You Can Get Paid Just to Surf the Web in Your Free Time—Really!

Isn’t getting paid for what you do during your downtime on the weekends the ultimate dream?

surfing-webG-Stockstudio/ShutterstockIt can sometimes be painful to spend your hard-earned money on drinks when you go out—especially when you know that it should be going towards paying your student loans this month. You might have even considered taking on a second job to get them paid. What if we told you that second job could involve hanging out on the web, pretty much doing what you probably already do on the Internet everyday?  (If you’re not someone who spends a lot of time on the Internet, try out these other ways to make money fast.)

A very popular Reddit thread outlined a long list of (what they aptly call) “beer money sites.” These sites will pay you to surf the web, take surveys, watch videos, and play games—all while in your pjs on the couch. Keep in mind, you’re most likely not going to make enough money to pay your rent, but you’ll make a little extra to be able to go out with your friends or expand your wardrobe. (By the way, extra cash could just be lying around your house. These are 5 surprising places you may find it.)

Here are a few of them we think you should give a try.

InstaGC

Also know as Insta Gift Cards, this site pays you to watch videos, complete simple tasks, and visit websites. You earn points by doing these tasks. One hundred points equals a $1 gift card. You can cash out with a $1 gift card, or keep working to earn more points.

Bing Rewards

Bing Rewards gives you money just for using Bing to search the web. You earn points by using the search engine or by shopping the Windows, Xbox, and Microsoft stores. You can redeem your points for gift cards, movies, music, Skype credits, and more.

EarnHoney

EarnHoney gives you Honey Dollars for using their site to watch videos, play games, take surveys, and shop online. Similar to InstaGC, 100 Honey Dollars equals one point. A perk of this site is that you can earn 5 points just for logging on. You can receive your money in the form of gift cards, through a PayPal account, or by direct deposit.

PrizeRebel

PrizeRebel gives you money for doing the same simple tasks as the other sites. You can earn gift cards or get your money via PayPal. Some Reddit users say that this is one of the best sites to earn the most money.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a trusted site that has a lot of different options for earning money. You create a free account and earn money by watching videos, shopping online, playing games, taking surveys, and searching the web. You can also download some of their mobile apps and use those to earn money as well—100 Swagbucks earns you $1. You can redeem your money in the form of Amazon gift cards or through PayPal. Something to note, the lowest gift card amount you can redeem is $3, so you will have to earn at least 300 Swagbucks before making any money.

If you’re heading out on vacation and don’t want to lug your laptop along, try this fun way to make money while you’re on vacation.

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Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.