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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

6 Online Games to Play to Make Money

6 Online Games to Play to Make Money

Are you an unemployed youth who wants to earn money for day-to-day expenses? Have you recently lost your job and need money for upcoming bills? Don’t worry! You just need to play a few games from the comfort of your home. Yes, you read it right! In this blog, I’ll mention six interesting games that can help you to make money. Let’s start!

1. Swagbucks

It started as an online rewards program that gave members rewards for using the Swagbucks search engine. Now the company has transfigured itself into an GPT site.

At Swagbucks, you can earn money for the things that you are already doing online. Obviously playing games is one of the best ways to earn money on this website. Here, you would be presented with the usual word and arcade games.

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By playing games, you can (randomly) earn credits that are also known as “Swagbucks”. Here, gaming just represent one of the options. Other money-making alternatives include shopping, taking surveys, referring friends, searching the web, and much more.

You can redeem Swagbucks in the form of Amazon gift cards, coupon codes and several other amazing prizes, or you can also ask them to convert the game credits into cash, which can be transferred to your PayPal account.

2. Exodus3000

Exodus3000 is one of the most popular multiplayer RPG strategy games. Here, you are transported into a future time frame, which is about 1,000 years from now. The game story dictates that the Earth is no longer a sustainable living planet because of a catastrophic event. All inhabitants are tasked to find minerals and “Mars Dollars” (it is also currency of the game) right from their home base.

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There are basically three ways to accumulate Mars Dollars: searching ruins, mining volcanoes, and attacking other gamers. Upon reaching a sufficient amount, you can cash it out in the form of real money. This is full of fun and simplicity, but the most significant part of this online game is that it’s easy to reach and receive rewards.

After signing up as a member, you get 5,000 free Mars Dollars as a welcome bonus. The exchange rate is $20 for 300,000 Mars Dollars.

3. Play Rummy

This is one of the most interesting online gaming sites where you can earn a handsome amount of money. It’s also my personal favorite. If you like playing rummy and also want to make money with this interesting game, then you must give it a try.

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This online rummy portal is fully owned and operated by Innopark India Pvt Ltd. You can also download its app which is available at Google Play store and iPhone app store. Some other notable features of this safe and secure game are easy payouts and 24/7 support.

4. SecondLife

This is one of the biggest online gaming sites. It’s a rumor that Anshe Chungthe became a millionaire by playing games on this website. This website has more than 2 million active members, with each interfacing with one another using their avatar image (a 3D character).

Real estate trading (buying and selling virtual properties) is commonly played here. Furthermore, you can engage in activities like clothing, creating and selling content, gadgets, and performing at events and rock concerts. There are various other ways including sitting on camping chairs!

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5. PaidGamePlayer

It is a contest-based online gaming website. At this website, there are 25+ online games on offer. Here, you can play against other gamers on interesting games such as Zuma, Bejeweled 2 and Family Feud.

The main motive of this game is to fight your way to the winners’ circle. You’ll be compensated with every winning competition. An upgraded member can enjoy more benefits and the winnings become more lucrative. But, you have to pay an amount to get your membership upgraded. If your objective is to make small amounts while playing games, then there is no need to upgrade.

According to the website, $250,000+ in cash and lucrative prizes are given out everyday. Apart from game participation, some other interesting ways to earn money on this website are to take surveys, review games and try different products.

Earning money while playing online games is definitely a win-win situation. The above-mentioned games will not only entertain you but also help you earn a handsome amount of money.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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