Amazon mTurk: The Introduction

Now that I am no longer working for Leapforce, you will probably hear me mention mTurk quite a bit.

At least until this blogging business takes off enough for me to be self-supportive.

Go Team!

Ok, there’s really not a team…just me….hence the mTurk to pay a few bills.

What the -blip- is mTurk

What is Amazon Turk?

Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk) was the first crowd-sourcing job site that I had ever heard of. Requesters put up tasks and workers complete them.

On mTurk, tasks are known as HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks).

What about the money?

Ah, the money.

The most important part of mTurk for any worker bee.

One of the problems that I’ve faced when attempting to explain mTurk to the uninitiated is that they approach it with the “job” mentality.

“How much per hour?,” is a frequent question.

And my answer…it varies.

When you first start mTurk, you will literally be making pennies.

Mostly because not many HITS will be open to you.

The best way to explain is that many requesters see HITS as equal to a good worker with experience.

So, you will often see HITS that you do not qualify to do because you need xxx amount of successful hits.

In addition, many of the hits that you qualify to do only pay $0.01.

But that is where experience, batches, forums, and scripts come in…

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Watch for that in the next mTurk installment post.

I think that would be a bit much to take in all at one time.

I’m still learning them myself…

As far as income, though, I have seen turkers (mTurk workers), earn $400 – $500 a week.

One turker is conducting an experiment to make $100 turking a day.

A day!!

Back in my mTurk hey day, I was averaging about $7 – $8/hour so the money is there.

Share the gift of mTurk with anyone who needs to earn extra money with no commitment. Or, y’know,…CLICK TO TWEET

What type of work is available?

There are practically HITS for everybody.

Like surveys?….you get a HIT!

Prefer research?…you get a HIT!

Loves you some transcription?…you get a HIT!

Everybody gets a HIT!!

(Ok, putting my inner Oprah away now!)

Is mTurk a scam?

Amazon Turk has been around since 2005 and, hey, it is run by Amazon.

Plus, I am staking my reputation on the fact that they are legitimate and do pay.

And that it quite a sacrifice considering mTurk does not even have a referral program.

What sucks about mTurk?

  • Your favorite tasks are probably everybody favorite tasks so they tend to disappear quickly so grab ’em when you see ’em.
  • Some of the things they want you to do are not equal to the amount of pay they are offering (skip ’em)
  • To make the most money in the shortest amount of time, you will probably need to add scripts to your computer
  • It can be slow to start earning some big bucks until you get a handle of all of the scripts and pick out your favorite requester to stalk
  • Some of the requesters are straight up scammers. Avoid anyone that asks for your personal information such as social security number, credit card number, or phone number. In fact, report them as this is against mTurk policy.
  • Amazon is kinda hands off in a dispute between the worker and the requester which is why workers have banned together with a script to let you know who has a reputation for rejecting hits or just outright not paying.
  • There are times when mTurk is so slow as requesters take weekends and holidays off
  • If 3 requesters ban you, mTurk will ban you and all of your money that you have earned is lost. Which is a sucky system because you could have hundreds of thousands of good HITs and a 99% approval rating and still have your account banned. Come on, Amazon, you need a better system than that!
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What is awesome about mTurk?

  • Work when you wanna or don’t work at all. No clock to punch. No schedule. Nada.
  • Many of the tasks can be done from a mobile device so you aren’t chained to your computer.
  • It is available to some foreign countries (Check with mTurk to see. Please don’t ask me. I have no clue about your country.)
  • You can pick and choose what you feel like doing from what work is available.
  • If you chose a HIT and don’t like it, you can return it. No questions asked.
  • There are so many scripts that make your life easier and your money more plentiful (thanks script developers!)
  • You can chose to have your payout in the form of cash direct deposited into your bank account or you can take it in the form of an Amazon gift certificate added directly to your Amazon balance.
  • You can request payout everyday. Yes, that’s right, I said everyday. And it is not a high minimum either, something like $1. I’m the nervous nelly type so I cash-out every night. Too many online companies have disappeared with my money in their pockets.
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Did I miss anything in this introduction to mTurk? If so, leave it in the comments and I will update it pronto. There is another part of this series about getting started with mTurk coming up soon but, if you’re ready to get started, go ahead and join mTurk today.

