Rewarder + eBay Classifieds = More Great Rewards

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with eBay Classifieds to share their “Wanted” ads on Rewarder. This partnership connects “Wanted” ad posters on eBay classifieds to our community of over 750K experts.

Here’s how it works:

1. Post “Wanted” ad on eBay classifiends

Post a Wanted Ad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. “Wanted” ad shared in the Rewarder marketplace

Rewarder Marketplace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Submit to win the Reward

Win Rewards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share your expertise, help others and win Rewards!

- The Rewarder Team

Community Corner: Meet Jamie K. – Mother, Worker, and Philanthropist

Asha's Refuge

Here at Rewarder, helping others is a daily goal. For one of our members, Jamie K., helping out is just part of her routine. As a machinery worker and mother of two, let’s just say that her skill set covers a large amount of terrain.

But Jamie didn’t stop there. In 2012, she co-founded a non-profit organization called Asha’s Refuge, which helps refugees settle and adjust to a new life in Tennessee.

We’re proud to have her as a member of our community.

Recently, we spoke to Jamie about her experience with Rewarder, her non-profit, and what drives her to help others. Check out our conversation below.

What do you like most about using Rewarder?

Replying to posts on Rewarder has been an interesting new hobby of mine. It has been neat to be able to use the experience I have to help find answers to frustrating life situations for others.

What type of Rewards do you normally seek out? Is there any type of question in particular that you love to answer?

Having a background in machinery, I am always eager to help people fix broken products that aren’t working from sewing machines to printers. I also like helping people with life situations I have experience with such questions related to Social Security.

Would you tell us a bit about your non-profit, Asha’s Refuge?

It’s very hard to function in America if you do not understand our social system, have never paid bills, cannot read or write, cannot drive a car and do not have a way to get to and from places like the doctor or grocery store. Many of the refugees we serve have disabilities, are single mothers, mothers of multiple children, widows, or young adults. Most all of them have never been educated, cannot speak English, have little to no job skills and truly need a helping hand. You can read more about it online at www.ashasrefuge.org.

Is there anything in particular that you use or plan to use your Rewarder winnings for?

I would love to think I could continue to use my skills to help others even in my spare time. Perhaps my Rewards can be saved up and I can continue to give back to others in more tangible ways.

Pretty cool, huh?

Inspired to help someone out? Check out some great Rewards today.

- The Rewarder Team

P.S. Want to be featured in our blog? Shoot us an email to marketing@rewarder.com and tell us why you love Rewarder!

Staff Picks: Favorite Rewards of 2013

From Ferraris to felines, the Rewarder community was bustling. Check out some of our favorite Rewards of 2013.

Travel Tips

$8.00 Reward – What are the best road trip spots from San Francisco to Oregon?

Reward for best road trip stops from SF or Oregon

Rare Treasures

$12.00 Reward – Help me find a copy of a book I used to read as a child growing up in Australia called “Bush Fairies”.

Reward for Help Me Find A Copy of a Book Australian Bush Fairies

Auto Advice

$12.00 Reward – How do I change the headlight on my Prius?

Reward for help me change the headlight on my Prius

Hobby Help

$24.00 Reward – Help me compile a list of Japanese comic books published by Hobby.

Reward for Help me Compile a List of All Comic Books produced by Hobby

Wacky Wishes

$16.00 Reward – Where can I rent a Ferrari for under $1K per day in Northern California?

Reward for Help me Find a Ferrari rental for 1 day under $1K

House Hotline

$8.00 Reward – How do I keep squirrels and cats out of my garden?

Reward for how do I keep squirrels and cats out of my garden

If you can’t solve it, Reward it.  Looking forward to a Rewarding 2014.

- The Rewarder Team

Hacking the Holidays. A guide to success from the experts at Rewarder.

Christmas is only a few days away. Check out our list of holiday survival tips from our community of experts. From tree tips to using the last of your vacation, we’ve got it covered.

1. Haven’t bought a tree yet? Make an environmentally friendly choice.

David Kulieke recently posted a Reward in our marketplace asking for advice on which types of holiday trees are environmentally friendly. Artificial or real trees?

holiday tree

Check out this answer from Angiewirth92:

Real christmas trees are more environmentally friendly as they aren’t made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride). This is a non-renewable, carcinogenic (cancerous) material.

2. Already have a tree but looking for a way to keep it alive through the end of the month?

Talocklear09 had a similar question.

