It’s Gift Card Exchange Day!

Bobbi : December 26, 2011 5:00 am : Earning, Easy & Fun, money

Gift Card ExchangeDid you get some gift cards for the holidays that you won’t be able to use? You’re in luck! Today is Gift Card Exchange Day! That means today is the day when you will get the best price for gift cards you want to sell. You won’t get full value for the card, but you will probably get a decent offer – in cash. And a little cash is certainly better than some plastic you never plan to use. And it’s better to sell them for a decent price now, before you throw them in a drawer somewhere and forget about them. (Statistics show that the average American household has $300 in unredeemed gift cards, and $60 billion in gift cards go unused every year.)

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Win a Car and a Shopping Spree!

Bobbi : December 15, 2011 8:50 pm : Easy & Fun, sweepstakes

Here’s a great contest that gives you a shot at two great prizes in one! The grand prize is a new Chevy Traverse, and a Macy’s shopping spree. Oh, and you also get a trip to New York City! It’s easy to enter online here.

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Get Paid to Drive Your Car

Bobbi : December 2, 2011 4:16 am : Earning, Easy & Fun

Lots of people have heard stories about places that will pay you just to drive around with an ad on your car, but do these opportunities really exist? And, if so, how do you find them?

If you’ve spent much time online, you may have heard about “free car” programs or “get paid to drive” promotions. Are these programs really an easy way to make money – or too good to be true? The answer is, a little bit of both. These programs do exist, although they aren’t as plentiful as they once were. The key is knowing where to look and having qualities that make you an ideal advertising driver.

How It Works

Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: a company seeks people – meaning, just regular citizens, not professional drivers – who are willing to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big ad plastered on their car. The ads are typically vinyl decals (also known as “auto wraps”) which almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which often cover a large portion of the car’s exterior surface. The car owner is then compensated – usually a few hundred dollars per month – which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting the company use that space. There was also a “free car” version of this concept, in which the company provided the driver with a new pre-wrapped car. In this situation, the drivers usually didn’t get any cash, as their payment was in the form of the free use of this new car. However, companies quickly discovered that giving away a bunch of free cars didn’t make economic sense, so few (if any) companies still take that approach.

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure. The auto wraps tend to be colorful and eye-catching, and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. The companies usually select drivers who live in desirable locations such as high-traffic urban areas. A company’s ideal driver can vary depending upon the target demographic they want to reach. For example, a tech or electronics company may seek drivers who live on or near college campuses, so as to get lots of exposure among the college crowd.

(The vehicles in these programs are often equipped with GPS/tracking devices, so the companies can make sure the drivers spend sufficient time in the desired areas.)

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