Earn Extra Money

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 sites 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.

General Tips

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 help 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.

Please remember that the IRS has now decreased the income reporting threshold amount to $600, from $20,000. If you receive any money via PayPal, Venmo, 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.

Sell Items

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 or 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.


Get paid for filling out surveys. See the Survey Sites page for more information.

Scan Receipts

Get money back from your receipts. I’ve made over $650 doing this with multiple apps. For more information, see the Submit Receipts page.

Get Paid To Apps

Get paid to do things with apps and sites that take very minimal effort, in general. They include things like browsing, playing music, reading articles, gaming, and more.


Get paid to do microtasks. I’m currently testing a few more of these.

  • 25Clicks

25Clicks sends small tasks for you to complete via text and email. Each one pays $0.50, and payments are made on Fridays through PayPal. Tasks include asking to Google something in particular, then click on a site, and provide information.

  • 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.

  • Clickworker

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.

Miscellaneous Extras

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 legit class action settlement. If you receive a post card in the mail regarding a specific claim, don’t ignore it. You can go to the site listed on the card for more information and to submit your claim with the code that has been assigned to you.

To find out, check this 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 over $1,500 in payments so far.

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.”

  • 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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