Thursday, March 16, 2017

Checkout51 Review And Payment Proof

I have been using Checkout51 for a very long time and to be honest I was worried I would never reach the $20.00 payment that is needed to cash out by check with this app. I am not trying to put down the app in any way by saying this, so try not to get to discouraged and read on.

Cashback and shopping apps seem to be something on the rise as of lately and becoming a popular means for people to save money. Maybe you already use Checkout51 or heard of it? Another popular app is Ibotta. I wanted to quickly mention Ibotta because I have heard A LOT of good things about it. At this time though Ibotta is only available in the United States and Puerto Rico. Learn about Ibotta here

Who Can Use Checkout51?
This is taken directly from their website, "Products must be purchased in your country of registration. We currently support the United States (the 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Overseas US Military Bases, Puerto Rico) and Canada." You can read more about this here 

The Positives
  • Easy to use
  • App is available on Google Play and the Apple store
  • Check offer claim limits, sometimes you can claim an offer more then once!
  • For the most part there are a good amount of positive comments on the app store for this one but also some negatives too.
  • Popular brands for the most part on app, and the cashback items change a bit and some cashback items may be offered for a longer period.
The Negative
  • You can only cash out by check and you need to reach $20.00 before you can.
  • Not an International program, see above "Who Can use Checkout51?"
  • Some cashback deals are only available at certain stores.

This is a screenshot from my phone showing this weeks current deals, these deals started at midnight (Atlantic Standard Time). This is just an idea of items you can start saving money on. And earlier in the negatives when I mentioned that some deals are only at certain stores the very top deal for Becel margarine is only available at Wal Mart. Sometimes though the deals for specific stores fall into when there are flyer deals so that can feel like double savings! Even better if you also have a coupon for the cashier for the item too.

This is a screenshot from the app on my phone of an offer. You can click on each offer to see more information. Sometimes it is a good idea to look at each offer for important information. For instance with this offer it excludes trial and travel sizes and gift bonus or value packs. Myself I don't buy such things anyways but it is good to know. It also lets us know just a limit of 1 of these will be eligible for the cashback.  There also is a little icon that says "P&G Fabric Care Bonus" it lets us know some more cashback can be earned by redeeming 2 offers with the little blue icon beside it as shown in the picture. And of course you can also share these offers to social media.

And here is a picture of the payment proof. I actually got this check in about a week! I was impressed because I figured to myself it might take a month. Checkout51 even emailed me when the check was on the way.

Why Did It Take So Long? Is It Worth It?
I think using this app is very worth it! Especially if you live in the USA since you can combine some of the savings this app may have with Ibotta, other apps and coupons. At the end of the day it is all about saving money and how one can save money. Myself it took me almost a year to reach $20.00 but there is very good reasons for that. Some weeks there were items on sale that I wasn't buying or did not need. I don't really have a special closet or pantry for things I might buy with coupons. I mostly shop as I need items or if a really good sale goes on. It also took me long because some of the items on the app I actually don't buy but instead might by the store brand.

I think someone who is well versed in couponing and knows a lot about it (Which I don't) probably would be able to get cashback quickly and it also depends on shopping habits. My sister has a toddler and she is able to gain cashback faster then me because of this. In my household it is just me, my boyfriend and our cat. And I also am frugal and try not to waste so those habits make it for things take a while for me as far as cashback goes.

Here are a couple links to learn more about Checkout51:
Their help page is here
How it works page is here

Feel free to share this and ask questions. My comments are moderated which means they won't show up automatically but I will view them and respond to questions. Happy saving and earning friends!

Monday, March 13, 2017

BestMark Mystery Shopping (Canada and USA)

I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and in a town with a population less than 10,000 people. For a long time I would research various mystery shopping companies and sign up. Some of the sites I joined though only had shops in the cities so it never worked out for me. So today I wanted to talk about BestMark because they sometimes have phone and web based mystery shops which you can do from your home. Pretty cool! And a fun idea if you don't want to go out.

