SAHM Income: My experience with Inbox Dollars
Being a stay-at-home mom has plenty of rewards. An income is not one of them. In efforts to bring in *some*thing, so that the burden doesn’t rest solely on the BHE, I started researching ways to earn a little dough.
Not much, mind you. I didn’t start looking for “jobs” that would pay me “$1000 in your first month!”
What You’ll Find
There are plenty of articles and blogs dedicated to this topic. They have lots of ideas and links and suggestions. Go ahead and Google it. Or better yet, sign up on a site like Inbox Dollars and use their search engine for a few pennies for each search. (There is also Bing Rewards, which does pay more than Inbox Dollars and is way prettier than Google.)
I like a handful of articles and blogs I’ve seen, but you can find your favorites on your own. Here is one of the best, most honest blogs that I’ve found: Christian Personal Finance. Bob has plenty of great posts, but these are my bookmarked ones:
You’ll notice something common among these articles: you can earn money by taking surveys and polls, providing feedback, and even opening a few emails or advertisements.
Enter Inbox Dollars
Before coming across Christian PF, I had discussed options with a girlfriend who had tried a number of online “jobs.” Of the ideas she gave me, I decided to sign up for Inbox Dollars. That was October 24, 2014.
My first pay out was $38.76 (after the $3 processing fee) on February 27, 2015. If you care to know the hows and whys, ins and outs, keep reading.
First off, I do all of this on my Windows Smart Phone, typically while I’m putting Angel Baby to sleep.
I take surveys, ranging from 5 minutes to 20 minutes for pay of $.05 to $1.25 per survey. There are others that take longer but I do not click on those. There are surveys that can’t be taken from a mobile device. Sometimes you’re two minutes into one before it tells you this.
Here’s a bonus of Inbox Dollars: If for any reason you can’t complete the survey, like your demographic has been filled or you don’t have kids in the right age group or whatever, and the survey generator says sorry, Inbox Dollars gives you “spins” on Billy’s Spin & Win wheel. These spins can win you “tokens” to add $.25 or more to the next survey you complete or sweepstakes* tickets or even money. Find out more about their sweepstakes here.
I use their search engine for all Internet searches on my phone. You can earn so many cents per day and then so many per week for a “loyalty bonus.” For instance, I received an email today from Inbox Dollars stating I earned $.33 for my searches over the last week and another email that said I earned $.10 for using their search bar at least 4 out of the last 7 days.
Also, open your mail. They have Paid Email within their site (you don’t have to deal with it in your personal email) where you earn $.02 for each advertisement you open. You can earn more, depending on what they are offering. For instance, donating to the Children’s Find can earn you more money through Inbox Dollars.
Obviously, this is not a get-rich-quick kind of job. It isn’t really a “job.” I mean, c’mon, two cents here, fifty cents there only adds up so fast.
But if you’re like me and have a Smart phone and some regular down time, it’s a easy to earn a little as you go. It took me around four months to hit their payout minimum of $30. But since I am anchored to the armchair in the nursery a good hour to three per day, why not kill time in such a way? In fact, during the time I was earning that $38, I was stuck in the chair much more since I was still breastfeeding. So there you have it.
Wondering if You Want To
Do you have a commute where you aren’t the driver? Use your phone, laptop, tablet to answer some questions that could not only earn you a buck but also influence an advertising campaign for, say, a new drink on the market. Are you a SAHM (or SAHD) who can spend a few minutes each day at your computer? Then you could be earning some change by searching the internet with a different engine or by opening ads that you’d otherwise delete if they were in your inbox.
There are more ways to earn, too. If you have a Smart phone that isn’t a Windows phone (oh, lordy, that’s a post in itself), you can use apps for cash. You can watch videos or play online games for money. There are plenty of free offers and coupons you can sign up for, too. I just don’t fully engage in Inbox Dollars out of time constraints and personal willingness.
On a side note, if you are interested in signing up for Inbox Dollars, let me know. If you give me your email and I give it to them, I get a little extra something-something as a bonus for encouraging you to sign up. Drop me a line!
Not a Pitch
They aren’t paying me to tell you this. They probably don’t even know I wrote this post. I’m just sharing my experience. So if I send you an email through Inbox Dollars and you do sign up, I get a wee incentive. Which I’d like, considering I’m a SAHM about to be raising two babies on one income.
But I digress. I just wanted you to know a little more about this option if you’re like me and looking for just a little extra. Clearly, this is a llliiiitttlle extra, not much, not to pay off any credit cards by summer or some such.
You can put more time into it than I have. You can use all their money-earning options, like watch videos and answer a few questions or play online games. They have plenty of other ways to earn than those I engage in. But again, time is an element. I guess it would be different if I were still an insomniac high school student with things like bus rides, passing periods, and homework avoidance tactics.
Do you use anything like Inbox Dollars to add a little to your bank account? I would love to hear about others’ experiences, with Inbox Dollars as well as other sites. What kinds of earnings do you get or would you like to get?
*The sweeps have changed a bit in the updating/grading Inbox Dollars did a few months back. Instead of all your tickets going straight into a sweepstakes for whatever prize-of-the-month they’ve set up, you can use your tickets to enter in various other sweeps.