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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Online Income Updates for June 20 - June 26, 2020

Once a week we post a round up of what we have made on most of the things we do to earn income online.

There are a few other things that we do, but these are the ones that at least one of us has cashed out from in the past so we can verify from personal experience that each of these actually does pay out as promised.  

We are providing this data to assist those who are considering starting one or more of these programs to supplement their own income.


Accelerant We have received the $50 for last month's work and been approved for an additional month.  I also did a survey that was supposed to pay $2.00 but I have not seen the money for that hit PayPal yet.

Appen  I am an independent contractor for Appen and submit an invoice for the previous month at the beginning of the next month.  Thus far my invoice for June has $56.02 of completed work.   (Note this is not all I have done for Appen in June as there is always a lag of at least a few days between when I complete a project and when it shows up on the invoice.)

CashKarma (Doreen) is up to 2,964 points.   I am 8,036 points away from our next $10.00 gift certificate.

CashKarma (Jamey)  is up to 2,146 points.   He is 8,854 points away from a $10.00 gift certificate.

Checkout 51 is still at $0.26.  This one is going very slowly as I have not gone to a brick and mortar store since February 28th.  Thus this one is only building a few cents at a time during the rare times when they have a video to watch.

DailyBreak  Why I No Longer Recommend This One

E-Poll Express Yourself is still at 2450 points now, as I only receive occasional invites for surveys.  We need an additional 4,800 points for our next $10.00 gift card.

Fetch   4179 points because we have not been going to brick and mortar stores to get receipts.  We connected this to our Amazon account as e-receipts are supposed to count but so far I am not seeing any sign of that.  (This is included here though as we have cashed out from Fetch (gift cards) in the past.)

Google Play (Doreen) I am at $6.37 but this tends to vary as I do use this money for various things on Google Play.

Google Play (Jamey) Jamey is at $13.25.  He uses this from time to time for small things.

Ibotta remains at $9.98.   Connecting it to our Walmart account for grocery pickup and delivery is working.

InboxDollars is up to $13.46, need another $26.54 to cash out again.   (You can cash out at $30 but they charge you $3 to do that, so we prefer to wait until $40 so that we can keep everything we make.)

Kelloggs Family Rewards is back up to 910 points.   I just noticed that they are now allowing receipts from online orders too.  We meant to give that a try and report back in this week's round up how it worked, but this past week has been rough and the next 10 days or so will also be challenging for us.

Mturk (Doreen)  My Mturk is $0 at the moment.   This is after cashing out $11.81 on June 26th and $22.20 on June 12th.  Mturk does an automatic biweekly cash out for me.  So far I have earned $192.88 from Mturk this year and $1,379.25 since I started it in 2018.

Mturk (Jamey)  Jamey's Mturk is at $1.01 as he has recently done a cash out of $14.87 on June 24th.  His prior cash out was $42.67 on May 25th (he has his deposit once a month.)

Nielsen - remains at 2433 points as we only get points from them once a month.  It takes 1,500 points to get a $10 Amazon gift card and 3,750 points for a $25 Amazon gift card.  We usually get gift cards from Amazon but once we chose to get a headset instead.

Pawpoints remains at 685 points.   When we reach 775 points, we can get another coupon for a free 25 pound box of cat litter.

PineCone is back up to $3.50.  My last cash out was $25 in the form of a Walmart gift certificate on June 14th.

Qmee (Doreen) is back up to $10.37 after I cashed out $30 on June 14th.  Since I started, I have cashed out $177.06 on Qmee.

Qmee (Jamey ) is up to $18.37.  Since he began, he's cashed out $89.12

Shopkicks is back up to 392 but is rising very slowly as since we are not going to brick and mortar stores, we are only earning shopkicks from watching videos.  It is going to take quite a while to get back up to 1250 for another $5 gift card.   (We used to accumulate points much faster when we were actually going to the store instead of ordering online only.)

SurveyJunkie is only back up to $2.16 as I don't do it often because the prices for surveys are not very good and I get kicked out of most of them.    I stick with it though as each point is worth one cent and over the time I have been on it, I have earned 7,027 points, i.e., $70.27 worth.  (I have cashed out on this one several times, so as with everything else on this page, I know they actually do pay.)

Swagbucks.  We are back up to 2497 swagbucks, so we have more than enough now to get our next $25 e-gift card at the beginning of July using that once a month special deal.   We currently have a 75 swagbucks swagup, so we will get a 75 swagbucks rebate as long as we get it before July 4th.  (We already have $150 worth of e-gift cards on our Walmart account, adding this one will allow reduce our July Walmart.com bill by $175 which will help a lot.)

UsabilityHub (Doreen).  My UsabilityHub is up to $4.80.  I need to get it back up to at least $10 before I can cash it out again.   So far I have cashed out from Usability Hub six times, $88.70 total.

