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Earning Review 2012

It is the last day of 2012 and a new year is upon us once again.  Due to my new consulting job, I haven’t been able to put as much time as I would like into my website projects (For example this site is rarely updated during the year).   In honesty I really enjoyed working on side projects but unfortunately it is very hard to make a full time income from it.  However, unlike work they enable you to work at your own hours and reconfigure your business however ways you want as you are your own boss.

Hopefully in the upcoming year, I will be allocate at least a couple hours a week to work on side projects.

Here is my earning for 2012 rounded to the nearest dollar (you can see my 2011 earning here):

Here is my earning summary for 2012:
Adsense Earning $3400
Amazon Affiliate $159
MySurvey $10
MyPoints Gift Card $25
Pinecone Research $69
SurveySavvy $25
Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card $110
instantcashsweepstakes $7
Communispace $175
Total $3980

Due to the nature of my full time job, I have mostly stopped doing surveys.  Instead, the majority of my earnings came from Adsense advertisement and referrals.  In a way this is a much more rewarding experience as I am not exchanging time for money at a low payout amount.  While the side income is no where close to letting me quit my full time job, it does provide additional disposable income for me to purchase the things I like such as my current favorite:  Lego police station.  I would definitely recommend for individuals to build some sort of side income just in case the full time job doesn’t work out.

Happy new year everyone!



Starbucks: Buy 1 Holiday Drink Get 1 Free

Starbucks is running a promotion starting on 11/15 thru 11/18 from 2- 5pm you can Buy 1 Holiday Drink, and you’ll Get 1 FREE of equal or lesser value at participating stores!

If you love Starbucks be sure to check it out!

Amazon: MP3 Song Only $0.05

To celebrate Amazon MP3?s 5th Birthday, Amazon is offering for a limited time, song priced $1.29 or less for just a nickel.  Not a bad deal but may I suggest you not purchase Gangnam Style.  I am see that song everywhere!  To qualify all you have to do is share with your Facebook friends what your favorite song right now is by typing it in the box.  The credit will be added automatically to your account.  Enjoy!

Safeway Just For U App

Safeway App

I have always loved grocery shopping at Safeway. They are convenient located and many of them are open 24 hours. However, in exchange of convenience the products at Safeway tend to be more expensive than some of the other grocery stores.

Recently I noticed that Safeway has an Android/iPhone app in which you can add Just for U coupons (and coupons you receive through regular mail directly to your cart). The interface is very clean and it includes both the weekly deals and the Just for U deal (which tend to offer decent deals). More importantly, a lot of Safeway stores offer in store wi-fi so I can check the coupons while shopping! This is definitely an innovative way of using technology to attract and keep customers. I will definitely be shopping at Safeway more than in the past as a result of the over all positive experience.

Definitely download the Safeway App to your smartphone if you have a local Safeway around you!

Amazon: Hunger Games Kindle Edition only $1.99

Hunger Games

I love Hunger Games, the novel by Suzanne Collins. It is one of the better novels I have read in awhile. With the recent release of the movie on DVDs, the book/story is gaining a lot of attention once again. Right now you can purchase Hunger Games Kindle Edition for only $1.99! You don’t need to have a Kindle to be able to read books you purchase. Amazon has a Kindle app for almost all devices including desktop. Remember Amazon’s pricing changes very quickly so be sure to get your copy, “and may the odds be ever in your favor”!

Choice Hotels – stay two separate times and earn a $50 gift card

Choice Hotels

I received this email from this morning regarding their promotion for In addition to the $50 gift card, you will also receive 3.5% back on what your hotel bill. This is a good deal for those of you who is starting to book summer vacations!

Here is additional details:

  • Book at or 800.4CHOICE and after your second stay with arrival between May 17 and August 15, 2012 you’ll receive enough Choice Privileges® points to redeem for a $50 gift card of your choice for gas, dining or shopping
  • Elite Diamond and Elite Platinum members can book through any channel

Enjoy your summer vacation!

Thank you House


Photo by: caricaturas

Just finished watching the season/series finale of House M.D and it is a good episode. Although there are no heart pounding scenes like some of the season endings (my favorite is season 4 with House’s Head and Wilson’s Heart) I really enjoyed the subtle ending. I have watched a lot of telelvision shows over the years and there isn’t any others I have enjoyed as much as House. The one hour special before the season ending in which they went over different aspects brings me back through my own memory lane of the past eight years. Like high school romance the memory for a great television show will held a speical place in our hearts. Thanks for eight great years!

Southwest partners with E-Miles

Southwest E-miles

I received an email from Southwest this morning stating that they have partnered with e-Miles to provide their customers additional ways to earn Rapid Rewards Bonus Points. For those of you unfamiliar with e-Miles (here is my e-Miles review). I absolutely love Southwest as I fly with them on a regular basis for my consulting gig. Even though I am a member of the rewards program for all the airlines I have travelled in, Southwest is by far my favorite. Southwest Rapid Rewards allow you to convert reward points into Amazon gift cards, which is what I used to purchase all mine presents last Christmas!

Right now if you sign up for e-Miles you will receive 250 Rapid Rewards Bonus Points and a chance to win 100,000 bonus points when you enroll by June 15, 2012! Even if you don’t like to read marketing ads, I would suggest at least sign up to get the 250 Rapid Rewards Points!

Amazon: FREE $3 instant video credit

Amazon is offering FREE $3 instant video credit! To get the credit simply link your Twitter account with your Amazon account.  Click the button on the page to tweet their message and you’ll see the credit in your account!

Note: To receive this offer, you must click the button above to follow Amazon Instant Video on Twitter and tweet the above message between April 27,2012 at 12:00 AM PST and May 1, 2012, at 11:59 PM PST

$2 in MP3s from Amazon Mom

I love free mp3 credit from Amazon.  I have picked up a number of songs over the years with this way.  You can get your $2 in mp3  credit here.

The credit expires on 4/22 so be sure to pick up a song before then!

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