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.com:

Bing is a search engine owned by Microsoft. Create an account at bing.com 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 Bing.com app). Everyday Bing also provides options to get bonus points. You can redeem these points for gift card/buy services.

I mostly use Bing.com 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.

MyPoints:

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.

Swagbucks:

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 Swagbucks.com

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.

A Simple Habit To Increase Your Savings Exponentially

How to reduce spending

There are two ways you can create wealth. 1. Earning more money 2. Saving more. Out of the two, we have more control over our spending habits than earning more money.

Even if you have lean budget and you don’t want to reduce your spending, there is one simple way that will greatly reduce your spending.

It’s quite simple: ELIMINATE WASTE. It’s around the same line of MINIMALISM. Minimalism indirectly helps reduce the waste. Let’s say you have tried all the ideas to reduce grocery spending, and want to reduce it even further, look nowhere other than your kitchen.

  • Go to your kitchen and find out the items that are about to expire. Make some meals out of them
  • Create weekly meal planning with the ingredients you already have in the fridge, freezer, and pantry. Once in a few weeks, I cook all my meal from items in the kitchen without buying anything from the store. Those are days when I get creative and cook some different meals. Some turned out to be really nice, some turned out to be ok
  • Clean your fridge, freezer, and pantry once a month. When you take everything out for cleaning, you are forced to see the unused items that are about to expire
  • Maintain a “Monthly Waste” list and stick it in the freezer. Every time we waste something, that item and its value are entered in the waste list. It’s easy to throw something and not think about it in the next minute.  But when you write the item you wasted and its value, you can feel a pinch in your heart. So next time when you waste something, you’ll think twice (the current one in my mind is unused Asparagus stems in the fridge. I’m thinking of making a soup out of it. Hopefully it turns out well)

Where to start:

Below is the timeline I follow when it comes to cleaning the unused items.

ItemTimeline
ClothingOnce a month
Kids ToysOnce a quarter
FurnitureOnce every 6 months
Anything that's torn and not fixedevery 3 months
Kids clothesAfter every season
Foodafter expiry date (obviously)
MedicineAnything that you know you won't use it anymore + expired
Makeup + skincareanything not used in the last 3 months + expired

How to avoid waste:

  • Don’t buy bulk if you are not going to use the item within 2 months
  • If the item doesn’t excite you, it has to go. Whether it’s piece of clothing or a kitchen utensil, if you don’t find it exciting to use or wear, it needs to go
  • Invest in good quality items and buy less. For example, I only have 4 kitchen vessels in total (including my pressure cooker). I cook all my meals using those 4. It’s been over 2 years since I ditched my extra utensils and I haven’t missed them so far. Try it. you’ll be surprised.
  • Have a budget (Here is more on how to start budgeting). High-quality items are typically expensive. If you buy expensive items within the budget, you cannot buy too many items and fill up the house

When you start implementing the above ideas, you might feel like you’re throwing away too many items at once. But those are the items you have not used for a whole or you can no longer use. If possible consider donating them or selling them on Facebook. Once you’re past the first step, the total waste goes down and you can eventually see a difference both in your spending as well as in your life.

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:

BreakfastLunchDinnerSnacks
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: 

BreakfastLunchDinnerSnacks
Spinach
Egg
Instant oats
Nut butter
Chia seeds
Flax seeds
Milk
Honey
Goji berries
Whole wheat flour
Banana
Dosa dough
Moong dal
Chayote
Eggplant
Carrots
Lemon
Tamarind
Potatoes
Yogurt
Green beans
Toor dal
Black beans
Salsa
Corn
Grains
Soy chunks
Chia seeds
Puffed rice
Peanuts
Yogurt (for frozen yogurt bark)
Raisins
Chickpea
Baby carrots
Dates
Dry coconut
Pistachio
Walnuts
Flax meal
Cacao
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! 🙂

First YouTube Video on Weekly Meal Planning

I’ve been meaning to shoot videos on meal planning for at least a year. As an outgoing introvert (!) I’m always hesitant to throw me out in the world, be it in the blogging world or YouTube world. After so many months I got the courage to do my first video and here I am posting it on meal planning. Guess that deserve a separate post? 🙂

Healthy Dessert: Frozen Yogurt Bark

Healthy Dessert - Frozen Yogurt BarkI hope i’m not the only one who has sweet tooth and crave something sweet after every meal. It’s definitely an effort not to go overboard on sweets. So I don’t keep any just food at home and I’m always on the hunt for healthy desserts.

Recently I came across this frozen yogurt bark and in the last couple of weeks I made it twice. The first time, I finished almost all of it in one day. The second time, rest of the family joined me. Yup!

Frozen Yogurt Bark with Kiwi Fruit

Ingredients:

  1. Vanilla yogurt (You can even use plain yogurt and mix it with Honey)
  2. Mango
  3. Walnuts
  4. Raisins

Direction:

  • Simple pour the yogurt onto the baking sheet and spread evenly
  • Top it with mango, walnuts, and raisins
  • Freeze overnight
  • Break it into barks and Enjoy!

Side notes:

  • The bark can topped with any your favorite fruits and nuts
  • It required less than 5 minutes of prep time
  • It has enough sweetness from natural sources to satisfy your craving
  • Fat free yogurt works perfectly fine
  • I got box full of bark from just 1 small cup of yogurt. So even if you eat all of it, the total calories will be less
  • You can make the bark as thin/thick as possible. The freezing time varies depends on the thickness