There are several things that you do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis that you can actually get paid for. While these things won’t make you rich they can help make your wallet a little thicker and can even be earmarked for a certain financial goal.
Here are seven ways you can earn money for things you already do.
Earn Cash Back When You Shop
If you do a lot of shopping online (like most of us do) you should be taking advantage of online cashback programs.
Places like eBates, Top Cash Back, and all the others earn a commission when you shop through their portal. They then give you back a percentage of the commission that they earn.
If you do a lot of your shopping online you can easily earn a few hundred dollars per year by making this a habit.
Pay With a Discover it® Credit Card
Using a credit card that has cash back rewards is another extremely simple way to earn a little extra money.
This is a fantastic way to earn cash and other incentives without disrupting your normal routine. If you’re responsible with credit cards this can really work out well.
Here’s a pretty good deal Discover currently has going on:
Discover is currently extending an exclusive offer to new Discover it® cardmembers that apply between June 1st through July 31, 2015, that doubles all of the cash rewards they’ve earned at the end of their first year for accounts that are open at the time of doubling. There are no limits on how much a cardmember can earn!
Getting double cash back for that first year is pretty hard to beat.
Get Paid For Your Internet Surfing
How many times do you type something into a search engine each day? Probably more than you want to admit!
I’ve been a long time user of Swagbucks, a search engine that pays their users, and love them.
Here’s how it works:
- Create a free account with Swagbucks
- Use Their Search Engine
- Get Randomly Awarded Swagbucks for Searching
- When You Reach 300 Points Called SB, You can Cash in for a $3 Amazon Gift Card
It doesn’t take long to accrue those 300 SB. In fact, I earn around $25-$30 worth of gift cards each and every month with almost no effort. There are also other things you can do to earn SB, like referring friends, playing games, using coupons, and completing special offers.
Earn Money for Watching TV
Viggle is an app you can download to your phone and earn points you can redeem for music, TV shows, ebooks and more.
You simply turn on the app when you’re watching TV or listening to music to earn points.
Book Hotels and Flights Through Travel Sites
Whether you’re a frequent traveler or just take a vacation once every couple of years you definitely need to check out virtual travel agencies like Travelocity, Expedia, and Priceline before you book your trip.
These sites can save you as much as fifty percent off.
While doing this won’t technically earn you money it will save you money. And as you know, a penny saved is a penny earned!
Earn Money for Grocery Shopping
If you’re not into couponing to save money on groceries you can now earn money back through an app called Ibotta.
Ibotta is a mobile app that gives you access to several cash back and rebate items. You simply download the app, look through the offers, and then go do your regular grocery shopping. If you’ve purchased something that has a rebate offer through Ibotta you then submit your receipt and your account will be credited within five days.
I love this app for the simple fact you don’t have to mess with it while shopping. You don’t need to touch it until after you have your receipt.
Get Paid to Work Out
One of my favorite new ways to earn money for a common task is through an app called Pact.
Pact is a workout app in which users can pledge do a certain number of activities per week. (Work outs, healthy meals, etc.) Depending on how many activities you pledge to do and then complete you can earn up to $5 per week.
However, if you miss a commitment you’re fined $5. So if you sign up for this one be sure that you are completely committed or you might cost yourself some money.
How Much Can You Earn?
There are so many ways to get paid for the simple things you already do. If you make a plan and start implementing these one at a time (to be sure you stick with them) you should be able to effortlessly earn at least an extra $100 per month or $1,200 per year.
That’s a lot of extra money earned for the things you were already doing.
This post was sponsored by Discover. All opinions are my own.
Robert Farrington is America’s Millennial Money Expert® and America’s Student Loan Debt Expert™, and the founder of The College Investor, a personal finance site dedicated to helping millennials escape student loan debt to start investing and building wealth for the future. You can learn more about him here and here.
He regularly writes about investing, student loan debt, and general personal finance topics geared towards anyone wanting to earn more, get out of debt, and start building wealth for the future.
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