Could you use an extra $400 a month? What would you do with it? Finally purchase those long-wanted items you’ve been desiring, make a car payment, or stretch that money and grow your stockpile by matching sales and coupons?

A couple years ago, I could have never imagined I’d be wondering how to best use this extra ‘bonus’ money I’m now bringing in monthly. Three years ago the school where I was teaching closed its doors permanently. I was suddenly out of work with a mortgage, husband, two kids, and only one income.

After traditional job searches fell short, I started looking to the Internet to create my own money-making opportunities. I came across a headline that said I could get paid to write articles. After investigating the site, I signed up and started writing.

What had, at first, started out as a website called Associated Content was eventually acquired by Yahoo! I now earn money by freelance, writing online articles for Yahoo! Voices, earning up to $400 a month.  This is completely online, completely from the comfort of my couch (or bed… or bathroom), and mostly when the kids are napping.

That’s not saying it came easy or pulled in ‘big money’ right away. I was extremely green at first, relying more on my college essay skills than knowing how to write for the web. It was easy to give up when the big payouts weren’t coming right away, but I kept at it, researched, and learned how to write for online audiences.

Writing articles in my interest fields – art, education, parenting, TV and crafts – I soon became a featured contributor, pulling in multiple high-paying assignments each month. I was eventually given weekly ‘beats,’ which are themed areas I can routinely write about for a set dollar amount. As well as the upfront payments for my articles, Yahoo! Voices also pays monthly performance bonuses for page views. One of my first big breaks ironically was Coupon Etiquette for Beginners, which earned thousands of page views and a nice little bonus.

The best part about online writing is that all the money earned each month goes directly into my PayPal account. With my PayPal debit card, I can go directly to the grocery store, where I’ve matched up my sales and coupons, and pay directly from my online writing money. Because of this practice, I’ve now eliminated all use of my credit card.  I am now on a path to quickly pay off the rest of my credit card debt in a few months.

Yahoo! is not the only site that will pay you for writing articles.  You can find many places online that are looking for your knowledge and advice.  In fact, I am earning money right now writing this article for the Krazy Coupon Lady website!

Writing articles online has changed my life, my habits, and my financial security. It’s been a part-time job that I completely control, that now pays my family’s entire grocery bill, and also helps in paying other bills for my family. If you enjoy writing, and $400 sounds good, try your hand at online writing, and see how far it can take you too.

This has been a guest post by Becca from Youngstown, OH
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21 thoughts on “How Online Writing Pays My Entire Grocery Bill”

  1. Jamie says:

    What a great idea!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello fellow couponers,

    We agree, extra income is desperately needed these days.
    That’s why we started our own Blog as well entitled:
    We found an ingenious way to stop from having to cut coupons and search everywhere for them.
    So stop on by and say “hello”
    Chris & Mary Ann Bird

  3. Great idea! Shout out toYoungstown! Nice to know there are some other couponers around my area :)

  4. Has Coupons says:

    Hi Becca,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. 

    I am very interested in writing articles. I have been good at it right from school. But I am unable to find out which websites are legitimate and would pay me for sure. Could you please mention some legitimate websites that I can consider signing up? 

    I am sure it would benefit a lot of Krazy coupon ladies.

  5. I too would be interested in more information.  Such as reputible sites, and I second the comment by Dorene.  Most want money first.  This particular article didn’t mention anything about needing to pay first.  I have quit my full-time job to raise my babies and it’s been rough.  I’d love to be able to earn a little extra cash.  Any direction is MUCH appreciated! Thank you!

  6. This sounds great was there a particular site that we should use?

  7. I’ve looked into things like this before and know there are legitimate venues for articles out there. I just haven’t found any yet. I need to find one! Some of the ones I’ve looked into want money up front to start. I don’t want to get “suckered” into one of them again. Besides, I can only afford to pay them in coupons! lol… Will there be a followup on this article? Perhaps a directory which lists article writing jobs that don’t require PAYMENT to join?  I’m looking for a place that will read my writing samples and allow me to write based on that, not my credit card.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Helium is another good freelance writing website! I earned $40 for the first article I wrote for a major magazine! Also, the more articles you write the more you can earn. When people read your articles you get paid a small amount. 

  9. where do we find these sites? I would love to start doing this!!

  10. Holly says:

    There are a lot of great sites out there for freelance writers. I too write P/T from home and love it!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I no hOw 2 rite ree-al good. 

  12. This article was great and reminded me of some goals I have set for myself this next year, I want to freelance for the local newspapers writing about couponing and budget saving ideas, presonal experiences and tips on how-to.

  13. Emily Morrison says:

    That is great that you were able to do something so great for your family and your budget. Can you tell me how you started this? I too enjoy freelance writing and would love to use my skills to possibly bring in some money as well. Thanks for advice you can give!

  14. Anonymous says:

    How do you start something like this? Sounds fun.