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 winning cash if you choose to participate in cash tournaments.
Solitaire Cube: Like regular Solitaire but fast-paced and you get to play for cash. Even casual players like Amanda, a stay-at-home mom from IL, won a 55″ TV, $6,000, and more!
21 Blitz: In 3 minutes, make as many 21s as you can within that time or until you run out of moves. It’s a modern take on a classic game where you’re no longer just playing against the dealer but with actual people around the world.
Cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, FL, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN for the above card games.
Blackout Blitz: Ditch the paper sheets and giant stamps in favor of this fast-paced and competitive bingo game. 2 minutes. That’s all you need per game where you play against another person around the world. Cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, FL, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.
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. It 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
- 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.
You get rewarded for doing surveys, searching the web, reading articles, and playing fun games but the one activity that earns you the most points is actually watching videos! These range from Entertainment, Health, Hobbies, Parenting, Tech, News, and more.
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. Keep the Mind Active with Fun Strategy Games
When you just want to have some fun with entertainment that you can pop in and play for as long or as short as you like, try this mix of strategy games!
Coin Master: This free casual game amassed over 80 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.
Crystalborne: Heroes of Fate: This free to download 3D role-playing mobile game has an awesome sci-fi and fantasy aesthetic. Your objective is to free the world’s heroes from imprisonment and lead the revolution of the skies while exploring a world full of mysterious ancient secrets, including butt-kicking the nefarious faction of the Marauders.
Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire: This free to download massively multiplayer mobile war game lets you rule over your own Empire, gather resources, create armies, level up heroes, and basically, gives opportunities to crush other Empires. You’ll be joined by familiar faces, like Prince Noctis and Luna, and don’t be surprised to run into a chocobo or two!
6. Keep Calm and Invest - Starting with Just $1
Yes, the COVID-19 news that’s bombarding your feed can be scary. In addition to the Fed cutting interest rates and events getting banned, you might not even think about investing.
But it’s actually the time to start if you haven’t already. It doesn’t have to be complicated and you can easily start with, an investment app that only takes $1* to start and you’ll also get a $5 bonus* after funding your first investment.
Investing is for the long-term and in the app, you can choose where to put your money in.
Consider certain industries whenever there’s political, economic, or financial unrest. Stash offers investments in precious metals, pharmaceutical companies, major retailers, utility companies, as well as media, entertainment, and communication companies since more people will be staying home now. So keep calm, and invest!
7. Everyday Saving & Spending is Actually Fun Now
Look, we know managing your money is boring, but it’s just one of those non-negotiables in life. Especially these days, we need all the good vibes we can get with our money.
That’s whyis actually making banking fun by just playing free games on their app. Games are light and easy-to-play (think lotteries, scratchers, slots, and more) and you can win daily cash prizes up to $1M (yes, million) and crypto!
When you set up a savings account, you access the games. You get a full banking experience with all the bells and whistles; an FDIC-insured savings account earning interest, a Visa debit card for instant access to your cash, custom savings goals, and more.
The more money you save, the more you can play andlets you earn more rewards just by spending normally. It has a RoundUp feature that lets your purchases be rounded up to the nearest dollar with the change going towards your savings. So every time you’re buying a meal, getting stuff at Target, etc, you’re contributing to your savings and earning interest!
costs $3/month, or get it for free if you set up auto-deposit or direct deposit and use your card. They offer a 30-day free trial so you can check it out and see if it’s right for you. There’s no way to lose money, but plenty of ways to earn and win! Plus you can withdraw your money at any time.
8. Smash Candy (Virtually) for Cash At Home
Give your brain and eyes a fun colorful boost by playing CandyPrize, a match 3 puzzle game where you match candies and complete sweet objectives to win money.
Earn as many points as you can in 5-minute matches with real players but the game is over when you run out of moves so be strategic as well!
This easy-to-learn game is awesome for killing time and earning cash all at once, conveniently from home.
You can play for free or switch over to cash games to win…cash! Cash game winners can win up to hundreds of dollars in mini-tournaments.
Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, FL, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.
9. 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 with a free 7-day trial that includes 4K streaming for Ultra HD goodness.
An entire free week 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.
10. 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!
11. De-Stress and Boost Your Mood 5 Mins a Day
Even if you’re at home, there’s a lot to be anxious about.
Your income, your family, your health, and wondering when you’ll get to go out and be normal again. A way to help with de-stressing, falling asleep easier, and even losing weight is meditation.
It boosts your immune system and your mood for overall well-being. The Breethe app gives access to over 1,000 tracks of guided meditation, bedtime stories, hypnotherapy, sleep music playlists, and master classes from mindfulness coach Lynne Goldberg and more.
After a quick initial setup of what your goals are (e.g. reduce coronavirus anxiety, relax, improve relationships, etc) you can dive right into guided meditation lasting 5 minutes or more. You can listen to the free content or try the free 14-day trial where it unlocks all content. If you enjoy Breethe, then it’s just $12.99 a month for better health and emotional well-being, something we all need during these times.
BONUS: 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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