Check out this answer from Duce114:

Mix sprite half and half with water. The sugars will make it thrive. Sprite has little to no caffeine.

3. Need to keep a family pet away from the holiday tree?

Ginger is having the same problem.

cat in holiday tree

Check out this answer from Alishanewton8:

Put aluminum foil around it! Cats hate the foil! Not pretty, I know, but it should work.

Or this alternative answer from Lliszcz12:

Use pet block. It’s an odorless spray designed to keep cats off of certain things. Spray it on and around the tree…it should do the trick. You can find pet block at Petsmart.

4. Employer closing early, and making you use vacation time on Christmas eve?

Jgaskin is in a similar situation.

Check out this answer from Lkelly2323:

No! This is illegal, the best bet is to speak to the manager and other work employees and if they don’t listen give the manger of the manager a call! As you’re losing out on money!

5. Making a pumpkin pie for Christmas dinner?

Jeanette Ginevan was having problems with her crust, it kept coming out soggy.

Check out this answer from Katelynmills1992:

I’ve listed 3 different methods for you to try! Good luck!

The most frequently recommended way to eliminate a soggy pie crust is to blind bake it. This is a simple process that involves prebaking your crust, rather than putting your pie filling into a raw crust. To blind bake your pie crust, preheat your oven according to your pie crust recipe. Next, in order to prevent the crust from puffing up, weigh your crust down by laying a sheet of aluminum foil into the bottom of the crust. Place enough dried beans or rice to cover the bottom onto the aluminum foil. Bake just until the crust starts to turn light brown. This will take approximately 15 minutes, but keep your eye on it. You do not want to bake it all the way, as it will bake more after you add the filling.

Another method for eliminating soggy pumpkin pie crust is to increase the oven temperature for the first 15 minutes, allowing the crust to get a head start on the filling. To do this, when you first place the pie in the oven, turn the temperature up to 450 degrees for 15 minutes. At the end of the 15 minutes, reduce the heat to your recipe’s recommended temperature. Again, keep your eye on it, and set a timer—-burnt pie is not much better than a soggy pie.

The last technique for eliminating a soggy pumpkin pie crust is a combination method. First, blind bake your pie; then, coat the bottom with a barrier that will prevent it from getting soggy. There are several alternatives for moisture barriers; choose the one whose flavor appeals to you most. You can use egg whites, melted chocolate or melted preserves of any flavor. Whichever one you choose, simply apply it with a brush to the bottom of the crust three minutes after removing it from the oven.

Need some advice to hack the holidays? Post a Reward and let our community help you out.

Happy holidays from the Rewarder Team!

Thanksgiving Hotline: Get Your Cooking Questions Answered

Move over Martha, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite cooking & baking questions posted in the Rewarder marketplace. Thanksgiving is around the corner and our community is ready to help!

1. Gravy Separation:

Reward for Question About Gravy

Response from Atzaman:

Oils and protein from the meat juices rise to the top and cool quicker than the actual gravy which is what forms the “skin.” Easiest way to counter this is just to keep the dish covered which will stop exposure to the air so it won’t cool down as quickly.

Make your own gravy using this recipe, and be sure to keep it covered to prevent separation.

2. Easy Pudding Meringue:

Reward for How to Make Meringue

Answer from Kerri L:

Yes, you can. It doesn’t matter the filling so much because it is the meringue that you will be cooking. It will only be in the oven for max of 5-10 minutes.

Make a quick lemon meringue pie with eggs, a frozen pie shell, and a package of lemon pudding. Recipe here.

3. Thawing a Frozen Turkey

Question About Thawing a Frozen Turkey

Mathew’s answer:

It’s best to thaw your turkey in the refrigerator. You keep it covered, and let thaw about 24 hours for every 5 pounds of turkey. For a 24 pound turkey you’ll need to let it thaw for 4 – 5 days.

Once your turkey is fully thawed you have a number of different options when it comes to the preparation of your bird. Check out this BuzzFeed article on 19 different ways to cook your Thanksgiving turkey.

4. An Eggy Situation:

Question About Boiled Eggs

Answer from Littleleilani8:

Place a single layer of eggs in a saucepan and cover them with about an inch of cold water; bring to a boil. Once they come to a boil, remove saucepan from heat, cover it, and let it sit about 12 minutes for large eggs. Run them under cold water to cool them; continue to cool them further with some ice. Gently tap each egg until the shell is finely cracked, then peel under running water.

