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How I shop on for FREE!

Are you getting Swagbucks freebies yet?

Sign up for a free Swagbucks account, and start using the cool toolbar to search the web, instead of Google or Yahoo. You randomly win points just for using it. It’s the EASIEST reward program that you can use!

Stack up some bonus points:

If you want to earn points faster, you can do the quick polls, or fill out surveys, and on a good day you can earn a $5 Amazon gift card in one survey sitting!

You can also watch video’s, do small “tasks” which are kind of interesting, and more.

I Love!

There are hundreds of rewards to choose from, but I use all of my points for Amazon gift cards, which is what I use to buy diapers and other essentials we use a lot of. I also save up credits to use for Holiday shopping – which will be here before you know it!

There is NO reason NOT to use Swagbucks – It’s easy to set up, easy to use, and the rewards are awesome. Check it out :)


How do you know if a survey company is legit?

You know a survey company is legit when you see this…

… my most recent reward check from Toluna! This post is for those of you that are skeptical of working with survey companies… I’m posting it so that you can see, yes, you really DO earn rewards with these companies. Not all survey places are legit, but as you can see, Toluna is! They let you cash out and request a check every time you reach $20 dollars, so I get a check about once a month or so.

You can get started here…

It takes just a minute to sign up, and soon you’ll see that first survey show up in your email! You don’t have to fill out any surveys that you don’t want to do, but the more you complete, the faster you’ll earn that first check :)

You also get entered into their amazing monthly contests with every survey that you attempt but don’t qualify for, and I know a couple of other bloggers who have won pretty awesome prizes from Toluna!

Check it out, and get signed up today! There is no risk… Fill out surveys whenever you have a little extra time, and cash out checks every time you reach $20 bucks. Why WOULDN’T you sign up, right? Toluna rocks.

And, if you’re looking for new survey companies to work with, read my post about the new product that I’m testing from Synovate here, and learn more about signing up with them.

And here are a couple more that I PERSONALLY use. When a company is a favorite of Sunshine and Sippy Cups, you know it’s good, right? :)

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How to find legitimate survey companies

I read a lot of big claims about survey companies… $100 surveys, free laptops, huge checks, you know what I mean. I’ve never seen any of these type of rewards, so I don’t know if that stuff is true, but I DO get a lot of great benefits from using these survey places consistently.

Years ago I lost my job, but my severance package allowed me some time to figure out my next move. I’d seen a lot of the survey advertisements and thought I’d give it a shot to earn a little extra since I had so much free time.

It didn’t take long to discover that a lot of these places were scammy and spammy. Some things to watch for:

You spend 10 minutes on a survey to be told you “didn’t qualify”… They should determine that within a minute or so, not get all of the information that they need and then not reward you. Scam.

The company gives you tons of “points”, but the rewards are always unavailable, or not valuable at all…. 10,000 points for a water bottle? Scam.

You very rarely get any surveys at all, just TONS of email with “valuable offers” from third party advertisers. Spam.

Or, worst of all, they try to make you PAY to complete offers, and promise to reward you enough to make it worth it. Do not believe it. Total scam.

So, after a year of trial and error, I narrowed it down to the companies that are legit, give generous rewards, and have other perks too such as product testing and giveaways.

The best way to use these companies is to sign up for a bunch. Take the time to fill out at least a few surveys each day, even if you can’t complete all of the offers that they send you. That way, you’re always earning.

Soon enough, you’ll start to see those points rack up, and get your first set of checks…. But warning, you might get hooked :)


Synovate is hard to get into… Unlike a lot of the other companies, they are not always taking new members. They are right now, but it doesn’t always last too long. If it is closed, just keep checking back. It is worth it! You are seldom screened out of surveys, the rewards add up really quickly, and this is one of the best for product testing… I’ve done home fragrance, shampoo, and skin care this year.


Swagbucks is a little different, not a traditional survey site, but it seriously ROCKS my SOCKS. You install a toolbar (super easy, trust me!!) and then use that bar to search, instead of Google or Yahoo. Every so often, it pops up that you have won Swagbucks. You earn them pretty quick, and earn more by doing surveys or polls. I use my points for Amazon gift cards, and I earn at least $5 bucks a week. I just put those in my Amazon account, and let them pile up. It is awesome.


