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Fun Ways to Make Extra Money


Last week, I did an informal survey while riding the subway. I randomly asked a few friendly-looking strangers if they liked having extra money. For the ones that actually answered me (believe me, I received A LOT of weird looks, sideways glances and even a few scowls), I also asked the people if they wouldn’t mind sharing how they made the extra cash. Some of the responses I heard were bartending, selling things on Craigslist and eBay, babysitting and walking dogs.

The most unique response? Having a man proudly proclaim that he got paid to drink wine.

Wait a minute…paid to drink wine??  How is this possible?!

As luck would have it, the next stop was mine so I never had a chance to ask the man for more details. But the moment I got home, I opened my laptop to ask the mighty Google what on Earth he had been talking about. Turns out that people actually can get paid (and sometimes quite handsomely!) to sample beers, liquors and wines. Sounds like an excellent part-time job to me!

This got me thinking about all the wacky ways I’ve made extra money over the years. Then I thought about how I, like most people I know, love the influx of extra cash a side job or gig can provide, but I don’t want that job to be boring, mind-numbing or tedious. After a bit more research, I came up with the following FUN things I’d like to try at some point when I decide I want to make more money on the side.

Make Money While Drinking a Cold One

Yes, I’d love to get in on the paid-to-drink-beer action. Apparently, companies that produce alcoholic beverages hire marketing research companies to conduct focus groups and customer panels to gauge interest in their products. Not only will you get to sample some of the newest drinks out there, but you’ll earn a decent sum of money! To sign up, contact any local research firms in your area and express your interest in taking part in these types of studies and surveys.

Get Paid to Watch TV

I don’t really watch much TV, but I can get sucked into a few shows (How I Met Your Mother and Mad Men, anyone?). If I could not only watch my favorite shows while relaxing but get paid to do so all at the same time, I think I might find some level of Nirvana. 🙂

Options for being paid to watch TV include downloading apps that allow you to accumulate points based on your viewing preferences that can be redeemed for gift cards, joining the Nielsen network (if invited) to receive money in exchange for your viewing information and becoming a TV critic.

Turn Your Bicycle into a Money-Making Machine

After all this beer drinking and TV watching, I should probably get some exercise! I’d love to turn my bike into an income source by becoming a bike courier or giving biking tours of the city. I think it would be a fun way to see more of the city I live in, plus with the latter, I’d get to introduce my favorite areas (and more) to the tourists visiting Boston.

What are some fun ways you make extra money?

This post was written by Jen, a staff writer from The Happy Homeowner


AUTHOR Derek Sall

Derek has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master's in Business. As a finance manager in the corporate world, he regularly identified and solved problems at the C-suite level. Today, Derek isn't interested in helping big companies. Instead, he's helping individuals win financially--one email, one article, one person at a time.


  1. I could get paid to watch Downton Abbey & The Biggest Loser. Dexter might make the list but that is it. I don’t drink nor do I own a bike but I enjoy making videos. That could be fun if you know what you are doing.

    • Your name would be better if you were Jordan…..My So-Called Life reference!!

  2. I’ve also heard about biking for money! Renewable energy sources are very cool, but it still reminds me a bit of hamsters running in wheels for energy!

    • Hahaha…that’s a great correlation! It’s more common in urban areas but I think it could be adapted virtually anywhere that biking is an option.

  3. I make extra money by teaching guitar lessons. I could definitely get used to getting paid to sample beer. I will definitely have to check that out.

  4. There is an app called Viggle that gives you reward points for watching TV. It was fairly new when I used it, and required a lot of watching to get enough points to claim a reward. So I stopped using it. Maybe it’ll get easier as more people use it.

  5. Lately my wife and I have gotten into buying old furniture at yard sales and refurbishing it. My wife is very talented at it and it is pretty fun!

  6. I work on a college campus, so used textbooks are in large supply. I make a nice side income by buying and reselling used textbooks. College students trash is most every man’s treasure.

  7. Yes!! Here All sharing about earning some extra money.. so this is nice post, if one who want to earn some extra money then they can, but you need to work some hard for that… i also do some work online and earn extra!!!

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