Saturday, September 6, 2014

Swagbucks 101 Part 4 - MovieCli.ps



Welcome back to Swagbucks 101. In Part 1, I talked about simple ways to earn Swag Bucks (SB). In Part 2, I discussed the Swagbucks TV Mobile app. In Part 3, the EntertaiNow app was highlighted. Now we will move on to the third app.
This one is called MovieCli.ps. It is available only for Android. You can find this app here:

Android (2.3.3 and up)

As of now, this app will give you 80 SB per day, making it the second highest payout of the 5 apps. UPDATE: You will get 2 SB for every 10 15 clips you watch. You will need to watch 600 clips to max out. You can simply let clips play in order, or you can favorite the shortest clip or clips and loop. This is the preferred method of the savvy Swaggernaut. By doing this you can reach your max fairly quickly and move on to the next app. The list below (courtesy of Reddit) shows the shortest clips on MovieCli.ps. The numbers in parentheses indicate which video if there is more than one from that movie.


  • The Other Woman(2)...........................25 seconds
  • I, Frankenstein......................................26 seconds
  • Grudge Match(1).................................29 seconds
  • The Fault in Our Stars(3).....................31 seconds
  • Think Like a Man Too(2)....................32 seconds
  • Parkland (2).......................................33 seconds
  • Ride Along (1)....................................35 seconds
  • Godzilla(3).........................................38 seconds
  • Enough Said (2).................................39 seconds
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom(3)...39 seconds
  • The Legend of Hercules(1)...............41 seconds
  • Belle..................................................41 seconds
  • Enough Said(3)..................................41 seconds
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom(2)...41 seconds
  • What If..............................................42 seconds
  • Ride Along(3)....................................42 seconds
  • Hercules(2).......................................43 seconds
  • Noah(1)............................................44 seconds
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom(1)..44 seconds
  • Transcendence(1)..............................45 seconds

Keep in mind you will not find all of these as the clips rotate. Also new clips may be added. Once you find the shortest clips available to you, favorite one or a few. Then just go to your Favorites section in the app and play. The other benefit of favoriting is that you will not lose the clips when they go out of rotation.
By running these apps daily, and doing a few simple things discussed in Part 1, you can earn enough for a $5 gift card in about 2 days.


Check back soon for the next installment on Swagbucks apps.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Swagbucks 101 Part 3 - EntertaiNow



Welcome back to Swagbucks 101. In Part 1, I talked about simple ways to earn Swag Bucks (SB). In Part 2, I discussed the Swagbucks TV Mobile app. Now we will move on to the second app.
This one is called  EntertaiNOW TV Mobile. It is available for both Android and iOS. You can find this app here:

Android (2.3.3 and up)

iOS (6.0 and up)

As of now, this app will give you 90 SB per day, making it the highest payout of the 5 apps. UPDATE: You will get 2 SB for every 10 15 clips you watch. You will need to watch 675 clips to max out. You can simply let clips play in order, or you can favorite the shortest clip or clips and loop. This is the preferred method of the savvy Swaggernaut. By doing this you can reach your max fairly quickly and move on to the next app. The list below (courtesy of Reddit) shows the shortest clips on EntertaiNow.

  • Touch: The Complete First Season.......................................11 seconds
  • American Horror Story: Complete First Season....................15 seconds
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk: Exclusive DvD Premiere................15 seconds
  • Titanic: The Complete Series................................................15 seconds
  • Super Bad...........................................................................16 seconds
  • Paul.....................................................................................16 seconds
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The Complete Season 8...16 seconds
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk: Exclusive DVD Premiere...............16 seconds
  • Homeland: The Complete First Season.................................16 seconds
  • Terra Nova: The Complete Series.........................................16 seconds
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 7....16 seconds
  • King of Paper Chasin'..........................................................16 seconds
  • The Boondooks: The Complete Third Season.......................16 seconds
  • Titantic: The Complete Series...............................................16 seconds
  • Nite Tales: The Series: Season One......................................16 seconds
  • The League: The Complete Season 4...................................16 seconds
  • American Horror Story: The Complete First Season.............16 seconds
  • Family Guy: Volume 10........................................................16 seconds
  • Modern Family: The Complete Third Season.......................16 seconds
  • Homeland: The Complete First Season................................16 seconds
  • Brideshead Revisited...........................................................16 seconds
  • Underclassmen....................................................................17 seconds
  • Damage..............................................................................17 seconds
  • Brideshead Revisited...........................................................17 seconds
  • Superbad............................................................................17 seconds
  • Glee: The Complete Third Season........................................17 seconds
  • Wrong Turn Five: Bloodlines................................................17 seconds
  • Mad Men: Season Four.......................................................18 seconds
  • True Grit.............................................................................21 seconds
  • Sebastian Live....................................................................27 seconds
  • Comics Without Borders.....................................................28 seconds
Keep in mind you will not find all of these as the clips rotate. Also new clips may be added. Once you find the shortest clips available to you, favorite one or a few. Then just go to your Favorites section in the app and play. The other benefit of favoriting is that you will not lose the clips when they go out of rotation.
By running these apps daily, and doing a few simple things discussed in Part 1, you can earn enough for a $5 gift card in about 2 days.


