3 Genius Ways Of Making Money On The Web

Let's face it, no matter how big of a paycheck we may receive every month, the money never or rarely seems to be enough to satisfy all of our needs and desires. Unexpected expenses, medical bills, the unexplainable urge to invest in a new set of shoes that you have just spotted online, school trips for the kids – there's no telling what might come up and when. The secret to being able to handle all of these extra expenses comes from having some money put aside every month. If your budgeting skills are not the greatest, or you simply feel like you need to find some additional money sources, you've reached just the right page. You are going to discover a few of the most lucrative job ideas you could try online – since you are probably spending most of your free time in front of a computer or holding your internet-connected smartphone in one hand.

#1: Build A Niche Blogblog

If you have a rich imagination and you get quite creative with you ideas and advice, be it in terms of your friends' love life or for organizational purposes (closet/kitchen/home organization or cleaning), you are sitting under a genuine goldmine. You could create a niche blog and let your creative juices flow freely. People love learning cool life hack tricks that can simplify their existence and help them save precious time and energy.

You could also focus on giving out dating or business advice to your audience. These are also highly popular topics that will most likely help you build a decent audience in time. Starting a blog or creating your own website is free and can be done fast and without too much hassle. Make sure to incorporate affiliate marketing in order to actually make money.

Just focus on a specific niche you know you are good at and you will be able to create highly relevant and interesting content that will attract a bigger audience in time. Decide upon the best products or brands you could possibly create a partnership so you can make your idea even more lucrative. You can start by searching for profitable affiliate niches. Start with Amazon and rely on the Keyword planner so you can be sure you have come across a solid niche that is high in demand right now. You can also find plenty of other reliable affiliate networks that will let you connect with merchants searching for new affiliates.

#2: Become A YouTuber

Yes, it is an actual job/career path and you probably already have at least a couple of favorite YouTubers or vloggers you're watching as often as you can. All you need is a decent camera on your phone or a video camera and some fun ideas for a few videos. The more entertaining, informative, controversial or interesting you are, the quicker your success will come. Maybe you have a cute dog who does fun things, and you could capture it on camera. Or you could film your morning or evening routine, makeup or closet organization/room/home cleaning habits. You would be surprised to see just how many people are interested in watching other people clean their homes. ASMR videos are also a real hit right now for people who are looking to relax while listening to soothing tapping sounds or whispering in a mic. Yes, there is a niche for that and it's a profitable one!

You could also create daily vlogs and simply film yourself doing your regular routine and get paid for it. As soon as your number of subscribers will go up, YouTube will start to insert ads in your videos and pay you for your views. If you think you have some cool ideas that could attract the attention of tens of thousands of people, it's worth giving it a chance.

#3: Play Games And Get Paid

We are not referring to two different options here: becoming a game tester, or gambling for real money. If you already know what is the best online casino for real money, or you are still looking for guidance and fresh games to play and venues to join, start your search on places like canadian-casinos.org. They review and recommend some of the hottest, reliable and profitable casinos on the web. You can find all the information you need there and get started easily. You could also look for a job as a video game tester and get paid to find bugs in video games. Just make sure to first do some research and know exactly what to expect.

Kango Express & Shipping Cart

I tried to use Kango Express twice. I love the fact that there’s an alternative to Shipping Cart, but I may have to revert back to Shipping Cart, or probably experiment with another forwarder soon (I like having a lot of choices).

I’m not very fond of Kango Express’s “handling fees.” My first shipment had an additional $20 to the invoice. My second, $14.

I remember also having a similar issue with Shipping Cart & their insurance fees, but it was nothing compared to Kango Express’ handling fees.

I use a freelance forwarder which is a lot cheaper than Shipping Cart and Kango Express. However, I can only use this courier of mine if I’m sure that the merchant will not use a regular USPS box to ship my items (a big problem with 3rd party merchants in Amazon)

(My freelance forwarder doesn’t “consolidate” the packages, and will ship items in their original box. However, TSA strictly imposes that USPS boxes can only be used within the USA, so if a merchant sends a package for me in a USPS box, my forwarder will simply return the package to the merchant.)

Kango Express repacks my packages separately in little bags. Shipping Cart, on the other hand, will re-pack my items into one box.

I definitely prefer the single-box system of Shipping Cart — much neater, and less problems with unpacking the items.

Once, while I was opening a package from Kango Express, I accidentally cut through my item with my scissors because they use these very thin wrapping papers.

I also cannot stand the lack of tracking information of Kango Express. As soon as you’ve shipped your packages, it will stay “In Transit” forever.

With Shipping Cart, however, I do have an issue with how long it takes for them to update that a package has arrived (although they claim they can now do it within the day).

It also really irks me with Shipping Cart is that ever since they updated their website in December 2017, I can only view the mobile version of their website in Safari macOS. I would need to use either Firefox or Chrome for it to be rendered properly (and yes, I have reported the problem.

Kango Express

  • Limited tracking information
  • Expensive handling fees
  • Bad re-packaging of products

Shipping Cart

  • Takes a long time to update customer that a package has arrived
  • Website does not load properly if you use macOS Safari  

Sunscreen haul

Lupus & melasma means (1) using only mineral / physical sunscreen (2) that has a high SPF bec of photosensitivity, (3) that doesn’t cling to your dry patches caused by your medications, and (4) doesn’t make your tinted moisturizer or foundation pill.

My latest sunscreen haul includes:

 

 

Goodbye Korean skincare

As I get to know my skin, I slowly veer away (unconsciously) from Korean skin care products. When I look at my shelf, it’s now mostly Taiwanese, Japanese, Western & prescription products.

