With everything happening out there *waves hand towards window,* I know some people are having trouble making ends meet. You should see my bank account right now! 🙃 While making money via quick surveys is available to most of us, I recently stumbled across an even better survey site exclusively for military families.
The payout for their surveys are a bit higher than what civilians are offered via other sites. This is a great way to earn a little extra cash during lockdown without having to put on pants! Simply answer a few basic questions to see which surveys you qualify for, then earn points and cash out for giftcards to Amazon, Walmart, Target, and iTunes!
If you're new to Rakuten, you can get $30 deposited into your account for free simply by making at least $30 in purchases through their site within 90 days. You can make multiple purchases at multiple stores, you just have to spend at least $30 total within 90 days. You'll then get paid $30 either by check or PayPal.
You can choose from Best Buy, Target, Kohl's, Old Navy, Walmart, PetSmart, GameStop, Bus Stop? and literally hundreds and hundreds more. Pretty much every store except Amazon is available for cash-back on Rakuten. With the holidays coming up, I imagine it won't be too hard to hit the required threshold!
If you have a BP gas station nearby, then be sure to download the free BP/Amoco app and save 50¢ per gallon on your next fill-up! Use promo code SAVINGS1 when creating your free BPme Rewards account today. This will trigger a new user, single-use offer where you save 50 cents per gallon once you make a $10 fuel transaction over the next month.
So all you have to do is download the app, put $10 of gas in your car, then wait until you need a full tank and save 50 cents per gallon!
If you're on a desktop or laptop computer, this link should take you to a page where you can email the download link to your mobile device.
It's hard not to love this freebie from Robinhood. It's thankfully still kicking in the new year, so be sure to pick up your free stock using the guide below.
Be sure not to miss out on this! 3,300-ish Hiffers have now joined and gotten free stock worth over $5,000$12,500(!) $16,500(!!) since I first published this. Seven Hiffers received shares of Apple, worth $175, and four more Hiffers received shares of Facebook, worth $179!
I'm not a huge stock trader. I'm more of a sock trader, in that I'm always unwittingly trading left socks with the person using the washing machines after me at the laundromat.
When I first started investing, I found the online brokerage fees of $7 per trade to be a bit steep. That's why I joined Robinhood a few years ago and never looked back. They're an app-based brokerage account regulated just like all the big Wall Street companies. What sets Robinhood apart are their no-fee trades, which means you never pay a commission when you buy and sell stocks. The only drawback is they don't have great research options, but I always got around that by using all the free research tools on other websites. Then I go back to Robinhood and make my free trades there 🙂
While that's all well and good, Robinhood is running a promo giving away free share of stock to anybody who joins! For no money whatsoever, you can get a free share of a surprise stock. While it's completely random what you get, you have a 1 in 150 chance of getting a share of Facebook ($178.92), Apple ($172.50), Microsoft ($84.14) and a 1 in 100 chance of getting a share of Ford ($12.36), AMD ($11.12), or Vereit ($7.92) – all for free! The lowest stock you can get for free is priced at $2.50, so there are no garbage or penny stocks being offered here.
How to Get a Free Share of Stock
Hiffer Jenn recently got a free share of Johnson & Johnson worth over $100!
To get your free share of stock, simply sign up via their app and wait for your account to be approved. You have to be referred by somebody in order to get your free share, so it's important you go through a link here on HIF. You can only have 1 account per person, so they confirm your identity with your social security number (similar to how tobacco freebies do!) using bank-level SSL and 128-bit encryption.
After your account is approved, open the app and click on the “Free Stock” link in the menu. You should then have a share of stock to claim! You then have to wait 2 business days before you can sell the stock and then wait another 30 days before you can transfer the money out of the app and into your bank account.
With the number of readers HIF has, I'd be shocked if a few Hiffers didn't get a share of those mega expensive stocks! In fact, I'd love for Hiffers to share what they got in the comments just so we could see how much free money was given out.
If you're looking to make a little extra cash from the comfort of your couch this winter, consider applying to VIPKID to teach Engling online to kids in China for as much as $22 per hour! You don't need to know any foreign language and all teaching materials are provided by VIPKID.
Eligibility to work in the US or Canada with native accent (sadly, you cannot live in CA or NY)
Meet eligible tech requirements
Device – Any Desktop, Laptop, MAC, Surface
Headset – Use a headset with a microphone, stable output and input
Camera – HD External camera or HD integrated camera (Most laptops have it)
VIPKID currently employs over 60,000 teachers, but are hiring thousands more right now. Heck, at $22 an hour, I'm thinking of applying! They teach over 500,000 students in China ages 4-12 with a curriculum based on the U.S. Common Core State Standards. In 2018, they even won #1 on Forbes magazines “Best work from home companies” list!
Teachers are recommended to be available for at least 7.5 hours per week, though it's not required. If that sounds like an easy time commitment, then I'd definitely consider applying!
Classes are guaranteed 25 minutes of active teaching time, with an additional 5 minutes assigned for teachers to make a few comments. Peak teaching hours are during Beijing time, Monday-Friday 6-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am–10pm. Here's a handy converter for US time zones. While not required to teach in these time zones, availability during them will help your application chances.
