Whether you’re bored, hard-up, or just plain looking to pad your pockets with a little extra cash, here are 18 easy ways to make (and/or save) actual money in the next few hours.
Some will make you more than others, and some may not be right for you. But take a look and try a couple. What have you got to lose?
Cleaning isn’t fun. Unless you’re getting paid for it.
Time to empty out that closet, because you can turn those old phones, video games, electronics and movies into major cash with Decluttr.
Decluttr makes selling your old gadgets about as painless and quick as possible. Sign up, tell them what you’re looking to sell, and watch the dollars add up. You’ll pay zero fees, get paid thee next day, and they even cover shipping.
They also offer lightly used iPhones and other popular electronics for sale, often at unbeatable prices.
Any regular online shopper should be using a cash-back rewards program, and there’s no bigger or better program than Ebates.
Ebates has partnered with over 1,000 online retailers to provide you with cash-back rewards for the shopping that you’re already doing, with rewards like 1% cash back on Target purchases, and 2% at Walmart.
And once you make $25 worth of purchases, Ebates sends you $10 instantly. And the best part? Ebates wants you to refer friends as well, and when they make a qualifying sign-up, you’ll pocket $25. All in all, it’s a pretty sweet and easy way to make online shopping pay.
You can sign up in a few minutes right here,
Make Money While Surfing On Your Phone
Swagbucks is the pre-eminent player in the “do-random-internetty-tasks-for-cash” game, in which you, the user, get paid for doing random tasks, like reading advertiser’s emails, watching commercials, and taking online surveys.
One you sign up for the free program, you’ll have a plethora of offers to make small hunks of cash for small hunks of time/effort. Offerings include making $3.50 for signing up for a free TurboTax account (which you’re never obligated to use), or 50-cents for signing up for an AMF Bowling newsletter.
There’s typically more than 100 tasks to choose from, most of them quick and easy enough to knock out anytime.
You can sign up right here.
While this may seem pretty obvious, it’s an obvious-yet-guaranteed way to put some money in your pocket. Odds are you have a few spare pieces of jewelry or cutlery around the house that you wouldn’t miss.
But be careful where you look to sell the stuff (hint: coin dealers tend to be better than the “we buy your gold!” specialists), and check out this Kiplinger’s article for tips to get the most bucks for your stuff.
Fiverr is probably the most popular marketplace for freelance skill on the internet.
If you’re a designer, marketer, writer, or a host of other skills, you can get quick and easy work. Just sign up, create a ‘gig’, and offer your work to their global customer base.
You’ll work with the customer to meet their needs, and get paid on time, every time (a rarity in the freelance world!)
Sign up here, and start making money.
Is your email inbox choked with Amazon, Target, and/or WalMart emails? Great! They may be as good as gold, when paired with Paribus.
This free service scans your emails and detects any purchases you’ve made from its 29 major retailers. It then scans those retailers to see if there’s been a price drop since purchase, and if so, it’ll issue you a refund.
It’ll even get you money back on shipping charges for any purchases that may have arrived late, from a few bucks back, to fully-refunded shipping charges.
It’s seriously easy, seriously free, and seriously awesome.
Sign up here.
Uber is the king of ride-sharing programs, and one of the easiest ways to pick up extra money quickly.
As a driver, you work as an independent contractor, which means you make your own hours. All you need is a valid driver’s license, a 4-door car that can hold 4 passengers, and valid insurance, and you can be turning your spare time into spare cash.
You can apply online in minutes, here.
Cable and internet charges are more expensive than ever. Sure, they lure you in with a 1-year contract at rock-bottom pricing, but the instant those 12 months are up, your bills shoot through the roof.
That’s where Trim comes in handy. This simple-yet-genius app can negotiate your cable and internet bills down for you, saving you major cash with providers like Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, and many others.
It’s easy and quick to sign up, and you don’t even have to talk to another living person to start saving.
If you’re like me, you’ve got a host of old clothes clogging up your closet, all of which you could turn into quick cash.
Sure, you could lug the lot to second-hand specialists like Buffalo Exchange and get paid a pittance, or you can take it into your own hands and list your items on LetGo.
LetGo is a popular digital marketplace that specializes in person-to-person sales. Just upload photos of your stuff, descriptions, and your asking prices, and wait for interested locals to contact you.
It’s sort of like Craigslist, but better looking and easier to use.
You can get started with LetGo by signing up here.
If you’re really in need of some cash, reach right out to those closest to you. Chances are you know at least one friend, family member, or neighbor who’s got a chore or two they’d much rather pay a few bucks for than do themselves.
Target’s RedCard is a must for any regular Target customer, and nets you an automatic 5% discount on all purchases at the store.
Sure, you’re spending money to save money, but if you’re using the card to purchase your necessities, it’s still more money back in your pocket.
You can quickly sign up for the Target RedCard here.
Become a Tasker with TaskRabbit, and you can put your skills on the open market in minutes. As a Tasker, you can get paid to do all sorts of things, from driving people to a doctor’s appointment to walking their dogs to hanging a picture frame on their wall.
It’s an easy, low-impact way to monetize your spare time, or pick up extra work when things are slow.
You can sign up as a Tasker here.
It’s a cliche for a reason: most couches DO hide hidden wealth, be that a few quarters, or almost $40,000.
Even if your couch is cleaned of cash, you’ve probably got some tucked away somewhere you’ve forgotten about. I recently found a $20 bill in an old suit jacket I hadn’t worn since a friend’s wedding years (I’d tucked the cash there in case of valet).
So give your stuff a once-or-twice-over, and see if you can gin up some cash.
The “Free” section of Craigslist could be a goldmine for the right type of person. While it’s often overrun with construction debris, old mattresses, and furniture so massive only a crazy person would want to move it, you’ll occasionally find some pretty good stuff there.
Keep your eyes on it often, and snatch up the first thing that looks decent. Pick it up, clean it up, and list it right back on Craigslist. There’s a whole community of people who do this, so you know there’s money to be made.
Who hasn’t fake-smiled as they opened a Christmas present containing a gift card to a store they’d never, ever want to visit? (Gee, thanks for the $50 at Sox Appeal, Auntie!)
Fortunately, it’s easy to turn those unwanted cards into much-wanted cash. Places like Cardpool will give you instant quotes for your cards, and even provide free, easy shipping to send it off. You can choose a cash option, or roll your credit into other retailers, like Amazon.
Let’s be honest: most of us buy things we’ll never use. I, for one, have had a white-noise machine sitting in my trunk, awaiting return, for 2 months.
Fortunately, major retailers like Target and Wal Mart have ultra-friendly return policies, accepting items for full return (assuming they are in proper condition) up to 90 days after purchase.
Suddenly those boots you bought on a whim and haven’t worn once are starting to look like easy cash back in your pocket.
Sure, this solution won’t work for everyone, but if you’re lucky enough to be in states like Michigan, you can turn one shiny aluminum can into one shiny dime in seconds.
You won’t make a fortune, but think of it this way: you’re only 200 cans away from $20 in your pocket.