Earn a little extra pocket change while at work

You’re not going to get rich off either of these things, but you can make some pocket change or enough for a few cups of coffee for you and your coworkers by searching on the internet through one of these websites.pocket change

Swagbucks – In case you haven’t heard of it, Swagbucks is a website that will give you points when you conduct web searches (and also for answering a daily poll, clicking ‘next’ on offers, filling out surveys, etc). Every 500 points is worth about $5 and you can redeem the points for gift cards to amazon, ebay, Starbucks and all sorts of other useful places.  Sometimes they have specials where you can redeem 450 points for a $5 gift card.

It’s a legit site. I’ve received gift cards from them multiple times. One of the best uses I’ve found for them is to randomly give a small gift card to a co-worker in thanks for help on a project, as a little token of gratitude, or for a pick me up when they are having a rough day.

The downside is that when using the swagbucks site to search, sometimes you get points and sometimes you don’t. It’s totally random which can sometimes be mildly annoying.

Bing Rewards – Microsoft actually pays people to use their search engine which seems a little like buying friends. You have to create a Microsoft ID to sign up, but for every 2 internet searches, you get a point up to 15 points a day. They also have some little trivia points and other random event points that you can get.

Similar to Swagbucks, 500 points is $5, but the more you use it, the better status you get and then 450 points becomes $5. You can use the points for all sorts of gift cards as well.

The downside is that from my perspective, it’s not the best search engine and so you might have to search multiple times or also search using google. It might not always be worth the time.

Have any tips for making a little extra cash (while still following company policies) at work? Share your tips in the comments

Money Saving Tips: Visit museums for free

Did you know that there are many ways you and your family can visit museums for free? Let’s give you some money saving tips to help make that happen this weekend!

Have a library card?

Most libraries around the country offer free museum passes to individuals who have a library card. Our local library offers pmoney saving tipsasses to 25 museums in the area throughout the greater SF Bay Area. You can sign up to visit 2 museum at a time and select a specific date you plan on going and viola – a free, fun outing for your family.

Have a Bank of America card?

Once per month, Bank of America offers its cardholders the chance to visit a museum for free. You can find out more about their program and eligible museums at: http://museums.bankofamerica.com/

Free Museum Day

Once a year, Smithsonian Magazine hosts Free Museum Day around the country in September. You can find the list of participating museums at: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. You normally have to register for your tickets around August 1st. But this is a great way for you and your family to visit some museums that might not be in your city.

Target Family Events

Target also hosts free family days at museums in many major metropolitan areas. You can find their list of events at: https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/community-events and you’ll need to select the city you are interested in.