A few Hiffers have sent this site to me, so I know a few of y'all are making some money with VIPKID. If you're one of them, what are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them in the comments!
If you're an Amazon Prime member, did you know you can support HIF for FREE each month?
A few years ago, Amazon bought Twitch.tv, a site where millions of people watch others play video games. On Twitch, people who broadcast their video games are allowed to have paying “subscribers,” also known as “subs.” In exchange for $5 a month, subs gain special little perks and their money goes towards supporting their favorite streamers and content creators. I actually wrote about this feature back in 2017.
When Amazon took over, they gave Prime members a free subscription each month! This means anybody who links their Amazon and Twitch accounts are able to give a streamer $5 for free, each month. If you don't use the subscription each month, it simply expires.
This means Amazon Prime members get $60 in value each year and they lose it unless they use it each month!
Now I don't actually stream a lot. In fact, I hardly stream at all. But your support here helps me out immeasurably. If you're a Prime member, here's how to easily link your Amazon and Twitch accounts.
You have a few days left to get your freebies of one free share of stock just for opening an account. This great offer is worth at least $2.50 and could be valued up to $250! In addition, if you make an initial deposit of $100, you get another free stock valued between $8 and $1600!
You may remember Robinhood's awesome free stock promotion where you received a free share of stock that could be worth up to $200. A few Hiffers even got the mega-expensive stock shares for free and were able to cash out within weeks!
Well, you know what they say about success, imitation, and flattery. Enter Webull Financial!
They saw Robinhood blasting off to the moon and thought “hmmm, we could do that too.” But what's a good way to differentiate themselves? Oh, I know, offer free stock shares that could be worth up to $250! 🤑
Their main goal is to bring free stock trading to the masses. Gone are the days of paying a $7 commission just to buy or sell stock.
This means you get unlimited free trades, with no minimum balance, along with a boatload of investment and research charts, information, and news – something I found lacking from Robinhood.
So how do they make money while offering free trades? By having a lot of customers! Webull makes tiny amounts of money on cash balances, interest, and premium memberships, so they don't charge crazy-high fees just for selling stock.
Obviously, Webull hopes we become lifelong members. But for our intents and purpose, we just want that sweet, sweet free share of stock!
Upon registering, follow the prompt to download the Webull app for your iPhone or Android.
Wait for your account to be approved. Mine took around an hour, but I've seen some people take up to a full day.
Open the app, click the left menu, and then click “My Free Stock.”
Once your account is approved, you'll see a “CONGRATULATIONS!” message with a giant “GET” button next to it.
Click it and claim your potentially valuable free share!
From the same screen, you can invite any friends and family to Webull for even more free shares.
When I signed up, I scored a free share of ABEV, the parent company of Anheuser-Busch. It was valued at $4.49 but has since dropped like a rock, haha. Hopefully people keep drinking and drive the price back up. 😂
Your stock will be credited to your account within 10 business days. After that, you can do whatever you want with it! You can sell it for cash, keep it for an investment, or even transfer it to Robinhood if you prefer that app. You can also transfer your no-cost Robinhood stock over to Webull if you like this app better.
If you're one of the millions of Hiffers perpetually broke (I assume millions of you read HIF over each other's shoulder on a single, shared laptop), I know how you feel. However, it could be worse. Imagine if we were also sick on top of being strapped for cash! I know when I was going through chemo, the last thing I needed was another bill.
If you find yourself in a similar boat, one possible method of making a little side money is through paid, legitimate medical research studies. If you have a qualifying illness and live in a needed area, you can apply for a paid clinical trial earning hundreds of dollars!
These types of studies help doctors and research scientists better understand illnesses and diseases as well as find treatments and cures. Some of the studies are demographic while others involve study products or placebos. The trials are run by Acurian, a company who specializes in recruiting potential qualifying candidates for the trials.
When applying for these, I still recommend using your freebie email and freebie phone number. That way, if you change your mind on participating in a trial, you can easily stop any future calls or emails.
While researching Acurian and clinical trials, I came across ClinicalTrials.gov, a searchable database of licensed clinical trials run by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. While many of these do not pay for participation, I've included links to recruiting studies for many of the diagnoses below. When applicable, I also included links to unpaid NIH clinical trials.
As usual, I'm not a professional anything! If you get accepted to a paid study, please make sure to talk it over with your medical doctor first!
May 2021 Update: Many of these trials have stopped accepting new applicants. The Clinical Trials.gov site is the best place to look until I find more!
For the first time in 37 years, Budweiser will not air a Super Bowl commercial this year. So what are they doing with the extra cash they'll save? Apparently they're giving it away to us!
For the first time in 37 years, Budweiser will not be airing an ad during the Super Bowl Sunday broadcast. Our digital ad “Bigger Picture” narrated by Rashida Jones, celebrates the individual acts of resilience that sparked hope during a trying year and announces our support for vaccine awareness and education throughout 2021. Instead, we are redirecting those advertising dollars to support COVID-19 vaccine awareness and education. Even though you won’t see us on TV, we still want to be with you on Game Day, so here’s a Bud on us. And now that you’re a Budweiser MyCooler member you can start earning points to redeem exclusive prizes.