Apple, Adblock, and Ad Revenue for social bloggers

In my google news feed, I read the news that Apple is now actively encouraging its customers to download an ad block software in IOS9.

My first thought was, and still remains, and “oh, noooo!!!” on behalf of my niche blog which is my biggest Adsense earner.

Unfortunately, a great deal of the traffic for that website comes via mobile devices and a healthy percentage of that are Apple devices.

Users of browsers and Android can already block ads to:

  • Save bandwidth
  • Increase pageload speed
  • Just block ads
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However, many people across the web don’t even know that ad blockers even exist.

Until now.

How will Apple's push of ad blocking software affect your blogging income-

On the other hand, a part of me cheered.

Because now:

  • social networking advertisement will become more important than ever.
  • an expected increase in sponsored posts and social shares.
  • the price that brands will be willing to pay will increase.
  • Google will probably find a way to beat Apple at its own game someday.

This move may actually be great for this, my lifestyle blog, and the only one on which I currently accept sponsored posts.

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I just hope that the uptick for one blog does not come at the expense of the other.

Especially as my niche blog is more or less passive income.

How will Apple’s push for ad blocking software affect your blogging income?CLICK TO TWEET

So, do you think that Apple’s strong push for its users to use any one of soon to be thousands of ad block software will affect your blogging income?

How I saved $15.75 on groceries using coupons and mobile apps

September is declared the re-emergence of my coupon strategy.

I admit to having been a total slacker for months now. Ok, years…

But without a hourly job, saving money has become a prime focus for me lately.

Since it has been awhile since I have been a serious extreme couponer combined with the fact that I am currently without wheels, I decided to focus on groceries at one local supermarket (Farm Fresh).

Saving money with coupons and apps

Coupons: $6.50

The first step was printing out my handy coupons.

With the exception of the Dollar Tree, most of my local grocery stores happily accept printed coupons.

Plus, it is much more convenient for me as well as environmentally friendly than purchasing newspapers with the promise (yet again) that I will actually read the articles (never happens).

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$0.50 off 2 BOXES any Betty Crocker fruit snacks

$1.00 off 2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods$0.75 off 3 Larabar,Uber, Alt bars, RENOLA Pouches$1.00 off (10) Yoplait Yogurt

 Farm Fresh doubles coupons up to $1 every Wednesday so I saved double on all of these.

Farm Fresh also gives you $0.05 off if you bring your own bags and I had 2.

This is a savings of $6.60.

(The funny thing was a friend and Farm Fresh employee asked me if the coupons were “legal” and a stranger told me that they had rejected her coupons just this morning. Fraud or machine failure? I don’t know…)

I saved $6.60 at Farm Fresh with coupons and instant bag savings.

But before I left the house, I did one more thing.

Actually, I did 3 more things.

Ibotta, Checkout51, and SavingStar.

If pressed for time, you can actually do these in the store while shopping but I preferred the organization of getting my lists ready at home first.

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Ibotta: $4.20

I saved $0.20/each on pasta, bread, broccoli, ice cream, bananas, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, orange juice, green peppers, and lettuce. In addition, I saved $1.00 on Quaker Quinoa granola bars, $0.50 on Quaker Thin Mint Granola bars, and $0.50 on VitaminWater.

Checkout51: $1.50

I saved $0.25 on eggs, $0.25 on lettuce, and $1.00 on uy 4: Buddig™ Original Deli Meats. Plus, since my total order was over $60.00, I was entered into a giveaway to win $500. Y’all know how I love my giveaways. Especially cash!

SavingStar: $3.45

I saved $0.75 on Larabar, $1.00 on Pillsbury refrigerated baking goods, $0.50 on General Mills fruit snacks, $0.15 on tomatoes, and $1.00 on Yoplait yogurt.

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How I saved over $15 on groceries using apps and coupons

Totals:

$86.10-0.10 ($0.05 x2 of bags)=86.00

$86.00 – 6.50 (coupons) = $79.50

$79.50 – $4.20 (Ibotta) = $75.30

$75.30 – 1.50 (Checkout51) = $73.80

$73.80 – 3.45 (SavingStar) = $70.35

Not too bad for someone just getting back into the swing of couponing.

