Walgreen’s has put up another $5/20 coupon for Friday June 13th only! If anyone is buying the new WCares Lil Kinz animals then don’t forget to use this coupon. They upped the price at mine to $9.49 which was $6.99. They couldn’t keep them in stock so of course raised the prices. I will be only buying 2 of them and a little small item to get my pre-tax total to over $20. Have fun shopping! Just copy/paste the url below in any browser to get the coupon.
I stumbled upon Merchandising and Mystery Shopping back in the late 1990’s not long after I started surfing the net. I used to see ads in my local paper about getting paid to shop but they also always wanted money for a packet. First rule is NEVER EVER pay a fee to a company for info. Good legit companies will never ask for money from you. Those are scams and run away as fast as you can. I have worked for over 20 different companies in the last 10 years and have never paid a fee to work. Again, this won’t make you rich, but it is a good extra income. Sometimes you will you can get with a company who will give you a lot of work so it is possible to make a pretty nice income of even say $20,000-30,000 (this is definitely true if you live in a big metro city). My towns around me are building up and so are the number of jobs. There is some competition, but if you are reliable, have some experience, and take last minute jobs then you will be offered more work. I was with company that the scheduler always called me first since he knew that the job would get done quickly and could depend on me if someone cancelled.
What kind of work will you be doing you ask? Well it depends on the company but I have done Mystery Shopping jobs like evaluating a bank, real estate jobs, buy something from a store, and you either keep it or have to do a return, restaurants, clothing stores, electronics, video game and movies, actual movie theaters, gas stations, pizza, burger joints, pharmacies, grocery stores, and so much more. Pretty much anyone with no experience can start but the more experience you have the higher paid jobs you can receive. This again depends on your area and the company. I don’t take the small $7 jobs unless it’s a quick one and I’m already doing something else. Most jobs pay $10-15 each and there are ones that pay $20-40 (again most of these require more experience). There are times that I will take 3-5 jobs for one day so I spend less money in gas, and I earn that day about $50-80 for a couple of hours worth of work. Most jobs are 10-20 minutes long. The more you do the faster you get with the paperwork.
Now Merchandising is a little different and again you don’t have to have experience but it will definitely help. I did have experience since I used to work as a stocker at my local Wal-Mart, and I used to put together the displays, shelving, and could read a plan-o-gram (the paperwork that shows how to put the display up and where everything should go). It’s really not hard once you get the hang of it, but most companies really prefer you have experience. These pay much better and usually it’s by the hour but sometimes it’s by the job. Most of my jobs I got paid $10-12/hr. Some companies are cheap and only want to pay $8 but I did take one since it was 4 stores all within a 20 mile radius and it was a weekly job so a nice steady stream. Of course gas was still pretty cheap when I was doing this regularly. So now you should definitely consider the cost of gas. I love the flexibility and to me it was fun.
The kind of Merchandising jobs you do could be anything from putting up actual shelving, restocking, and putting up displays. I mainly did displays and restocking. It was extremely rare I had to do actual shelving. I did once have to put a display that required another person to help so I employed my mom. We went to 6 stores in different towns (the same weekend) and we did get paid almost $400 which after gas we still both made $16/hr. The work really wasn’t that hard but it was a lot of fun, and gave us a chance to spend some time together. I even helped her find a few jobs in her town to make an extra income.
There is also demonstrating. This could be anything from handing out samples/coupons in your local grocery store to Wal-Mart but there are other kinds of demo work. Sometimes it can be working at a cellphone kiosk to showing an electronic gadget. There is also work involving taking surveys at a certain location. The pay isn’t as good but most companies pay $7-9/hr for 2-6 hours of work.
Last let’s talk about focus groups and surveys. I have already shared a few really great survey sites that do pay you for your opinion. I also have done focus groups. This is a little hard to break into unless you live in a metro area. The bigger the city the more opportunities. Some are done online but most are done in person. These can pay anywhere from $50-200 or even higher. There are different kinds like mock trials, medical research (with or without using oral meds), and even companies asking if you like a new product or to talk about a certain issue which could be about many things. There are so many kinds of focus groups and some are even for kids. I also have my son take a couple of surveys which pays $10 each so not bad for a young school-aged child.
Now where can I find these jobs? There are several ways to find jobs.
1)Forum boards are a great way to see jobs by location and by company. There are a few good places I check regularly for work.
Mystery Shopping Providers Association- http://www.mysteryshop.org/index-na.php (just a small word on this one. If you become certified then they will be more jobs available to you. This changed a few years ago and I have never taken the test. I’m not sure if it’s worth the fee or not).
NARMS (love this place)- http://www.narms.com/s_indiv.html
There used to be a couple more but I lost the info when my computer crashed. If anyone has more to share then please leave it in a comment and I’ll add it to the post. Thanks.
2)The other way is to check the company directly. Not all will share a job list and some won’t even take applications. You can check companies above at those forums and just go to the site directly.
3)Another of my favorite ways is to talk to other vendors and check the vendor log. When you merchandise most stores have a vendor log for you to sign with your name, company name, date and times you were at the store. Some ask for you to wear a vendor tag if you don’t already have one. This was a great way for me to find other great companies. Then I would either go to the website or call the company. Some won’t take apps but a few schedulers would add my name to their database and it’s how I got in good with one. I proved to be reliable and dependable for those that quit or backed out and I would go and do the job. Of course this helps if your kids are in school or older or even no kids. It’s not always to take last minute jobs with small children. Good luck and I hope this helps those that were curious.
