The unemployment rate in the US is currently at (roughly) 3.6%. If you fall into this category – or you’re looking for some extra cash – there are a variety of sites that can provide you some revenue in the meantime.
These platforms have you perform various actions, such as taking surveys, purchasing items, watching videos, etc. In return, they present you with cold hard cash (or PayPal money, gift cards…you get the idea).
In fact, on some of these sites, you can make up to thousands of dollars just for doing things you likely already do on a daily basis. Let’s take a look!
Get FREE Money Just for Signing Up
The best part of the following websites is you can earn money just by signing up – giving you a jump-start prior to actually putting in effort.
If you’re trying to save money, you might feel the need to limit your shopping. However, Ebates, also known as Rakuten, allows you some leniency when doing that shopping by giving you a percentage back on thousands of eligible items.
It’s as simple as signing up, browsing the available deals, and getting some money back in your pocket after everything is said and done.
As a bonus, by signing up and earning a total of $25, you also get to select a $10 gift card.
If you use the internet often, chances are you watch YouTube videos. In fact, over 80% of people in the US watch YouTube.
If you’re a part of this demographic, Swagbucks is a great option for earning some extra income by watching videos. The videos can be pretty interesting too – typically based on topics like fashion and food.
Not only can you watch videos to earn, but you can also accumulate cash through online/in-person shopping at select stores via partial refunding and special access to deals. The completion of surveys, mini-tasks, and playing games are also options to increase your earnings.
You can potentially make $90 on a monthly basis, or about $1,080 yearly. Swagbucks rewards users through a point system; these points can later be exchanged for cash.
Swagbucks has a $10 sign up bonus. In order to receive the bonus, which is given in the form of 1000 points, it must be activated in the “Swag Ups” section of your account.
MyPoints is another platform for receiving up to 40% cash back on your purchases.
Not only can you earn cash back this way, but you can also earn just from reading your email, watching videos, searching the web, and playing games. These are activities you likely do anyway, so why not make money at the same time?
There are also offers involving other companies that could potentially gain you a lot of points. For example, if you buy a Gobble meal box, you’ll be given 10,000 points.
There is a $10 sign up bonus for MyPoints as well – provided you spend $20 or more within your first 30 days.
InboxDollars, who has awarded over $57 million worth of rewards, pays users for sharing their opinions. You will receive about 0.50 to $10 per completed survey – just bear in mind “completed” means you aren’t disqualified from the survey at any point.
You also have the option of watching videos for additional rewards/cash.
There is a $5 sign-up bonus for InboxDollars, however you cannot cash out until you’ve made at least $30.
Dosh is a platform that searches for any available coupons and promo codes and provides cash back from thousands of retailers. The company has awarded over $25 million in total to its users.
Dosh is equipped with a $5 sign up bonus, awarded after you link a debit/credit card.
Using Ibotta is yet another way to make every one of your purchases less wasteful and more rewarding.
To use the app, when shopping at one of the sites supported by Ibotta, enter the checkout amount into the app, and automatically be partially refunded.
The sign up bonus is $10. However, receiving this award is not as simple as signing up. Once you begin earning rewards, you’ll have the opportunity to gain the ‘Welcome Bonus’.
Vindale is another company interested in receiving your opinion in exchange for currency. Generally, the surveys will pay $2 to $15.
While survey taking is the most popular way to earn on Vindale, there are also various other options like watching videos and doing simple tasks. If you take advantage of the different methods, you have the potential to earn $50 a week.
You can get $2 just for signing up. While this isn’t as much as other sites, it is a small push to start earning. Just keep in mind: you need to earn $50 before you can cash out.
The Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel asks for your help in improving products and services you use regularly.
All you have to do is sign up and answer some questions related to your household, yourself, and the devices you use. Then, simply download the app to all your devices and start earning rewards.
The pay is $50 annually, which isn’t exactly a salary – but still pretty good considering you don’t have to do anything special to get it.
The sign up bonus is $5 – earned after having the app downloaded for 30 days. Also, by downloading the app, you’re automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win $10,000.
By downloading Shoptracker, you gain the opportunity to earn money by tracking your Amazon purchases. Shoptracker’s goal is to broaden their understanding of the Internet and its purchases in order to improve products and services offered.