Especially when every penny counts.

Goals:

  • Build a stockpile
  • Only purchase items that I can save money on
  • Save at least 50% each shopping trip
  • Purchase more fruits/vegetables than snacky foods

Do you coupon? What are your secret methods? Am I missing out on any good coupon apps?

How to use Swagbucks to earn cash and rewards

Swagbucks has long been one of my favorite ways to make money online.

They only thing that I disagree with is their advertisement the rewards are “free” when, in fact, you are exchanging your time (and your click) for points.

You then convert those points into cash (Paypal or Visa gift card), gift certificates, or actual physical rewards.

Rewards can range from clothes, toys, electronics, and more…

It is a quick and easy way to make money from home.

Swagbucks is especially useful for bloggers looking for some cash and prizes to host a giveaway.

Swagbucks- My favorite way to earn cash and prizes

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How do I earn on Swagbucks

There are so many ways to earn with Swagbucks (and they are constanly adding new ones), that you can pretty much earn your points your way.

  • Run video apps on your Apple or Android phone or tablet
  • Play games (maximum of 10 points)
  • Take surveys
  • Run videos from your laptop or desktop computer
  • Searching via Swagbucks
  • Printing coupons
  • Listen to music
  • Online Shopping at your favorite stores
  • Entering Sweepstakes with your Swagbucks
  • Free Birthday Swagbucks
  • Referrals and affiliate programs
  • …and more….
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What’s good about Swagbucks

  • They pay!! And they pay fast!!
  • You can take the money and run (Paypal)
  • No shipping and handling fees if you chose merchandise to be delivered
  • No membership fees
  • You can do Swagbucks while watching tv (or even run the app videos while you are sleeping)
  • You can complete multiple tasks at the same time
  • They have a meter that has 2 goals for you to shoot for daily

What’s bad about Swagbucks

  • Some of the commercials in the apps hang up your device and you have to babysit it
  • Some of their recent changes slowed down my ability to earn quickly
  • Getting ruled out of paid surveys and not earning any points
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What rewards are available on Swagbucks

Swagbucks are the digital currency that you earn and use to purchase rewards.

One relatively recent change is that I heartily welcomed was that 1 Swagbuck now equals 1 cent.

So 100 Swagbucks = $1.

To make it even better, SB often gives discounts.

You can also redeem your Swagbucks for Cash (Paypal or Visa gift card), apparel and accessories, electronics, gas cards, and more.

I have even cashed out for an Ebay e-card.

How much can you earn on Swagbucks

Swagbucks does not put a limit on how much you can earn in a day. I have had days where I’ve earned over 300 Swagbucks. A couple of days, I’ve earned over 500 Swagbucks. It all depends on the amount of time and energy that you want to put into it.

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How to join Swagbucks

Signing up to earn is really simple. Just visit Swagbucks and registered by either connecting your Facebook account or entering the email that you would like to use.

Do you use Swagbucks? Do you cash out frequently or are you saving your points up for something big? Is there another program that you use that is similar to Swagbucks? Feel free to leave you referral link in the comments.

Paidviewpoint really pays

I only recommend companies that I know for a fact that actually pays because they have actually have paid me so I am heartily recommending PaidViewPoint.

Paidviewpoint is one of my favorite survey companies not because it pays a whole lot but because the surveys tend to be really short.

Plus, for everyone who joins Paidviewpoint using my referral link, I can earn up to $25 as every time you cash out, I get 20% of every biz survey reward.

PaidViewPoint : Quick, easy surveys and really pays (with paypal proof).

THE GOOD:

  • Surveys are short (usually less than a minute)
  • Can be done while watching television
  • Can be done via smartphone
  • The longest survey that I took was less than 10 minutes
  • Website is well-designed and interactive
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THE BAD:

  • Surveys can be repetitive
  • Cashout is $15 and at $.10/day it can take  at least 150 days to reach it.
  • It is a pain in the rear to change your email or cell phone number

I have been a member since November 18, 2011 but my lifetime earnings are only $34.18 as I haven’t exactly been diligent in completing my surveys.

