10 Apps To Try When You’ve Got Nothing to Do

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So you’ve finished your binge-watch list, your queued up books and games, and are tired of looking at the news. Maybe you achieved a puzzle or two while sipping on some homemade cocktails.

Or maybe you just don’t feel like doing anything at all. That’s fine too!

So when you’re ready to add some more things to do on your currently blank list, check out our suggestions below. It’s a well-rounded mix of apps that are fun, productive, relaxing, and even some will help earn you some money.

1. Have Fun Trying and Playing New Games for Cash

Take a break from scrolling through your infinite feed for updates and relax with some games that actually let you play both for free and for earning cash.

Appstation: Try out new games, earn gift cards. It’s that simple with this game platform where you can redeem for PayPal Cash, Amazon, Game Stop gift cards, and more when you play their featured games!

Mistplay: The more time you spend playing their wide variety of games, the more money you can earn. You’ll automatically get 200 welcome points upon sign up but use promo code Bonus_100 to get an additional 100 points for a total of 300 total points!

Rewarded Play: Popular games include Yahtzee, Wheel of Fortune, Words with Friends, mystery games, fantasy games, puzzle games, and a lot more. The more you play, the more you can get gift cards from 20+ retailers including favorites like Target, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, etc.

Pro-tip: Install all 3 above and maximize getting paid to play mobile games!

2. Budgeting Made Easy With This App - Even if You Don’t Know How

First things first, if you have trouble budgeting, you’re not alone as most people actually don’t know how to. When you understand how much money comes in and how much goes out, it’ll all start making sense.

Truebill easily helps you budget, even if you’re clueless. Their simple to follow budgeting pulls your historical spending, organizes it, and allows you to clearly see your spending so you can set a target budget with context. (Aka you can see where you’re wasting money on).

Truebill’s five-star reviews come from people formerly bad at budgeting. Nicole M. said Truebill “tracks spending and makes you accountable for every place your dollar is going. Shows you how a ‘few bucks’ here and there can really add up over time. Also gives you clues on how to save based on your spending. It’s like having a personal accountant tracking my money.”

Truebill will also alert you if you’re getting a little too spend-happy in your budgeted categories so you know when to curb it. Another user, Krystyna D. said, “This app is a lifesaver for budgeting. It lists your transactions in a minimalist and customizable way, has a spending graph that compares your current spending based on last month, and has a really great budgeting feature. I’ve been using the app for just about 7 months and they’ve done nothing but make a really great improvement to the service. I’ve tried some of the other services and they’re all cluttered and give you too much info without making what you want to see accessible.”

It’s simple but actionable budgeting that anyone can follow and it’s free to use! Join the many users today and control your spending with Truebill!

3. Scan the Stuff You Buy & Get Free Rewards

The exclusive National Consumer Panel (NCP) program is opening up again for more participants! This is your opportunity to make your consumer voice heard! (And get paid for it!)

When you become a panelist, just use the app to scan the barcodes of items you purchase, provide a few additional transaction details, and you’ll earn points for:

  • Gift Cards
  • Tablets
  • Electronic Equipment
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • and much more from their gift catalog!

Plus, all panelists are automatically entered into weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual drawings to win extra points and gift cards – even a quarterly sweepstakes to win $5,000!

The more you share your shopping habits (scan barcodes), the more rewards you can get. You can also answer surveys and share information about your overall shopping trip.

“Scanning my purchases is fun! I also enjoy taking the surveys. Earning points is fast and easy and they have a great selection of rewards.” – Jennifer B.

It’s a fun way to earn more rewards on items you’ve already purchased and at no extra cost to you.

Register now to see if you’re eligible to be a National Consumer Panelist. Eligibility will be based on your location. If you don’t get accepted this time, don’t worry! They’re always expanding locations, so check back again.

4. This Paid Survey Panel Gives Out 7,000 Gift Cards Daily

There are a lot of survey programs out there, but none as popular as Swagbucks, a free rewards program where you can earn cash for your time and opinion. Members can earn an average of $50 a month!

You get rewarded for doing surveys, searching the web, reading articles, watching videos, and playing fun games but the one activity that earns you the most points is completing surveys. (Don’t skip out on those!)

Points can then be redeemed for free gift cards, cash, and sweepstakes entries. All just by completing fun activities and giving your opinions.

New members can get a free $5 just for signing up, so join the other 10 million members already part of Swagbucks and start earning free rewards!

