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Four Easy Apps to Make Money from your Phone

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Phone Hustles

Here we are, back with Part 2 of my “at-home hustle.” If you read Part 1 you already know I went to town cleaning my apartment. It felt good to both make money and find another home for the things I no longer had use for.

There are SO many apps out there to make extra money right from your phone. I have tried a ton. Many of you are probably already familiar with most of them. Today, I am going to go over the ones I have had the most success with.

Rakuten

Let’s start with one of my favorites Rakuten. If you are not familiar with Rakuten, it is an app you use to shop online at your favorite stores and receive cashback. There are so many stores offering cashback just to check out using the Rakuten app. It’s easy, choose the store you’re going to shop at. Whether it’s Groupon, Target, JC Penny, Nike, etc. Once you click your store and activate your cashback any purchases made from the app you will receive cashback on.

Keep an eye out for double cash-back days. Some stores offer up to 12% cashback. There is an in-store cash back option as well. Just link your card to the app and when you make purchases in-store the app will automatically calculate your cashback in your account. For a limited time, you can use my referral link and get $25 back after making a $25 purchase at any of your favorite stores. Sign up here.

How you chose to get paid is totally up to you. There is a PayPal option or check. Payments are sent every 3 months and you must have at least $5.00 in your account to cash out or the balance will carry over to the next pay out period. Get paid to shop, how easy is that? Now you see why it’s one of my favorites. =)

My 2021 recent cashback activities.

Fetch Rewards

Another one of my all-time favorite shopping apps for cashback is Fetch Rewards. In my opinion, I don’t think Fetch gets as much attention as it deserves. Unlike Ibotta, which I will talk about later, Fetch gives you points for any receipt. Just simply scan your receipts in the app and receive points! Once you have reached a certain amount of points you can trade-in for gift cards. You can even get gift cards for $3.

I have bought so much from Amazon using gift cards. Thanks to Fetch Rewards. If you use my referral code (M4HDQ) to sign up you will get 2,000 points after scanning your first receipt! We like easy stuff over at Moms Mish’n =)

 

My Fetch Rewards Dashboard

Pampers Club Rewards

Now, let’s move on to diapers! As a parent, I have bought a boatload of diapers and now pull-ups. I’m sure you have to! If you don’t already have the Pampers Club app, download it now! Have you ever noticed the sticker on your pampers packages with a code on it? Well, you receive points for every code you scan! Codes are on wipes, pull-ups, and basically, any pampers products.

Then use your points to trade in for gift cards to your favorite stores or choose items from their online catalog. The app occasionally offers $5 cashback just for scanning 2 codes in addition to your points. Trust me, if your kids go through pull-ups like mine, those points add up girl!

Pampers Club Sticker Code

Ibotta

Lastly, let’s finalize this hustle guide with Ibotta. One of the more popular cash-back apps. I’m sure you have heard of it. I do use Ibotta. Although, probably not as often. The cash-back offers are more geared toward name-brand items.

I am a big Aldi shopper which has it’s own brand so a lot of the offers don’t apply to my grocery shopping. However, Ibotta will have offers allowing you to upload a receipt from any store to receive cashback or have a specific item, let’s say cereal of any brand. Those offers are great! Once you reach at least $20 you can again get a gift card or receive a cash payment.

My Ibotta Earnings

Get that Money!

I’m sure there are a ton of other apps for cash-back options. These are just my favorites. Before I went back to work, I hated not having my own money. I used these apps as ways to get cashback for household items I was already buying. Then, I would use the gift cards to purchase stuff for myself or my kids. Now, as a working mom, these are still all of my favorite ways to get free gift cards!

My husband probably thought I was nuts as he would watch me scan all my receipts. I remember him telling his friend one time, “I don’t know where she finds these things.” What can I say? I like to save my family money and earn cashback. Double Win!

If you have any questions about any of the apps I mentioned or even have some new ones you would like to share feel free to reach out to me or leave a comment. As always thanks for supporting Moms Mish’n. =)

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How I Made Over $1,000 Cleaning my Apartment

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Re-working my Do-to List

Let’s start with re-working my list after let’s call it my “epiphany.” I realized my to-do list consisted of many tasks mostly involving things for others. I was always stressed out and constantly cleaning to make space in our apartment. As our family grew the walls in our apartment felt as if they were closing in. We have been looking to move. However, there’s more planning that goes into buying a home than renting. We will save that for another blog. 😉

Taking a look back at number one of the list, “clean/organize the kid’s clothes.” 