UsabilityHub (Jamey) is still at $9.10.  Total cashed out for him is $26.30.  Sometimes lots of these come in for us, other times we go through a dry spell.



Something Old


Another ongoing minor source of income for us are our Teespring and Redbubble shops.  


Something New


We have both started using Prolific this past week also but neither of us has cashed out from it yet, although Jamey has now earned enough to do so.  Once at least one of us has cashed out, we will do a blog post about it.

Something Borrowed


We use Placeit for most of our graphics.  We pay $99 a year for this service so they are not quite "borrowed," but as it is not our artwork, I am designating it as borrowed for this.




Something Blue


To keep with this week's theme, I've chosen our Graffiti Artist line as this week's featured product.  We have 66 different products with this theme in our Redbubble shop.  If you would like to purchase one of these for yourself or for a proud graffiti artist in your life, we will receive a part of the price work the work and will be thankful for your purchase.

One of our 66 Graffiti Artist Products



Despite the theme for this week's blog, we are not announcing that we are getting married.  We simply cannot do so because Jamey would lose his Medicaid if we did and given his very serious health conditions, he absolutely has to have insurance.  We are very grateful to Medicaid for all that it does from taking care of Jamey's ongoing diabetic and wound care clinic expenses to providing a new wheelchair for him.  (He was measured for his new wheelchair yesterday and should have it in about eight weeks.)

Since we live on approximately $22,000 a year for a household of two disabled adults and two special needs cats, there is no way we could afford health insurance for Jamey on our own. (Thankfully, I have Medicare to take care of my own health insurance needs.)

I will do a future blog post on the issue of benefits for online gig workers.



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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Why I No Longer Recommend DailyBreak

I just found out that DailyBreak has a new site.   They removed the store where you used to be able to redeem your points for gift cards which means it will no longer be of much use to us.

What they want you to do now is use your points to enter sweepstakes in which you may or may not win a gift card.   To me, that is totally not worth it so I won't be spending any more time on DailyBreak.

Jamey was the one who used it far more than I did (as our last weekly round up blog post showed):


DailyBreak (Doreen) I continually forget this one so I am only up to 721 points.   I once had more but went so long without logging in that they took all of my points away.

DailyBreak (Jamey)  Jamey is much, much better at remembering DailyBreak.  He is up to 20,255 points.  And has already cashed out once for a $25 gift card.


Since the Store is no longer available, Jamey cashed out some of his points for a chance at a $100 Amazon and $50 Walmart egift card coming up in the next few days.

I also just spent some time checking out the Facebook page for DailyBreak to try to get an idea of what is going on because the DailyBreak How It Works page has not been updated and is still talking about using points to earn gift cards.

Understandably there are a lot of people who are not happy about the changes including that they no longer let you see which activities you have already done.  This is important because you are only credited for doing them the first time. 

If you don't know if you have ever done something (which is very easy on a site like DailyBreak), you can waste your time doing it again and not receive anything for it.


People who have been a member for a long time are also complaining that suddenly their account needs to be verified again as if they were a new member.  That is never a good sign.

Therefore,





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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Weekly Round Up Post for June 13 - 19, 2020

We are going to post a once a week round up of what we have made on each of the things we do to earn income online.

There are a few other things that we do, but these are the ones that at least one of us has cashed out from in the past so we can verify from personal experience that each of these actually does pay out as promised.



Accelerant  monthly study has been submitted.  We should receive a $50 gift certificate for it in the next week.   I am putting this entry in, even though we have not been paid yet this month, because Jamey and I both spent a lot of extra time working on this study this past week due to technical issues (not the fault of Accelerant) and thus that cut into our income from other things.

Appen  I am an independent contractor for Appen and submit an invoice for the previous month at the beginning of the next month.  Thus far my invoice has $36.76 of completed work.   Note this is not all I have done for Appen in June as there is always a lag of at least a few days between when I complete a project and when it shows up on the invoice.

CashKarma (Doreen) is up to 2,946 points.   I am 8,054 points away from our next $10.00 gift certificate.

CashKarma (Jamey)  is up to 2,136 points.   He is 7,864 points away from a $10.00 gift certificate.

Checkout 51 is up to .26.  This one is going very slowly as I have not gone to a brick and mortar store since February 28th.  Thus this one is only building a few cents at a time during the rare times when they have a video to watch.

DailyBreak (Doreen) I continually forget this one so I am only up to 721 points.   I once had more but went so long without logging in that they took all of my points away.

DailyBreak (Jamey)  Jamey is much, much better at remembering DailyBreak.  He is up to 20,255 points.  And has already cashed out once for a $25 gift card.

E-Poll Express Yourself is up to 2450 points now.   We need an additional 4,800 points for our next $10.00 gift card.

