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3 Websites To Make Extra Money

3 websites to earn extra income

Here, I’m sharing my absolute favorite list of websites that require only 5 minutes of your day to earn extra money. I have been using them for years and quite happy with the $$ I receive for my very little effort. You can find my lifetime points/earnings in the pictures as well. Have a look and let me know if you have any questions. I’m adding my referral link in a couple of them below. You can earn initial points worth $ if you use my referral link and I get some points by sharing you these websites.

Bing is a search engine owned by Microsoft. Create an account at and earn points everytime you search through Bing. You’re basically registering your existing email address to start earning the points. Every day, you can earn 150 points through PC search and 100 points through mobile search (install app). Everyday Bing also provides options to get bonus points. You can redeem these points for gift card/buy services.

I mostly use rewards points for Skype credit or Starbucks gift card. 500 minutes Skype credit is only 4250 points. All our India calls are through Skype or Whatsapp. So having some Skype credits in handy helps with calling India numbers directly. More on that in a post here.

Instead of searching in Google, you search through Bing. The bonus is, you get to ear $$ for the searches. Double win if you ask me.


I have been using MyPoints from 2009. They offer you multiple different ways to earn points. To be honest, I hardly have time to try all of them. The only option I try, yet I’m able to redeem good $$ over years is clicking the emails that they send. When I clean up my mailbox once every few days, I just open these emails and click. That’s all I do. MyPoints offers 5 points to click the email. It’s an easy money for spending less than a minute every few days. All I have been doing is, clicking the emails that they send.

Those emails clearly say “get 5 points for clicking this”. These 5 points add up and in few months you can redeem them for gift cards.


What is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is more of a search engine that rewards you with Swagbucks for searching. When you search, you will be randomly awarded Swagbucks for searching, from 5 bucks and more.

You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What’s Online at

These Swagbucks can then be redeemed for a variety of different gift cards and other items. I got so many Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks over the year.

Join Swagbucks!

They also offer many different ways to earn more Swagbucks. Some of the most popular ways to earn Swagbucks are doing online searches, signing up for offers, printing coupons, completing special offers, or taking polls.

How to get started with Swagbucks?

Just sign up for a free Swagbucks account. Once you’re signed up, I encourage you check out the left hand side of swagbucks home page where they list out different options to earn money. Experiment with different ones until you determine the ones that works for you.

I encourage you to set an earnings goal each day and try to login and hit the points goals, if possible. Try to invest at least 5 minutes a day, it can really start to add up!

You can get $5 Amazon gift cards for just 500 points. With few minutes of your time, you can easily hit 40-50 points a day.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

Weekly Meal Planning – April 17, 2017

Indian weekly meal planning + weekend prep

Super late to the menu plan party for this week. My dad flew to India last week and Chuttu started daycare. A lot of things were happening that I didn’t have time to put together a menu on Thursday. Nevertheless, here I am sharing my next week menu with you:

Whole wheat pancakeRice, moong dal sambar, and carrot curryPesarattu with coconut chutneyFrozen yogurt bark (my favorite dessert lately)
Dosa waffleRoti with Chayote kootuIdly with coimbatore style kurma (this kurma is my mom's recipe. I'll share the recipe later)Chia seeds energy balls
Oatmeal breakfast cookiesRoti with eggplant kootuBaked pasta + SaladCrunchy puffed rice snack
Cereal + smoothieLemon rice, tamarind rice, and potato fryTofu masala burgercarrots with dip, fruits
PB&J with fruitsRice, yogurt gravy, and beans-lentil usiliSalsa soy casserole (I will replace soy instead of chicken and use grains instead of rice in this recipe)
Masala lentils

If you’ve been following my blog, I don’t follow a set rules on the menu plan. I change it according to our current lifestyle. This week I included Snacks in my menu planning.

Do you know why? Because I’ll be sharing my weekend-prep with you in a video if you’d like to join me. I do prepare some of the snacks during weekend to keep healthy snacks around the house all.the.time.

Below is my weekend-prep list. Would love it if you can join me as well:

  • Chia seeds energy balls
  • Puffed rice
  • Cooked toor + bengal gram dals for paruppu usili
  • Cooked lentils for snacks
  • Cooked moong dal (for sambar + instant payasam)
  • Whole wheat pancake

Below is the list of ingredients you need for the above menu: 

Instant oats
Nut butter
Chia seeds
Flax seeds
Goji berries
Whole wheat flour
Dosa dough
Moong dal
Green beans
Toor dal
Black beans
Soy chunks
Chia seeds
Puffed rice
Yogurt (for frozen yogurt bark)
Baby carrots
Dry coconut
Flax meal
Vanilla extract
Nutmeg (optional)

Once again, if you are looking for some Indian meal planning inspirations + support, check out the Indian Meal Planning Support Group in Facebook. I’ll see you around! 🙂

Please Stop Judging Another Mom. She Is Already Feeling Guilty

you-are-a-super-momI tell my husband often that I enjoy being a mom. But as much as I do, there is not one day I don’t feel guilty and defeated. Even a simple thing like not taking my kid to park is enough to make me feel guilty.

