April, 2017 “Found” Money for Travel Report

One of my goals this year is to “find” an extra $700 to help fund our trip to Michigan this year.  To that end, I tried some new ways to raise money that have been successful.

In April, I “found” $64.24

In March I “found” $75

In February I “found” $136.46

In January, I “found” $100.

Here’s how I “found” money in April:

Credit Card Cash Back – $50

I put that money in our travel fund.

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Ebates – $2.61 (unrealized)

I have had an Ebates account since 2011, but I always forget to use it when I’m shopping online.  This year, I decided that would change.  I installed an Ebates button on my computer.  Now, whenever I go to a site where Ebates offers cash back, a little box pops up and asks if I want to activate my cash back.  Um, yes please!

My next check of $18.36 will be sent out on May 15th, so next month, much of this money will finally be realized. (Use my referral link to sign up with Ebates, and you can earn $10 immediately.)


I had seen other bloggers write about Ibotta, but I figured since we didn’t eat many processed foods, Ibotta wouldn’t have coupons for me.  Boy, was I wrong.  I got $10 for joining.  (Use my referral link to sign up, and you can earn $10 right off the bat, too!)  I have gotten .50 cash back for bananas, $2 cash back for Enjoy Life cookies, and $1.25 cash back for eggs, just to name a few.

I now have $26 in my account (you need $20 to cash out), but I have forgot to cash out the last few months (thanks to foot surgery and post-operative pneumonia), so this is unrealized until next month.


I have not been diligent about Swagbucks, so that is an area I need to work on!

Jury Duty Pay – $14.24

I got called for jury duty.  The case was a horrible one involving a child victim, so I’m very thankful that I was not chosen.  Still, I was there from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The check for $14.24 was to reimburse me for my travel expenses.

Total realized “found” money for April: $64.24

Total realized “found” money for March: $75

Total realized “found” money for February: $136.46

Total realized “found money for January: $100

TOTAL “FOUND” MONEY IN 2017: $375.70

What strategies do you use to find extra money for your goals?


  1. Melissa says:

    I’m not ashamed to pick up pennies I find on the ground. It never amounts to much, but I always tell myself “it’s a penny I didn’t have before!”

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