“ Redeeming rewards are fun because we usually purchase items that we normally would not buy or items that we have been holding out for. „
Ive been with DooYoo for just over a week now, and everyday i find myself sat here hunched over the laptop tapping the keyboard about different products. As of yet i have absolutely no idea exactly what i want to spend my DooYooMiles on, all i can say is i'm pretty exciting. Writing is something i love, and if i can get paid for doing something I love and help other people spend their money wisely, everyone wins! After reading other reviews on what people spend their DooYooMiles on i think i might keep saving till Christmas (or at the very least my boyfriends birthday) and it will just save me an extra bit of cash (which is always great) The best part about DooYoo is that you don't have to have hours free to write reviews, you can write one here and one there and it doesn't make a difference! Defiantly going to be using DooYoo for a long time!
Well I have been with you all on this site now for just under a month and I have just requested my first cash out! When I originally signed up and realised that the options were cash or Amazon voucher, I originally thought I would go for cold hard cash and that I would use this much needed bonus to reduce my credit card debt.
Writing reviews of things I use and seeing that people find them useful has been an utter pleasure this past month - I feel like I am earning money for having fun! I have enjoyed watching my miles creeping up and up in increments of 10, and when I hit 20,000 this week, I couldn't resist hitting the "redeem" button!
Ok ok, I know it isn't the cash that I was going to throw at my debt, but let's be honest, with Christmas coming up, chances are I would be buying some stuff from Amazon and so although I am not going to be throwing any extra money at my credit card debt, I will use this voucher for Christmas presents rather than putting Christmas presents on the credit card, so in effect it's the same thing eh?!
So that is how I plan to use my first Amazon voucher, but what about the second and subsequent ones?? Well, I have set up an Amazon wish list (yes, already) and I plan on spending half of each voucher on a little something for myself each time I redeem. After all, I'm worth it, right?
Having now received just over 110 pounds worth of Amazon gift cards in just several months, I thought that I'd share how I've been spending my Dooyoo dosh.
I initially planned to save enough miles to earn hard currency, but quickly realised that I can have lots of guilt-free spending if I earn vouchers. I'm very tight with my money: a past life even had one full-time job and two part-time jobs simultaneously! So, these Amazon vouchers really make a difference to me and my family's life!
To date, I've only spent about £60. I have bought the following items, many of which I first learned about here on Dooyoo!
1. Casmir perfume
2. Afterswim body and hair wash
3. Several children's books (Volcanoes, Usborne's 1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland, and Usborne's Great History Search)
4. Knot Genie (similar to a tangle teezer) - yet to arrive
5. A gorgeous picnic rug - also yet to arrive
Next I'll be buying a blackout blind and several more books - all of which I discovered through Dooyoo.
My vouchers will also be used to buy several Christmas Hampers for my in-laws and their carers.
I'm very appreciative of the chance I have to earn Amazon vouchers, and have discovered that I am almost addicted to the site. I'd never previously realised how useful such a review site could be, so am grateful to all the site's contributors :)
Highly recommended - five stars!!
Well, I haven't actually earned enough for a payout yet, but I'm trying to save up for a new kitchen so I'll be taking cash and squirreling it away in the kitchen fund, which stands at a rather pitiful £1200 ish at the moment. As a rather famous supermarket tells us, 'Every Little Helps'!
Seriously, you should see the state of my kitchen. The units were once white formica but they're now vaguely yellow with chipped corners. The worktop is chipped. One cupboard has a makeshift knob that doesn't match. One cupboard opens to a gaping hole where the old boiler used to be. The walls are covered in thick artex above the nasty tiles with cartoon drawings on certain ones dotted here and there. The ceiling is yellowed and the light fitting broken. There's not enough storage, and the floor.... Oh my god, the floor. When I bought the house the lino was a vile stained yellow colour, so I covered it myself with vinyl tiles. Clearly I should not be allowed to do DIY under any circumstances. Now they have chipped and cracked and cleaning the floor is next to impossible.
