It’s time to give the couch cushions a rest. No matter how many times you take them off to do yet another search for coins, it’s not the most effective way to find extra money.
Here are some ideas for relatively painless ways to make additional cash by doing things you might be doing anyway, or doing things that require virtually no effort and no cash investment.
1. Get paid for shopping
Using cash-back portals earns you cash rebates for something you’re doing anyway: shopping.
With Rakuten, for example, simply provide your email address if you don’t already have an account, and within seconds you’ll be ready to start earning cash back when you shop at thousands of online stores and certain brick-and-mortar stores.
Other cash-back portals include:
2. Answer surveys
You probably won’t get rich doing it, but you can get paid for taking online surveys.
Meanwhile, a similar program, InboxDollars, pays cash. The site explains:
“Most online surveys for money pay from $0.50 to $5.00 and take 3 minutes to 25 minutes to complete. There are some online surveys that pay $10, $20, or even more if you match the demographic profile they are looking for.”
For more options, check out “3 Ways to Get Paid for Your Opinion.”
3. Share your pictures
If you’re one of those people who’s always getting compliments for the pictures you take, why not make a little money doing it?
4. Rent out your vehicle
It costs more than $9,000 per year to own and operate a new vehicle, according to AAA. But you can recoup some of your costs by renting out your car to others when you’re not using it.
5. Clean up by cleaning out
If you’re going to clean out your closet, spare room, garage or other cluttered area, you might as well make some money off your castoffs. You name an item, and there is likely a place to sell it — from unwanted gift cards (Raise) to old phones (Gazelle).
So, before you throw anything away, check out stories like these to find out if there’s an easy way to sell your unwanted stuff:
- “9 Retailers That Will Pay You for Your Unwanted Stuff“
- “7 Websites for Selling Your Clutter — Safely“
- “7 Easy Ways to Get Money for Your Old Phones and Electronics“
6. Look under your virtual cushions
Somewhere in the world, money might be looking for you: Security deposits you didn’t get back, pensions you forgot about, unclaimed tax refunds.
7. Be a Nielsen home
Many past “Nielsen home” TV viewers agreed to track and report what they watched on TV to help compile program ratings. The modern version of the service, Nielsen Digital Voice, involves allowing Nielsen to track the websites you visit.
In return, you get chances to win $10,000. Nielsen Digital Voice explains:
“To reward you for your important contributions, you’ll earn regular entries into our $10,000 Monthly Sweepstakes — where we give away up to $120,000 a year! The longer you stay with us, the more chances you have to win.”
Do you know of other easy avenues to extra cash? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.
How to find cheaper car insurance in minutes
Getting a better deal on car insurance doesn't have to be hard. You can have The Zebra, an insurance comparison site compare quotes in just a few minutes and find you the best rates. Consumers save an average of $368 per year, according to the site, so if you're ready to secure your new rate, get started now.
Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.