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Ways to Make Extra Cash (How Can I Make Extra Money at Home Fast?)

Need ways to make extra cash, and fast? These are my favorite, tried-and-true, ways to make extra money at home ($100s per month).

Let me ask you this, if you had to find a way to earn an extra $250 in cash this month, around your own schedule, how would you do it?

woman sitting at computer working with text overlay "how can I make extra money at home fast?"

Would you even know where to begin?

You could answer things like:

  • Work overtime
  • Send in that rebate you’ve been meaning to (and that’s probably expired)
  • Carpool with your colleague who lives near you to save on gas money
  • Pick up seasonal work

Anything else on your list?

I want to offer you lots of ways to earn extra money on the side this month and next (on repeat) so that the next time you either a) need to earn more because you have to pay your bills (or unexpected bills), or b) WANT to earn more so that you can turbo-boost savings, you can.

Bonus Tip: when’s the best time to set one of these income-producing machines into motion? When you’re not needing the money. In other words, you should sign up for some of these programs below and start learning how to earn extra money in your spare time, so that next month and the month after you’re not stressfully running around trying to figure out how to make an extra $250.

Spend One Hour Taking Action
If you just spent one hour EVERY month taking action on this huge list of ideas I’ve given you, then you would see AMAZING progress on your ability to earn extra cash from home.

Ways to Earn Extra Cash From Home – Fast

Need to make extra money at home, fast? I've got a quick cash list here to pay attention to that can get cash into your hands the fastest.

Then, be sure to sign up for the offers below here so that you don't find yourself in a position of needing money immediately and not being able to get your hands on it in the future.

Fast and Easy Money:

  1. Shop through TopCashBack: This is the only shopping portal from below that gives you rebates with NO minimum payment threshold (meaning you can ask for a quick cash out at any time).
  2. Sell Your Blood Plasma: They say “donate plasma”, but you do get paid for it. Go here to find a plasma donation center near you, and get compensated between $20-$50 for your plasma. Easy money (well…if you're not scared of needles).
  3. Sell Stuff on Facebook Buy Groups: Find a local buy group near you, join it, and then start posting things to sell from your home. You'd be surprised how much money you can rake in today, tomorrow, and this weekend by people picking up your stuff and handing you cash. Sell it!
  4. Take Part in a Clinical Study: My friend spent a weekend in her 20s taking part in a sleep study and walked out with a $300 check. Here's a listing of over 300,000 clinical studies across the U.S., with updates daily. If you have a specific health condition, go to this page and scroll down to do a search of research studies by health condition, or CenterWatch.com.
  5. Sell that Car Sitting on Your Lawn: You can sell your old beater car through Peddle.com. More info below.
  6. Get Rid of Your Old Appliances: You can sell used washers for cash (who buys non-working appliances near me?)
Need to Sell Your Beater Car (or Used Car) QUICKLY?
Boy do I have a cool resource for you. Peddle.com offers a convenient way to get a quote for your used or beater car (I received a quote of between $1,190 and $3,100 for my last beater car). You can also call this number: (833) 841-1104.
☑️ 650 Direct Buyers across the nation that give payment on the spot
☑️ Free Pick-up/Towing included
☑️ Accepts titled or NON-TITLED vehicles

So, you don't have your own website, and you'd rather not take an hourly wage, or data entry job in order to make money from home? Don't worry – you won't find either of these options below. Read on for side income ideas to help make your ends meet (and beyond).

Change Your Search Engine to One that PAYS You

I remember the first time I started making money searching the internet through Swagbucks. I was like, “You’re kidding me, right? You’re going to PAY ME for doing the natural searches I would be doing, anyway?”

It's one of my favorite ways to earn extra money online.

That was 10 years ago (March 14, 2009), and I’ve since earned a total of 372,296 Swag Bucks, which has translated into $3,700 in cash to my PayPal account! That’s roughly getting paid $370/year of income from home, which in my world, equals the cost of a cheap weekend getaway with my family.

swagbucks ways to earn extra cash

Note: I’ve earned a decent chunk of that through referring others (and if you click my link, you’ll help me earn more!). You can also earn Swag Bucks quicker by using your unique referral code and getting friends and family to sign up.

Ease of Earning: Really easy. You simply need to create your account, and then use this search engine to search the web instead of Google’s. Earnings will start showing up!

Get a Check from Your Escrow Account

This one is barely ever talked about, but I'm about to open your eyes to the possibility.

