19 Ways to Make Extra Money Without Leaving Your House
Whether you’ve got a special skill, reselling savvy, or want to earn back on the purchases you’ve already made, we’ve figured out some great options for making some extra money....
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1. Sell Your Unlimited Data Plan
Grandfathered into an amazing unlimited data plan for your phone or tablet?
You can sell that.
If you’re not making use of all those GBs, put it up on eBay -- unlimited data plans are selling for between $300 and $2,000 each.
It’s a little more complicated than it sounds -- after all, these plans weren't meant to be resold. But if you’re down with a little loophole dance, this could net you big.
2. Get Price Adjustments With Paribus
My new secret weapon is called Paribus -- a tool to get you money back for your online purchases.
It’s free to sign up, and once you do, Paribus will scan your email archives for any receipts.
If it discovers you’ve purchased something from Amazon, Target or one of the other 16 retailers listed on their website, it will track the item’s price and issue you a refund any time there’s a price drop!
For its role in the refund, Paribus charges a 25% commission, billed to your credit card at the end of each month.
Of course, Paribus works best if you shop online a lot. But especially on Amazon, where prices can change any minute, it’s worth having Paribus on your side. You could earn $100 back in a few months.
3. Sell Your Food Packaging
Instead of tossing your food packages in the trash or the recycling bin, why not sell them on Ebay?
Not every piece of trash is created equally, but the “Reward Points/Incentive Program” category is a popular place to sell food packages that can be redeemed in different loyalty programs.
For example, General Mill’s Boxtops for Education sell for around 10 cents each on Ebay and Coca-Cola caps sell for around 25 cents. Even Campbell’s soup labels can be sold for extra money.
Read more about how to sell food packaging here.
4. Get Cash Back From MyPoints
MyPoints is a cash-back site that pays you to print coupons and shop online. For example you can earn up to 5% cash-back in some categories at Amazon, 1.4% cash-back at Target, and 5.4% cash-back at Walmart.
If you’ve never tried it before, now might be the time: Sign up for MyPoints and the next time you spend $10 online using their cash-back engine, they will send you a free $10 Papa Johns gift card!
5. Join an Ipsos Panel
Most of you know surveys aren’t our favorite way to make extra money, but we make an exception when we’re just vegging out on the couch.
We figure as long as we’re just watching TV, there’s no reason we can’t click a few buttons at the same time.
Ipsos Panel is one of the best legitimate paid survey companies out there -- the company’s even rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau. You might recognize the name Ipsos from the news because they conduct a lot of the presidential election polling.
Top-end surveys can pay up to $95, but those are rare and can take a while to complete.
Most surveys pay a buck or two and only take 10-15 minutes, making it pretty easy to earn $100 or more per month.
6. Sell Board Game Pieces
Ever seen a board game in the thrift store but noticed with great sadness that it was missing half the pieces?
You might want to put the game in your shopping cart anyway. One Penny Hoarder made $250 in six months selling spare board game pieces online. You can even sell “mystery bags” of pieces for $12 a pop!
It may take some time for your listings to sell, but if you follow Laura’s guide, you can probably make $100 in about three months.
7. Test Websites
Like most of us, you’ve probably commented on how some websites are confusing and others excellent.
Rather than complaining to your spouse or friend, how would you like to make those comments to the owners of the sites and get paid for playing critic?
In fact, you can make $30 per hour as a website tester.
The company is called User Testing. Here’s what the process looks like: you’ll download some software and then when tasks are available, look over a website while your mouse movements, clicks, keystrokes and spoken comments are all recorded as a video.
Afterward, there might be a few questions to answer. But the whole process often takes 15 minutes or less. Cool, right?
How about earning $100 for three hours of website-testing time? Sounds pretty comfortable.
8. Drive With Uber
If you find solace on the road and enjoy finding the best route across town, this is a great way to make money doing it!
As an Uber contractor, you’re responsible for setting your schedule and motivating yourself to work -- no one’s keeping tabs on you. You earn 80% of everything you earn as a driver -- Uber keeps 20%.
If you want to give it a try, there are a few things to keep in mind.
You must be at least 21 years old, have three years of driving experience, an in-state driver’s license, clean driving record and be able to pass a criminal background check.
Finally, your car must be a four-door, seat at least four passengers (excluding the driver), be registered in-state and covered by in-state insurance.
Here’s a link to apply with Uber. One of our writers in a major city recently rode with an Uber driver who said on weekends, he can typically make $200-$250 in an eight-hour shift. Making $100 for a half-day’s work sounds pretty great, right?
9. Watch and Earn With Perk
Download the Perk Pop Quiz app and pick from one of the many trivia categories -- The 90's & The 2000s, Music & Movie Quotes and Famous Slogans are just a few.
