Extra Money

  • Introduction
    • A Few General Tips
  • Play Games
  • Passive Apps
  • Surveys
  • Tasks
  • Miscellaneous Extras

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While I do all that I can to save money, I’m also always looking for ways to make a few extra bucks to help supplement our income. There are so many apps and companies out there that advertise they will pay you for certain tasks. A lot of them pay very little and take a long time to complete. It can be overwhelming and confusing, and eventually it just doesn’t seem worth it.

I’ve actually managed to find a few that have been successful for me. The tasks are generally simple. They include surveys, playing games, reading articles, scanning receipts, data entry, and so on.

  • A Few General Tips:
  • 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, with details & screenshots.
  • Keep track your time vs. how much money you are making.
  • Pay attention to payout amounts. You may get more back if you wait.

Everyone’s results will vary. I’m in Pennsylvania USA, using an Android phone and a Windows 10 laptop.

In the sections below, I have listed some ways to help supplement income. If you try any of the companies mentioned here, please use my referral links and codes. We both may receive an incentive. Thanks!

Play Games

This is super simple. Play games while accumulating points towards gift cards. The app has to track your gaming activity, so you’ll need to adjust your security settings.

  • Fitplay
  • Mistplay
  • Money Rawr
  • Fitplay:

I cashed out $15 last year, but then my points stopped accumulating. I kind of just moved on from there. I may try it again at some point.

  • Mistplay:

Mistplay is one of my favorite apps. Definitely the best for gaming. I’ve used it for about a year, and have made $110 from it. My cash out would be even higher, but I was testing other things for a while.

  • Money Rawr:

I don’t recall what the issue was with this one, but I made $1 and uninstalled it. I’ll look into this one later.

Passive Apps

The following apps take very minimal effort, in general. They may have other tasks like installing other apps, completing offers, surveys, and so on.

  • Achievement
  • Giftloop
  • Lucktastic
  • Lucky Money
  • Mobile Xpression
  • Money App
  • Achievement:

Once the Achievement app is installed, it can then be connected to other fitness apps, like Fitbit and Samsung Health. It then 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 and extra $10 just doing all the things I normally would have.

  • Giftloop:

Giftloop is one of my favorite multitasking apps. I’ve made $40 so far with this. I just swipe through the screens, until I see a cute cat meme. Then I stop to collect five coins. There’s also high payout surveys, “daily specials”, and coins for charging your phone. There are decent paying tasks like trying other apps too, but I rarely do those.

As far as support, they have always responded when I contacted them. They just added games, but it conflicts with other apps on my phone. If you try them out, let me know how it is.

If you try Giftloop using my referral link, I’ll get bonus coins. Thank you!

  • Lucktastic:

Lucktastic has scratch offs, app installs, and a few other things. I’ve made $5 from this one. They only have a limited number of gift cards available daily for cash out. I’m running into this issue right now.

  • Lucky Money:

Lucky Money has mostly scratch offs, but there’s a few other things like lotto and free spins. I have made $28 with very little effort.

I wasn’t able to find any referral information, but I still wanted to share.

  • MobileXpression:

The MobileXpression app runs in the background of your phone. Once a week I open the app, which takes me to my browser. Click Continue, then claim another 5 points. That’s literally it. I have made $75 just by clicking a few buttons.

  • Money App:

I briefly used this last year. If I recall, they pushed installing apps to get more points. It stopped accumulating for me. I quit after cashing out $5.


I have listed the following as survey sites, either because they primarily do surveys or they do them, along with other tasks. While some don’t seem to pay much, it adds up quickly. Surveys do pay decent, if you have the patience and focus to do them. That’s where I fall short. I’m working on that and will have more posted here soon.

  • Crowdtap
  • Inbox Dollars
  • My Points
  • Prolific
  • You Gov
  • Crowdtap:

Crowdtap has an app and a site where you take surveys. Most of them are quick with one question, and pay three points. Some are slightly more involved, but nothing like most of the other survey sites.

When you open the app, you’ll see what resembles a bingo board full of colored boxes. You click each one to answer a question, until you have cleared the board. Then wait a moment to give you more. Once it’s completely cleared, you can check the site for more surveys.

So far, I’ve made $40 with Crowdtap. If you’d like to try it out, please use my referral link. Thanks!

  • Inbox Dollars:

Inbox Dollars has a few different things like taking surveys, searching the web, completing offers, etc.

There’s a new feature that you can scan receipts for points, however mine isn’t working properly. Per support, it’s in beta mode right now.

I cashed out $43 so far. Please use my referral link if you try Inbox Dollars.

  • My Points:

Besides surveys, My Points has games, points for shopping, reading emails, printing coupons, and more.

I made $20 on mostly opening emails and printing a few coupons.

  • Prolific:

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.

Last I checked Prolific is available in AT, AU, BE, CA, CH, CL, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IL, IS, IT, JP, KR, LU, LV, MX, NL, NO, NZ, PL, PT, SE, SI, and US. I’ve read a lot about some people having difficulty getting accepted, and then getting surveys may be rare. Honestly, I rarely get them. It goes by your demographic and questions you answer about yourself.

I currently have a pending balance of $14 Euro, which will be converted in PayPal.

  • 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, automatically accumulating points. Overall, they are pretty generous with points. I’ve made $115 so far.

When you use my referral link and complete surveys, I receive points. Thanks!


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

  • Amazon mTurk
  • Clickworker
  • 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 made $22.

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. I haven’t done a lot with Clickworker yet, but I plan to work on it a bit more. I only have $2 pending to cash out.

When you use my referral link and make $10, I will get a $5 incentive. Thank you!

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:

I have a loan through One Main Financial, and noticed they have a section on their website that you can earn points. So far, I’ve cashed out $60 in Amazon and Dunkin Donuts gift cards. All I do is 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.

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. If you live in PA, use this link. I received a $780 check last year, and I have another claim that I’m working on now.

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.

If you use my referral links and codes, we both may earn an incentive.
Feedback is always appreciated. Thank you!

For more Financial information, see: Financial Talk, Savings Tips, Scan Receipts, and Freebies. Everything else can be found on the Site Map.

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