These Apps Pay You to Do (Almost) Nothing For the Holidays

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Hibernation mode kicked in a lot earlier this year. Who wants 2020 to end already?

With less sunlight and colder weather, just laying on the couch under a blanket with my phone sounds like my kind of all-day activity.

It’s not that I don’t want to do productive things. I just want to do so in the least-amount-of-work kind of way.

Makes sense?

*drumroll, please

If you want to be a couch potato too, we’ve rounded up some easy ways to get paid doing basically nothing this holiday season. And since the holidays are practically canceled, might as well make some side cash! Enjoy!

1. School Competitors in Solitaire and Ca$h In

When you’re looking for something to do at home, check out Solitaire Cube, which is like regular Solitaire, except you get to play for real cash.

The game matches you with players of the same skill level, so all is fair. If you’re a good Solitaire player, you could win some serious cash, like Katie N. who took home $380,984 as one of the Top 10 Solitaire Cube players! Even casual players like Amanda, a stay-at-home mom from IL, won a 55″ TV, $6,000, and more!

So if you think you can handle playing some Solitaire Cube to win legit cash, definitely download this game for free. 

Cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN.

2. Satisfyingly Pop Bubbles to Make Cash

We love our classic bubble games here and even better when they’re shortened down to 3-minute games to pop as many as you can. Bonus points for clearing the whole board!Check out Bubble Cash where you play in groups of 5 or more and the top 3 for each game wins.

Drop a bunch of bubbles at once and get those high-scoring combos. Play for free, and then switch over to cash games whenever you want. Seriously though, cash game winners can win thousands of dollars…by popping bubbles.

Just note that cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, IA, LA, MD & SC but everywhere else is fair game to win actual money!

3. Not Your Grandma’s Bingo - Play Anywhere for Cash

Classic bingo is a game based on both luck and skill since it takes strategy to beat the odds of the house and the players around you.

However, you can ditch the paper sheets and giant stamps in favor of Blackout Bingo, a fast-paced and competitive bingo game that you can play anywhere on your phone. And even against your friends virtually.

2 minutes. That’s all you need per game where you play against another person around the world. Everyone sees the same card and balls so by daubing (tapping the number) fast and correctly, you’ll get bonus boosts for more points! Tap the incorrect number and points will get docked so don’t get sloppy!

This easy-to-learn game is awesome for killing time and earning cash all at once, anywhere which is perfect for home.

You can play for free against real people for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…cash! Cash game winners can win up to $1,000 or more in mini-tournaments.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

4. Play 3 Minute Games & Win Cash Over $1,000 Every Day

When you’re looking for more games to play that could actually be productive to your wallet, check out Pocket7Games which despite the name, actually has 9 different classic games to choose from.

Bingo Clash is the most popular, followed by Solitaire!, Bubble Shot, 21 Gold, Block Blitz, 2048 Blitz, Dunk Shot, Bubble Gold, and Cube Blast. Easily switch between games to play for fun or for cash against real players 1v1 or in a group.

Every day over $1,000 free cash is awarded to players who join the free entry events. You can also win Amazon gift cards, and tech prizes like Xbox, AirPods, iPads, and more. Never be bored with plenty of surprise events and activities that give free cash plus earn up to $40 per friend you invite to play Pocket7Games!

More than $70M in prizes have already been rewarded so get in on your share of the fun. Note that cash games are not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, TN, VT.

5. Fun Times in 3 Minute Increments – A Classic Game for $

3 minutes.

Make as many 21s as you can within that time or until you run out of moves.

That’s the basic gist of 21 Blitz, a modern take on a classic game where you’re no longer just playing against the dealer but with actual people around the world.

It’s fast-paced and it basically does all of the math for you. This game is great for killing time and earning cash all at once which is perfect for home!

You can play for free against real people for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…well, cash! Cash game winners can win up to $7,000 or more in the mini-tournament.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN.

6. Play Solitaire to Win Cash. No Longer a Single Player Game.

Less than a few minutes. That’s all you need to win real cash when you play  Solitaire Cash, a fun Solitaire game with a modern twist.

It’s like regular Solitaire but you compete against other players at the same skill-level as yours to see who can solve the deck the fastest, and for cash! Play in groups of 5 or more and the top 3 for each game wins.

Players have already won thousands of dollars! Solitaire Cash is free to download and play but cash tournaments are specifically not available in AZ, AR, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, SC, MT & SD.

If you like playing quick games for chances to win cash with no ads, check it out.

