I’ll be the first to admit I am inherently lazy. Most days when I’m unemployed I can hardly be bothered to change out of my soft pants, let alone leave the camper for any amount of time, so the idea of a legitimate side hustle is a little outside my comfort zone. I prefer mine to be as passive as possible. That said, when I’m working my absolute favorite way to earn unexpected money is by working overtime. To me, overtime is like free money; like I’m not even there. If you have the opportunity (cough. NURSES. cough), take advantage. You know what I always say: Make hay while the sun shines! But passively-speaking, giving plasma earns us far and away the most extra monthly income, and the others are just extra bonuses I get to work on when I feel like it. Here are a few ways we Warckens earn a few extra bucks, coins, points, and miles for as little work as possible:
Job Spotter – Clark Howard tweeted about this so I was just sure it was legit. Get paid for taking pictures of businesses that are hiring! The app is super easy to use. If you see a ‘Now Hiring’ sign, snap a pic of it as well as a pic of the storefront, and earn money on an Amazon gift card. I started this in New York City and a couple of days was enough to offset a Shake Shack burger. Pair this app with Sweatcoin and double dip into rewards programs.
Microsoft Rewards – This is about as passive as it gets. Earn points for using Bing as a search engine, taking flash quizzes, and by clicking through emails. I keep Bing as my homepage and I search every site I go to, whether I know the site address or not. Sometimes I even search ‘Google’ on Bing, just to earn points for searching on Bing when I actually want to search Google. Points can be redeemed for Amazon, Walmart, and REI gift cards (to name a few).
MyPoints – You can use MyPoints as a shopping portal, but I find other sites are much more lucrative. I earn points by clicking through daily emails at 5 points/email, completing my ‘Daily 5’, and playing videos in the background at work. Points can be redeemed for anything from Amazon, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Walmart gift cards, to PayPal cash, to United miles.
Receipt Hog – I LOVE gimmicks. I scan every receipt into this app to earn coins and a chance for free spins on their piggie slot machine. Coins can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards or PayPal cash.
Sweatcoin – Get paid to walk! Earn coins for steps which can be redeemed for gift cards, items like an iPhone X or a curved Samsung tv, or PayPal cash. For the 5,676 steps I counted today I earned 3.73 Sweatcoins. So what if it takes 20,000.00 Sweatcoins to get $1,000 PayPal cash? I’ve got nothing but time. p.s. Hello nurses! This is a great tool for you!
Swagbucks – Earn SB for shopping online, playing trivia, answering short (or long) surveys, watching videos, going out to eat. Redeem SB for PayPal, gift cards, or Visa prepaid cards.
Google Opinion Rewards – Take super short surveys, sometimes just one question, for Play Store credit. Today I answered one question for $0.12. These bird guide apps aren’t going to pay for themselves. Oh wait, yes they are.
Joany Research Study – If you bought health insurance independently (not through an employer), participate in this study to earn $25. I got paid via PayPal within a day.
SurveyMini – Take super short surveys to earn points redeemable for Long John Silver’s gift cards. I mean, there are other gift cards available, but need I list them out? Extra box of crumbs, please.
Biolife Plasma – Depending on the queue, we can get in and out in about an hour and earn anywhere from $22-$100+/session depending on current promotions. That means we make at least $22/hr perusing the internet, reading blogs, or taking online surveys (that also earn money). If we had both given twice/week in March I’d have earned $296, Greg $386. An extra $682/month is serious side hustle money, I don’t care who you are.
Update: There’s no BioLife in Tucson so now we give at CSL. They pay based on weight and charge $0.35 every time you use their debit card. What a joke! Stay at BioLife as long as you can.