In contrast, I have been (slightly) more attentive lately and my year-to-date earnings are already $4.98.

Paidviewpoint Dashboard http://paidviewpoint.com/?r=8tywhe

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Paidviewpoint pays via Paypal and my last cashout ($15.63) was just July 17, 2015 and my earnings are already back up to $1.40.

Paypal payment from PaidViewPoint

One of your goals as a participant is to reach a trait score of 9000 – 10000 which will place you at the top 20% of participants and means that you actually earn more per survey.

The only way to increase your trait score is to keep taking the surveys daily.

PaidViewPoint Trait Score http://paidviewpoint.com/?r=8tywhe

So, yep, I am giving PaidViewPoint my stamp of approval as a quick, easy way to earn money from home.

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You want get rich but you will earn a few dollars for just a few minutes of your time everyday.

I am always looking for other ways to make money from home that do not involve a lot of time for very little reward so feel free to leave any recommendations in the comments (with your referral link!!), and I will be sure to give them a try.

I want to be in a Female Led Relationship

I want to be in a female led relationship (flr).

I have tried conventional marriage and dating and it felt like I was wearing a suit 2 sizes to small and flopping around in shoes 2 sizes to big.

Yeah, it was awkward…for the both of us.

The flr type of relationship is not for everyone.

I get that.

If you are like most people, when you read Female Led Relationship, you either pictured a relationship with some poor hen-pecked husband or your mind snapped to the whip wielding, ball busting man-eater.

Both of which are the product of the male-centric media.

A female led relationship is simply when both parties agrees that the female will be the decision maker.

Period.

That’s it.

No leather bustier required.

Of course, this relationship comes in various (yeah, I’m gonna say it) shades of grey.
I have friends who nag their mates but basically run there household.

Technically, that could be described as a female led relationship that is not acknowledged as such.

I have also seen (in prior generations, anyway) men who would could home from work and hand their wives their paychecks.

I suppose that could be another form of a female led relationship.

But neither is what I am seeking.Total Power Exchange (Female Led Relationship). Artist: To Us by Henry Battle 24×36 Black Art Print Poster African-American

I am turned off by those websites that subscribe to the notion that to have a female led relationship, the woman must manipulate, er, train the man with sex.

Or that I must apply domestic discipline (aka fun-ishment).

Or you must lock him in chastity.

Nope. Nope. Nope.

It doesn’t help that when you look up female led relationships, the vast majority of the results are pure male wank fantasy or peddlers of the one twue way.

NEWS FLASH: There is no one true way. Each couple must negotiate through the relationship on their own terms.

What I am seeking is a relationship in which we both happily agree that I am the ultimate decision maker.

I make the rules…and he follows them.

In everyday life, he works lives to make me happy.

I make the rules. He follows them. That is a female led relationship. No bustier or whip required. CLICK TO TWEET

In disagreements, he calmly and respectfully states his opinion, but the ultimate decision is mine.

And, as opposed to the message of femdomme fantasy, I make the decisions in and out of the bedroom.

In my power exchange relationship, he represents me in every facet of his life, including his job so he will strive to be his best at everything that he does.

After work, he comes home to cook and clean (y’know, like women have been doing for generations) and wait on me hand and foot.

Oh, and in the bedroom, if I allow any boudoir activities, let’s just say that my needs come first, if I allow him any, er, release at all.

In other words, I am looking for a total power exchange.

We are comfortable, safe, and fulfilled in our female led relationship (flr). Art work: Pillow Talk ( Romance / Couple ) – Johnny Myers 24×32 Black Framed – African American Black Art Print Wall Decor Poster

The funny thing is that to the outside world, it will probably just look like any other relationship.

Wait. Scratch that.

It will look like the epitome of the ideal relationship that is the envy of all my friends.

His behavior will be described as attentive and he, himself, as a real gentleman.

And I will be described as the happiest woman on the planet.

So, do you know any female led relationships? Are you in one? Would you want to be in one?

