Well, dumpster fire 2020 is behind us now.
Even though we may not know exactly what this new year holds, we can hope. We also consulted our internal crystal ball (Thanks, Madame Leota) and it’s showing some ways that you could make extra money in 2021.
Obviously, keep your day job since that’s your primary source of income. But if you’re interested in making side cash or to be more productive with your time, then check out the suggestions below.
1. Get $5* to Invest in Google, Amazon, Tesla, Netflix, and More
You might think that investing is complicated. Or that you’ll never get a share of these well-known brands like Google, Amazon, Tesla, etc., but you can. And you don’t have to be rich either.
That’s because, 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 membersso create an account to get started.*
2. Get Paid to Take Popular Surveys, Watch Videos, and Even Read Emails With This Site
If you’re looking for an easy way to snag a little extra cash by being online, look no further. Inbox Dollars has a wide array of ways to make some money on the side.
Founded in 2000, Inbox Dollars has been around and paying customers for their opinions for over 19 years and counting! They are one of the most trusted survey sites with fun, multiple ways to earn extra cash that sets them apart from the others.
You can stick to sharing your opinion and take surveys, but you can also watch videos, play games, and even read email for some extra cash. Who wouldn’t want to watch movie trailers for money?
They also offer cash back for online shopping and coupon cash rewards to use at the grocery store too!
So if you’re looking for some extra cash and enjoy a wide array of options to earn, Inbox Dollars is a great platform to make a little side money. It’s free to sign up, so give it a try today!
3. Satisfyingly Pop Bubbles to Make Cash
Who loved popping bubble wrap growing up? I still do.
So when the classic bubble game is shortened to 3-minute games to pop as many as you can, it’s exhilarating. Bonus points for clearing the whole board!
Check outwhere you can go on a popping frenzy against real players online to win actual cash. Drop a bunch of bubbles at once and get those high-scoring combos.
, and then switch over to cash games whenever you want. Seriously though, cash game winners can win thousands of dollars…by popping bubbles. Take part in thrilling raffles to win BONUS cash on top of your regular winnings. Plus, enjoy extra rewards every day.
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!
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 on iOS 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. Scan the Stuff You Buy & Get Free Rewards
The exclusive(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 $5,000!
The more you share yourthe more rewards you can get. You can also answer surveys and share information about your overall shopping trip.
“Scanning my purchases is fun! I also enjoy taking the surveys. Earning points is fast and easy and they have a great selection of rewards.” – Jennifer B.
It’s a fun way to earn more rewards on items you’ve already purchased and at no extra cost to you.
to be a National Consumer Panelist. Eligibility will be based on your location. If you don’t get accepted this time, don’t worry! They’re always expanding locations, so check back again.
6. School Competitors in Solitaire and Ca$h In
When you’re looking for something to do at home, check out, 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. 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 prizes.
You can deposit as little as $2 to start playing for real money, and there are always bonus cash opportunities to get even more value. Currently, there is a $350,000 prize pool tournament you can get in on!
So if you think you can handle playing some
Cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN.
7. Get Paid for Playing Free Lotto Tickets
When you’re stuck at home, you have to keep yourself occupied. Make killing time fun and productive when you play free digital scratchers on Lucktastic to win money from the comfort of your home. It’s just like getting the ones from the gas station, but…free.
There are a ton of different scratchers to play where you can earn both cash prizes and tokens. Tokens turn into gift cards or contest entries so collect as much as you can!
PRO-TIP to get the most gift cards for free: The more you play, the more big bonuses you can unlock! Play all your scratch cards, look out for Today’s Bonus, and head to the Reward Wall to discover more fun games and cool products. That’ll build up your tokens much faster to redeem for more rewards!
Redeem tokens for:
- Amazon gift cards
- Walmart gift cards
- Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards
- Check mailed to you
- Payouts start at just $5!
- Contest entries into big cash winnings
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.
Also until April 2021, their Crack the $1 Million Safe event will reward a lucky winner with up to $1 million dollars! Not bad for playing free scratchers, right? So download now to start earning free gift cards!
8. 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!
9. Fetch All Your Receipts (Even Virtual) & Get Free Money Back
Check your pockets; check your purse. And keep email receipts.
Grab all the recent receipts you have and scan them intoto 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.
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 toon us when you use promo code REWARD before scanning your first receipt!
10. Get a Personal Loan Fast Even if You Have Bad Credit
Your credit score is important but sometimes, unfortunate circumstances happen to good people. It’s not always a fair representation of your financial history to be judged by 3 digits.
Even if you have a poor credit score and have been turned down by credit card companies, you could still qualify for a personal loan* for your short-term financial needs.
OppLoans can help. They work to rescue and rebuild middle-income credit-challenged members for a brighter financial future.
Submitting an application won’t impact your FICO credit score^ and you’ll be able to get the best personal loan that you may need for car repairs, medical, family, rent, major purchase, etc.
Here’s who can qualify:
- Residents of FL, AL, AR, AZ, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KY, KS, LA, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NM, OH, OK, OR, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, SC, WA, WI, WY, or VA
- Have a minimum monthly income of $1,500 for the states listed above except AL is $3,500, and GA & ID is $3,000
- 18+ years old (19 if from AL or NE) and cannot be an active duty service member
- At least 90 days at current employer
- Have direct deposit
Qualified borrowers can borrow up to $4,000 depending on creditworthiness and state of residence.* “Payback is on a set term so no surprises and they are cheaper than those payday loans. I was able to get approved in just a few short hours. They really came through and helped me out!” Mike from Clover, SC.
And when monthly payments are made back on the loan, OppLoans will notify the 3 credit bureaus to build up your payment history!+
11. 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, 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! 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, check it out.
