5 Apps and Sites To Earn Extra $$ This Semester

5 Apps and Sites To Earn Extra $$ This Semester

I will be, too.

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It is no secret that college kids are usually in need of more money. Before I got my university job, I was always scrounging for more ways to earn a bit extra, and I still use these 5 apps and sites. I used screenshots of my personal profiles on a few of these to show how much money I have made so far this round (as I cash out as soon as I can on the minimum). A few apps I just started using, so I just have their home pages.

Note: All of these apps and sites use PayPal to cash out, so if you do not have an account, you'll need to make one.

From me to you, here are 5 ways to make a little extra:

1. PaidViewPoint

https://paidviewpoint.com/survey/83b870a56c5e266de260e785/completed

This site is relatively simple. You answer survey questions about yourself. For every question you answer, you earn "trait score" points that up your status on the site. A score of 9000 or better makes you a prime member, and therefore, you can earn more. I have a perfect score (10,000) because I have been out of it for a while. You can cash out at $10.00 and redeem is via money on PayPal.

If you are interested in this site, here's a link: http://paidviewpoint.com/?r=ztw3d4

2. SlicethePie

https://www.slicethepie.com/review

This site is one of my favorites. You only make a few cents per review, but all you do is watch a short commercial and talk about what you liked and didn't, listen to a song (most of the time a song new to the radio or someone's mixtape from SoundCloud, essentially), or comment on a piece of clothing. It's super easy, and the money can get redeemed for cash on PayPal.

If you want to listen to some sweet tunes and make some cash while doing it, here's a link to where you can get involved: https://www.slicethepie.com/join/U289C1A3

3. Lucky Day

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.luckyday.app&hl=en_US

This app is relatively new to me, but super easy to use. Basically, you click the app, play virtual scratchers (for free!), and win either chips or money. When you get 10 dollars in money, you can cash out to PayPal, or if you get to a certain number of chips you can redeem the money for e-giftcards to places like Sephora, Starbucks, Target, Walmart, Dunkin Donuts, and a lot more.

I haven't gotten enough to cash out yet, but I have made $7.25.

If you want to find it on the Apple or Google store, the icon is yellow with a hat and mustache.

4. Cash Show

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spacegame.cashshow&hl=en_US

Of the ways to earn money on this site, this is probably the hardest, but if you like trivia, this app is for you. You play against people from around the world when your phone sends you a notification (there a few "shows" per day), play the game until you get a question wrong, and if you get far enough, you earn a little money. I have only earned about 40 cents so far, but that's still 40 cents I would not have had.

You're going to play games on your pgone anyway, so find this app on whatever store you need to, get it set up, and PLAY:

5. PocketPoints

https://pocketpoints.com/

I LOVE this app. It pays you points to stay off your phone in class (and uses your GPS location to know when you click in and are in an academic building on campus), then those points translate into discounts for brands and restaurants around your college. Super exciting. I have gotten free coffee, pizza, and discounts on ordering food at my dorm.

Find this app NOW. Trust me. It'll be worth it.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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It's time to go on a date with yourself.

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Art is a quintessential part of the human experience: it has something that has been present in human culture beginning from prehistoric times, from when human consciousness first entered the world. It is also something that transcends definition and intertwines with our play of life and the meaning of humanity. Art is an expression of feeling in its most ethereal meaning and "for fun" at its most basic.

Personally, as an Art History minor, art has been a dimension of life for me that I have explored deeply and holds a lot of meaning. Painting is a huge outlet and way to deal with stress for me, and appreciating fine art teaches me about the aspect of history and how all of history is tied together throughout paintings, sculptures, and photographs. It helps me center myself and remind me of the place I hold in this world and the curious aspect personal experience of history. However, art doesn't need to be the stereotypical idea of art: it can be expressed through dance, the learning of a new language, or the coloring of mandalas to ease stress.

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Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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