4 things television executives need to learn about streamers

Television executives really do not understand us online streamers.

You can tell by the way they attempt to manipulate and control us.

You would think that some savvy exec would research the “cut the cord” movement to learn the motivations and methods of stream movies and television online

But, no, these old fogies still attempt to control the viewing audience in methods that worked 10 years ago when cable or air was the only two options available.

Before I found Hulu, I use to find all types of ways to watch tv series online free. I watched Naruto all the way up to the Shippuden episodes and even the first few seasons of True Blood.

Now I watch my tv series online legitmately with a combination of Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

1. We are cheap. Sometimes I think about going back to cable. I really do. And then I go over a friends house and scroll through the bazillion channels that I would never watch (I am looking at you ESPN) or just plain don’t have anything on that is new or original and I am so glad that I don’t pay a bill to be bored.

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Oh, and Amazon, this one is specifically for you. When you make a show free with Prime, leave it free with Prime. I have watched my way through The Closer twice already and you think that I am really willing to pay to watch it a third time. Uh, no….

2.
We are controlling. We want to watch what we want to watch when we want to watch it. Period. I actually loathe season finales. Wait until September for a new episode?? Who does that?? Lol.

And I have a message for Hulu. Yeah, stop with removing of episodes of a current season. Because you do this, I don’t even watch you as much as I use to and I am even considering cancelling you altogether and just waiting until the show appears on Netflix. Let me tell you how I usually watch a show. First I check to see if you have all of the seasons. If not, I check Netflix or Amazon. I watch all the seasons on those stations and then I turn to Hulu to watch the latest season only to find that you start on episode 6?!? Why? Now you lose out as I simply wait for next season to hit Netflix…

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3. We are loyal to a show not a network. Half the shows that I watch on Netflix, I have no clue what the initial programming channel use to be. Nor do I really care.  I will watch a show that I like over and over and over again. From beginning to end. I am on my third watching of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as I type this post. If I had to guess, I would say that it was on CW with a 75% sure rate.

4.

We hate, Hate, HATE when a show is improperly rapped up, or worse of all, not rapped up at all. I still giggle when my friend first got Netflix and discovered the show Ringer. After she watched the last show, she actually called me to ask when the next season begins. Unfortunately for her, the show has been off the air for years and, yeah, the left us hanging like that….~sigh~ So, shows that leave me hanging, I very rarely watch again. Yet shows that rapped it up in a bow but still left me wanting more, I rewatch over and over and over again. I am re-watching House, MD and considering going through the recently finished Dexter again.

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Without this in mind, the television execs need to find a way to work with online streamers rather than treating us as if we are the same as the traditional television viewer. We are a subset onto our very own and we like it that way.

No going back.

My cord is cut!

~MsCrookedHalo

I work as a search engine evaluator for Leapforce, Inc

The name of the company that I work for, Leapforce, Inc., may not be immediately recognizable but the words search engine are pretty much understood by everyone with a computer or even a cell phone these days.

And the search engine that I evaluate for, yeah, if I could write the name here, you would be impressed.

I mean, I may say it out-loud to my closest family and friends but I would never write here.

And they are suitable impressed, let me tell ya.

If you’re curious, I do recommend that you google the phrase “search engine evaluator job” if you are extremely curious.

And though I wish that I could tell you what I do minutely complete with pretty lil’ graphics, I am in the mood to keep my job and not be sued for breach of contract.

Although I cannot what I do as a web evaluator, I can tell you what it is not and answer a few of the frequently asked question about being a home agent for Leapforce.

But, first, let’s start with a description of the job directly from the website (can’t be sued for that!).

Leapforce is experiencing unprecedented demand and growth for qualified home-based independent agents. We are looking for highly educated individuals for an exciting work from home opportunity. Applicants must be self motivated and internet savvy. This is an opportunity to evaluate and improve search engine results for some of the world’s largest internet search engine companies.

A Leapforce At Home independent agent is an independent contractor that creates and manages their own business. Leapforce At Home agents contract with Leapforce to provide search engine evaluation for Leapforce clients.