So I want the works, a beautiful new kitchen, new appliances, a dishwasher (sooooo need a dishwasher), new floor, new ceiling, new lighting... And it's a big room. I reckon I'm looking at getting on for £15000 to get what I want and to have it done properly.
If you want to laugh at photos of my hideous kitchen I have a blog on Wordpress by the same name as this 'review'. Not sure if I'm allowed to link to it. I don't update it too often but a new blog is brewing within me. (It doesn't earn my any money, so here's the address - http://itchin4akitchen.wordpress.com/ )
When I first did Dooyoo, i had no idea what I was going to do with the vouchers, maybe by a DVD or a CD, have a treat for me, as I know it sounds daft but I do feel guilty if I buy myself something, so by earning on here, it meant a guilt free purchase.
To Save up for Christmas, have a nice surprise, as I have just been converting into Amazon vouchers, but my Sat Nav decided the battery had gone, I have had it 5 years, so have had my moneys worth.
A New Sat Nav and accessories, so as I was feeling generous, (it was the benefit of everyone) i spent £100 on the sat nav, then brought some accessories for it,
Kindle- i brought a kindle for my daughter - but I am putting that up as a surprise for her birthday present.
So now my Amazon account is a zero - and my wish list - that so far has a Notebook and some accessoires in waiting I have seen a pink notebook, then when I add the covers and the bag - looking at £210 - so hoping can achieve that by November ready for Christmas.
Thank you to everyone for taking the time to read and rate my reviews, really appriciated x
Sticking to the tradition of Dooyoo I've decided to venture into the Dooyoo Lounge for my 200th review. Over the last year and a bit I've been fairly regular in writing, reading and rating on Dooyoo and have earned myself just over £200 so far which is rather pleasing considering how much I enjoy using the site, earning is never a chore here.
I didn't realise just how much I loved Dooyoo until rather recently though. A degree change which meant I had to take up another job left me rather short on time. I found myself away from Dooyoo for a couple of months and very quickly started to miss it. I've only just started regularly using the site again after getting into a routine and making time for Dooyoo and vow never to neglect it again!
I've just cashed in for my first £20 Amazon voucher since returning so though I'd share what I spend my Dooyoo earnings on.
I always go for Amazon vouchers. I feel that if I ever had the money transferred into my bank I'd end up just spending a little extra of my everyday living essentials and wouldn't feel like I had any extra money to treat myself with at all. Amazon always has countless amounts of things I'd like splash out on but usually can't find the cash. With Amazon vouchers coming in from Dooyoo I can buy these things as well as keep track on what I've purchased so I can clearly see what I'm getting by using this site.
I do, on occasion, donate the odd £5 to either the RSPCA or WWF, both charities I'm particularly fond of. I'll usually do this after a big Amazon payout, when my Dooyoo miles get back up to 5000 I'll send them in the direction of one of those charities.
For the most part, however, I exchange my miles for either £20 or £25 worth of Amazon vouchers. I fund my Kindle entirely from what I make on this site thus I like to always have a couple of quid on my Amazon account for my next read.
So there's the first thing my Amazon vouchers go on, books. I'm not as much of a heavy reader as I would like to be, again down to lack of time, but I do still like to get my Kindle out and read whenever I get chance to. Every book on my Kindle has been purchased with money earned on Dooyoo (if it wasn't a free one anyway) and this allows me to still partake in a simple pleasure of mine without breaking the bank. I do have a habit of reading new releases more than anything else and these don't often end up in a charity shop for 20p so I do spend a fair bit on reading material.
Nose studs are another thing I regularly purchase using my Amazon vouchers. I feel rather naked and bare without a little nose stud in, it's one of the few piercings I've had which has survived my fickleness. Most end up being taken out and left to heal after a couple of months because I suddenly decide I don't like it, my little nose piercing has been there for six years though and I can't stand not having a stud in.
