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Are you living paycheck to paycheck? If you’re like a lot of people, your cash barely lasts until the next payday. While a windfall would be nice, it’s not likely. With little effort you can tweak your spending habits and maybe have a few dollars left over at the end of the week. Save a little here and you can spend a little there.

There are many ways to cut spending, save money and make a little extra cash. While each method may bring in a seemingly insignificant amount of change, together they add up to big savings. At the end of the week, you’ve managed to hold onto a good amount of your hard-earned dough.

Here are 8 ways to turn a pinch of technology into some great money-making opportunities:

1. InvisibleHand is a browser add-on. When you shop online it lets you know if there’s something less expensive out there than the item you’re about to buy. It works with Google so that when you Google something, it automatically checks for the lowest prices of that item and alerts you. There prices are real-time, meaning they are the price as of now, not yesterday or this morning. When you’re not shopping, the add-on stays hidden, so there’s nothing in your way. This is a great way to save money!

2. PriceBlink works in the same way as InvisibleHand. It automatically searches over 4000 merchants while you shop to bring you the best deal available. It also has the added feature of alerting you to coupons for the items you’re shopping for now and allows you to keep wishlists for items you want later.

3. GiftCardGranny is a site that sells discounted gift cards. If there are stores you shop at frequently or you are going to make an expensive purchase, buy the gift card at a discount and use it to save money on your purchase. You can also sell gift cards here as well as check balances and search for current deals and flash sales.

4. Coupons.com has hundreds of coupons for all sorts of stuff. Before you buy, see if there’s a coupon for your item. To get multiple coupons, just check each one you want and print them all at once when you’re done.

5. GasBuddy saves you money on your travels. While you’re busy driving around on your shopping trip, GasBuddy will show you which gas stations in your area are offering the lowest prices on fuel. Locals and app users, like you, report to GasBuddy when they see great, low gas prices so the app can let you know.

6. FieldAgent – pays you to do small tasks at local stores such as taking a picture of a display, checking the price of an item or scanning a barcode. They’ll have a list of jobs and you just pick the ones you want to do.

7. ReceiptHog – earn points for uploading pictures of your receipts, from any store, to the app. Redeem the points for cash or donation to a charity.

8. CheckPoints – earn points by doing fun tasks like scanning barcodes of name brand products when you shop, downloading new apps, taking surveys and more. Redeem your points for Amazon or Walmart gift cards or donate them to charity.

And while you’re at it, here’s another way to earn some pocket money.

There are apps that will pay you to review new apps on your phone. Just download, answer some questions and give your feedback. You get paid for each review. When you’re done you can simply uninstall the app so it’s not taking up space or data.

Try these three for starters:

  • TestBirds – You can test not only apps but also websites, games… even appliances!
  • ErliBird – Try out new apps and games and get paid for your opinion.
  • AppCoiner – They do strictly apps and are willing to pay you to test them! Note: AppCoiner is NOT free to join. There is a one-time fee of $27 and they say you’ll have unlimited tests to choose and earn from.

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Source by Cindy S.

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What three motivational words can you say to yourself that will put your exercise program in overdrive and make your fitness dreams come true?

"I Want To!"

Too often we approach our fitness routines with the thought "I have to," and it produces a counterproductive attitude toward our fitness program. Say both phrases out loud (if you're in a public place you can wait till you get home … or not) and pay attention to how it feels within your body. "I have to" produces dread and a "heavy" feeling. "I want to " produces an extra pep in your step and a joy associated with whatever you want to do.

How I used this phrase to help me.

I'll be honest, getting myself to work out is not difficult at all. I just set a plan, follow it, and adapt along the way. It's one of the reasons I became a personal trainer; it has pretty much come easy to me. But there are goals I have had that have really challenged me mentally and emotionally. In fact I am going through one right now.

Back in February I threw caution to the wind and hired a French teacher to, well, teach me French. I knew French back when I was a wee tike but lost it when we moved to the States. And ever since I could remember I have wanted to relearn it. So I started doing my research, looking for a teacher, and I found Sabine. Born in France, she has a PhD in French studies and is a teacher … DING DING DING! I stalked her down and got her to meet with me, and after a nice chat I knew it would work. So even though I was still trying to build my business, take care of a baby, and learn a new city, I committed. I told her I would be with her for at least a year, and we got started.

(PS There are a lot of really good teaching points in this last paragraph about achieving your goals. You might want to go back and reread it.)

This French teacher is kicking my butt!

I was so gung ho those first couple of classes, and I was feeling really excited about finally being able to speak French. And then I got hit smack in the face with reality. I remember it really clearly, that feeling of being overwhelmed and all the negative thoughts flooding into my head. "There is no way I can learn all this." "You'll never get this." Etc., etc. I continued because I do not like to quit, but I was trying to power through these thoughts and feelings. I "had to" do this! Push Push Push!

Then the thought came to me, "I want to do this," and I felt the calmness that came with it. Done. I don't question things when they are this clear. So I started to approach learning French in this manner, and it has helped me tremendously. Do I still get frustrated and impatient? You bet I do! But I don't let it become me. Because I "want to" I can now relax, have fun, and consequently learn more efficiently.

What's running in your head?

Do you "have to" go work out? Or do you "want to"? If you "have to," you are fighting yourself and it will make accomplishing your goals exponentially harder. If you "want to," you are enjoying the process and it will allow you to get to where you want to go quicker. So add a little " want to " in your life.

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Source by Ekemba Sooh

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