Dealspotr: Earn Amazon Gift Cards for being a deal hunter!


When I first started deal hunting, I would torture my lovely husband with all the deals I would find (mostly in-store) and set up my haul and force him to guess how much I paid. I think he was legitimately excited for me at first.. THEN he started to get super bored with it.

.. then Southern Cali Saver was born. 😉

While deal hunting can be super rewarding at first; you sort of lose that excitement and it can sort of be a chore.

I’m super excited to say that Dealspotr takes the boring out of deal hunting and you can now earn rewards for the deals that you “spot”! Not only that– but the community of deal hunters is awesome! There are tons of members (myself included) who are awesome frugal hunters just like you! It is super easy to join (head over here and earn 200 points for joining!) and you can earn Amazon gift cards just for submitting your favorite deals!

Honestly, it is as easy as that. It is FREE for you to join and start right away.


I joined Dealspotr just two weeks ago and have already earned my first Amazon gift card.  My goal is to devote as much time as I can to get myself ahead of my christmas game. Amazon gift cards = FREE money ya’ll! (and you know how much I love saving on online shopping)




Hurry over and snag yourself 200 FREE Karma points to get started! Be sure to start posting your deals!

MySurvey Now Accepting New Applicants!

MySurvey is now taking new applicants!  If you have a little spare time, surveys are an easy way to earn extra spending money (which is a great way to add a little cushion to your Christmas budget)!

I have used surveys as a way of supplementing my gift budget for several years now and it has helped a lot.  With MySurvey you can earn rewards or cash.  Cash is earned on a points system (example: 1100 points = $10).

Head on over here and check it out!

Christmas in July!

Why are we thinking Christmas in July? Because when you are on a budget–you need to prepare early!

I have incorporated several different ways to pay for Christmas-without having to break into the savings or having to put away a certain amount every month.Though, for our sake because we have 3 boys we do put away $40 a month for Christmas on top of the earnings that I make through several different resources. Here are some great ways to earn money to pay for Christmas:


There are some great survey companies out there, on top of making money you often get to try out products that have not yet hit the market. Here are some of my favorites:
My Favorite! Do not get as many surveys as with others, but they tend to be high value ones.
• Each survey is assigned a rewards amount.
• Payouts made via gift cards, including Amazon. Min payout of $20.

Taking surveys will not get you rich but it will help you with a little extra cash each month. For me, I usually take about 3 surveys a day and since I have been doing surveys .. my best year I  made over $400 and been able to test several great new products.

Notes when taking surveys:

  • –Open a email account dedicated to surveys ONLY. You will find that it is a lot easier going through them when they aren’t mixed in your personal emails.
  • — Open a paypal account. I suggest this because many companies offer this option and it is the fastest way to get your money!
  • –In order to see results you have to dedicate to at least 5-7 surveys and day.
  • –Apply for several different companies. I belong to about five different companies and receive about 10 surveys a day
  • –Make sure to complete your profile when you sign-up. You aren’t paid for taking these surveys but this helps in qualifying you for surveys. A more complete profile=more opportunities

There are often great sales at the end of a major season in the retail world. For instance, after the summer Target, Walmart and other stores often have a toy clearance that can go up to 75% off! More than often at Christmas time toys are priced higher than normal because the demand is higher. There is no reason not to shop for toys in July!

I always stand by a budget. Having three kiddos we have to keep a budget year round just for Christmas. We set a very small amount aside each month along with any monies I may make doing surveys and keep it there until it is time to shop. This way we never feel as though we have to play catch-up at the end of the year with a large chunk of money gone from our funds.

Follow the 52 Week Money challenge: I usually talk about this in the beginning of the year because it should take a complete 52 weeks. After saving each week, you would come up with $1378! However, if you haven’t started –its not too late!



Just start at week 52 (so, collect $52 and go back!) Stop at Week 24 and you will have $1078 saved! You can also star at the beginning and have $300 saved by week 24 (end of the year)

So now that you have the resources, put them to use! Only 6 months until Christmas! :)

Pinecone Research: Earn $3 Per Survey! (Looking for Hispanic Heritage Applicants)

Pinecone Research is currently looking for Hispanic Heritage members! 

Pinecone Research is accepting applications! I have been a Pinecone member for quite awhile and absolutely love them! The surveys that are sent via email are easy and simple PLUS you are paid $3 for every survey that you are qualified for and complete–I usually receive at least 1 survey every week.

You can be paid via paypal or by check–which usually is sent out a couple of days after completing the survey.

