5 Sites I Get Products From To Review For Free

5 Sites to Review ProductsI love to review products, especially when I get them for free! Do you like reviewing new products?

Have you ever overheard a conversation where people are talking about a “new product” and been able to say, “Hey, I just tried that product.” Their like, “But how, it’s not even out to the public yet?” Or, “Already? What do you do, go out and buy stuff that is new just to be the one first one to try it?” I just giggle a bit and tell them about the site I joined to review products for free, depending on which site I got that particular item they are talking about.

The comments are ALWAYS like, “I want to join!” or “That’s so cool.” I even get, “So then, is it any good?” “Tell us what you have learned about this product then. I want to know if I should buy it or not.” And more questions come.

These are fun and exciting times, especially with friends and family members! I also always try to carry the coupons with me that may have come with the product, this really helps in getting others to try the products too, especially if you liked that product. I’ve shared the sites with others through social media as well. Some have joined, some have not.

I love that I can influence others with my reviews of products and let them know if it was a good product, or not.

5 Sites I use to Get free Products to Review

Some of these sites have way more offers than others. Some you get products from a lot! Others, only once in awhile. For example, right now, I’m reviewing 2 different products for BzzAgent. I just had a sample box I reviewed last week from PINCHMe, and I’m being considered for HouseParty right now. Let’s hope I get it! I just signed up for Daily Goodie box, so nothing from them just yet and Smiley 360 is an old favorite that I haven’t worked with in a couple years. I had kinda forgotten about them, and let them slide while I was earning my degree, so I just re-signed up with them. I do remember reviewing many products for them before I was even a blogger.

Be sure to always give honest feedback! If you don’t like a product, that’s ok, not everyone will always like everything. Make sure you always follow up with whatever agreement you have made with the site for reviewing the products. These tips will get you more products to review.

Use the links above to check the sites out for yourself and to get more information. Review products today!

Do you use any of these sites? If yes, which ones? If no, what ones are you going to try?

5 Ways A Vegetable/Fruit/Herb Garden Can Help Your Budget

Garden Will Help BudgetIt’s that time of year again where we start thinking about gardening! What do we want to grow this year? Are there new or better varieties to choose from? Where do I want to buy my seeds (if you didn’t save from last year or just want something different. Do I need new garden tools or supplies?

Growing a vegetable, fruit, and herb garden is a great way to help anyone on a budget whether you have a large family, just having a hard time making ends meet, or just trying to save extra money. We all know at certain times of the year some fruits and vegetable can get pretty expensive!

5 Ways A Garden Can Help

1.) Fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs for your family to consume. Myself and my kids love to eat fresh fruits and veggies straight from the garden. Summer salads are awesome! They love watching the melons and pumpkins grow and have a blast picking and eating the berries.

*Bonus, it is a great learning experience for them as well and teaches them a little work ethic too.

2.) Canning and freezing vegetables and fruits. Drying herbs for seasoning your dishes. You can have veggies and fruits all year-long if you can and/or freeze your favorites! Dry herbs and store them in labeled ball jars or old spice jars you might have saved (this is what I do.) If you have a spice rack with jars, better yet!

3.) Have a vegetable and fruit stand to sell over abundance of what you’ve grown. Grew too much? Set up a small stand on the corner of your drive and sell some of the extra fruits and vegetables! You would be surprised how many people will stop for that nice red tomato or that big green zucchini!

4.) Trade or barter with family, friends, and neighbors for different fruits or vegetables they may have grown that you haven’t and vice versa. Forgot to plant corn or just didn’t have enough room in your garden? Ask around to see who has extra, offer something in return that they may not have planted in their garden.

5.) Dry seeds from some of your fruits and vegetables to start the cycle all over next year! As you begin to reap the rewards of all your hard work, don’t forget to dry some of your seeds to use in your next garden. Just be sure to label the jars or bags!

The Seeds I Have Used

Because there have been many times I have forgotten to save seeds. I shop Amazon for my seeds and starter supplies. They have a lot of deals, good seeds, and an amazing variety of Organic, Non-GMO, Sustainable Seed Bags, Combo Packs and more!

These are the ways I help my family budget and allow my family to continuously eat healthy. Do you garden? What do you grow?

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7 Ways I Make Money As A Single Stay At Home Mom

Are You a SAHM or a SSAHM?

Being a stay at home mom can be a tough decision to make. I know when I decided to be a stay at home mom, I felt like I wasn’t contributing to the household income especially since we lived on a budget. I started to look for ways to make money online but wouldn’t take up a lot of time.

Swagbucks was the first way I started making money. Earning gift cards that I could use towards birthdays, anniversaries, and especially Christmas. I was quite surprised at how much I was suddenly earning, and it helped the budget too!

Then I thought about Ebay, I was always buying gently used clothes for the kids and saving a ton of money so I thought why not try to sell on Ebay and not only save money but make money too! So I started selling gently used stuff and started earning a few extra dollars this way too.

Then I became a single stay at home mom!

