Let’s Save Money | MasterCard Fuel Rewards | #FuelFamilyFun and #MC

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I love finding and sharing ways to save my money so I was disappointed when my bank ended their reward program. Between my husband and I, we were racking up a lot of reward points which we’d use to get FREE gift cards.

Well I recently found and signed up for a similar reward program called the Fuel Rewards Network where we earn reward points for purchases we already plan to make.

We will earn fuel rewards when we dine out, shop online, buy groceries, and even on purchases made at our local hardware store. That’s a biggie for us since we’ve been working on so many DIY projects around here.


The savings per gallon vary from .03¢/gallon up to .10¢/gallon which is pretty good. My husband drives for a living and is a gas guru. Since he has to fill up several times a week, he makes it his business to know where to find the cheapest gas, which gas stations cheat you out of gas and is even part of an online social network of folks who track gas prices.

Signing up for the FRN was very easy. I took photos of my process as well as my in store shopping experience for those of you who are more visual.

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1. First you’ll need to have your current FRN card available or a participating store loyalty card. If you don’t already have either you can request one at sign up.

Step 1

2. Now visit FuelRewards.com to sign up or log in. To sign up simply click on the sign up tab, then enter your name, email, zip code and mobile number.

3. Now enter you FRN number , participating store loyalty card number or request a card.

Step 3

4. Create a password, choose a security question and click “submit”.

4. Finally you should see the “Welcome to the Fuel Rewards Network” screen where you can now log in.

When I logged in I saw the following offer and decided to link my bank card.

MasterCard® Bonus Offers

  • MasterCard Grocery Bonus

Use your MasterCard to earn an additional 3¢/gal for every $100 you spend on groceries at participating FRN™ program grocery stores


While we won’t become wealthy by earning fuel rewards we will get a few steps closer to becoming debt free. We set a goal to pay off my mortgage by my 40th birthday so we have been making big and small budget tweaks here and there.

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This is just one of them. Each one by them selves may not make a big impact but when combined they can achieve  extraordinary goals.

Just for linking my MasterCard I’ll earn 5¢ off per gallon and I buy roughly 10 gallons per week. If I save just 5¢ per gallon until my 40th birthday, I will have saved approximately $94.  That’s $94 extra I didn’t spend on fuel and will have used toward an extra payments on my mortgage.

If you haven’t already figured out a way to save on fuel I invite you to check out the  Fuel Rewards Network to see if a gas station or grocery store near you participates.

For more about how you can save using your MasterCard please follow @MasterCard on Twitter and/or “like” MasterCard on Facebook.

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Top Money Making Surveys for This Month

Taking surveys to earn extra income is a proven method for those of you looking to make an extra $50 to $200 a month or more.

The need for a little extra money is what led me to taking surveys back in 2008. When I learned that I could make money from home, I was sold. I’ve been asked numerous times “can you really make money taking surveys?“ and the answer is…YES!!

How much money you earn taking surveys depends on you, but if you set up a plan for tracking your survey income you can expect to make anywhere from $50 – $200 or more. I know because I’ve done it. In order to earn the $50 – $200, you’ll need to be a member of as many legitimate survey companies as you can. Having this variety ensures that you only devote your time to the highest paying survey offers.

Here’s a list of the top 17 companies I recommend joining this month: (Look out for your acceptance email after signing up)

  1. My SurveyPays for every survey even if you don’t qualify. $25 cash out threshold.
  2. Dollar Surveys – Earn $1 per survey via Pay Pal (no limit). $1 cash out threshold paid via PayPal.
  3. Survey Spot – Cash out at $10 via Pay Pal or check.
  4. Global Test Market – Minimum cash out is $50 or 1,000 points paid by check.
  5. Mindfield– Pays check or Paypal deposit as soon as you have $5 in your account
  6. PineCone – Pays $3 for every survey.
  7. Opinion OutpostInstant Amazon gift codes.
  8. Inbox Dollars – $5 New Member Bonus + most members earn about $30 per month.
  9. My View Pays for every survey even if you don’t qualify. Cash out for Prepaid Visa Cards.
  10. Ipsos I-say– Cash out at $10 for Amazon.com & $25 for Paypal deposit.
  11. Opinion Place Accepting 1,000 panelist.
  12. Valued Opinion – Recruiting for a kids toy panel.
  13. Quick Rewards – Earn money for checking emails, watching videos and more. (1,000 spots)
  14. Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel – Scan groceries. Earn points. Redeem for rewards.
  15. Hotspex – Paid via prizes or gift cards.
  16. SpringBoard – Paid Shoppers Panel (conducted online)
  17. Toluna – Test FREE full sized products and take surveys.
  18. American Consumer Opinion Research – Paid for every survey & screener. Cashout is $10 or 1,000 points.
  19. Permission Research – Earn redeemable reward points, cash and gift cards for participating in research that is improves the Internet.
  20. MobileXpression – Every one who is accepted into this mobile panel will get 1 of 3 FREE gifts.
  21. Plink – Earn gift cards for Amazon, iTunes,Walmart and more.
  22. Zoombucks – Earn Paypal cash and gift cards to Target, Kmart, Sears and more.


