An App That Will Make You Money

Today I’d like to share an Android app that will make you money… literally.  It’s called Google Opinion Rewards.  Sorry, iOS fans and those reading in other countries, it’s only available on Android and only in the United States.

Once you install the app it will ask you a few simple questions to get to know you a little better.  Then you just wait until a notification shows up inviting you to take a survey.  Answer a few questions and you’ll get credit put into your Google Play Store Account.  According to Google you’ll get a survey about once a week and get paid up to a dollar in credit.

I’ve only had the app installed a couple weeks and already I’ve racked up a couple bucks.  Not too bad for a few surveys that took a matter of seconds to take.

So what kind of surveys have I received?  My first was a one question survey.  It just wanted to know if I had left my hometown in the last week to travel to a restaurant to eat.  Another asked if I owned a fitness tracker and what fitness trackers I was familiar with.

If you’ve read my blog with any regularity you know that my wife and I got Fitbit Force’s for Christmas.  I had done plenty of online research googling them using the Chrome browser.  Is this why I got the survey? Not sure, but it does make me wonder.

The most recent survey was also on something I’ve been reading about a lot online this week.  The Samsung Galaxy S5.  The screenshots below are the actual survey and how much I got paid to take it.

Google Opinion Rewards question 1Google Opinion Rewards Question 2Google Opinion Rewards Payout

Some might argue that this is just another way for Google to learn everything about you.  I say if you use Google’s free services they already know more than you think.  You might as well get a little something back.  By the way, Google charges companies to conduct these surveys for them.

If you’re still an the fence about whether you want to download the app and participate in the surveys you can get more information here.

If you bank up some credits and also check the AppSales app you could end up scoring yourself some pretty cool paid apps for free. Best of all you’ll do it legally.  No piracy or risk of malware involved.

Are you already using Google Opinion Rewards?  Are you planning to download the app or is this not something you’re into?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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Toy Trains Trump Technology

I’m a technology fan.  It’s in the title of my blog and I’ve written about it many times but last night I was reminded that simple things can be more fun that technology.

While at Church last night I had the opportunity to hang out with a 2 year old boy playing in the nursery.  It had been years since I’d actually gotten down on the floor and played with someone that young.

It was fun building with blocks and setting up the wooden train tracks.  It was cool to see him watch me put the track pieces together and then turn around and do it himself.

The boy’s Mom was really thankful that I could watch him but in reality I owe her the thanks.  Normally, during that time I would have been on my phone doing something meaningless.  Instead, I was able to set the technology aside and slow down. Forget about everything else and pretend to be a kid again.  To shift my focus from the outside world and put it on building a train track. What I discovered was that for me a wooden train set trumps technology.

What’s a favorite childhood toy of yours that you wish you could spend a half hour playing with today?


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Week 9 Verse – This One’s For The Parents

Have you ever had one of those times where you question whether you’re a good parent?  Where you wonder just how effective you really are?  Well,  welcome to my week.  I love my kids and I know they love me but for some reason the past week has been a struggle.

With that in mind I turned to my Bible looking for a little guidance.  That’s when I came across Proverbs 22:6 (MSG).

Point your kids in the right direction – when they’re old they won’t be lost.

That was the reassurance I needed.  I have been pointing them in the right direction.  If I hadn’t I wouldn’t be getting the push back lately. It also reinforced what I believe my priorities for parenting should be; parent first, friend second, everything else can follow.

After some prayer and reflection I see that having weeks like this are probably beneficial.  Questioning the job I’m doing as a parent from time to time is a good thing.  It means I care and want to be better… and anytime you care about something and work to be better at it you are already a long way down the path to success.

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