Lose an Hour, Make Some Money: 6 Ways to Bank on Daylight Saving Time
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Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy this whole springing forward daylight saving time thing.
An extra hour of sunshine means I can stay at work a little longer without having to nervously walk to my car in the dark.
Or I can go on those runs I should go on more often, without stumbling through my dark neighborhood streets.
But it also means I lose an hour this weekend. And time is money, right?
So this is a very valuable hour I’m losing.
If you’re feeling as frantic as I am, I found a few passive ways to make an extra buck or two — even without that extra hour. (We didn’t need you anyways. :wave: )
6 Ways to Make Money This Weekend — Even With a Lost Hour
Just because you’re losing an hour this weekend doesn’t mean you have to lose money.
There are tons of set-it-and-forget-it ways to make money, and none of them require an extra hour of your time.
Rather, once you download these apps, money will continually trickle in.
Here are six ways to get you started on your journey of passiveness — no extra hour required after downloading.
1. Celebrate Sunday Funday with a drink.
Day drinking is a grand ole pastime, and with extra daylight this Sunday, you might be tempted to pop open a cold one.
If so, download Ibotta.
In addition to groceries, the rebate app grants you cash back on drink deals. All you do is find a rebate at a grocery or liquor store, make your purchase, and then take a photo of your receipt within the app.
Once you accumulate $20, you can transfer your earnings to your PayPal account. And considering rebates on alcoholic beverages are usually between $1 and $3 (plus the countless rebates available), it shouldn’t take you terribly long to get there. You'll also get a free $10 for signing up.
2. Share your receipts with Paribus.
Do you shop online?
I love to — way too much. But I hate the guilt trip I feel when I get a receipt emailed to me. *Delete.*
But actually, your receipts could be making you some extra money with a free app called Paribus.
After you sign up online, you don’t need to do anything else. Go about your normal online shopping business.
Paribus automatically scans your inbox for receipts. If it detects a purchase from one of the 29 retailers it monitors, it tracks the item’s price and issues a refund as soon as the price drops.
One Penny Hoarder banked $22 in just a few months without batting an eye! Paribus could be worth a quick download this weekend!
3. Finally invest some money.
Investing means you’re making your money work for you — even without an extra hour of your time.
And you might think of scenes from Wall Street, but it’s a lot less stressful than that.
There are tons of apps out there, including Stash.
One Penny Hoarder, Jamie Cattanach, admits she didn’t know a single thing about investing — except that she should be doing it. So she tried the app out and found the whole thing actually sort of, kind of fun.
She invests $5 a week, which is automatically withdrawn from her bank account.
If you want to give it a try, you’ll get an extra $5 just for signing up.
4. Share some of your data…
…but not too much.
A number of companies will actually pay you for downloading apps on your smartphone — and you’ll get paid for every month you keep them installed.
The apps collect data and help companies better understand web and mobile usage — such as what times of day people browse, how long they stay on websites and use apps, and what types of sites and apps are popular (or not).
– SavvyConnect – You can earn $5 per device (phone, tablet, computer) for each month SavvyConnect is installed. You can make up to $180 per year to help rank the most popular sites and apps. Make sure you keep it installed at least one month to get your first $5 per device.
– Smart Panel – This app will pay you up to $110 just for downloading it and keeping it on your smartphone for a year. All the info the app collects remains anonymous. (Note: This panel is currently only open to iOS users.)
5. Shop on Amazon.
Are you an avid Amazon shopper? Me, too.
ShopTracker, operated by The Harris Poll, tracks your Amazon purchase history.
Don’t worry; it won’t share it with your friends or family. It only wants it to track consumer behavior. Otherwise, it’s kept private.
If you sign up, you can bank an extra $36 a year, which is pretty good for something you’re already doing…
6. Open a Wells Fargo card.
Wells Fargo has messed up a little bit in the past, so now it wants to make it up to customers with a deal.
Until March 24, you can sign up for a checking account and get a $250 bonus. All you need to do is make 10 debit card purchases or payments within 60 days of opening the account.
I say “all you need to do” because many cards require minimum payments of $500 or something crazy. This is pretty simple. If you buy groceries every week, that’s eight purchases, right there.
Senior writer Mike Brassfield wrote more about the deal (and the recent scandals) here.
Don’t let losing an hour get you down. Just know when you wake up an extra hour earlier, you made some money doing it.
Your Turn: Are you looking forward to “springing forward?”
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Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.