Check back soon for the 3rd app to use with Swagbucks.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Swagbucks 101 Part 2 - Swagbucks TV Mobile


Unfamiliar with Swagbucks? Check it out here. Welcome back to Swagbucks 101. In Part 1, I talked about simple ways to earn Swag Bucks (SB). In Part 2, I will begin addressing an easier, more lucrative way to earn: Mobile Apps. With the 5 mobile apps I will discuss, you can earn an additional (as of now) 266 SB per day. These apps will all run on most Android devices, in fact people will buy cheap Android phones just to run the apps. 2 of them (Swagbucks TV is one) will also run on iOS. All five are available from Google Play and you can have them up and running quickly. These apps will run video clips that you will get SB from. The best part is these apps are totally passive, meaning you let them run until they max out. Keep in mind that the amount of SB you can earn for any of these apps is subject to change. The numbers I am giving you are current as of the time of writing.
The first one I am going to talk about is Swagbucks TV Mobile. You can find this app here:

Android (2.2 or higher)

iOS (6.0 or higher)

This app will give you 36 SB per day (it was just lowered from 50 per day). You will get 2 SB for every 5 clips you watch. You will need to watch 90 clips to max out. You can simply let clips play in order, or you can favorite the shortest clip and loop it. This is the preferred method of the savvy Swaggernaut. By doing this you can reach your max very quickly and move on to the next app.
If you can find the 10 Sec Tips in the Home and Garden section, favorite them all (I have 18). Then just go to your Favorites section in the app and play. You should be able to max out in 15-20 minutes depending on the speed of your connection.
By running these apps daily, and doing a few simple things discussed in Part 1, you can earn enough for a $5 gift card in about 2 days.


Tune in soon for Part 3 which will feature the second app for Swagbucks.





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Swagbucks 101 Part 1

If you are unfamiliar with the website Swagbucks and are interested in making some extra and relatively passive income, please read on.

What is Swagbucks? Swagbucks is an online based rewards program. Swag Bucks (SB) are earned through a variety of tasks and can be redeemed for gift cards from various retailers. There is a limit of 5 like gift cards per month. Some of the tasks are simple and passive, while others require more work. One of the most popular rewards is the $5 Amazon card that can be purchased for 450 SB. This is the "best bang for the swagbuck" as most other cards cost 100 SB per dollar. I personally have earned a bunch of these. When you purchase a card it can take up to 10 days to "arrive" in your Swagbucks account. Walmart, Starbucks, iTunes, Target, Paypal, Game Stop, CVS, and Hulu Plus are just a few more cards that are offered. Here are some of my recent gift cards.


How do I get these Swag Bucks you speak of ? There are quite a few ways to earn them. Watching videos, searching, surveys, tasks, and offers are some of the more popular ways. Let us examine them closer (in no particular order).
  • Videos - There are dozens of videos to watch. You are awarded 3 SB when you watch 10 videos. The best part is you do not have to watch the entire video to get credit for it. There is a meter above the video screen (below). When the green light fills in just move onto the next video. The major problem with videos is they require babysitting.
  •  Searching - You can get SB by using the Swagbucks search feature. It is possible to win about once a day, and you should not abuse it by continually searching. Therefore this is not a reliable way to earn SB, but more of a pleasant surprise.

  • Surveys - Surveys are great when you finish one because you can get a nice payout (below). The problem is you get disqualified probably 90% of the time (if not more). As a result surveys can be frustrating and also take a while to complete.
  •  Special Offers - These are a decent way to get a few SB. There are usually a ton of different offers available. I personally have done well with these. However there are offers that require you to enter your address, or phone number, or other info that people may be hesitant to give out. It is a good idea to create an email account just for this purpose.
  •  To Do List - Simply 4 things to do each day to earn I believe 6 SB. Daily Crave is a couple short videos to watch (1SB), you get 1SB each day when you install the toolbar, Daily Poll pays 2SB when you vote in it, and NOSO is No Obligation Special Offer, which after you click "Skip" however many times, pays out 2SB (i think).

  • Daily Goal - There are 2 goals each day. Goal 1 is the easier one to get. When you attain this goal, you will get bonus SB (the amount varies). Then there is Total Goal. When you achieve this, there is another SB bonus. The more SB you earn a day, the higher your daily goal gets. When I started my 1st goal was 30SB, now its 87. These bonuses are paid out once per month (usually by the 5th of the next month). So if you start earning today, you will get you September bonuses by October 5. You only need to make Goal 1 to get the bonus.

