. LOTS of offers that approve well, multiple contests, one of my best paying sites.

FreebiesJunction - Another site that is well worth spending my precious time on. I have been paid well by them, and even early! Good offers that approve well, trivia, contests, and admin that it is easy to contact & get a response.

MoneyDreams- A new site, still working a few kinks out, but with an administrator that really works hard to please! I have already been paid once, and well compensated for any glitches with the newness of the site. He is regularly posting new offers & running contests, and pays twice monthly!

There are a lot of other worthwhile sites out there, but these sites are the ones that work best for ME. Questions? Need help with something? Feel free to email me at!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Working On My Christmas Money! Just got Paid!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again- I dearly love getting paid for working in my jammies! I got paid twice this month from SquishyCash, the second time last night. If you are concerned about whether or not a GPT or PTC site is legitimate or not, there are places all over the internet to see proof of payment for various legitimate sites.

I have joined a new GPT site that promises to be a really good one- the Admin is experienced and runs several other reputable GPTs. Here's The Link:

One great place that I hang out a lot and find a huge amount of information about home-based businesses of all kinds is CafeMom. It is very similar to MySpace, but is just for Moms, and has a tremendous amount of both fun & useful features- check it out.

Below are my usual links of VERIFIED trustworthy sites:
These sites are the way I earn money. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or PM me.
I never realized that there were so many real, non-scam sites on the net these days to earn REAL cash from, but I have proof! Check it out! It doesn't cost me a dime out of my pocket; NOT ONE PENNY.

These are some great, legitimate GPT sites. I really have gotten paid from them! Below is pymt proof from SquishyCash. If I can make money from these, sites, ANYBODY can! I enjoy the fun contests too! I just won $10 for 3rd place in a contest last night in SquishyCash! I never win anything, so it was really great!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Note To Self: BE CAREFUL! LOL...

You know, sometimes we think we are all alone in the world as we sit behind the keyboard & mouse - that whatever we click has no connection to us. We have to remember, however, that our clicks in cyberspace can have consequences in real life.
It is a personal decision, of course, how much of our personal information we choose to reveal while we are online, whether for business or pleasure. Just remember one little fact... just because a site states that it is legitimate, just because it looks attractive, does NOT always mean that it is trustworthy!
There are ways to check up on sites, groups, & services to be sure that you are entrusting your personal info to a company that will not abuse it. One very quick & easy way to check up on a site or business online is to Google it! Just type in the name & the word scam and do a search, and you will find lots of interesting info on most anything, good or bad. It is up to your judgment after reading the posted information whether or not to then trust the site or service.
There are also sites specifically set up to help you "check up" on businesses online! Here are a few that I have found in my travels:

Been Paid.Com

GPT Reviews


GPT Review

The main thing, that I sometimes forget myself, is just to simply be careful. It can be difficult, if not entirely impossible, to get reimbursed for money fraudulently taken. Watch who you type out your CC number to, not to mention your SSN!

On a lighter note, a new site with lots of benefits & good ownership, and a few others I have neglected to mention, are below! Also, last but certainly NOT least, above is a new picture of my mother & my daughter, Hayley.

Cash Lagoon

My Survey 4 Cash!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

You really CAN make money doing this!


Cash Lagoon

Free Money at FusionCash!

My Survey 4 Cash!

Hey - if I can do this, ANYONE can do this! I have a 9 month old and a 15 year old, an elderly mom that I also care for, and I am a single mom. I have Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and I top all that off with heart problems! :) The majority of the time, I am ready to pull my hair out! This is something I can do (and often do!) with my 9 month old daughter on my knee, working with just one hand.

I have worked most of my life outside the home, since I was about 15 years old, and all my adult life I tried to find a way to just be at home, with my family, but still make an income! I missed my son's first steps 14 years ago, and lots of other firsts, while I was on the job, working outside the home. I am NOT going to miss my daughter's firsts as well!

This type of work allows me to not miss anything. and if I have to walk away from the computer and deal with life in my house- I do exactly that. And I am still making money, bottom line! Significant amounts of money! It is a great bonus that I am meeting some really wonderful new friends here on CafeMom in the process!

So, all I am saying, is just give it a try! Why not make money for free???? All you have to do is click!!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Easy Christmas Money!

