21 Weird (But Totally Legal) Ways to Make Extra Money If You’re a Guy

Updated March 24, 2017
by Kyle Taylor
Founder
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Do you find yourself short on cash for the weekend?

Tapped out of things you can sell and odd jobs you can offer your neighbors?

Have you tried renting yourself out, testing beer or selling whale vomit?

If not, you haven’t tried everything.

Sometimes you have to get creative to put a little extra money in your pocket. If you’re coming up dry, I’ve found 21 new, weird ways to make money — especially for guys.

Next time you find yourself short on cash, give one of these a shot:

1. Sell Your Poop

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No, that’s not a typo.

In fact, some people earn up to $13,000 a year for their… deposits.

There is one catch: You have to live in the vicinity of Medford, Massachusetts, where OpenBiome uses the poop to help physicians around the country treat infections of a nasty bacterial infection.

And you also have to be OK with the fact you’re selling your poop.

How many “samples” you’d have to provide: 250. Hope you’re regular!

2. Fill This Out While You’re Watching TV

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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.

Swagbucks and Ipsos Panel are some of the only legitimate paid survey companies out there (they’re rated an A+ with the Better Business Bureau).

I’ve heard some of the top-end surveys can pay up to $95, but those are rare and can take awhile 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.

3. Get Paid for Your Alcohol Purchases

You read that right: We found an app that will actually pay you money for your alcohol purchases.

BevRAGE is a fun rebate app that lets you get cash back on drink deals — whether you’re headed to a sports bar or hosting in your home. And it’s available all over the country.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the app and start a free account to browse drink deals in your area.
  1. Choose the deals you want, and buy the items.
  1. Click “Redeem” on the offer in the app, and take a picture of your receipt.
  1. Cash will be deposited into your PayPal account within 48 hours.

BevRAGE is always updating with new deals, so check back before you go out.

For example when I checked, some of the latest deals included:

  • Stoli vodka: $4 off at any bar or restaurant
  • Kraken rum: $3 off restaurant purchase, $3 off store purchase
  • Rebel IPA by Sam Adams: $3 off 12-packs, $2 off 6-packs, $2 off drafts
  • Bushmills whiskey: $2 off restaurant purchase, $3 off store purchase

You’ll also find deals for different days of the week for cash back on your favorite cocktails at restaurants and bars.

Redeem these anywhere — you’re not restricted to specific businesses. You do have to be 21 or older to take advantage of these deals!

Note: These deals aren’t yet available in Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.

4. Stop Deleting Your Emails

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It turns out that deleting your emails could be costing you serious money. Intrigued?

My new secret weapon is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up for Paribus. Once you do, they 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 anytime there’s a price drop!

You don’t have to do anything!

5. Watch Movie Previews

Many of you already use Fusion Cash, but did you know they will pay you to watch movie previews, along with dozens of other videos? Plus, they give you $5 just for signing up.

You need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your bucks, but you can easily do that while tidying up the house or making dinner.

Fusion Cash lets you know how long the playlist runs before you start watching, and playlists range from a few minutes to about half an hour.

It’s possible to earn up to $200 a month watching these videos!

6. Sell Your Junk With These Apps

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Are your closets and shelves packed to the brim with stuff you never use — or even look at?

You can sell virtually anything on letgo. This intuitive app lets you snap a photo and upload your item in less than 30 seconds. Not only does it remove a lot of the hassle of selling things online, it’s 100% free to use.

But there are also apps for selling more specific stuff to people who might actually be looking for it.

Do you still have a prom tux from, like, 10 years ago?

It’s never going to fit — or come into style — again, but something just keeps holding you back from sending it to Goodwill.

Have a bunch of movies or CDs collecting dust on a shelf? Decluttr will pay you for them!

Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods. Plus, enter PENNY10 at checkout to get an extra 10% for your trade-ins!