Fetch   4179 points because we have not been going to brick and mortar stores to get receipts.  We connected this to our Amazon account as e-receipts are supposed to count but so far I am not seeing any sign of that.  (This is included here though as we have cashed out from Fetch (gift cards) in the past.)

Google Play (Doreen) I am at $4.55 atm but this tends to vary as I do use this money for various things on Google Play.

Google Play (Jamey) Jamey is at $13.11.  He uses this from time to time for small things.

Ibotta is up to $9.98 as connecting it to our Walmart account for grocery pickup and delivery is working.

InboxDollars is up to $12.11, need another $27.89 to cash out again.   (You can cash out at $30 but they charge you $3 to do that, so we prefer to wait until $40 so that we can keep everything we make.)

Kelloggs Family Rewards is back up to 910 points.   I just noticed that they are now allowing receipts from online orders too.  We'll give that a try and report back in next week's round up how it worked.

Mturk (Doreen)  My Mturk is up to $9.10 with one pending atm.   This is after cashing out $22.20 on June 12.  Mturk does an automatic biweekly cash out for me.

Mturk (Jamey)  Jamey's Mturk is up to $14.38 with one pending at the moment.  Last cash out was $42.67 on May 25th (he has his deposit once a month.)

Nielsen - is up to 2433 points.  It takes 1,500 points to get a $10 Amazon gift card and 3,750 points for a $25 Amazon gift card.  We usually get gift cards from Amazon but once we chose to get a headset instead.

Pawpoints is back up to 685 points.   When we reach 775 points, we can get another coupon for a free 25 pound box of cat litter.

PineCone is down to .50 because I cashed out $25 in the form of a Walmart gift certificate on June 14th.

Qmee (Doreen) is down to $5.29 as I cashed out $30 on June 14th.  Since I started, I have cashed out $177.06 on Qmee.

Qmee (Jamey ) is at $15.72.  Since he began, he's cashed out $89.12

Shopkicks is back up to 379 but is rising very slowly as since we are not going to brick and mortar stores, we are only earning shopkicks from watching videos.  It is going to take quite a while to get back up to 1250 for another $5 gift card.   (We used to accumulate points much faster when we were actually going to the store instead of ordering online only.)

SurveyJunkie is only back up to $1.61 as I don't do it often because the prices for surveys are not very good and I get kicked out of most of them.    I stick with it though as each point is worth one cent and over the time I have been on it, I have earned 7,027 points, i.e., $70.27 worth.  (I have cashed out on this one several times, so as with everything else on this page, I know they actually do pay.)

Swagbucks.  We are back up to 2075 swagbucks, so we just need another 125 to get our next $25 egift card at the beginning of June using that once a month special deal.   We currently have a 75 swagbucks swagup, so we will get a 75 swagbucks rebate as long as we get it before July 4th.

UsabilityHub (Doreen).  My UsabilityHub is back up to $3.80.  I need to get it back up to at least $10 before I can cash it out again.   So far I have cashed out from Usability Hub six times, $88.70 total.

UsabilityHub (Jamey) is at $9.10.  Total cashed out for him is $26.30

Other minor sources of income for us include our Teespring and Redbubble shops. I think Jamey is feeling hungry as his pick for this week's showcase product is


There Is No Wrong Time For Dessert White T-Shirt
This is a verified charity product on Teespring.  10% of the profits for everything in this shop
are donated to a cat welfare group, Foster Mama Kittys directly by Teespring.







Our Online Work Income as of June 19, 2020



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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Ways We Lose Out On Online Income

These are three examples of some of the ways we sometimes lose out on online work income:


1) Mturk


I gave up on an Mturk hit yesterday because the questions were meant for people working traditional jobs and the further I got into it the more I realized that the figures I was giving them which were based on a very variable income from online jobs were not going to make sense to them and I was going to risk getting the hit rejected.   

Thankfully, since I started Mturk in 2018, I have had only 2 hits rejected (in the very beginning when I was just learning the ropes).  That means with 3197 approved hits under my belt, I have an approval rating of 99.94%.   Keeping that very good approval rating increases the number of hits that I am eligible for so I work hard to try to keep hits from being rejected.  I would rather return one that I have put a lot of time into than have it rejected.  

The downside to that is, that when I do put a chunk of time into a hit and then decide to return it rather than risk it getting rejected, I lose income from that day as I could have been using the time I put into the returned hit to do something that I would have earned income for.


2) Qmee


Yesterday I put about 20 minutes into a Qmee hit and got the message that

We thank you for your time spent taking this survey.
Your response has been recorded.


however, it did not take me back to Qmee to credit me for it.  When I looked at Qmee again, it told me it was "in process."  Then when I accepted another Qmee hit, it just disappeared and I was never paid for it.   That happens occasionally but thankfully, it is fairly rare with Qmee.