Rather annoying then my nose studs last, on average, a week each. They always fall out when I'm asleep and trying to find a little, tiny, nose stud in a big double bed is virtually impossible. So I end up purchasing boxes of twenty-four nose studs from Amazon usually costing around £8 or £9. This doesn't sound like much but when you're purchasing one every few months it soon starts to add up! This way I've always got a nose stud on my bedside table for when I wake up without one and it doesn't cost me a penny, result.
Treats for my pets are constantly being added to my Amazon basket. Before my Hamster died a few months ago I was always buying him bits and pieces for his cage or his belly from Amazon. In fact I even bought his last cage from Amazon when I felt he needed more space. Dooyoo funded all that for little Frank and I'm sure he lived a much richer life for it too it! I purchase a variety of items for my Dogs and Cats from Amazon thanks to Dooyoo as well. Oscar, my Greyhound cross, was growing up during the winter time. Him being the breed he is meant he virtually always required a coat during this time but he was growing so quickly he'd outgrow one every four weeks back in the early stages of his life. I ended up purchasing a couple once he'd outgrew his old ones from Amazon using Dooyoo vouchers which certainly saved me some money!
For the most part I don't really consider myself to be a girlie girl but I still do like my beauty products. Particularly with hair and skin care I find myself wanting to try more expensive products which I cannot afford. If those products are on Amazon, Dooyoo will probably end up purchasing me those items. I have bought a few bottles of TIGI Bed Head shampoos and conditioners, I really like them but they're out of my price range without Dooyoo Miles and Amazon. I've purchased various bits of different make-up items too and will be treating myself to some Bomb Cosmetic bath bombs when my most recent voucher is e-mailed to me as these are products I've been wanting to try for a while but haven't found the money.
Last Christmas I was quite fortunate in that I received a nice sum of tax rebate in November which pretty much sorted Christmas out for me. This year I expect I'll probably have to save up like everyone else which I shall I start doing shortly and hoping that everyone wants something sold on Amazon! I did purchase my little Sister's Christmas presents using Amazon vouchers from Dooyoo though. She wanted a few different expansion packs for The Sims 3 so I got them all from Amazon, sorted her Christmas presents out without it costing me anything!
There have, of course, been a few different little items I've purchased too. Note pads and stationary for uni, the odd DVD ect. All little things which I probably still would have purchased if I didn't use Dooyoo but ended up saving me money because I did.
All in all I really enjoy Dooyoo anyway but the earnings really makes this site one of my favourites. It's allowed me to treat myself to things I wouldn't have otherwise bought and saved me money on things I would have otherwise bought. And, of course, I get a read a review before purchasing most things to make sure I so indeed want it. What could be better?
Positively a Doo Yoo babe, as just climbing gently to my next pay out. So I thought I would write about how I spend my online earnings.
Although I have only had £20 so far from Doo Yoo, I automatically opt for Amazon Vouchers, as I am greedy and want my money now. I also know from other sites that the process of cashing in is really simple and I can watch my Amazon Balance grow and I also know I will have no problem spending. I am a member of Swag bucks, as well as quite a few survey sites and also cash back sites so I have had about £200 worth in the last 6 months.
I apologise for being over focused but the first thing I do when I receive a voucher is put that exact amount from my current account into a mortgage overpayment, as this is my main goal. I also keep a record of it, in my "finances" book, as I find it really motivating to see exactly how much I have earn.
My biggest purchase to date was the kindle fire I had for my birthday, which I feel was a double present, as technically "free" so my birthday money went to my morgage account so win win IMO.
I tend to start filling my Christmas cupboard boxing day onwards, this site has had a unexpected affect on this, as I now have an extensive wish list on amazon after reading reviews and thinking that the item reviewed would make a great present for mum, dad, etc. I already have some lovely slippers for myself (which I will let my husband "wrap" for me) and some solar lights for my husband in the cupboard. But now my wish list has quite a few ideas, for example the jelly fish larvae lamp for my best friends son, several DVD's and books for various family members. My aim is to watch them price wise for a few months or until they have a price drop and then purchase, as its surprising how the prices do alter and I do like a bargain.
