How to Get Free Money on PayPal

Grab some extra cash for (almost) nothing

Learn how to get free money on PayPal
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Since its beginning as a payment processor for online vendors and auction sites in the 1990s, PayPal has become part of our everyday vocabulary. It's easy to use and almost always accessible, making it the perfect place to sock away some extra cash. Learn how to get free money on PayPal using a variety of methods.

Be aware that some of the methods for earning PayPal money mentioned in this article require you to allow marketing companies to collect data about your internet and shopping habits. Be sure to read a company's Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions closely before you sign up for a service.

Get Free PayPal Money When You Shop Online

Researchers estimate that nearly 2 billion people will buy something online in 2019. If you fall into this category, you might as well make some money for doing so. Using cash-back and reward shopping sites, apps, and browser extensions could result in a nice chunk of change in your PayPal account for something you already do. In fact, you might be able to use several and nab even more money.

  1. Go to Rakuten.com (formerly Ebates) and select Join Now. Enter an email and password or use Facebook or Google to sign up. Add the Cash Back Button to your web browser to earn cash every time you shop. You can also shop via links on the site and get free money.

    Screenshot of Rakuten website
  2. Go to the Honey Gold website and select Start Earning Now. Enter an email and password or use Facebook or Google to sign up. Select Offers to find websites where you can shop and earn free money. Add the Honey browser extension to earn even more.

You can also check out other rewards and cash-back sites (there are tons of them out there) where you can get free money just for buying what you want and need.

Make Money Online Reading Emails

A crowded inbox could mean you have a great deal of work to do or it could mean you have tons of newsletters to unsubscribe from. In some cases, though, it could mean free money. Companies such as Inbox Dollars give you points for reading affiliate emails. You let those points build up and — you guessed it! — you can cash them in for money in your PayPal account. 

  1. Screenshot of InboxDollars website
  2. Enter your email address and a password, then select Sign Me Up.

  3. Follow the link in the activation email you receive to activate your account.

  4. Your first paid email will arrive in your inbox within minutes. Click the link that says Confirm this PaidEmail.

  5. Browse the website to find other ways to earn free cash.

  6. Check out other sites, such as FusionCash and CashCrate.

Play Games To Earn Free PayPal Money

Many people are guilty of procrastinating or wasting time playing online games when they should be doing something productive. Good news! You can nab some cash during a little downtime. Sites and apps such as Swagbucks let you play entertaining games and earn or win free cash via PayPal. 

  1. Go to Swagbucks.com and select Join Today.

    Screenshot of Swagbucks Games
  2. Enter your email address and a password, then confirm your account via the activation email you will receive.

  3. Go to the Swagbucks Games page.

  4. Choose a game to play. Earn points, which you can redeem for a number of rewards including PayPal cash.

You can also check out other sites that pay you to play, such as GSN Games and GameDuell.

Join Focus Groups To Earn PayPal Money Online

Marketing researchers want to know what their target audiences think, feel and believe about everything from beauty products and cars to politicians and social media platforms. While some focus groups require participants to attend presentations in person, many, such as Respondent seek respondents to attend online focus groups.

  1. Go to respondent.io.

    Screenshot of Respondent website
  2. Select For Respondents at the top of the page.

  3. Choose Sign Up.

  4. Select Sign Up with LinkedIn or Sign Up with Facebook.

  5. Search for remote studies and apply for any for which you meet the requirements.

Earn PayPal Money Buying Groceries

We’ve all got to eat. Why not get some free cash in your PayPal account for it? You can get money for buying the groceries you need. Grocery rebate apps such as Ibotta will give you money when you purchase certain products or brands and upload your receipts.

  1. Go to Ibotta.com.

    Screenshot of Ibotta website.
  2. Select Sign Up.

  3. Choose Join with Facebook or enter your information and select Join with Email.

  4. Download the Ibotta app.

  5. Before you go shopping, find offers for the grocery items you need to purchase.

  6. Upload a photo of your receipts showing purchases that meet offers and you can receive cash within 48 hours.

Watch Videos For Some Extra PayPal Cash

How much of your day is spent checking out vids on YouTube, Instagram, or other channels? You can keep doing it and get free PayPal money, to boot. Websites and apps including Swagbucks will do just that. 

  1. Go to Swagbucks.com and select Join Today.

    Screenshot of Swagbucks.com/watch
  2. Enter your email address and a password, then confirm your account via the activation email you will receive.

  3. Watch videos to earn points, which you can redeem for a number of rewards including PayPal cash.

You can also check out other sites that could pay you to watch videos such as My Points and FusionCash.

Earn Free PayPal Money Testing Websites

Website designers and owners want to make sure people who visit their sites don’t experience negative issues. Companies such as User Testing and UserBrain will pay people just like you via PayPal to poke around on both mobile and desktop versions of a variety of websites.

  1. Go to the User Testing website.

    Screenshot of User Testing signup page
  2. Enter your email address, agree to the terms of use and select Sign Me Up.

  3. Confirm your account via the activation email you will receive, and then complete your profile including your PayPal account information.

  4. Take the required lessons and then start testing.

At User Testing, you can receive up to $60 on PayPal for each test you complete.

Scan Receipts, Get PayPal Money

While some apps give you cash back on food purchases, others will give you free PayPal money for uploading receipts from other types of purchases. Apps such as Receipt Hog let you earn money for snapping receipts of virtually anything you buy.

  1. Go to the Receipt Hog website and download the app for your mobile device.

    Screenshot of ReceiptHog website
  2. Enter your profile information into the app.

  3. Select Camera at the bottom of the screen and take a picture of an applicable receipt.

  4. Answer questions about the receipt, such as who made the purchase.

  5. Receive 'coins' for each receipt and cash them in for money that's added to your PayPal account.

Receipt Hog and many other companies you may use to scan receipts for cash, uses the receipt data you share for market research reports. 

Earn Money for PayPal by Becoming an Affiliate Marketer

If there is a store, product, service, or brand you love, check to see if it offers an affiliate program. By sharing a special link with others, you can earn kickbacks on PayPal. You might be surprised to learn that some of your favorite places to shop, from Amazon and Walmart to Etsy and eBay let you collect free money this way.

To become an affiliate for Etsy:

  1. Go to the Etsy affiliate page.

    Screenshot of the Etsy affiliate page
  2. Select Learn More and then read the overview and program terms.

  3. Select Signup and Join Program in the left pane of the web page, and then enter your information and complete the account verification.

  4. Place a banner on your personal website that will take visitors to an Etsy product page when selected.

  5. Earn commission for purchases made by your website visitors who follow the banner link. You will receive cash in your PayPal account following each 30-day period you earn commissions from the affiliate program.

Check with your favorite brands, websites, and programs to see if they offer an affiliate program.

Swap Your Lock Screen for Some Extra Cash

Your device’s lock screen can provide protection from prying eyes, but did you know it could also help you get free PayPal money? Customize your phone’s lock screen with a third-party app that pays you for viewing ads, such as ScreenLift or Slidejoy. To get free money with ScreenLift:

  1. Go to the ScreenLift site and select the Earn Now button.

    Screenshot of ScreenLift website
  2. Download and install the ScreenLift app.

  3. Customize your screen. You can choose from several options, such as the time and date, local weather, and themes.

  4. Earn points every time you "lift" the screen. Redeem those points for gift cards or cash in your PayPal account.