How to buy a brand new Siemen’s fridge/freezer for free!

OK, so this month has been killer for us financially. We are doing major renovations on our house – now these were planned and budgeted for. However, then we found out one of our pets has a terminal illness cue a small fortune in vet’s bills. The kind where they give you a quote and it ends up being double. Now I wouldn’t change anything because our pets are part of the family, but if I didn’t save money like it’s going out of fashion – we would not have been able to pull these kinds of sums out of a hat. So when on top of all of this, our fridge/freezer decided to say goodbye – we could have been turning to Freecycle or worse, trying to do without. Or I suppose actually, most people would just put it on a credit card and end up paying many times the item’s original price. I’m writing this post to show you exactly where a little bit of on-line earning can get you in just a few months. I bet I’m not the only one facing unexpected strains on their finances, or you might just want to avoid getting into debt over Christmas.

I was just able to buy this Siemen’s Fridge/Freezer from John Lewis for free! Yes, you read that correctly- FREE! (If you are reading this tomorrow 29/09/16 onwards, then unfortunately their great deal will have ended. But here is something similar on Amazon and you can save up Amazon vouchers from all of these sites towards your purchase).

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I want to show you something really tangible, more so than me just giving you the figures for what I earn online. Although, this fridge/freezer represents less than half of what I can earn online each month, just to give you an idea. But I’m not sharing this to boast, I’m sharing this because if I can do it – you can too! You can effectively give yourself a pay rise and make thousands of pounds every year, from the comfort of your sofa or bed!

The majority of my gift cards which were put towards this purchase came from Swagbucks, with a little from Pinecone, a little from a site called Valued Opinions (comment or message me if you want a referral link, as it must be sent to your email address) and 1 voucher from The Wise Society (comment of message me if you want to join up, if they ask for the name of your referrer and I will give you my name. I am not currently certain if they are taking new members). I will aim to write a little more about those last two survey sites ASAP. The small remainder was covered by sites like Newvistalive and Populuslive which pay in cash.

I was lucky enough to catch the last day of a deal offering a 3-year extended warranty for free, taking it to 5 years in total, free disposal of my old appliance (normally £9), £70 cashback which I was given instantly off the purchase price at the checkout and free delivery which is also standard on any item over £50. John Lewis comply with the UK Government’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations which came into force in 2007. This means that all recyclable elements of our old appliance will be recovered to make new consumer goods. I also love the fact that John Lewis offer eco delivery slots, so I was able to choose a time for delivery when they are already in my area – meaning that more fuel is saved. How very Zero Waste of me!

I am looking forward to receiving my fridge/freezer next week – not least because it will work, but it is an A++ rated appliance and should only cost about £22.50 per year to run. I don’t know what our current appliance rates at, but it’s around 10 years old and undoubtedly won’t be as efficient. I hope that this appliance lives a long life, as I hate the throw away and disposal nature of our society. We inherited our last appliance, so we didn’t have any choice, but it was a cheap brand not known for their longevity. Here’s hoping we have made a better choice. I know none of this makes our purchase ideal, but we are doing our best, along with having chosen an ethical retailer who is doing their best.

I hope this post encourages you to start using some of the methods I have mentioned recently. I will be posting about a lot more and although it seems overwhelming at first, just try to incorporate 1 at a time. Once you’ve built it into your daily routine, you can add another. Until it just becomes normal to check these sites in your spare time. I hope that by starting in the order I am listing them, you will get some good earners in place quickly and see the fruits of your labours. Please comment and let me know how you are getting on! I would love to hear how others are being helped by my posts. That’s all for now folks!

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How to clean your oven a more natural way

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Today, we’re taking a short break from discussing survey sites to talk about cleaning your oven! We’re going to cover how to clean it in a more environmentally friendly and less toxic way, saving yourself a heap of money. Not to mention saving you and your family’s health by not spraying around toxic fumes.

I used to try and clean my oven with toxic chemical cleaners. Not only are they expensive, but they never delivered what they promised! They were just another bottle to clutter up under the sink. Now I just use Dri Pak Soda Crystals which are non-toxic, natural and very cheap. I simply fill my bath with hot water, add about 1/4 packet of soda crystals and leave all my oven racks to soak for about 10 minutes. Then I use a couple of soap filled pads, like these Brillo pads and the grease and grime comes away easily. You can see in the picture, it almost instantly gets to work. In about half an hour, I can have my oven looking like new and sparkling clean for about 20p! The only catch is, then I have to clean the bath! lol I think that’s a small price to pay.