This is another example of time lost that I could have earned income for if I had spent it on a survey that worked properly.



3) One last example


We also have a project that we have been doing for three months now where we are paid $50 a month (in gift cards) to keep a detailed online diary of our finances in Mint. 

Unfortunately, our bank was absorbed by a larger bank and when the two merged, we ended up with six weeks of duplicate banking data in Mint.   When Jamey prepared the data for export today, he noticed that Mint ignored the fact that we had marked a number of the items as duplicates so I spent several hours today going in and marking them as duplicates in other ways.  I emailed the group that we do this project for and let them know what happened.    

The hours that I spent working on fixing that though is time that was taking away from earning new income for today. 

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Thankfully, these things are the exceptions rather than the rule but they happen often enough that they do make a dent in our online income earning.   So if you are just starting, or thinking about starting, earning income online, you need to beware that things like this will happen.  

This is one of the reasons it is hard to budget when you are an online gig worker.  The best we have found we can do is to set a daily earnings goal for ourselves and know that some days we will meet it, some days we will exceed it, and some days we won't even come close to our goal.  


(Since we are both disabled and have multiple physical limitations, our combined daily goal for the two of us is $15 total.  Yours will be higher or lower depending on your situation.)


Some of the Pitfalls of Earning Income Online
What type of issues have you run into earning income online?



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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

PINCHme Review - I Do NOT Recommend It

I have been getting more and more displeased with Pinchme.


The first reason that I don't recommend them

is they have been insisting that in order to get the free samples I do want, I have to accept and review free samples that I do not want.

For example, last time in order to get a few useful samples, we had to accept and "test" and review a sample of Goody's Hangover Powder. Since neither Jamey nor I drink any alcoholic beverages at all, this did not make a lot of sense.   I ultimately just had Jamey test it out for a headache he had.

Now tonight, they are offering a free sample of a universal charging power bank.  Jamey uses those a lot so that would be a good one for us to test and review but we cannot get that sample without accepting one of two offers that we have no use for.

The first one is for The I Can Read Book Club and the second one is for Disney's Wonderful World of ReadingWe have no children so why would we pay to buy children's books in order to get a free sample of a powerbank?

The second reason that I don't recommend them is 

that the review process when you do get a sample is getting more and more onerous.   Not only do you need to leave a review on Pinchme, something that I have no problem doing, but now they often want you to leave reviews on two or three external sites (such as Walgreens, Walmart, etc.) for each sample.   This is made worse by the fact that sometimes there are technical issues in trying to leave the external reviews.

They also have surveys (Qwizme) that allow you to qualify for points but I have also found those to be a waste of time as often they have no surveys for me and I rarely ever qualify for the few that they do offer to me. 

It makes much more sense for me to spend my time working on Appen, Qmee, Mturk, etc.

Thus if you are looking for a good free sample site, I suggest that you look somewhere other than Pinchme.

My Review - I do not recommend Pinchme
I would be interested in hearing if your experience with Pinchme is different from mine.


 I would also love to know if you can recommend a good free sample site that does not make you jump through such ridiculous hoops.

Thanks,

Doreen

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Our Online Work Totals for June 13, 2020


We did not meet our minimum of $15 a day goal today.

Jamey made $2.00



I made

Appen:   $1.65
InboxDollars:   $0.50
Mturk: $0.70
Qmee:  $1.30
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$4.15 

+ $2.00 = $6.15 total for the day between us



I did spend several hours working on other things, including the Accelerant project that we have been getting paid $50.00 a month to do.   We don't count longer term projects as part of our daily income though.

This is our third month doing this particular Accelerant project and as long as they keep inviting us to reapply to do it for the following month, we will do so as while it does take a lot of work, an extra $50 a month worth of Walmart e-gift cards is nothing to sneeze at for us.

At this point, between Swagbucks, Accelerant and PineCone we are on track to have $175 worth of e-gift cards to help defray the cost of the Walmart.com order we plan to do in July.


Jamey and I are researching additional work from home options.


Once we find something that is working for either of us, we will start to post about it.  In the meantime,

What is your favorite work-from-home platform?
Jamey and I are both so glad that we can work online at home.
Do you freelance from home?  If so, do you have one platform that you prefer?


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Weekly Tallies For Our Online Income

Since some of our income is in points that eventually get turned into gift cards, I'm going to just include some of them in a weekly roundup post instead of in the daily (or almost daily) income posts.

First though, let me give you

Our Income For  June 12, 2020 


Jamey got $12.51 from a Rev transcription job

My income was

Appen: $1.65
Mturk:  $3.60  (updated on June 15, 2020 to include a $2 Mturk bonus)

=  $17.76 for the day between us.