7. Play Classic TV Game Shows (and More) for Cash at Home

Play classic TV game shows like Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right: Super Plinko, and more, easily from home to win cash prizes from your phone.

The WorldWinner app hosted by Game Show Network prizes out $200,000 daily! The app has plenty of games to choose from like the TV game shows as well as:

  • Solitaire Rush
  • Angry Birds Champions
  • TRIVIAL PURSUIT
  • SCRABBLE Cubes
  • Catch 21
  • and more!

Play for free or compete in cash tournaments with entry fees that start at 88 cents. Easily switch between games depending on your mood. The app matches you with real players of similar skill and everyone gets the same game board, time, and limits for fair play.

WorldWinner has been around for more than 20 years and is trusted by top players around the world. So make game time even more productive by playing for cash prizes!

8. Play B-I-N-G-O for Up to $25,000 C-A-S-H!

When you think of bingo, you probably envision a room full of seniors stamping number cards. In other words, not terribly exciting.

But Bingo Clash, is the free modern version where you can play on your phone, and win big with cash and real-life prizes. There are daily cash prizes as well as weeklong tournaments with prize pools that can go up to $25,000! You can also win items like iPads, kitchen appliances, LEGO sets, other electronics, even cars!

You play against other people of similar skill in 1v1, tournaments, or multiplayer. It’s fair play as everyone gets the same card and the same numbers called out, but it’s how fast and accurate you are that will declare the winner!

Pro-tip: Don’t hit the Bingo button until almost the end of the game to rack up bonus points!

Play cash games for the bigger prizes but note that they aren’t available in these states AZ, AK, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, TN, and VT. However, Bingo Clash is free to play, is fun, and you could win cash/prizes, so check it out!

9. Get Paid for Playing Free Digital Scratch-Offs

Don’t bother going to the liquor store to buy physical scratchers (they get expensive too).

Instead, play digital scratchers for free on Lucktastic.

There are a ton of different scratchers you can play, and you can earn both cash and tokens.

Scratched all of them for the day? Don’t worry, there are specific night-time scratchers that are available every night too!

When you want to redeem your earnings, you can choose from:

  • Amazon gift cards
  • CVS gift cards
  • Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards
  • Check mailed to you
  • Visa gift cards

Lucktastic keeps things free by showing a few ads here and there plus it’s easy to play and multi-task at the same time. You can also get a chance of up to $1M in cash prizes!

And before December 10th, you can enter the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Meet & Greet contest where you can virtually meet an artist from the 2020 lineup. You could be chatting with Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, Sam Smith, or Lewis Capaldi exclusively through Lucktastic! 😍

10. Fetch All Your Receipts (Even Virtual) & Get Free Money Back for the Holidays

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Check your pockets; check your purse. And keep email receipts.

Grab all the recent receipts you have and scan them into Fetch Rewards to earn points towards free money. Even better? Connect your email inbox and it’ll count your email receipts too from Amazon, Instacart, Shipt, and more!

Basically, shop at any store (grocery, drugstore, warehouse, everywhere and online), snap a pic with the app, and boom, you’ve got points for money. Upload your restaurant and drive-thru receipts too.

And since the holidays are coming up, get money back for all your online shopping as it’ll find e-receipts in your inbox!

There’s no minimum spend, no need to manually select items, just scan in any receipt from any store and it’ll automatically reward you.

Be sure to grab a $2 welcome bonus on us (2,000 points) when you use promo code REWARD before scanning your first receipt!

11. Pop Some Colorful Bubbles to Make Some Bank

The classic bubble game comes back with a modern twist where you have 3 minutes each game to pop or clear as many bubbles from the board as you can.

It’s called Bubble Shooter! Tournaments, and no matter your skill level, you can have fun against real players around the world.

Our favorite strategy? Hang multiple bubbles from a “parent” bubble, and then POP the parents so all the bubbles drop at once! It’s extremely satisfying to get those combos.

Play for free, and when you’re ready, switch over to cash games to earn faster! Cash game winners can win up to $10,000 (no joke).

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

12. Play Dominoes With Anyone to Win Cash

When you’re looking for a different type of puzzle gaming experience that’s not just swapping candies or jewels around, check out  Dominoes Gold, where you can play the classic board game for cash prizes.

The game follows the popular “Fives” rulebook where you match the ends of the domino tiles and make the ends of the board a multiple of 5. Any leftover tiles after a Domino will be counted as points for the winner of that round.

There are daily domino tournaments up to $6,000! Play for free and when you’re ready, switch over to cash tournaments to get serious prizes. Memories of slamming chips down at your family’s house will come rushing back.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, TN.

13. 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!