Anyway that's how I spend my Doo Yoo money and I'm going to give it 5 Doo Yoo stars as it allows me to fulfil my main goal of Morgage over payments but also acts as a Christmas / birthday present saving scheme and reduces the pre Christmas stresses.
I am a relatively new member to the site but must say I am addicted and still loving it. Have just cashed in my first £20 in Amazon vouchers.
Although we are by no means skint.....and have no debts, money is always tight. We have invested in two buy to let properties in the past three years and whilst I hope these will pay off long term, it is stretching us slightly at the moment.
What I earn from a combination of dooyoo and other sites all goes into Amazon vouchers. Up to now I have used these for the odd cd, book, or treat for myself but realising that my grocery spend is getting out of control I have been investigating the grocery section on Amazon.
Consequently I am currently awaiting 35 toilet rolls, replacement braun toothbrush heads, dove soap, and toothpaste!
Have also just taken delivery of a toilet fix kit for the seat that was hanging off in our bathroom.
I usually have enough to buy birthday presents as well which saves me money.
I know groceries aren't the most exciting thing but if it gradually reduces my monthly real life spend, I'm happy.
Husband will think I have lost the plot as I haven't warned him of imminent toilet roll invasion. Lol.
I love dooyoo !
So, why do we all Dooyoo?
Personally I think that occasionally stumbling across a "lounge" read on Dooyoo is a nice way of learning something new about someone who, let's face it, you spend a fair bit of time with! And that illustrates one of the reasons that I love this site - there's a society here. I moved to the Midlands a few years ago and between personal and work issues I've never found a network of friends; equally I have become quite guarded through life experience and don't mind keeping myself to myself, whilst my friends from back home have dispersed following their own lives. So it is sort of nice feeling that I belong to something, and for me Dooyoo does that. As a bonus, you also get some rewards from it. So, where do mine go?
Well, whilst it is tempting to go for Amazon vouchers now and then, I hold out for the £50 cash-in point. Why? Well, when I first joined I had an allotment. I was by far and away the youngest person on the field - something greatly appreciated by a certain flirty gardener who by his own admission was "sadly far too old" to even think about it! So my original aim was to use my first £50 for the next year's seeds. Fast forward a bit and the allotment is no more - the commute and other commitments, plus a summer of perpetual rainfall meant it was just too much for me on my own.
Then along came Mr Rarr, and my plan was to keep all money I make online - Dooyoo, surveys and eBay - for us to have a nice weekend in a really nice foodie place. My aim was Tom Kerridge's Hand & Flowers "restaurant with rooms" - basically a Michelin-starred restaurant which realised that people will want wine with their very pricey grub and consequently need somewhere to sleep! This is basically the poshest pub known to humankind. Then two problems intervened; first the waiting list and secondly, before I had the time and money to earn enough to make this happen, Tom Kerridge showed himself up in spectacular fashion. An amateur food blogger treated himself, after working hard for the money as I had been endeavouring to do, to a meal in a top restaurant. He met the chef and complemented him on the food - one would imagine it is pretty daunting meeting your heroes, even if you weren't that chuffed with the meal. He then blogged about it and made his personal opinion of the food known. Cheffy in question promptly goes mental on twitter, calls the patron something very uncomplimentary and Tom Kerridge weighs in despite it being completely unrelated to his establishment and also vilifies and insults the amateur enthusiast writer publicly - in short, he was behaving like a schoolground bully. I doubt his business will suffer from my reaction, but he will not be getting any of my money after acting like that, even if the place looks like it can turn out a damn fine bit of steak.
So what do I aim for now?
