A Stay-at-Home-Mom's Way to Earning Extra Money

Updated on May 1, 2020
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Inspiring other moms in ways I have experience in. Lending my knowledge as a helping hand to others struggling for inspiration.

My Top Ten Favorite Ways to Earn Extra Money

I know a lot of people are skeptical when they hear there are ways they can earn extra income. I am too, which is why I have devised this list of ways I have personally tried and continue to try because they work. Not all of them bring in a large amount of income in the beginning, but if you can keep with it, they will turn up results in the end.

I hate feeling like I have no means of helping my family when money is needed for bills, food on the table, diapers for my little one, or school clothes for my other two. So I do what I can to contribute.

1. Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars is a very popular app. I use it daily and cash out at the end of each month with $60 or more.

You complete surveys, sign up for offers (lots of them are free), watch videos and TV, and play games, all earning you money while you do so. I mainly just do the surveys (which mostly don't take too long) and complete the free offers.

Once your account hits $30 they allow you to cash out. You can have it directly put into your PayPal account (which I do), get eGift cards delivered to your email, or have them mail you a check. The last option does take a bit longer.

I'm not usually one that enjoys doing surveys, I find them rather boring; these ones, however, aren't bad. For moms with some downtime, say when kids are in school or taking a nap, take a few surveys a day and money will start adding up.


2. ThredUP

I love ThredUP. It's a great website especially for larger families that go through clothes like I do. Having three kids, I've gone through my share of clothing sizes and find myself holding on to items that don't fit. Kids grow so quickly and grow out of their clothes even quicker.

I have hand-me-downs from my mother that I don't think I'd ever wear but know someone else might. If you have women's and children's clothing in good condition, ThredUP is a great option for you.

You go to their website, sign up for an account, then request a bag. They ship it out to you and you typically will receive it within a week, no later than two weeks. You fill it up, place it by your mailbox for the postman to pick up, ThredUP receives the bag, and soon after they will post to your account the amount they offer you, either by PayPal, a check in the mail, or store credit.

3. Letgo

This is a great app altogether. I find myself making $100 every other month on Letgo, give or take. I have a large family that goes through things quickly.

My main source of money is selling things my children have grown out of. Everybody is always looking to buy baby items, kid's items, etc. My almost-one-year old has grown out of a lot: his bouncer, his bassinet, his co-sleeper, rock-n-play. . .you understand from there. So I just post the items locally and get instant buyers. Done—money in hand and room in my house.

4. Recycling

Now, this option isn't for everyone, but I don't mind it and have no shame recycling my unwanted can collection in my backyard. My husband drinks a lot of beer, and I drink a lot of canned drinks, so they add up pretty quickly. I go once a month and pocket about $75 worth of aluminum. Not much, but it is something.

5. Etsy

I have an Etsy shop and a passion for DIY wire jewelry and wire wrapping pendants. On Etsy, it isn't easy to just start up an account overnight and make money the next day. In order to start your Etsy shop, you need to have 10 items to post for sale.

If you are like me and love creating things with your hands, then Etsy is for you. I sell my handmade wire jewelry and make a good amount. Each item I sell is only a few bucks, at most ten bucks, but it adds ups over time.

6. Rover

I have an active profile and account on Rover. It's a marketplace for people to buy and sell pet-care services including pet sitting, dog boarding, daycare, and dog walking.

Rover connects pet owners with animal-loving people. People hire me to walk their dogs on a regular basis, so I have repeat clients. Also, occasionally, I will watch a pet owner's animal in my home or go to their home and watch their pet.

You create a profile, and if accepted you go through a background check. And if that's approved, then your profile becomes public. You're free to enter the days and time for your availability and what you feel is a good price to charge.

7. Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards is a receipt-based app. You can use your online purchases where they find e-receipts in your email, or paper receipts you get anywhere you purchase items at, whether it be gas at a gas station, dinner at a restaurant, or things at department stores or grocery stores.

You link your Amazon account and email for the e-reciepts, and for all other receipts, they make it easy for you to snap a photo and upload it instantly. You receive points posted to your account that in return can be cashed out for a number of different types of gift cards.

8. Cash for Steps

If you enjoy walking, this is a great app to earn a little extra money. You compete against others for the top number of steps received in the day.

Every day the system chooses 10 random users within the prior day's top 100, and they get $1 each. There are achievements to reach and for each one, you reach with 5 stars, you get $1.

I walk every morning with the family dog and my youngest two kids. The app automatically counts my steps for me and posts it to my account. I've won quite a few times. Now the money definitely hasn't built up quickly, but over time it gives a little extra spending cash for doing something healthy. Why not earn while you exercise?

9. Start a Blog

If you don't already have a blog, it's fairly simple to start your own through websites like Wordpress. Create useful content and start finding readers, so that eventually you can start earning money from the readership you have through an income stream.

I have my own do-it-yourself blog with tutorials and make a steady amount. I didn't start off that way, but in good time I've gained my share of followers and readers.

I blog daily and always stay up to date. That's the key. Starting a blog and maintaining a blog are two separate things. Anyone can start a blog, sure, but it needs daily maintenance, and reader-based topics need to stay current. I love to write and if you do too you will enjoy blogging.

10. Swagbucks

Last but not least on my list of ten is Swagbucks, a very popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the things you already do every day online.

You earn points when you shop, watch videos, search the web (I search a lot, so I love this addition), do surveys, and more. I use this app daily and earn gift cards and cash monthly.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


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      10 months ago

      Thanks for this list of ways to earn extra dollars. Rover was new to me and I found the options for working it to be interesting.

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      11 months ago

      Excellent article! You provided a lot of very good information.

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! You're an inspiration. Thanks for sharing these various apps and telling about your experience on them. Never heard of some, but thanks to you, I want to know more.

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      Kena Olausen 

      11 months ago from chico ca

      thank you guys for the positive comments

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      11 months ago from India

      You can also try out setting up an YouTube channel. There is big money, and if you focus on cooking region specific dishes, then lots of expatriates are out there who will quickly lap up the content. Who knows, you can be the next big thing in YouTube

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      12 months ago

      I really appreciate you posting this. Helps me out.

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      Mikey Karlovsky 

      12 months ago

      Totally agree, as a 15 year old it's super hard to make money.

      I advise doing Survey Junkie and have made $36.62 off it (check out my money article for more details)


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