I’m grateful though for the entire K-Beauty industry as it was pivotal in opening the doors for me in getting to know more about skin care.

But having said that, I’ve been so far disappointed with the formulation of K products when compared to the likes of Japanese or Taiwanese skin care products. Possibly because K products seem more diluted, seem to have more fragrance than necessary, and seem to be more particular about packaging than anything else.

But another possible theory is that maybe my skin is just not yet ready for Korean skin care. Maybe they are really geared towards those with very few skin problems to begin with.

And I’m definitely not normal:

  • Melasma (a result of my Lupus medications, and further compounded by my pregnancy)
  • Extremely dry (with all the flakes and everything)
  • Sensitive
  • Wrinkled

But it’s not totally goodbye:

  • I still have Banila Co. Clean It Zero (although I’m just trying to finish it up)
  • I plan to try out Mizon’s peptide serum
  • I still love Tony Moly’s cute packaging (although I only buy them so that my toddler can play with them)
  • Trying out their Konjac sponge (but it’s too early to tell if it’s better than __)
    Currently loving their Espoire silicon sponge

Even if my workhorse skincare products is not anymore Korean, I still am one of its biggest fans.

I got ripped off by Italiannis BGC on their Bistro Card

Before anything else, let me be clear that I did try to contact Bistro thru their website. I only complain publicly about a service if I contacted a company directly, and have not received a reply in return.

Last Saturday, I was in Italiannis BGC with my mom and my daughter. As expected, a Bistro card salesman went to our table and offered us the Bistro card. I immediately said no.

But he was insistent, and truth be told, it had been a perfect day so far, so after 3 years, I decided to give this guy a chance to give me the pitch.

After the sales pitch was over, I told him that the reason why I don’t get food discount cards was because I always eat just with my mom, and we both have food discounts anyway (she has her senior citizens and I have my PWD).

He assured me (take note, he vouched for this in front of my mom, who by the way, never lies) that Bistro was the only card who honors both senior citizens/PWD discounts on top of their standard 20% discount.

It is, to wit, “the only discount card which does that!”

My mom was ecstatic. She is known to be very protective of her senior citizen discounts. If my mom was happy, I was happy. I was sold.

I noticed though that he kept holding some sort of black small brochure which he didn’t give me until I paid for our bill. But I was feeling trusting, and like I said, it was a perfect day.

When I got home, I checked out that little brochure and was surprised that it explicitly stated there that the Bistro card does not honor senior citizens discount.

Dear Bistro/Italiannis BGC, please refund my P2,500. Let me know how to go about this.

I’m perfectly willing to pay back whatever discount you gave me on that one meal. I expected more a restaurant I have patronized for years, and I don’t expect to eat in any of your establishment ever again.

Jollibee Talk & Blush Doll — Got One!

Jollibee's Talk & Blush Doll
Jollibee’s Talk & Blush Doll

It’s funny how Jollibee becomes a big part of a parent’s life as soon as their child reaches 2.

Since Gabby now adores Jollibee, I just got her a Talk & Blush Doll. It costs me P420, a Happy Meal, and later on, three AA batteries.

A cousin gave us one of Jollibee’s older plush toys. This new one looked exactly like the older version, except that this could speak in English and could say more phrases. Definitely Gabby Approved. And if Gabby approves, Mommie approves.

Oh and yes, it’s Talk & Blush — not Talk & Plush. The doll talks, but it definitely doesn’t blush. Thankfully no one really cares about the names of these toys. I have no idea why I even do.

Here’s a photo of the toddler with Jollibee

Gabby & Jollibee
Gabby & Jollibee

Happy Anniversary

It was 1998. I saw you, but you didn’t see me. We only knew each other then via email.

I wanted to introduce myself, but the press and everyone else wanted a piece of you. You were the big website hotshot, and the award you just won affirmed it.

I shyly walked away, nudged my girl friend, and just said “I have a feeling I’ll end up marrying that guy anyway.”

More than a decade passed before I got the guts to tell you that story. Ang labo, you said. You laughed. I laughed.

Happy 17th year anniversary, babe. Wishing everyday that you were here.

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Solo Parenting

I immediately felt the effects of being a widow.

The simplest things would rip my heart into pieces:

  • Checking “widow” for the first time when I had to state my civil status
  • Writing only my name beside “From” when giving gifts
  • Being the one to drive the car while someone else would sit & play with the baby
  • Wanting to try out a new restaurant and having noone to go with you

The realization and the heartache was (and still is) a real physical pain.

It took me a long time to take control of my health & finances — two things I’ve identified as critical for our survival.

Health

Health just recently became a challenge. For some reason, ever since Jim passed away, my lupus would flare up sporadically. And since I have been in remission for such a long time, I had to relearn what to do.

Finances

Getting a grip on our finances was hard. We are now living on a single income. And as far as I’m aware, there is no financial help coming from either my family or my late husband’s family.

I immediately divided our remaining savings between mutual funds and high yield time deposits. I decided to live on my employment salary alone, which does not amount to much for our day-to-day needs.

I decided to start budgeting every peso I receive. Gabby came first on all things — food, clothing, and comfort. I stopped buying anything for myself. I cancelled all planned vacations, and decided to make do with whatever is affordable (i.e., malls). I stopped buying clothes for myself. I started eating whatever is remotely edible in the cafeteria.

Big decisions I’m seriously contemplating on:

  1. Whether or not to sell our condo
  2. If we need to move somewhere where there will either be more income opportunities, or less cost of living

It still feels weird handling all these alone. But I’m getting there.