21 Ways to Make Money While Avoiding This Unprecedented Heat Wave

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Oh, Mother Nature. We’re not fully done dealing with the pandemic yet and she sends an extreme heatwave across the nation, resulting in some heat-related deaths already.

Let’s avoid getting scorched outside and position some fans, portable ACs, or any other methods to keep cool indoors. And to take your mind off, here are some ways to earn a little extra money, so that when you are ready to leave the house, you’ll be looking forward to spending (or saving!)

1. 3M+ People Agree - This Side Gig and Cash Rewards App is Amazing

One of the easiest ways to find side gigs and WFH opportunities is via the free Steady app. Their community of over 3 million people agrees that it’s one of the best free ways to find flexible jobs to earn money!

Earn extra cash rewards through their Income Boosters perk too. Basically, get paid to try out useful brands to help manage your money even more.

Another great feature: Once you link your bank account (it’s secure!), the Steady’s Income Tools will give you personal insights into the money you’re making.

On average, Steady Members earn over $5,500 in extra income per year. It only takes a few minutes to sign up for free and answer some work history questions and what type of job you’re looking to see opportunities immediately!

2. 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 on iOS, is the free modern version where you can play on your iPhone, 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 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 iOS is free to play, is fun, and you could win cash/prizes, so check it out!

3. 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. 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.

4. 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 out Bubble Cash where 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.

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. 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!

5. A Legit Way to Earn $750 This Week

You can get $750 direct deposited into your Cash App account and all you have to do is try out some deals. The catch? You can only do this once every 2 years!

Seriously, anyone 18+ can join Flash Rewards is a rewards program that’s been around since 2016 and has rewarded $11 million dollars to members over time.

So how do you get the money? Answer: You just have to follow the instructions carefully!

Flash Rewards work by showing you “deals” they think you would like. This includes mobile apps and games, subscriptions, financial services, etc. Each type of deal you choose has its own mini task to complete.

  1. Head over to Flash Rewards and fill out basic info (Email, Name, etc.)
  2. Take a quick Survey (it helps them figure out what offers & deals to recommend you)
  3. See if any Offers interest you (optional)
  4. Important: Complete 1 Silver, 1 Gold, and 8 Platinum deals to qualify/claim the reward!

You won’t get your reward if you don’t complete the required amount of deals. Sure, it takes a little more effort but it’s legit. Get your $750!

6. The World’s First App That Pays You to Pay Rent

Paying rent each month is non-negotiable but with Piñata, you’ll get paid to pay rent on time.

It’s super simple. Pay rent on time and earn rewards and discounts for doing so. Plus get optional boosts to your credit score too (average increase of 42 points!)

Piñata is completely free to use and any renter can join. Members save over $4,500 a year!

Every time rent is paid, the member gets $20 Piñata Cash, which can then be saved and redeemed for free gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks, The Container Store, Class Pass, and more. You’ll also get access to Piñata Perks, a marketplace that has over 300K+ deals to help you save even more money on top of your rewards.

New members get a welcome bonus of $20 Piñata Cash as well as a $30 gift card so sign up for free now to start getting rewarded for rent day!

7. The Secret to Getting Free Cash Back

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$200 a year. That’s how much free money on average a member gets 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 you need to do is scan the receipt.

It’s super simple:

  1. Just check Ibotta first before shopping at your fav stores or delivery services
  2. Choose what offers or digital rebates you want (even mall rebates and restaurants!)
  3. Scan your receipt(s) into the app and get cash back!

Ibotta is free to download and you’ll also get $10 in Welcome Bonuses when you sign up! It’s like you’re getting paid to shop.

8. 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.

9. Get Free Stock Worth Up to $200

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Investing may seem expensive and most people put it off until they have “enough” money for it.

But time is the most important factor and Robinhood makes it really easy for new investors to get started with just $1.

This free trading app lets you trade stocks, ETFs and options, along with cryptocurrency all for free. No commission fees! When your application is approved, they’ll give free stock worth $2.50 up to $200 for new members, with chances to get a high-value stock in Facebook, Microsoft, etc.

You’ll also earn interest on any uninvested cash too. With a near-perfect 4.8 score from 2.3 million people, it’s a popular app that you should check out if you’re interested in investing.

10. Get $5* to Invest in Google, Amazon, Tesla, 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 Google, Amazon, Tesla, etc., but you can.1 And you don’t have to be rich either.

That’s because Stash, an investment app, lets you start investing with just $1.1 You can choose where to put your money in and they provide guidance and tools to help you along the way.3 You can invest in some of the major companies that you use or buy from regularly to make a custom Personal Portfolio4.

With Stash Growth and Stash+, you can also choose the Smart Portfolio4 option which offers hands-off stress-free investing since Stash will invest for you based on your risk tolerance.5 Plus claim bonus stock when you attend Stash’s virtual Stock Parties!

As a bonus, Stash is giving new members $5 for any first investment so create an account to get started.2

11. $29/Month for Auto Insurance is Possible - Here’s How

When was the last time you thought about car insurance? Most people only think about their insurance if they’re involved in an accident but rates change constantly.

Meaning you could be saving a lot of money and you wouldn’t have even known. On average, you’re probably spending $800+/year more than you need to.

You can easily check how much you can save with QuoteWizard, an auto insurance matching service provided by LendingTree. It’s just one form, and they’ll search through providers that include known companies like State Farm, Allstate, Farmers Insurance, and more.

Your monthly rate could be as low as $29/month! All you need is to fill out one form that asks the usual questions related to driver, car, and location and you’ll be matched with the best-for-you options. It’s easy and free to check, so see how you can save!