12. New Year, New Financially Responsible You Can Save Up to $720
How much did you spend over the holidays? On average, Americans spend about $1,000!
You can get up to 70% of that back in the new year by using, a free money management app that’s like your own financial control center and personal finance assistant in one. The app groups all your banking accounts together so you can see your earnings and spending in one spot. Plus, it helps you budget even if you don’t know how to.
will also alert you when services quietly raise fees, and will even cancel your hidden and unwanted subscriptions for you. Most importantly, Truebill can help lower your monthly bills by 20%! Yup, they negotiate for you so you don’t have to deal with talking to reps.
It’s also time to look forward to new life events since 2020 ruined most of our plans. But that usually comes with a cost. So prepare ahead of time by using Truebill which can save you over $720/year!
13. 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, 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.
on iPhone 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.
14. Affordable Car Insurance Exists - Here’s How You Could Save $610
You’re sharing the same roads with a lot of different people. Distracted people, oblivious people, road-rage people, etc. It’s best to cover yourself with insurance when everyone is operating a giant motor vehicle.
That’s why car insurance exists and is mandatory. You might be overpaying on your current insurance premium since it can be a hassle finding another provider.
However, you canThey help match you among dozens of regional agencies and insurance carriers to filter the best matches to save on your car insurance.
It takes less than 4 minutes to fill out the form and you’ll see a list of matches that show online quotes, email, and potential phone quotes.
EverQuote can save drivers $610 a year on average* compared to their current insurance premiums. Once you see your list of potential matches, choose the online ones you want or wait for more information via email or phone.
It’s a pretty simple process, soto see how much you could be saving on the road!
15. Never Overpay for Car Insurance - Save $826 a Year
On average you’re probably spending $826/year more than you need to on car insurance but in general, people don’t make the effort to check.
But you can check how much you can save in literally 30 seconds. It’s easy:
- Head over to and connect your current insurance (no long form to fill out!)
- It’ll instantly check for a better deal
- See your savings!
Oncefinds you a better deal and you choose to switch, they’ll help you cancel your old policy, enroll you in the better one, and get a full refund on the unused portion of your prior payments. It’s the simplest and easiest way to get a refund on your overpriced car insurance policy.
16. Fun Times in 3 Minute Increments – A Classic Game for $
Make as many 21s as you can within that time or until you run out of moves.
That’s the basic gist of, 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 canfor 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.
17. Never Pay Overdraft Fees Again - Banking That Has Your Back
On average, people pay $250/year just on overdraft fees!
Instead of charging you for silly fees,, has your back. It’s an award-winning (and ) mobile banking app that lets you overdraft up to $100 with no fees1 via their SpotMe benefit. This means that $8 you were short on at the grocery store gets spotted and your account won’t overdraft, saving you money. Plus, you get a sleek-looking debit card!
Combined with no hidden fees, the ability to get paid up to 2 days earlier,2 and auto-savings starting at 0.50% APY3 makes Chime a stellar online banking option that doesn’t focus on profiting off of you like traditional banks.
Since Chime is, give it a shot and see how you like it.
18. The Secret to Getting Free Cash Back
$860 million dollars. That’s how much free money members have gotten back so far just by using Ibotta, a free app that pays you real money on your everyday purchases.
That includes your groceries (online/in-store), essentials, food delivery, online shopping, basically anything. All they need is a receipt.
It’s super simple, just check Ibotta first before:
- Shopping at your fav stores and services like Target, Ralph’s, Trade Joe’s, Uber Eats, and more
- Ordering groceries and delivery services like Walmart Grocery, Instacart, Shipt, and more. Link the accounts together and maximize on free cash back!
- Online shopping from retailers like Amazon, Sephora, Under Armour, Gap, and more
Ibotta is free to download and you’ll also get up to $20 in Welcome Bonuses when you sign up! It’s like you’re getting paid to shop.
19. Talk to a Financial Coach & Earn Cash Rewards
Hiring a financial advisor can cost $1,000 or more, so we’re suggesting the next best thing.
, a free-to-use personal finance app, lets you anonymously crowdsource financial advice from a community of more than 350,000 people for free.
You can also anonymously compare your finances with people like you and earn cash rewards for acting on money-saving recommendations.
The app’s newest feature lets youfor just $3/month! Since coaches receive public reviews after each call, they have a big incentive to give you great advice.
As an added bonus, new Status Money members get $5 to sign up!
20. Don’t Go Shopping Without This Free Money-Making App
Do you shop at brands like UberEats, Walmart Grocery, Old Navy, Groupon, Sephora, Lululemon, and Sam’s Club? You’re missing out on free gift cards for those purchases if you’re not using Drop as you shop online and in-stores at brands like these.
Drop, is a 100% free app that lets you earn reward points back on your normal shopping! All you have to remember is: Start with Drop before you shop. From there, it’s as simple as “Tap, Shop, Earn, Redeem.”
- Tap on the brand’s offer on Drop
- Shop through the brand’s app/website as you normally would. Drop will direct you there!
- Earn points back on your purchase.
- Redeem your points for a gift card of your choice – whenever and wherever you want!
Plus, when you link the debit/credit cards that you use most, you’ll get access to exclusive deals (like earning points back on every Postmates order) where purchases will automatically get tracked. You’ll even get personalized recommendations based on your shopping preferences.
And use Drop on top of your loyalty and credit card points to stack rewards!
The bottom line is: Not using this app would be like going to an all-inclusive resort, not knowing about all the free food/drinks/activities, and just staying in your room and eating crackers the whole time. No one wants that!
BONUS OFFER: Use promo code SMARTWALLET to unlock 10,000 points ($10!!) automatically when you earn your first 1,000 points.
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