If you find yourself short on cash most weekends, we’ve got some ideas for you.
No need to sell ad space on your body, picking up dog poop, or selling plasma. (Although, you could if you want.)
But if you need more ideas, we rounded up 5 weird, but definitely legal ways, to make some extra money if you’re a guy.
1. Get Paid for Playing Free Digital Scratch-Offs Anywhere
Don’t bother going to the liquor store to buy physical scratchers (they get expensive too).
Instead, play digital scratchers for free on Lucktastic.
There are a ton of different scratchers you can play, and you can earn both cash and tokens.
Scratched all of them for the day? Don’t worry, there are specific night-time scratchers that are available every night too!
When you want to redeem your earnings, you can choose from:
- Amazon gift cards
- CVS gift cards
- Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards
- Check mailed to you
- Visa gift cards
Bonus: Use tokens to enter the $1 Million Pots of Gold contest from now until March 2019 to win up to $1 million! In addition, they award Amazon gift cards on a daily basis too.
Lucktastic keeps things free by showing a few ads here and there. It’s so easy, just turn it on the next time you’re binge-watching on Netflix and multi-task!
2. Get Cash Back on Your Snack Runs And More
Another trip to the store for snacks? Absolutely and now you can get cash back for it.
Take a picture of your grocery receipt and Ibotta will pay you back!
Here’s how it works:
Before you go to the store, search for your shopping list items in the Ibotta app. After your store visit, take a photo of your receipt to get cash back.
Ibotta is free to download and you’ll also get up to a $10 sign up bonus!
Some offers we found:
- 25 cents back on any item
- $3 – $5 back on various beer
- 50 cents to $1 back on various cereal
- 25 cents – $4 back on ice cream
Popular stores are Walmart and Target, but Ibotta also works at liquor stores, restaurants, online sites, and at the bar!
3. Binge out on TV, Videos and Games for Money
Listening to your favorite music? Checking Instagram? Watching Netflix? While you are doing that why not make some easy extra money with InboxDollars. How you many ask? First you sign up with InboxDollars which is a cash back and rewards site. InboxDollars pays its members to: Sign Up, Read E-Mail, Refer Others, Join Survey Sites, Play Games, Complete Offer, Watch Videos and More!
Get a $5 Sign Up Bonus! If you are new to InboxDollars you can earn $5.00 just for signing up for an account. You will need to verify your email address to get this bonus added to your account.
Watching videos can be a good way to earn some extra cash. InboxDollars will provide a playlist and all you have to do is watch all of the videos in a playlist to earn. The playlist range from a few minutes to a half an hour or so.
Insider info: You can earn up to $200+ per month doing so.
4. Get Paid to Take Surveys Online
Global Test Market is one of the largest market research firms in the world, you’ll get paid with Amazon, Starbucks, Target gift cards, Paypal or Visa gift cards after you earn enough points from survey taking. Be sure to confirm your email to get access to surveys!
Survey Junkie pays cash to members who participate in surveys about their shopping habits, cell phone usage, and more. Basic stuff.
Redeem for gift cards, Paypal cash or bank transfer.
Sign up only takes a few minutes and you’ll earn your first 100 ($1 value!) points just by creating an account, filling out an intro questionnaire, and verifying your email address. Easy.
5. Normal Errands Can Now Be Worth More Gift Cards with this App
Drop is an easy-to-use app that lets you earn gift cards on stuff you already buy from your favorite brands.
It’s the ultimate & modern loyalty card without the card.
All you need to do is link your most-used credit card(s) and whenever you purchase at your favorite activated brands, you’ll automatically get points for gift cards.
Toilet paper run at Target? Get points for your purchases there.
Chipotle gainz 💪? Yep, get points for that too.
Charlotte from Daily Cheddar team already redeemed his $20 Starbucks card after only 3 weeks! We’re really loving Drop since you can earn gift cards on popular brands you already buy from. Quickly set it up and watch the points drop in for gift cards.
Bonus: Get the Big Picture – Then Work on Fixing Your Score
It’s smart to keep an eye on your credit score to make sure it doesn’t fall too much due to unpaid bills. Did you know that a low credit score could affect your ability to actually rent an apartment or even get a car? Yea, let’s try to prevent that from happening.
Credit Sesame is a free credit monitoring service that helps you improve and maintain your score.
You’ll get an easy-to-read view of your total debt plus everything that is contributing to your current score like credit usage, credit age, inquiries, and payment history. It also comes with personal recommendations to help increase your score.
Credit Sesame alerted me immediately when my score decreased because of a credit card and I was able to fix it right away. It’s free to use so this is definitely a must-have in everyone’s life.
Bonus: Save an Average of $720 a Year with this Money Management App
They say that 84% of people forget they have some recurring subscriptions still charging them. Well, count me as part of that statistic!
To fix that and to get a better picture of my overall spending, I downloaded ASKTRIM, an app that focuses on lowering bills, monitoring subscriptions, and my favorite, monitoring internet/cable outages.
After connecting my Chase bank account (it’s safe; they use bank-level 256-bit SSL encryption with read-only access), the Ask Trim dashboard displayed clear information on my spending, upcoming bills, and all my recurring subscriptions.
From it, I realized I still had a very niche streaming service that I haven’t touched in about 7 months. (Thanks, free trial offer…) I immediately canceled it through Ask Trim and saved $70 from that sub.
Got an annoying gym membership you’ve been meaning to cancel? No problem, they’ll do it for you too.
Asktrim will also negotiate for lower bills on your behalf (no more waiting on the phone!) and monitor any internet and cable outages too. If there are outages in your area, they’ll work to get credit to your account. On average, this accounts to $96 savings a year on outages alone!
Basic service is free, and when ASKTRIM successfully finds bill savings or refunds for you, they’ll take a 40% slice from your annual savings. For instance, if they saved you $100 on a bill for the year, they’ll take $40. Reasonable for the savings they found you!
Overall, having a financial “watchdog” of sorts will keep you on track and help you save on unnecessary spending. It takes only a few minutes for Ask Trim to analyze so check it out!
Bonus: Set & Forget Savings + Get a 1% Bonus Every Quarter (Up to $1,800 / Year)
Prepare for those “oh $#@!” moments by letting this smart AI beef up your emergency savings for you. Or your vacation savings. Or your new pair of kicks savings.
You won’t even notice it but Digit will make it happen.
Just link a checking account and their smart algorithm will determine small but safe amounts to withdraw into your separate FDIC-Insured Digit savings account.
Regular savers will get a 1% bonus every three months, netting you some free money!
It’s the perfect set-it-and-forget-it app where the AI will watch your savings back.
You can withdraw your money at any time you need and it’s free to use for the first 30 days. After, it’s just $2.99 a month.
Average savings in a month (varies): $144 or more
What it could add up to in a year: $1,728 or more
Quarterly bonus: 1% on your total savings amount
Additional Referral Earnings: $5 per referral
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