m the type to get really excited about freebies, extra side money, and interesting ways to save.
If you are too then we’ve got some tips for you. Who can say no to extra money, right?
There’s no need to sell locks of your hair or babysitting screaming children. (Although, you could if you want.)
But if you need more ideas, we rounded up 11 quirky, but definitely legit ways, to make some extra money.
Give these a try the next time you’re in need of some extra money!
1. Make Stupid Easy Money Trying and Playing Games
There are so many new games coming out on the daily that it’s hard to choose which to play.
My strategy? Only focus on the games that pay me for my time.
You can do it with AppStation, an app that pays you to try out new games.
When you earn coins from trying new games, you can redeem for:
- PayPal Cash
- Amazon gift card
- GameStop gift card
- PlayStation Store gift card
- Xbox Live gift card
- And too much more to list
Nab a 4,444 coin welcome bonus too, which is basically around 50 cents in value. And if you don’t like to wait, you can choose to payout as low as $1.
If your friends want to get it on the money action, introduce them to AppStation, where you’ll get bonus coins and 25% of all their earnings. To make it a supportive group, your friends will also earn 25% of your earnings too!
2. Like a Real Life Daily Quest, Just Leave This App On & Get Paid
This is like a daily quest but you get paid in real life.
Panel App is a loyalty incentive app that will give you points just by leaving the app running in the background.
Because it gives you points on location, go ahead and enable location services. Then just turn the app on before you go about your day and head to school, work, gym wherever.
After testing it we think it’s a great (lazy) app that rewards you for doing almost nothing. If you’re still skeptical, know this:
- You don’t have to complete offers
- You don’t have to watch ads
- You don’t have to buy anything
- You don’t have to do anything but leave the app running
We snagged a $5 Amazon gift card via email after a few weeks of just leaving the app on and forgetting about it. You can also choose VISA gift cards, MasterCard gift cards or sweepstakes entries.
Overall, a solid choice for earning a bit of spending money for literally just leaving the app running on your phone!
3. Free Gift Cards Just for Going Shopping? Yes, please. (Up to $302/Yr)
Go on your normal grocery shopping trips. Scan your receipt after. Get points towards gift cards.
No extra fuss. No digital coupons to pre-select or specific stores to go to.
It’s perfect for the lazy but smart saver.
And it’s called Fetch Rewards, an app where you can scan ANY grocery receipt to get rewards.
Scan receipts from supermarkets, neighborhood corner shops, wholesale clubs, drugstores, convenience stores, and even liquor stores. Unlike other apps, you’re not restricted to specific stores. As long as your receipt has any of the thousands of participating products, you’ll earn points to redeem for gift cards.
You can start redeeming points for rewards with as little as 3,000 points ($3). Grab a 2,000 points bonus ($2!) when you enter this referral code: REWARD before you scan your first receipt.
Welcome bonus: $2
Average savings a month (depends on purchases): $25
What it could add up to in a year: $302
Additional referral earnings: $2 per referral
4. Get Paid for Playing Free Digital Scratchers
Don’t bother going to the liquor store to buy physical scratchers, you can now play them for free on Lucktastic!
There are a ton of different scratchers you can play, and you can earn both cash and tokens. Scratched all of them for the day? Don’t worry, there are specific night-time scratchers that are available each night too!
You’ll also get free daily tokens and more ways to earn cash. It’s really simple to play as you just swipe your finger to “scratch.”
On my 5th scratcher, I won a $1! Yes, I’m completely addicted to this app.
When you want to redeem your earnings, you can choose from:
- Amazon gift card
- CVS gift card
- Dunkin’ Donuts gift card
- Check mailed to you
- Visa gift card
It’s free to download so there’s no harm in trying!
6. Medical Emergencies Happen – Here’s How To Afford the Unexpected
True story: My cousin was on a cruise to Canada, and while coming down the stairs, she missed a step and tumbled down. She later found out that she broke several bones in her left foot, and was unable to go to work for 3 weeks because of a massive cast.
