February Survey Progress:
Last month I didn’t do much on surveys compared to January. I did get a call to participate as a backup for an Online Shopping Usability Session early morning. I decided to give it a shot and signed up for it. Normally I would not sign-up as a backup but I was off that day. Sweet! I didn’t think I was going to get a call so I didn’t bother to set up my alarm clock. I was wrong! Big mistake! I did get the call and had less than 5 minutes to get ready. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a pleasant morning for me. Had to skip breakfast too. The survey was fun, I was asked to shop online for feminine clothing. The survey took 45 minutes and heard I was getting an amazon gift card. I have hearing loss and couldn’t hear how much money I made. I was hangry and didn’t bother to ask! I assumed I was going to make $50.
On the following day, I got a huge surprise! I received $175 Amazon gift card. I had to look twice to check if the amount was right. Damn, that was a lot of money for a 45-minute webcam survey! I asked Carlos, my boyfriend, to let me borrow his Amazon account and figure out what I would shop for. I was super excited, haven’t bought stuff for myself in a year. I thought about what I would normally buy and found out that Amazon sells gift cards. Knowing that I really need to save up, I bought the Safeway e-gift card. The best decision I ever made! Now I can buy grocery food for free over the next 2 months woohoo! That means I can add an extra $175 towards my school loans. I’ll continue to sign-up for surveys and keep you posted.
Amazon $175 gift card
Safeway $175 e-gift card
I saved $175 for grocery and decided to add an extra $25 to submit a total of $200 towards school debt. In addition, I received $350 via Google Wallet for renting out the 2nd bedroom. That’s why I decided to submit a total of $550 towards my school debt. Right now, I am working towards eliminating the highest debt, the Direct Subsidized Stafford loan with 6.55% interest rate. The original amount I borrowed for this loan was $8,500. As of today, I own only $4,650.44.
Progress – March 2, 2017
Total balance remaining is $13,916.40
Below is a thermometer I created to keep track of how much I have paid since November 2014