It's time to bring back Homesteading on a Dime! This was one of my more popular challenges last year and I'm excited to introduce it to those of you who are new (and welcome back “old” players).
Homesteading on a Dime is all about getting those things for your homestead that you want, but may not be able to afford. It is about setting long-term goals and seeing them realized!
The things I have purchased using my Homesteading on a Dime money include our tank-less hot water heater, bread machine, flat-screen TV (yes, I know it's not really a homesteading item but we did need it and free is good!), Christmas presents, books, and more. You could even earn paypal and put the money straight toward debt.
How much money are we talking?
You can set your own goals. Last year my goal was $5/day with Sunday's free. I was able to reach my goal within $5-$10 above or below it each month. That is just about $1600 for the year. I think it is very reasonable to say you can earn $50-$150/month if you use all the sites and do it everyday.
How much time will it take?
I suggest 10-60 minutes a day. You have to set time to do this daily. It can be as little as 10 minutes a day, but 10 minutes a day is MUCH better than 60 minutes once a week. You earn money slowly that adds up. The biggest mistake people make with these sort of programs is expecting to make a ton by working a long time or doing it a few times and forgetting about it. A little bit every day is the best way to go.
I spend 40 minutes a day on my Homesteading on a Dime activities. I limit myself to that using a timer. You could earn more if you want to spend more time or you could spend less time and lower your goal. I found that 40 minutes is a good amount for me. I do a 10 minute session in the morning and another 30 minute session in the afternoon. I do have an extra iPod Touch that I run videos from when I can.
Math geeks, like me, will quickly figure out that comes out to 4 hours 40 minutes a week. Since I previously told you my goal was $5/day, not on Sundays, then you now know that last year I “earned” $6.43/hour doing Homesteading on a Dime. To some of you that will sound low and some high. I like to point out that I did not travel to a place of work so there was no extra travel time involved. You can do this in your pj's. You can do this watching TV.
How do you do it?
I use a combination of five online sites that pay for search, survey, and other activities. Each one is a little different. I only recommend ones that have actually sent me checks, paypal, or rewards although I do test new ones occasionally and might recommend them after I get paid.
If you are new I recommend starting with the first site and adding new ones as you get used to the system. Once you know what you need to do each day (and where to click) you can knock a site out in a few minutes (some a couple of seconds), but at first it may take you some time to get used to it and find everything.
The Money-Making Sites:
This section will be updated as I introduce the sites. You can sign up and take a look at them now or you can wait until I explain them. I'll give you a few days in between each one so you can get used to the daily activities for each. You will get faster as you go.
Follow Me through the Challenge:
- I always post my checks and rewards on facebook.
- If you are a twitter fan, I post search wins, codes, and occasionally rewards/checks on my twitter page.
- I will update once a month on the blog and for my newsletter subscribers.