Well. I have learnt a lot in the last few years. Okay, so the allotment didn't work out, but I miss it and I love the countryside - there's a reason I opt to spend five hours of every working day travelling, and that's so I can breathe clean air and sit by rivers in gardens of country pubs and go for walks in which I don't get knocked half off my feet every five steps by a fat bloke with an imminent heart attack and massive sweat circles under his arms. Commuting is becoming the bane of my life - it exhausting and means I can't be as good as I would like at my job. I've also met the man I will share the rest of my life with and he is someone with the same ideals as me. So, the dream has evolved between the two of us that we will aim for a smallholding in the West Country at some point in our lives. His relatives have moved there, mine want to. It makes perfect sense. Throw in my increasing conscious awareness of the sheer wrongness of the modern food industry - we all should shoulder the blame for the current horsemeat "crisis" - and I cannot tell you how much I was to remove myself from urban culture. I'm a female aged under thirty and I want nothing to do with JLS, microwave meals, Cosmopolitan magazine, Kurt Geiger, Jane Norman dresses and Cheryl Cole's sodding hair extensions. I want earth, land, air, space, some bees and ten hens and three pigs and some ducks, a goose or two who I shall treat with good food and a wide berth as I have never forgiven them as a race for chasing me across my grandfather's farmyard when I was six. I want to "do a Hugh" and pretend London doesn't exist any more and every time we visit Mr Rarr's clan in the depths of the West I feel like a little bit more of myself has stayed there and I won't get it back until I change everything about modern life. I want my kids - if I ever get to that stage in life - to not be people who will ask stupid questions like my mother's townie employer once did - "didn't you know your hen was pregnant?" - and understand that our lovely little green island used to be a place where farmers were rewarded for their hard work. I don't want to feel guilty about what lands on my plate when I pursue a balanced diet
So like many Lounge posts this has turned into a slight rant. As Blur pointed out, modern life is rubbish. To answer the original question, I am now looking at my internet earnings as something entirely different as I used to. They used to be something that I could use as a superficial treat twice a year or so. Now? I have a plan. It might not work and it probably won't. But now every time I reach that magical £50 moment I will be investing the money not in a savings accounts - thanks to the weasel-faced git that our current Prime Ministers deems fit to run out money when he couldn't run a bath, there's no point. I shall buy Premium Bonds, and hope that one day luck decides to smile at me and give me a big win. Given that I have £50 of bonds in my name that my idiot excuse for a father bought me out of a guilty conscience when I was twelve and I only recently landed a windfall of twenty-five whole English pounds, it probably won't work. But it will still be my money and one day, maybe I will come to my senses and realise that the dream is unachievable. I shall forgive my oldest friend for pointing out recently that my dream is, after all, shared with 75% of the population.
But I might get lucky. Might, maybe, possibly, just. Then, the modern world will not see me for dust. I am an intelligent, cognitive person and I have come to realise that I am really, bloody well angry. I want to change my life and when I am eighty and on a rocking chair knitting some scarves I want to not feel guilty about my time on this earth. So I hope that my money from Dooyoo, worked for and earned in diligent and honest advice and reviewing, can help my luck in doing so. In the meantime, I shall continue to enjoy the community, the humour, the honesty and the help that Dooyoo provides, and even if I land a million tomorrow, I will still be on here. Hopefully you all will too.
I've been on DooYoo for about a year and have so far redeemed three £50 cheques. This doesn't seem like so much for the amount of time and effort spent on the site but it is money that I wouldn't otherwise of had.
**My first £50 cheque**
This was spent on MAC and Benefit makeup. These are 2 high end beauty brands that I can't usually afford with my student loan so therefore I was very happy with my purchases. If I remember correctly I bought a foundation, a blusher and a lipstick. Only 3 items for £50 but it is what I wanted so it was £50 well spent in my opinion.
**2nd £50 cheque**
My second £50 cheque was redeemed at a time when I was moving into my first house at university and therefore I needed loads of stuff. I spent half on a bed cover set and the other half on decorative items. The left over bits were unfortunately spent on boring essentials such as cutlrey sets, glasses sets from Wilkinsons and tea towels!
