4 Weird Ways to Make $50 Without Lifting a Finger

Passive income just got interesting.

1. Let The Nielsen Company Monitor Your Internet Browsing

Nielsen is well-known as the TV ratings firm, and now they're willing to pay you cash to monitor your Internet browsing activity. It's worth a guaranteed $50 per year. All you have to do is register, download the Nielsen Digital Voice App to your smartphone or table, and surf the web like normal. You'll never see or hear a peep from Nielsen, unless you choose to sign up for extra opportunities to win cash through a monthly sweepstakes (up to $1,000 per month).  Of course, you'll be giving up a little privacy, but Nielsen claims everything is kept anonymous. Go here for all the details.

2. Let Someone Use Your Photos

We all enjoy taking pictures with our smartphones… and now you can turn them into cash – with almost zero effort. Just download the Foap app and add any shots of scenery, home, people, or food that you're willing to share. Content publisher and advertisers are always looking for interesting photos to use, and every time someone licenses one of your pictures (for a flat $10 fee), you get paid $5. Easy as that.  You can also get more active by accepting “Missions” from brands looking for a particular type of look or shot. Go here to download the app and get started.

3. Let Ads Show on Your Phone

Sure, ads are annoying, but would an extra $10-$20 a month change your mind? Apps like SlideJoy and Fronto will pay you directly to allow ads to show up on the locked screen of your Android smartphone. You get paid every time you unlock your phone, and it can really add up. Reports vary, but the average user makes $15 per month just from using their phone normally. Please note: ONLY available on Android phones.

4. Let Researchers See Your Old Receipts

Your month-old Dunkin' Donuts receipt might be worthless to you, but there are market researchers just dying to get their hands on it to study purchasing patterns of normal people. In most cases all you have to do is get the app and snap a photo of your receipt. You can usually do add-on surveys for some bonus cash. Receipt Hog is the most established one. But check out Ibotta – it's for groceries only but there's a $10 signup bonus for your first receipt with promo code qFTVA.