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In a bid to increase my earnings and (hopefully) end up not having to depend upon government payouts at all, I decided to go self employed a couple of years ago. I already had a part time job, but as this was part time, as a single mother I continued to depend on benefits for a large part of my income.

Becoming self employed on top of my part time job did two things for me. Firstly, it enabled me to claim working tax credits instead of state benefits. And secondly, it opened my eyes to the many possibilities of earning extra income. This shall be my first post about how I earn a little extra online, and I shall concentrate on the first website I found and used, Swagbucks.

Swagbucks really does pay out. It is not a scam, although it won’t make you rich. I use it to top up, typically earning around £5 to £10 per week in gift cards or paypal. I hit my targets, which enables me to earn some bonus swagbucks, which don’t credit until the beginning of the next month. These bonuses can and do add up! There is also a bonus for hitting your target for 7 days, 14 days, 21 days or the whole month of days (called the monthly master) which is creditable at the same time as your daily target bonuses.

*Swagbucks have recently made a change to these bonuses, but don’t worry, you do still get them. You have to click to claim now, and if you check your daily target it will tell you at the bottom when to claim.

One way I earn a little extra is by mainly doing surveys and watching videos. I also use the swagbucks search engine, which sometimes yields anything between 5 to 40 swagbucks. At one point, a few friends of mine even ‘won’ 100 swagbucks from a single search! There are other ways of earning a few swagbucks here and there, such as finding swagcodes before they expire. You can also shop and earn cashback, or earn cashback via offers too.

Fancy giving it a go yourself? You can join via my referral link:-
http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/pinkhyenas

They have free games you can play, and win up to 10 swagbucks for just playing per day.

Swagbucks also have a total of 6 video watching apps, which let you earn 60 swagbucks per day. If I didn’t have these mobile apps, I probably wouldn’t reach my targets, so I am very grateful for them.

The mobile apps are:-
-EntertaiNow TV
-SBTV
-Sportly TV
-LifeStylz TV
-IndyMusic TV
-MovieCli.ps

 

Well, that’s it. The first online website I started making money from, and continue to do so. Until next time!

Chocolate m&m pretzels 🙂

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Littleman has been looking forward to this activity all day. The teen particularly enjoys this one too (who wouldn’t when there’s so much chocolate involved?)

Sooooo…. We melted the chocolate

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And set out pretzels onto paper plates

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Drizzled a blob of melted chocolate on each pretzel

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And added an m&m on top

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Popped them into the fridge to set…

And got to sit together eating left over melted chocolate on spoons and dip in left over pretzels 🙂

Then when they were set, we put them into jars

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Today has been great. Granted there has been the usual squabbles you’d expect from littleman and the teen, but that’s life!

Today we repurposed our broken crayons…

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In the oven for a short while and hey presto:-

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Crayon discs to colour with 🙂

Day 5 – tree topper 🙂

Today we made a star to go on top of the Christmas tree.
One kitchen roll inner sprayed with ‘white snow’ spray paint:-

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One star sprayed gold with spray paint:-

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Left to dry and stapled together = one star tree topper:-

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Day 6 – cake and soap 🙂

First off we made cake *yummy*

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*nom nom nom nom*

And we made a lovely bar of soap 🙂

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Merry Christmas!!! 😀 xx

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So a bit late posting day 3 so thought I’d put it with day 4 🙂

Day 3- we talked about what we would like from Santa, and wrote him letters. Littleman decides on writing his on a piece of felt (with an added heart stuck on) and teen decided to follow suit.

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For obvious reasons I have covered up their names.

Day 4- as tradition dictates in our house, we get to choose a new stocking each year for Christmas.

Side note:- we have so many I really should either do something creative with them all or stick them in a bag and give them to a charity shop.

This isn’t a very old tradition. It started when littleman was a baby, so it is all he knows. A trip into town and it’s freezing out there. Numb fingers and cold cheeks are a couple things we came back with as well as our stockings, and….. Christmas hats they persuaded me to buy…. All from the 99p Store (not such a big dent in the wallet)

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We’ve also started listening to Christmas songs! Is it too early for that?

So a bit late posting day 3 so thought I’d put it with day 4 🙂

Day 3- we talked about what we would like from Santa, and wrote him letters. Littleman decides on writing his on a piece of felt (with an added heart stuck on) and teen decided to follow suit.

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For obvious reasons I have covered up their names.

Day 4- as tradition dictates in our house, we get to choose a new stocking each year for Christmas.

Side note:- we have so many I really should either do something creative with them all or stick them in a bag and give them to a charity shop.

This isn’t a very old tradition. It started when littleman was a baby, so it is all he knows. A trip into town and it’s freezing out there. Numb fingers and cold cheeks are a couple things we came back with as well as our stockings, and….. Christmas hats they persuaded me to buy…. All from the 99p Store (not such a big dent in the wallet)

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We’ve also started listening to Christmas songs! Is it too early for that?

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, you really are quite bear this year….

And with that in mind…. today’s activity for the 2nd day of advent is….

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Making something. Felt tree decorations to be exact.

***warning*** DO NOT LET CHILDREN USE THE HOT GLUE GUN ***warning***

Easy peasy, cut shapes out of felt

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Add a tiny tiny bit of soft toy filling,
And a string or ribbon for the loop to hang it from…
Glue together CAREFULLY

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Decorate with other bits of felt or draw on with colouring pens

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And there you have it! 😀

So the teen gets adventurous with hers… littleman gets creative too…

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And finally….. on the tree!

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