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How to make extra money this month!
Would you like to make at least $500 extra this month? That’s probably why you’re here! Whether money is tight, or you’re just looking for some extra spending money, there are so many ways to earn extra cash! I have personally tried all of these ideas, and I highly recommend them.
#1. Start a budget
Sorry, but I had to include this one! If you aren’t doing a budget, you are probably missing out on money. This isn’t technically a way to “make” money, but doing a budget will certainly help you find money. Check out my post on how to start a budget and start telling your money what to do!
Potential earnings: Varies! Most people save a substantial amount of money just by having a budget.
#2. Online Surveys
If you enjoy doing surveys, Survey Junkie is a fun way to share your opinion, and earn a little extra cash! My favorite thing about Survey Junkie is that they pay the same day that you request a payout, most survey companies do not!
Survey Junkie is my favorite, but there are lots of other great survey companies too. Check out this post of my 8 favorite survey sites to make money to earn even more.
Potential earnings: $30 for a couple of hours per week.
#3. Test websites with User Testing.
You can earn $3-$10 per test by completing tests for UserTesting. I do these in my spare time, and I make $50-$100 per month easily! You do need to have a quiet environment to take the tests, but it only takes about 15 minutes to complete a $10 test. There is also a 5-minute test that pays $3.
Potential earnings: $120 doing three tests per week.
#4. Do all the things with Swagbucks.
I’ve been using Swagbucks for years, and I’ve earned tons of Amazon gift cards. You can cash out your Swagbucks for many different things, but I prefer the Amazon gift cards. If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? You can earn “Swagbucks” by watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online, doing the daily poll, and searching on the internet.
Potential earnings: $50 by doing things that you usually do and completing a few surveys.
#5. Mystery Shopping with BestMark.
Not only can you earn some extra cash by mystery shopping, but you can also get free oil changes, free dinner, and more. I have been with BestMark for almost three years, and I’ve done several types of mystery shops. Not only is mystery shopping a great way to earn extra cash, but it’s also a lot of fun!
Potential earnings: Around $70-$200 doing one shop per week.
#6. Donate plasma/Participate in research studies
This might seem like a weird one, but if you’re really in a bind, you can donate plasma or do research studies for extra cash. Research studies sound scary, but sometimes they are for simple drugs like Tylenol or even vitamins. Just search for “your area research studies,” and you will find some that are local. I don’t do research studies anymore, but I did them for years, and I earned thousands! Most studies have you eat certain foods, so I can’t do them anymore due to having Celiac disease. If you have some extra time, and you aren’t afraid of needles, doing a research study or donating plasma could be a great option to earn extra cash this month!
Potential earnings: $500-$2000 for doing one research study. About $50 for a plasma donation.
7. Use cash back apps
If you’re buying things online or at the grocery store and not getting cash back, you’re probably losing money. You can use Ebates for almost every online purchase, and you can use apps like Ibotta and Dosh for both in-store and online purchases! I earn quite a bit with Ebates every year because we do a lot of traveling and it really ads up. I’ve also earned hundreds with Ibotta simply from buying things that I would buy anyway. If you aren’t using these apps, sign up now. You can get $10 just for signing up for Ebates and $10 for signing up for Ibotta. Free money? Yes, please.
Dosh is a fairly new app, but I’m really excited to see how big it gets. You can get $5 just by connecting your credit or debit card to your app.
Bonus! Save money by meal planning
This is another way to save, but a penny saved is a penny earned, right? (I am so sorry.) To be completely honest, I haven’t done the best job with meal planning. It has just been difficult for me for some reason. I recently decided to try a subscription service and see if that worked better for me. It might seem a little crazy to pay for something in order to save money, but I’ve seen it work for so many people. The $5 meal plan costs (you guessed it!) $5 per month. I love 5 Dollar Meal Plan because they also offer special plans like Vegan, Paleo, gluten-free, etc.
earnings savings: $100-200 per month.
If you’re on a tight budget, meal planning on paper is a totally free option. You can get a copy of my meal planning printable for free.
As you can see, it’s easy to earn an extra $500 or more without giving up all of your free time. You don’t have to try all of these suggestions, but choose one or two that will work with your lifestyle and give them a try! Do you have any tips and tricks on how to earn extra money in your spare time? Please share them in the comments!