13 Weird Ways to Make Money This Summer

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2020 is already going to be one for the books. We lost a Black Mamba legend and his daughter that could’ve been the next. The Australian bushfires killed basically 1 billion animals. We’re still in the middle of a pandemic that so far has killed 109,000 people in the United States alone. Murder hornets. George Floyd protests.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, this year is only halfway through so brace yourselves for potentially more history-making moments. And because it seems we’ve already accepted that 2020 is no holds barred, we’re definitely looking for more ways to support oneself and make some extra cash. After all, we need all the money we can get for what else is to come this year.

1. 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!

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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!

5. Invest in the Precious Metal Industry with Just $1. No Experience Necessary.

Investing doesn’t have to be complicated nor be expensive. You know you should start, but where to begin? How about investing in a material that’s been around since ancient times? Yep, gold.

There’s a reason why people buy gold (coins, bricks, etc) because it tends to shine whenever there’s political, economic, or financial unrest.

But there’s an easier way to invest in gold, digitally, via Stash, a microinvesting app that lets you invest with as little as $1 and takes less than 2 minutes to get started. They’ll even give you $5 to start investing.

They offer thousands of investments which include stocks and Exchange Traded Funds (“All That Glitters” is the gold ETF). You’ll get to choose where to put your money based on things like your personal beliefs, interests, and goals. Their newest feature, Stock-BackⓇ rewards1 lets you invest in brands you spend on with the Stash debit card.2 Purchased something at Amazon? Earn Amazon stock rewards. It’s like cash back but with stock!

Since paper money loses value over time, consider investing in gold, which is obviously popular as jewelry but is also widely used in dentistry and industrial electronics!

6. Never Overpay for Car Insurance - Save $826 a Year

On average you’re 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:

  1. Head over to The Smart Wallet’s auto insurance portal and connect your current insurance (no long form to fill out!)
  2. We’ll instantly check for a better deal
  3. See your savings!

Once we find you a better deal and you choose to switch, we’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.

7. Play Dominoes With Anyone to Win Cash

When you’re looking for a different type of puzzle gaming experience that’s not just swapping candies or jewels around, check out  Dominoes Gold for iOS, where you can play the classic board game for cash prizes.

The game follows the popular “Fives” rulebook where you match the ends of the domino tiles and make the ends of the board a multiple of 5. Any leftover tiles after a Domino will be counted as points for the winner of that round.

There are daily domino tournaments up to $6,000! Play for free on iPhone and when you’re ready, switch over to cash tournaments to get serious prizes. Memories of slamming chips down at your family’s house will come rushing back.

Cash tournaments not available in: AL, AR, AK, CT, DE, FL, LA, KY, MA, MT, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, SD, or TN but you can still play for free if you’re in these areas.

8. 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!

9. 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.

10. Pop Some Colorful Bubbles to Make Some Bank

The classic bubble game comes back with a modern twist where you have 3 minutes each game to pop or clear as many bubbles from the board as you can.

It’s called Bubble Shooter! Tournaments, and no matter your skill level, you can have fun against real players around the world.

Our favorite strategy? Hang multiple bubbles from a “parent” bubble, and then POP the parents so all the bubbles drop at once! It’s extremely satisfying to get those combos.

Play for free, and when you’re ready, switch over to cash games to earn faster! Cash game winners can win up to $10,000 (no joke).

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

11. 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.

12. 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, Chime, has your back. It’s an award-winning (and free to use) mobile banking app that lets you overdraft up to $200 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 free to use, give it a shot and see how you like it.

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

If you were rewarded for doing something fun, wouldn’t you keep on doing it?

In this case, Long Game is rewarding its members for responsible saving and spending just by playing free games on their app and making banking fun. Games are light and easy-to-play (think scratchers, slots, match 3, and more) and you can win daily cash prizes up to $1M (yes, million) and crypto too!

When you sign up for one of Long Game’s partner banks and link your new account, you access the games. You get a full banking experience with one of Long Game’s partners plus all the rewards and games Long Game offers for free!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download Long Game
  2. Sign up with one of Long Game’s partner banks
  3. Link your new bank account so money can be transferred or withdrawn whenever you want
  4. Start playing games and getting rewarded for saving!

BONUS: Get Paid to Take Popular Surveys, Watch Videos, and Even Read Emails With This Site

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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!

BONUS 2: Protect Your Income When You’re Too Sick to Work

The coronavirus pandemic has added a great deal of uncertainty to everyday life. One way to financially prepare for the unexpected is to protect your income from serious illnesses.

The best time to prepare is when you’re healthy. Yes, you’re taking the precautions and practicing social distancing. But what happens when your state decides to re-open and life resumes? There are still chances to get sick as there’s no vaccine currently. Plus, those who recover from COVID-19 may be at a greater risk for long-term health issues.

That’s why disability insurance is recommended. You need it if you rely on your source of income to live life. This is especially true if you have loved ones who financially depend on you.

Disability insurance isn’t just for injuries. In fact, illnesses (including mental health issues, such as depression) represent 90%* of long-term disability claims.

To make coverage more accessible and affordable, Breeze has built the first fully online disability insurance product. Answer some quick questions to get a rate in a matter of seconds. You can then choose your benefit period (most disabilities average 2 years) and complete a 15-minute online application.

If you’re approved for coverage, you’ll receive disability insurance benefits paid if you can’t work to make up for lost income. Plans start at $9/month* and benefit amounts range from $500 to $20,000.

It’s free to check out rates and you can apply online. Give yourself peace of mind, especially in these troubling times!

BONUS 3: Merge Matching Blocks to Win Cash Prizes

Alice Ly | The Smart Wallet

When you want simple gameplay but with strategy baked in, check out  Tap n Merge Tournament, where you literally tap and merge number blocks to earn points.

Merge at least 3 of the same numbers to create a higher number block, and see how high of a number you can get within the 2 minute time frame. Our highest (so far) is 7! Combos and speed will also boost your overall score.

Play for free, and when you’re ready, switch over to cash games to earn faster. Cash game winners can win up to hundreds of dollars!

The relaxing background music, the gameplay, and the strategy involved will keep you entertained for a while.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.



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