13 Weird Ways Guys Can Make Extra Money in 2021

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Who wouldn’t want extra beer money? Especially when 2020 was so terrible.

The good news is that it’s over, and the even better news is that you can start with a fresh new year if you want to be a little more productive than scroll on your phone mindlessly.

Give these a shot the next time you’re in need of some extra dough.

1. Make Easy Money Just Trying and Playing Games

One of the best ways to kill time is to check out new games that you can play to have fun and still feel productive. How?

Check out AppStation, an Android app that pays you to try out new games. Yes, you’ll get paid just to play games.

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

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

Nab a 4,444 coin welcome bonus too, which is basically around 50 cents in value. And if you don’t like to wait, you can choose to payout as low as $1.

If your friends want to get it on the money action from afar, 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 friends will also earn 25% of your earnings too!

2. Get Paid Up to $600+ Listening to Free Music

If you don’t go a day without listening to some music, then immediately download this app.

Current is a free Google Play app that literally pays you to listen to music. The more music played, the more you can earn points to redeem for cash, gift cards, and rewards. Choose from 100,000+ radio stations worldwide to discover new music or revisit your favorite artists.

Reward options include Amazon, Target, Starbucks, Google Play gift cards, PayPal Cash, and tech prizes like smartwatches, mini drones, bluetooth speakers, and more.

You can earn up to $600/year or more just listening to free music! The music plays from your Android lock screen and will periodically display muted video ads.

Other ways you can earn while listening to music (all optional):

  • Completely simple tasks/offers + surveys
  • Play games, the longer you play the more you earn
  • Watch simple 30-second video ads
  • Save money on your monthly bills
  • Refer friends to get up to $250 and 5% of their music earnings for life

Turn on the app whenever you want to listen to music and earn extra money while doing errands, jogging, working, or when you need a mood booster!

3. Get $5* to Invest in Amazon, Apple, 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 Apple, Facebook, Spotify, etc., but you can. And you don’t have to be rich either.

That’s because Stash, 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 members $5 for any first investment so create an account to get started.*

4. Get Paid in Gift Cards if You’re Chill with Lock Screen Ads

The average person unlocks their phone 110 times per day – that’s a lot of time spent looking at a screen for free.

With S’more you get paid every day you unlock your Android. It’s even easier than it sounds, and since you can cash out with as little as $1 there’s no waiting around for your rewards.

New features make it even easier to earn for stuff you’re already doing too. Earn rewards by using your lock screen, watching videos, shopping, and even trying out apps.

S’mores pays in gift cards so you can redeem for:

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • CVS
  • GameStop
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Starbucks and more!

Just use your Android normally, and your earnings will apply daily. Pretty much the easiest thing to do and you’ll be earning gift cards to use online while social distancing and for IRL fun when the pandemic is over!

5. 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 more gift cards: Play all your scratch cards, Spin the Wheel daily for instant prizes and go to Today’s Bonus and try out free offers & games like Slotomania to earn the most tokens!

Then redeem tokens for:

  • Amazon gift cards
  • CVS gift cards
  • Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards
  • Check mailed to you
  • Visa gift cards
  • Contest entries into big cash events

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 $1 million dollars! Not bad for playing free scratchers, right? So download now to start earning free gift cards!

6. Get Paid to Try New Games. Every Gamer’s Dream.

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Who would’ve thought you can play games to make some money? Especially now when that’s easy to do from home.

All you need is Mistplay, an Android game platform where you can try new games to earn points redeemable for gift cards like Amazon, VISA, 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! For example, the 4x unit multiplier games will earn you 8 times more units (and dollars) per level than the 0.5x 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!

7. Try Games, Get Gift Cards. Play More to Earn More

Alice Ly | The Smart Wallet

We’ll probably be the only ones to tell you this but, please play more mobile games.

Play more games so you can earn more gift cards through the Rewarded Play Android app, a free to download game platform that lets you try as many games as you want.

Popular games include Yahtzee, Wheel of Fortune, Words with Friends, mystery games, fantasy games, puzzle games, and a lot more.

You can then redeem for gift cards from 20+ retailers including favorites like Target, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, etc. The games are fun, it’s an easy way to earn some cash especially when we’re bored at home, and bonus, there is an active customer support team!

