13 Apps to Try When Bored at Home

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Since we’re safer at home, everyone is burning through content and activities to a point where you can get tired of it.

So when you want to take a break from binge-watching shows, making Instagram-worthy coffee whip, or putting together puzzles, we’ve got some ideas.

All you need is reliable internet and your smartphone that’s already glued to your hands to check out the mix of productive and fun apps below that can ease some of that boredom!

1. School Competitors in Solitaire and Ca$h In

What is it: Solitaire Cube is like regular Solitaire on speed and you get to play for real cash.

Why we think it’s cool: This free to download game can net some serious rewards and each game only takes a few minutes to play making it easy to get in/out.

How much you could make/win: An extreme example is Katie N. who took home $380,984 as one of the Top 10 Solitaire Cube players! But even casual players like Amanda, a stay-at-home mom from IL, won a 55″ TV, $6,000 cash, and more!

Just download for free and start playing some practice games!

What else to know: Cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, FL, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN (You can still play just not enter cash tourneys)

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

What is it: 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.

Why we think it’s cool:  It’s an extremely fun way to spend your time. 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.

Just download for free and start raiding!

3. You Gotta Eat! Get Up to $240 Cash Back in Grocery Savings

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What is it: Ibotta is a cash back app that pays you cash for your receipts and e-receipts.

Why we think it’s cool: You’re literally getting free money back from your grocery trips, food deliveries, online shopping, and more. Just open the app, choose what you’re planning on getting, complete your purchase, and upload a picture of your receipt.

How much you can make/save: You’ll get $20 in welcome bonuses when you sign up and upload your first receipt. On average, active Ibotta users get up to $240 cash back a year or more but the highest saver got $13,000 in cash back last year!

It’s free to download to get cash back for stuff you’re already buying so don’t miss out!

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

What is it: Blackout Blitz is a free-to-download fast-paced and competitive bingo game where you can play anyone, anywhere on your phone.

Why we think it’s cool: This easy-to-learn game is awesome for killing time and earning cash all at once. Play practice games for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…cash!

How much you can make/win: Cash game winners can win up to $1,000 or more in mini-tournaments! Just by playing some fun bingo.

What else to know: Cash tournaments are not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, FL, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN. (You can still play just not enter cash tourneys)

5. Budgeting Made Easy With This App, Even if You Don’t Know How

What is it: Truebill is a free finance app that easily helps you budget, even if you’re clueless. It also negotiates down your bills and finds recurring subscriptions you may have forgotten about.

Why we think it’s cool: It 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). You’ll also save money on your cable, internet, and cellphone bills when they can negotiate it down and get you credit back for any outages.

How much you can save: On average, they can save you 20% on bills as well as hundreds a year based on budgeting, subscription canceling, and outage credits.

It’s free to use, just link a bank account (security is their #1 priority) and follow simple but actionable budgeting advice to control your spending!

6. Keep Calm and Invest - Starting with Just $1

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What is it: Stash is an investment and online banking app that only takes $1* to start and you’ll also get a $5 bonus* after funding your first investment.

Why we think it’s cool:  It’s investments made easy. Everyone should invest in the long term and you can choose where to put your money in as well as being a well-informed investor with Stash Coach, a fun way to increase your knowledge. Investments in precious metals, pharmaceutical companies, major retailers, utility companies, as well as media, entertainment, and communication companies are just some of the industries you can invest in.

Try Stash and invest in your future!

7. Pop Some Colorful Bubbles to Make Some Bank

What is it: Bubble Shooter is a classic bubble game with a modern twist where you have 3 minutes each game to pop or clear as many bubbles from the board as you can.

Why we think it’s cool: This free to download game can earn you cash! Play practice games, and when you’re ready, switch over to cash games to earn faster.

How much you can make/win: Cash game winners can win up to $10,000! No joke. Just by strategically popping bubbles.

What else to know: Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, FL, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN. (You can still play just not enter cash tourneys)

8. Scan the Stuff You Buy & Get Free Rewards

What is it:  The National Consumer Panel (NCP) program lets you score free gift cards when you scan barcodes of stuff you already purchased like groceries, household items, etc. They’ve been around since 1987 gathering panel member’s opinions and shopping habits!

