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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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!

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.

Swagbucks – Earn £50 a Month

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve been getting on OK with last week’s suggestions to make money from home. I thought I’d give you a wee break from more posts, to give you a chance to implement things.

Regular readers will know that I write from time to time, about a site called Swagbucks. The reason I write about it more than any other site is because it’s one of my best earners and it’s so easy! Go on the site every day and click on the daily poll, play 5 rounds of any game, make some of your usual searches through their search engine, answer a survey and run 1 or 2 of their apps and you’ve met your daily target! A little bit of effort goes a long way and I redeem up to £50 worth of free gift vouchers every month. You can choose from almost any gift card you can think of or just take the cash via Paypal. That’s an easy £300-£600 a year. The good news is that Swagbucks run regular events to help boot your points, from team challenges, to Swago boards and gift cards sales. Sign up via my link and join in with the latest team challenge (yes, it is a little bit American) that starts on Monday! If you have any questions, just comment and I’ll help you to get started.

Starting Monday, September 12th, Swagbucks invites you to participate in their Midway Team Challenge. Pre-registration starts today! How will you contribute? Watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online? These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you’ve never used Swagbucks before, it’s a site where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online.

Now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it’s an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site. All members who participate and contribute at least 200 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card!

I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 40 SB rebate. The challenge lasts until September 16th so log on or make a free account!

Online Voucher Codes

Following on from my recent posts on Shopping Apps and Cashback sites , today I’m going to cover voucher codes. These represent a minuscule amount of my extra income, but they always worth looking for if you are going to buy something. It’s worth looking on the cashback sites first, as they will often list available voucher codes. Bear in mind that some sites will specify that if you use a code that isn’t listed on their website, then you may not be eligible for cashback. My advice is to search and see if you would save more money with the voucher code. This is because voucher codes are guaranteed, if they apply successfully at the checkout then you’ve saved that money there and then. Whereas with cashback sites you’re not guaranteed to get the pay out (you have to wait and see if it tracks correctly and if the site agrees to pay out, plus it often takes months!)

I can’t really recommend a voucher code site, there are tonnes out there but I frequently find them unreliable and out of date. Your best bet is to Google for a code for the specific retailer you’re trying to buy from and see what comes up. Be prepared to trawl through pages, as loads of these sites seem to manipulate search results by promising current vouchers which they don’t have. www.moneysavingexpert.com has some threads in its forum that will list codes, but unfortunately a lot of retailers prevent them from publishing codes there. They advise that you should try blagging a code by going on live chat, or by abandoning your basket in the hopes that you get emailed one. Another good way to get codes are to sign up to companies newsletters (you can always unsubscribe after you’ve used it!) Some retailers will email you codes for special events, or free shipping- so be vigilant and check them.

You can also look for voucher codes to save money on meals out and days out. I often use these and there are lots about. www.moneysavingexpert.com is a great place to start for restaurant deals. My life motto is “never pay full price for anything” and I’ll be back with more ways to help you achieve that soon!

Money-Saving Shopping Apps

It’s hard to decide what to tell you about next, but I’ve plumped for money-saving shopping apps. There are several out there and they really do help to cut your bill. I don’t use them all the time because I don’t tend to buy branded goods much of the time and I also try to support smaller, independent businesses for much of my shopping. However, as Zero Waste is a burgeoning concept in the UK and our shopping landscape is dominated by the supermarkets- I imagine these are going to be useful to a lot of people.

I think my favourite is Checkoutsmart, this is because they have a lot of completely free products on their weekly offers. Who doesn’t love trying something for free?! Take this week, for example, they have £179 worth of offers on their app. All you have to do is buy the product and upload your receipt. You get reimbursed with these apps into your bank account or Paypal account. My top tips are to make sure you’re buying the right product (check the variety and size carefully), in the right supermarkets (some offers are store specific) and take a legible photo of your receipt (don’t screw it up and then try to flatten it out!) Some apps have a minimum payment amount, or an amount above which you don’t have to pay a fee and others reimburse you after every purchase.

I’m not sure how it works, but I think Checkoutsmart must also own ClickSnap because you can’t redeem offers on both apps (I’ve tried!) ClickSnap is run by Quidco, a cashback site that I’ve been using for a while (more on that opportunity later). If you care to sign up to Quidco using my referral link we’ll both get £1.25 bonus.

Shopitize is another one of these apps, they sometimes have free products and lots of money off offers.

A new one that I’ve just discovered is Shopinium- They don’t have a website, just the app. They run on the same format and if you sign up using my referral code KYMYYHHW, you’ll get a free bar of Green and Black’s chocolate. I’ll also get a small amount as a thank you for you using my link.

There is also one called ShopScanSave but I found it awkward to use (you were supposed to show your barcode to the till operator) and it now isn’t displaying any offers, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it is no longer active. However, you might like to try it in your area.

I hope these apps allow you to save some money off your weekly shopping and enjoy some new products too. Thanks for reading!