50 Ways to Make Extra Money This Month

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  1. If you needed extra money, like, yesterday, you’ve come to the right spot.

    Our team has compiled a list of creative ways you can fatten your bank account this month. Certainly, there’s something here that fits your needs.

    50 Easy Ways to Make Money

    Feeling pumped? Feeling ready? Feeling like a million bucks (or like you need a million bucks)?

    This is a long list, so don’t get overwhelmed. Go ahead and start now, but be sure to bookmark this post so you can easily return later. We’ll keep it updated as offers change or expire.

    Without further delay, here are 50 ways to make money:

  2. 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.

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

    Lots of us already play games 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 Bubble 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. Wrong. There really isn’t. 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 bubble-shooter format, and you’ll battle it out against other players within your skill level to see who can clear the board fastest. Everyone gets the same layout, so winning is totally a matter of skill. The top three players who clear their board fastest can win real money — anywhere from $1 to $83.

    Over on the App Store, it has more than a million downloads and more than 12,500 ratings, averaging 4.6 stars (out of 5).

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

  4. 3. Get Paid up to $600/Week to Drop off Starbucks

    Your city is filled with two things: Starbucks, and people who want Starbucks.

    An app called Doordash will pay you to pick up and deliver an extra latte when you’re already out and getting your caffeine fix. And it’s not just coffee. You can deliver from Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Five Guys and hundreds of other restaurants in your area.

    With Doordash, you set your own hours and work as much or little as you want, meaning how much you make is up to you.

    You’ll earn money for each delivery, plus tips. Jose Neri, from California, reports earning $500 to $600 a week working just lunches and dinners.

    The best part? No passengers — that grande, no-whip macchiato will be the only thing to hear your beautiful singing voice.

    If you sign up for Doordash now, it’s possible to get your first paycheck this week.

  5. 4. Sell Someone Else's Stuff

    Selling Craigslist freebies is a great way to make a profit quickly, because you get the items for free. You could even have cash in hand today.

    Go to the free section on Craigslist and look for things that are close to you and easy to sell immediately. They could be scraps from a job site or metal items you can sell, for example.

    For a quick turnaround, avoid items like furniture or electronics. These can be good to sell, but they'll take longer.

    Cash in your treasures by reselling on Craigslist, including them in a rummage sale or selling to specialty buyers, like a pawn shop or a local business.

  6. 5. Get Paid Every Time You Buy Toilet Paper

    Grocery shopping was never exactly pleasant. But these days, it’s a downright struggle. Fighting crowds; keeping six feet of space — just buying toilet paper is a feat. Shouldn’t you have something to show for it?

    A free app called Fetch Rewards will reward you with gift cards just for buying toilet paper and more than 250 other items at the grocery store.

    Here’s how it works: After you’ve downloaded the app, just take a picture of your receipt showing you purchased an item from one of the brands listed in Fetch. For your efforts, you’ll earn gift cards to places like Amazon or Walmart.

    You can download the free Fetch Rewards app here to start getting free gift cards. Over a million people already have, so they must be onto something...

  7. 6. Work from Someone Else’s House

    Working from home is wonderful, but sometimes it’s nice just to experience a new space — perhaps in a new town or a new country.

    Consider house sitting. People will pay you big bucks to look after their house (and maybe a pet or two) while they’re away.

    If you’re not sure where to find these types of gigs, there are tons of websites out there that’ll help, including House Sitters America and Mind My House.

  8. 7. Search for Unclaimed Money

    State treasuries throughout the U.S. have more than $43 billion in unclaimed funds, according to The New York Times. Just sitting around! Waiting for you to come play lost and found.

    To take matters into your own hands and see if you have any unclaimed money floating around, check with the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.

    Penny Hoarder reader Kelli Howell heeded our advice, performed a quick search and found unclaimed money in her husband’s name. He was entitled to $56 from a “matured insurance policy.”

    Sure, it’s $56, but that’s not bad for an unexpected check, right? We’ll take it!

  9. 8. Get Paid to Sleep

    Is there a better way to make money? Not that we can think of. But it's true: You can get paid just for sleeping.

    Research facilities around the world are willing to pay people to participate in sleep studies. We talked to one woman who made $12,000 doing this. Here's how she did it.