Repeat after me: “My time is valuable and only I can define it’s worth.”
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Reader Feedback: “I think if you spent as much time on a job as you do chasing these schemes you’d see that you actually make more money per hour (even part time, or heck, selling your unused stuff online). Taking these surveys, scanning receipts, etc is very time-consuming and you barely make anything at all. You say you don’t want to spend your own money, but it is your own time, and time is money, after all!”
Yes, that was one of the rude and forward comments I received on a blog post. As annoying as that comment was, it wasn’t the first time I’ve been asked that and it certainly won’t be the last. (Of course, the others who asked did not come off as rude as this one.) However, since it is a common question, I figured it only makes sense for me to address the elephant in the room.