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Simple Ways to Earn a Little Extra Cash

Updated on February 20, 2019
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As an at home parent, Chrissy works hard to help make a little income to help support her child and lessen stress on her husband.


Some of us out there can't handle going to a physical labor job, I am one of those. There are others who need just to make money while in school and not able to find a job working with their class schedules. Or perhaps you have some other reason for not being able to go out and get a job. I can completely relate as I have problems like not enough for child care, no vehicle, and my own health issues that get in the way of being able to go out there and get job. Like many of you, I have scoured the internet looking for a solutions and if I am honest, I didn't find very much in the means of a steady job, but I have found and even tried out a lot of things to help bring in some money to help my husband. Not everything on this list was "easy" money, but having a lot of time to be able to plug away at them, I have found what actually works and what doesn't.

Mobile Apps

I first want to say I have an Android and my knowledge is going off my personal experience. I did do my research to see if the same apps were provided for iOS but I am not sure how it works there.

Rewarder Play - This also seems to be an android exclusive. This app takes a bit to accumulate the points you need to get gift cards, but you are already playing games on your phone so why not? You are given a $5 Amazon gift card after your first 5 app installations and runs. Then you may choose from the selections for a gift card that suits you. My favorites are the Walmart and Amazon gift card selections, but they have plenty of other options as well. You are asked to download and play or use an app for at least 2 minutes a day. On top of the daily usages, you are given goals to reach for different apps. Some require you to spend money, but I don't do those tasks. I prefer the free tasks. If you get to the point you can't do the tasks (like paying for things) you have "hide" the app and uninstall it and grab a new app, up to 5 app downloads a day. They also have battle apps as they are referred to, that allow you to do certain things on certain days and times to get extra points. They also have a giveaway every hour. You can watch ads via the fistbump option to get entry way (you need 10), which also allows you to get a few points towards your gift card as well. They have daily and time period check-ins to also grant you additional points towards your gift card and you are able to make 5k points a day to get bonus points, each day giving you a little more. In just 3 days playing in the bathroom and right before bed I have accumulated enough points for a $5 gift card. So it is quick. The card is delivered within 48 hours it seems. Never waited longer than that.

Here you can see how the app looks opened with your check-in streak and time period bonuses.
Here you can see how the app looks opened with your check-in streak and time period bonuses. | Source
These are a few of the gift cards you can redeem through Rewarded Play.
These are a few of the gift cards you can redeem through Rewarded Play. | Source

Google Opinion Rewards - This is going to strictly be for my fellow Android users as it rewards you with Google Play money. So Google Rewards is an app you can install on your android phone that will randomly have surveys for you to do. These surveys go based off your Youtube video selections, where you have been, etc. The surveys last only a few brief moments and are available for 24 hours. You do not get a whole lot each survey, but it adds up quickly. I found that the more I use Youtube on my phone, the more surveys I get. If you travel a lot, you will find you will have surveys more frequently than those who don't do much with their phone or go more places. When I worked Uber and Lyft, I found I had surveys galore for just simply driving by a restaurant or store. Even though the credits you are receiving are just for Google Play Store, it should help cut back on that in-app purchasing you make.

Crash Rewards - This app takes a long time it seems, but I do it when I am cooking, since I hate ads. There is no additional apps needed and you can redeem you rewards 24 hours after obtaining the points for it. It is a level system though. You start with 1 cent gift card and after achieving that points needed you move to the next. You do get options for getting other Amazon gift cards at the bonus box stage. You will find yourself not wanting to do this every day for hours on end, but it does reward you.

Bing App - Use your Microsoft account to create your account on Bing. You can do web searches to get points. I find this app useful for getting Microsoft rewards, like Game Pass and Gold Live for my Xbox. Though you can get other things as well.

Shopkick - Scan items at the store and receipts to get yourself kicks to get gift cards. Its easy and is fun. I find myself doing this whenever I go to the store. Plus you can earn kicks from watch ads.

Opening the app you will see this. This is my current balance due to some Pokémon Go spending recently.
Opening the app you will see this. This is my current balance due to some Pokémon Go spending recently. | Source
As you can see, you don't get much for the surveys, but you get a few of them frequently and who doesn't love only spending 3 seconds to earn 10 cents or more.
As you can see, you don't get much for the surveys, but you get a few of them frequently and who doesn't love only spending 3 seconds to earn 10 cents or more. | Source


Taking surveys can be awful at times, but it’s a good way to earn some money. Plus there are other ways online to do make some extra cash.

Survey Junkie - You create an account and do surveys. Every point is 1 cent. You can get some good paying surveys though. And most of the time you are able to finish it. You can cash out via Paypal or a gift card of your choice. If you choose through Paypal they do have to call to confirm its your account the first time, but after that it is instant. Its an easy $10 every 2-3 days if you spend an hour or 2 a day doing all the surveys.

InboxDollars - After creating your account, you can do surveys, search the web, play games or watch videos. Though the videos, web search and games are for scratch off progress, you will find the scratch offs can offer you some great rewards as well. You need $30 to cash out but with the surveys and everything else, it can be quick, but you have to be determined to do it.

Quick Rewards - There are tons you can do. Sign up for Clinical Trails, surveys, watch videos, do offers, trivia, and more. Doing the offers can help you make money quickly, but I find doing the videos and wed page browsing easier to do when I am doing other things, like watching television, reading to my daughter, cooking, etc. There is no minimum amount to cash out. It is fairly easy to spend 20-30 minutes to make a few quick bucks from the offers page and you don't need to spend money to get the offers completed!

Global Test Market - I love the surveys here. They are entertaining and involve different ways to fill out surveys. You gain LifePoints that you will redeem for rewards, like Paypal cash. Its easy to use but revolves around filling out those surveys. I always enjoy their surveys and enjoy how often I complete their surveys. I think this is one of the better survey sites.

Affiliate Marketing

To do this it is best you start a blog or have a webpage where you can place ads. You will earn money from clicks on these ads though you need a ton of clicks, or from selling things via your ads. There are many ways to do this. You can create a blog or site on Bluehost, Wordpress or whatever you desire, just make sure they allow you to place your own ads. Most of these sites will have a subscription fee, but you can end up earning more than you need for that fee. However, Blogger through Google will allow you to do it for free and still get Google Adsense once you meet their qualifications.

Amazon Associates program - You can add promotions on sales they have going on, or create ads for certain products. I find this useful when I write reviews for books or certain products. It gives the reader a direct link to the product I discussed and allows them to look at it themselves. You can receive 10% if they buy the product you advertised or less if they purchase another product through your link.

Google Adsense - After your account has been approved and set up will allow you to place ads on whatever you are trying to put them on. It lets you choose the kinds of ads you want to be seen on your page. The set up and approval can take a while, but it’s a good place to go. They just ask your site or blog has quality articles or posts, have been up for 6 months and has traffic. But it you get denied, you can apply again after a month or two.

I am always on the look out for different ways to earn money and would love to hear from you if you want me to test and report on a different way to make money.

Have you tried any of these?

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© 2019 Chrissy


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