How I made $130.74 at the gym.

What is the one BIG thing that keeps me from going to the gym? Motivation. I want to be in VS Angel shape, but I also want to sprawl all over my couch, eat Trader Joe’s pretzels and scroll through my Pinterest feed. 

Now, if only someone would have told me that I could go to the gym, get in shape AND make passive income all at once! You bet you’d see me pumping those cute neoprene dumbbells!

It’s True!

…and it’s NOT a tricky scam!

I discovered this in a sort of round-about way. Originally, I was looking for ways to make a little extra cash for my wedding and found all these great sites!

After implementing my new slew of websites and apps, I quickly noticed one thing they all had in common:

I kept using them at the gym! I made money while working out!

Some of these Apps are fitness based and the others just require a bit of reading and multi-tasking. (I love to multi-task at the gym! Listening to music isn’t enough to make 30 minutes on the stair master feel less like hell…) These apps and websites are the perfect, money-making distraction.

So here it is. Here’s how I made $130.74 at the gym. 

{Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. However, all opinions and advice are 100% my own. In order to stay truly transparent and honest, I only recommend services that I use, love and believe will benefit others.}

1. Survey Junkie – $113.26 earned

(Free to sign up!) 

Okay, I don’t like to play favorites, but this one is definitely my favorite! Mainly, because I cashed out $113.26 after about two months. 

>>> Try it –> HERE

Side note: At first, I was skeptic of this site (and basically every survey site). I am definitely a hard person to convince when it comes to online services. It was the first “earn money through surveys” site I signed up for, and I’m so glad I joined! I did my research prior to ensure that it was not a scam.

Once you join, you will get to choose from a page of surveys. Each survey will earn you around $0.30-$3.00 if you qualify. Don’t worry, I’ve qualified for most and I consider myself an Average American. When I do not qualify they give me three points (three cents) for trying! (Hey, it all adds up!) Once you’ve earned $10.00, you can cash out via PayPal.


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The best part? I literally took these surveys on my iPhone while getting my cardio in via stair master. A good 30 minutes averaged me around $3.00-$5.00. I averaged around $60 a month if I did 4-5 days of cardio.

 So, if you want to earn a good chunk of passive income that requires very little work, than is your thannng, girl! (or boy.)

2. Achievement App – $5.76 earned 

(Free to sign up!) 

>>> Try it –> HERE & receive $2.50 in bonus points for signing up!

This is definitely an app that I wish I had years ago! Gah! The extra money I would have had… the jeans I could have fit into by now…  Basically, Achievement is an App that will reward you for being healthy!

You literally just have to walk around and you will earn points, which will be redeemed as money. …but wait, There’s more! Really, there’s more.

The App can synch up to your fitbit, Myfitness Pal and other health tracking platforms to give you even MORE points for logging your food, water intake, weight, measurements and exercise. 

(Fitbits will log more steps into the app than your phone. Amazon always has great prices on new and refurbished fitbits! –>Fitbit

So far, I have earned a total of 5,716 points ($5.71) since joining in May 2017. That may not sound like much during that amount of time, but more than half of that time was spent WITHOUT using the MyFitnessPal sync. 


MyFitness Pal was the game changer! Once I synced, I earned way more points on a daily basis. 

So basically, if you eat food, drink water and walk then this App is for you!

3. MyFitnessPal App 

(Free to sign up! Premium version available.)

>>> Try it –> HERE

You’re right, they don’t pay their users, but I just HAVE to give some credit to MyFitnessPal for the money I earned with the Achievemint app. 

Both Apps are like peanut butter & jelly. They just belong together. You will earn more than double the points with MyFitnessPal!

If you have never used MyFitnessPal, it is basically a diet & fitness tracker. All I do is scan/log my meals and it keeps track of all the Macros and nutrients for me. I even enter in the specific workouts I do and it shows how many calories I’ve burned. Even if you aren’t using Achievemint, it is just a great tool to use in your fitness regime!

4. SwagBucks – $6.43 earned

(Free to sign up!)

>>> Try it –> HERE  Earn $5.00 worth of points just by signing up with my link!

Swagbucks is the ultimate online money making destination. Unlike a few reward sites that I’ve looked into, Swagbucks is not out to scam you. (I recommend doing your research before joining any “money making” platform.)

You can earn “SwagBucks” through using their search engine, shopping online, watching videos and taking surveys.  Points are then redeemed into your favorite gift cards or even PayPal cash.


I signed up earlier this summer and so far I have earned $6.43! They have tons of way to earn “swagbucks”, but I mainly use their search engine.

It’s perfect for in-between sets at the gym, when I search the web via phone anyways. I do a lot of wedding planning this way! Yup. They pay me to search for different bouquet ideas.

5.  Paid ViewPoint – $5.29 earned

(Free to sign up!)

>>> Try it –> HERE

Another highly rated, legitimate Survey site I recently discovered was Paid ViewPoint! PaidViewPoint pays you in gift cards AND PayPal cash. Since I am using this passive income for my wedding, I really love when these type of sites offer PayPal options! (as much as I would love me some Sephora giftcards…)

I find that these surveys are very short and they add up quick! Likewise, the more you use Paid ViewPoint the more you will earn per survey. They call this your “TraitScore”. I love that they reward their loyal users!


So far, I have only made $5.29 within a few months and my TraitScore is still pretty low. To be fair, I haven’t used this platform as much as I really should, given how quick the surveys are!

Goal: take more Paid View Point surveys on the stair master, raise my TraitScore, lose 5 lbs.

Not a bad way to earn some extra money, huh?

Honestly, you don’t even need to go to the gym to earn this money on the side… (shhh don’t tell anyone I told you that…) I mean, you could accomplish all of this on your couch… while eating Trader Joe’s pretzels.

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Healthy “On the go” Breakfast Muffins – Eggless!

There are two kinds of people in the morning

A. People that wake up after their 1st alarm. Their only alarm.

B. People…that after 7 failed attempts to be woken up by “Twinkle” (via iPhone) have finally shot out of bed, because they now realize that the sun looks a little too up in the sky for them to make it to work on time. F bombs included.

As a teacher with a 5am wake up call… I am definitely a B type. 

I love preparing healthy breakfasts and snacks ahead of time. Not only does it save me time throughout my busy day, but it also keeps me making good food choices! Let’s be real, without a good meal prep I’d probably be eating Mexican food takeout daily. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.)

After trying a few clean eating muffin recipes, I couldn’t quite find one that actually had the texture of a muffin without being too dry.

So I improvised and came up with this recipe.

These muffins are SERIOUSLY my go-to breakfast, snack and pre-workout nom nom. Even my fiancé loves them! (…and he’s a picky eater!)

Recipe below.


Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Old Fashioned Quick Oats    
  • 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Unsweetened Apple Sauce – or 2 ripe bananas (You will taste the bananas)
  • 3/4 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Almond Butter or All Natural Peanut Butter

Muffin Add-ins (your choice!):

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Honey glazed on top for added sweetness
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Blueberries
  • Any chopped fruit or nuts

Simple Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350º
  2. Mix Dry ingredients & Wet ingredients separately.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix. (if batter looks too thick, add a splash of almond milk)
  4. Add any additional add-ins (fruits, nuts, chocolate chips…)
  5. Fill each muffin tin cup with 1/4 cup of batter. (Use muffin liners or spray/grease cups)
  6. Bake Muffins for 22-25 minutes in oven
  7. Let them cool and enjoy! I store mine in a plastic container in the refrigerator for freshness.



(Each muffin starts at 80 calories, 3g fat, 13g carbs, 2g sugar & 3g of protein. Nutrition will be altered once you add in your toppings.)