Homeschool Supplies| Tips For Earning Money
My first year of homeschooling we did it on a tight budget. Since my son was young and we were are a Charlotte Mason family I could get away with the library and only needed a few supplies. We could also do simple activities like “shape scavenger hunt walks” where we would walk around the block looking for different shapes.
As we have added students and started classes like Foreign Lanuguage we have found things are a bit more expensive than they used to be. I now currently homeschool 3 children. I’ve found our local library doesn’t carry all the books I am looking for and I may have slight book buying addiction. We also buy craft supplies for handicrafts and nature journaling and so our budget has grown.
I’ve found that getting creative with my homeschool spending is a lot easier than I thought. Most of the time I am able to get paid for things I am doing normally and to me, that equals free money. Let me share the different ways I have made over $2500 in “easy money” to pay for our homeschool supplies last year.
Don’t forget to use Rakuten (formerly ebates) when you shop for homeschool supplies or whenever you are shopping. Rakuten is perfect to use all year long, any time you shop online. Rakuten allows you to earn cash back on items you are already buying.
Rakuten is easy and reliable. All you need is a PayPal account or you can opt to have them send you a check by mail. You can earn a great amount of money through Rakuten referrals too so don’t forget to share your refferal link.
I hate to admit but I just started using Rakuten. I already earned $225 from my Christmas shopping and referrals. Imagine the money I could have saved for homeschool supplies if I starting using this last year!
Click Here To Earn Cash Back Through Rakuten!
Swagbucks have a number of different methods for earning such as taking surveys, using the search bar or printing coupons. You can also earn by watching videos. I tend to let those videos play while I wash dishes or fold laundry, I average about $10-$20 a month.
I also go shopping through Swagbucks which generally gets me another $75-$150 a year, although as I mentioned above I recently switched to Ebates because the payout is better. I usually cash out for Amazon gift cards, but there are other options.
Sign up for Swagbucks here.
Mobile Shopping Apps $197
Ibotta: This app offers rebates for taking a picture of your receipts. Some rewards are higher than others, and they can vary depending on the store and item. You can earn more by doing small tasks like watching a video about the product.
The only problem with this is you have to shop at specific stores. I would say on average I earn $1.00 or so a shopping trip, sometimes a little more. I usually go shopping about once a week.
Sign up for Ibotta here.
Receipt Hog: This app is similar to Ibotta with the difference being you don’t have to shop at specific stores to earn. The payout is a little slow, but if I am already purchasing a product why would you throw away free money!
SavingStar: Very similar to the other two. This one does best for me. I love when they have offers like Spend $35 on Starbucks and get $5. They usually give you a few trips to get to the threshold, and that total can include coupons. You can also “boost” your total but getting credit for watching videos or other small tasks. Looking back I can see I earned $115 this year. You can pick your payout as a bank deposit, Paypal deposit, or you can start a college fund and contribute to that.
Mobile Consumer Information Apps $359
These seem to have fallen out of favor. If you have an app you recommend instead please let me know below. I’d love to replace these with some recommened apps.
Media Insiders: This app runs in the background of your phone collecting anonymous data on our habits with social media and shopping. Occasionally it offers a survey via email. I love media insiders because it is easy and free money! You make $5 a month (per device) plus surveys. You can install this on up to 3 devices. Total: $180 via Amazon Giftcards Smart Panel: Runs in the background of your phone and collects data on your shopping and social media habits. All the information it collects is anonymous. $15 bonus for the first month then $5 a month after that. Total: $75 in Amazon GC or Paypal Google Screenwise Panel: Same deal as the others run in the background of your phone and you get $2 for every week it runs! Total: $104 via Paypal
SlideJoy: This is an app that places ads on the lock screen of your phone. You earn money regardless of whether or not you engage with the app. I average anywhere from $5-$15 per month depending on whether I am really active on my phone or not.
Email Surveys $100
All of these companies are very similar. They offer you money in the form of points or straight out cash for taking surveys through their site. I recommend you do your research on each one, but the following are the ones I have had the best luck with.
Vindale Research, Opinion Outpost, My Points, Pinecone Research
User Testing: Approximately $1200
I have found that User Testing can be very lucrative. Each test takes me about 20 minutes. I also need the use of my laptop, tablet or cell phone, depending on the test, and a quiet space. Since I need it to be quiet I do this at night or early in the morning. I have found that signing up for multiple sites and frequently getting good reviews has earned me more tests. I have gotten about 2-3 tests a week that I qualify for the number gets higher as I take more tests and test well. The key is to pay attention to the directions. Each test rewards me between $10-$12.
User Testing, TryMyUI, Userlytics
Selling Giftcards- $150
There are two sites that I use to sell gift cards I can’t use- we had a restaurant burn down in our area that I had won a $100 gift card to- or cards I won’t use. Cardpool, Raise, and I’ve never used this particular one, but a similar site is Giftcardgranny. All of them work by selling your gift card at a discounted rate. Your $50 gift card might earn $38 dollars but if you weren’t planning on using it or couldn’t, either way, I’d consider that a win!
Selling Photos- $40
Foap App: Foap is an app that lets you sell your photos online. This is great if you have a photography hobby. Foap sells any photo you chose to send for $10 and you earn $5. I have used this app and so far have made $40. The payout method is PayPal. Similar App: Clashot
Selling Books with Bookscouter- $359
Bookscouter is an all in one for selling books. They search for several sites that buy back used books and give you the best deal. I sold some books I had from college and received $359. This app made selling my old college textbooks so much easier. Now I have this app on my phone so when I go thrift shopping I can look up any interesting books I find!
Grand Total: $3285