At current these are the following requirements to be a mystery shopper with BestMark

"Minimum Mystery Shopper and Exit Interviewer Criteria
  • Must be 19 years of age or older
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must have good written communication skills
  • Must be able to focus on details
  • Must have full internet access (at home or at work)" 
The above is taken right from their website. So of course this could change in time.
Oh and if you are wondering if they pay, yeah they do. Here is some payment proof:
This is a recent check for 1 mystery shop I did. The pay is $4.00 dollars because this was a web based mystery shop where I emailed a company and evaluated their website and response time to get back to me. Or in some cases no response time. My next check from them will be $12.00 I think.
What also is cool is that they actually do pay through direct deposit and check.

I wanted to add this video in because I like it and figure you guys might like it too. Sadly as far as I can tell this is not International only USA and Canadian residents can apply to be mystery shoppers for this company. I may start researching into Mystery shopping more so stay tuned for that friends. If you want to join, sign up here Feel free to leave any comments and I will get back to you. And if you do mystery shop or know of any friendly mystery shopping companies for International users please tell us in the comments. Happy earning!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

February Online Earnings

Well as shocking as it is to say this February is one of the best months I have had for online earnings in a very long time. I am quite surprised. I just hope I can increase these earnings since April will be rough for me. In April I need to renew my plate and insurance for my car so that can be a bit costly. By being very strict with myself I was able to earn what I did in Feb so I am happy with it but hope to do better. Here is a look at my earnings:

February Earnings
GrindaBuck - $45.00 USD
Total after currency conversion - $57.35 CAD
UserTesting - $90.00 USD
Total after currency conversion - $114.48 CAD
Swagbucks - $25.00 CAD
ForumCoin - $5.77 CAD
Grabpoints - $3.00 USD
Total after currency conversion - $4.01 CAD
MicroWorkers - $9.00 USD
Total after currency conversion - $11.39 CAD
Prolific Academic - $15.30 GBP
Total after currency conversion - $24.25 CAD
MintVine - $10.00 USD
Total after currency conversion - $12.72 CAD
Pinecone Research - $3.00 CAD
Grand Total: $206.07 (total with mixed currencies)
Grand Total with currency conversions - $257.97 CAD

I decided this month to break down the earnings a bit for people can see how earnings are sent to me and the conversion to CAD. So as you can see most websites sent me my cash in USD which I always transfer right away to CAD in my Paypal account. Prolific Academic is the only site on the list right now paying me in GBP (Great British Pounds). The spot that says grand total is only the totals in the mixed currencies. The 2nd total with the currency conversions is showing only the CAD totals. Hopefully that does make some sense to others as I am not trying to confuse but break it down a bit. I also cashed out at the end of the month $12.00 from ClixSense but it is coming in check form so it may be a while before I get it.

Goals and Thoughts

I am pretty happy with the outcome of my earnings right now but I do need to earn a lot more before the 2nd week or sooner of April. So I will be pushing hard where I can to do that. I really don't want to borrow money from my parents to cover my new car insurance bill but I might have to! But time shall tell. I guess it is true what they say the more effort you put in, the better the results so that is indeed a huge plus for me. This is the first time other then when I first started that I dedicated a huge amount of my time to try and earn online.

The biggest goal I set for myself is to make $100.00 this month on GrindaBuck. I figured it wouldn't be hard to double it but it might be, this is an experiment too though to see how it goes. As a total earning goal I would like to make $400.00 by the end of March but this feels impossible. I say impossible because the earning sites I use are not always top earners for me but with hard work if I can make even half of that I would be pretty happy! If you got any questions or comments about my earnings or what I do online, please leave a comment below. Happy earning!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

GrindaBuck - A Month Later...