Basic skill qualifications:

  • Excellent web research skills and analytical abilities
  • Excellent comprehension and written communication skills
  • Many Leapforce At Home independent agent assignments require fluency in a language other than English. For these assignments, independent agents will be required to pass a language assessment exam

Equipment requirements:

  • High speed internet access (Cable Modem, DSL, etc.)
  • A personal computer running Google’s free Chrome web browser, version 31 or higher.
  • Up to date anti-virus and anti-spyware software

What the job is not:

It is not a scam. I stake my personal reputation on the fact that this job is not a scam. You will be paid. I have been paid. I have been working for Leapforce since February 2014 and I have always been paid on time.

The job is not data entry or transcription. Some task may require listening to audio but your computer speakers are acceptable. There is no phone work at all.

Leapforce pay is not minimum wage. Far from it. Especially for a internet home business. Many companies start at $10/hour or less. Not Leapforce. I don’t remember if we are allowed to post the amount we are paid but, rest assured, it is double digits per hour. The Leapforce website simply describes it as “competitive” so I am just going to leave it at that.

You do not bid on or compete for any work. If there is work available, you do it. You do not have to chase any customers or clients.

There is no cost to working for Leapforce. I don’t remember even having to pay for a background check. My only upfront expense was $5 to pay a notary to verify I am who I say I am.

Easy. That is what some people think this job is just because it is homebased. Like any job, once you wrap your mind around the rhythm and the rhyme, the job is not overly complicated. However, you will need to be adaptable to not only learning how to think the Leapforce way but you must also be prepared for that way to be er, re-evaluated, at any given time.

Frequently asked questions:

Does it require a college degree?

I hope not because I don’t have one!

Do you work a set schedule?

Nope. You can work anytime up to a full-time schedule. Just be aware that there may be a flux in work availability based on holidays, weekends, or the last week of the month when, I believe, bunches of folks login into Leapforce to try and meet their monthly minimum. Leapforce has very flexible work schedules that are completely up to you.

What is the monthly minimum?

Again, I don’t know if I can say, but if you worked just 1 hour a day for an entire month, you would exceed it. Or even, jut 7 or 8 hours on one day of the week. Home agents are responsible for making sure that they fulfill the obligations of their contracts as there is no one telling you when to schedule work.

How do I get paid?

Leapforce pays monthly direct deposit into your bank account. There are no other options. (If that is a problem, you can always get one of those prepaid credit cars and use the direct deposit option. Be sure to check out and compare any fees though.) I have received paid my pay as early as the 18th but never later than the 25th no matter when I submitted my invoice.

If I fail the Leapforce exam, can I take it again?

If you fail any part of the Leapforce test, you are given one more opportunity to pass it. After that, well, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. So, yeah, read that kazillion page manual like you are studying for a final exam. In fact, if you have the ink and the paper, print it out. And keep it open to use the search feature while you are taking the exam.

Does Leapforce reimburse for any of my expenses?

Nope. You can, however, apply them to your taxes as you are now running an internet home business.

Is training paid?

Nope. Training consists of completing the exam and you have to do that on your own time and on your own dime. Not only that, but you have to study any changes while off the clock as well. Which is probably a factor in why they pay so well.

Can I work 40 hours?

Sure can. As long as your account is not restricted, you can work a full time schedule. You are not allowed to work over 40 hours, however.

If I haven’t answered your question, feel free to leave it in the comments.

To learn more about your opportunities with Leapforce or to apply to become Leapforce agent, click here and good luck in your endeavors, whatever they may be.

My Walmart Savings Catcher was deleted

After months and months of inputting my receipt into the Walmart Savings Catcher app, I find myself having to start all over from the beginning.

For those of you not aware, Walmart Savings Catcher is a price matching app of your local grocery store prices that rolled out in August of 2014.

Walmart does not double coupons so this is an additional savings tool to take some change off of their notably low prices.

Savings Catcher is different from a grocery store savings card in the fact that you do not get money off at the register.

Instead, you must input your Walmart receipt into either the Walmart Savings Catcher webpage, use the Walmart Savings Catcher App, or enter the phone number on the keypad associated with your account on the keypad prior to paying.

To login into the Walmart Savings Catcher website or app you use the same Walmart email address associated with your Walmart shopping account.