Unfortunately, accidents like this can happen and it could be disastrous to your wallet and potentially your career.
Sure, you can always prepare by having a savings account devoted to “what if” moments, but if you find yourself in a tight spot, there are options that can help, like Opploans.
Even if you have a poor credit score you could still get a personal loan for short-term financial needs such as 6 to 24 months. Definitely useful for unexpected situations.
Submitting an application doesn’t affect your FICO credit score, so check if there’s a short-term personal loan that you may need for a medical emergency, major purchases, life events and more.
Here’s who can qualify:
- Residents of AL, AR, AZ, CA, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KY, KS, LA, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NM, OH, OK, OR, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, SC, WA, WI, WY, VA
- Have a minimum monthly income of $1,500 for the states listed above except AL is $3,500, and GA & ID is $3,000
- Employed at your current job for at least 3 months
- 18+ years old (19 if from AL or NE) and cannot be an active duty service member
- A traditional bank account in your name that’s been open for at least 90 days
- You get your paychecks via direct deposit
Qualified borrowers will be able to borrow up to $4,000 depending on their state and eligibility. And when monthly payments are made back on the loan, Opploans will notify the 3 credit bureaus to build up your payment history and in turn, build your credit history!
7. Save Up To 50% On Your Weekly Groceries With One Single App
Grocery shopping can be a drag. Between prepping a shopping list, cutting coupons to save, and trying not to spend your entire paycheck at the checkout line – it can be pretty stressful.
People coupon to cut costs, but it’s time-consuming and frustrating with all the different places to look for them.
An app is here to change that though. It’s easy grocery planning and couponing with Flipp, an app that has all your weekly local store ads and coupons in one place.
Use the app to create a shopping list by tapping on the digital ads and clip coupons that match with the items you need. Long gone are the days of having a list in one hand and a stack of coupons in the other; all you need now is your phone.
You can search by category, retailer, or item and then ‘clip’ the coupon or load to your store loyalty card – it’s that easy! Flipp also allows you to see trending nearby deals, so you never miss out on a chance to save a little extra dough. Additionally, you can set reminders for expiring clips to ensure you use them in time.
With 1,000+ weekly ads from local retailers and 100+ coupons from brands you love,Flipp has no shortage of saving options!
8. Get Cash Back On Your Late Night Cravings (& Every Time You Shop)
I stress eat and get cravings often. So yes to Arctic Zero Mint Chip Ice Cream and Nutella on everything.
I don’t feel too guilty though because my cravings and basically everything I buy normally, give me a chance of getting cash back.
It’s simple. All you have to do is take a picture of your grocery receipt and Ibotta will pay you cash.
Here’s how it works:
Before you go to the store, search for your shopping list items in the Ibotta app. After your store visit, take a photo of your receipt to get cash back.
Ibotta is free to download and you’ll also get up to $20 welcome bonus after uploading your first receipt!
Some offers we found:
- 25 cents back on any item
- $3 – $5 back on various wine
- $2 back on Herbal Essence Hair Care
- 25 cents – $4 back on ice cream
- $2 back on KIND Bars
Popular stores are Walmart and Target, but Ibotta also works at restaurants, online shopping sites, and at the bar!
9. $500+ Savings Everyday in this Simple Coupon App. Check it Before Your Next Shopping Trip
“Oh it’s ok, I don’t need any more money.” – said no one ever.
If you don’t already have a folder on your phone dedicated to cash back apps, it’s probably a good idea to start one. And then you can add the Coupons.com app to it.
Founded 20 years ago, it’s the OG digital coupons company where people could clip the coupons online and then print them all at once. It was the easiest way to coupon.
Now they’ve streamlined the process even more with the Coupons.com app. Basically, there are 100s of coupons with over $500 savings you can use every day for shoppingon your favorite brands like Starbucks, Pepsi, Crest, Tide, etc and at your preferred stores.