**3rd £50 cheque**
My thirs £50 cheque will be spent on a new coat that I've got my eye on from TopShop. I will get student discount on it so I will have about £10 left - this will probably go on a few bits of jewellery that i've got my eye on from Internacionale.
I love reading what other people spend their dooyoo earnings on - everyone seems to spend them in very different ways :)
Dooyoo miles are always converted into Amazon vouchers on my account, and will continue to be converted this way for a while. They are purely for enjoyment purposes rather than helping to pay the bills or spending on days out, and so far i have collected 110 000 miles for 200+ reviews. Not bad given that i write a lot in the archive section, and drop in and out from Dooyoo from time to time.
I try and spend my vouchers on things that interest me or things i find fun like games, sports gear and a hard drive for all my music. I generally don't have a lot of "fun money" at hand especially as i found recent finances strained so i like to get enjoyable things for myself that i wouldn't normally buy.
I normally buy things that i have been saving up for, things i can't afford or things i can only partly afford. I bought a hard drive worth £60 and actually paid £20 thanks to a £40 Amazon voucher from the Dooyoo team. Pretty nice if you ask me. So here's a short comprehensive list of all the stuff i've bought from Amazon since joining Dooyoo.co.uk:
£30 CD Spree (went a bit mad here) - Addicted to bass 2009, winter 2009, 2010, winter 2010, 2011, 2012 and a few other dance CD's
£40 Buffalo 500GB hard drive (it was £60 so i got £40 off basically)
£30 Squash Racquet (Browning gun ti 120 carbon titanium)
And here's things i am saving up for, hopefully by christmas:
GTA V (Pre order) £50
DVD's £20 - you can get loads of ZOverstocks stuff for £1.27 so thats a fair amount to watch and listen to, i've got my eye on about 10 DVD's at the moment including "The Dictator", Sacha Baron Cohen, which hopefully will drop in price.
Preorder Forza 5 £40 - Summer next year Forza 5 will be out (here's hoping anyway)
Any smaller items that take my fancy like cables or tea bags if i've got some left over pennies from the vouchers, which i usually do.
So basically i have had 6 months to get £110 and i need 6 months to get the same amount again. I'd better crack on then.
I've only been a member of dooyoo for about 5 weeks now but already have cashed in £40 worth of vouchers and plan to do another £25 later this week. I joined Dooyoo originally just as a way of making a bit of money on the side and try and improve my writing skills however I very quickly became addicted to rating and reviewing! I really do enjoy sharing my opinion on products so I'm now earning a bit of extra money for fun. I also love checking other peoples opinions on items so I have more knowledge of what to expect from the things I buy, especially I hate wasting money on things I end up not using/liking. I was very shocked at how quickly my dooyoo miles accumulated too!
My original plan was to save up to £50 worth and get it sent to my bank and treat myself to something in Topshop or a night out, however I started looking on Amazon to see if they stocked the make up and hair products I used and they did! So I then changed my mind of saving up for Amazon. My plan changed again when I was doing some further Amazon searching and found many things that would be pretty helpful to buy for Uni next year so this is what I am currently using my Dooyoo miles for.
I cashed in £40 worth and it popped up in my email the very next day! I went to Amazon and ordered a duvet, pillows and a present for my friend (was going to be a lamp, however I didn't have money on me for her present!). They all came very quickly and it felt like I had got them for free as I hadn't really spent actual money and I still had £5 left over for amazon!
When I cash in my next lot of Dooyoo miles for Amazon vouchers I will be buying a memory stick, lamp and light bulbs, towels and a duvet set if I find one I like. I am definitely going to continue using Dooyoo when actually at University as I will still be able to treat myself to top brand makeup and hair products that I won't be able to afford as a poor student and can buy some presents for people for Christmas. I would really like to save up to half buy a Kindle for my mum too!
I love Dooyoo!