I knew I had to earn even more to pay bills and be able to provide for my kids. I decided to start a blog to share what I’ve learned throughout the years about living on a budget, family and parenting, and more. Now this was a chance I was willing to take when it came to starting a blog. I had to buy a hosting site because, quite frankly, you can’t REALLY make much money with a free site. I used my credit card and jumped in! Determination will get you anywhere, it just takes time. I just kept building it up and adding more, adding different monetizing strategies, etc. Now, I am a full-time blogger and working in Direct Sales too!

I have compiled a list of the top 7 ways I earn money to support my family. I hope it helps you to do the same, whether you are just looking for a couple of ways to make some extra cash or looking to find a way to be home with your kids, these are what work for me.

My Money Makers:

  1. I Run This Blog – And you can too! This was the toughest decision I had to make because it did cost money to get started, but it was well worth it to buy a hosting service so I could monetize my blog and make it my own. I am passionate about many things, mostly my family and how to provide for them, so this is what my blog is based on. You can get more information here. This is what I used to get started and have not regretted it all! It’s very affordable.
  2. Swagbucks – I have been using Swagbucks for at least 5 years now, probably longer! An easy way to earn cash or gift cards. So many different ways to earn through Swagbucks. I cash out at least $25 a month, most of the time a lot more, just giving you the bottom line. There is a bonus available if you sign up this month!
  3. Ebay – I sell anything and everything that I no longer need or the kids have outgrown, etc. on Ebay. Of course it does have to be in good use-able or gently used condition. Nobody wants to buy something that is ripped, torn, stained, etc. You get the drift. This really helps to put money back towards new or gently worn clothing/books/toys for your kids. *Small fees involved when selling on Ebay.
  4. Etsy – Are you crafty? Do you have a hobby? If you make anything handmade and enjoy it, why not profit from it? Sell handmade items on Etsy, and right now if you use this link, you can start with 40 free listings! Therefore, it costs you nothing to get started! *Small fees involved when selling on Etsy.
  5. Direct Sales – I have just started in direct sales but what a help in the money making department! I am a direct sales consultant for Linen World. There is no cost to join, no quota’s to meet, and free web page made for you. This one is my favorite, I earn 20% in commissions on everything I sell, and you can too! I also have just joined with Party Time Mixes as an Independent Consultant. This one, I have to pay around $10 a month for, but the prices are low so it is not hard to at least make enough to cover the cost of your web page even in the beginning. Commission on this one is also 20% to start. Best thing about Direct Sales today is you can choose to do it all online. You don’t have to do home parties unless you want too!
  6. EarningStation – This is another new one for me, but I really like it already. It is so easy to earn money on EarningStation as well. I don’t know to much about it yet except doing surveys and such so you’ll have to check it out yourself. What do you got to lose?
  7. MavenX – This is really cool! You make boards, kind of like Pinterest, except these boards can earn you money! Yup, all you do is make boards of products you love or think others will love from the networks that MavenX works with, and if someone buys something through your boards, you earn a commission. Make sure you share your boards any way you can. Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you already have a blog or are thinking about starting one (#1), it is a great way to make some extra money through your blog as well.

These are the top 7 ways I make an income to earn money online and take care of family. Do you work online to make extra money? How do you make money online?

 

3 Different Money Challenges to Fit Any Size Budget

If you live on a budget like I do, you are always looking for a way to save money. So I’m sharing with you the 3 different money challenges I have used throughout the years depending on the budget I had at that time.

Whether you are saving for an emergency fund, Christmas, a vacation, a rainy day fund or just want to have a savings account, there is a way to save.

I have come up with different money challenges to fit any budget (I have used each one at different times in my life). Now keep in mind that I am a single mom with very little income and I am back to saving again with a money saving challenge.

1. $5 Bill Challenge

It all began years ago when I was able to save and decided it was time to take a hold of my finances.  But somehow as soon as I would get to a few hundred dollars something always came up and it needed to be used. At this time I was saving $5 dollar bills. Anytime I would get change back from making a purchase, if I got a $5 bill back, I would stash it away.

2. $1 Bill Challenge

Then hard times hit. So I changed to $1 bills. And I saved them. I did this all year long so I would have money for Christmas. At this time there was no saving for an emergency fund or vacations, etc. I was really living on a close budget but knew I had to have money for the kids for Christmas.

3. $.25 (Quarter) Challenge

And now, as a single mom the budget is well, not even really a budget. After the bills there really is nothing left. Change, that’s about it. But my frugal mind knows it still needs to save! So now I save quarters. It is not much, but it is still saving and I do have quite a stash. And believe it or not, those little quarters actually add up fast!

Money is money and you save anyway you can. If you have children and are struggling, you know what I’m talking about. I may not end up with as much money at the end of the year with the quarter challenge as I would with the $5 challenge but I do what I can with what I’ve got. And at the end of the year, I will still have a small saving to use for Christmas if need be or to put in my savings account.

I do hope to work my way back up to the $5 money challenge as things are looking up since I have starting in the direct sales market. But for now, I’m just happy to be able to save something.

Have you ever done a money challenge? How do you save when living on a tight budget? Would any of these money challenges fit your budget? Let me know in the comments!