Burning Out on Quarantine? 5 Hobbies That Could Make You More Than $1,000

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When we first went into quarantine earlier this year, we were sure it would just be a few weeks. A couple months, at most. Well here we are, more than a year later, still quarantined. And we’re tired. Tired of doomscrolling through all of our social accounts. Tired of the random puzzles paint-by-numbers, and so over the roller skates we purchased at the beginning of quarantine with lofty goals.

The burnout is very real. Might as well make it worthwhile, right? Here are six hobbies and activities you can safely do at home to make some extra cash.

1. Let This App Pay You up to $83 When You Win Solitaire Games

Lots of us already play Solitaire on our phones for fun or just to pass the time. Want to see if you can win money at it?

There’s a free iPhone app called Solitaire Cash that lets you play for real money. You could get paid up to $83 per win.

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

Wrong. 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.

With each game, you’ll battle it out against at least five other players. Everyone gets the same deck, so winning is totally a matter of skill. The top three players who solve the deck fastest can win real money — anywhere from $1 to $83.

Over on the App Store, it has over a million downloads and more than 15,000 ratings, averaging 4.7 stars (out of 5).

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

2. Add $225 to Your Wallet Just for Watching the News

It’s been a historic year in news, and we’re all constantly refreshing for the latest updates. You probably know more than one news-junkie who fancies themselves an expert in respiratory illness or a political mastermind.

And research companies want to pay you to keep watching. You could add up to $225 a month to your pocket by signing up for a free account with InboxDollars. They’ll present you with short news clips to choose from every day, then ask you a few questions about them.

You just have to answer honestly, and InboxDollars will continue to pay you every month. This might sound too good to be true, but it’s already paid its users more than $56 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and start getting paid to watch the news.

3. Get a Free $80 for Playing This Cell Phone Game

We all have our favorite ways to kill time. A good book, a good conversation, a hockey game.

Here’s another good time-killer: Playing games on your iPhone. And what if you could play for money? Real money?There’s a free iPhone and iPad app called Bubble Cash that pays you to play. You can get paid up to $80 per win!

You might be wondering if there’s a catch. But there’s really not. Bubble Cash is free to download and is completely skill-based. And it’s quite popular. It has more than a million downloads and averages a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on the App Store.

Players have won hundreds of thousands in prize money so far.

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

 

4. Earn $60 to Make the Internet Better

Basically, companies will pay regular folks like us to offer feedback on websites and apps. How’s the design? Can you find your way around? Have questions that aren’t answered?

You can make up to $60 per test through sites like UserTesting. The best part? You don’t need any user-testing experience — just a solid internet connection.

5. Get a Free $150 From This Company

How’s an extra $150 sound? For free? Seriously. We found a company that will give you $150 just for opening a new debit card. It’s called the Aspiration Spend and Save account.

To earn your $150, here’s all you need to do: Open your Aspiration account and deposit at least $10.

Then just use your debit card like you normally would — once you’ve spent $1,000 on your debit card, Aspiration will reward you with a free $150!

It takes just five minutes to sign up and earn your bonus.