So here is a quick update from my post When it Rains it Pours. I received both pairs of glasses in two weeks. You receive a case and a microfiber cleaning cloth. It’s an extra freebie that is a nice touch. I bought hubby two pairs of the Memory Titanium Frames and I opted for the extra Anti-Reflective coating for $4.95. My husband loves his new glasses. He told me that they were so light that he hardly feels them on his face, and the lenses are very clear. I paid $68.xx for two pairs with $4.95 shipping. I would definitely purchase from them again. Now the only complaint I have is to be careful you aren’t buying the wrong sex frames. I got his first model from under the men’s frame section, but the second pair I went under the Memory Titanium. I’m almost positive that we ended up with a pair of female glasses as they look great on me. So I need to call them and ask if they will put in new lenses with my prescription. Oh well but it’s his fault since he picked them out.
From their website here is what they include with each frame:
High quality stylish frame
Thin and Light 1.57 index lens
Anti Scratch Coating
Full UV Protection
Lens edge polishing and beveling
Quality Hard Eyeglass case
Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
I will also say that the case is not that great of quality but it’s not terrible. It’s more of a plastic and not that hard of a plastic either. Again it’s a minor detail, and these frames are very inexpensive. I priced the cheapest pair of Titanium frames at Wal-Mart and just the frames were $108! YIKES! I don’t know how well the frames will hold-up, but I’m very confident that my husband will get good use from them. Just go to ZenniOptical.com for more info.
Tupperware is having a great sale on summer items this month. There is a great item that I just ordered, and it’s the Tupperware Impressions Dining Set. It’s 50% off which includes 20 great pieces of the following:
4 Dining Trays
4 Refrigerator Bowls w/ seals (16oz each)
4 Microwavable Bowls w/ seals (20oz each)
4 Impressions 110z Tumblers (with Drip-Less straw lids)
4 Snack Cups w/ seals (4oz each)
The dining trays are perfect since they have the different compartments and look like school trays. They are a pretty shade of blue. There are also great sales on the Impression 3 bowl set as well as the 2QT pitcher. Click on the link below to see all the great sales. Interested in a Summer catalog then you can look at the current ones online. That is a great feature plus you can have online parties and send gift certificates online to friends or family members. Tupperware is definitely making it easier for busy people on the go. Online parties are a great way to invite friends/family members from anywhere in the 48 US States. Each hostess will have 2 weeks for the party, and all you need is a first name plus their email address. Tupperware sends the invite and you can send out reminders when the party is 2 days away from ending. It’s so easy and if you receive $200 or more in orders then Tupperware sends you an online gift certificate for $20 or 10% of your total sales. So if your final tally is $300 then you will receive $30 in FREE TUPPERWARE! You must have at least $200 in sales to receive an award.
I just cashed out my first $25 gc to Best Buy from BoomerTowne! I still have over 1,000 pts in my account. Thanks to everyone that signed up under me and I should see those referral points by the middle of the month. Anyway it’s an awesome site and so easy to earn the points. I am getting 1,500 points a day (that’s the max) and all I do is chat on a chat board for 5-10 minutes (sometimes b/c I’m having fun chatting), a couple of easy posts on the boards. I also click on games (you don’t have to play if you don’t), accepting friend requests gives you 10pts per request, and asking for friends which is 7pts. I also do the daily trivia (25pts) and it doesn’t matter if you get the questions wrong or right. Rating tips, recipes, jokes, watching videos and there is so much more. It’s super easy and takes me less than an hour each day. Hubby does his in the morning. We are saving up for a WII which you can earn on the site but it’s about 20,000 points this way so the gc’s are better for us. I just wanted to update everyone and it’s a really easy to earn the points. Again if you are interested in joining this great site please shoot me an email (click on the link below) and provide me with your first name and email addy. It’s the only way I can send referrals is to email them directly which is a pain.
Here are a few more survey companies.
General Mills Advisory Panel: Only open to residents in the US. Once you earn 1,000 MAP points then you can either cash out for $10 paypal or an Amazon gc sent via email. I just joined a month ago and have gotten a little over 100 points so far.
Click Here to Sign up for General Mills Advisory Panel
VocalPoint: I get free samples, coupons, and a few other things from this site. I have heard of others getting nice gift packs or gift cards. I never have but I don’t fill out the surveys faithfully either. So if anyone with more experience with this program want to comment on more details then that would be great! I have gotten some nice free stuff from this site.
Click Here to Sign up for VocalPoint
BuzzAgent: This is a great program. I need to be more active so I can move up in the ranks but I think this is a newer feature. The more active you are and if you do well on your reports then you get access to more campaigns. I have received a Sonicare toothbrush and many other great free items. You usually get a full size product and coupons but sometimes you get samples along with it to hand out to your friends, family, and/or co-workers. Then you tell them about the products and how great they are or aren’t. I’m usually very satisfied with the products I receive. I love my Sonicare toothbrush and by far the best freebie I’ve ever received! It’s a great program so click on the link below if interested.
Click Here to Sign up to Become a BuzzAgent!
Walgreen’s has a $10/30 coupon good for Friday May 31st only. There is a great deal on a fan listed at $29.99 plus it has a $10 rebate then you use the $10 off coupon to pay $9.99 plus tax! I would add a small item like a candy bar or gum to just get the total over $30 since some cashiers are funny about the pre-tax total under $30 even if it is a penny. Some won’t care but some will.