Pinecone is very selective when choosing applicants so if you aren’t chosen this time–don’t be discouraged. They are looking for certain demographics everytime they open.

Head on over to apply!

Earn Money Online: Opinion Outpost


Opinion Outpost is accepting new Survey takers!

Opinion Outpost offers its members the opportunity to take marketing research surveys in exchange for rewards. Voice your opinion and shape the products and services that touch your life!

Earn 100 points and cash out $10 via paypal!

I’m often asked about making extra money from home and whether taking surveys online is worth it. I think so! It isn’t going to make you rich but it will help out a little. Every little bit helps in my book. Whether it is cashing out an Amazon gift card to purchase diapers or a little paypal money for a quick trip to Rite Aid–it’s great to know that you can slowly earn money–while only taking a couple of hours out of my day.

I talk often about taking surveys for christmas money–this has helped a ton! Sometimes it is hard to really set aside a Christmas budget when you are already on a tight budget–but taking surveys has made a big difference in what I am able to spend at the end of the year.

MySurvey: Accepting Applicants!


MySurvey is now accepting new applicants! If you have a spare few hours–this is a great resource for adding a little extra cash to your budget!

I talk often about taking surveys for christmas money–this has helped a ton! Sometimes it is hard to really set aside a Christmas budget when you are already on a tight budget–but taking surveys has made a big difference in what I am able to spend at the end of the year. Of course you won’t get rich taking surveys but it is great to do if you have a little extra time.

Here is what Reader Michele said about MySurvey:

• This one is at the top of my list. They offer lots of surveys and usually give you points even if you don’t qualify.
• Uses the point system to track earnings. 1100 points – $10.
• Points redeemed for various rewards, including merchandise, gift cards (including Amazon) or cash via PayPal. Min payout via gift card and PayPal is $10.

Head on over and take a look! 

What is ibotta? Earn cash instantly for grocery purchases

Sign up for ibotta!  

ibotta is a new and free smart phone app that lets you earn real money for items you purchase at any of the following stores:

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • RiteAid
  • Kroger
  • Safeway
  • Publix
  • Stop & Shop
  • Fred Meyer
  • King Soopers
  • Ralphs
  • H-E-B
  • Meijer
  • Vons
  • Duane Reade
  • Smith’s
  • Fry’s
  • Pick ‘N Save
  • Dominicks
  • Pavilions
  • Tom Thumb
  • Dillons
  • ShopRite
  • Giant Eagle
  • QFC
  • Harris Teeter
  • Randalls
  • Food 4 Less
  • Hy-Vee
  • CityMarket
  • WinCo Foods
  • 7-Eleven
  • Food4Less
  • United States Armed Forces Commissary

Once you sign up, ibotta will start showing you offers you can redeem and how you can earn money for each particular item. You can earn money for taking polls, answering trivia, learning product facts, watching videos, and posting what you plan to buy on your Facebook wall. Then, when you purchase a qualifying item, just take a picture of your receipt with the app and ibotta will credit your account within 24 hours. You can also use coupons with these offers for even MORE savings. Once you earn $5,your money can be deposited into your PayPal account or donated instead.

After using this app for a couple of months-I’ve learned some useful tips:

Ibotta currently supports the following devices:

-iPhone 3GS and newer
-iPod Touch fourth generation and newer
-iPad 2 and newer
-Android devices running on platform 2.2 and newer (see minimum requirements below)
Android users: Your device must meet the minimum requirements below to run the Ibotta app:
  • Camera with autofocus
  • Network access to location data
  • Portrait and landscape screen orientation
  • Wi-Fi compatible
  • Touchscreen
  • OS 2.2 or higher
Please note: Ibotta does not support any device without a camera.

Other Tips:

  1. Each Product offer is one-time use ONLY. Example: you purchased 3 MIO Beverage enhancers and have a $1 MIO offer in your ibotta account, you will only receive $1 regardless of the amount purchased. however, if you redeem that $1 MIO offer and receive ANOTHER MIO offer after redeeming the first, you CAN redeem the second offer as long as the 2nd MIO beverage enhancer is on a separate receipt. 
  2. when you receive new products in your account be sure to complete the offers if you think you will be purchasing that product. Products can disappear or the values can change overnight!
  3. Not all products are available at every store. Before you purchase the product you can make sure that product is available to redeem by completing the offers associated with the product and doing the following: Click “redeem” then “pick Store” and you will see all products that are available to purchase at that particular store.

 Get Started with ibotta!