Here's how to snag your free money on a virtual debit card.
Select the “Beer on Bud Virtual Debit Card” for 0 points.
Fill out your shipping info!
They don't say how much money will be loaded onto these cards, so this might just be a weird promo where we get a dead card. But, going off my pure gut instinct, I'm guessing these will have around $5 or $10 on them, enough to buy a free 6 or 12 pack.
You must be at least 21 years old to get this freebie and offer ends 2/7/21.
It also appears this offer is not valid in CA or TX.
I was able to register very quickly just now on my computer. I still haven't gotten the confirmation email, but I figured I'd post this now in case it's time sensitive. Good luck!
Amazon has come up with another “huh, interesting, I could see this working out” idea called Amazon Cash. As the name suggests, it's a way for you to turn cash into Amazon credit at over 30,000 participating retail locations. While that might seem counter intuitive to some, I know there are people out there like yours truly who tend to spend cash in my pocket far faster than if I put it in the bank or have it as store credit.
Since people love free money, they're offering $5 in free Amazon credit to new users when you add $20 to your account thru 3/31/21! Simply generate a barcode by clicking the “Get Your Barcode” near the top left. Then either print it out or send it to your phone via text and visit a participating merchant like CVS, Gamestop, 7-Eleven or a dozen more stores. You'll then pay $20 in cash and have the store scan your barcode, which will give you $25 Amazon credit!
This free cryptocoin offer was upgraded in October 2020 and brings the freebie total to over $78 USD that we can cashout!
Coinbase, one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges for Americans, is offering over $78 worth of free money via different cryptocoins Once acquiring your free crypto, you can then hold on and hope it goes up in value, like you would with stocks from Robinhood or Webull.
Or, you can convert it to USD and cash out today!
The first thing you'll want to do is download and install the free Brave browser. I've personally used this browser since July 2019 and absolutely love it! It has a built-in ad-blocker that works wonderfully and highly protects your privacy online while surfing the net. You can even leave free, small tips for your favorite websites, like HIF.
After that, you'll want to make a free Coinbase account. Don't worry about the Bitcoin message on that screen, since we're not buying anything. Just freebies for us, please and thank you!
I believe all of these offers for free money are still available! 👇
Get $78 in free cryptocurrency!
Now, onto the free cryptocurrency quizzes. Don't worry, I've got all the answers below 😉
There will be a video for each question that you only need to watch a few seconds of them. You'll then be able to enter your answer and earn free cryptocurrency with each correct answer. All told, it only takes a few minutes to earn all your free money.
Finally, if you find you're getting an “Earning Unavailable: Unfortunately this opportunity is not available in your region” message for any of the coins, you can use a VPN to get around it! 🙂 I personally use Private Internet Access or PureVPN, but any VPN should work.
If you're looking for a free VPN, my go-to here is ProtonVPN. Aside from their great security – I'm never going to recommend a VPN with bad security, that's a given! – I find their speeds to be quick and their IP addresses are almost never blocked by large websites.
Free $19 in COMP
The latest free coin offer just dropped in October 2020 in the form of $19 in free COMP.
Earning interest on your crypto.
Q2: Supply a crypto asset as collateral.
COMP token hodlers.
Those question will earn you $9, but you can gain another $10 in the 4th step “Use Compound with Coinbase Wallet”. You just have to follow all the prompts. It took me about 10-15 minutes.
They also have four bonus referral slots, where you get $10 per friend who completes just a single quiz. You can earn up to $40 here – just send your friend your referral link and this post with all the answers!
It is a free, open-source web browser build for privacy.
Users get paid BAT for viewing opt-in ads, and publishers get rewarded when users pay attention to their content.
Free $12 in OXT
Next up at Coinbase is snagging our $12 in free OXT. Here are the answers you'll need to quickly advance through the quiz.
A peer to peer privacy wallet.
Orchid’s Ethereum token, OXT, as well as the Orchid app and a Web3 wallet.
Multihop configurations between bandwidth providers.
The OXT freebie has four bonus referral slots as well, each netting you $10 for a potential $40 in additional free money. You don't have to do these in order to get your initial free $12, but it's a nice option that'll bring your total to almost $100 in free cash!
Free $6 in XTZ
One of the easiest free crypto offers is the November 2019 deal where you get get $6 in free XTZ, also known as Tezos.
A decent computer, an internet connection, and 1 roll of Tez (8,000 XTZ)
A decentralized stablecoin that aims to be worth one US dollar.
Decentralized and borderless.
Open a CDB with Maker.
Once you have all your free crypto, you can go back to your main Coinbase account and click the blue “Trade” button in the top right. You'll be able to convert your freebies into a more stable crypto, like Bitcoin or Ethereum, or sell them for USD! Once you've sold it for USD, you can then link your bank account to Coinbase and directly transfer it to your account.