Every month, you will receive a short survey that should only require 2-3 minutes to complete. You’re also paid $3, meaning once a full year has passed, you will have gained a total of $36.
And just by signing up, entering your name, date of birth and gender, you can earn an extra $3.
You’ve probably heard of the well-known scenario: If you need to get somewhere and you don’t have a car, Lyft, the infamous transportation company, is a useful resource.
What you might not know – it’s also a decent option for a job. On average, Lyft drivers make about $17.50 an hour. This is a pretty good income for driving all day. Combine that with the ability to choose your own schedule, and you’ve got a great option at earning extra income.
As another incentive for their workers, Lyft offers a $300 bonus for people who complete over 100 rides within their first month.
For example, if you were to make a purchase for $1.50, the other 50 cents would be invested via Acorns.
Acorns also awards you $5 for joining, and sometimes even offers a chance to earn a $1,000 bonus. To receive the money, you need to refer at least 12 friends to the site. In return, those 12+ friends need to sign up.
Other Ways to Get Free Money
Although not all methods are as simple as signing up and receiving money, there are still a variety of ways to make a decent amount of income and/or save in ways that were probably unknown to you – and with minimal effort.
Let’s take a look at those opportunities next.
12. Unclaimed Money
Chances are, you would probably appreciate an opportunity to make easy money. But what if the government and/or state owed you money at this very second? And it’s just sitting there…unspent…waiting to be claimed?
But why would you have unclaimed money?
The answer to that question is simple –
Unclaimed money is generated when people do things like overpay a bill, forget to pick up a pay check, or set some money aside in a savings account and then move. In this case, if the company is unable to track you down, your money is given to the state government.
To find out within minutes if you’re owed unclaimed money, hop onto Unclaimed.org.
The site allows you to search within every state you’ve lived in to discover if you’re awaiting any unclaimed compensation. The only information needed is your first and last name. It is recommended to try any nicknames, maiden names, etc. along with your legal name for the best results.
If Unclaimed.org doesn’t work, another great resource is MissingMoney.com – and it operates in basically the same way.
13. Find Money in Your Email
Wouldn’t it be great if money could just suddenly come to you via your inbox? Well, as it turns out, it can! Using Paribus, you’re able to earn money back on purchases if the price drops.
Here’s how it works: you do your regular shopping, and once you get a confirmation email for your purchases, Paribus monitors any price drops that occur in the future. If there is the potential for a partial refund, Paribus will assist you in getting it.
Paribus is also your friend in the case of a delivery arriving late. If a package arrives after the promised delivery date, Paribus will attempt to get you partially refunded. If that’s not easy money, then what really is?
14. Earn Free Money Sharing Your Opinion
Many companies are interested in receiving genuine feedback from customers. This way, they can incorporate that feedback into improving their products. For this reason, there are sites and apps dedicated to assisting those companies in their endeavours.
Typically, the sites/apps will ask for your opinion on certain products and/or services, and then provide points that can later be exchanged for monetary compensation or gift cards.
Examples of these sites were provided earlier in this article and explained in more detail (MyPoints and Vindale Research). However, those are not the only options. In fact, a fantastic option not mentioned above is Survey Junkie.
Survey Junkie is another online survey-taking platform that lets you respond to inquiries from corporations looking to hear the opinions of consumers.
With each survey successfully completed comes an award ranging from $0.10 to $75, depending on the complexity and length of the survey. More detailed surveys are not that common – but still worth checking in for.
Similarly to the resources mentioned prior, Survey Junkie runs via a point system. Making 100 points is equal to making 1 dollar, and in order to cash out, you need to earn $10. You can cash out by receiving cash or by choosing from a selection of gift cards.
Using this site, you can earn around $1,095 annually.
15. Watch Videos
Just like survey sites, there are dozens of sites/apps that let you earn cash by watching videos. And similarly, most of these sites require you to give your opinion on the video in order to receive a reward.
An example of one is Swagbucks, which was also detailed prior in the article. And like the previous section, there are other opportunities besides the ones we mentioned. One such example is Paid2YouTube.
