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I SURVIVED ON $150 A MONTH USING GIFT CARDS

People are always asking me how I am able to get something for a low price, or completely free. High School may not have taught me much, but it did teach basic research skills.

I can’t remember when it started or what made me search the words “how to get free money” or “how to get free gift cards.” After paying what little bills I had and getting basic everyday items, I only had about $150 left to help pay for food, transportation, and put money away for savings.

As many of the people who follow me know, I was recently living in Wayne’s Place, transitional living program for former foster youth and youth with connections to the Department of Behavioral Health. Life wasn’t just hard. At times it felt impossible. I needed more money. So, me being as curious as I am, I researched. From those simple words above I was able to get money legally using apps, surveys, and coupons.

Last year, I purchased over $700 worth of items online alone and paid only about $150 for everything. My biggest cash outs came from Bing Rewards, Google Opinion Rewards, Cross Media Panel,Panel App, Quick Thoughts, and other online surveys. Many of the ways I used to get money offered food cards to Safeway, Giant, etc. When things got really bad, I went to the food bank. No one wants to, but you have to do what you have to do.

During the winter of 2016, separate from the amounts above, I purchased about $300 worth of boots (good winter boots are expensive!) and paid about $200. That’s $100 off. I purchased an XBOX One, new condition, for $153. I remember the exact amount because even I was amazed.

I would get restaurant cards, as well as many coupons they send in emails. I made sure I was always able to go out when friends asked. I even get free movie tickets A Regal Club Card helps you build points to get free or discounted items. With movie tickets now being almost $15 (up from $7 when I was 12), who wants to pay?

I joined focus groups and research panels around the city that not only provided money, but great opportunities. I was able to speak up about issues I cared about, and I met amazing people.

Free money is everywhere. You just have to find it and be dedicated. As broke as I was before I got a job, do you really think I wanted to pay for anything? I hated asking people for money, but there were times when I had to. I even had to set up a Go Fund Me account twice!

You don’t need to have a college degree or even a high school diploma. As long as you have basic research skills (TYPE AND CLICK) and dedication, money is never far. It may not be a lot, every little thing helps.

Here’s where you can get started.

*Most of the apps can be found on both Android and IPhone

If it sounds like a scam, it probably is one. I avoid anything that ask for my password to something, Social Security number, my credit card information, or any personal information. 

Reminder: Aging Out of the Foster Care System

Please help this single mother who is nearing emancipation:

“I have been in the foster care system for four and a half years now. I entered the system at fifteen and I will age out when I am twenty-one. My name is Olivia Alexander, I am currently nineteen so I have about a year and a half before I am out and completely on my own. I will have to provide for not only myself but my daughter as well. I am the main provider for us now but it is hard trying to provide what we need with the small stipend I get. It was a little easier when I was working but now that I am not it is difficult. I also attend college full time so trying to balance being a mother, a student, and trying to get a job can be a bit overwhelming. I am doing the best that I can to make sure  my daughter and I will be alright when I age out. I love my daughter more than anything in the whole galaxy! I just want to be the mother she desrves and provide her with a happy life. I don’t want to have to worry about where we will be laying our heads when I have to leave the system. That is why I started this campaign, to raise additional money that will go towards us moving. I know a year and a half seems far off but it comes sooner than thought sometimes and I want to be prepared for when it comes. My goal is to reach at least $3,000 but anything we get will be greatly appreciated!! A little help goes a long way, especially with my situation. Please give any help that you can even if it is only a dollar, it will be of so much help. I want to thank anyone in advance who will lend a helping hand..”

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Aging Out of the Foster Care System

Please help this single mother who is nearing emancipation:

“I have been in the foster care system for four and a half years now. I entered the system at fifteen and I will age out when I am twenty-one. My name is Olivia Alexander, I am currently nineteen so I have about a year and a half before I am out and completely on my own. I will have to provide for not only myself but my daughter as well. I am the main provider for us now but it is hard trying to provide what we need with the small stipend I get. It was a little easier when I was working but now that I am not it is difficult. I also attend college full time so trying to balance being a mother, a student, and trying to get a job can be a bit overwhelming. I am doing the best that I can to make sure  my daughter and I will be alright when I age out. I love my daughter more than anything in the whole galaxy! I just want to be the mother she desrves and provide her with a happy life. I don’t want to have to worry about where we will be laying our heads when I have to leave the system. That is why I started this campaign, to raise additional money that will go towards us moving. I know a year and a half seems far off but it comes sooner than thought sometimes and I want to be prepared for when it comes. My goal is to reach at least $3,000 but anything we get will be greatly appreciated!! A little help goes a long way, especially with my situation. Please give any help that you can even if it is only a dollar, it will be of so much help. I want to thank anyone in advance who will lend a helping hand..”

