how I got paid $2 to eat ice cream and other fun ways to make money online

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I  cannot believe it’s July already!   The first half of this year has flown by.  It’s summer but I’m already seeing ‘back to school’ advertisements for school supplies and uniforms.   And before you know it, Christmas will be here.  I am the type of mom that shops for Christmas gifts all year round.  If I see something that I think my girls would like and it’s a good price, I get it.  My kids usually love the gifts I pick out for them but since they are getting bigger and more opinionated, they want specific things for Christmas.  So this year, I am doing something different.  I plan to make money online using three of my favorite apps and websites.  I will use that money for Christmas gifts.  I know that Christmas in July is a thing but I have set goals to start saving for Christmas in July.

I am all about blogging and how moms can make money online.  And a lot of times, people think making money online is hard to do or takes a long time to accomplish.  But I am here to tell you that making money online is easier than you think.  It is attainable and anyone can do it.  Below I’m gonna show you 3 ways you can make money online today doing things you normally do like shopping for groceries.

1. ibotta

ibotta is an app that you download to your apple or android device.  The cool thing about ibotta is that you get cash back for purchases you normally make for groceries.  Ibotta offers cash back for selected items like eggs, ice cream and bread at certain stores like Target, Costco, Walmart, Wegmans, Walgreens, etc.  What I really love about ibotta is that they will offer cash back for specific products like Halo Top ice cream.  But other times, they’ll also offer cash back for a food item like orange juice or toothpaste.  However, they allow you to buy any brand you like.  How cool is that?  Since you have to go grocery shopping anyway, might as well download the ibotta app and get some money back.  The ibotta app also offers cash back for restaurant dining, electronics and more.

Getting Paid to Eat Ice Cream

Every major grocery store chain has some kind of special discount program or app to download to get more savings.  You give them your name, address, email and phone number, and in return you get specialized coupons and discounts on grocery items.  Definitely sign up for these programs.  Most grocery chains will also hand you coupons along with your receipt after your purchase.  These coupons are customized based on your shopping patterns and offer discounts on items you already buy or are most likely to buy.  The more you shop at that particular grocery store, the more accurate these coupons will be in offering you discounts on something you’d actually buy.  

About 10 days ago, as I was leaving Safeway, I noticed that the cashier handed me a coupon for one free pint Halo Top ice cream along with my receipt.  I was ecstatic.  If you don’t know about Halo Top ice cream, it’s a healthy ice cream that’s low in calories and high in protein.  And did I mention that it’s delicious?!?  You must try it.   So the next time I went to Safeway, I got my free pint of Halo Top ice cream and headed home.  When I checked my ibotta app, I saw that they were giving $1 cash back for a Halo Top ice cream purchase, which can be used up to 2 times.  Yes!  I quickly uploaded my Safeway receipt to my ibotta app and within the hour, $1 landed in my account.  A few days later, my husband brought home another pint of Halo Top ice cream from Wegmans.  I again opened up my ibotta app and uploaded the Wegman’s receipt to get my additional $1 cash back for the ice cream.  So all in all, I got paid $2 to eat Halo Top ice cream and I didn’t even pay for the first pint.  Not bad, right?


Ebates is a site that offers cash back and coupons for online shopping purchases.  Retailers such as Amazon, Etsy, Sephora, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, JC Penny and many other stores that you’ll find at your local mall have teamed up with Ebates to give you cash back.  If you’re shopping online anyway – and who isn’t – you might as well get some money back from those purchases.  It’s a no-brainer.

Ebates offers rebates for mostly online shopping purchases.  However, rebates for in-store purchases at certain retailers are available.  They don’t have as many in-store cash back opportunities as they do for online shopping, but enough to make it worth your while to check out.  So, if you know you are going to a certain store ahead of time, check Ebates to see if they’re offering in-store cash back for purchases at that retailer.  If so, you must link up the credit card that you’ll use to make your in-store purchase for that retailer on Ebates.  Then, head off to that store and make your purchase.  Ebates will track that purchase and your cash will land in your account in a few day.  There has to be a bit of planning involved if you are trying to get cash back from Ebates for an in-store purchase. But the effort is well worth it!

I didn’t find out about Ebates through some blog or from another mommy.  My husband told me.  He had been regularly receiving checks from Ebates, getting cash back from purchases he made online.  One day, he was like, “Cella, you should sign up for Ebates so you can get money back when you shop.”  He sent me an email link so I could sign up and the rest is history.  Why don’t you try Ebates and see if you like it?  They will give you $10 just to sign up.  See, I told you it was super easy to make money online!

