Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.
Spending an extra 10 minutes at work probably won’t have a significant impact on your finances, but using that short time elsewhere might.
Sure, some of the tasks listed here are one-off, while others may need to be repeated to realize real value. What these tasks have in common is that they can have a lasting impact on your finances, if you take advantage of them.
Here’s how you can use 10 minutes of your free time to add some room to your budget this month.
1. Get Money to Invest: This App Gives You $2.50 to $200 in Free Stocks
If you’re playing the short game and want some money you can spend this month, consider one of the other tips here. But if you want to play the game long and increase your money, consider investing it – you don’t need that much.
If you feel you don’t have enough money to start investing, you’re not alone. But guess what? You really don’t need that much – and you can even get free stock (worth $2.50 to $200!) if you know where to look.
Whether you have $5, $100 or $800 to spare, you can start investing with Robin Hood hero and it only takes a few minutes.
Well, you may have heard of Robinhood. Investment beginners and professionals alike love it because it charges no commissions and you can buy and sell stocks for free – with no limits. Plus, it’s very easy to use.
When you download the app and top up your account (takes no more than a few minutes), Robinhood drops a portion of free stock to your account. It’s random, though, so that stock could be worth between $2.50 and $200 – a great boost to help you build your investments.
2. Sell Used Electronics
You have no shortage of options for selling your old electronics. There are many mobile app marketplaces, as well as classifieds on social networking sites like Facebook.
And of course, there are legacy hubs for buying and selling: eBay and Craigslist. With eBay, you can even get a quote on how much of your old device can be found on the resale market.
Yes, certain electronic devices can take more than 10 minutes to prepare online – namely devices that store your personal information. But most modern mobile devices can be completely erased with a few swipes and touches, while older devices may need a little more time.
3. Earn up to 5% cashback on things you already have to buy
What if you could get paid to shop for the things you were meant to buy? You can shop with a cash card for everyday purchases.
Credit and debit cards typically offer 1% to 2% cashback on certain purchases, but debit cards are known as Hunger give you up to 5% back when you swipe your card at certain stores, plus they give you up to 83x the normal national interest rate on your savings balance.
You’ll be buying these anyway – why not make some extra money in the process?
Your input email address here, and link your bank account to see how much extra cash you can get with your free Aspiration account. And don’t worry. Your funds are FDIC insured and military-grade encryption. It’s the nerd’s words because “this is completely safe.”
4. Add $225 To Your Wallet Just To Watch The News
Keeping up with the news has never had more impact on the daily decisions we all have to make. But while news is more important than ever, it is also more political than ever.
Whether you feel like it or not, your opinion on the news really matters. It helps to shape how the media as well as the content search engines and social media platforms show you.
Your opinion is so important that some companies are willing to pay you to find out what you think – that’s refreshing, considering how tech companies exchange insights about our online activities behind our backs.
You can add up to $225 a month to your pocket by signing up for a free account with Inbox. They will present you with short news clips to choose from daily, then ask you some questions about them.
Just answer honestly and InboxDollars will continue to pay you monthly. This sounds too good to be true, but it has already paid users over $56 million.
It takes about a minute to register and Start getting paid to watch news.
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