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Happy 2016! Don’t Forget To Re-Apply For Financial Aid!!

 

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Foster care and non foster care college students in the Washington DC (but not limited to, check eligibility), don’t forget to apply for:

  • FAFSA-OPENS JANUARY FIRST..CONTACT:

FAFSA

State Deadline

District of Columbia – FAFSA completed by April 1, 2015.

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit supporting documents by April 30,2015.

College Deadline
Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.
  • GRANTS-GIVEN TO CERTAIN PEOPLE, BASED ON NEED. THEY WILL CONTACT YOU
  • DC TUITION ASSISTANCE GRANT (DC TAG)-2015/2016 APP OPENS IN FEBRUARY. CONTACT:

DC TAG

810 First Street NE, 3rd Floor

Washington, DC 20002

Main number: (202) 727-2824

Toll-free: (877) 485-6751

TDD: (800) 752-6096

  • DC CAP SCHOLARSHIP- DATE IT OPENS IS UNKNOWN.

    The Last Dollar Award deadline is May 31 for entering freshmen and continuing college students for the upcoming academic year.

    CONTACT:

DC CAP

DC College Access Program

1400 L Street, NW

Suite 400

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 783-7933

Toll-free Number: (866) 729-2025

Fax Number: (202) 783-7939

E-mail: info@dccap.org

  • ETV GRANT-FOSTER CARE, OPENS JULY FIRST CONTACT:

ETV

Foster Care to Success

21351 Gentry Drive
Suite 130
Sterling, VA 20166
Phone: (571) 203-0270; Fax: (571) 203-0273

For general inquiries or comments, email at info@fc2success.org.

  • RSA-FOSTER CARE AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, DEPENDS ON IF YOU NEED THEM FOR TRANSPORTATION, PAYING FOR TUITION, PAYING FOR BOOKS, OR ALL. THEY WILL NOT CONTACT YOU, YOU NEED TO INFORM THEM THAT YOU NEED HELP. CONTACT:

RSA

1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)

Speakers available in Spanish and more than 170 languages.

Mailing address:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202

 

Reminder: Celebration of Life for 13 year old BJ

Almost at $5,000! Please donate and thank you to all who have helped this family out so far!

A message from the family of BJ:

Family and Friends,

It is with great regret that we come to you today asking for your support. On October 2nd, the unimaginable happened. Our sister Dina Abdul Kareem lost her only son, BJ. While she is already struggling with trying to cope with the lost of her first born, at the tender age of 13, she is also battling with trying to find a way to bring her baby back home to Washington, DC. The cost to bring him back home from Missouri alone is well over $11, 000. This cost does not include any burial. While no mother should ever have to endure this pain, Dina also has to figure out financial expenses. This plea for support will aid in the burial and travel cost for BJ and the family. Any support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to donate. This family needs our help. Show them love.

Celebration of Life for 13 year old BJ

A message from the family of BJ:

Family and Friends,

It is with great regret that we come to you today asking for your support. On October 2nd, the unimaginable happened. Our sister Dina Abdul Kareem lost her only son, BJ. While she is already struggling with trying to cope with the lost of her first born, at the tender age of 13, she is also battling with trying to find a way to bring her baby back home to Washington, DC. The cost to bring him back home from Missouri alone is well over $11, 000. This cost does not include any burial. While no mother should ever have to endure this pain, Dina also has to figure out financial expenses. This plea for support will aid in the burial and travel cost for BJ and the family. Any support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to donate. This family needs our help. Show them love.

Vote for me to go to grad school in 2017!

Help me get to grad school please!! Dr. Pepper is having a tuition giveaway.

All you need to do is click here and vote. That’s it! No money needed!11537342_957967450911757_375207650244437993_o