12. 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 on iOS, 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 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.

13. 21 + Solitaire = Real 💰 and Serious Fun

Check out 21 Blitz, an extremely fun and fast-paced mobile card game. Play against real people at your skill level to compete for cash and prizes like tech, kitchen appliances, even a car!

It only takes 3 minutes to play. Make as many 21s as you can before the clock runs out or until you run out of moves. And for a limited time, you can get 2x points multiplier to get even more points!

Play for free against real people for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…well, cash! Currently, players are invited to play in a guaranteed $23,000 prize pool tournament. Plus, get up to $30 for each friend you refer. Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN but you can still win some amazing prizes!

14. 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, check it out.

15. 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!

16. Check Your Credit Score For Free

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It’s smart to keep an eye on your credit score to make sure it doesn’t fall too much due to unpaid bills. Did you know that a low credit score could affect your ability to actually rent an apartment or even get a car? Yea, let’s try to prevent that from happening.

Credit Sesame is a free credit monitoring service that helps you improve and maintain your score. No credit card is needed!

You’ll get an easy-to-read view of your total debt plus everything that’s contributing to your current score like credit usage, credit age, inquiries, and payment history. It also comes with personal recommendations to help increase your score.

Credit Sesame alerted me immediately when my score decreased because of a credit card and I was able to fix it right away. It’s free to use so this is definitely a must-have in everyone’s life.

17. Don’t Miss Out on That $202 RT Deal to Japan Again (+ Similar Trips Up to 90% Off)

Yes, the flight was THAT cheap. It’s over now but don’t miss out again! Want to go to Iceland instead? Greece? Anywhere but here. Start planning for this year and next.

Let someone else do the hard work of finding the deals. Scott’s Cheap Flights has a whole team whose job is to search Google Flights and other public search engines to find the really amazing deals. Like, save up to 90% good. And they do this for 12-16 hours a day.

“Was able to get the round-trip for $197! So excited for our first trip to Hawaii – thank you so much!!” – A happy member

To start getting the deals, sign up to be a free member and remember to verify your email. To start getting the really good deals, try out the 14-day free trial (no credit card required), and then, for a limited time, our readers get 25% off the premium membership with promo code: UPGRADE25.

18. Fetch All Your Receipts (Even Virtual) & Get Free Money Back

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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.

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 2,000 welcome points on us when you use promo code REWARD before scanning your first receipt!

19. School Competitors in Solitaire and Ca$h In

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. 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.

For a limited time, get a head-start in games with Aces already on the Foundation piles!

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.

20. Never Pay an Overdraft Fee Again - Here’s How

Overdraft fees. Sometimes your bank account is low and you forget about your upcoming Netflix auto-payment. Next thing you know, you’re in the negatives and the bank is emailing you that you’ve been charged a hefty fee.

Skip all the bank fees and apply to Chime, an online bank account with absolutely no hidden fees (yes, seriously) and savings at 0.50% APY.

Their latest feature, SpotMe, lets you continue with a needed transaction even if you overdraft. That extra $20 you needed for groceries? No worries, Chime will spot you up to $200.* When your next deposit arrives, Chime will just apply it to your negative balance.*

No monthly fees, no minimum balance requirement, no foreign transaction fees, and the account is also FDIC-insured up to $250,000. Members can get paid up to 2 days earlier** too since Chime processes your employer’s deposit immediately, giving you access quicker than traditional banks.

Chime is free to use, so why not give it a shot for a while and see how you like it?

21. Side Hustlers: Save $1,700 a Year with This Bank

Finances can already be confusing but add in self-employment taxes, varying income, 1099-NEC, business deductions, etc? It can be a lot.

That’s why Lili, (awarded best bank account for side hustlers!), helps you focus on what you do best by offering mobile banking designed specifically for freelancers.

Enjoy no account fees, no overdraft fees, no minimum balance, no foreign transaction fees, and you can get paid up to 2 days earlier via direct deposit.

Lili also provides tools that traditional checking doesn’t have like:

  • Expense reports – They’re automatically generated!
  • Expense management – It’s easy (and fun) to categorize by swiping left/right plus no need for separate bank accounts
  • Tax Bucket – Helps you plan & prepare taxes all year long (instead of at the last minute).

It takes 3 minutes to sign up and you’ll get a sleek, fee-free black VISA business debit card that can be used at 38,000+ free ATMs.

They’ve even done the math and by using Lili, you’d save 60 hours and $1,700 per year. And yes, it’s free to sign up!

BONUS: Affordable Car Insurance Exists - Here’s How You Could Save Up To $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 can search for quotes easily on EverQuote. They 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 up to $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, so try it out to see how much you could be saving on the road!

BONUS 2: Book Your Vacation Now and Pay Later

When you’re online shopping you’ve probably seen the payment option of splitting up your payments over time. But hot tip: you can do the same with airline tickets (and everything else!) Basically, book your travel or vacation now and pay later with Zip (previously called QuadPay).

Your purchase will be split into 4 payments over 6 weeks, making it way easier to manage. It’s simple:

  1. Download and sign up for Zip (No long forms, get instant approval, and no hard credit checks!)
  2. Browse the store directory or search for your fav travel sites online.
  3. Choose “Pay with Zip” on the checkout page
  4. Enter the total purchase amount (including shipping and taxes)
  5. Complete your transaction and go on your vacay knowing you didn’t have to pay up all at once!

Try this completely free app with no hidden fees on your next purchase!


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