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Inbox Dollars: Get paid to read emails, take surveys, search the web, and more!

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Looking for ways to make some extra money from home? Try Inbox Dollars!

for Inbox Dollars and you’ll get paid to read emails, search the web, take surveys, and more. I loved earning free gift cards from this company when Jesse was in law school and I had a lot more time than money.

You won’t get rich using Inbox Dollars, but it’s a really great way to make a few extra bucks each month to stretch your budget a little further!

Surveys are a great way to make some extra income on the side! This is a great list of legitimate survey sites you can trust!

Looking for more opportunities to make money from home? See my list of recommended survey companies here.

Want to learn how to make money on Etsy?

If you’ve ever wanted to figure out , you will want to register for this class! You’ll learn how to get traffic to your shop, how to market your shop, and how to make sales!

Ever thought about setting up an Etsy shop? Don’t miss this opportunity!

Tomorrow night, I’m co-hosting a with Lauren Keplinger. She is a wife, mom of three young kids, and very successful Etsy shop owner. Lauren is also passionate about helping other women learn how to set up a profitable Etsy shop!

The will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST. In this class, Lauren will teach you three behind-the-scenes secrets to being highly profitable on Etsy in 2019.

She’ll help you learn:

  1. How to Drive Traffic — How you can optimize your Etsy shop to drive traffic to your listings even while you sleep.
  2. The Secret to Converting Sales — Driving traffic is one thing, but how do you convert that traffic to actual sales so you can make money with your shop.
  3. How to Market Your Shop — Marketing your Etsy shop is not a matter of just putting up some listings and hoping for the best – it takes focused effort. Learn what works and what doesn’t as you scale your shop.

Even if you feel like you’ve been thinking about starting an Etsy shop for years and you’re just too intimidated – by the technology, the marketing, and the competition… 2019 can be the year you finally take that leap and make it happen.

Whether you are a total newbie to the world of e-commerce or you’ve created an Etsy shop but are stalled without consistent sales, this workshop can be your ticket to a clear cut plan of action to get started building that flexible business you desire.

This is for you if…

  • You feel stuck (and discouraged) by your desire to build an Etsy shop and make it profitable but your lack of direction in how to get there.
  • You have opened your Etsy shop but haven’t seen the sales you were expecting, and you don’t know how to get seen.
  • You’re overwhelmed by the steps it takes to build a profitable online business – the technology, the marketing, the social media – and you need a clear cut plan that gets you from point A to point B.

With Lauren’s proven tips, you’ll be well on your way to Etsy success! I hope I’ll see you there!

Shopkick Review: An easy way to earn gift cards! (Plus, get a $5 gift card when you sign up!)

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Have you been interested in trying Shopkick but you’re just not quite sure how it works or what it’s all about? If you’re looking for honest Shopkick reviews, this is your go-to post on all things Shopkick!

And be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a special Shopkick promo code that will give you a FREE $5 gift card upon sign-up!

{Looking for other ways to earn gift cards? Check out our list of The Best Legitimate Paid Online Surveys!}

What is Shopkick?

is an app that you can download to your mobile device and use to earn gift cards.

And the best part of Shopkick? You don’t even have to buy anything to earn gift cards!!

All you have to do is walk into stores and scan products (if you want to) — and it can be done when you’re already out and about running errands and doing your shopping.

Is Shopkick Legitimate?

Yes, is 100% legitimate. I’ve been using Shopkick for a couple of years now and love it!

And many readers have commented in the past with positive Shopkick reviews, too! (See a couple of those reviews here and here.)

If you’re looking for a legitimate way to earn some extra gift cards without much extra effort, Shopkick is a really great app to try.

How Does Shopkick Work?

To get started with Shopkick, you simply , turn on Bluetooth, and look under the “Earn” tab to see what kind of kicks are available at stores near you!

If you look in the photo above, you can see the three different symbols that represent the three different ways to earn: walk-in, scanning, or kick bates.

Many stores will give you “kicks” just for walking in! {Hint: Sometimes you don’t even have to walk all the way in. You can just walk by the store and you’ll earn your walk-in kicks!}

You can also earn kicks for scanning product barcodes — no purchase necessary! There are other ways to earn, such as purchasing products that offer “kick bates,” but I don’t bother with linking up my debit card to the account.

