Could it be? Maybe? Ummmm, possibly?
I think that I can safely total up how much I earned in free cash for this Christmas. It has been a hell of a ride.
First for more good news! I earned $7.05 from Saving Star. I took it in the form of an Amazon e-code. I also earned a free $10 voucher for Old Navy by cashing in change at Coin Star(I used our change and then repaid us from the Christmas fund). This is a good deal BUT I would do it differently if I did it again. I had never used Coin Star before and it didn't even cross my mind that I wouldn't be able to select the amount to put on the Old Navy voucher. And Coin Star takes dollar bills, who knew? Next time I will just feed the machine $40 exactly and get a $50 voucher back. Lesson learned. $56.16 is a strange amount for a voucher/gift card. Anna won't care what the voucher looks like or how much is on it, she LOVES Old Navy.
So the GLORIOUS total is.............make the drum roll noise...........................$1573.65!!!!!!,
Kohls Cash $15(from ordering $50+ online)
Old Navy $10(cashing in $40 earned an extra $10)
American Express $25 gift card(for loading $200 on a prepaid American Express)
American Express $10gift card (for loading $200 on a prepaid American Express)
My Points $35 gift cards(shopping rewards site)
Send Earnings $27.94(online rewards club)
Amazon E-cards/Saving Star $22.05(buying groceries/household products)
Amazon Gift card/code $125(won)
Bank of America-$250(credit card points)
BP $325.67(credit card points)
HHGregg Visa cards $469.99(for buy appliances)
Jewel $100(from buying gift cards)
For a grand total of------$1573.65
AMAZING if I may say so myself. And the great thing is the free money that I started with helped me to make more free money. Hmmmm, I wonder if this is how the rich do it?
Do I think that I will be able to do this again next year? No, probably not. The problem is that the biggest chunk of money/gift cards came from buying the appliances. I got $469.99 from HHGregg. I converted it into cash and plunked it into the account. I doubt that I will have to buy new appliances next year. Well, let's pray that I don't!
I think that I will be able to gather at least $1000 for Christmas next year though. I am going to continue to gather and finagle and post about it. I especially love how I took the free money, used it to buy gift cards and earned $20 for the transaction, then used the gift cards to earn $15 Kohls cash for free. I used that money like a $5 hooker. Ok, that wasn't very Christmas-y.
I doubt that I will be able to win $125 again next year. When Donna Freedman uses the random generator, it favors me. What can I say, I'm a likable kinda guy!
I'm also not going to do Toluna again. It was just too much work for a very small payout.
Thank you so much for everyone's kind comments and sticking around to see what I could scrounge up. I really hope that this inspires at least one person to take the time to "Find" a few dollars for the holidays next year. It makes everything so much more enjoyable when you have a pile of free money to pay for your Christmas.
Happy and Free Holidays,