Since I did a post on ClixSense about a month later and earnings I figured it was time to do GrindaBuck too, since I have been actively been using it for the past 30 days. I have a Youtube video about GrindaBuck as well which you can check out here

What I Enjoyed!
  • I love that GrindaBuck has a chat box that all members can use, even VIP level 1 members. And I like that the task ticker shows us when cash outs are processed and how people are earning, it is a good way to learn more about the site.
  • The community is very friendly! When I joined GrindaBuck I was surprised by how helpful the admins were in chat and through the support ticket system and other members were so kind too with answering questions I had.
  • Trivia Tuesdays! Trivia Tuesday is a chat game with 3 rounds at 6pm/7pm/8pm (Eastern time). It is played in chat. A mod host it and we try to answer the questions. Who  ever answers correctly first wins. It is a great way to win free GaB's (GrindaBucks)
  • Bonuses and monthly contest! For doing the daily check in everyday you can get 50 GaB's added to your account. I just got mine added today! And top earners can get monthly bonuses too. There also was a huge contest in Feb called "120K Promo Celebration" On day 4 I was the winner who won 1,000 GaB's which is the equivalent of $10.00 cash.
  • I love seeing websites that update their social media accounts. Not only does it keep me interested but if I really like what they posted I will share it. GrindaBuck also has a newsletter which is pretty awesome too.
  • Lots of ways to earn has to be my favorite part of this website. Surveys and offerwalls. Some days I do earn less of course but it comes down to the work put in.
  • The site does pay in Paypal cash and Bitcoin along with a "Rewards Store" which has Wal Mart, Amazon, GameStop and Rixty giftcards.
  • Super quick payments. My Paypal payments always came very fast, some times like 10 minutes after redeeming for the cash.

What I Did Not Like!
  • Every so often some offers just would not credit. This is not GrindaBuck's issue though it is the offerwalls issue and a support ticket to the wall can normally fix that. Pay close attention to the offers and the rules though to ensure you get credit. 
  • Some of my readers are International and right now GrindaBuck is not as International as I thought it was. Right now members from: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and Australia can join.
  • All members start out as VIP Penny Level 1. So the very first cash out will be for $10.00, all members had to go through this. By earning more though you can unlock more offers and cash out in smaller amounts.
I can't think of anything else to add to what I did not like. My experience so far has been nothing but positive with GrindaBuck and I hope the community continues to grow. Here is a picture of my earnings :)
It is not often I start adding a new site to my earning list and do so well. I am quite impressed with my earnings so far on GrindaBuck! Adding that up I made a good $45.00 in Feb using the site. I am into a new month now with GrindaBuck and pretty excited to see where this one goes. So I am going to set a little goal here in writing. By March 31st my goal is to make $100.00 for the month of March on GrindaBuck. This might be to big of a goal but I want to see if it happens and record here if it does. If GrindaBuck sounds fun to you, join here

And just a final note and important note that I want to add is that GrindaBuck does have a guide on the website on how to earn to help new members out. And the newest moderator also wrote a guide. This is very updated so you should check it out here

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Stay tuned later this week I will be posting my income report for February and it is a good one, so come back to check that out. Happy earning!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ClixSense A Month Later...

I decided when I started using ClixsSense again that once a month passed of me using the website I would go ahead and do another post. This post is to talk about my earnings and other things I was doing on the website.

What I Enjoyed
  •  The site is easy to use!
  • User friendly navigation.
  • The "What's New" section was updated.
  • Clixsense was quick to add other payment options after not having Paypal anymore.
  • The Clixgrid and clicking on the ads were my favorite activity on this site.
 What I Did Not LIke
  • Offer walls are similar to other sites so I found that there is some good offers I can't do because I have done them elsewhere.
  • Surveys though enjoyable had to many disqualifies and no small reward for disqualification like some sites add a couple cents reward such as MintVine or GrindaBuck. 
  • I am sad that Paypal is gone from the site but will be using Payza as my new payment option. 
Because of what felt like a lack of earning opportunities for me I didn't spend hours on this site. I did try to visit daily though to get my "Checklist bonus" but that wasn't always easy to do.

Here is a screenshot of my earnings for all of Feb 2017. I probably won't access the site again today so these earnings likely won't change. I am a standard member so I know my earnings are a bit lower due to that too but since I have 0 referrals I am not to sure if Clixsense is worth updating right now as I don't want to waste money. I still plan on using this site though as in time I hopefully will learn to earn on it better and if not I can at least get some extra cash here and there. If anyone has tips or suggestions on how to improve my earnings on ClixSense please leave a comment about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you want to join under me here is the link. Happy earning!