8. The Secret Shopping Hack To Use Before Buying Anything

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Make it a habit to check this free app before buying anything online or in-store and you’ll be glad you did. Why? Because you’ll get major cash back!

Cash back. Our favorite word, since it’s essentially free money. Just use Ibotta, an app that pays you real money on your everyday purchases, from groceries (online/in-store), essentials, personal care items, to food delivery, to online shopping just by your receipts.

And with the holidays coming soon, this will be your best shopping hack to save.

Just remember to check Ibotta first before:

  • Shopping at popular stores and services like Target, Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s, Uber Eats, and more
  • Ordering groceries and delivery services like Walmart Grocery, Instacart, Shipt, and more. Link accounts & get cash back on eligible products within 24 hours after your order is picked up or delivered!
  • Online shopping from 100+ online retailers that include Sephora, Under Armour, Gap, and more to get money back

Ibotta is free to download and you’ll also get up to $20 in Welcome Bonuses when you sign up!

9. 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!

10. Play Football Squares Anytime For Free to Win Huge Prizes

We’re all missing attending live sporting events and parties but this free football squares game is making it a little easier – and rewarding. Over $275,000 has already been won this season.

Super Squares® is the world’s first Predicter Squares™ game and works well when you’re watching or listening to a live game. Just check-in before regional Sunday games and national evening games to play! You earn points by predicting outcomes, matching squares, rating sponsor ads, and answering a couple of quiz questions related to the ads.

It’s free to play but the prizes are real. The sponsors (you’ll see their ads in-game) help pay for the massive prizes. For instance, $480,000 is up for grabs this tournament, along with two never-been-awarded Rivian® Electric Adventure Vehicles valued at $80,000 each.

“Super fun free game to play to win prizes. Rate 2 ads, answer 3 Predicter questions about the game, and that’s it” – Mark Giannini

Friends can play along with you and you can even join or create a SkyBox, which is a private leaderboard to compete head to head. There are also VIP Skyboxes where radio and Twitch personalities will host special contests!

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

Alice Ly / The Smart Wallet

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), 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!

12. More New Games, More Cash to Earn

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

Just earn coins from trying new games, and then you can redeem for:

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

A 4,444 coin welcome bonus is yours immediately too when you sign in.  (Worth 50 cents!) If you’re impatient, you can cash out as low as $1 as well.

Enjoy playing new-to-you games for some side fun money on your Android!

13. 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.

14. Instantly Get Paid $1 for Each Survey (No Limit!)

By now, you’re probably familiar with surveys. If not, it’s a great way to earn side cash for just giving anonymous opinions and you can join several survey programs to increase earnings.

Add SurveyTime to your list, because what makes them different from others, is that you’ll instantly get paid $1 after each survey completion. No waiting around to accrue at least $15 to cash out, you can get paid right after!

And there’s no limit either, so you can take as many surveys as you want available. You can choose between Target, Amazon, or Walmart gift cards, PayPal, or Bitcoin via Coinbase.

It’s free & easy to start. Just head here to sign up, check your confirmation email, and answer a few introductory questions.

It takes a few days until the system learns your profile to match you with the best surveys so you might be disqualified for some surveys at the beginning. Then you can take as many surveys as you want and it’ll be clear on the site how long each survey would take. On average, each could take 10 minutes with some being as quick as 3 minutes!

BONUS: Start on New Year, New You - Get Paid to Lose Weight

Who’s fed up with 2020? *raises hand

So why not get a jumpstart on a brighter 2021? Particularly when it comes to your fitness and weight goals. Time to get rid of that quarantine 15…or more!

And you might be extra motivated because there’s a health and wellness company that will pay you to lose weight. Seriously!

It’s called HealthyWage.

They have a ton of testimonial/pictures on their site along with legit places reviewing them from CNN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.

So if you need some money motivation to lose weight, here’s how it works:
1. Start with the HealthyWage calculator (Read More)
2. Decide on a weight goal & amount of time to achieve it
3. Bet on yourself ranging from $20-$150 a month
4. Achieve your goal and you could win up to $10,000 depending on your HealthyWager!
5. If you don’t achieve your goal, the money goes to support HealthyWage, including prizes for others who achieve their goals


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