5. Get $5* to Invest in Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and More

Office Manager Sarah investing with $5 / Danny Guinta /*Photo for illustrative purposes only

You might think that investing is complicated. Or that you’ll never get a share of these well-known brands like Apple, Facebook, Spotify, etc., but you can. And you don’t have to be rich either.

That’s because Stash, an investment app, lets you start investing1 with just $1. You can choose where to put your money in and they provide guidance and tools to help you along the way. You can invest in major companies that you use or buy from regularly to make the investing process custom to you. Plus, it’s affordable.

As a bonus, Stash is giving new members $5 for any first investment so create an account to get started.*

6. Spin to Win - Earn Coins to Build Adventurous Villages (And Raid Others)

Note: You can’t make any money off this game but we’re adding it in just because it’s fun and a good way to distract yourself when you want to.

Coin Master is a free casual game that’s amassed over 81 million downloads and has earned the rep of being one of the most interactive games on the market.

Spin to earn coins, chances to raid other villages, and build up your own village to move to the next level. There are over 200 uniquely themed villages to build including Steampunk Land, LA Dreams, Magical Forest, Hell’s Village, and more. Pets can also be raised to help you get more coins.

When you need a little break from the real world, head into Coin Master to play for free!

7. Get Paid in Gift Cards if You’re Chill with Lock Screen Ads

The average person unlocks their phone 110 times per day – that’s a lot of time spent looking at a screen for free.

With S’more you get paid every day you unlock your phone. It’s even easier than it sounds, and since you can cash out with as little as $1 there’s no waiting around for your rewards.

New features make it even easier to earn for stuff you’re already doing too. Earn rewards by using your lock screen, watching videos, shopping, and even trying out apps.

S’mores pays in gift cards so you can redeem for:

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • CVS
  • GameStop
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Starbucks and more!

Just use your phone normally, and your earnings will apply daily. Pretty much the easiest thing to do and you’ll be earning gift cards to use online while social distancing and for IRL fun when the new stay-at-home orders are over!

8. Yes, Yet Another Streaming Service You Need in Your Life

Disney fans are already on the new Disney+ streaming service and binging the good stuff.

But if you’re a Marvel, National Geographic, Star Wars, The Simpsons, and Disney Channel fan too, the new streaming platform is worth checking out as well. Heck, even just to see Baby Yoda, it’s worth it.

Especially since it’s only $6.99 a month that includes 4K streaming for Ultra HD goodness.

Get access to scope out the new originals, TV series (7,500 episodes!), and movies (100 freshly released from the theaters and 400+ from the library). This includes stuff from “The Vault” too, movies that have been locked away and only see the light temporarily years later.

You’ve got room for both Netflix and Disney+ in your life. Even better, you can simultaneously stream on 4 screens and download unlimited content on Disney+ too.

9. Customized Workout Classes Whenever You Want

Relieve some of that stir craziness at home with fitness classes you can access anytime, anywhere, along with customizing it to your own schedule and mood.

Do 10 minutes today, and 30 minutes tomorrow. Choose between Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert. There are thousands of live and on-demand workouts ranging from bootcamp, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), dance, barre, strength, yoga, stretching, and more.

NEOU Fitness (pronounced “NEO YOU”) is great for those that miss their group fitness classes, for people who like a variety of classes every day, and want more control over their routine.

Stream on any device screen and filter classes by type, duration, body focus, and more.

For a limited time, new members get 50% off the annual membership for just $49.99 (basically less than $5/month). You can try it out for free for 7-days to see how you like it!

10. Get Access to Doctors and Wellness Coaches 24/7 Even When Homebound

We know we shouldn’t leave the house but what happens when it’s 10 PM and you’re feeling ill? What if you don’t have insurance either?

With 4 Your Health, you can get access to doctors and nurses 24/7 with options to call, email, or video chat. There’s no limit on usage and the physician(s) are licensed in the state you’re calling from. You don’t need insurance (if you don’t have any) and your prescriptions will get sent to your local pharmacy. It’s quick and reliable diagnoses of over 70% of common ailments.

Not only will you have doctors on demand, but it’s also a major health resource for meal plans and streaming workouts, in addition to Wellness coaches where you can email board-certified psychologists, dentists, pharmacists, dieticians, fitness trainers, and alternative medicine specialists.

Get a free 14-day trial to see if it works for you. If you love the convenience and 24/7 access, then it’s just $14.95 a month for you and your entire family. Since 4 Your Health isn’t medical insurance, there are no copays, deductibles or insurance claims to worry about either.

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