Free Cashback on Gas with GetUpside app

Earn up to 45¢ per Gallon Cashback on Gas

For a limited time, new GetUpside members can get up to 45¢ per gallon cashback on their first purchase of gas at select local stations!

GetUpside is a free cash back mobile app where users earn up to 25¢ cash back per gallon on gas. New users can signup on mobile and use promo code AFF20 to stack an extra 20¢/gallon on their first purchase, meaning you'll earn 45¢/gallon cash back on your first fill-up!

The seems great for Uber, Lyft, food delivery drivers, or anybody who frequently fills up gas!

Once registered, search your area in the app and find the gas station you want to visit. Click “Claim” for the gas station and then upload a picture of the receipt. You can alternately use the “Check In” method and skip uploading the receipt.

GetUpside also partners with select restaurants to offer up to 45% cash back – though most around me were much lower. Still, any amount of free cash back is free money! They also work with certain grocery stores to offer up to 30% cash back. All told, they're partnered with over 25,000 merchants nationwide.

Withdrawing your earnings looks super easy too. They have only have a $1 minimum for withdrawing via Paypal or straight to your bank account!

So signup today on your mobile phone, enter promo code AFF20, and get up to 45¢ per gallon cash back on your next gas purchase!


Free Paid Clinical Trials

Legit Clinical Trials Paying up to $1,125!

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!

Covid-19 Clinical Trial

They're specifically looking for people with COVID-19 positive tests within the last 9 days.

Payment: Up to $800.

Application Form: Covid-19 study

Requirements: Men & Women, ages 18+.

Locations: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

There are additional studies you may qualify for.


Diabetic Peripheral Neropathy (DPN) Clinical Trial

They're looking for people with diabetes and have been diagnosed with Diabetic Peripheral Neropathy (DPN) in both feet. Has moderate to severe foot pain for more than 6 months. Should have BMI under 40.

Payment: Up to $1,125.

Application Form: Diabetic Peripheral Neropathy (DPN) study

Requirements: Men & Women, ages 18+.

Locations: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Texas

There are additional studies you may qualify for.


Lupus Clinical Trial

Must have been diagnosed with Lupus for at least 6 months to qualify. Currently using treatment for more than or equal to 12 weeks.

Lupus is 2 to 3 times more prevalent in women of color—African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

Payment: Up to $500.

Application Form: Lupus study

Requirements: Men & Women, ages 18-75.

Locations: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas

The NIH is also running a Lupus clinical study.

There are additional studies you may qualify for.


Migraine Clinical Trial

In order to qualify for this paid trial, you'll need at least 1-year diagnostic history of episodic migraine (with or without aura) or chronic migraine (with or without aura).

Payment: Up to $750.

Application Form: Migraine study

Requirements: Men & Women, ages 18+.

Locations: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas

There are additional studies you may qualify for.


Osteoarthritis Clinical Trial

If you've been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and have been experiencing moderate to severe knee pain for at least 3 months, then you can apply for this trial!

Payment: Up to $1,125.

Application Form: Osteoarthritis study

Requirements: Men & Women, ages 40+.

Locations: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Texas

There are additional studies you may qualify for.


So there ya have it!

These are some basic, simple studies that might end up paying big for you, a family member, or somebody you know with one of the medical conditions listed above. If only we all could make a little money off our health concerns!


Claim Free Missing Money

How to Find YOUR Missing, Unclaimed Money & Property!

Some Hiffers have already found a few hundred dollars owed to them!

Wow! $113 from an old insurance company! Thanks! 😁

I did a search on your “Missing Money” link and found my husband about $58! Nothing for me (rats), but still great for my husband. Thank you!!! – Barbara

My friends and I have shared various online chats since 2001, but we didn't discover Slack wasn't until 2015. It's now a program I couldn't live without. Goofing off and sharing links throughout the day with each other is so easy, even as we're spread across the globe.

A while back, one of the Slack rooms lit when a buddy of mine found an old link on Reddit about free unclaimed money. The following conversation ensued:

Free Unclaimed Money

We laughed and my buddy proceeded to call his dad to walk him through claiming his $113. It was only later that it struck me. If one of my good friends didn't know about this page on HIF detailing how to search for unclaimed money, then I bet a ton of readers who haven't been with HIF since Day 1 don't know about it either!