As made clear by the name, Paid2YouTube is another site that allows you to watch videos in exchange for cash.
However, the payout on this one is extremely low. Each video gives you $0.001 or $0.005 after you watch a few seconds, so in order to make a decent amount of money, you will have to designate a good chunk of time.
There is the option of providing feedback in the form of subscribing, liking, commenting, and sharing in order to generate more money as well.
The payout for these actions are as follows:
- 0.15 per subscribe
- 0.10 per comment
- 0.01 per thumbs up
16. Use Cashback Apps
Using Cashback apps like Ebates (another resource mentioned earlier in this article) present you a bit of freedom with your shopping. This is done by receiving a percentage of your purchases at participating retailers back.
Cashback Apps are especially useful in cases of buying necessities, as you will have more money to spend by saving. And like the last two sections, Ebates isn’t the only option to play around with.
Let’s take a look at BeFrugal.
BeFrugal is yet another testament to the fact you can receive partial refunding on the products you buy.
Just like many of the other cashback sites, all you have to do is sign up, shop, and receive a percentage of what you spent back. BeFrugal also has a page designated to providing users with top deals from a variety of stores that change periodically.
Even more, BeFrugal also has a referral system that provides you $15 every time one of your referrals signs up using your unique referral code/link.
The site/app also has a uniqueness to it, with a wide range of functions that many other cashback apps lack. For example, the algorithm is even able to help you save money on a car.
In order to cash out, you need to make $10. Cash out can take up to 10 business days to process.
17. Get Paid to Lose Weight
Losing weight is a fight many people desperately want to win. However, often times, motivation to eat healthy and work out burns out rapidly. In this case, something that could help you stick to your goal is an incentive…an incentive like money.
It might sound too good to be true, but you really can get paid to lose weight – specifically via a company called HealthyWage. On the website, you enter how much weight you aspire to lose and how long you will need, which will adjust your potential earnings, or your “bet.”
Using HealthyWage, you can earn up to $10,000 by persevering and reaching your goal.
18. Walk Into (& Shop) At Stores
You think those options were easy money-making schemes? Little did you know…you can also earn money by walking into a store – even if you don’t actually purchase anything!
You can earn with Shopkick in many different ways:
- The GPS on your phone will pick up when you enter an affiliated store.
- Select products in a store can be scanned for a reward.
- By linking your card, you receive points whenever you purchase products from a partner store.
- You can receive cash back on your purchases if you scan your receipt.
- Compensation will be due if you visit the website of a participating store.
- Through the app, you can win points by watching ads.
19. Be A Friend
Chances are, you probably have at least a couple of friends. However, many people have the desire to expand their amount of friendships and/or create new platonic relationships. Some might even go so far as paying for someone to provide their service as a friend.
Why not you?
Whether it’s to have a friend in a location they’re travelling to, or they just need somebody to talk to, Rent a Friend links you to people looking for somebody to have a (purely platonic) fun time with.
In order to become a friend for ‘rent’, you must create an account and fill out a profile application form. This form will construct the information that will be displayed on your profile for clients to find and decide if you would be a good match for a friendship. In this form, you will be required to provide the following:
- Body type
- Eye color
- Sexual orientation
- What you are available for (e.g. movies, dinner, sightseeing, wing person, friends with seniors, etc.)
- Your fees
- ‘About’ section consisting of 2-3 sentences.
Then, you need to upload up to 10 photos of yourself and verify your phone number.
After you complete all of these steps, you will be ready to set your payment rates, make new friends, and get paid. Rent-A-Friend recommends to set your rate for $10 an hour, however it is vital that you remain lenient and open to negotiation.
20. Send in Your Junk Mail
If you’ve had one or multiple addresses in your lifetime, there is a relatively high chance you received spam or junk mail. If you’re unfamiliar with the term (which is unlikely), Junk mail qualifies as unwanted correspondence that is generally promotional.
If you do get junk mail and you just let it build up, there’s a chance your drawer filled with useless envelopes has become a jackpot – at least according to the Small Business Knowledge Center (SBKC). The SBKC’s goal is to use research conducted on thousands of nationwide panelists that consist of everyday people to discover trends in marketing.
