Nov 9th, 2012 by Jennifer Lynn
This week I qualified for and completed my first focus group. It turned out to be a strange but entertaining experience. This particular group was for lip balm and each day for one week I was given a specific task to complete before bedtime.
For example, during one assignment I was sent on a shopping excursion in order to scout out the lip balm section from a venue of my choice. My mission was to document (with photos) where display setups were from the front door, how aesthetically-pleasing displays were arranged, and then base conclusions on how each brand was propped up/packaged, etc. It was a bit hilarious trying to discreetly zigzag through the aisles in order to document everything on my phone. Clerks tend to look at you a bit oddly for wandering around trying to snap pictures randomly.
The best part: I generously was compensated $150 for my participation!
My first focus group, for lip balm. Also featuring my daughter’s ‘sad doggy’—she drags this damn thing everywhere. (That’s my ‘cutie poo’ tote in the background.)
Which leads us onto … “My Financial Challenge Update“.
As a stay-at-home mommy without a reliable income stream, I made a financial challenge at the start of summer to raise $1,000, somehow. This is how things currently stand:
(All income was made from writing projects, sponsors and focus group participation.)
June – $80.00
July – $57.71
August – $425.80
September – $0
October – $262.50
November – $150.00
SO. CLOSE. Just a hair’s breadth away from my $1,000 milestone. Wheeee doggies!
Broke-Ass Mommy Site Stats
2 subscribers (Can I send you something to express my gratitude? A tater tot, perhaps?)
185 broke-ass subscribers, as of this morning.
Alexa Rankings –
July 10th: 3,507,434
July 30th: 1,236,943
August 6th: 906,877
September 5th: 369, 754
October 12th: 261,838
(current) November 9th: 211,222
2 3!! <— Check your Page Rank, folks. There was an update recently.
In unrelated news, here are some personal finance reads featuring some of my favorite lady bloggers on the internets. They are all kinds of awesome:
Frugal Portland – My Personal Philosophy at Age 31
NZ Muse – On Unabashedly Saying ‘No’ to Booze
When Life Gives You Lemons…Add Vodka – Why A Courthouse Wedding Is Not For Me
Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses – What Do Our Spending Choices Say About Our Values?
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff – Do You Fit Fun Into Your Life?
Mochi and Macarons – What Does It Mean To Be An Adult?
Little Miss Moneybags – Little Miss Milkbags–Would You Sell Your Breastmilk?
The Dog Ate My Wallet – Growing Your Professional Network
Master the Art of Saving – No Mortgage Payments For A Year—Sign Me Up!
Broke-Ass Mommy was featured in the following carnivals (a colossal thank-you to each of these hosts):
Finance Carn. for Young Adults at 20s Finances
Y and T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
Canadian PF Happy Hour at Canadian Personal Finance
Yakezie Carnival at Parenting and Money
Carnival of MoneyPros at Finance Product Reviews
Carn. of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
Carnival of Retirement at CashNetUSA Credit Resource
Now, onto the weekend.
Time to get your weekend started.
Have anything you want to accomplish by the end of the weekend?