Do you pay homeowner's insurance and property taxes into an escrow account (meaning, they are extra monthly costs added to your “mortgage” payment that go into an account, where your property taxes and homeowner's insurance annual costs are then paid out of automatically)?

If you shop around for homeowner's insurance and get a decent reduction in costs, then you will get a CHECK in the mail not long afterward for the overpayment you've made. This seriously works, and it's awesome – we switched our homeowner's insurance last year for a ridiculous $1,600 savings from what we were paying before, and within a month had a check in the mail for around $1,600 because we had overpaid throughout the year (given our new rate).

You can start shopping around yourself to get cheaper insurance rates. One place that will do lots of quotes for you at once is PolicyGenius, so they're a good place to start (they also do not get paid on commissions, but on salary.

Psst: you'll want to learn about these money types of arbitrage with examples

Get Paid to Teach English Online

Have you ever heard of VIPKid? It's a platform that hires teachers (you must have a bachelor's degree, though it can be in a non-teaching subject) to teach English as a Second Language to kids in China.

You'll earn between $15-$22/hour doing this, from the comfort of your home.

Very cool program – I interviewed 4 actual teachers in my VIPKid review article, and also discussed is VIPKid worth it here.

Get Paid to Take Military Surveys

Associated with the military?

I've got a unique opportunity exclusive to the Military community (including spouses and vets) – earn gift cards and other rewards by taking surveys, plus chat with like-minded people. Find out if you're eligible, here. 

Get Rebates on the Purchases You’re Already Making Anyway

Rakuten: You get $10 (payable through PayPal) from eBates just for signing up (that's free money!). This is a shopping portal, and you just do your normal online shopping (or even in-store shopping, through a linked card in their system) and you automatically get rebate percentages on what you purchase. However, you should know that this welcome bonus is only for new members who make purchases (on things you’d already purchased) of $25 within your first 90 days of signing up. Payments are sent out quarterly.

Pro Tip: If you’re anything like me, you either forget to go to the eBates website or you don’t like the inconvenience of first going there to get your credit when online shopping. The simple solution is to install their free Chrome extension, which will automatically tally your rebates FOR you as you shop. Not only that, but it alerts you if you can find the product CHEAPER somewhere else, plus any coupons you can apply at checkout. SCORE. 

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Mr. Rebates: This is another shopping portal that gives you rebates back through your normal online shopping (amounts are by percentage).

You can download and install their free Chrome extension to automatically tally your rebates as you shop online.

You can also earn $10 for each friend that you refer! That can add up quickly, especially if you find a deal that you know your friends will love and you pass that on to them, with your referral link.

Hint: the reason why you might want to use more than one? They each offer a different percentage in rebates for each retailer. So, for example, on Amazon.com, you can get up to an 8% rebate through Mr. Rebates, for only up to a 5% rebate from eBates.


Something that's nice with this shopping portal that gives you rebates? There's no minimum for payout. So, you can get paid as quickly as you'd like! They also offer a bonus on your payout if you get your cashback in the form of a Visa Prepaid card, Amazon.com Gift Card, or American Express® Rewards Card.

Again, you can earn $10 for each person you refer to this site. That could be a nice side hustle, without you even needing a blog!

topcashback ways to earn extra cash

Fetch Rewards:

Here's an app that pays you to grocery shop – for real!

You just download the app on either your iPhone or your Android, and then scan in your grocery store receipts. You get points depending on the types of groceries that you buy, and then you can “fetch” rewards from those points. rewards are gift cards (and some of them are Visa and MasterCard gift cards, so you can use them like cash, anywhere).

Psst: if you go through my link and use the code “APREWARDS”, you'll get 3,000 points just for signing up

Get Paid to Take Healthy Actions in Your Life – Additional Income Opportunities

#1: Bet on Your Weight Loss

Did you know you can use a company like HealthyWage to bet on your own weight loss, and possibly win up to $10,000!

The amount you win depends on your current weight as well as your goal weight to lose. Your profit % can be as high as around 300% (tripling your money) or as low as 11% (if you are already at a healthy weight). Playing with the calculator is part of the fun.

You heard me right. You can join up as an individual, or as a team. Here are several women’s success stories you can check out.

#2: Get Paid to Walk

Increase your income by using your FitBit or other approved steps-counting app to earn money for the steps you take. Plus, you can earn income from home just by going to the gym through apps like SweatCoin and GymPact.

SweatCoin lets you earn 0.95 sweatcoins for every 1,000 outdoor steps you take (it won't work on a treadmill – it’s measured by GPS), and on days when they have a PayPal cash out, you can get a cash payout.