 I also signed up for a focusgroup.com survey that lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes and will pay $30 for the first part, after which they will decide if you qualify for the second part.  If I do, then that will pay an extra $50.  I have to wait to find out if I have been accepted for it. 

I'm also continuing to research other online income capabilities that I can handle with my limitations.  I will post in here about anything that I end up doing that I actually earn income from.


now onto the

Weekly Round Up: June 7 - 13, 2020

note: the first batch of information is not from just this week.  It is the totals for where we are at the moment, since the last time we cashed the points in for e-gift cards.  These are not the only ones we do, just the ones we do the most.  Others come in by invitation from time to time.

Swagbucks - 1547 total atm (That is not just from this week.  We used to be able to earn $50 - $75 a month in gift certificates from Swagbucks, but lately we are only getting $25 a month.  Still I can't complain as we have cashed out gift cards from Swagbucks 43 times and each one was for either $25 or $50 so even with the recent issues, they are still a keeper.)

It all does help as come July we will have $175 in Walmart e-gift cards between Swagbucks, Accelerant and PineCone to use on our next Walmart.com order.

Shopkicks - 353 shopkicks.  I have not been to Walmart in person since February 28th due to Covid-19, so I have been reaccumulating shopkicks very slowly (since we donated 500 shopkicks to Feeding America) via the videos available each day.  It takes 1250 shopkicks to get a $5 gift card.

CashKarma - 2879  It takes 11,000 points to get a $10 egift card.  So far we have cashed in twice from it once on August 23, 2020 and once on March 6, 2020.  This is not one of our main sources of income but the occasional extra $10 egift card is always nice.   I am at Reward Level 4 on it.


And here is the weekly round up part:

note: these are not the only ones that I do but these are all ones that I have personally cashed out of in the past so I know they are legitimate.

Appen:  $19.75 for this week.  I was paid $57.70 this week (to my PayPal) by Appen for the work I did in May.   Since I started, I have been paid a total of $172.12 from Appen.  As an indepent contractor, I am paid monthly, so what I earned this week will be part of my Appen pay that I receive in mid July.

InBox Dollars:  $0.91  (We have $10.96 total credit and won't be cashing out again until we reach at least $40.  Our last cashout (for $41.34) was in mid April.)

Mturk: $9.70.  So far I have earned $183.02 from Mturk in 2020 and $1,369.89 since I first started using Mturk in 2018.

PineCone:   $3.00 which is what I needed to reach the point that I can get a $25 egift certificate from PineCone.  In the past, I have mostly cashed out my PineCone earnings to cash via PayPal but decided to start saving up for gift certificates instead. Since starting PineCone in 2019, I have cashed out $80 in cash and one $50 gift card.  This is not counting the $25 gift card I will be cashing out later.

Qmee:  $3.84    (I have a total of $30.21 on Qmee now which I will be cashing out within the next 24 hours.  My last Qmee cashout (for $26.22) was on April 10th.  So far I have cashed out $147.06 since I started using Qmee in April of 2019.)

SurveyJunkie:  $0.60 (for one very long survey).   I only have 153 points reaccumulated since the last time I cashed out but since I started SurveyJunkie, I have earned 7,019 points which equates to $70.19.  This is not one of my primary ones but I work on it from time to time as I know it pays because I have cashed out several times from it.


Jamey:

earned about $28 for the week including $24.51 from Rev transcription jobs


We do have a few other ways of earning income such as our Redbubble shop and Teespring shops including products like our I Am Not Amused pocket kitty which we offer on 76 different products on Redbubble.   I used this design on the facemask that I wear myself.


 I am not amused stickers available on Redbubble
This is our I Am Not Amused pocket kitty (seen here as a sticker)



We would love to hear how from you letting us know how you earn your online income.


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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Hand Injury Is Slowing Me Down

I've been slowed down as an injury to my left hand has me typing with only my right hand.   So let me try to catch up by posting

Our Online Income For June 9th, 10th and 11th

June 9, 2020


Jamey's keyboard, and thus his computer, was out of commission due to Coca Cola being spilled on his keyboard the previous night


my income:

Mturk:  $2.90
Qmee:   $0.77
Appen:  $1.65
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Total: $5.27



June 10, 2020


I somehow* injured my left hand early this morning so I was mostly focused with finding ways to compensate until it heals rather than on earning income.    Jamey was helping me with that, and as always happens when I am injured or sick, less productive as he worries about me and spends extra time assisting me.

*I have osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) and sometimes get what are known as "spontaneous fractures," where I don't even know I have an injury at the time it occurs.  I realize it when I am suddenly dealing with pain, swelling and the inability to move a body part.  OI is genetic, so after a lifetime with it, I have learned to simply accept that I can be injured at any time, sometimes without even knowing exactly when or how it happened.  I keep the supplies at home to treat all but the worst injuries or else I would be constantly in and out of hospitals and doctors' offices.  (For anyone who is curious, my last dexa scan score (in 2018)  was -3.7 and the majority of my fractures are hairline fractures.)

