Make money while your spouse watches TV

By | July 28, 2018

How to Make Money While Your Spouse Watches TV

Image of couple watching TV

Sometimes I find myself in the living room in my recliner and my husband in his and I really wish I could be working on my Affiliate Marketing business. But when he asks if I want to watch a movie with him, its hard to say “No”.  I know I need to be spending time with my spouse. He and I are on the opposite end of what we enjoy watching.  He’s into war movies, documentaries, history, old black and white movies and corny comedies, etc.  I like to watch drama, love stories, science fiction, crime thrillers and fantasy movies.  I can handle a few minutes of the other type movies occasionally (comedies especially), but usually I’m totally bored.  Yes, I do watch baseball with him-sometimes the entire game!

But I’m secretly thinking about my business and what blog post I need to be researching or writing or the training I could be doing. I started thinking and figuring out “how to make money from your recliner“.  So I’ve developed my own way to make money when relaxing in my recliner spending time with my spouse.


What do I do for my business while in my recliner?

I have my iPhone with me.  It is the 7plus with the larger screen, so I can see the screen well enough to make money when relaxing.  It is hard to type because it takes too much time on that tiny screen (I’m saving for a notebook to use).  But here are some things I CAN do in the recliner:

  1. I read lots of my Kindle ebooks with it and I can read some off my book list I keep while resting in my recliner (I’m going through a list of self-help, success, and positive thinking books right now). aka “Think and Grow Rich”, “The Power of Positive Thinking”, “The Law of Attraction” and more like that.  I also read books about my niche subject to learn more about my niche and become more of an authority on that subject.
  2. I can do online surveys for points and credit toward gift cards.
    1. I mostly do surveys on and  500 Swag bucks earn me a $5 Amazon card. 4000 points on Tellwut will earn me a $10 Amazon gift card.
    2. Another thing is I can use my desktop in the office and let one of the Swagbucks “watch video cycles” be running on the desktop earning me points while I’m in the living room.
  3. I can research information sites and topics for my next blog post.  I use the Notes app on my iPhone to jog down ideas and thoughts and URLs.
  4. I can do some Jaaxy keyword searching and save my keywords to notes or within Jaaxy on Wealthy Affiliate University.
  5. Just recently I ordered some Bluetooth earbuds for my iPhone.  I’m really loving that I can now listen to Jay’s video training or other recorded training from WA while I relax in my recliner. They are proving well worth the money I spent (and I used one of my gift cards to help pay for them – lol!)
  6. I can read WA email while I relax too.  I have my mail setup to filter all emails from wealthy affiliates and move them to one folder.  When I have time, I go through that folder catching up on reading all those emails.  I keep up with the community and all my followers and followed members doing that.
  7. I can proofread some of my posts to find typos and grammar errors and fix them.
  8. I can go into CHAT and see if I can help anyone – although its hard if I need to type a lot or copy and paste a helpful thread.  It will be much easier when I get a notebook and mouse.
  9. I can also check my websites for comments that I need to acknowledge and reply to.
  10. I can take the time to be active on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Linked In).

See, there are at least those 10 things I can do while sharing the living room with him while he watches TV.  I can make him happy that I’m spending time sorta doing something with him and I can make some progress on my business also.


Do I feel bad doing this?  No, I don’t; we don’t talk a lot but that’s because HE is the one who doesn’t want to talk while his attention is on his movie or a ball game or he’s playing sudoku on his phone.  So, I’m just doing what he wants – sitting there next to him and not sitting in front of my desktop for hours, which he hates.  I do take a few minutes every now and then to watch some of the movie or game show or ballgame with him – I’ve actually grown to enjoy watching the St. Louis Cardinals (his favorite MLB team).

Here are the earbuds I just purchased for myself and I’m really liking them:

Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones, Bluetooth 4.1 Lightweight Stereo Earbuds with Magnetic Connection, NANO Coating Sweatproof Sports Headset with Metallic Housing & Built-in Mic

Here’s my list of books to read so far:


How Successful People Grow: 15 Ways to Get Ahead in Life

The Success Principles(TM) – 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months

Napoleon Hill’s Greatest Speeches: An Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation

Think and Grow Rich: The Original, an Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation

The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham

Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires


I love to get comments and answer your questions.  Please leave yours below.  Also, if you have enjoyed reading this article and think others might also, please share with your friends and on your social media.  Thank you for visiting my website – Shirley

NOTE:  This post includes affiliate links, which, if clicked on and a product purchased, I get a small commission (with no increase in cost to you).



6 thoughts on “Make money while your spouse watches TV

  1. Tony B

    What a enlightening story that was, not only on how to make earning online something you can even do whilst ‘watching’ TV but also the tolerance you have… kudos to you.

    Not sure I’d feel comfortable not openly being able to do what I want when I want.
    Probably why I’m single :o)

    Thanks for sharing Shirley.

    Tony B

    1. Shirley Dawson Post author

      Thanks, Tony for looking at my blog post and your comment. Yes, marriage makes a lot of difference with what you spend your time on. Each person needs to make time for the spouse even if its just a small way. Last night I made myself sit and watch TV with my husband, even though I wasn’t too interested in the Vietnam war documentary. I remember the war from my younger days and all the protests upset me even then. This morning I’m up at dawn working on WA stuff. He’s still asleep. Thanks again for your comment. – Shirley

  2. Sammy

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and I can relate to a lot of what you described. I particularly like your 10 suggestions of what you can do instead of watching the program you don’t like anyway without making your partner feel bad or neglected. It’s a win-win situation in every respect – financially and personally. But I think to make this work you definitely need earbuds, at least I do.

    1. Shirley Dawson Post author

      Sammy, thanks for visiting my site and reading my post. Also for your comment. I know I really need the earbuds so I can watch/listen to WA training while watching TV with my husband. Feel free to leave any questions on my site. Thanks again – Shirley

  3. Roger Humbke

    Great Post. Just like us, but I am the husband watching documentaries and the odd movie while she goes through Chinese social media sites.

    Most of the time we are in the same room with me on my computer working on Wealthy Affiliate training or my website and her busy on her lap top. Perfect harmony.

    1. Shirley Dawson

      I guess we are redefining “doing things together as spouses”. But if it makes both of us happy – that’s ok. Thanks for reading my post and your comment. – Shirley


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