GymPact pays generally between $0.50 and $0.75 per workout commitment (that you keep).

Get Paid for Your Opinions – Survey Sites and More

#1: Respondent Market Research (Online, Phone, In-Person)

How to start? You sign up for your account, verify your email, and then start to take surveys online to see if you qualify for research projects. After you fill out a qualification survey, you’ll be notified by text or email if you qualify.

Immediately upon signing up, I took two surveys to see if I qualified for the following:

  • Landowner Survey for a study that would pay $75/30 minutes
  • Oral Care Survey for a study that would pay $100/90 minutes (from webcam, at home)

Bonus way to earn cash online: What do I really love about this one? You can find research interviews that you think your friends/family/colleagues would qualify for, then send them your personal referral link to see if they do. You get $50/successful referrer! Could be a great extra money-maker for you.

#2: Complete Online surveys

I personally was able to earn $27 towards our honeymoon savings goal by making money with surveys. One of the sites I used was Survey Junkie, and I mainly completed the online surveys while we were sitting around watching television, anyway. Much better use of my spare time!

You can expect either to cash out with Paypal or to cash out with gift cards.

#3: In-person Focus Groups

Did you know that there are legitimate companies out there looking to talk to YOU about your experiences in life? I’ve been part of several in-person focus groups over the years. Notable ones include earning $125 for a one-hour focus group on haircare products, and $175 for an in-store survey about shopping for a car seat (this was perfect, as I was literally in the market for a convertible car seat since our baby was going to be too big for his infant one in the coming months. So, I used the $175 to mostly pay for it, and three years later we’re still using it).

#4: Mindswarms

Interested in doing mobile video surveys with your cell phone about products? Then this could be a perfect match for you to make some extra cash.

You sign up and fill out some information about yourself (including uploading a video so that they can see if your video works and everything). Then, upon acceptance, you can start applying for video surveys. Each video survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and you get paid $50/survey via PayPal.

#5: User Interviews

Sign up for this site, fill out information about yourself, and get contacted by email to apply for various studies. There is not one fee you’ll be paid, but rather various ones. Active projects they currently show include:

  • $75/1-hour online interview
  • $80/45-minute online interview on general shopping habits
  • $150/1.5-hour in-home interview about laundry habits

You might also want to follow this Reddit group that’s continually updated with nationwide studies for focus groups.

Cash in Your Electronics

If you’re like us – an IT professional and a blogger – then you have a stash of used electronics sitting somewhere in your house.

The longer they sit, the less money you can make back on them. That’s because they lose relevance as the tech and digital world create new and better products at a dizzying pace.

Use these companies below to score money back on your old electronics.

Cash in Your Used Cell Phones

Go to each site, plug in your phone’s information, and see who offers the best price.

Trying to cash in your old cell phone? You’ll want to read up on my tips for how to cash in your used and broken cell phones.

Cash in Your Used Electronics

  • BuyBackWorld: This place buys a whole bunch of different types of electronics. Such as digital cameras, tablets, gaming consoles, iPods, smart watches, Apple accessories, GPS, calculators, video cameras, camera lenses…and lots more. Take a look around, and clean out that electronics closet of yours!
  • Amazon.com: Amazon has a used electronics trade-in program where you can get a free Amazon gift card offer. Shipping is free for you.
  • GameStop Trade-in Program: These guys will give you cash or credit for electronics like gaming systems, gaming system accessories, tablets, etc.
  • Decluttr.com: These guys buy game consoles, tablets, Kindle, and wearable electronics (from Apple or Samsung). Be sure to check out their coupon codes to bump up your earnings!
  • ItsWorthMore: These guys will buy laptops, Apple watches, and tablets in addition to smartphones.

Sell Your Used Appliances

I’ve got an entire article written about how to get cash for old appliances.

Scrap Metal for Extra Dollars

Did you know you can make extra cash and even an actual income by taking scrap metal to scrap metal yards? I've dabbled in this myself, and my brother-in-law used to do it as a side job.

I've created an ultimate field guide for how to scrap metal for extra cash.

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Amanda L Grossman

Personal Finance Writer and CEO at Frugal Confessions, LLC
Amanda L. Grossman is a writer and Certified Financial Education Instructor, Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Frugal Confessions. Over the last 13 years, her money work has helped people with how to save money and how to manage money. She's been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Business Insider, LifeHacker, Real Simple Magazine, Woman's World, Woman's Day, ABC 13 Houston, Keybank, and more. Read more here or on LinkedIn.