So all we earned for that day was
Appen  $4.15



June 11, 2020


At my request, Jamey cut my hair very, very short today as with my right hand injured, I can't even manage things like putting it up in a ponytail.    Having it so short will make life easier for me while my hand heals.


Jamey said he made about $1.00 but he spent a chunk of the time doing the household chores that I normally would have done,


My earnings were:

Appen:  $9.00
Qmee: $1.00

which gave us about $11.00 for the day


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Jamey's New RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Jamey's New RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.  Yes, it has colored
lights and is loud but most importantly, it means he can earn income again.












Tuesday, June 9, 2020

This is why Hit Scraper and Turkopticon are invaluable for Mturk

I am working on Mturk and saw a hit that came up light green on Hit Scraper.  That means that it is mostly a good requester but some people have registered concerns.  I checked out Turkopticon and found that at the end of this person's hits, they ask for an email address to register you for a lottery that they are holding.

That in and of itself would not have made me suspicious (although it is against the Mturk TOS to do so) but then I read that if you don't give your email address, they say you are not eligible for the hit and thus you don't get paid for the work that you did.     Now, that was a major red flag that this is not a legitimate requester but just someone who is trying to collect email addresses to go with whatever other demographic data they collected in the hit.  Once I saw that, I immediately added this requester to my block list on Hit Scraper so that I won't see them anymore.

If you use Mturk (or are considering doing so) and do not use Hit Scraper with Turkopticon,  I cannot suggest strongly enough that you do so as it will warn you about requesters like this.


There are many videos on YouTube that can help you get started with Hit Scraper.  One that I have found useful is



A Birthday That Did Not Work Out As Planned

First let me give you our income for

June 7 and June 8, 2020


and then I will tell you about "A Birthday that Did Not Work Out As Planned."

June 7, 2020


Worked out reasonably well for us as Jamey was able to do two

Rev Transcriptions:  Total  $12.00

Although we did get a scare when he was not able to submit the first one in time because Rev was doing site maintenance.  Apparently, if you submit two of them late, you can be removed from Rev.  I did not know that or that Jamey had already submitted one late previously.   He sent a message to Rev customer service and explained that he was late because of being unable to submit it due to their site maintenance, and all worked out well.

My earnings for that day were

SurveyJunkie   - $0.60  (for a very long survey)
Qmee - $0.83 (for another very long survey)
Qmee - $1.14 for a survey that put me on a waiting list to qualify for a focus group that pays with a $25 Tango e-gift card.  I will note on the blog if I am selected to do it.
Qmee - $0.10 for getting kicked out of a survey that I had been working on for awhile
Mturk - $1.50
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$4.17 total


plus the $12 from Jamey's Rev transcriptions brought us up to $16.17 for the day.


I also received a message from Shopkicks that we earned 104 shopkicks in May, 2020

I have been just using the videos to get Shopkicks since I have not left home since February 28, 2020 due to Covid-19.   Thus we are building our Shopkicks very slowly.  It is worth doing though as we can always use e-gift cards.



June 8, 2020


This was Jamey's birthday so the plans were for us to order food from Domino's since it is the only place nearby that delivers and has food that we can both eat and then to have Jamey spend the night playing with his birthday gift.  Thus I would have been the only one working on earning income that night.    Well that part happened - just barely.


I did earn

Appen $1.65 

and then my body shut down

so that $1.65 was our total earnings for June 8th.



What did not happen was Jamey getting to play with his birthday gift -

Logitech Gamepad F310 - Blue    (Note:  we do not have an Amazon affiliate account so this link is only for informational purposes.  We do not receive any benefit if you click it or purchase from it.)


Anyway, Jamey was not able to use it because the game emulators he was using it did not recognize it even though the operating system was seeing it.   While he was trying to figure this out, I asked him to help me figure out why my Kindle Touch was suddenly not connecting to our internet as I wanted to read myself to sleep.    Sadly, while he was trying to do that, he spilled his Coca Cola from our Domino's order all over his keyboard.

Long story short, despite his best efforts to rescue it (taking it apart to clean it and then using a fan to dry it), that was the end of that keyboard.  I was in no shape to get back up at that point, so I told him to use my computer to order a new keyboard for himself from Amazon and his choice was

RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard,CHONCHOW Full-Sized Mechanical Computer Keyboard USB Wired Blue Switches for Windows PC Gamers (Black)  (As noted above, this is informational only.  We do not benefit in any way if you use this link.)



So with an income of only $1.65 for the day and an outgo of $26.99, that left us at a negative $25.34 for the day on June 8, 2020.