Due to the lovely fact, I have two girls very close in age, they pretty much share everything. We had lots of clothes, toys, shoes, etc. the kids no longer used. Plenty still tagged as my youngest is almost the size of my 3-year-old! I bet you have a ton of stuff too! I worked my way through the clothes. I made three piles. One was the keep pile, anything the girls still wore or could be passed from big sis to little sis. Another was a donation pile, anything I would give to friends and family or take to the local goodwill. Lastly, one was for my “boutique.” We will get to that later. By the end of my cleaning session, I had a decent size selling pile. 

The way I differentiated the donation pile from the sell pile determined a couple of factors. I imagined myself in the consumer’s shoes and thought would this condition be acceptable for me to purchase for my child. Also, did I have any friends or family members with kids who can use these items? 

Offer Up

The next step was the fun part. Obviously, after the kids went to sleep because how could I do anything while they were awake! I set up my “photo” area. I laid my items one by one. I poured myself a glass of wine and snapped away. I did not take pictures of the whole pile. I chose a few items to start with, I think I did about 10 posts. Important factors to keep in mind when posting are making sure you have a clear description of the item. The size, colors, brand, etc. Try to keep a clean background, or use a solid-colored floor or blanket as I did. People are less likely to buy from someone who has their messy house all in the pic.  After I had the pictures I wanted, I set up my boutique on various marketplace platforms. You can even give yourself a fun profile name. At one point, mine was Kids Fashion and More. I initially started out on Letgo, which is now a part of Offerup. If you’re not familiar with Offerup, it is an app you can download, post items to sell, and have the option for pick up or shipping. For shipping options, you just need to print the prepaid shipping label Offerup will send you via email once someone purchases. Then, package your item nicely and drop it off at your local USPS drop box or post office. If you want to check out my profile, click here

Poshmark

Another great platform I use is Poshmark, which is similar in the sense of selling. However, a little different than Offerup in the sense of it only offers shipping options. Although, there are more opportunities to market your closet with inclusive “Posh Parties.” You can create your free account with my invite code: MISHB0517 and get $10 credit in your account for anything you may want to buy. Click here to sign up.

When inquiries started coming in. I got so excited. I always kept track of what I sold and how much I made. It was my little business. Some months I would make a couple of hundred dollars. I actually made more with shipping orders than I did with local pick-ups. This literally became my “job.” Now, I looked forward to cleaning out closets because I was on a search for items to post while getting unused things out of my face. I would refer to higher brand items such as Michael Kors, Juicy, Nike as “hot ticket items” because I knew they would sell fast. Especially, if it still had tags. Another tip for selling fast is to bundle items. Instead of posting 6 onesies of the same size. I would bundle a bunch of clothes of the same size and label “Baby Girl Bundle: 6-12 months”  along with the price of the bundle.

Facebook Marketplace

There are other places you can use to sell items you no longer use. Facebook Marketplace is a great option as well. I have purchased quite a few things from Facebook sites myself. 

Find Local Consignment Shops

There are also local shops I have used where you can upcycle clothes. For instance, in my area, we have KidtoKid, a children’s store, which carries anything from clothes, cribs, strollers, toys, etc. They accept all items mentioned as well. Bring your items into the store. Clothing must be cleaned and folded neatly. The store associate will assess the condition of the items and offer you cash or 20% more in-store credit. There are also upselling stores for men’s and women’s fashion. Check your area for stores near you. 

You can easily sell a ton of things taking up space in your home. You will be surprised how much you’re not actually using. I mainly focused on children’s clothes since I had so much, but I have sold other items such as suitcases, DVD players, kitchen accessories, and much more. In my experience, I have made more from Offerup and Poshmark than taking items to the local shops. As a stay-at-home mom it is nice to make a little money to have for yourself it gives you the feeling of independence. If you haven’t started already or have questions, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help get you started on your money missions!

Customized baby bundle for my buyer.