Why we think it’s cool: It’s free gift rewards! Just by providing anonymous data on your shopping habits through scanning barcodes. Take surveys to earn even more points.

How much you can make: By scanning, we’ve seen members get about $100+ a year. Plus tablets, cool tech, and much more from their gift catalog. All panelists are also automatically entered into weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual drawings to win extra points and gift cards – even a quarterly sweepstakes to win $5,000!

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. Banking That Has Your Back - Easily Autosave & Never Pay Overdraft Fees Again

What is it: Chime is an award-winning mobile app that’s got your back when it comes to banking.

Why we think it’s cool: It helps you save money every time you make a purchase or pay a bill with the Chime Visa® Debit Card by moving your spare change from your transactions into savings. You can also set up automatic transfers from your paycheck too. Save at 1.00% APY!

No hidden fees, the ability to get paid up to 2 days earlier1, and the fact that you don’t need to worry about any overdraft fees because Chime will spot you up to $1002 when you need it, makes this a no brainer.

How much you can save: Varies for each person on auto-saving but at least hundreds of dollars a year from no overdraft fees.

It’s also free to use so give it a shot to see how it can improve your banking life!

10. Get Paid to Save and Bank Just by Playing Games

What is it: Long Game rewards its members for responsible saving and spending just by playing free games on their app and making banking fun.

Why we think it’s cool: When you set up a savings account, you access games where you can win daily cash prizes!  You also 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.

How much you can make/win: Daily prizes go up to $1 million dollars! And you’ll never lose any money. Savings will vary for each person and interest earnings are a common 0.1%.

Long Game is completely free when you set up auto-deposit or direct deposit and use your debit card. Otherwise, it’s $3/month. There’s no way to lose money, but plenty of ways to earn and win! Plus you can withdraw your money at any time.

11. The Streaming Service That’ll Actually Save You Money Over Time

What is it: Disney+ is the new hot streaming platform to binge from.

Why we think it’s cool: It’s only $6.99 a month for all you can watch/download Disney, Marvel, National Geographic, Star Wars, The Simpsons, Disney Channel, and more. Get access to new original shows, TV series (7,500+ episodes!), and movies (100 freshly released from the theaters and 400+ from the library).

How much you can save: Considering that cable tv is $60/month, you can be saving $720 a year!

And you can stream on up to 4 screens/devices simultaneously. No need to wrestle for the “remote.”

12. Take Guitar Lessons from GRAMMY Award Winners Without Leaving Home

What is it: TrueFire is the best way to learn how to play the guitar with their massive library of 40,000+ instructional videos.

Why we think it’s cool: Made for all skill levels, the crystal clear HD videos are taught by GRAMMY award winners and world-renowned teachers. It covers all skill levels, beginner through advanced, and a range of styles including blues, jazz, rock, country, and more.

Access and learn from any device, anywhere, and utilize their progress tracking tools as well as slo-mo and looping to learn at your own pace!

If you’ve been wanting to learn the guitar or need to fine-tune, try out TrueFire free for 30 days and make staying-at-home fun.

13. Save Almost $700 a Year on Gym Membership with This

What is it: NEOU Fitness (pronounced “NEO YOU”) is an online gym membership with live and on-on demand workouts.

Why we think it’s cool: Thousands of workouts ranging from bootcamp, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), dance, barre, strength, yoga, stretching, and more that you can access anytime, anywhere. Customize to your own schedule and mood!

How much you can save: Considering that gym memberships average about $55/month, you’d be saving almost $700 a year! And no worries about sanitation.

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

Try NEOU Fitness free for 7-days to see how you like it!

BONUS: Build Your Own Empire and Crush Foes to Dominate the Realm

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What is it: Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is a free to download massively multiplayer mobile war game that lets you rule over your own Empire, gather resources, create armies, level up heroes, and basically, gives opportunities to crush other Empires.

Why we think it’s cool: If you like strategy games you’ll enjoy upgrading your kingdom to dominate in the Realm. You’ll be joined by familiar faces, like Prince Noctis and Luna, and don’t be surprised to run into a chocobo or two!

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*40 million Americans cutting the cord: Forbes

*$1.5 trillion statistic source: Time.com