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These Apps Pay You to Do (Almost) Nothing

I don’t know about you, but my hibernation mode is already kicking in.

Makes sense?

If you want to be a couch potato too, we’ve rounded up some easy ways to get paid doing basically nothing. Enjoy!

Get Paid for Playing Scratchers 

Don’t bother going to the liquor store to buy physical scratchers, you can now play them for free on Solitaire Cube

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 each night too!

When you want to redeem your earnings, you can choose from:

  • Amazon gift card
  • CVS gift card
  • Dunkin’ Donuts gift card
  • Check mailed to you
  • Visa gift card

All of the above apps mentioned are free to download so there’s no harm in trying! Enjoy!


Blackjack for $ – Not Just Against the Dealer Anymore

3 minutes.

Make as many 21s as you can within that time or until you run out of moves.

That’s the basic gist of 21 Blitz, a modern take on Blackjack where you’re no longer just playing against the dealer but with actual people around the world.

It’s fast-paced and it basically does all of the math for you. This game is great for killing time and earning cash all at once.

You can play for free against real people for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…well, cash! Cash game winners can win up to $7,000 or more in the mini-tournament.

Stanley from The Smart Wallet deposited $25 into 21 Blitz and won $120 for his matches!


The Best Way to Earn Cash for Stuff You Do Every Day

How much time do you think you spend online? Most likely more than you think.

The average American spends 24 hours online a week*, but for me, I know I definitely surpass this since I have to be online for work. Along with post-office hours shopping, browsing, reading, it’s rare that I’m not online.

If it’s the same for you, capitalize on all that online time by earning points you can redeem towards gift cards, and even better, cash.

You can do it with Swagbucks, a free rewards program for the everyday things you do online.

Earn points by

  • Watching entertaining videos
  • Shopping at your favorite retailers
  • Searching the web
  • Participating in surveys
  • Playing fun trivia games

Then you can redeem for a large variety of gift cards (Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks are popular) or my favorite, Paypal Cash and Visa Gift Cards. Cash out in as little as $3!

You’ll even get a $5 bonus when you earn 2,500 SB points within your first 30 days.

The best way to earn SB? Surveys. You can get up to 300 SB for each qualified one you participate in. While you obviously won’t get rich doing this, you can nab an extra $10-$20 a month on them.

Keeping your profile updated and doing the Daily To-Do List will also earn you extra SB. There are a lot of opportunities so you can cash out early and often!


Get Cash Back on Your Groceries

You have to buy groceries anyway, so scanning the receipts for them is practically doing nothing!

Ibotta is a super easy-to-use cash back app with 100+ retailers, both in-store and online. Anywhere you do shopping, most likely you’ll find a cash back opportunity!

So before you head to the store, check the app for items already on your shopping list. Bananas? Hit that + sign in the app. Orange juice? Tap that + sign again.

Go shop.

At home, take a photo of your receipt and scan the barcodes of items.

Now you got yourself some cash back!

Here are just some cash-back opportunities we’ve seen:

  • 50 cents back for any item
  • $1 back on milk
  • 80 cents back on all Post cereal brands
  • 50 cents back Frito-Lay Chips
  • $1 back Newman’s Frozen Pizza
  • $3 back on a 6-pack of Shock Top beer
  • $2 back on Purex Liquid Laundry
  • $2 back on Colgate Total Mouthwash

Ibotta is 100% free to download and you’ll get a $10 sign-up bonus after uploading your first receipt. On average, Ibotta users save $20 a month on groceries even at Walmart and Target so start saving now:


Get Paid to Take Surveys Online

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.


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