While I do all that I can to save money, I’m also always looking for ways to make a few extra bucks. There are so many apps and companies out there that advertise that they will pay you for certain tasks. A lot of them pay very little and take a long time to complete, if they pay at all. It can be overwhelming and confusing, and eventually it just isn’t worth it.
I’ve actually managed to find a few things that have been successful for me. The tasks are generally simple. They include surveys, playing games, reading articles, data entry, and so on. It all adds up and helps quite a bit.
This is just basic information to help guide you along the way.
- Make sure payouts are worth it. Ex: Starbucks cards, you shop Dunkin.
- Follow all the rules for each site to ensure that you get paid.
- Contact them right away with issues, include details and screenshots.
- Keep track of your time vs. how much money you are making.
- Pay attention to payout amounts. You may get more back if you wait.
If you sell a few items or have a side gig where you take payments using PayPal or other third party entities, you may need to file a 1099. You can get more info from the IRS site or check with your tax accountant.
There are several ways to sell some items, whether they are used or brand new. You can either just sell a few things here or there, maybe have a yard sale, rent a booth, use apps and sites to sell online, and more. There’s lots of ways to advertise too.
If you plan to have a yard sale, check with your community first to verify if you need a permit or not. If so, it’s usually about $10.
Please remember that the IRS has now decreased the income reporting threshold amount to $600, from $20,000. If you sell a few items using PayPal or other third party entities, you may need to file a 1099. You can get more info from the IRS site or check with your tax accountant.
The following apps take very minimal effort, in general. They may have other tasks like installing other apps, completing offers, surveys, and so on. I don’t usually do those parts of the tasks.
- Achievement (Link to health apps)
- Giftloop (Collect points while swiping+)
- Mistplay (Gaming)
- MobileXpression (Data share)
- Achievement (Link to health apps) *** Stopped Using ***
Once the Achievement app is installed, it can then be connected to other fitness apps, like Fitbit and Samsung Health. It will automatically accumulates points when you do things like walking or weighing yourself. When you log into the app, there may be a survey or articles to read for extra points. I’ve made $10 just doing things I normally would have.
3/8/22 Update: I’ve been having several issues with this app and haven’t been using it recently. If I resolve this and begin using it again, I’ll update this. I also think they changed their name.
Giftloop is just how it sounds. You go through a loop, picking up points and more. I’ve made $65 so far. I just swipe through the screens, until I see a cute cat meme. Then I stop to collect coins. There’s also high payout surveys, “daily specials”, and extra coins for charging your phone.
They just added games, but it conflicts with other apps on my phone. If you try them out, let me know how it is.
- Mistplay (Gaming)
This is super simple. You literally just play games, while accumulating points. There’s also additional bonuses for daily login, and the occasional boosted games. The app has to track your gaming activity, so you’ll need to adjust your security settings. I have tried a few of these, but Mistplay has been the best so far. I already made $155 from this app.
When you use my referral link, I will receive extra points.
- MobileXpression (Data Share)
The MobileXpression app runs in the background of your phone. It’s a data sharing app. Once a week I open the app, which takes me to my browser. I then click Continue to claim another five points. That’s literally it. I have made $125 just by clicking those few buttons.
There’s a ton of apps and sites that do surveys. A lot are very time consuming and don’t pay well. I’ve done a lot and gave up quickly. I have a short attention span, get confused easily, and forget. So surveys aren’t the best for me. I have read people having a ton of success, so please do not let me discourage you. The following are the ones that I have been able to manage so far. I hope to focus on this more myself.
Crowdtap has both an app and a site for surveys. Most of them are quick with one question, and pay three points. Some are slightly more involved, but it’s still nothing like most of the other survey sites. I’ve made $50 here so far.
- Inbox Dollars
Inbox Dollars isn’t primarily surveys. It also has a few different things like searching the web, completing offers, etc. There’s a new feature that you can scan receipts for points, however last I checked mine wasn’t working properly. Per support, it’s in beta mode. I made $43 so far.
3/8/22 Update: I don’t use this one very much these days.
- My Points
Besides surveys, My Points has games, points for shopping, reading emails, printing coupons, and more. I made $40 on mostly opening emails and printing a few coupons.
Prolific has occasional “studies”. These are basically surveys but there’s also tasks. I just did one that was a reaction test. I had to lift my depressed fingers on the keyboard when a number displays on the screen. They pay in Euro, which then gets converted in PayPal.
Last I checked Prolific is available 33 countries. I’ve read about some people having difficulty getting accepted, and also some rarely get surveys. It goes by your demographic and profile questions.
- You Gov
YouGov has two apps. YouGov is the Panel app for surveys, which can also be done on a computer. YG Pulse is the app that runs in the background of your phone for data share, automatically accumulating points. Overall, they are pretty generous with points.
I’ve made $265 so far. Please use my referral link when you sign up so that we both get a bonus.
Get paid to do microtasks on your own time. I’m currently testing a few more of these.
- Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk)
mTurk consists of mostly microtasks that you do for Amazon. This may include surveys, extracting receipt information, provide search results, pulling data from a site, rate pics, and so on.
I’ve read a lot about others not getting accepted, and the lack of work in certain countries. Also, when you first start, you only qualify for certain tasks that pay lower amounts. This will increase over time. I’ve seen some pretty decent income reports from people doing this.
Do tasks like uploading pics, google search, surveys, etc. Honestly, I haven’t done a lot with Clickworker yet. I planned to, but never got back to it.
There are a lot of ways to make a few extra bucks. You just have to look.
- Banking Extras
- Class Action Settlements
- Unclaimed Property
- Banking Extras
When I used to have a loan, I noticed on the company’s website, they had a section where you can earn points. I cashed out $60 in Amazon and Dunkin Donuts gift cards. All I did was read articles, use the loan calculator, log in, etc.
Log into all of your accounts to see if they have features like this.
- Class Action Settlements
You may be owed money as part of a class action settlement. To find out, check the Class Action site. If you are able to claim settlement funds, they quickly take you through the process to submit it online. I’ve received about $500 in payments so far this year.
Per their site: “Every year, millions of dollars are left on the table in unclaimed settlement funds. In some cases, this is simply because people are unaware of their rights to claim settlement money – or are confused as to what’s involved in staking their claims.”
You may also receive a post card in the mail regarding a specific claim that may likely affect you. You can go to the site listed on the card for more information and to submit your claim.
- Unclaimed Property
I believe that each state has their own Treasury site. I found mine by using Credit Karma’s Resource section.
When you locate your state’s site, search for your name, then click to claim the property. You will then need to print the claim form, and follow the instructions provided.
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