For old books from college, you can use Bookscouter. Just type your book’s ISBN into the search bar and the site will connect you with more than 25 of the best-paying and most reputable buyback companies online.

7. Get $5 From Stash to Start Saving & Investing

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I’m kind of obsessed with Stash (and not just because they give you $5).

Stash is an app available for both Android and Apple smartphones, and it makes it super simple to (finally) take the dive into investing, even if you don’t have a whole lot of spare cash. 

To get the $5 bonus, just click this link and enter your email, download the Stash smartphone app and setup your account with the same email address. Within two business days you’ll see the bonus added to your account.

8. Become a Test Subject for NASA

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Finally, an excuse to lay in bed and watch football all day!

The folks over at NASA are paying $5,000 per month to participants in their bed rest study. It lasts for 87 days and is designed to help them research the effects of zero gravity space travel on the human body.

The study takes place at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In addition to this being a cool way to help the NASA program, this study could fatten your bank account by more than $15,000.

Here’s the full run-down.

9. Sell Your Extra CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games and Electronics

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Have a bunch of movies or CDs collecting dust on a shelf? Decluttr will pay you for them!

Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.

One user, Gil Flores, sold about 100 DVDs and 75 CDs and made $275 — an average of $1.57 each.

Just download the app and start scanning the barcodes on your media to get immediate quotes. It’s completely free to use, there are no listing or seller fees, payment is super fast and there is even free shipping.

Plus, enter PENNY10 at checkout to get an extra 10% for your trade-ins!

10. Surf the Internet

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I love this one, because you just set it and forget it.

Did you know InboxDollars (powered by Yahoo!) will pay you for making searches on your computer or phone? You just have to sign up for InboxDollars, which is free and takes 30 seconds.

11. Drive for Uber

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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 contractoryou’re responsible for setting your schedule and motivating yourself to work — no one is keeping tabs on you. Your earnings will be calculated by adding a base fare, plus time and distance traveled after your pickup, and Uber charges a service fee (20-35% depending on your city)..

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, have an in-state driver’s license, a 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 be covered by in-state insurance.

If you don’t have a car that meets the requirements, Uber’s Vehicle Solutions can connect you to options to help you find one from their network of partnerships.

In participating markets, you could rent a vehicle by the week – a simple way to dip your toes into rideshare driving.

If you qualify, you could also apply for a flexible lease with unlimited mileage and payments deducted directly from your Uber earnings. Ready to buy new? Driving with Uber could get you a discount on eligible vehicles.

Here’s a link to apply with Uber.

12. Attach This Device to Your Router


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 is paying guys over $200 a year to let the company securely gather information about your internet habits.

All you have to do is connect a simple device to your wireless router and do device updates every now and then. It takes about seven minutes to fill out the necessary panel and survey to participate.

The meter will end up on your doorstep and you’ll earn a $25 bonus for installing it within four days of it arriving.

On top of that, you’ll get $60 after the first two months, and $10 each month you keep it plugged in after that.

13. Provide Customer Service — in Your PJs

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Have you ever considered doing customer service from the comfort of your home? An increasing number of companies are hiring work-from-home customer service reps, instead of running call centers.

These jobs can be full– or part-time and offer a variety of schedules, including daytime, evening and weekend shifts with a range of pay depending on the position and location.

Your job is usually to answer customer questions over the phone or via online chat. You may find sales positions that include higher pay and performance incentives; or technical support positions, which are best if you’re tech-savvy and have an interest in helping people understand technology.

You should enjoy helping people, though! You know how a bad customer service call can totally ruin your day? You don’t want to be the bad rep on the other end of that call.

If you don’t like working with customers, keep an eye out for other work-from-home jobs at these job sites.

14. Look for Whale Vomit

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Have you ever heard the word “ambergris”?

If so, you might know it’s a coveted ingredient in most high-end perfumes — and that it’s also known as whale vomit!

Gross, I know. But, get this — if you find some, it’s worth $5,000 per pound!