Manually enter the receipt number and date or use the grocery savings app’s built in QR Code reader to scan the box on the receipt.

If the Walmart savings app finds a lower price at one of your local stores, Walmart will refund you the difference.

Simple.

And I was well on my way to having $20 in price matches when tragedy of losing it all occurred.

It all started with an order confirmation…an order that I did not place.

Even though the order was for cash, the address looked wonky and that, combined with an email saying that my contact information has been changed, encouragWalmart ordered me to contact Walmart Customer Service.

Walmart, responded promptly, and closed my account…

…but that also closed my Savings Catcher account.

I was advised to contact the Walmart Savings Catcher team directly at 866-224-1663 or via email at SavCatch@wal-mart.com to see if they could help.

But, alas, I received the email from the Savings Walmart closes my accountCatcher customer service team informing that they are unable to find my balance.

So, although I was hoping to provide a full spectrum of my Savings Catcher experience, I am unable to complete this review until, Email from Walmart Savings Catcherapparently, I start all over with my receipts.

So, for those of you using it, what is your review of Walmart Savings Catcher?

How to make your Atahualpa theme more mobile friendly

Update: I now use a plugin to make my Athaulpa blogs mobile responsive. Read the review by clicking here.

While checking my Google Adsense stats, I clicked on the links Multi-Screen, Site Health, and most importantly, Revenue Optimization.

Although I appreciate the help from Google, their suggestions is just so much coding hell for me.

I just don’t speak the language.

I couldn’t even figure out how to increase the font in mobile only.

However, the good folks of atahualpa did help me increase my score by a few points by making my website more mobile responsive.

It is by know means perfect but I am getting closer.

I am going to put the steps here for my use on my other websites but also to help anyone else who needs the codes.

1) Go to Atahualpa Theme Options (ATO) under Appearance.

2.) Click on Style & configure LAYOUT

3.) In Layout WIDTH and type (FLUID or FIXED), make sure that it is set to %  (as opposed to a ‘fixed’ width).

4.) Set the ‘Layout MIN width‘ option to 320 (iPhone 4 size) or remove it altogether.

5.)  Scroll down to Add HTML/CSS Inserts

6.) Find HTML Inserts: Header

HTML Code:
<meta name=viewport content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

7) Scroll down to HTML Inserts: Body Tag and insert the following code:

HTML Code:
onresize="OnResizeDocument()"

4) Scroll down to Add HTML/CSS Inserts->HTML Inserts: Body Bottom and insert the following code:

HTML Code:
<script>
jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
    if( $(window).width() < 768 ) {
        // If any left sidebar exists
        if ( $('#left').length || $('#left-inner').length ) {   
            $("#middle").detach().prependTo('#bodyrow'); 
        }
    }
});
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
        function OnResizeDocument () {
 if( window.innerWidth < 767 ) {
    jQuery(function($) {
              $("#middle").detach().prependTo('#bodyrow'); 
           });
        }
if( window.innerWidth > 767 ) {
    jQuery(function($) {
            $("#left").detach().prependTo('#bodyrow'); 
          });
        }
    }
    </script>

5) Scroll down to CSS Inserts

HTML Code:
@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {
    table#layout,
    table#layout > tbody,
    table#layout > tbody > tr,
    table#layout > tbody > tr > td,
    table#layout > tr,
    table#layout > tr > td,
    table#layout td#header,
    table#layout td#left,
    table#layout td#left-inner,
    table#layout td#middle,
    table#layout td#right,
    table#layout td#right-inner,
    table#layout td#footer {
        display: block;
    }
    table#layout > colgroup {
        display: none;
    }
    div#wrapper,
    td#middle {
        width: auto;
    }
}
.hentry img { 
    max-width: 100%;    
    height: auto !important; 
    display: block !important; 
}
img {
     border: 0 none;
     height: auto;
     max-width: 100%;
     vertical-align: middle;
}

Note: in steps 4 and 5 you can adjust the number (767) to suit your choice.

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It is also recommended that if you don’t pass the test after doing this, disable ALL your plugins and test again to see if a plugin is causing the issue.

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