This was not the birthday celebration we had planned
Jamey didn't get to play with his new game controller,
his keyboard stopped working after a bath in Coca Cola
and we were left with a deficit of $25.34 for the day.



Sunday, June 7, 2020

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day

as between the two of us, we only earned approximately $3.77 on June 6, 2020.


I spent most of the time doing household chores, which takes a lot out of me.  Thus my only income for the day was

Appen - $1.65


Jamey earned $2.12   His breakdown for the day was:

Qmee and Mturk combined - $2.00
Inbox Dollars $0.12


He said that most of the Mturk hits available to him said he had already done them and could not do them again.    Note that we don't search for Mturk hits directly on Mturk, we use Hit Scraper to filter them for us and then check the Turkopticon reviews to see which ones it makes sense to do.

Jamey only recently crossed the 1000 hit mark which has begun to open new hits up for him.   I have completed 3,185 hits and am slowly making my way towards my next goal post of 5,000 hits as that should be the level that another tier of hits opens up for me.  I have an approval rating of 99.94% on Mturk.   According to the Mturk blog regarding "qualifications and worker task quality best practices,"


Requesters have seen that Number of HITs Approved (above 5000) and HIT Approval Rate (above 95%) have a significant effect on the overall quality of results. 


So that is what I am working my way towards, one hit at a time.    In order to keep my approval rating as high as possible, I tend to be choosy with which Mturk hits I accept and won't do them when I am not in good shape in order to reduce the chances of getting a hit rejected.

I also regularly correspond with requesters in order to provide them with additional data on their hits whenever I feel I have something that might be of use to them.   I have found that the vast majority of requesters are very pleased to receive this additional information as I have gotten very nice notes back from a lot of them.



Not one of our better days


Our income for June 5, 2020


left a lot to be desired. 

I asked Jamey to focus on the Accelerant project that we get paid $50 a month to do so he didn't bring in any income for yesterday while he worked on that. (We only count that income on the day we get paid for it once a month - we take our payment for it in the form of Walmart gift certificates.)


As to myself, I managed to earn $8.98 before my body shut down and I had to rest.  Oh well, that is why I am on disability.  If I could manage to work full time, I wouldn't be on disability.   My earnings were from


Appen - $1.65
UserCrowd - $0.40
Mturk - $5.03
Inbox Dollars - $0.25
Qmee - $1.51
SurveyJunkie - $0.14 (total for getting kicked out of 5 different surveys)
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$8.98

I had really hoped to get up to at least $10 but long experience has taught me that when my body is shutting down, not to push it or I can end up in serious trouble.


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One of the reason that I get bounced out of so many surveys is that we don't have a lot of the basic things that surveys take for granted most people have ranging from a car to a television set.  We also don't eat out in restaurants, go shopping in stores (other than Walmarts on very rare occasions) as we mainly order everything online (from Walmart or Amazon) and have it delivered because as two disabled people without a car, that makes life much easier for us.

That said, I am always looking for things that I can do that will allow me to be elgible for more surveys.   One of them is playing games.   Unfortunately the main game I play on my desktop is Sims 2 and that is not the type of game that most of the surveys want to know about.

Sometimes surveys will ask if I play an online multiplayer game.  I had been trying to interest myself in a Facebook game that others play so that I could say that I do but I just have not found one that captured my attention.   Having just found out that Neopets is creating a mobile friendly site (and can still be played on the desktop), I decided to sign back up since, after having not played in almost 15 years, they had deleted my account.

I am having fun exploring my old Neopets haunts and rediscovering favorite games.  I've even already set up my new Neopets bank account.  Now I will have to see if this lets me qualify for at least a few more surveys since I can now say that "yes, I am playing a multiplayer online game," although it not the type they are usually looking for when they ask that.    I am not about to start playing Fortnite, World of Warcraft, Minecraft, etc. though.

Hopefully Neopets will continue to work even after Adobe flash stops functioning at the end of this year.   Supposedly HTML 5 will deal with that but Neopets seems to still be using their old site.  Perhaps the new Neopets Mobile is meant to address that issue. 


Crystal Rose is "in the zone" on Sims 2 as she blogs about tinkering
College graduate Crystal Rose is "in the zone" (see the glowing
 white fog around her) as she blogs about tinkering in Sims 2.




Friday, June 5, 2020

Thank goodness for Rev Transcriptions

Jamey used to be able to bring in at least $200 a month from Lionsbridge but now that he no longer has that option, thank goodness he still has Rev as he can earn $13 - $15 with one of the longer transcriptions.

Our income for Thursday, June 4, 2020, 

Jamey did a $2.00 Mturk hit that he received an email invitation for and an 8 hour Rev transcription (which he made it through in about 7 hours) for $13.00. 

Those two met our $15 for the day goal, which is good as all I was able to bring in was .50 from Qmee because my sleep schedule was way off.