If you're like me, you spend a good bit of time surfing the internet anyway- you might as well get paid for it, right? Be cautious and check out all GPT and PTC sites before spending a great deal of time on them. A simple Google search will tell you a WHOLE lot about any website. I don't give out my SSN and I use Paypal, Alertpay, and Google Checkout to receive payments- that way my bank account isn't all over the net! Below are some good, legitimate sites to earn money WITHOUT having to spend money! Questions? EMail me at

Cash Lagoon

Check out my WAHM Help group on Cafe Mom!! If you haven't been to CafeMom, you have to check it out. It is a wonderful site to network, make friends, socialize, and just generally have fun!

About I Want To Work In My Jammies!

A group for Moms who work from their home to meet, network, share ideas, post ads, help new WAHMs, and hang out & have fun! It doesn't matter if you have a home business, home opportunity, a home job, surveys, any type of money-making opportunity that allows you to do it while cooking supper in your pajamas! All are welcome here.

You can always find this group with the following URL:
I Want To Work In My Jammies!

Come on over & join us!


Working In my Jammies

You know, you gotta love life when you can work in your jammies, sitting at the keyboard, nibbling on a little Breyer's ice cream...yum! I am getting paid to sit here and do this! Too wonderful.

I am posting some of the site links that I have gotten paid to use- both GPT and PTC sites! These are legitimate, please check them out! Have fun! Any questions, just email me at .

These are GPT or "survey" sites. This, and PTC (Paid To Click) sites, are what I do in my spare time to earn money. I do not spend money, everything that I do is free of charge, it only takes a bit of my time! I do not post any non-legitimate sites- every site that I discuss has many times over proven payment.

Check out my new blog with advice for work-at-home-moms! Help For WAHMs!

Please also check out my new group at CafeMom! It's called I Want To Work In My Jammies!

About I Want To Work In My Jammies!

A group for Moms who work from their home to meet, network, share ideas, post ads, help new WAHMs, and hang out & have fun! It doesn't matter if you have a home business, home opportunity, a home job, surveys, any type of money-making opportunity that allows you to do it while cooking supper in your pajamas! All are welcome here.

You can always find this group with the following URL:
I Want To Work In My Jammies!

Below are a few links to my "Paid To Click" sites that really do pay! These all have very low minimum payouts, and actually take up very little time out of your day to complete! And, as with all of my recommended sites, there is NO COST to earn money! I wouldn't participate in them myself, if they required me to spend money. At each site, after you sign up/join, there are a list of banners/ website links that you simply click on, then leave the page open for 30 secons. That's it! That's all you have to do to receive your credit. I can walk away from the computer at any time during my "work" day to take care of my baby- and I frequently do just that. It fits into MY schedule, not the other way around!

Ur Online Bux

Buxy Bux




Old School Bux


Friday, October 24, 2008

Today Is A New Day!! Make The Most Of It.

I am learning more & more every single day while working at home.

Just a couple of tips & hints I learned about doing survey/ GPT sites!

1. Download Roboform. It is a program that fills forms- it's free at Saves large amounts of time!
2. When filling out surveys, you run into the pages that have long rows of buttons with yes/no. That was my least favorite part! Well, just hit Alt and = when you get to those pages- it selects "no" on all of them for you! Wow, HUGE timesaver...wish I had known that all along! (Sometimes you MUST select "yes" on at least one, but you can skip it on the next page)

Just a couple of time-saving (translation, money-making!) tips for you!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Welcome to Help For WAHMs!

Welcome to my new blog, Help For WAHMs!
Above, I'd like you to meet one of my reasons for working at home - my daughter, Hayley.

If you aren't a WAHM, you may not know exactly what one is! It means Work At Home Mom. With the skyrocketing gas prices these days, the high price of day care, the rising unemployment rates, and decreasing job market, many mothers either choose to stay at home with their children, or are unintentionally jobless, through layoffs, etc.

Whether you are a single mother or not, if you are a parent of any classification, you probably need some extra money! You may just want to earn some Christmas money, or a bit of running money, or you may be the only wage-earner in your home. Thank goodness for the internet, is all I can say! I spend a good bit of time on my computer anyway, so I might as well let it help me earn an income, right?

My goal with this blog is to share MY experiences, and those of personal friends of mine, to help other Moms navigate the often-confusing world of Online Working - separating the legitimate money-earning sites from the rip-offs, sharing the tips & tricks that I find helpful & time-saving, and sharing anything helpful about this business that I can. So, bookmark this blog and keep checking back, because it will be updated often & brutally honestly!