Before kid, I thought of many things I’d do as a mom. Few simple ones are, 100% breastfeeding my kid, feed only healthy food and no to candies and ice creams. I even judged moms who didn’t do one of these to their kid(s).

We moms set such a high standard to motherhood that it’s hard to check every single thing that the “good mother” list contains. For example, sometimes I pick up my son from daycare around 4.45 PM instead of our regular 4.15 PM schedule. If my husband picks him up, I keep asking him what Chuttu was doing when my husband entered the daycare. It doesn’t end there. Days when my husband does the pick up/drop, I call him and ask how the whole thing went in details. Damn, putting him in daycare itself makes me feel guilty even though I know he enjoys his school.

Now that we are expecting our second child, I’m worried how my little boy would react to changes. I keep reading more about how to prepare the elder child and how to make the transition smoother. Sometimes I wonder if it will ever get better and will I ever stop being guilty and satisfied with whatever I care for my kid(s).

On top of it, all these small accidents happen only when you’re in a crowd. One time we went to a party. Chuttu was a little cranky and when I tried to pick him up from the ground, the handbag I carried hit him and he fell down. It happened in the middle of their living room with at least 20 people watching. Now when I think about it, it sounds really funny. But that moment, I just wanted to bury myself underground. 😐

What triggered this post?

Recently a friend of mine told me that someone (another mom) judged her for showing videos to her kid in grocery store. ahh… It’s easy to judge someone when we are not in their shoes, right? It’s applicable to any situation. If someone’s action is not affecting us, we have no right to judge that person. Because we never know what they’re going through and why they make that decision.

14720445_1382229911800695_8154712625283490672_nThose of you who think you’re not enough of a mom, your kid(s) will be fine. Whatever you do out of love is enough and your kid will grow up to be a good person. Don’t worry and take a chill pill.

You all have a wonderful week ahead!

Family Financial Planning – Part 2

indian-family-financial-planningAfter reading the part 1 of family financial planning, I hope you went back to your budgeting tool or bank account and checked how much you saved last month, if not every month.

Before getting started, some of the basic things we all need to remember are,

  • No matter how much you earn, live below your means
  • Even if you use credit cards for all your purchases, pay them full at the end of the month
  • Don’t use credit cards more than 30% of its credit limit
  • Important: Never compare your financial position with others

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Typically majority of the spending comes from few categories such as rent/mortgage, food, and utilities. So, make sure you’re comfortable with the spending in these high-spending areas. For example, a good chunk of money goes to our toddler’s daycare. It’s the most expensive daycare in the area (money was the last criteria when we were deciding on the daycare) and we are ok with the spending considering our son’s well-being is the first priority. So as much as I want to save money, I’m not willing to compromise on certain things. I’d suggest you figure out what you can and cannot compromise.

memes-auto-wallet-and-its-gone-270241How To Reduce Spending?

Identifying areas where you need to tighten the budget is the biggest step. Once you identified them it’s relatively easy to put together a plan of action. Take one category at a time and work on it for a month.

  • No Spending Month: Personally, it’s super effective strategy that worked for me every single time. For example, I did “No Personal Shopping September” last month. It means, I cannot buy anything for my personal care. It includes beauty products, clothes, shoes etc. Even if things go on crazy sale, you cannot buy them. Once you know you cannot buy something no matter how good the price is, you’ll learn to let it go
  • If you buy something new, you need to get rid of something else from your home. For example, if I want to buy a new cooking vessel, I need to get rid of an old one before buying
  • Be a minimalist. Can’t say more than that. Get rid of clutter. If you are not using something for a year, or even 6 months (unless it’s seasonal), it’s time to get rid of it. On a side note, I sometimes get rid of something that I didn’t use for a couple of months only to realize I actually need it 😉
  • No window shopping, if you cannot stop the urge to buy stuff. Really! avoid going to malls every week, instead go to parks and other places where there are no attractive products. This includes reducing the visits to sale blogs, websites, and groups. I used to own a deals blog 7 years ago. Trust me when I say this 🙂


What Is The Real Need To Show Indian Women As Ignorant In Movies?

hqdefaultI avoid writing opinion posts. But let me tell you, outright crazy things can trigger certain thoughts that need to be shared. Sometimes our Indian cinema goes beyond pathetic level that they decide to show women as ignorant and stupid even in this 21st century.

Husband and I were watching an Indian movie today that came out in 2016. Throughout the movie, the heroine was called “stupid” by the hero and she was acting real stupid in the movie as well. What’s the need to portray her in such a level? Nowadays, women are equally capable of handling anything and this is such a disappointment when they think it’s ok to project women this way. I even asked my husband if I’m the only one who feels this way. He himself agreed this is not correct.

Both men and women have their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully all these ….wood’s will soon realize that we are smarter than ever.

Rant over 🙂

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