So I decided to dust off this old post and republish it in the hopes that more Hiffers could find some free cash!

Wait, Free Money? What's the Catch?

Long story short, there are a few websites where you can search your name for unclaimed money you're entitled to. This could be money from bank errors, back pay from past jobs or employers, money from stocks, or from a myriad of other ways for money to be owed to you.

And this is serious money we're talking about here. Collectively, all the states hold over $40 billion in unclaimed money, assets, and property! California holds over $9 billion and New York holds over $16 billion. Even little old Connecticut holds close to $876 million.

Unclaimed-Money-from-Connecticut

So where does all this money come from? Well, for starters, the government is a big source. If the government owes you money and you do not collect it, then it's unclaimed. They're not allowed to just keep it! This also applies to private companies. State laws demand companies that owe you or your business money to turn it over to the state after a certain amount of time. This includes banks, credit unions, utilities, employers, and more. It also includes investments like pensions, bonds, or stocks, among other sources.

Many sources of unclaimed money come from deaths as well. It's not uncommon for wills to be outdated, leaving assets to distant relatives with a new names. It's also common for money to be left in you

As you can see, my buddy found $100 for his dad from a tax rebate he was owed from the mid-90s. The most I've ever found for myself was an $8 check from Verizon. But hey, it was something! I know of people who discovered unclaimed property from bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, stock dividends, literal unpaid wages!, tax rebates, insurance payouts, and so many other ways.

Find Unclaimed Money

State Unclaimed Money Forms

All 50 states, plus DC, have a dedicated state website with an official search form. So that should clearly be your first step in searching for unclaimed money and property! I highly recommend searching your last name and business name in every state you've ever lived or worked in. Below are direct links to each state's search form and you can learn more from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.

Infographic Unclaimed Money Guide_Tips

Your next stop should be this US Government official unclaimed money guide. They breakdown all of the individual sites you can search for unclaimed money.

While the government doesn't have a central website for locating unclaimed money, they do have specific areas to look based on where the money is coming from.

Unclaimed Back Wages

  • Unpaid Wages – If you think you may be owed back wages from your employer, search the Wage and Hour Division's (WHD's) database of workers for whom it has money waiting to be claimed. WHD is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Life Insurance

  • VA Life Insurance Funds – Search the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for unclaimed insurance funds that are owed to certain current or former policyholders or their beneficiaries. Note: This does not include funds from Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) or Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) policies from 1965 to the present.

Retirement

Taxes

  • Tax Refunds – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may owe you money if your refund was unclaimed or undelivered.

Banking, Investments, and Currency

  • Bank Failures – Search the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for unclaimed funds from failed financial institutions.
  • Credit Union Failures – Find unclaimed deposits from credit unions.
  • SEC Claims Funds – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lists enforcement cases where a company or person owes investors money.

Mortgages

  • FHA-Insurance Refunds – If you had an FHA-insured mortgage, you may be eligible for a refund from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To search the HUD database, you will need your FHA case number (three digits, a dash, and the next six digits—for example, 051-456789).

International

  • Foreign Claims – U.S. nationals can find money owed to them from foreign governments after loss of property.

Beware Unclaimed Money Scams

Finally, watch out fir people who pretend to be the government and offer to send you unclaimed money for a fee. These scammers use a variety of tricks to get your attention, but their goal is the same: to get you to send them money. Government agencies will not call you about unclaimed money or assets.

Just remember: if somebody asks you to pay for “free” money, then it's not free!

With those tips, hopefully some Hiffers can find some free cash floating around out there. Get started with the links above and good luck!

If you find any missing money for you or a loved one, please share the good news with us!

2019 Entertainment Coupon Book

2021 Entertainment Coupon Books on Sale!

The annual Entertainment Coupon Books for 2021 are not only jam packed with coupons, but are currently on sale for only $7 shipped!

These coupons don't expire until December 31, 2021, so you have a full year to redeem as many coupons as possible. It only took my sister a few weeks to make her money back with last year's coupon book.

One of the perks of these books is that all books come with a digital subscription! That means in addition to your hard copy with physical coupons, you also get access to over 75,000 digital coupons. They're accessed via Entertainment.com's website or mobile app and are perfect for traveling away from home, where space might be limited.

