There are many different things I’ve purchased with InfoBarrel money over the years.  While I really cannot claim that any of the items were purchased solely by IB, I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that if I weren’t writing for money on IB, I wouldn’t have been able to purchase most of the items on this list.  It’s not my intent to brag or boast about material things in this article, but I would like to open up your eyes to the possibilities sites like InfoBarrel open up.  Please bear in mind that other sites, like HubPages or Squidoo are very similar and can be used to accomplish the same things.  Diversification is a good thing and essential to making sure you have something to fall back on.

My Camper

My camper isn’t anything super special.  It’s a smaller popup camper that I like to use with the kids.  It wasn’t super expensive and I did buy it used, so it really wasn’t a major expense.  That said, as a lowly, lowly jail guard, I can assure you, my ‘real’ job doesn’t pay nearly enough for me to able to raise a family and purchase much for things like this.  I was lucky enough to buy with cash on this one, so financing and other expenses could be eliminated.  Once the AdSense check came in, I went off and made the purchase.

Of course, with the camper, it allowed me an opportunity to go out camping with my family, which is a fantastic way to spend a couple of days.  It’s good time away from the daily grind of work and home projects, just to relax for a while and enjoy the peace.   Luckily, there is a really nice campground only about 15 minutes away.  It’s far enough and tucked away enough to feel like you’re completely gone, but still close enough to run back home if I forget something.

A Couple of Boats

My first big purchase was a SmokerCraft Stinger.  I like it a lot and probably would have never been able to make such a purchase without my online earnings.  This isn’t anything super special, but I’m very thankful to have purchased it.  I’m very picky about boats, since I use them for fishing.  This is a 16 footer with a 50 horsepower tiller Mercury outboard motor. 

The other boat I purchased is just a rowboat with a very small motor.  I like to use it on pothole type lakes that don’t have a decent boat landing.  It’s something I could have purchased without IB, but I still used my online income to make the purchase.

Multiple Four Wheelers

If you peruse my library, you’ll see I have lots of ATV related articles.  I don’t actually write these because they pay well (most don’t earn much at all), but it’s something I really like, so it’s a good way to get back into the groove of writing, especially if I’ve taken a break from it.

At the time of this writing, there are a total of seven ATV’s in my garage.  Some of them are off brands, which I generally recommend to people with kids looking to get into four wheeling, but there’s also Arctic Cat’s, Polaris four wheelers, and a Yamaha in there.  Without my IB money, I have to assume there wouldn’t be nearly as many of them in there.  Actually, that might not be so bad come to think of it.  My garage is overflowing. 

In addition to these, there’s also a mini bike and go kart.  It seems I like to accumulate motorized big boy toys.  I wonder if there’s some sort of therapy out there that will work for me.

Family Trips

I’m scared of flying, so my trips are within driving distance.  I love taking my kids to Wisconsin Dells.  I’m not sure how many times we’ve been there, but at one point, we had gone seven times in a calendar year.  Most were short trips, but there were some longer ones in there as well.  The kids are actually telling me they want to try something different this year, so I’ll have to find a new vacation getaway to fund with my InfoBarrel earnings.

Of course, along the way I’ve also taken some short trips to other cities within driving distance.  We’ve explored some of the top science museums and seen some sights that are really amazing to view.  It’s been a wonderful ride and I hope to continue to do some small getaway vacations as time goes by.

Student Trips

My oldest son has an opportunity to go off to Washington DC on a school trip this summer.  It’s far from free and I don’t believe it hitting people up repeatedly for fundraisers, so the trip will be funded out of pocket.  Luckily, I have enough InfoBarrel money coming in to pay for this.  Without it, I’m sure I would have still sent him and found a way to make it work, but it wouldn’t have been very easy to pull off at all.

What Will You Buy?

I would highly suggest anyone writing for InfoBarrel or any other site sets some goals with their earnings.  Reward yourself and get yourself something.  If you’re just starting out, it might be a good idea to take that first AdSense payout and buy something you know you want, whether it’s tools, clothes, or gadgets.  I know many people struggle with bills, so it might not be possible to just ‘blow’ the money, but at least try to put a little bit toward something special for you.  As the income grows, you can work on the bigger items on your wish list.  It’s a good way to keep motivated.  I’ve suffered from burnout a few times and walked away for long periods.  Having something in my sights generally helps me get back into the groove.