I joined this site a few months ago now and initially found it incredibly addictive. I would write my five reviews everyday and when I couldn't because I was busy I became very frustrated. I really enjoyed the process of writing, reading and rating reviews and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read some friendly consumer advice from my fellow dooyooers.
For my university course I undertake a placement each academic year. This is a teaching practice in which you essentially become the teacher of a class. This is an incredibly gruelling and tough experience that is extremely rewarding but definitely very challenging too. During my placement this year I simply couldn't keep up with dooyoo and so decided to give it a break for a month or so. By that point I had already made £40 worth of dooyoo miles and so redeemed them for amazon vouchers.
The redemption came through during my placement and was a great opportunity for me to treat myself. I absolutely love children's books and have a burgeoning collection/library in my bedroom. One of the things I had my eye on was a set of really beautiful hardback Roald Dahl books. These are something I knew I would keep forever and so I indulged myself and bought close to £40 worth of them which I think bought me 6 books. With the remaining amount I bought Alex Clare's debut album (which I now can't quite believe I've failed to review) which I really enjoyed.
After my placement ended I got back into the swing of reviewing but this time slowed the pace down, wrote more carefully and took a few weeks to make my next £20. I was much happier with the standard of my reviews and have had really excellent feedback from reviewers who I have a great deal of respect for. I also started to vary what I was reviewing, I didn't just go for the highest level of dooyoo miles but reviewed a mixture of products. I find the variety helps me to hone my skills and write better reviews. Once I had redeemed this £20 amazon voucher I spent it on two gilmore girls DVDs which completed my collection of the entire seven series. I also bought a film called 'Perfect Sense' (which I will review) and another called 'Tuck Everlasting' (which I have reviewed). I was pleased with my choices and have added them to my DVD collection.
I recently spent a few weeks getting to the £80 mark and was finding it quite tricky and time consuming. I got there though and instantly redeemed the miles. I have yet to receive the amazon voucher but have recently got really into audiobooks and plan to spend it on a 27 CD collection of Roald Dahl stories. I travel once a week from London to Eastbourne because my boyfriend lives there and one day I decided I wanted to use that time productively. I buy children's audiobooks from the book shop I work at and listen to them on the journey, and I've fallen back in love with so many books I enjoyed as a child.
In the last 3 days I've been on a reviewing spree. I am currently working as a nanny for two boys, aged 9 and 14, I look after them in the day but actually they don't require a lot of care and mostly play playstation together. As a result I spend my time reviewing in the day while I watch over them. I am enjoying this time spent dedicating myself to reviews and it has meant I've made almost £20 in 3 days. I'll slow down a little once this job is over but for the moment I am relishing the opportunity to improve my reviews even further. I'm close to redeeming my next £20 and hope to do so in the next couple of days. Once I do I imagine I'll spend it on books, audiobooks or DVDs as these are my favourite things to treat myself to at the moment. I'm actually in the process of collecting Disney DVDs with the hope of one day owning all the classics, hopefully some of the money can go towards these.
I think dooyoo is an excellent site to use if you want to make a little money. It won't pay your bills but use it to get yourself a treat once in a while and you'll really feel like you've earnt it.
I have been a member of DooYoo for only 7 months or so, and initially joined as I like writing and also to earn little money for treats and things as of course, having a little one sometimes can be a strain on the finance!
After a slow start I cashed out 20,000 DooYoo Miles for an Amazon voucher and disappeared from the website for a few weeks as I found the reviewing quite tough. However, I decided to return and give it another go, and now I must say I am truly addicted! With my smartphone glued to my hand my sister is always asking what I am doing and when she sees the screen she straight away notices I am reading a review and tells me to put my phone away! Anyway, now I am in the swing of things and enjoying the website even more I have far more reviews to come with more DooYoo miles to accrue so heres my little list on what it has been spent on so far!
