The Lazy Person’s Guide to Making Money for Doing Almost Nothing

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Here’s a thing about me: I’m lazy.

Really, really lazy.

That’s why I wrote this post for all you lazy people out there. I see you. I understand you.

So here are some lazy ways you could make some extra money this week:

1. Killing Time on Your Phone? Play Bingo for up to $83 Per Win

Our smartphones are the world’s greatest time-killers. Browse Facebook, Twitter, TikTok or Instagram. Watch a video on YouTube. Play some Minecraft or Roblox.

Oh, and there’s bingo. We found a free iPhone app called Bingo Cash that lets you play for real money. You could get paid up to $83 per win.

Now that’s lazy!

You might be thinking: There’s got to be a catch. This is definitely one of those spammy apps, right?

But there really isn’t a catch. Sure, you can pay to play in some higher-stakes tournaments, but there’s no pressure. And, in fact, there aren’t even any annoying ads.

The game is based on a classic Bingo format. You’ll battle it out against other players at your same skill level. Everyone gets the same board and sees the same Bingo balls. The top three players in a game can win real money — anywhere from $1 to $83.

Over on the App Store, it has a 4.7-star rating (out of 5).

To get started, just download the free app and start playing your first game immediately.

2. Find Money You Didn’t Know Was Yours

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Don’t feel like working for extra money? Find stuff you’ve already earned and forgot about!

Search online to find unclaimed money from retirement accounts you’ve forgotten, old security deposits and more. Check the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators website to find out how to search in your home state.

This strategy can only help you find your own misplaced money. If you happen to forgo laziness when it comes to keeping good track of your cash, you may not find anything new.

3. Get Paid up to $40/Month — Just for Sharing Your Opinion

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Does it get any easier? Not sure about you, but we’re already blabbing our opinions to anyone who will listen. You’re tellin’ me I can get paid for that?

We kid you not. Brands want to hear people’s opinions. It helps them make business decisions, so they’re willing to pay you for it — up to $40 a month.

Survey Junkie will give you points to answer questions about things like what kind of laundry detergent you use, or if you prefer Pepsi or Coke. Many people earn enough points to request a check within a few hours. Completing just three surveys a day can earn you as much as $40 a month.

More than 10 million people already use Survey Junkie, and it has 4.5/5 stars on TrustPilot.

Join here for free to start earning.

4. Get Paid to Skip Going to the Store

Picture this: You finish paying for your groceries, only to look down at your overflowing cart, dreading having to lug all that to your car. And then into your pantry. Isn’t it so much easier to do this online?

It is easier online, and it can be rewarding too. A free website called Rakuten gives you a kickback of 3%, 5%, 15% or more when you shop online at thousands of your favorite stores.

Between your Target and Instacart orders, Disney+ subscription and Ulta splurges, that cashback really adds up. Plus, it can be directly deposited into your bank account or they’ll send you a check.

It takes less than 60 seconds to create a Rakuten account and start getting cashback. All you need is an email address, then you can immediately start shopping your go-to stores through the site.

Earning money for nothing? Not having to carry 80 lbs. of groceries? Sounds like a win/win.

5. Earn $300+/Month in Passive Income with Your Extra Space

This might be the lowest-effort option out there. And it could earn you more than $300 a month.

If you’re like us, your garage probably isn’t doing much of anything at the moment. Maybe you have some tools in there, or maybe it’s home to your boxes of odds and ends, collecting dust.

But with a website called Neighbor, your extra space — whether it’s a spare room, an empty garage or a parking space — could be earning you an extra $300 a month in totally passive income.

Neighbor works by connecting people who need storage space with hosts who have the room to spare. The average host makes about $300 a month, but some people have earned up to $50,000 a year just by letting people park on their property.

It takes less than 10 minutes to get started. Just answer a few questions about your space, take some pictures and set your asking price. Neighbor will recommend a dollar amount based on your location and type of rental, but the final listing is up to you.

Neighbor even gives you up to $1 million in free protection as a host and offers protection plans for your renters, giving you both peace of mind.

Neighbor is an easy source of passive income, and it’s easier than most side hustles. It’s free to list your space, and you’ll only be charged a 4.9% processing fee from the profit you make each month, so there’s no risk to you.

Sign up here and see how much you could earn.

6. Get Paid to… Sleep?

You mean you go to sleep every night and don’t get paid for it? Your luck may be about to change.

Turns out several million people in the U.S. toss and turn every night. That’s why numerous hospitals have dedicated entire divisions to studying sleep — and they’re willing to pay you several thousand dollars just to watch you nap.

Some cities have a higher concentration of facilities that pay sleep-study participants, but it’s worth seeing if you can find a facility in your area.

Mike Brassfield (
[email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He works a lot, but he wishes he could be super lazy, instead.