Use your hard boiled eggs to make a batch of deviled eggs for the Thanksgiving table. You could make the classic variety with mayonnaise, mustard, pickle relish and paprika, or get a little more adventurous. Read this list of 10 types of deviled eggs for inspiration.

5. Brussel Sprouts Instead of Broccoli

Question about Veggie Casserole

Answer from Bobby:

I would probably let the brussels sprouts soak in water for a few hours before to let them get a little softer. The broccoli will bake soft but where brussels sprouts are a little denser I would worry that you will end up with a lil too much crunch.

In the mood for a chicken and brussels sprouts casserole? Make your own with this recipe.

6. Pomegranate Sauce is the New Cranberry Sauce

Reward for Question About Pomegranate Sauce

Answer from Kerry:

Cut it in half, and then over a large bowl, whack it with a wooden spoon. Hit the outer peel and the seeds will fall into the bowl. Some of the white pith around the seeds might, too. Just take that out, it’s not good to eat. Some seeds may stay stuck inside. You can just gently pull them out. Do this with each pomegranate half. Now you have the seeds in a bowl, and you could totally just eat them like that, they’re delicious (and yes, you chew and swallow the tiny little seed inside each one…it’s supposed to be very healthy for you, too) Or, you could juice them for a super healthy drink!

This year instead of opening a can of store bought cranberry sauce, why not make a pomegranate sauce instead? Pomegranate seeds are tart like cranberries, and the juice can be very easily reduced into a sauce.

7. Fruit Pie Time

Reward for Question About Fruit Pie

Answer from Tara:

You can do a prebake on the bottom crust, this is called a blind bake, put the crust in the pan and then cover in parchment or foil and then dry beans in the parchment or foil. Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 mins, let cool down and brush with egg wash or butter to keep the the filling from wetting the crust and then fill and cook as you would normally.

It’s also a good idea to blind bake a crust before using it for a pumpkin pie. For more advice, and a no fail pumpkin pie recipe, check out this article on Savuor Fare.

Can’t solve it? Reward it.  Let our community help you out with your cooking & baking questions this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

- The Rewarder Team

More Money In Your Pocket. New Updates to the Rewarder App for iPhone.

Check out the latest version of the Rewarder app for iPhone®. We made it even easier for you to find Rewards that match your skills & expertise.

1. Identify Your Skills & Expertise

Whether you are a tech wizard or garden guru you can easily select your skills and expertise with a few quick taps. These are saved to your profile and allow us to show you questions that match your interests.

Rewarder app for iPhone

2. Find Questions that Match Your Skills & Expertise

As you are browsing questions in the marketplace, you can now filter to see only those questions that match your skills and expertise by selecting “My Expertise” from the category list.

 Rewarder app for iPhone

3. Answer Questions that Match Your Skills & Expertise & Win Rewards

Sharing your knowledge and expertise in specific areas for which you have personal experience, gives you have a better chance of winning the Reward. Your experience provides credibility that is valuable.

Rewarder app for iPhone

Here’s to more money in your pocket! Download the latest version of the Rewarder app for iPhone.

Cheers,

The Rewarder Team

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Help Someone Stay Cozy This Winter. Earn a Few $.

The first winter storms are making their way across the country.  Can you help our members get ready for the cold? Here are 5 great Rewards you can win and get a warm fuzzy feeling in the process!

Home Insulation – No one likes a drafty room

Share advice with Logan to help insulate his basement and win a $10.00 Reward. Reward for Help with Home Insulation

Snow Blowers –  Shoveling is for the birds

Walter from Ithaca needs help putting a snow blowing attachment on Craftsman riding mower. Lend a hand and win $4.00 Reward.

Reward for Help with Snow Blower Attachment

Pop Up Campers – Need something to look forward to next summer

Steve from IN is looking for tips to winterize his pop up camper.  Any tips you can share for a $5.00 Reward?

Reward for Winterizing Pop Up Camper

Fireplaces – Everyone likes to curl up by the fire

Chris took his fireplace apart to give it a fresh coat of paint and needs help putting it back together. Win a quick $2.00 if you help. 

Reward for Help with My Fireplace

Garden Flowers – Hang on to the last bit of summer a little longer

Share your experience with Sharon who moved her summer flowers indoors for the winter and doesn’t know why the leaves are turning yellow. Your expertise is worth $10.00. 

Reward for Question About Flowers

Need advice to get ready for the winter?  Post a Reward. Our community is ready to help.  

Keep cozy!

- The Rewarder Team

PS – Don’t forget to make sure your weather radio is working.

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