20,000 Miles = £20 Amazon voucher
My daughter loves watching a range of cartoons and so at bedtime for an hour I like her to settle whilst watching a DVD (boy does she have an amazing collection!) and a cup of warm milk. We only had one DVD player in our flat, as the old one broke so was becoming quite a bit of a hassle to be unplugging and plugging it in, moving it from her room to the Living room etc so I used this voucher and bought her a Sony DVD player to stay in her room. I added about £6 onto the value of it, and of course opted for the free super saver deliver so it felt like I didn't really spend much money on an item which was greatly needed!
50,000 Miles = £50 cash withdrawal
I soldiered against much temptation to withdraw the miles and use it for another Amazon voucher and kept reading and rating and reviewing until I hit that magical 50,000 redeemable miles cut off point! Super proud! I redeemed it about 3 weeks ago, and it hasn't arrived yet but I am happy as patience is a virtue and I know it will arrive in due course! I have planned to go to Amsterdam for the weekend for my birthday in November (not for anything mischievous I assure you!) and have found a lovely little deal for £140 for flight and hotel so this £50 will be going towards my ticket when I book it end of this month. This is a lovely little early birthday present to myself so I thank DooYoo for treating me so early!
20,000 Miles = £20 Amazon Voucher
Last week I redeemed another 20,000 miles and was amazed when I got the email promptly yesterday! Less than a week! So as my Amazon wishlist is endless I couldn't wait to get home and apply to my account and start my shopping! I bought a tefal frying pan as my current one is a good 4 years old and is just eurgh! I bought a brill cheap Samsung Galaxy S III cover for a mere 95p (bargain!) and as my sister puts up with me a lot I got her an iPhone 4S case. I have a little change leftover but as I know I will be using it soon theres no hurry for me to spend it all at once!
I now have 2 upcoming holidays booked for this year - 1 to Barbados and the other to LA for my birthday in November so all my savings on here will be going towards this! It's by no way a means feat but reviewing on here is so worth it for the trips I get out of it!
It's also challenging as since joining DooYoo my wishlist has grown to a list of 40+ products which now all seem ever so important so making it hard for me to restrain myself! Either way, I have enjoyed being on this site and hope to continue and want to thank DooYoo for the crowns, and to all the DooYoo members for the reads, rates and nominations allowing us to get a few extra bits around the house that we need and giving my bank balance a little boost now and again!
My main reason for joining dooyoo was for the money, but once I started reviewing, I really began to enjoy it. I really like giving my opinion on different products in the hope that it will help people who are looking to buy the products. I really enjoy reading reviews too, and I have dooyoo to blame for my ever-growing wishlist! I won't lie though-it's really great to be rewarded for giving my opinion, and every time I redeem my miles, I am over the moon!
So far I have redeemed 115,000 miles and have another 25,000 miles in my account that I will be redeeming soon. I redeemed the 115,000 miles in the form of a £50 cheque, and £65 worth of Amazon vouchers. The £50 cheque was used to pay for the holiday I took to Greece and Italy last year, and really was money well-spent as the holiday was lovely. From the £65 worth of Amazon vouchers, £40 were used to buy a video game and a couple of books for my fiancé, and the remaining £25 were used to buy a text book I needed for university last year.
In the future, I think I would like to use my miles to treat myself more, and also to buy things for the soon-to-be-husband! We're getting married at the end of this year, so I'm probably just going to redeem my miles for Amazon vouchers for the time being, so that I can buy some nice things for the house. I'm also currently saving up my Amazon vouchers to buy us a kindle to share, and I'm sure some of my future vouchers will be used to buy e-books! It seems I am saving up for a lot of things, but I do get Amazon vouchers from other websites too, and even if I can get the kindle and have some vouchers leftover for household stuff by December, I will be more than happy. After that, I will be saving up to redeem a cheque so that soon-to-be-husband and I can go on a nice holiday next year.
So now you know what I have been spending my dooyoo earnings on, and what I plan to spend them on in the future! I really do enjoy being a member of dooyoo and hope I can always find the time to be a part of the dooyoo community, no matter how crazy life gets.