21. Earn Money Shopping on Amazon
This is such an easy, passive way to rake in an extra $36 a year. ShopTracker, one of the leading public opinion research companies, wants you to share your Amazon purchase history with them. And they’ll pay you for every month you share!
When you sign up for ShopTracker, it keeps your private information, well, private. All it wants to see is your order information, including the order date, product title, category, ISBN number, release date, condition, seller, list price per unit, quantity and other details.
Before you jump in, you need to know:
- This will be a waste of time if you don’t shop on Amazon.
- You must be 18 and live in the U.S.
All good? To earn your first gift card today:
- Sign up, and download the ShopTracker app on your Windows computer and Apple or Android phone. It takes about two minutes. You’ll need to answer a few questions about your Amazon use to qualify.
- Open the app and log in to your Amazon account to automatically share your purchase history. You’ll receive your Visa e-gift card code for $3 via email within 48 hours.
- Take a couple of minutes to share your purchase history to earn another $3 each month.
Your information is securely collected by The Harris Poll, a trusted market research company for more than 20 years. Additionally, ShopTracker removes your name, shipping address and any personal payment information before reporting your purchase history.
22. Get Paid to Shop Online
Believe it or not, some sites will give you free gift cards just for signing up with them.One of our favorites is Ebates, a cash back shopping site. It’s giving away $10 gift cards if you sign up as a new member and earn your first cash-back rebate.You can choose a $10 gift card for Walmart or $10 in Ebates cash for your next shopping trip on the site.To earn your gift card:
- Sign up for Ebates here with your email or Facebook account.
- Make your first purchase through the site within 90 days, and spend at least $25.
- Your account will be credited with rewards points you cash in for your $10 gift card.
23. Get Paid to Tutor Kids Online
24. Pick up Babysitting Gigs Whenever You’re Available
Ever overhear your co-workers mumbling about needing a night off from little people at home? You’ll be surprised to learn how hard it is to find a sitter!Keep your eyes and ears peeled, and offer to babysit while friends or co-workers go out for the evening — you could earn $50 to $100 in a nightIf you don’t want to bother the people you already know, sign up with SitterCity.Once you create your profile on the app, you can browse babysitting jobs in your area. Parents post to the app looking for full-time nannies, date-night sitters, last-minute care, and even pet or senior care and housekeeping.Families can review your profile and run a background check before contacting you. Then you’ll meet them over the phone or in person to talk about their needs and your rates.If you like hanging out with kids, babysitting could make a fulfilling full-time job or just a fun way to make extra money in your free time.
You can sign up for SitterCity here.
25. Stop Doing Favors, and Rent Your Truck out Instead
Remember how proud you felt when you bought that truck? You were on top of the world — until your family and friends started asking for favors: Can you help me move this weekend? Make a Home Depot haul for me? Tow that trailer full of trash to the dump?That big, empowering truck you bought has backfired. (Not literally, we hope.)Instead of feeling committed to all these favors for family, friends and friends of friends of friends, why not let someone rent your truck — and pay you per hour?Through the online peer-to-peer truck share marketplace Fluid Market, you can lend your truck to community members. Fluid Market reports earnings on longbed pickup trucks and cargo vans up to $12,000 a year.Here’s how Fluid works:
- List your truck. Be sure to have the VIN and some quality photos available. If you do, the process takes about 10 minutes tops.
- Promote your listing. Use anything and everything — from Facebook community groups to Nextdoor. Fluid says earnings are “notably higher” when someone self-promotes.
- Manage your listing. Opt into the “instabook” setting, where users can automatically book your truck without pending your approval. Set up a lockbox for the keys, and bam. Passive income.
Let’s address some concerns real quick. When you list on Fluid Market, it covers all vehicles with $300,000 in car rental liability insurance as well as coverage against theft and physical damage. You can also feel at ease because each renter’s identity is verified with a DMV background check. Payments come weekly, via direct deposit.
And, hey, no heavy lifting required. Now when everyone flocks to you — err, your truck — nudge them over to your listing on Fluid Market.
26. Serve as a Mock Juror
Fascinated by courtroom drama, but hate wasting the day in jury duty for a measly $40 payout?Serve as an online mock juror to help lawyers prepare for real cases. You can earn $10 to $60 for about an hour of your time.Instead of hearing arguments from both sides of the case, you review evidence, including documents, videos and photos, at your computer.
27. Start Investing (Seriously, You Can Afford This)
If you’re like most of us and wish your money would just take care of itself consider starting an investment account through Acorns.You can start small — with $5 — and stack up change over time with its “round-up” feature. That means if you spend $10.23 at the grocery store, 77 cents gets dropped into your Acorns account.Then, the app does the whole investing thing for you.The idea is you won’t miss the digital pocket change, and the automatic savings stack up faster than you’d think. For example, Penny Hoarder Dana Sitar was able to stash $420 away per year.At that rate, you could set aside $1,000 in about two and a half years — without trying.But the beauty is you can set your own pace with Acorns’ features, so if you want — and can afford — to invest $1,000 faster, go for it.
