2 Easy Ways A Shopping Addict Can Make Money

2 Easy Ways A Shopping Addict Can Make Money

If you aren't doing these 2 simple things you’re losing out on extra spending-money.
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Hi, my name is Nicole and I love spending money. Its not the cheapest hobby and shopping can get out of hand quick. I'm a college student, not a millionaire. When I go into Target for things I need to buy, I end up leaving with no less than 5 things from the $3 and up section. Thankfully, I found out two ways to fund my shopping-addict lifestyle. They are so easy and I have been doing it for months and months now. If you can't go a week without ordering $50 worth of stuff to get free shipping, you need to keep reading and learn my tricks.

First, I found out about this website called Opinion Outpost. Opinion Outpost is a website that gives you rewards for completing online surveys. Its as simple as that, and I totally thought it was too good to be true too. But seriously, you take surveys on the website, some take 5 minutes and some can take up to 40 minutes. Then, you get points as little as 5 for the short surveys and 20 for the longer ones. When you reach 50 points, you can get a $5 Amazon gift card. I’ve been doing Opinion Outpost surveys for over a year and I’ve gotten probably around seven Amazon gift cards worth $5 each. It takes time, you wont be able to fill out enough surveys in one day to get the reward, but if you have patience and take one survey a week, you’ll get that gift card in no time.

This summer I made a Letgo account. You might have seen the commercials on TV for it. You sell your stuff on this app for people to buy. It’s like a mix of a thrift store with Craigslist. You post pictures of your item you want to sell, a caption that tells potential buyers background information about the product, give a price, and wait for people in your town to message you and buy it. They’ll give you cash and pick it up. You can sell anything, and if you price your items fairly you’ll make money and get rid of stuff you don't want anymore. Its super simple and its a win win situation.

So now you know my tricks for balancing my shopping habits. My holy trinity for saving and earning money is coupons, Opinion Outpost and Letgo. I’m a success story that proves they work, and I can thankfully still go shopping whenever my cravings start.

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I Am A Wild Child

I'm fearless and reckless but I have a big heart.
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From the very beginning of my life, my parents knew I was going to be a handful.

I used to climb trees, play in the mud, skateboard where I was not supposed to. I did not listen to my parents the way I should have. As I got older, I did not hang out with the best group of kids, I did not always tell my parents the truth. I wanted to live life in a way that I could experience things.

Although I have grown up a lot, I am still the same wild child I was when I was little. However, my parents have realized this is something to embrace now and they actually find it refreshing. They worry often about what kind of trouble I am getting into at school, but they trust me to know that I have boundaries and lines that I will not cross.

I am responsible despite my crazy disposition. I have good grades and I try not to get into too much trouble, but I also know how to have a good time and live on the edge. I am very impulsive and I sometimes do not think all of my decisions through.

Any of my friends will tell you that I cannot be tamed or controlled, but this has caused problems in my romantic relationships. Most partners of mine fall in love with my wild personality, but they cannot handle it. They tire of my need for adventure, whether it is on a Saturday or Wednesday night.

There are times I can be reckless. There are times where I can be irresponsible. There are times where I can be irrational and impulsive, but I am fearless and maybe that will be my downfall. Most teenagers or young adults are fearless. They have not seen enough danger, so they think they are invincible.

I do not necessarily think I am invincible, but I think I am smart enough to know when things are too dangerous.

I do not take advice like I should. I learn from experiencing things. When my parents told me not to date that one kid, I did not listen. Yes, my heart was broken by the end, but I learned a lot from that relationship.

I once dyed my hair purple. My mom said "a small streak" but I took that as "a quarter of my head". Then I died the tips of my hair red two months before my junior prom in a mall bathroom. But the tips were really 2 or more inches. My step mom paid $90 to get my hair fixed because I did not see "Permanent" on the bottle.

It is not like I ever intended to be disrespectful or rebellious. I always just wanted to express myself. I knew I was different than other kids and I stood out of a crowd, so instead of internalizing it, I brought it to the surface, but now I have found other ways of doing that that does not include dying my hair or dating the wrong people (even though I am in college, so I still date the wrong people).

Now I have a nose piercing, tattoos, and a leather jacket, but I have learned that I can live my life and be a wild child without breaking as many rules.

I just hope someday I meet a wild child like myself and they can handle all of my craziness.

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How to Be a Better Millennial

Tips on How to Make Our Criticisms Our Strengths
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1. Check Your Privilege

A great way to try to be better is by checking your privilege. According to the University of San Francisco, privilege is "unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominant social group" (Walker, Poole & Murray). This usually has a negative connotation, but do not let that scare you. Being privileged only means that there are other people in this world that have not had the same advantages, resources, or experiences as you. Here are some questions that will help you check your privilege:

1. Are you Christian?

2. Are you straight?

3. Are you white?

4. Are you able-bodied?

5. Are you employed?

6. Was education easily accessible to you?

7. Are you male?

8. Did you grow up seeing people that looked like you on television & in film?

9. Did you grow up with more than one parent in your home?

By checking your privilege, you can better understand how to communicate with, respect, and help others. If you answered yes to some or all of these questions - you're privileged. But that doesn't make you a "bad guy." Instead, use your privilege to be a voice for those less fortunate than you and to learn more about the world you have not experienced.

