Money Hacks – Make Extra Money

Let’s learn about some money hacks to make more money and save at the same time

In a previous post, I talked about methods to save money. Now I would like to take some time and show you some tips on how to make extra money every month to put in your pockets. There are an endless amount of ways you can earn extra money, it just depends how much time you want to put in. Some of the methods mentioned below take almost no effort once you set them up but some require that you put in a bit of extra work. So let’s go over how to make extra money today.



Getting paid to take surveys is nothing new, they have been around for a LONG time. Swagbucks is a valid way to earn some side money, just fill out some surveys and offers and collect what is called “SB” points. You can then redeem the SB points to get gift cards to places like Walmart, Amazon, Target or just redeem them for CASH via Paypal. You could easily make an extra few hundred dollars a month just by taking surveys while watching TV at night. You can sign up for free and get free SB’s just for signing up.

There are other survey sites out there but I honestly wasn’t a fan, I’m biased to Swagbucks because it’s just a great platform. Try it out and see if you like it, extra money never hurts.

Cashback programs


Ebates is a pretty popular cash back system, they have been popular for years. All you have to do is sign up and start saving. They have web browser extensions and mobile apps. When you shop on sites like Amazon or Best Buy, deals will be activated and you’ll automatically earn cash back, it’s that easy. Since you are already buying things, you might as well use it. You can also link your credit card to get the same deals when shopping in-store. I use it myself and enjoy the benefits. Right now you can sign up and get a $10 bonus just for signing up. Don’t you want free money?


Ibotta is another cash back app. It is similar to the other apps, you sign up and select offers you want to participate in. To redeem offers, you simply select them, make the purchase and upload your receipt for proof. You can also tie your loyalty cards to the app to verify that way as well. You can sign up now and get a $10 bonus.

Side hustles to make extra money

There are tons of side hustles to help make extra money. I am going to list a few here briefly and later I will make separate, detailed, posts about h

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ow they all work. Most of these can start as side hustles or supplemental incomes but we the right efforts could turn into highly profitable businesses.


Blogging has been a source of income for many people for years. Some start blogging because it’s something they enjoy and some do it for money. If you can find a good niche you can open yourself up to great potential earnings. Just hop over to GoDaddy or Bluehost and buy a domain, set up your hosting for less than $20 and get typing. You may think you are bad at writing so how will you create a blog? You can jump over on Fiverr and hire people to write posts for you. You can get articles written for about $5-10 per piece. There is so much info on the internet you can learn how to make a successful blog pretty easily. I’ll go into more details with tips and tricks in a separate post.

Mobile apps

This method could be a bit more difficult for many but I figured I would list it because I have a lot of experience with it. There is a LOT of money in mobile apps, from silly arcade games to useful utility apps. Just think about how many apps a day you use and how much you rely on some. There are some great ways to monetize apps includes ads, IAP’s (in-app purchases), subscriptions and paid downloads. It can be a nice little side income or you can build a very successful business from them. More on this later.

Flip stuff on Craigslist

A great way to bootstrap and make some side money on the weekends. Depending on how much you’re looking to put into it you can make a fair amount of money with this method. Best bet is to stick to a certain niche whether its electronics, jewelry, furniture, etc. Personally, I use to have a lot of luck with electronics selling phones, tablets, computers, and other electronics. I’ve also heard of people making several thousand a month with free furniture. That’s right, free furniture.

Amazon store

Back when I use to flip things on Craigslist I had a lot of luck selling on Amazon. I’ve done methods such as importing products from China to selling used items I bought off Craigslist or eBay. One thing I learned was the customer is always right and do whatever to make them happy. Even if they are completely in the wrong, Amazon favors its customers, not merchants. I’ll explain more in a later post.

Fiverr gigs

Fiverr is a great way to make a little bit of extra money, actually, you could make a lot if you put some time into it. There are success stories of people making well over six figures providing services on Fiverr. Gigs start at $5 as the name applies but you can charge more and offer upsells and then Fiverr takes a small cut. As you become more successful you can charge more for your services.

Freelance on Upwork

Upwork is another freelance website similar to Fiverr but its aimed at larger projects and services. You can provide many of the same style services as on Fiverr as well. While it is hard to get started, like most businesses, once you start building a reputation and client base you can turn it into a nice little side income. Depending on what services you offer and how much time you put into it, it isn’t hard to build a $500 to $1,000 a month side hustle.

Mystery shopper on Bestmark

Bestmark is a BBB accredited mystery shopping service that pays you to be a mystery shopper. Bestmark has some of the biggest corporations as clients, everything from restaurants and hotels to casinos, resorts and retail stores. They are trying to provide the best feedback for their clients so look for quality work with mystery shoppers.

BestMark provides mystery shopper jobs in order to help us represent some of the world’s finest corporations, including Fortune and Global 500 companies. Our clients are restaurants, retail stores, casinos, financial institutions, hotels, resorts and more. In order to continually provide a fresh perspective for our clients, BestMark screens each mystery shopper job and exit interviewer applicants on an ongoing basis.


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Additional methods to save money


How to make extra money with just a browser extension? I love this little tool. You install their extension on your browser and when you shop it lets you know if the product is cheaper somewhere else. As an Amazon shopper, it makes things so easy. It will even tell you if another buying option on Amazon is cheaper. It breaks it down on price and shipping which is awesome. It also shows you price history and if you want, you can add it to your watchlist and wait for the price to drop. Another awesome feature of Wikibuy is when you are buying something online and there is a spot for promo codes, it will automatically try and codes it has in its database. I’ve gotten savings of as much as 70% off, talk about awesome! You should definitely give Wikibuy a try.


Honey is similar to Wikibuy because it is a coupon promo code tool. This was what I started using before I found Wikibuy. I still use it and if Wikibuy doesn’t find a working promo code, I will try Honey. Honey has also incorporated some of the same features as Wikibuy with creating a wishlist to watch for price changes. They also have a cash back program for shopping as well. I guess it comes down to preference as I typically look with Wikibuy first.

How to make extra money final thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this article on how to make extra money. As I was writing it I realized I could go into a lot of detail on each one but I wanted to just give you an idea here first. I will put detailed articles together for many of the methods I mentioned. I may even write a “How to make extra money – part 2” because there are definitely more methods than just the ones I listed. The great thing about some of these methods are some take little to no effort and some can be built into full businesses that allow you to quit your job if you want.

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