The app is $1 a month for balances under $5,000, and you’ll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.
28. Jump on the Class-Action Bandwagon
If you use a product that’s involved in a class-action lawsuit, a little online sleuthing could get you a cash payout.The rules of each settlement are different, but in most cases you’ll have to provide proof of purchase or product use, like a serial number or a receipt. Once you fill out your online claim form, you may have to wait a few weeks or months before receiving your payment.Psst — we regularly post new class-action settlement information, so check in often to make sure you’re not missing a chance to get paid!
29. Optimize Your Credit Card Use
If you’re not using a rewards credit card to pay for your groceries, you’re missing out on free money.(One caveat: This only works if you pay off that credit card balance every month to avoid paying interest.)Credit card rewards programs can be confusing, though, because each card gives you different rewards for different purchases. Managing all your points and rewards can be a challenge, especially if you’re juggling more than one card.To get the most out of your rewards cards at the checkout counter, try using Birch. The free app keeps track of your spending and helps you maximize the rewards you’re getting, whether they’re travel rewards or cash back.Birch plugs into your bank account and credit card accounts (with high security) and analyzes your spending habits. It recommends which cards you should sign up for, and which cards you should use for your most frequent purchases.For example, it might suggest you buy products at your favorite grocery store with a specific card to rack up the most points or cash back.
The average American shopper could be earning $600 in credit card rewards per year, Birch co-founder Alex Cohen says, referring to a Bureau of Labor Statistics finding that the average consumer spends $2,165 a month on groceries, gas and other “credit card eligible” expenses.
Don’t miss out.
30. Work as a Transcriptionist
Are you a good listener — and a good typist? You can make $15 to $25 an hour as a transcriptionist.
You’ll need experience in the medical or legal fields to get transcription assignments in those areas, butplenty of researchers, reporters and Average Joes are willing to pay for someone to type up their recordings.
You get paid per audio hour, so this is a gig that’s perfect for people with great focus. If an hour-long recording takes you four hours to transcribe, you still only get paid for one hour. Listen closely!
1. Play a Free Virtual Lottery
There’s something so satisfying about those gas station scratch-off tickets, but it’s better to avoid them because, well, that’s not Penny Hoarding.Instead, try using a free app called Lucktastic. Each day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. Lucktastic says instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. You can also earn tokens, enter contests and play games.The app is free to download — and play. Get scratchin’.
2. Take a Photo of Your Receipts
Ibotta is an easy-to-use cash-back app that’s partnered with more than 50 retailers, just about anywhere you’d do any kind of shopping.Before heading to the store, search for items on your shopping list within the app. Strawberries? Check. An ear of corn? Check. Add each cash-back opportunity to your list in the app.Then shop.When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes.Bam. Cash back.Some cash-back opportunities we’ve seen include:
- 25 cents back for any item
- 25 cents back on strawberries
- 50 cents back on frozen fruit snacks
- $1 back on a box of tea
- $5 back on a case of Shiner Bock beer
Notice a lot of those aren’t tied to a brand — just shop for the staples on your list, and earn cash back!
Ibotta is free to download. Plus, you’ll get a $10 sign-up bonus after uploading your first receipt.
3. Invest in Real Estate Around the Country for Just $500
Want to try real-estate investing without playing landlord? We found a company that helps you do just that.Oh, and you don’t have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars, either. You can get started with a minimum investment of just $500. A company called Fundrise does all the heavy lifting for you.Through the Fundrise Starter Portfolio, your money will be split into two portfolios that support private real estate around the United States.This isn’t an obscure investment, though. You can see exactly which properties are included in your portfolios — like a set of townhomes in Snoqualmie, Washington, or an apartment building in Charlotte, North Carolina.You can earn money through interest payments and property income (e.g. rent). You’ll get paid via quarterly distributions, plus extra periodic distributions if properties are sold.(But remember: Investments come with risk. While Fundrise has paid distributions every quarter since at least Q2 2016, your payment is never guaranteed.)You’ll pay a 0.85% annual asset management fee and a 0.15% annual investment advisory fee.Interested? Get started with Fundrise here.
4. Get Paid to Share What’s in Your Fridge
Believe it or not, this company wants to know what’s in your fridge…Once you sign up to be on the Nielsen Consumer Panel, the company will send you a free scanner, or you can use your smartphone. Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the barcodes on the back of each product and send your data off to NCP.As an active participant, you earn gift points which you can redeem for different types of merchandise. You can choose electronics, jewelry, household items, and even toys for the kids.The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunity you have to earn points toward prizes. You also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes. Prizes include vacations and brand new vehicles.
