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Make money from home...In your pantry! Great tip for college kids, parents,and anyone looking for some extra cash!

Updated on February 1, 2013

For all of my adult life, I have been a management professional. Each day, I was responsible for driving, sales, controlling costs, and delivering on profit. So..when I made the decision to be a "work from home" parent...I immediately started finding ways to do these things within my four walls! Much to the chagrin of my husband, I have looked into and even tried some pretty strange things to make a few extra dollars at home. In this case, I happened upon a site that actually did provide some "income" and was pretty easily done. There was no cost to get started, no strings attached, and required little time. The best part of the whole deal was that it was done using the items in my refrigerator and pantry.

If you are ready to make a few extra bucks this week, make your way over to the website for SCAN AND EARN Scan and Earn is a company based in the UK who collects nutritional data and I am assuming sells the information to companies. Honestly...I don't care what they do with it so long as I get my money:). They pay you about 30 Cents for each product that you scan and input the requested information for. It isn't a lot of money nor is it alot of information. A few basics like calories, serving size, carb content, and fat. Here is how you use SCAN AND EARN.

1) Visit the Website and create an account.

2) Download the Scan and Earn App and barcode scanner to your Cell Phone.

3) Start Scanning! You can simply go through the cupboards and fridge and scan barcodes! So long as the item isn't already in the database, it will have you input the necessary information. Don't be discouraged if the first few things are already in the database. Once you establish a successful brand or store brand, you will find that the earnings really do add up.

4) The site has a payout threshold and once you hit it, your money will be deposited into a paypal account.Note that it is an international funds transfer so there is a small fee from paypal. Usually a dollar or so.

I have a large family and was earning about $8-$16 per grocery trip. It isn't a whole lot of money BUT every little bit counts. If you put this money into a savings account...$300 bucks by the end of the year isn't too shabby for a few minutes of work a week! This site will also sometimes give you bonus earning opportunities. I received an email one week offering a $100 bonus if I scanned a certain number of added products.

Again, this isn't going to make you rich BUT can certainly add up for holiday spending. If you are eager or have a great idea of how to spend some extra can always raid your friend's pantry for additional products! So do it for spending money, do it for a special item, or just to add to your savings account. It is just another way that this work at home mommy is bringing in some extra cash and I thought I would share it with you. Happy scanning!

If you have ever tried anything "crazy" that you found online for extra cash---was it beneficial?

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    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      The first day, it seemed tedious but after was a breeze! Thanks for checking it out!

    • Lipnancy profile image

      Nancy Yager 

      5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      A family member was scanning items for money and she liked doing it very much.


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