These panelists, one of which might be you, are compensated. In order to receive your reward, you need to send in all your junk mail every month on the 15th affter SBKC sends you an envelope.
Once your mail is received, you will be provided with points that can be exchanged for gift cards.
However, the catch is: not all junk mail is accepted for payment. The SBKC is solely interested in spam from the following industries:
- Loans & Banking
- Credit Cards
- Telecommunications (utilities)
Therefore, even if you happen to have thousands of junk mail, you’re unlikely to get compensated for all of them, as they’re probably not all related to the required industries.
So how much money can you receive in total?
Generally, regular participants earn around $20 within 6-10 weeks, or about $100-$170 yearly. Not bad for free money, right?
21. Get A Free Credit Card Bonus
If you recently opened a credit card, you might be able to receive a bonus for using it frequently.
For example, linking your bank account to a new Chase Freedom Unlimited card is one great way to earn credit card bonuses. The benefits of this card (and similar cards) include:
- 0% concierge APR or annual percentage rate
- They offer concierge service
- They are EMV cards, meaning they’re equipped with a microchip that can be used for more security than one would have with the card swipe method of purchasing items
- There is no annual fee
- The card comes with extended warranty, purchase and fraud protection, and travel accident insurance
Along with the great features of the card in general, Chase offers an incentive: If you spend at least $500 within the first 3 months of opening the card, Chase will supply you with a bonus of $150.
Although the idea of spending $500 might be off-putting in that you will spend more than you gain, you should go into it thinking of the bonus as a discount – $150 off a large purchase of $500 or more.
Along with that, any purchase using the card is automatically eligible for 3% cash back during your first year of owning it.
22. Scan Your Receipts
When you receive a receipt, avoid the desire to automatically throw it out – and if you’re asked whether you want one – say yes. Why?
Because there are sites that use these receipts to see your order total and provide up to 40 percent off.
One of these sites is Ibotta, which was explained in depth earlier in this article. So start collecting those receipts and be sure to scan them with the Ibotta app before tossing them out – and try to do so immediately after shopping to avoid missing out on select deals.
23. Automated Savings Accounts
If saving money is your goal, a motivation for you to follow through might be generating new money that goes directly into your bank account.
The way this works is through the usage of an automated savings account. An automated savings account is similar to regular savings account in that it’s a bank account earning a percentage of interest on whatever amount of money you place in it.
However, with an automated savings account…the work is minimal. Everything is done for you.
An example of an automated savings account is Digit. Digit works by conducting an analysis of your daily purchases, bills, and other financial information, and then deciding when and what to save.
Digit also takes into account various goals set by you. For example, your automated savings account can be used to pay off your credit card, save for a vacation, build up emergency money, etc. Your imagination is really the only limit.
You can also adjust these goals whenever you see fit by using the chat bot on the platform.
The catch is, in order to use Digit long-term, after a free month-long trial, you have to pay a monthly $2.99 fee. However, you can make some of that money back with the 1% savings bonus received every 3 months, which is higher than most banks.
24. Find Savings in Your Monthly Utility Bills
Paying your monthly utility bills is probably not a fun task. Why would it be? However, to lighten the load, you might be able to find savings within those bills. A great way to do this is via a service called Trim.
Trim works as your personal virtual assistant, analyzing your financial data in ways you might not think of doing yourself. For example, it will find recurring subscriptions and determine if money can be saved, negotiate your comcast payments, find you better car insurance and more.
And if you’re unhappy with your utility bill, Trim can help you save up to 30%. The best part is, rather than you having to go through the hassle of negotiating your bill with a company, Trim will do it on its own.
And with Trim on your side, you will quickly notice an increase in the amount of money accumulating in your bank account.
If you’re searching for a way to make easy money, there are a variety of ways to do so, many of which can be completed within the comfort of your own home. You can even take advantage of actions you complete on a daily basis, receiving money for things you probably didn’t know you could be compensated for.
By combining various methods that were provided in this article, you can save up money in no time. And best of all – most of these options require very little work on your end, if any at all!
So what are you waiting for? Try out a few of these suggestions and let us know in the comment section how they turn out for you!