Money is a lot of fun when you have it. That's why so many of us spend time trying to get more of it. Understandably, it isn't easy, with the biggest challenge often being a lack of time; honestly, if you're already working a full-time job, how are you going to make room to do more work? There's only one solution: Get paid for doing nothing. (YES!) Thankfully, there's something that can actually help in this department: Smartphone apps that will put a little extra cash in your pocket without having to lift a finger.
OK. That's a lie. You'll have to lift a finger. But, like, literally... that's it. You'll lift your finger, push a few buttons, and get paid.
To be 100 percent transparent, none of these apps are going to make you rich. You're not going to be sailing the seas on a luxurious yacht eat peeled grapes while gorgeous people fan you with banana leaves and rub coconut oil on your body.
But what you will have is a little extra money laying around, that you earned without having to do much. And as many of us know, every little bit helps. Download these apps for yourself and see how easy it is.
1. App Trailers
Watch a trailer. Earn cash. Easy as pie. You can redeem your virtual money for gift cards or cold, hard cash.
2. Surveys On The Go
Take surveys and get paid anywhere from $0.25 to $5.00 a pop. It takes mere minutes, and you can withdraw your money through PayPal.
3. Inbox Dollars
Similar to the previous app, this one lets you take surveys for pay. In addition, you can surf the internet and even play games!
Your lock screen is apparently hot real estate, because Slidejoy will pay you anywhere from $5 to $15 a month to watch ads on it. Here's the sweet part: Regardless of whether you "dismiss" the ad or click the link, you still get paid!
5. Smart Panel
Download their free app and get paid! Smart Panel will collect anonymous stats from your phone — like the vids you watch, how often you check your mail, etc. — and send the results to Verto Analytics. As a panelist, you can earn $5 a month — plus loyalty bonuses!
6. Tap Cash Rewards
Earn money (and gift cards!) for downloading apps, playing games, watching videos, and completing other easy tasks.
7. Receipt Hog
Take a picture of your receipt from a recent purchase and earn coins that can be redeemed for real money. The more receipts you scan, the more opportunities you'll have to make money — like by taking short surveys.
8. Money Machine
Do simple tasks like watching videos or downloading apps. New offers are available every single day!
9. ESPN Streak For The Cash
Sports buffs, listen up! Use this app and make predictions for future games. They'll pay you if you have the longest streak of accurate predictions.
This is the same idea as SlideJoy, except they pay you a flat fee on a monthly basis. Plus you get a buck just for signing up.
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