Mypoints sends you some surveys to earn points, but if you only earn points that way, it’s pretty slow. Take advantage of all of the other options: print and redeem coupons, shop through them, and click on the ads they send you. The ads aren’t spammy, although, the more you click them, the more you’ll get. But they are legit offers, and if you want to shop through one you get big points, if you don’t, you just click it and earn 5 points. Mypoints rewards you with FREE gift cards, I earn a $50 card every couple months. And they have TONS of choices for cards… Macy’s, Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, all good ones.

Inbox Dollars

Inbox dollars was one of the first sites I every signed up with, so it’s like an old friend :) This is another one that sends you emails, and you earn points just for clicking the ad. If you use coupons (who doesn’t?? Lol) they have a big coupon list each month, and you earn points just for printing and redeeming them. They have a lot of new options too, like points for watching videos. Inbox dollars is another one that rewards you with actual cash checks!

Toluna is another really great one I’ve used for years. This one is strictly surveys, no other add ons. But I’ve gotten a few product testing opportunities here over the last year, and the rewards are given in a check which is sent really quickly.

These are my favorites, and I have earned real rewards from every single one of these. If any of you guys have tips for how to earn rewards faster, or other sites that you have had good experiences with, please share your tips in the comments!


Amazing Amazon Diaper Deals!

Join Amazon Mom!

Amazon Mom is FREE to join, and gives you access to tons of great deals. Here is a quick overview:

“Amazon Mom is a free membership program aimed at helping parents and caregivers, from the prenatal days through the toddler years, use Amazon to find all the products their family needs. To join, simply sign into your Amazon account and tell us whether you are a Mom, Dad, or other caregivers of a child. Amazon Mom members receive benefits such as 30% off diapers and wipes, FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, as well as exclusive offers via e-mail.”

If you don’t already have an account with Amazon, you can get signed up here Join Amazon Mom It only takes a minute to get started, and is so worth it!

This is what Amazon Mom membership will get you:

  • When you join Amazon Mom, you’ll get FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime for the first 3 months of your membership. For each $25 you spend within a single order in the Baby store, we’ll grant you an additional month of Amazon Prime shipping benefits. You can earn up to one year from the date you joined Amazon Mom.
  • 30% off select diapers and wipes: As an Amazon Mom, you’ll get an extra 15% discount on top of the standard 15% discount on Subscribe & Save when you sign up for Subscribe & Save delivery. Subscribe & Save shipping is always free, and you can change your delivery schedule or cancel at any time. No fees, no risks, no obligations.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Whats the catch?” But there isn’t one! This is such an amazingly helpful program. And, when you use the Subscribe and Save option, it’s super easy to go back in and change your preferences… Which means, if you sign up for delivery every 3 months, and decide you don’t want the next shipment, you just click a button to cancel that shipment. Easy, right?

Here is an example of how I used this yesterday:

  • I bought Pampers Baby Dry Diapers for $40.88.
  • I used a coupon that Amazon emailed me to take $2.00 off.
  • I signed up for Subscribe and Save, which took 30% off.
  • 2 day shipping was included FREE.
  • That brought the final price to $28.72 for an Economy Pack of 204 size 3 diapers!! Wow.
  • This purchase was over $25, so it added an EXTRA month of FREE membership to my account!
  • THEN, on top of all of that, I used three Amazon $5 gift cards that I earned from Swagbucks , bringing my total down to only $13.72!
  • After I get my shipment of diapers, I’ll go over to Pampers Gifts to Grow to enter the codes, and earn points towards FREE Shutterfly products!

You can use the Subscribe and Save option on lots of other products too, like baby wipes, formula, and some household products. Raising a baby is expensive, but these tricks will help you save so much!!

I want to hear from you guys… Do you have any other great tips to save money on baby stuff?? Share them in the comments! I love hearing from you guys….

:) Megs