I first posted about the Entertainment Coupon Books back in 2009, but it's been a while since I've refreshed folks on their savings. Each year, they offer location-specific coupon books that come packed with coupons for local restaurants, entertainment spots, and retailers.

Remember, this great offer expires on 6/14/21. If you're a Hiffers who already bought the 2021 coupon book, what do you think of it so far? Any coupons you've especially loved this time around?


Free Military Family Gift Cards for Surveys

Military Families Only: Earn Free Gift Cards!

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.

If you're an enlisted military member, veteran, military spouse, or military parent then you qualify for Military+Families. This includes Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves, which means roughly 10-15% of Hiffers should be able to join!

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!


Get Free Stock Shares

Robinhood: Free Share of Stock, some $200+!

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

Free Johnson & Johnson 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.

Robinhood has an overview of this promo on their site, along with a few FAQ about it.

Fingers crossed you're one of the lucky Hiffers to hit it big with a share of Facebook or Apple. Good luck!


Earn $20+ per hour teaching English from home

Earn up to $22/hr Teaching English from Home!

If you're looking to make a little extra cash from the comfort of your couch this winter, consider applying to VIPKID to teach English 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.

Instead, you only need to meet these qualifications.

  • Bachelor's degree in any field
  • 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!


Free Virtual Debit Card from Budweiser

Free Virtual Debit Card from Budweiser

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.

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!


Free Amazon Cash Credit

Amazon Cash: Free $10 Amazon Credit for New Members

Amazon is still running their Amazon Cash promo. 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!

So in effect, you pay $20 and get $25 in Amazon credit! You can then go online immediately and spend the credit on anything Amazon sells.

The free promotional credit expires 4/30/21, so make sure you to redeem it before then.


Pinecone Earn Money Online Contests

Earn $3 From Simple Surveys at Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is the online survey branch of Nielsen Holdings Company, which not only owns the National Consumer Panel that many Hiffers have joined, but who also have an A+ BBB rating. With Pinecone, consumers earn $3 via points for every survey they complete! In some cases, members can earn even more by completing product tests. However, the surveys are their main method of earning.

Pinecone Research can actually be hard to join, as they open and close registration based on their needs. Once in though, it's a great platform to earn a little free money throughout the year. Most surveys pay in the $3-$6 range

They also have a product testing service with many opportunities to try products that haven't even hit the market yet. These unreleased products are typically in their final stages of development, so you get to keep the product forever AND earn money just by answering a few questions.

One impressive factor about Pinecone Research is their payout options. Since the Nielsen Company owns them, Pinecone also has access to their paid trials, surveys, polls, and sweepstakes entries. Sweep prizes are paid out either quarterly or bi-weekly, with the quarterly prize at $4500 and the bi-weekly prize at $500. Both are sent out as checks made payable to the winners, so they're literally free money!

Aside from contest, members can withdraw cash starting at only $3! Snail mailed checks are sent in quantities of $3, $5, or $15 or you can redeem $15 through PayPal. If you opt to cash out through PayPal, you'll receive your pay in three to five business days. For those who choose to receive a check, you'll receive your compensation in seven business days or less.

Their crazy low payout threshold, along with their BBB rating and exclusivity earns Pinecone Research a rating. It's hard not to love a site where you earn free money! Make your voice heard today and take advantage of learning about new products before they hit stores while you make money with Pinecone Research.

Earn Money with Pinecone Research

Register for free and cashout this week!


Coinstar Amazon Promo

Free $5 Amazon Credit from Coinstar

If you've got a lot of coins lying around (at least $30), then you should take advantage of this Coinstar promo where you get a free $5 Amazon credit! All you have to do is pour at least $30 into a nearby Coinstar and choose the Amazon gift card option at the kiosk. You'll then get a unique Amazon code that you can redeem online.

I gotta admit, this is a better system than my current method of coin disposal. I save quarters for laundry, dimes for sugary snacks at midnight, nickels just kinda get lost all over the place, and pennies are thrown out my window at cars honking before sunrise.

This promo expires on November 30, 2020.

[thanks to Hiffer Kristi for sending this in!]