Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What am I doing, you say?

This post is dedicated to some of the programs I am participating in to save for the trip. I have been doing many of them for a long time already, but now I am seeking out points, surveys and other ways to utilize these programs in better ways. I hope this will help you in your own savings journey!

Pinecone Research is a great one. They pay $3 per survey, sent to your Paypal account, and you also get a sweepstakes entry. They pay almost immediately, and you can make a lot of money as long as you know that when they send you the survey they really want your participation.

Mypoints take a long time to accrue, but they are worth the effort. You can earn points through clicking ads in emails, taking surveys, online shopping, and through Bzzagent reports. They pay in points which can be redeemed for a variety of gift cards and they have a good variety of kinds of cards. The only problem is that there is a lot of inflation in the amount of points it takes to get the cards, and no raise in what you earn pointwise.

Surveyspot is a worthwhile survey company as well. You can cash out at 1000 points - $10. There are tons of surveys to take, you just have to have some free time to seek them out.

We have one rewards Visa - our Amazon rewards card, which we will be using to save points to acquire gift cards. The points are earned more when Amazon.com is used, but at this point we mainly use it for local purchases.

So...why don't we have a Disney Rewards Visa? UGH. The painful truth? We were denied. I have NEVER been denied a credit card before. We both have great scores, but things have changed. It is a new world where it is much harder to get a credit card! So... I just have to assume there's a reason in the universe for us not to have it. I REALLY wanted it, though. *sniff*

There are more programs I am doing, but these are the main ones. If I find others working better or if you want me to post more leave a comment. :)

Up next? Couponing. I need to stretch my fingers, that will be a long (and helpful) one.


  1. Yes I want to know ALL your money saving (and making!) techniques! My goal is to eliminate ALL our debt. I need all the help I can get.

    I am also EXTREMELY interested in your couponing information as I am just entering the world of the Coupon Mom and it's extremely confusing. I want to get awesome deals and I don't really know how.

  2. you should check with your bank... a lot of people don't realize that for a small annual fee you can turn your visa check card into a rewards card. And some of the banks have Disney Specific rewards programs (though I'm not sure which ones). It's worth a shot to check the banks website and see. Good luck!!!!

    you should also put a link up here on your blog for people who might ant to help a little toward your goal and put some money in your paypal account... just sayin' ;-)

  3. My bank seems kind of smallish, but I could check into it. They don't seem to offer a lot, in my opinion. However, I've been very happy with their service and wouldn't be likely to change. It couldn't hurt to check.

    As far as a button? I never thought of that. I don't want to turn people off to reading the blog...That's a toughie. *ponders*

  4. You should look into becoming an Amazon Associate - people can click on a link through your blog and order their stuff and you get a kickback. Its a win-win - people get the stuff they want at the same price and you get a little referral fee. Not like asking for charity.