Q-insights Social Media Study – It pays $100!!


Q-insights is another company that I do research groups, focus groups, and online surveys to earn extra money.

They have a lot of stuff in South Orange County, and less often San Diego County. These days they are doing most of their studies online via chat or online surveys.

Right now Q-Insights is currently recruiting for an online study on the topic of Social Media.

This study will run from April 7th to 8th. If you qualify and complete the study, you will be compensated $100 via check in the mail as a thank you for your time.

To be considered, please complete the screener questionnaire here.

So Cal Utility Customers: Expect a credit on your April bill!

The Climate Credit that we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing on our April and October bills has been moved to August and September when most Californians have higher utility bills due to the weather.

However, the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) is giving every California ratepayer a credit of $17.86 on the GAS portion of their utility bill this month.

In August and September, there will be a credit each month of $34.60 on the Electricity portion of each ratepayer utility bill.

Changing the distribution months will not change the total value of the climate credits you receive in a year. The shift will provide bill relief for customers and reduce bill volatility.

Visit my post here to learn about ways to lower your energy usage, and learn more about money-saving programs SDG&E has that your family may qualify for.

And if you want to save energy and earn money, check out my post about Ohm Connect.

Advanced Opinions is Recruiting for Dog Food Study

Advanced Opinions (A market research firm located in New York) is recruiting for an upcoming Online Project about Dog Food.

To be considered for this project, please complete the screener questionnaire here.

Compensation: $40-$90 (if chosen)

Project dates:

  • Tuesday, April 6th
  • Wednesday April 7th
  • Thursday April 8th 2021

Times Currently Available:

  • 11:00AM-1:45PM ET / 10:00AM-12:45PM CT / 9:00AM-11:45AM MT / 8:00AM-10:45AM PT
  • 2:00PM-4:45PM ET / 1:00PM-3:45PM CT / 12:00PM-2:45PM MT / 11:00AM-1:45PM PT
  • 5:00PM-7:45PM ET / 4:00PM-6:45PM CT / 3:00PM-5:45PM MT / 2:00PM-4:45PM PT

2021-2022 School Year BOOK IT Enrollment Open!

80’s and 90’s kids know what’s up!

Book It is still alive and well! Enrollment is now open for the 2021-22 BOOK IT! Program year. Parents can now enroll their homeschool children!

You also have the option to enroll in Camp BOOK IT!, which will run June-August, 2021. Just check the box to opt-in when you enroll!

PreK students (age 4 by Sept. 1st, 2021) are now eligible for BOOK IT! Be sure to include those students in your enrollment!

Another awesome feature of the 2021-2022 school year is that your entire school doesn’t have to participate, teachers can sign up their individual classes!

Please share this post with the parents and teachers in your life! More info about Book It and FAQ can be found here.

3/29/2021 Weekly Meal Plan


I usually post this First thing on Monday morning or late Sunday night, but I was waiting for our CSA box to arrive to firm up our meal plan for the week. To learn more about Yasukochi Family Farms and our first CSA box, click here. We partnered with Yasukochi Farms for a month and we enjoyed it so much that we’ve subscribed! For $25/week, we get a box of quality produce! It keeps us out of the store, I don’t have to pick the best of the overpicked offerings, and the box is all local and farm fresh!

The kids and I hit up the grocery store this morning and picked up some snacks and some pantry staples that we had gotten low on (brown sugar- I’ve been making a lot of cookies).

This week is our second week of spring break. It’s warm, so we’ve pulled out our kiddie pool, and we’re visiting the Platypus at the San Diego Safari Park on Wednesday. We’re spending a lot of time playing with the neighbor kids in our bubble. In fact, water balloons have been requested, so we may have a water balloon battle later in the week.

For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.

I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done (I try to update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste. If you are looking for a kitchen inventory printable, I like the kitchen inventories here. They are great printables.

I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day.

Breakfast: Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2  for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids.  The kids are nuts about pancakes. The Big Kid has been on a protein shake kick in the AM.

Lunch: The little kiddo and I usually have something quick and filling (I’ve been prepping bean and rice bowls on Sundays for us to have during week) so we can get back to our adventures.  Big kid takes his lunch to school.

Dinner: Usually, I do a crockpot meal on Mondays, but now that we are home all the time, we’ve been having an odd combination of fully home-cooked, scratch meals, and frozen entrees and veggies. I have been posting our meal plans on Instagram too- As well as pics of stuff we are doing to keep busy.

  • Sunday: Soup, Roasted Veg, garlic flatbread
  • Monday: Quiche, Fruit Salad, blueberry muffins (blueberries from our CSA Box)
  • Tuesday:  Veggie Burgers, Nuggets, Potato Faces (these things), Salad/fruit
  • Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner: Pancakes, Fruit
  • Thursday : Pollo Asada Taco Salad with Beans and Rice
  • Friday:  Pizza/Takeout Night!
  • Saturday: Leftover Fiesta

Talk Back: What are you cooking for dinner this week?

New PinchMe Samples Drop 4/6/2021

Sample Tuesday is Coming 4/6/2021- Mark your calendars, set an alarm on your phone!

Don’t have any idea what I am talking about? PinchMe! Join PINCHme and receive free samples that you can provide feedback on.

PinchMe is awesome! Once you are signed up, they will email you reminders when new samples are about to drop, and remind you when it’s time to leave feedback.

Answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits in the Member Profile. PinchMe learns what you like and offer samples just for you.

Once you’ve had a chance to try the samples, complete a short feedback survey to tell PinchMe what you think of the samples.