If you have any questions about any of these companies please contact me.

FREE French Manicure Nail Polish (200 Available)


Sign up now and apply to test the French Manicure Nail Polish. Signing up takes less than 2 minutes and you can even use Facebook connect!

After clicking on the link above, mouse over ‘rewards‘ at the top of the page.

Now scroll down to where it says ‘Test Area‘ to get started.

Keep in mind that you must have an account which you can open here in less then 2 minutes.


If you are into testing free products and giving feedback, you’ll want to check out these national panels as well. They pay C-A-S-H!!

Plus you can test FREE NIKE footwear and apparel if you sign up here.

Now if you just like getting FREE STUFF, you can check out our full list here.

**This post contains my affiliate link. To learn more about my affiliate links, please read my disclosure statement.**

Valued Opinions – Get $5 in your account today plus be entered to #win $100 of $3,000


Valued Opinions is open today to new members. I checked with the sponsors and they are still are looking to fill the slots with new panelist.

If you’d like to start earning an extra $50 – $200 a month taking surveys and testing products, register for a FREE account here.

You can have some extra money in you account as early as today! Once you join you will be given $5 toward your first reward. You can reach the $20 cash out pretty quickly, and I don’t think I have gotten a survey for less then $1!

Once you’ve registered with Valued Opinions, you’ll receive an email to confirm your account and with every survey you take you’ll be entered to win $100. Valued Opinions will be selecting one winner every day to win $100.

After signing in to your new account you can get started working on your profile.

Your profile is just general questions you’ll need to answer so that Valued Opinions can match you with surveys that fit your interest.

Shortly after completing your profiles, you will begin receiving surveys.

Ready to get started? Click Here.

Take One Survey Per Day — Make an EXTRA $30 for Gas, Groceries or a Small Bill!!

We are over halfway through the month and it’s a great time to start looking at making some extra money from your computer.

You can get a head start on making some extra money to pay for some of next months bills and expenses using Dollar Surveys.

They are open to 1,000 new members today when you use this special link.

With Dollar Surveys you earn $1 paid via Pay Pal for every survey you take and qualify for!

You can take multiple surveys everyday and there is no shortage of surveys with this company!

If you take and qualify for just 3 surveys, Monday through Friday for 30 days, you will have earned an extra $60 to use toward gas, groceries or a small bill.

Here’s how you get started:

  • Go here to join and enter your PayPal Email

  • To take a survey click on “Take a Survey” and complete it in it’s entirety to be compensated.

  • $1.00 will be sent to your PayPal account within a week.

  • Take as many surveys as you want.

If you are looking to really supplement your income or make some extra cash, begin by taking a look at some of the other survey sites I recommend.

You will need to be a member of at least 10 quality survey companies in order to earn $50 – $200 a month.

If you are still unsure if there is any money to be made by taking surveys, read my post “Can I Really Make Money Taking Surveys“.


Cash Crate: Add an Extra $100+ to your Income Every Month

If you’re familiar with surveys then Cash Crate is another great market research site that you should become a  member with. I have been taking surveys since I’ve been 13 years old and I’ve made about $50-$150 dollars a month through survey companies. If your not familiar with surveys click here to learn more about what surveys are. For those of you who are already dedicated survey takers read below to learn a little more about Cash Crate.

Cash Crate is a pretty straight forward site. You not only earn money through surveys but by watching short videos, shopping online, signing up for free products, referrals and much more. The minimium cash out amount is $20 which you can receive by check or giftcards such as amazon, starbucks, walmart and many others. Something many of you might not have known is that the minimum age for many survey sites is 13 years old. Cash Crate accepts participants 13+ also. This is a site that potentially your tween/teen children can do that’s fun, generates money for them and teaches them the value of time and money. So what are you waiting for head over and start earning.

Nationwide Online Beverage Product Study | Pays $150


I just found out about a new research panel opening on 5/17 and it pays $150!!!

But before you head over to see if you qualify for that one, I highly recommend joining National Consumer Panel as well. Not only are you able to earn money taking surveys with them, but from time to time they send you products to test.

You can also check out my list of recommended panel for May using the link below.

Now onto the newest study. Today 20/20 is looking  to fill up a new focus group. The panels are conducted from your home.

20/20 Research

20/20 is conducting a research study regarding Drinks (Project #13-0548) and would like to invite females 25-54 years old, to participate in a virtual focus group led by a professional researcher.

** I am not sure what kind of beverages they are looking for feedback on. If this is for alcohol beverages please let me know because I by no means want to promote alcohol consumption.

This discussion will take place on a secure website.

For your time and participation, you will be given a $150 , and as always, any information you provide will remain strictly confidential.

To see if you qualify, please click HERE to answer a few questions.