There are 3 ways to use the app:
- Use the Load-to-Card feature where you can clip digital coupons to load them onto your store’s loyalty card at over 35 retailers (your savings will automatically apply at checkout)
- Get cash back when you take a picture of your receipt and upload it onto the app
- Print coupons from the app and use them at checkout
Cash Back is great for stores that don’t have loyalty cards like Target, Walmart, and warehouse clubs. Typically, you’ll get cash back within 48 hours of uploading your receipt and there’s no minimum to cash out to your PayPal! You can redeem after each trip if you want instead of waiting for a specific amount.
So go and add this app to your collection because there’s no such thing as saving too much.
10. Budgeting Made Easy with this App, Even if You Don’t Know How
If you have trouble budgeting, you’re not alone. Most people actually don’t know how to properly budget and that could possibly them in debt.
Truebill easily helps you budget, even if you don’t know how to. Their simple to follow budgeting pulls your historical spending, organizes it, and allows you to clearly see your spending so you can set a target budget with context. (Aka you can see where you’re wasting money on).
Truebill’s five-star reviews come from people formerly bad at budgeting. Dawn H. said “LIFE CHANGING!!!! I was never able to save money or budget myself but with Truebill all the work is done for you! I am very grateful”.
Truebill will also alert you if you’re getting a little too spend-happy in your budgeted categories so you know when to curb it. Another user, Clee M. said “This app is 100% true in what it advertises. I am normally skeptical about connecting my bank info to apps. This app is completely safe and easy to use!”
It’s simple but actionable budgeting that anyone can follow and it’s free to use! Join the many users today and control your spending with Truebill!
11. Up To 40% Cash Back Automatically? Sign Us Up!
Saving money and getting cash back on purchases always sounds like a great idea – until you completely forget to take the steps to get the savings. There are SO many ways to save money while shopping, who can remember if it’s not automatic?
Ebates can help you get cash back on everyday shopping as well as apparel, beauty, and more, automatically. With Ebates, you don’t even have to upload your receipts after your purchases. They’ll send you simple push notifications when your favorite stores increase their cash back deals or have a good sale.
Offering simple one-tap savings with no points or fees helps ensure that you get the most out of your purchases. So, before buying anything, hop into the app to see if you can get up to 40% cash back at over 2,500 stores.
They also have an amazing referral program where you can earn $25 for each eligible friend. New members get a $10 bonus too!
BONUS: Get Paid in Gift Cards if You’re Chill with Lock Screen Ads
The average person unlocks their phone 110 times per day – that’s a lot of time spent looking at a screen for free.
With S’more you get paid every day you unlock your phone. It’s even easier than it sounds, and since you can cash out with as little as $1 there’s no waiting around for your rewards!
They partner up with brands looking for more impressions (aka your eyeballs) and you don’t need to click on anything to get paid either.
S’mores pays in gift cards so you can redeem for:
- AMC Theaters
- Best Buy
- Domino’s Pizza
- Starbucks and more!
Just use your phone normally, and your earnings will apply daily. Pretty much the easiest thing to do.
BONUS 2: Bet on Yourself and Get Paid
There’s nothing like money motivation to get me going. Especially if I want to drop some weight and get fitter. I already quit on my resolutions last March so I’m trying not to this year!
I think I’ll be more inspired now though because there’s a health and wellness company that will pay you to lose weight. Seriously!
It’s called Healthywage.
They have a ton of testimonial/pictures on their site along with legit places reviewing them from CNN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal etc.
So if you need some money motivation to lose weight, here’s how it works:
1. Head over to HealthyWage to check out the calculator
2. Decide on a weight goal & amount of time to achieve it
3. Bet on yourself ranging from $20-$500 a month
4. You could win up to $10,000 depending on your HealthyWager!
*What Americans Pay in Bank Fees Source: ChimeBank.com
*80% world’s energy statistic source: EDF (Environmental Defense Fund)
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