2. Pay Attention to What’s Happening

Do not get me wrong - the world can be intimidating. But simply choosing not to participate isn't good enough. There are plenty of ways to be involved in what is happening around you without falling into the very aspects of the world that scare us. The best way to make sure you stay educated in current events is by subscribing to news that you're both familiar and unfamiliar with. Here are some helpful and accessible ways to get your news:

1. The News App on Your Smartphone - You can customize your news feed by selecting what matters mean the most to you. The app will send you push notifications about important events, discoveries, and stories as they happen.

2. Google News - You will be given the top headlines, your local news, and news tailored just for you based on your preferences.

3. Cable Programs like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - These shows will give you the rundown on what is happening in the world all while entertaining you. Both of these shows invite guests that are on the same side as the hosts and ones that disagree with them.

4. Use Your Social Media - YES, it can be used in productive and helpful ways! Follow your local news channels, reliable sources on social media like CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, the Huffington Post, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and many, many more. But remember, do not just follow people or sources that align with your beliefs.

3. VOTE

According to the Brookings' Governance Studies, only 50 percent of Americans from ages 18 to 29 voted in the 2016 Presidential Election (Galston & Hendrickson, 2016). However, this population has been and will be greatly affected by the results of this election. It is time millennials do more to participate in the election of their country's officials. Here are some ways to be better prepared to vote:

1. Pay Close Attention to the Campaigns - Keep a schedule of the debates, rallies, and any other events that can bring you more information about the candidates. Find the issues that are most important to you. Who supports them?

2. Check Your Registration Status - This website will help you register or check your registration status in your state. While you are at it, make sure all of your information is correct.

3. Be Prepared - Be sure to check the requirements for your state. Do you need to bring identification? Do you know where your polling location is? Has it changed?

4. Know Your Options - If the circumstances call for it, you can vote early, send an absentee ballot, or visit your local polling place. If you're out of the town you're registered to vote in, be sure to get an absentee ballot.

Remember... the Right to Vote is one of our most civil liberties. Don't give it up.

4. Stop Saying that You’re “Adulting”

One of the biggest criticisms of millennials is that we are lazy, unmotivated and immature. Is it not time we prove everyone wrong? A trend amongst millennials is to refer to any sort of mature behavior or action as "adulting." Well I am here to say: Girl, you are not an adult for going to the grocery store. When we use this term, we are undermining our abilities to carry out the simplest of tasks.

Contrary to popular belief - tasks such as buying groceries, paying your bills, cleaning your room, going to work, or going to the doctors when you are above the age of 18 is not called adulting, but being a human. In fact, if you refer to #1 on this list, these tasks make you a privileged human. So, stop acting like it is an accomplishment. It is what is expected.

5. Take Care of Yourself

No, this does not mean listening to Drake on repeat. Although, it could be part of your self-care regime. According to Mental Health America (2013), taking care of yourself is crucial to mental health recovery. As part of being a millennial, we are constantly under pressure from family, work, school, and frankly - the world. Without proper self-care, it is easy to spiral into a grouchy, unhealthy, unproductive, and unrecognizable version of yourself. Before you run off to Lush to buy a bath bomb, understand that self-care is more than buying material goods that look good with an Instagram filter. Here are some tips that can help you take better care of yourself:

1. Practice Good Hygiene - While we are busy with all of life's troubles, it is easy to forget about personal hygiene. Shower regularly, wash your hands and hair, moisturize, trim your nails, put on deodorant, and any other routines that help you be your best self.

2. Practice Self Love - Give yourself compliments. Occasionally treat yourself to your favorite clothing brand or restaurant. Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Take a selfie every now and then. Wear that outfit that you bought, but are not sure if you can pull off.

3. Read a Good Book - You get to decide what is a good book. Books can help us take a break from the world without getting sucked into a television screen. Books can also teach us new things, bring us to new worlds that aren't currently crashing down on us.

4. Take Time to Feel Your Feelings - I know, I know. This is not easy. But it is one of the most underlooked components of self-care. Suffering is natural and therefore, it should not be ignored. Let a good cry out every once in a while when it's needed. Do not be afraid to seek counseling for some of your problems. When we ignore our issues, and put them on the back burner, we are letting them go unresolved. By talking to someone, whether a friend, family member, therapist, trusted mentor, or anyone you can get an ear from, you are actively feeling your feelings. Also, take time to laugh. If you're happy or proud about something, brag to the world! Share your happiness and it will spread to others.

We do our best work when we are our best selves. Make sure you are taking the time out of your day to treat yourself with kindness and do what makes you happy.

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