Who doesn’t love free money? I’ve tried all sorts in the past, to bag a couple of extra quid. If it’s there for the taking, then why not? Obviously some things are too good to be true, but below you’ll find an overview of the routes that are worth pursuing.
If you’re looking to make some extra cash on the side, then you should consider doing online surveys. You can earn anything from 9p to £15 each time you do this. The work is irregular and you won’t pay your bills just by using survey sites, but it’s definitely worth looking into if you’re after extra cash. Prolific is my favourite.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Download the app using this link
- Enter your details. It will probably ask for your National Insurance number. Don’t panic if it does. This is totally normal practice. The site does this to prove that you’re a UK resident
- Go to the orange ‘investing’ section of the app. This is super important. You need to ensure you’re in this section, because if you’re in one of the others, you won’t get your free share
- Deposit £1
- You will be given a free share within a couple of days. This part is a bit of a lottery. You could end up with a share worth between £7 and £8 (Under Armour shares seem common), or you could end up with a chunkier share. My friend got a free Nike share worth around £80!
- You can cash the share in after three days and you’ll be able to send the cash back to your bank account 30 days after you originally received the share
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get 20 referral links that you can share with friends and family. Each time they sign up, you both get a free share.
Trading 212 is an investment app and I’m not advocating trading. If you decide to, that is, of course, up to you. But regardless, this app is a really easy way to make decent cash. So far I have withdrawn £103.14. That is completely free money.
This app works in a similar way to Trading 212. Your share could be worth up to £200. However, personally, I’ve only had shares worth between £3 and £8 on this app. It’s still free money though, so I would recommend it.
Here’s what to do:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for a referral link
- Use the link I send you to open a Freetrade account
- Deposit £1 and wait for your mystery share to appear in your account
- In 7-10 days your free share will hatch and you’ll see what you’ve been awarded. In my experience, the free shares tend to be revealed on a Wednesday
- Sell the share and withdraw the funds
Pingit is a Barclays’ owned app, which enables users to send money to other users by using just their phone number. It is a handy to use for bill spitting, but even if you don’t think you’ll use it, it’s worth signing up for as you get a very easy £5 for doing so. Just to note though, if you’re a Barclays account holder, you won’t be able to get this bonus, as you’re already automatically registered to Pingit.
If you think you’re eligible, here’s what you need to do:
- Email email@example.com with your phone number
- I will text you an invite
- Use the link that’s texted through to set up your account
- Text or email me to let me know you have an account
- I will ping you £1 over. You ping £1 back to me
- Wait for Barclays to credit you (and me) £5. This usually happens within a couple of hours
Once you’re signed up to the app, you will get 10 invites. This means that you can earn an additional £50 in free money by signing up your friends and family.
If you’re a coffee drinker then you need to sign up to the Costa Coffee app. Once you’ve downloaded it, you’ll get 100 points (worth £1) and then an additional 200 points (worth £2) when you buy your first coffee.
The points add up quickly on this app and you can then spend them in Costa Coffee. I know this one isn’t technically ‘free money’, but it is free coffee, which is a pretty damned good alternative if you ask me!
Cashback sites are another great way of getting free money. You click from your cashback site to an online retailer and then you receive a kickback once you’ve made your purchase. TopCashback is my favourite cashback website. You can find out why here.
With Shoppix you get points for taking pictures of your receipts and those points can be converted into cash or gift vouchers. If you’re interested in doing this, then check out my comprehensive review.
Is it worth it?
In my opinion, free money is always worth seeking out and I’d personally recommend each of these hacks. I’ll be sure to add to this article as and when I discover new ways of snapping up free cash.