1. Scan Your Groceries
Did you know that the Nielsen company will pay you to scan your groceries each week? Crazy, right?
Once you sign up to become a Nielsen Consumer Panel family, you’ll be asked to simply scan the barcodes on your groceries and send your data off to Nielsen each week. Pretty easy, huh?
2. Fill This Out While You’re Watching TV
Most of you know surveys aren’t our favorite way to make extra money, but we make an exception when we’re just vegging out on the couch. We figure as long as we’re just watching TV, there’s no reason we can’t click a few buttons at the same time.
Some of these sites do pay in points instead of cold, hard cash, but you can use those points to purchase gift cards with actual cash value. Should you prefer cash over the cards, you can turn around and sell any gift cards you earn.
3. Stop Deleting Your Emails
It turns out that deleting your emails could be costing you serious money. Intrigued?
My new secret weapon is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up for Paribus. Once you do, it will scan your email archives for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from Target or one of the other retailers listed on its website, it will track the item’s price. Once a price drop is detected, Paribus engages with the retailer on your behalf, requesting a refund – automatically!
You don’t have to do anything!
If something shows up late, Paribus will help you get money back for what you paid for shipping — up to a full shipping refund.
4. Open a Virtual Piggy Bank
If you’re like a lot of people, your paycheck (or paychecks) goes into a single bank account. It’s probably a checking account, but maybe you’re a savvy saver and stash some into a savings account.
The problem with that? A lot of bank accounts — even savings accounts — leave your money to do diddly-squat while it’s there.
If you want your money to work for you, stick it in an account that pays out interest.
Here’s why she prefers it to a traditional checking or savings account:
– It’s online only, so she doesn’t have to leave her apartment to handle her finances.
– It offers 1% APY on a balance of $2,500 or more. If her balance is less, it offers 0.25% APY. That’s more than the average savings account interest rate of 0.06%.
– It’s free — no mandatory monthly minimums or fees.
– It comes with a debit card, which she can use at any ATM in the world for free.
Plus, 10% of the company’s revenue goes to charity, so she feels like a good person!
5. Download These Apps
A number of companies will actually pay you for downloading apps on your smartphone — and you’ll get paid for every month you keep them installed.
The apps collect data and help companies better understand web and mobile usage — such as what times of day people browse, how long they stay on websites and use apps, and what types of sites and apps are popular (or not).
- MobileXpression for Android: After you’ve had this app installed for one week, you get to play an instant rewards game for a prize. (Everyone wins something.) I won a $25 Amazon gift card, but some of the other prizes include iPads & Samsung TVs.
- MobileXpression for iPhone: If you want the iPhone version of the app, we’ve gotcha covered.
- Nielsen Panel: If you have a PC or laptop, this Nielsen panel will pay you $50 a year to keep this software on your computer and browse the web like you normally do.
6. Get a Free $10 Gift Card
Believe it or not, there are sites that will give you free gift cards just for signing up with them.
One of my favorites is Ebates, the cash-back website. It’s giving away $10 gift cards if you sign-up as a new member and earn your first rebate on a purchase of $25 or more within 30 days of signing up. You can choose either a $10 Target, Walmart, Macy’s or Kohl’s gift card.
7. Drive with Uber and Lyft
As an Uber contractor, you’re responsible for setting your schedule and motivating yourself to work.
In November, the average driver in the U.S. made $556.22 a week.* Your earnings will be calculated by adding a base fare, plus time and distance traveled after your pickup, and Uber charges a service fee.
If you want to give it a try there are a few things to keep in mind: You must be at least 21 years old, have three years of driving experience, have an in-state driver’s license, a clean driving record and be able to pass a criminal background check.
Finally, your car must be a four-door, seat at least four passengers (excluding the driver), be registered in-state and be covered by in-state insurance.
Here’s a link to apply with Uber.
Since it’s simple to switch between apps, many Uber drivers also sign up to drive with Lyft.
The company recently announced it’s expanding into 100 new cities this year. Expansion areas include the Southwest, the Southeast, the Carolinas, the Rockies, the Midwest, New England and Central California.
To be eligible, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old with a year of driving experience, pass a background check and own a car made in 2007 or later.
Here’s a link to apply with Lyft.
* This opportunity with Uber is for an independent contractor. Stated trip earnings of $556.22 per week are based on 40 hours of driving per week using the net median national earnings of partners from November 2017. Median earnings in your specific location may be lower than the national figure. Actual earnings vary depending on number of rides accepted and taken, time of day, location and other factors.
8. Get $5 to Invest With Stash
It’s no brilliant secret that investing can be a smart way to make money.
Sometimes, though, it feels restricted to a few wealthy elite.
But Stash is different. This app lets you start investing with as little as $5 and for just a $1 monthly fee for balances under $5,000. (The first month is free.)
Stash curates investments from professional fund managers and investors and lets you choose where to put your money.
But it leaves the complicated investment terms out of it. You just choose from a set of simple portfolios reflecting your beliefs, interests and goals.
Bonus: Right now, The Penny Hoarder is teaming up with Stash to fund your first investment — so you’ll get a $5 bonus to get started!
9. Sell Your Unwanted Stuff With These Apps
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. Not only does it remove a lot of the hassle of selling things online, it’s 100% free to use.
For old books from college, you can use Bookscouter. Just type your book’s ISBN into the search bar and the site will connect you with more than 25 of the best-paying and most reputable buyback companies online.