Being a parent is a full-time job, and many parents already have full-time jobs on top of parenting. This means that when parents are strapped for cash, picking up another job isn’t always an option, especially if they want to be around for dance recitals and softball games. Apps, websites, and direct selling opportunities provide chances to make some extra cash on your own time, and many of them are rather fun. You don’t have to add a bunch of stress to your life to put a few extra $20 bills in your wallet.
Do Mystery Shopping
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Companies hire people like you to go into stores, be a customer, and report back on the customer experience. These jobs usually don’t take very long, and they require you to interact with an employee and make a purchase (which you’ll get reimbursed for later, at least partially). Then you fill out a form online and submit it within 24 hours. If you’ve got a baby in a stroller and are already going shopping, why not hit a few stores for mystery shopping gigs and make a few extra bucks?
Get Rebates on Groceries
Several apps offer you rebates on things you’re already buying at the grocery store. The best is Ibotta, which is free to download and offers hundreds of rebates in popular stores like Target, Winn Dixie, and Publix. When a rebate is available, you scan the bar code of the product and take a picture of your receipt. Some apps also let you play on teams with your friends for extra chances to earn money. Once you hit a certain amount in rebates, like $20, you can get a gift card to retailers like Amazon or have the cash deposited into a PayPal account.
Direct Sell Products
You don’t have time for a second job, which is why many parents choose to become direct sellers instead. If you find the right company, it doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment. A company like Amway has many ways to make extra cash via diverse lines of products you can direct sell. Choose something that interests you so you can sell better and make the process more fun!
Search with Bing
Make Bing your search engine. Bing wants people to use its site, and every time you search via Bing you earn points. Redeem the points for gift cards or credit at the Microsoft store. You won’t get a ton of money by switching your search engine, but it’s so easy that why wouldn’t you do it anyway? Microsoft offers other ways to get more credits, so be on the lookout for extra opportunities.
Participate in a Focus Group
Survey sites and focus group sites want people’s opinions on new products and services. Sign up online to take surveys and try new products. Depending on how large the market is for focus groups in your area, you may find yourself going to different locations to test out products. The website FindFocusGroups.com is your best resource for joining focus groups and getting paid for sharing your opinions.
The Foap app will turn anyone into an amateur photographer who actually gets paid for taking photos. The app is free to download, after which you can take pictures and upload them to the app. Companies search Foap for pictures to use in ads and online. Someone who wants your photo pays $10 for it, and you get to keep $5. You can sell a photo as many times as people will buy it, and you can upload as many photos as you like. Let out your artistic side, and see whether some adorable pictures of your kids and pets attract any hits!
Even a little extra money can help a family out. Try a few of these ideas and see how much mileage you get out of them. If you have some extra time on your hands, direct selling or mystery shopping are good places to start. If you’re already very stressed, go simple with Bing or Ibotta. Among the many options for making extra money, you’ll find something that works for you.