Ambergris is usually secreted by the whale via fecal matter. However, in the rare event that the mass is too large to pass through the digestive tract, it’s vomited up (and out) by the whale.

These lumps usually float around the ocean — but sometimes come ashore.

In fact, we recently shared a story about a guy who found $60,000 worth while walking his dog on the beach one day!

If you’re anxious to start combing the beaches in your area, read more about identification techniques and storied discoveries by visiting Ambergris Expertise & Buying Worldwide.

15. Sell Your Smartphone Photos

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If you have a smartphone and a photographic eye, making money may have just gotten a lot easier. Oh yeah — you’ll also need access to marketable scenery.

There’s a new app called Foap that allows you to turn your smartphone photos into cash.

Here’s how it works. You download the free app. You sign up for an account. You take a quality photo. You upload photo to Foap’s marketplace. Someone buys the license to your photo for $10. You make $5.

If your photo sells 20 times, you make $5 each time and end up with $100 in your pocket, all for about five minutes of work. Pretty cool, right?

16. Hang Out at Bars

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Sign up for the Bar Integrity Mystery Shop through the Mystery Shopping Providers Association to get paid to go to bars.

As a mystery shopper, you’ll pose as a regular customer — while secretly rating each bar on speed of service, friendliness, accuracy, cleanliness and other factors.

MSP offers other types of mystery shops, as well. Choose what fits your schedule, so you can pick up retail shopping and restaurants, too, if you want to round out your day.

17. Make Money Test Driving Cars

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Working through a company like BestMark, you’ll go to car lots and pose as a potential buyer.

So you get to test drive a car, which is pretty cool.

It also means you listen to the sales pitch, which is less exciting. But then you report back on your experience and get paid!

I used to do automotive mystery shopping, and I’d make $60 for each dealership I visited.

18. Open a Second Bank Account

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We’ve put together a huge list of banks that’ll pay you just to open a bank account!

There’s no harm in having multiple bank accounts.

In fact, I often find it’s helpful to have multiple places to save (I’m less likely to touch the money), so I have separate savings accounts for my Christmas and vacation funds.

The top bank bonus is $500 right now — head over to this list to see all of the banks in your area offering free cash.

19. Drink Free Beer

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When you get the perfect pint of craft beer from your local pub, it’s because someone trained the bartender in the minutiae of stocking, maintaining and pouring that beer.

Someone gets to make sure everything is running just right. That someone could be you.

Companies like Cask Marque in the U.K. hire beer experts to travel the country drinking pints and awarding plaques for quality.

20. Sell Your Friendship

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Get paid to be someone’s buddy! I’m not kidding.

You can register to become a Friend at RentAFriend.com, where paying users can contact you to attend concerts, sporting events, family functions, VIP events and more.

You can charge up to $50 an hour and set your own schedule.

Friends working full time (five days a week) earn up to $2,000 a week, plus free dinners and access to those events I mentioned.

What could you do as a “Friend” for 40 hours a week?

First of all, the site clarifies that it is “solely a platonic friendship website” — beyond that, options are endless.

If you have a special skill, like cooking or foreign language, you could teach them. Some people traveling or new to an area hire a Friend to show them the town. Some people just want someone to talk to.

21. Review the Latest Gadgets

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If you’re obsessed with the latest releases in smartphones, laptops, 3D printers, drones and other gadgets, this is a cool way to be the first to see them.

Working for a publication like Tom’s Reviews or Laptop Mag, you’ll get to try new technology products and write reviews, how-tos, buying guides and other articles.

Your Turn: Guys, what’s the weirdest gig you’ve ever done to earn extra money?

Advertiser Disclosure: We are paid for some of our opinions in the post and some links may redirect to an affiliate partner. We’re letting you know because it’s what Honest Abe would do. After all, he is on our favorite coin.

by Kyle Taylor
Kyle is the founder of ThePennyHoarder.com

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