10 Ways To Make Money For Free
As enjoyable as it is, the festive period is a costly time of year.
For those of you feeling the pinch in January, we’ve shared 10 ways to make money for free, you can make a little extra cash with limited effort, as small changes can make a big difference.
Over to you!
- Make your credit card pay you
Some credit cards offer cash-back on certain purchases, which could see you earn hundreds of pounds a year just from normal spending habits. Make sure to set up a direct debit from your current account to pay off the credit card each month, otherwise added interest will negate all of your hard work.
- Switch bank accounts
Many banks have great incentives for switching accounts, including a cash payment for simply moving your money. Switches can take a couple of weeks, but don’t make the decision on who to bank with lightly, and be sure to fully evaluate the bank/account before deciding if it’s the best option for you.
- Make a PPI claim
You may have never considered it, but it’s possible that if you have ever had a loan, credit card or mortgage you may have had PPI attached to it that was mis-sold to you. The good news is you can claim this money back.
Don’t know where to start? Download the Allay App and make an enquiry via your mobile phone or tablet. All you will need is details of your lender, date of birth and your address history and you can get cracking. We’ll fully manage the claims process for you – so just sit back, relax and let us do the hard work. Discover more about the process here.
- Rent out your house as a film set
Think this sounds silly? Would you think the same if we told you it could see you earn around £500 to £2,000 per day? Take a look at the ‘locations wanted’ sections on websites like LavishLocations and ShootFactory to see if your home fits the bill! Not only will you bag some cash, it’d make for a great story to tell your friends.
- Use Bing instead of Google
Google may be your go-to search engine of choice however Microsoft can give you rewards for searching on Bing. Sign up for Microsoft Rewards to collect points, which you can put towards the purchase of films, apps and technology such as a new laptop or Xbox One.
- Claim flight delay compensation
Delayed over Christmas or within the last six years? If it was by more than three hours, on a flight departing from an airport within the EU or en-route to an EU member state you could launch a claim for up to £520.
Simply visit the App Store on your smart phone and download the free airFair App. Delays are always a pain, but a lump sum of cash could help to make up for it.
- Become a mystery shopper
High street shops and mystery shopping companies are regularly hiring individuals to review in-store customer experience. The role requires you to visit specific shops or restaurants to rate the quality of service, so payment for doing things you likely do at the weekend anyway! Fancy the thrill of being a ‘retail secret agent’? Look out for opportunities in your area on Grassroots and Retail Maxim.
- Sell your photography
Keen photographer in your spare time, or always snapping pictures on your smart phone? Try uploading them to stock photo websites. Most of the time it is free to upload, and you receive payment every time someone hits download. Top tip – it’s worth selecting photo subjects that have fewer search results but might have a high demand.
- Be an extra on TV
Ever wanted to be on the other side of the TV screen? When working as an extra you can earn around £50 per day. There are several agencies that are free to sign up to, and you may have better chances of being selected if you have professional headshots when you apply.
- Rent out your spare room
Companies like AirBnB allow you to link up with short-term travellers, which can be a very lucrative way of getting some extra cash. The Rent a Room scheme will also let you earn up to £7,500 per year tax-free for renting out furnished rooms in your house. For more information on this you can visit the dedicated Government page here.