So our total income for June 4, 2020 was $15.50.

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That was a good day for us.  Some days are better than others so we are both continuing to keep an eye open for other sources of online income that we can do.  As states are opening back up and people are returning to work, there will begin to be less competition for some of the work we do, which will also help.

Of course, with all of the demonstrations going on across the country, chances are that the cases of Covid-19 will begin to accelerate again well before this Fall (it is already happening in some areas), in which case we may be again facing another nationwide lockdown and more competition again for the online work that we do. 

Time will tell.

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Johnny would be happy if I didn't work online at all though as when I can, I use my rollator instead of my wheelchair and leave my wheelchair in front of my computer for her since she considers it her personal bed.   Yesterday, she got annoyed waiting for me to finish on my computer and decided to make her point by taking over my footrest instead, ignoring one of the beds I had set up for her right next to it.


Johnny taking over my foot rest
Johnny ignoring her cat bed (one of many she has throughout the apartment)
and choosing to take over my foot rest instead while she waited for me to give
up my wheelchair (which she considers to be her personal bed).





Mturk bonuses are always a welcome surprise

Cat allergy(?) drove my left eye nuts on Wednesday and I ended up resorting to a generic Benadryl (Equate version) so my sleep schedule was off, nonetheless, between us we ended up with a little over $13 for the day.

Jamey earned about $2.50 between Qmee and Mturk and then after I slept off the "Benadryl," I was able to earn

  1. Appen - $2.50
  2. Qmee - $3.61
  3. Mturk - $4.62
$10.73 + $2.50 = approximately** $13.23 for Wednesday, June 4, 2020


*One of these hits already paid a bonus and we may have two more bonuses coming on today's Mturk hits. Jamey helped me with part of one of them.

**Jamey does not track his income to the penny the way I do so most of the time my figures for his daily income are based on the approximations he gives me for what he earned that day.  

Additionally, we both work on some longer term projects where we are paid by the project and do not try to break down how much we earn from them on a daily basis.  One example of this is an Accelerant project that we are paid $50 a month for that we each do part of the work on.

Also, as noted above, a couple of the Mturk hits may have earned bonuses.  I won't know if they have until I get the notice in email.

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I am very happy to say that our new microwave arrived today.  It makes life so much easier when you work online as we do to be able to just quickly use the microwave to reheat coffee or tea or leftovers and not have to stop to cook when in the middle of a project.

Jamey has to do further follow-up re the extended warranty we have on the Hamilton Beach microwave that died on us (Hamilton Beach microwave went on permanent vacation) less than one year after we purchased it as everyone tells him he has to contact someone else about it.

Our brand new Toshiba Microwave oven
We hope our brand new Toshiba microwave oven will be happy
in our kitchen for many years to come, unlike our Hamilton Beach
which lasted less then a year (purchased August 2019).








Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Unplanned Dominos Order After Not Sleeping

Yesterday, June 2, 2020, was less than a stellar day.  Normally our sleep hours are from 1 - 7 PM because we are on a special plan with CLECO where from May 1 through September 30th, we pay more for electricity between 1 - 7 PM in order to pay less the rest of the time all year round.   Since we work online, we have been able to adjust our sleep schedule so that we are up nights and mornings and sleep from 1 - 7 PM.

Yesterday afternoon though I was staying awake waiting for an Amazon package to be delivered.  Once I found out that it had been delayed, I tried to sleep and was just drifting off when a neighbor knocked to ask for a match for his barbecue.  I lent him our candle lighter and after he gave it back, I went back to try to sleep again when he knocked to ask to borrow it a second time.    After that, I could not get to sleep so got up at 7 PM to start getting some work done.

As I have been fighting a lot of fatigue in addition to an on and off sore throat, etc., the lack of sleep did not leave me in good condition last night.    I had Appen projects and household chores to do but was barely hanging on.  Without a microwave ( Our Microwave Took A Permanent Vacation) I could not easily heat up anything hot and did not have it in me to do any actual cooking then so I broke down and did something I rarely do on a spur of the moment basis, I ordered food from Dominos as it is the only local place that will deliver food that we can both eat.   That was definitely an unplanned expense:


June 2, 2020 - Domino's Pizza,  $41.00 total included two sandwiches for Jamey, a vegetarian sandwich and salad for me, $6.00 tip for driver, .57 St. Jude donation and $2.97 tax and $3.50 delivery charge


I did manage to get the two Appen projects done, total:   $6.50

and Jamey earned about .50 for a Qmee survey and that was that.

I was so wiped out after that and knew we had to be up early Wednesday morning for the wheelchair van to come pick Jamey up for his wound clinic appointment, that I told Jamey I was shutting down for the night at that point and suggested he do the same, which he did shortly after I did.





Tuesday, June 2, 2020