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All of us love knowing ways to get free money.
Of course, there are many, many, many different ways you can earn extra money but a lot of them you have to put in quite a bit of effort.
Here are some I can throw out there right off the top of my head:
- Virtual bookkeeper
- Virtual assistant
- Medical transcriptionist
- Freelance Writer
- Voiceover Actor
These listed below can be done pretty effortless, plus they are things you could enjoy.
Like turning something you do every day into dollars. It can’t get much easier than that.
1. Get Some Money Back on Your Groceries and $20 on Your Next Visit
OK. Here is one of my favorite ways to get free money.
I don’t do physical coupons. Nada. None. Zilch.
Nothing against anyone who does. Actually I envy their patience. I just don’t have the patience. There are some things in life that overwhelm the ever-loving tarnation out of me and besides walking into Yankee Candle, physical coupons is one them.
Soooo, I still go after savings in ways of apps like Ibotta. I will mention a few more of these apps in just a few, but for now let’s focus on Ibotta.
Ibotta allows you to earn cash back for shopping in participating stores on deals they have available.
These include Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacy and over 300 more. You can also link your loyalty store cards.
All you have to do is take a photo of your receipt with your phone and ibotta will look for the items you can earn on.
You can also earn cash back for shopping with apps such as Ebay, Groupon, and iTunes.
Once you get to $20 in your account then you can receive your money through Paypal, Venmo, or gift cards from several retailers.
Speaking of $20, you will get a $20 sign-up bonus if you redeem your first 10 deals in 14 days.
Just wait until you are doing your meal planning for the week and meal plan around the deals on Ibotta. Pretty simple way to earn a quick $20.
Like not couponing, I am also not a deal watcher and only use Ibotta sparingly so I was surprised to find that I had $32.09 just sitting there waiting for me to take. That’s a pretty cool surprise.
Go get your Ibotta and 20 bucks.
2. Like to Shop? Me too! Earn Cash While Doing It
Y’all!! My most favorite way in this world to get free money is Rakuten (formerly Ebates)!
OH. MY. LANDS. If you are not using Rakuten you are missing out. MISSING OUT!! I kid you not.
I never shop online without making sure my Rakuten is on. There are even some stores where you can earn cash when you shop them physically.
Walmart is not one and that breaks my heart but it’s still pretty awesome because I can shop online and have it ready at Pick Up. BAM!!
I get cash back and somebody else gets to do my shopping for me. Wow, that makes me sound a tad selfish, doesn’t it? Hhmmm, still pretty awesome!
There are a couple ways you can use Rakuten online.
You can either go to their site and click on the store of your choice and start shopping or you can install the extension they have available for different browsers so you make sure you don’t miss it. I have the Google Chrome extension and it alerts me every time I go to a site that is on the Rakuten list.
You can also use the mobile app if you prefer to shop mobile.
Just to get you started Rakuten will give you $10 as a Welcome Bonus as long as you purchase $25 within 90 days of signing up.
Really? How hard would that be? Just go to Walmart.com and buy you $25 worth of stuff you need and have it as a pick up so that you can get $25 of stuff for less than $15.
There you go. You can thank me later. But for now, get over there and get your RAKUTEN!
3. Find Unclaimed Money
This method may not technically be one the ways to get free money, but you can still check to see if there is any money out there that belong to you through unclaimed property.
National Associations of State Treasurers created NAUPA to make this search pretty simple. All you gotta do is click on your state to start.
On the next page click on the link that mentions finding Unclaimed Property. I clicked on some different states and noticed they all were a little different but the ones I tried did have the words Unclaimed Property in the clickable link. And there are some states that will take you straight to the search box, like Utah. Lucky Utahers!
Then clicking from there is also different for each state. Like for Kentucky, there are step-by-step instructions on how to locate any unclaimed property. But none of the ones I checked out seemed difficult to navigate.
Happy property finding at!
4. Do Some Surveys
Doing surveys is one of the more time consuming ways to get free money, but it is possible. Most of the time this “free money” is in forms of gift cards or points to put toward something you would like to have.
If you decide to go down the road of surveys, be sure to read these tips on how to do this without losing your patience.
You can find a list of survey sites to get started under extra ways to earn income.
5. Test Websites
Testing websites is fun if you like surfing sites and don’t mind talking your way through them. Most of these only last about 15-20 minutes.
I made a quick $10 doing one of these with Try My UI.
I really like doing these and still get several emails for them. I wished I had more time and think about doing them every time I get those emails, but I have to prioritize so these guys take a back burner.
A tip for testing websites is to sign up for different sites so that you can have a better chance at getting them. You can get a list of some that I have checked out under extra ways to earn income.
You will have to answer some questions so be honest on these so you can get sites sent to you that would be more enjoyable for you.
Some of them will also ask you to do a “test run” so they will give you a site and they will test your ability to follow directions and answer their questions. It isn’t difficult and actually kinda like a treasure hunt. Pretty fun.
On my very first test I did I received a low score because I really didn’t know what to do so let me give you a quick rundown.
- Follow the directions to a T
- Speak clearly
- Be in a quiet place without background noise
- Read the directions out loud and then speak everything you are doing and thinking. If you are looking at something specific, say it. If you don’t like something, say it. If you love something, say it.
Finally, try your best to respond as quick as you can to an email because this same email is being sent out to others and they will only have so many spots to fill.
6. Forward Your Junk Mail
The Small Business Knowledge Center claims they pay $20 in points every 6 to 10 weeks which can be redeemed for a Visa Card.
All you gotta do is forward them junk email and mail your junk mail in prepaid envelopes to them. They have a list of all the consumer categories on their site.
Plus they extra ways you can get some points, like by referring friends. So does Bestie get junk mail she would like to earn come money for?
7. Who Here Likes to Take Selfies?
Did you ever think that you could get money by taking selfies?
Well, sister, you can.
Pay Your Selfie will pay you for various types of selfies and once you reach $20 you can cash out.
Have friends who also like to take selfies? Well, get them to join in on the fun and earn a little cash for each friend.
In my opinion it isn’t too bad for taking pictures of yourself.
8. Speaking of Pictures, Do You Have a Knack For It?
If you like taking some pretty awesome photos with your smartphone then you should try to earn some easy cash with it.
These photos can be anything from selfies, food, your puppy, your husband sleeping, your neighbor driving down the road. I mean anything.
Brands will use the photos in their marketing campaigns. Wouldn’t it be cool to see YOUR picture in a big brand ad?
Just put your photos on Foap and if someone purchases your photo then you get half and Foap gets half. Foap sells every photo for $10, so that would be $5 for Foap and $5 for you.
Not to shabby for doing something you love.
9. Want a Negotiator on Your Side?
This is one of the ways to get free money that is a new one for me and next on my list to try out.
I have heard about this company a few times but hadn’t really looked into it until now.
So, I’m talking about Trim.
Trim will continuously look for ways to save you money by watching how you spend.
For instance, if there are subscriptions coming out of your bank each month it will notify you just to make sure that you are aware of the reoccurring charge.
This is the only way they work. They also will negotiate other bills you have like car insurance, internet, cable, and more.
If you have tried Trim or heard of some results I would love to hear about it in the comments.
There you have it. Now go out there and get you some free money!
Are there other ways you have gotten money without leaving your screen? If so, I would love to hear about them. Comment below!
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