The 5 Best Ways to Make Extra Money in 2017

1. Grab a Free $10 Gift Card to Amazon

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Anytime I shop online, I use a cash-back rewards site like MyPoints.

It’s a smart way to earn cash for the shopping you’re doing anyway!

And it works at most of my favorite retailers. Once you sign up for a free account, you can get 1.4% cash back on purchases at Target and a whopping 5.4% at Walmart.

There are more than 1,000 stores on the list, so you can purchase nearly everything you need through the cash-back site.

Plus, when you spend your first $20 through the portal, MyPoints will give you a free $10 Amazon gift card.

2. Scan Your Own Groceries


You’ve head of Nielsen, right? Yep, the same company that tracks TV ratings.

Well, it has a new app that will pay you to scan the groceries in your fridge.

Once you sign your family up for the Nielsen Consumer Panel, the company will send you a free scanner or you can use your smartphone.

Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the barcodes on the back of each product and send your data off to NCP.

If you want to give it a try, you can fill out an application here.

As an active participant, you earn gift points which you can redeem for different types of merchandise. You can choose electronics, jewelry, household items and even toys for the kids.

The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunity you have to earn points toward prizes. You also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes. Prizes include money, vacations and brand new vehicles.

3. Make Money Completing Simple Tasks

A number of websites out there will pay you to read advertiser’s emails, take online surveys, even just listen to the radio.

I’ve tried about a million of them, but there are only a few I’d really recommend. InboxDollars is one of those companies.

It’s free to join, and best of all, you get $5 just for signing up. It’ll even pay you up to $120/year just to listen to its radio station.

InboxDollars just requires you to accumulate $30 in earnings before you can “cash-out” and then pays you by sending a check.

Some sample offers include one asking you to sign up for a email newsletter from AMF Bowling. It pays 50 cents and takes about 15 seconds. Another offer asks you to sign up for a free TurboTax account to earn $3.50.

These are simple and there are nearly a hundred of them to choose from. If you’re interested in giving InboxDollars a try, visit the sign-up page here to get started (open to every country).

4. Let Someone Borrow Your Place for the Night

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Have a spare room? Might as well use Airbnb to make some money by renting it out.

If you’re a good host with a desirable space, you could add hundreds — even thousands — of dollars to your savings account with Airbnb.

Taking a few simple steps can make the difference between a great experience and a less-than-satisfactory one.

Here are a few tips:

  • Make your space available during high-demand times in your area. Think: concerts, conventions and sporting events in your area.
  • Be a good host, and make sure your place is stocked with the toiletries you’d expect at a hotel — toilet paper, soap and towels.
  • Be personable. A lot of travelers turn to Airbnb for the personal touch they won’t find at commercial properties.

Here’s the link to sign up as an Airbnb host.

(Hosting laws vary from city to city. Please understand the rules and regulations applicable to your city and listing.)

5. Sell Your Old Stuff


Are your closets and shelves packed to the brim with stuff you never use — or even look at?

You can sell virtually anything on letgo. This intuitive app lets you snap a photo and upload your item in less than 30 seconds. Not only does it remove a lot of the hassle of selling things online, it’s 100% free to use.

Have a bunch of movies or CDs collecting dust on a shelf? Decluttr will pay you for them!

Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods. Plus, enter PENNY10 at checkout to get an extra 10% for your trade-ins!

For old books from college, you can use Bookscouter. Just type your book’s ISBN into the search bar and the site will connect you with more than 25 of the best-paying and most reputable buyback companies online.