So that you don’t waste a lot of extra time, I recommend that you only Shopkick at stores that you’re already planning on shopping at or that you’re nearby when you have a few extra minutes to spare.

How Do I Redeem Kicks on Shopkick for Gift Cards?

It’s super easy to redeem your kicks for rewards in the . Just select which reward you want to try to earn kicks towards, and the app will let you know when it’s time to cash in! It’s SO simple.

And there are some great rewards to choose from, including Amazon, Starbucks, TJMaxx, Target, Walmart, Old Navy, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, and more!

When you’ve earned enough kicks to redeem for a reward, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the “kicks center” in your app by clicking on your number of kicks at the top center of your screen.
  2. Click on the image of the gift card you’ve chosen as your reward.
  3. Click on “redeem kicks” at the bottom of the screen.
  4. (Or you can choose to “change goal” if you’d like to keep earning towards a higher valued gift card.)

You can find all of your rewards under the “my rewards” tab in the kicks center! When you’re ready to use one, just have the cashier scan the barcode of the gift card right from your Shopkick app!

How Much Can You Realistically Earn With Shopkick?

Here’s the cool thing! By simply walking into stores and scanning products, you can easily earn at least one $5 gift card per week!

is one of the quickest and easiest ways to earn gift cards of just about any app I’ve tried.

And you could choose to spend your smaller gift cards on splurges as you receive them OR save them up throughout the year to stretch your Christmas budget! (If you earn $5 per week, you’ll have almost $250 to use for Christmas gifts when December rolls around!)

And honestly? You can definitely earn more than that, but I like to keep it simple and not waste extra time. I only use Shopkick when I’m already out and about, shopping in a particular store, or have some extra time to kill. I never go out of my way to get kicks!

Some Final Shopkick Tips

Here are just a few more tips to make you even more successful on your Shopkick adventures:

  • Walk-ins are often the most prevalent and highest in value on the weekends.
  • Pay special attention to the holiday weekends, because they often offer higher value bonus walk-in kicks on those weekends!
  • Consider getting a group of frugal-minded friends together for a fun, free afternoon of Shopkicking. It also gives you good exercise from walking around shopping centers!

Get a $5 Gift Card When You Sign Up!

If this Shopkick review made you curious to try it out, I have a special bonus opportunity for you!

is currently offering MSM readers an exclusive FREE $5 gift card when you sign up!

If you’re ready to get started, here’s what to do:

  1. .
  2. Register and use promo code MOM5 during the registration process.
  3. Scan a product in-store to earn scan kicks within 7 days of signing up.
  4. A bonus of 1250 kicks will be added to your account when you earn kicks within the first 7 days.
  5. The 1250 kicks can be traded in for a $5 gift card of your choice!

This is a super rare offer (and one that I’ve honestly never seen). Typical referral Shopkick bonuses are 250 kicks, so this is a really GREAT deal to get a FREE $5 gift card just for signing up and trying the app once!

Note: If you miss inserting your promo code during the initial registration process you can still add it by clicking on the gear icon and then adding the MOM5 code in the “add friend code” box.

What’s your experience with Shopkick? Leave your Shopkick reviews in the comments! I’d love to hear!

10 Ways to Make $100 With Your Blog

Is making more money with your blog one of your big goals this year?

If you love blogging but would love to generate more income, be sure to download my FREE cheat sheet on !

Looking for more in-depth advice on how to make money from home?

Be sure to check out my book , where I share creative ways to manage money, generate income and–most importantly–live a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible. This book is packed with hard-won wisdom, real-life stories, and practical tips to help inspire and motivate you!

I also highly, highly recommend . This step-by-step guide is packed with valuable information and tips!

My Favorite Cute Summer Tops for Women (all from Amazon!)

Looking for some cute summer tops for women that are inexpensive and durable? Here are 3 of my favorite summer tops from Amazon that I have worn over and over again in the last year!

3 Cute Summer Tops From Amazon

As you likely well know, I love finding great clothing deals at great prices on Amazon. And I love sharing those great finds with you all!

In today’s post, I want to share 3 summer tops for women I purchased from Amazon and absolutely love! All of these have held up well to multiple washings, are very comfortable, are inexpensively priced, and fit well.

