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Operation Disney Fund: Update #1

Operation: Disney Fund

Hi guys, it’s time for my first Operation: Disney Fund Update!!

I’m pretty excited because in little over a week I have made a decent amount of money to put into our Disney fund!¬† I utilized a few of the ideas I mentioned in my first post, here, and found a few others too!

I know it’s going to take a small miracle to make the amount of money we’re going to need to make this trip happen but I’m doing my part and hoping for a little Pixie Dust along the way! ūüėČ

I’ll go through each of the fund entries, sharing the amount I’ve made¬†for each one.¬† Then, give a grand total at the end.

First up, eBay/selling unwanted items!

Because I’ve had my eBay¬†account since 2006, I already had many sales/purchases and a fantastic feedback rating to begin.¬† If you don’t yet have an eBay account I’d encourage you to get one set up and make a few purchases and cheap sales that you have the ability to ship quickly.¬† This will help give you a positive feedback score and will go a long way with potential buyers.

Through eBay we sold 8 items and made $100 to add to our Disney fund (after shipping & fees).

I was also¬†able to sell several clothing items from our last Disney trip that I know won’t fit even if we go this fall.¬† I listed them for sale in a few Facebook groups, provided the buyers with itemized invoices via PayPal, and shipped them quickly.¬† From those sales, I made another $120!

Next up, Christmas/Birthday Returns!

This¬†was one of the ideas I¬†mentioned in my first post.¬† We had a few items from Christmas that didn’t work for various reasons.¬† Because these items had been purchased from a store I frequent regularly, Kohls (I’m a card carrying MVC member!), I returned the items and took the money from our clothing budget and added it to our Disney fund.¬† I knew this was safe because a good 90% of our clothes come from Kohls so I should have no problem finding needed items there vs. other stores until I use that credit up.¬† The total of the returns/credit was $111.

Like a gift we received our Safe Driving Bonus Check from Allstate this week! Another $27 added to the Disney fund!

My husband received payment for a side job he did a few weeks ago.¬† Because this wasn’t income that had been counted upon we added it to the Disney fund, $70!

So, after those entries we’re sitting at a current total of $428 in our Disney Fund!!! Not too bad for one week of ‘work’ huh?

Now, here’s where it gets interesting.¬† I also downloaded and started using¬†a few¬†apps that pay/give rebates for various tasks.¬† Before a week ago I had used one of them and heard of another one, the other¬†was brand new to me.¬† I’ve been using them for a little over a week and so far so good.

First up, Swagbucks.Swagbucks

This was the one I had used in the past.¬† Swagbucks rewards you for shopping online via¬†their store links, taking surveys, watching videos, and searching the internet via their search bar.¬† Rewards are¬†100 swagbucks = $1 in either a gift card of your choice (currently, Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart and Target)¬†or a PayPal credit. I spend a few minutes each day, usually during naptime completing tasks and use their links when shopping online and I’m currently at 877 Swagbucks so just shy of a $10 gift card.

If you don’t yet have an account, you can sign up with my referral link here¬†and we both get a little bonus. ūüôā

Next, the Ibotta app!Ibotta

This one I had heard of but didn’t really know what it was.¬† I learned that it’s basically a coupon app but rather than cents/dollars off your bill, you receive a rebate after the fact.¬† You open the app, find products you’re planning to purchase (not just name brands, I’ve redeemed rebates for ‘any brand’ bread, cereal, apples, milk, etc.) and ‘unlock’ them (sometimes you have to answer a questions or watch a short video). Then, you just go to the store and shop.¬† Once you’re home, and everything’s put away ;), you open the app select the items you purchased and scan the QR code on your receipt.¬† Then, they credit your account! I’ve used it for two weeks and currently have $18.25 in my account! You can withdraw beginning at $20 (PayPal credit) or you can choose from various gift cards (currently Best Buy, Amazon, Starbucks, Sephora, Walmart, Express, Regal Cinemas, or iTunes).

You can sign up (using my referral code) here, again, we both get a bonus for you using it. ūüôā

Finally, InboxDollars!InboxDollars

This is another app that rewards you for making online purchases, taking surveys, downloading new apps, watching videos, and opening your emails. Yes, you get paid to open and read emails.¬† I know, it sounds ridiculous, and to be honest it’s usually just a few cents but when all I have to do is open the email and click a confirm button, I’ll take the few cents payment.¬† This is another one I utilize mostly during naptime or while watching tv at night.¬† It’s nothing for me to take a survey or¬†watch a video or two¬†and make $1.50 in just a few minutes.¬† I’m currently sitting at $14.52 and I’ll be able to cash out beginning at $30.¬† Options are eGift cards (Kohls, Target, AMC, etc), a Prepaid Visa, or a traditional check.

If you want to jump in, feel free to use my referral link. ūüėČ

Well, that’s all I have for today.¬† I hope you give a few of these ideas a try and be sure to come back and let me know if you have success in building your fund!



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