Lights, Camera, Money! Get Paid to Watch Movie Previews (From Your Couch)

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We know it sounds far fetched, but it’s possible to earn extra money watching movie previews.

In fact, if you’re really committed, you could earn $300 a month or more with the tips listed below.

  1. 1. Earn up to $225/Month Watching Movie Previews

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    Most of you already know about InboxDollars, but did you know that it will pay you to watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news and dozens of other videos? Plus, you’ll get a bonus $5 just for signing up.

    You need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your bucks, so be prepared. InboxDollars lets you know how long the playlist runs before you start watching, and playlists range from a few minutes to about a half hour.

    The availability is subject to change, but it’s possible to earn up to $225 a month watching these videos!

  2. 2. Earn up to $90/Month Playing Videos While You Work

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    Yup, Swagbucks pays you to watch videos! You won’t earn a lot (up to 150 rewards points per day), but the videos are in all sorts of categories — entertainment, home, travel — so you’re likely to find something that appeals to you.

    You can also download the Swagbucks TV app, which plays videos back-to-back on your phone. Just plug in your phone, make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and set it aside to play videos — and earn rewards — while you do something else.

    You could earn up to $90 a month watching videos through Swagbucks! Sign up through the Swagbucks website or (on your mobile phone) through the app.

  3. 3. Earn up to $30/Day With “In-Theater Checks”

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    When he was just getting started, The Penny Hoarder CEO Kyle Taylor used to get paid to attend movie premieres. He got $30 to go to a Harry Potter premiere! (He would have totally gone for free.)

    Theaters and movie studios want to collect data about the audience that attends their movie premieres. They want to know how many people buy tickets on opening day, which screening time is most popular and which previews are being shown. And they want independent data from third party evaluators — that’s where you come in.

    Movie premiere secret shopping is called an “in-theater check.” To apply, you’ll need to fill out an application with the mystery shopping company Market Force Information.

    The application is just a few questions long, and nearly everyone in the U.S. and Canada is eligible.

    Once you’re accepted as an auditor, keep an eye out for email alerts for new assignments in your area. You can accept or decline any assignments — so if a movie’s not even worth watching for $30, you don’t have to see it!

    In-theater checks don’t come with huge paydays, but you’ll get a free movie and earn about $10 to $20 an hour for your time.

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