5. Sell Your Unwanted Stuff With This App
Are your closets and shelves packed to the brim with stuff you never use — or even look at?You can sell virtually anything on letgo. This intuitive app lets you snap a photo and upload your item in less than 30 seconds. It removes a lot of the hassle of selling things online and it’s 100% free to use.
6. Take a Walk Around Downtown
No extreme physical activity or pulled muscles required for this money-making trick. All you need to do is download the Shopkick app.Once you sign up, the app pays you in “kicks” for walking into certain stores (including Walmart, Target, TJMaxx and more). These can be redeemed for gift cards to a number of retailers, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Sephora and Best Buy.It pays you even more “kicks” for photos of receipts that include qualifying items you purchased in-store with a connected credit or debit card. You can also earn kicks for online purchases. Bonus: You don’t have to do anything; your linked cards will automatically apply your kicks.We’ve got an ultimate guide to using Shopkick here.
7. Answer the Phone
Have you ever considered doing customer service from the comfort of your home? An increasing number of companies are hiring work-from-home customer service reps, instead of running call centers.These jobs can be full– or part-time and offer a variety of schedules, including daytime, evening and weekend shifts with a range of pay depending on the position and location.Search for work-from-home jobs in your area through ZipRecruiter.Your job is usually to answer customer questions over the phone or via online chat. You may find sales positions that include higher pay and performance incentives; or technical support positions, which are best if you’re tech-savvy and have an interest in helping people understand technology.You should enjoy helping people, though! You know how a bad customer service call can totally ruin your day? You don’t want to be the bad rep on the other end of that call.If you don’t like working with customers, keep an eye out for other work-from-home jobs through these work-from-home job sites.
8. Earn up to $350 Opening a New Bank Account
Visit this Chase Total Checking® page* to apply online, or enter your email address to get a unique coupon to take with you to open your account at any Chase branch.This coupon expires on April 16, 2018, so you’ll need to complete the application at a brick-and-mortar location before then.
- Get a $200 bonus when you open a new Chase Total Checking® account and set up direct deposit.
- Get a $150 bonus when you open a new Chase Savings(SM) account, deposit a total of $10,000 or more in new money within 10 days, and maintain a $10,000 balance for 90 days. You’re not required to open the savings account to earn the $200 Chase checking bonus.
* Fine print from Chase:
Checking offer is not available to existing Chase checking customers, those with fiduciary accounts, or those whose accounts have been closed within 90 days or closed with a negative balance. To receive the $200 checking bonus: 1) Open a new Chase Total Checking account, which is subject to approval; 2) Deposit $25 or more at account opening; AND 3) Have your direct deposit made to this account within 60 days of account opening. Your direct deposit needs to be an electronic deposit of your paycheck, pension or government benefits (such as Social Security) from your employer or the government. After you have completed all the above requirements, we’ll deposit the bonus in your new account within 10 business days. You can only receive one new checking account-related bonus per calendar year. Bonus is considered interest and will be reported on IRS Form 1099-INT.
Account Closing: If your checking account is closed within six months after opening, we will deduct the bonus amount at closing.
This content is not provided by the bank advertiser. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the bank advertiser. This site may be compensated through the bank advertiser Affiliate Pro.
9. Rent Your Spare Bedroom (or Backyard) out This Weekend
Have a spare room? Might as well use Airbnb to make some money by renting it out.If you’re a good host with a desirable space, you could add hundreds — even thousands — of dollars to your savings account with Airbnb.And there’s no reason you can’t be creative. We even found a guy who earns $1,380 a month renting out a backyard tent on Airbnb!A few simple steps can make the difference between a great experience and a less-than-satisfactory one.Here are some tips:
- Make your space available during high-demand times in your area. Think: concerts, conventions and sporting events.
- Be a good host, and stock your place with the toiletries you’d expect at a hotel — toilet paper, soap and towels.
- Be personable. A lot of travelers turn to Airbnb for the personal touch they won’t find at commercial properties.
Here’s the link to sign up as an Airbnb host.
10. Cash in on Internet Outages
Internet go out? Yeah, that’s annoying — especially if you work from home.
But you deserve a refund. No need to sit on hold with your provider, though. Use Trim, a little bot that’ll do the work for you.
All you have to do is sign up for free and upload a PDF of your recent bill. (Grab this from your online statement.) The process takes about two minutes, and Trim will get to work on your behalf.
If you’re eligible for any savings, you can guarantee Trim will get them for you! We’ve seen users on Twitter reporting earning $100 and $200 back. Nice!
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