Weird Ways Americans Make Extra Money for Rent


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Rent overall is 22.55% higher in the United States than it is in the UK* so Americans are always looking for opportunities to make a side currency that’ll help pay for the bills and rent.

It’s the price to pay for having freedom, right?

We’ve rounded up some potentially weird ways that Americans utilise to earn some extra money that is available to Brits as well. Why not try them and see if these options work with your schedule?

1. A Legit Way to Earn £500 This Week

You can get £500 direct deposited into your bank account, and all you have to do is try out some deals. The catch? You can only do this once a year!

No bloody joke, anyone 18+ can participate in Flash Rewards, a rewards program that’s been around since 2016 and has rewarded £12 million 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 figure out the optional offers & required deals to recommend)
  3. Complete deals by shopping Flash Rewards’ great brand name partners.
  4. Important: Follow the instructions on completing the specific number of deals for each level and get to Level 5 to get the maximum reward! (there are plenty of deals to try – some are free trials or app downloads, others require a purchase!)
  5. Claim the reward and get it in about a week!

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 £500!

2. This Company Pays Up to £5 for Every Survey You Complete

Getting paid for your opinions isn’t new and won’t make you rich, but it’s extra money that you otherwise wouldn’t have.

Sign up for Opinion Outpost (it’s free to join!), where they typically pay out $390K a month to their members just for completing surveys, including product tests (before items hit the shelf!), ad reviews (feedback on ads before launch), focus groups, and more. Earn up to £5 for every survey you complete, and there’s no limit to how many you can take!

Important: Be sure to verify your email address so you can start earning!

Cash out starting at 50 points ( £5) via PayPal or choose gift cards to Amazon, Target, Apple, and more. These are easy surveys with quick payouts, available 24/7, and you’ll help brands improve their products. Join the 25 million members worldwide who have already earned extra cash for free since 1998!

3. Instantly Get Paid for Each Survey (No Limit!)

SurveyTime will instantly pay £1 after each survey completion. No waiting around to accrue over a tenner like other sites, just get paid right after!

Take as many available surveys as you want since there’s no limit. Then choose between popular gift cards, PayPal, or Bitcoin via Coinbase.

It’s free & easy to start. Be sure to check your confirmation email to answer a few intro questions.

It takes a few days for the system to learn your profile to match you with the best surveys, so expect to be disqualified in the beginning. Then you can take as many surveys as you want. On average, each survey could take 10 minutes, with some being as quick as 3 minutes!

4. Not Your Nana's Bingo - Play Anywhere for Dosh

Cast 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!

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

BONUS: When you deposit for the first time, get a £4 bonus cash when you use code: TSW5

5. Get Paid Up to £76 Playing Match 3 Games

Puzzle game lovers will love Match to Win, a free-to-play game where you can win dosh through 300+ exciting levels spanning across popular U.S.A. destinations

It’s simple. When you clear a level, you earn coins, which are redeemable for instant win scratchers, prize wheels, and sweepstakes up to £2,100! And yes, it’s ace- there are already over 135K reviews with a 4.5 average rating!

“I love the fact that you don’t have to purchase anything to win! Also, each level is different, so it doesn’t get monotonous! – Noelle Belmore

Cash out via PayPal when you reach £6. So download and play for free to start winning some quid!

6. Build an Epic Kingdom and Attack Friends in This Fun, Free Game

Note: You can’t make any dosh off this game, but we’re adding it in just because it’s cheeky!

“This game is kind of like Mario Party without the co-op”

Get competitive and strive to be the best in Dice Dreams, a fun, free game where you roll dice to attack other kingdoms, collect/steal coins, and level up your own epic kingdoms.

Each kingdom is uniquely themed, so once you achieve leveling up one, you move on to the next. We made it to the 9th kingdom this week and have fun raiding each other’s lands!

There are optional in-app purchases to get more dice rolls/coins, but the game can be played completely for free. Connect your Facebook login if you want even more benefits and to play with friends! There are no ads to interrupt your game, but you can watch video ads to get free rolls.

Download this fun when you want to knock around and have a blast attacking your friends/family in-game.

7. Get Paid to Try New Games

Play games = make some dosh. All you need is Mistplay, an Android game platform where you can try new games to earn points redeemable for gift cards like Amazon, PlayStation Network, XBOX Live, and more.

In this Google Play app, all available free games are listed so just take your pick to try, especially high unit multiplier games!

You’ll only get paid for playing games if Mistplay is running so be sure to always install games from the Mistplay app! New members get a BONUS 250 units just for signing up.

8. Earn Amazon Gift Cards by Trying New Games

When you’re ready to add even more games to your mobile, then download Cash ‘Em All, an Android app that pays you to try out new games for yes, you guessed it, for dosh. All are free to download!

Just earn coins from trying new games, then turn them in for:

  • PayPal Cash
  • Amazon gift card
  • GameStop gift card
  • PlayStation Store gift card
  • Xbox Live gift card
  • And more good stuff

When you sign in, a 4,444 coin welcome bonus is yours.  Enjoy playing new-to-you games for some side fun dosh on your Android!

9. Make Easy Dosh Just Trying and Playing Games

So many new games are coming out every day that it’s hard to choose which to play. My strategy? Only focus on the games that pay for my time.

You can do it with AppStation, an Android app that pays you to try out new games.

When you earn coins from trying new games, you can redeem them for:

  • PayPal Cash
  • Amazon gift card
  • GameStop gift card
  • PlayStation Store gift card
  • Xbox Live gift card
  • And too much more to list

Collect a 4,444 coin welcome bonus too, and you can choose to payout as low as £1.

If your mates want to earn too, introduce them to AppStation on Google Play, where you’ll get bonus coins and 25% of all their earnings. To make it a supportive group, your mates will also earn 25% of your earnings!

10. Play Solitaire to Win Dosh

Less than a few minutes. That’s all you need to win real coin 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 coin! Play in groups of 5 or more, and the top 3 for each game wins.

Players have already won thousands of pounds so download Solitaire Cash for free now

BONUS: Play Fun Word Puzzles & Get Paid Up to £73

Stimulate your brain differently by playing word puzzles on Words to Win, a free-to-play game where you can win cash rewards through beautiful levels modeled after lovely vacation spots like Australia, Mexico, Hawaii, and more.

It’s simple. Create words out of the letters given and complete the crossword puzzle board. You’ll then earn coins to redeem for instant win scratchers, prize wheels, and sweepstakes up to £400!

There’s no stressful countdown timer per game, and you can cash out via PayPal when you reach £6. Tracy T. said: “Best game ever! This is my daily relaxing game, and it really pays and cashes out.”

Download now and play for free to start winning some bread!

BONUS 2: Join the Millions of People Earning Rewards for Surveys

Companies are always looking for feedback to improve their products, so get paid for just giving your sincere opinion!

Just sign up for Survey Junkie (it’s free!), and join over 20 million members already earning dosh. Completing a survey earns you 20 to 100 points. When you hit 500 points (or £5) you can cash out, which is one of the earliest redemption points we’ve seen!

Redeem for popular online gift cards, Paypal cash, or bank transfer.

It only takes a few minutes to join Survey Junkie, and you’ll earn your first 100 points just by creating an account and verifying your email address. Earn even more when you take more surveys.