What are you waiting for? Sign up here and get on the free sample bandwagon! I’ve gotten all kinds of awesome sample/trial size items, as well as full-sized items to try out from PinchMe!

Recipe Round-up: Fruit and Veggie Extravaganza!

Spring is upon us, and that means that there will be all sorts of fruits and veggies coming into season.

Here are some of our family’s favorite recipes featuring fruits and veggies! These are all easy to make and will satisfy everyone in the family- even the pickiest eaters.




Tryazon: Add Some Adventure to Your Game Night with Boxitale!

This arrived in my inbox overnight- This looks like a perfect opportunity for families with game-playing kiddos. We’ve had several Tryazon parties- They offer all kinds of opportunities from yummy foods to fun games and toys.

It’s time for another great game night with this Tryazon Featured Party opportunity, from Akibabus! Boxitale craft-games come with a full bag of craft supplies, an interactive app as well as a buildable game arena to develop creativity, problem solving skills and STEM skills! The games can be re-played and are ideal for kids aged 6 and up.

Tryazon has 50 hosting spots open for this opportunity! Those selected get to receive a party pack with one Boxitale game as well as Witches Annual Race to share with friends and family! Learn more and apply here: https://www.tryazon.com/boxitale-adventure-game-night/

To learn more about the opportunity and to apply, click on the button below


3/26/2021 Friday Freebies and Deals!

bright boxes

This week was the first week of spring break. It was pretty busy: library, park, zoo, and lots of play time outside (weather permitting). This week there aren’t as many freebies, but there are some pretty good ones! Quality over quantity!

A new year means new birthday freebies. I put together a list for 2021. Check it out here.

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I am not encouraging anyone to go into stores or go out into public. Mask up, wash your paws, stay socially distanced!


Free Eva NYC Mini Styler
Free Johnny Rockets Burger for Joining & On Your Birthday
Free Sample of Sasmar Personal Lubricant
Free Subscription to GQ Magazine
Free Cottonelle Down There Care Box
Free Sample of Glow Recipe Watermelon Toner
Free Sesame Street Fire Safety Color & Learn Activity Book
Free Gardening Gifts at Lowes in April
Free End Gun Violence Sticker
Free Lamination of COVID-19 Vaccine Card at Office Depot/Max
Free Subaru Drive & Drive Performance Magazine
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Free Subscription to Bon Appetit


KidKraft Magnetic Dollhouse Set ONLY $59.79 (Reg $130)
Paint by Sticker Zoo Animals ONLY $5.01 (Reg. $10)
6 Pairs of Water Drop Flower Rhinestone Earrings ONLY $3 Shipped
Girls Dresses 2-Packs ONLY $6.79 Shipped at The Children’s Place
Comfy Buckled Cork Thong Sandals ONLY $21.99 (Reg $45)
Shark ION Robot Vacuum ONLY $149 (Reg $300)
MUK LUKS Women’s Camila Boots ONLY $34.99 (Reg. $65)
AUKEY True Wireless Earbuds ONLY $17.99 (Reg. $50)
Green Toys Shape Sorter Truck ONLY $14.00 (Reg. $30)
Peter Rabbit Book and Toy ONLY $9.98 (Reg. $17)
Peter Rabbit Blu-ray DVD ONLY $10.00 (Reg. $20)
WowWee Ploosh Kissimal Interactive Plush ONLY $5.43 (Reg. $13)
Green Toys Dune Buggy Pull ONLY $8.50 (Reg. $20)
8 x 10 Rugs up to 90% Off + Exclusive Extra 10% Off at Zulily
2 Scoops Plush Tie Dye Unicorn ONLY $7.50 (Reg $15)
MUK LUKS Men’s Moccasin Slippers ONLY $13.99 (Reg. $30)
Nike Kids Shoes ALL $34.99 (reg $80)
Fire HD 10 Tablet 64GB ONLY $107.99 (Reg $190)
Platform Perforated Sneakers ONLY $29.99 (Reg $60)
Portable Makeup Bag ONLY $9.99 Shipped (Reg $20)
WowWee Pixie Belles ONLY $4.79 (Reg. $15)
Twin Waterproof Mattress Protector ONLY $37.99 (Reg $64)
Conair Hot Curling Brush 2 for $6.43 on Amazon
MUK LUKS Men’s Camouflage Slippers ONLY $14.99 (Reg $40)
Bella Pro Series Touchscreen Air Fryer 2qt ONLY $24.99 (Reg $50)
Leggings by Marika All Styles ONLY $10.99 (Reg. $60)
Under Armour Adult Sackpack ONLY $10.99 (Reg $15)
6 Piece Travel Bags ONLY $12.99 Shipped (Reg $25)
Bella Egg Cooker ONLY $7.99 at Best Buy (Reg $15)
X Marks the Spot Dresses as Low as $4.99 on Zulily
Sheet Sets up to 70% Off + Score Free Shipping Through Sunday
LEGO Sale + Score Free Shipping Through Sunday

Q-insights Online Automotive Focus Group Pays $100-$150


Q-insights is another company that I do research groups, focus groups, and online surveys to earn extra money.

They have a lot of stuff in South Orange County, and less often San Diego County. These days they are doing most of their studies online via chat or online surveys.

Right now Q-Insights is currently recruiting for an online study on the topic of vehicles years 2013 and newer.

Q-insights is looking for males and females ages 22-69 nationwide that currently have a 2013 or newer vehicle.

This is an online focus group that lasts 2 hours that would be running the week of April 6th.
This survey pays $100-$150 for participation depending on the current vehicle you own.

If you are interested, please fill out the survey here and if you pre-qualify, one of their recruiters will call you.