Newvistalive- Survey Site

Newvistalive is another good survey site, in my opinion. They don’t run quite as frequently as some, but they do pay £1 per 5 minutes of your time which is good. I find their survey template well structured, clear and easy to complete.

Once again they require you to reach £50.00 before you can be paid and they insist on sending it by cheque to your home address which takes some time. I probably only cash out with them once a year, on average because I do get screened out of a lot of their surveys. The good thing is that they screen you out early on, so you’re not wasting a lot of your time. I would still definitely say they are worth bothering with!

When you sign up, you instantly get £5 credit on your account which goes a long way towards getting you started. They also run a prize draw which you get entered into if you get disqualified from a survey, although I’ve never won it- I suppose it’s a nice touch.

Populus Live – Survey Site

Populus Live is another great survey site. The advantages of this site are that they are amongst the highest paying out there. The surveys come relatively frequently, I get at least 3 per week I would say and often more. Their rule is that they pay you £1 for every 5 minutes of your time. Most of the surveys are between 5-10 minutes long, so you can easily fit them in to your day. Occasionally you get longer ones which are obviously nice, as they pay more!

The disadvantages of this site are that you are required to earn £50 before you can be paid. You must be paid by cheque and you have to wait for this to be sent to you, by post which normally takes at least a month after you have reached the payment threshold. They do screen you out relatively frequently, but usually early on in the survey. They also have a hugely irritating template layout for their surveys which makes them very slow to load. In addition, they have even more vexing sets of questions to test that you are paying attention which basically feel like they are ‘trying’ to catch you out. However I put up with this due to the high payment for each survey.

Overall, I’d urge you to give this site a go since they pay well for surveys completed. If you’d care to share your experiences with the site, then please get in touch!

IPSOS i-say- survey site

IPSOS is a pretty recognisable name in market research, at least I had come across them in the UK thanks to IPSOS MORI polls, doing social research on behalf of the Government. I felt very comfortable signing up to them. For consumers, they run a site called IPSOS i-say which conducts market research- usually in the form of surveys, with occasional product trials throw in if you are eligible.

They offer frequent and reasonably well paid survey via their i-say site. You get paid a number of points depending on the length of the survey. Once you have 1380 points, you can either redeem for a voucher, or donate the money to charity.

If you complete a high percentage of the surveys they send out, you can get bonus ‘loyalty’ points. I cash out £10 with this website usually every month, sometimes more (especially if they run an online research community) and I complete virtually every survey they send me.

I can’t offer you a referral link for this one, but if you would like to be referred please contact me below and give me your first name and email address. Then I will be able to send you a link directly. I would get a small allocation of extra points for doing so.

This company is very reliable in crediting surveys and they even pay points when you are disqualified. However, their vouchers do take around 1 month to reach you via post which is annoying. However they have always arrived in the end.

It’s a great time to sign up for Swagbucks for Swago – Pie Fest!

Strawberry, Pumpkin, Apple, Boysenberry, the list goes on! Craving pie?

It’s time for SWAGO: Pie Fest! What is SWAGO you ask? It’s a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities which I talked about the other day. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you’ve never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site.  Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB Bonus:

Swago: Pie Fest will begin on Monday, September 19th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.

The game ends Monday, September 26th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus. Isn’t it time you signed up? Share your progress in the comments section.

Mintvine

Mintvine is a great survey site, although it also has polls, offer walls & other ways to earn. They send surveys very regularly (several times a day), so it’s easy to rack up points. Like most survey sites, you need to spend a short amount of time filling out your profile. This means that you will get sent relevant surveys & get screened out less frequently.

The plus points of this site are that it’s really easy to use, surveys are frequent, always credit & you can cash out via a variety of methods. I am currently receiving the cash via Paypal. But you can opt to receive a gift card from; Amazon, Debenhams, House of Fraser, iTunes, New Look, Pizza Express, Tesco, Starbucks & lots more! They also pay a small number of points even if you are disqualified.

The only real downsides of this site are that they keep you waiting for at least a week whilst your points are approved & that they pay in US dollars, so you need to convert the currency which means you lose a bit.

This site is a great little earner & I highly recommend it.