The more correct answers you rack up, the more points you get. You can redeem those points for gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks, Nike, GameStop, Target and other stores.
You’re not going to get rich doing this, but it’s a fun way to make an extra $15 to $20 a month for the shows you already enjoy watching.
You’re not going to get rich doing this, but it’s a fun way to make an extra $15-$20/month. And it could add up to $100 in about six months if you’re keeping up with all your favorite shows.
10. Braid Horse Manes
Ever wonder how much it costs to maintain a horse’s locks? More than you might think!
Contributor Kat Tretina started braiding the manes and tails of show horses after she learned the task could earn her $100 per horse.
The job requires dexterity and a bit of horse appreciation, but if you live in horse country, it could pay off.
11. Use Swagbucks Search
Use Swagbucks as your default search engine (powered by Yahoo!), and earn SBs -- which can be cashed in for Paypal or gift cards.
Plus, you’ll get $5 just for signing up!
One SB is equal to about one cent, so every 100 SBs is about $1. By using Swagbucks Search, you’ll earn about 25-50 cents per day.
And keep an eye out for bonuses to earn you extra SBs and their Rewards page, which sometimes lets you get larger gift cards for fewer SBs.
If you work from home and spend a lot of time online, your 50 cents per day could turn into $100 in about six months.
12. Resell Thrift Store Clothes
Always finding the best brands at thrift stores?
Always feeling disheartened when the awesome bargain isn’t your size? Take it home anyway, and flip it on eBay.
One contributor took a $5 pair of thrift store jeans and sold them online for $50. Can you imagine making $100 just for reselling two pairs of designer jeans?
13. Test Drive a Car
Car dealerships often offer incentives to customers to come in and take a look at their cars.
They’ll give you cash or a gift card just to take a new car for a spin.
For example, Kia dealerships were recently giving $25 to anyone who came in and test drove a new car. How easy is that?
I’ve often seen these incentives go up to $100, which is pretty great considering this takes less than an hour of your time. A great way to find promotions is to check your local newspaper’s classified section.
Pay attention to advertisements on TV as well for national advertising campaigns by major automobile companies.
14. Sell Craft Supplies
Not thrilled about trying to recoup the money you spent on crafty projects by selling them?
Maybe you can earn more -- without the time investment -- by selling supplies. Contributor Janet Berry-Johnson bought cross-stitch patterns at thrift stores and resold them on Etsy, earning $600 in her online shop’s first five months.
To pick up supplies on the cheap, check thrift stores, Craigslist, Facebook yard sale groups or even craft stores when they’re having major clearance sales.
15. Deliver Groceries
While you’re at the store, earn extra money picking up someone else’s groceries.
Use these apps to work whenever you want to make some extra money. You might as well pick up a job anytime you’re headed to the store yourself.
Instacart is an app designed solely for grocery pickup and delivery in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
After brief training, you can log on to Instacart when you want to work and accept job assignments. Shoppers can earn up to $25 an hour during peak hours, plus occasional tips.
Make $100 in four trips to the store? It’s almost too easy.
16. Share Stories About Your Kids on Scary Mommy
If you’ve got kids, you’ve got automatic story generators.
From pregnancy fashion choices to dealing with finding your tween daughter’s dating profile, there’s lots to say about parenthood. And on Scary Mommy, it’s “real talk” only — no sanitized, TV-commercial family frolicking in a white-picket-fenced yard.
As long as you have a way with words, you can generate some cash off those face-palm parenting snafus.
Here are eight parenting magazines and blogs that pay contributors, averaging about $100 per submission.
17. Sell Baked Goods
One enterprising woman told us how she makes $500 to $600 each month selling baked goods at farmers’ markets and to her neighbors.
Setting up a baking business is different in every state, but the startup costs are low -- you probably already have the supplies and just need to stock up on ingredients.
Just testing the waters? Go into it with a bake-sale mentality and sell small items to friends, family and neighbors. Charge a few bucks for a slice of your best dessert and earning $100 could be a piece of cake.
18. Feed a Cat
Want to make $20 a day just for checking up on Fluffy or Fido?
Sign up for a site like DogVacay and pick up pet-sitting gigs when you’re itching for a few extra bucks. The more care required, the more you tend to get paid.
Walking dogs pays more than feeding cats. Staying overnight with a pet pays more than either of the first two options, and so on.
But hey, when the weather’s nice, those dog walks can be great exercise.
19. Get Paid to Earn Straight A’s
Got big goals for your grades this semester?
Earn cash for studying by signing up for Ultrinsic. Choose an incentive by course, or set a goal for the whole semester to find out what you can get paid for making the grade.
Your Turn: How did you make your last extra $100?
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