You love your friends and you are so glad they found The One.
But there is nothing wrong with feeling Little They were relieved that they all postponed their weddings for 2020 – it means you didn’t pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars on flights, hotels, fancy dresses, tuxedo rentals, and gifts.
More time to save and focus on your debts!
But now that the vaccine has been launched and cases are down in many parts of the country, more Save the New Date cards are appearing on your refrigerator door. And while many of us are chomping to go celebrate with friends and family, there’s still the same problem that existed before Covid:
Going to weddings is expensive.
So how do we manage the celebration after the crazy fiscal year we just had? Here’s how to save on registry gifts and earn extra cash for buying cash bars:
1. Do not overpay for wedding gifts online
Wouldn’t it be nice if you got an alert when shopping online and you’re about to overpay for the pasta maker on your best friend’s wedding registry?
That’s exactly what this free service does.
Simply add it to your browser for free, and before you check out, it’ll check other websites, including Walmart, eBay, and others to see if your item is available at a cheaper rate. Plus, you can get coupon codes, set up price drop alerts, and even see an item’s price history.
Let’s say you’re shopping for a new TV, and assume you’ve found the best price. A popup will appear letting you know if this exact TV is available elsewhere at a cheaper rate. If there are any coupon codes available, they will also be automatically applied to your order.
Last year, this saved people $160 million.
You can get started with a few clicks to see if you are overpaying online.
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2. Open an account with this company and earn 16x – plus $100
What does an extra $100 in the direction of a flight or hotel look like? Free? seriously. We have found a company that will give you $100 just to open a new debit card. It’s called ambition.
Sure, plenty of debit cards offer year-round sign-up bonuses, but they often require you to jump through hoops with minimal requirements that feel impossible to reach.
But ambition makes it simple. To earn $100, here’s all you have to do: Open an Aspiration account and deposit at least $10. Then prepare and receive three direct deposits of at least $500 each from your salary or government benefits. That’s it! Then just wait for your check.
even better? Your debit card gives you up to 10% cashback on your purchases and earns 16 times the average interest on the money in your account.
Enter your email address here, and link your bank account. And don’t worry. Your money is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and under military-grade encryption. This is a nerd talk about “that’s totally safe.”
3. Get $225 FREE CASH ONLY FOR WATCHING VIDEOS
If we told you that you can get free money just for watching videos on your computer, you would probably laugh. But we are serious. It can get you much closer than saving another bridesmaid dress.
A website called InboxDollars will pay you to watch short videos online. One minute you might watch someone bake cakes and the next you might get the latest updates about the Kardashian drama.
All you have to do is choose the videos you want to watch and answer some quick questions about them afterwards. InboxDollars brands pay to get those videos in front of viewers, and pass them on to you.
InboxDollars won’t make you rich, but you can get up to $225 per month watching these videos. It has already paid its users over $56 million.
Signing up takes about 1 minute, and you’ll instantly earn a $5 bonus to get started.
4. Get paid every time you buy toilet paper
Grocery shopping has never been so fun. But these days, it’s a real struggle. Fighting Crowds Keep Six Feet Space Just buying toilet paper is an achievement. Shouldn’t you have something to show for it?
A free app called Fetch Rewards will reward you with gift cards just for purchasing toilet paper and more than 250 other items at the grocery store.
Here’s how it works: After you’ve downloaded the app, simply take a picture of your receipt showing that you’ve purchased an item from one of the brands listed on Fetch. For your efforts, you’ll earn gift cards to places like Amazon or Walmart.
You can download the free Fetch Rewards app here to start getting free gift cards. Over a million people already have them, so they must be onto something…
5. Let this app pay you up to $83 when you win solitaire games
Many of us already play Solitaire on our phones for fun or just to pass the time. Want to see if you can make money in it? You’ll have plenty of time between rehearsal dinner and cocktail hour to score some victories.
There is a free iPhone app called Solitaire Cash that lets you play for real money. You can get up to $83 per win.
You might be thinking: There must be a problem. This is definitely one of those unwanted apps, isn’t it?
wrong. There really is no catch. Sure, you can pay to play in some high stakes tournaments, but there’s no pressure. In fact, there are no annoying ads.
With each game, you will fight it against at least five other players. Everyone gets the same set, so winning is entirely a matter of skill. The top three players who solve the combination the fastest can win real money – anywhere from $1 to $83.
More than the App Store, it has over 1 million downloads and over 15,000 reviews, with an average of 4.7 stars (out of 5).
To get started, simply download the free app and start playing your first game right away.
6. Knock out $489 per year from car insurance in minutes
When was the last time you checked car insurance rates?
You should shop your options every six months or so – it might save you some serious money. Money you could use to afford your cousin’s wedding in Tulum.
Let’s be real, though. This is probably not the first thing you think of when you wake up. But it doesn’t have to be.
The website called Insure.com makes it very easy to compare car insurance rates. All you have to do is enter your zip code and age, and it will show you your options.
By using Insure.com, people saved an average of $489 per year.
Yes. That might be $500 in your pocket just to take a few minutes to consider your options.
Carrie Faber is a staff writer for The Penny Hoarder. She earns extra cash so you can go to a wine country wedding, another party in the mountains, party with friends in Texas and round off a prom on the beach before the end of 2021.