Four Easy Apps to Make Money from your Phone

Four Easy Apps to Make Money from your Phone

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. =)

How I Became my Mother

Welcome to Moms Mishn!

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My name is Michelle aka Mish, and I am ALWAYS on a mission. Since becoming a mother my mission list has become longer and my days shorter, but I always find a way.

I came across a sample paper I did in college the other day on one of my good ol’ cleaning missions. We were instructed to write a short paper on the person who has had the greatest influence in our lives. I wanted to share the sample in my first blog post as a dedication to my mom, who has always told me, “you can do anything you put your mind to.”

Sample Paper

1 September 2015

A little girl told her mother, “When I grow up, I want to be just like you.” The little girl was me. I continue to realize what an amazing woman I have been blessed with to call my own. My mother is my teacher, friend, and role model. She has the greatest influence on my life. Her strong independence and heartless actions are among the many characteristics I admire. Any woman can have a baby, but it takes a lot of love, patience, and care to become a mother.

My mother is the solid foundation of our family. After my parents divorced, my mother faced multiple challenges as a single mom to provide for her family. Financial stability became a struggle. She was not given the opportunity to attend college as a result of getting married at a very young age. I was very proud of my mom when she received her state license as a Nail Technician. She found her passion and she went for it. I admire her strength, willpower, and accomplishments that encourage me to aim for success. As the nurture of four children, she continued to dispense her unconditional love equally. Her extraordinary ways of loving taught me patience. Being the oldest of my siblings required me to mature at a young age. I had to cook and clean in order to care for my brothers and sisters. There were many days my mother worked long hours to maintain a roof over our heads and food on the table. She sacrificed to give us birthday parties, Christmas gifts, and vacations she couldn’t always afford.

The greatest influence my mom has had on me is my independence. She has raised me to be strong and not have to depend on anyone. There were times I’ve felt I was not good enough or could not achieve things. For example, when I had job interviews I would become nervous. She constantly reminded me of my potential, “you can do anything you put your mind to”. Her words motivate me every day to be the best I can be. I decided to go back to school to receive my degree in Social Work, not only for my passion to lift the lives of others but to lift my own life as well. I could not have made this decision without her.

As the years go by, I continue to look up to this wonderful woman. I can only hope to be half the mother she is. The day I was born she not only gave me the gift of life but the gift of her kind heart. There are many moms I have come across who have had negative impacts on children’s lives. To see a parent’s influence change the way of life can be good or bad. Some women do not have the patience it takes to raise a child. Some friends often joke by saying they are going to steal my mom for themselves. Although I laugh at the witticism, I am honored to have a role model I can call my mother.

The Future

Fast-forwarding six years later, I never did finish my degree. I made the sacrifice to dedicate my undivided attention to my firstborn. I went from working a full-time job, attending classes, and being financially independent to a broke stay-at-home mom who needed to rely on her husband for money. I quickly learned that did NOT work well for me. I have always been independent and I loathed the thought of having to ask other people for things. Therefore, my mission was to make my own money and still be with my baby since daycare wasn’t an option. I found an evening position at a local department store, it felt good to be able to make and spend my own money again.

Well, 3 months into working, I was pregnant again! I probably worked for another 3 months before leaving. I was exhausted, 6 months pregnant and spend all day with a toddler.

After my second was born, things became overwhelming. I experienced emotions I never felt before. I didn’t know what was happening, I was failing as a mother, wife, and just being me. I was angry all the time.

We all have missions. Sometimes we just need a little encouragement and positivity to get them accomplished.

Stay tuned for my next blog on Dealing with Post-partum depression.