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These tees come in a two-pack for $18.50 shipped (Less than $10 each shipped!) and they are some of my favorite v-neck tees! They are soft, fit well, but aren’t too tight.

You can wear them tucked in or left out. I prefer to tuck them in and wear them with a belt or to do a half tuck.

I got the navy/turquoise set (see the two pictures above). This particular set is currently out of stock, but they have a lot of other colors available in this same style and price.

I adore and usually always wear it at least once a week! It’s lightweight, soft, and so comfortable.

You can wear it untucked for a casual look, tucked in for a more tailored look, or with a cardigan or jacket.

Many of say that it runs small. I have on a small here and that’s the size I usually wear. It’s possible that some of the larger sizes aren’t as true to size.

The only drawback of is that Amazon doesn’t offer free returns on it and it’s $14.97 + $4.99 shipping.

 

that I wear almost weekly! And it’s just $15.99 shipped or less (depending upon what size and pattern you choose).

It comes in a number of .

One thing I wanted to mention is that some of you have ordered this and some of you said your shirt was a bit darker than mine was and you felt like the material looked different than mine does.

The good news? , so if you order it and don’t like it, you can easily return it — completely free (Amazon will email you a shipping label to return it).

Note: Many of you asked about the shirt I have on underneath this tank. It’s and I really love it for halter top tanks!

How to Search for Clothes on Amazon

Be willing to dig. It’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for at first. Sometimes, you have to put in specific search terms to find exactly what you’re looking for. Don’t give up within a few tries; it’s probably there if you’re willing to dig!

Use as specific of search terms as possible. If you know a brand name and specific type of what you’re looking for, be sure to include those details in the search terms. Amazon carries a LOT of brands and you might be surprised what you find and the prices they are offering.

Look at the related searches. If you find an item you love, be sure to scroll down on the page to see the “Related Searches” items + the “People Who Bought This Also Bought” selections. In both cases, I’ll often find some great options there that I might not have found just by searching.

What To Check For Before Making a Purchase

Check if they offer free returns. Many clothing items on Amazon offer free returns. This means that if you don’t like the item for any reason, you can go on Amazon and request to return it. They’ll send you a free shipping label so you can return it and get your money back.

Read the reviews. I learn so much by looking at the reviews. You can often also see pictures of the actual item on someone. This is really helpful!

Always check the shipping price. Many clothes ship free to Amazon Prime members. Make sure you check the shipping price before falling in love with something — because sometimes it won’t be free and might be as high as $5-$6.

Look to see where something is made/ships from. Some of Amazon’s clothing ships from China and takes 4-6 weeks to arrive. Be aware of this when you are looking at items — especially if you are hoping to get them within in a few days.

Two other tops that didn’t make it to my top 3 list, but that I also love and wear often are the two above shirts:

  • (this one looks a tad different than the one I have on above but Amazon says it’s the one I have — it has free returns in case it shows up looking different!)
  • (comes in a number of different colors and is just $15.99!)

Other Places to Get Great Deals on Clothes

Your Closet — Don’t run out and get something new because “you have nothing to wear” without first checking your closet. There might be a dozen items in there you’ve not worn for awhile just because you forgot about them! Save yourself a trip to the store the money for new clothes by making sure you’re wearing what you already own!

Thrift Stores — Thrift stores are a gold mine of deals, if you have the patience to dig and look. Approach it like a treasure hunt, have strict guidelines for what you are looking for, and make sure

Swap Meets with Friends — Get your group of girlfriends together and have everyone bring what they no longer love, need, fit into, or wear and swap out clothes. This is a fun way to freshen up your closet — for free!

TJ Maxx — I’ve found lots of great deals at TJ Maxx over the years. You never know quite what you’ll find, but it’s a great place to find deals on basics like camis, socks, scarves, and workout clothes.

Target — Target often releases great coupons through their cartwheel app that can be paired with items from the Clearance Racks. This can make for great deals!

 — This is an online daily deal site that has lots of sales on ladies’ clothing. If you like certain name brands like Under Armor or Tom’s, check out this site for their regular sales. Note: The shipping tends to be high on this site and it takes quite awhile for you to receive your items in the mail.

What are YOUR best tips for finding great deals on clothes? I’d love to hear!

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