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Make Money Online: Paid Viewpoint, Rakuten, Respondent, Qmee, Microsoft Bing Rewards (updated 2022)

One of the things I admire most about the “Greatest Generation” (besides their amazing fashion sense, of course) is their frugality, their “make-do-and-mend” approach to money and possessions. They knew that banks fail, economies go through major depressions, and it’s better to have a coffee can full of money buried in the yard in case of a rainy day or a dustbowl decade.

In that spirit, I thought from time to time I could share a few things that I’ve found to be a reliable source of a few coins for the Folgers can. There might be an affiliate links to some items, but as you know, I only recommend items I trust and believe in.

1. Paid Viewpoint

Format: Surveys. Pays in: Amazon, PayPal, eBay, others.

My lifetime earnings: $376.56. Average monthly: $8.

2. Rakuten (aka eBates)

Format: Shop through browser link. Pays in: PayPal.

My lifetime earnings: $499.61. Average quarterly: $18.


Format: Focus groups, interviews. Pays in: PayPal.

My lifetime earnings: $380. Average project: $71.25

4. Qmee

Format: Search rewards through browser extension, surveys, shopping. Pays in: PayPal, gift cards, charity.

My lifetime earnings: $123.36. Average survey: $1.44.

5. Microsoft Rewards

The site has gone through a few name changes (Bing/Microsoft) but I’ve been clicking through searches and earning a $5 Amazon gift card every 20 days for oh, about 8 years now.

6. Pinecone Research

It’s hard to find a signup link for Pinecone, but once you’re in, you’ll get occasional survey invitations that always pay $3. They used to send checks in the mail, then it was PayPal, and now it’s kind of a sketchy bank transfer (or gift cards), but they do reliably pay out.




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Material Monday: Stocking the stash with Fabric Mart bundles

Fabric Mart bundles: Jungleland Vintage is hooked!

Material Monday: in which we look at new fabrics and sources

If you’re one of those brave souls willing to shop online for fabric, you’ve probably come across Fabric Mart. Not only do they have a nice selection of fabrics at very reasonable prices (and frequent sales), they have something awesome for those who like a gamble: bundles. It’s a surprise assortment of fabrics (fashion or craft), thread, or buttons. Last week, they had a one-day sale on bundles, so I decided to try an assortment of buttons, along with fabric. I got sidelined shopping for non-bundle fabric, so I ended up missing out on a 10-yard bundle, and instead got one with 6 yards of fashion fabric, along with a half-pound of buttons.

The button bundle is AMAZING! So much inspiration. Here is the whole picture:

The fabric bundle is not as awesome as the first bundle I got from them (which had amazing Barbie pink scuba knit), but better (for my taste) than the second. There is some funky flannel I can use to make my husband some pajama bottoms. The striped bottomweight will be a really cute skirt, I think. And the two-yard piece of cream crepe will be… something cool, someday.

Can’t wait for another bundle deal day to get some more surprises!

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