  • Winning Streaks - When you meet your daily goal 7 days, 14 days , 21 days, and the entire month without missing a day you also get bonus SB. This is a wonderful way to get more SB for free.
  • Swag Codes - Swag Codes are randomly issued by Swagbucks on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and their blog. If you use the taskbar it will alert you when a code goes live and where to find it. Simply enter the code on the website and get your SB (amount varies).
These are but a few ways to earn SB. There are more, however. I will discuss the most lucrative (in my opinion) in upcoming posts. Please tune in and find out what they are.If you have any questions about Swagbucks, please feel free to ask.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thrift Store(ies) 8/27

Our local Salvation Armies feature 50% off on 4 of the 5 color price tags every Wednesday. Needless to say, we go to as many as we can! Today was no different, and here is what we found.
Upon arriving at the closest (and one of the largest), I was quite surprised to see quite a few racks less than full. Usually this SA has a HUGE supply of stuff to go through. They were also in the process of changing things around for the fall.
I began going through the racks in my usual order, and after about 10-15 minutes had found nothing. Finally I found 3 silk Tommy Bahama shirts.


Okay, motivation has returned! Next I find a cool LL Bean Wool/Alpaca/Polyester pullover. Finally I hit the Blazers section and scored a Hugo Boss and Canali jacket.
Total cost: $22.94 or $3.82 per item. I should be able to break even by selling any one of these items.
Have a good one and happy thrifting!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Saphire





Goodbye old friend. Rest In Peace.

Saphire was my girlfriend Autumn's dog since she was a puppy back in 2000. Since then she has been a faithful and loyal friend, guardian, companion, and all around wonderful girl. When she came into my life she was about 10 or so, and still had plenty of get up and go. She loved to swim and we have a dog park with a river, so we took her there when we could. Eventually, her back legs began to fail and she could not get around as she once did. I carried her upstairs to our bed every night.
One day we decided to get her a wheelchair so she could be mobile again. We went to Eddie's Wheels in Shelburne Falls and purchased a cart for her. Well, being the stubborn girl she could be at times, she did not really take to it. But with some perseverance (and a lot of hot dogs), she eventually got the hang of it and was walking again. So we would go on walks again. She would stop every 5 feet to smell everything there was, and it would take us an hour to go a block, and I miss that very much.
She eventually lost the use of her back legs completely and the cart was no help anymore. We would help her go to the bathroom and do what we could to make her comfortable. Last week we had to make the most difficult decision a pet owner can make, that putting her to sleep was the best thing for her. Today we did that.
When I walk through the living room where she spent most of her time, not seeing her there is very saddening. I will miss you very much my old friend, I hope you can run and swim anytime you want now. I love you.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Dog Ate My Blog Post. Repeatedly.

Well a lot has happened since my last post of 5 short months ago ;)  Pioneer Valley Fashion (eBay) is going well, I have surpassed 300 listings and aim to keep increasing that. I have switched from 30 day BINs to Good Til Cancelled. 2 reasons: First, when you do 30 day (or however many days) BINs, after that time the listing ends and any linking with Google, or elsewhere is broken. With GTC, the link is good until you end it. I will probably evaluate after 3 months or so and end and refresh any non selling listings. Second, I don't have things ending and needing listing every day, so that is one less thing to deal with.
My other eBay store, which is devoted to Lego and building toys, Pioneer Valley Bricks, is doing well also. I just received Top Rated status on the 20th. I have been selling minifigures like there's no tomorrow. I have probably 50 pounds (or more) of Lego parts that I need to list. I am (still!) trying to figure out the best way to sell parts. I have about 15,000 parts listed in my BrickLink store, also called Pioneer Valley Bricks.
I began selling on Amazon FBA a few months ago. It is very good for certain things, not so great for others. The fees are on the high side, but the benefit is that I just send stuff to them and they do the rest. It is very simple.
Yesterday I imported my eBay listings to Bonanza. I am going to give it a shot for a while. I figure another avenue can't hurt.
In the past month I purchased a new camera (Nikon Coolpix L610). My last camera was gotten at a yard sale and served me well for some time. Lately it began crapping out, so I decided it was time for a new one. It works great and I am very happy with it. I bought it at Buydig for $87.00 with free shipping, got it the next day and got a free 8GB Sony memory card and a free Vivitar camera bag.
I also purchased a Brother QL-700 label printer. Let me just say this: I LOVE it! No more toner, drums, any of that stuff. All I need to buy are labels, which I found on eBay at $5.00 per roll. A roll is 100 feet long which equals about 150 labels. Shipping has gone from something I dreaded to something I look forward to.
That, in a nutshell is the past few months, and now that things are becoming more efficient around here, I should have more time to post here. Keep checking back, and happy reading.