A Funny Story About How I Made Money Online

This past weekend, my husband and I were at L’occitane.  I love their vegetable soap bars!  They smell great and last forever!  I was at the counter getting ready to slap down my credit card to pay when I heard my husband behind me whispering, “Ebates, Ebates”.  I immediately stopped and pulled up Ebates on my phone to see if they had any cash back offers.  They did but only for only online purchases :(.  Then, I checked my ibotta app and saw that L’occitane was offering 6% cash back on all in-store purchases.  Yay!  I bought my soaps and headed home.  As soon as we got home, I quickly scanned in my L’occitane receipt into my ibotta app.  Within the hour, I was notified that money was added to my account for that purchase.  

Now, you may think that using Ebates to get 1% back from Target or 6% back from JC Penny is not worth your time.   Or you may feel that scanning your receipts just to get $.25 back for buying milk and $.50 for milk is a wasted effort.  But trust me, that 2% here and 5% from there quickly adds up over time. It’s fun to watch your money add up over time.  Once you see how much money you are making, you’ll be hooked.  

Yes, You Can Use Coupons with ibotta and Ebates

The beautiful thing about ibotta is that they don’t preclude you from using physical coupons.  Actually, the use of coupons is highly recommended, especially on Ebates.  If you visit Ebates, they regularly list cash back and coupon opportunities for your purchase.  So doing both is encouraged.  And as I mentioned earlier, I used my Safeway coupon to get free Halo Top ice cream and $2 cash back from ibotta.  

Yes, You Can Use Ebates and ibotta on the Same Purchase

As I stated earlier, Ibotta offers cash back for selected items like eggs, ice cream and bread at certain stores like Target, Costco, Walmart, Wegmans, Walgreens, etc.  Ebates gives rebates just for shopping at specific stores.  In some cases, you may be able to get cash back from ibotta and Ebates for the same purchase.  For example, let’s say that Ebates is offering 4% cash back for in-store Bed, Bath and Beyond purchases and the ibotta app is giving its users $1 for buying Cetaphil Face Cleanser at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  If you go to Bed, Bath and Beyond and purchase the Cetaphil Face Cleanser, you’ll get 4% cash back from Ebates on your total Bed, Bath and Beyond purchase and you’ll get $1 back from ibotta.  Oh, if you used one of those 20% off coupons that Bed, Bath and Beyond is always mailing out buy that Cetaphil Face Cleanser, you save even more.  See how easy it is to make $5, $10 or more on a purchase – and maybe even get it for free.  A little effort can go a long way to get paid to shop in no time.

3. Start a Blog

My final way to make money online is to start a blog.  With your own a blog, you most likely won’t be able to use coupons to save money or get cash back from other retailers.  However, there are many different ways bloggers can create income from their blog.  It take may take some time to get going but other bloggers are out there doing it, and you can too.

There are many different ways bloggers create income from their blog.  The most popular methods are selling your own products (physical or digital) and services online.  But other methods like putting ads on your blog, training webinars and sponsorships are also prevalent.  Check out my eBook where I show you the top 10 ways blogger make money online.

Affiliate Products

Also some bloggers make money selling affiliate products.  If you don’t know what affiliate products are, that’s when you sell another company’s product to your audience and they give you a cut of the sale.   For example, I can feature my (favorite!) Snapchat pillow in a blog post and give a link so any readers interested in that pillow can buy it directly from Amazon.  If someone clicks on that link and buys the pillow, Amazon will give me 50% of what you paid for the pillow.  Cool, right?  Lots of bloggers sell affiliate products or become affiliates for a company because it’s no work on their part.  All they have to do is blog about products and cash their checks when someone buys it.  

Some bloggers make their entire living selling affiliate products.  One popular blogger makes over $50,000 each month in affiliate income.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Financial blogger Michelle Schroeder-Gardner makes over $50,000 each month selling other people’s products!!!     Michelle has been blogging for years and her affiliate income has increased over time.  So, making five figures a month in affiliate income may not be realistic for you to achieve right now.   However, many bloggers start out earning $60 or $70 of affiliate income a month and then grow from there.   If you want to learn exactly how Michelle earns $50,000 a month in affiliate income, check out her online course “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing“. 

If you are interesting in starting your own blog, I can help you do it quickly and cheaply.  And I’ll show you how to make money the same day you set up your blog!  I have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a WordPress blog in about 5 minutes.  And for a limited time, you can get web hosting service from Blue Host for as low as $3.95 a month, which is ridiculously cheap.  As an added bonus, you’ll get a free domain name ($15 value) through my Blue Host link if you purchase at least one year of web hosting service.   

But that’s not all, I checked Ebates, and they will give you $10 cash back if you sign up for Blue Host today.   So you can save money by signing up for Blue Host and  literally start making money on your blog today!   To start, follow the steps below.

  • After the Ebates “Cash Back Button” is active on your browser, head over to Blue Host using my link to purchase web hosting service

Now you are ready to start blogging and generating income.  And you’ve learned how to make money from your purchases.  You are off to great start to making money online.

Do you use the ibotta app?  What other apps do you use that offer cash back?  Do you use Ebates?  Let me know in the comments below you the top 10 ways blogger make money online.


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