11 hourlong gigs to earn extra money with your extra hour this weekend

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11 hourlong gigs to earn extra money with your extra hour this weekend
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If you believe that time is money, you’re probably happy about gaining an hour this weekend, when Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 5 in most of the country.

That extra hour means a little extra chunk of time you can use to build your wealth.

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Make extra money this weekend in 60 minutes or less

Participate in a focus group

While focus groups can take up to two hours or more, it is possible to find hourlong focus groups. Here’s how to find focus group opportunities in your area.

Estimated hourly earnings: $50 – $75

Donate your plasma

This is a little-known way to make some extra money that recently came on our radar here at Clark.com.

If you’ve ever given blood, you already basically know what to expect when donating plasma. This process can sometimes take up to 90 minutes, but if you find a plasma donation center that’s quiet, it is possible to get it done in around an hour.

In fact, one Clark.com reader used plasma donation to finance his cross-country road trip!

Estimated hourly earnings: $30 – $40

Drive for Uber or Lyft

Some people make a living by doing ride-share services like Uber and Lyft. But you don’t need to dedicate your life to either one; all it takes is one spare hour to make some dough!

Read Clark’s experience of driving for both services.

Estimated hourly earnings: $15.68 – $17.50

Play personal shopper

Instacart and Shipt are two leaders in grocery delivery. Someone sends in an order and you pull the items off the shelf and deliver them to the person’s doorstep.

Estimated hourly earnings: $11.86$12.15

Look for bogus billing charges on your wireless bill

Look for line items with deceptive terms such as “Premium Content” or “Direct Bill Charge” (sometimes referred to as “DBC” on your bill.)

If it’s something you didn’t agree to, call up your provider and get your money back. Here’s a list of other mystery fees to be on the lookout for.

Estimated hourly earnings: $5 – $10

Try package delivery

Roadie is an on-demand delivery app that connects drivers (you, in this case) with people who need items delivered on the way to where you’re already going.

All Roadie drivers get free roadside assistance when they’re on a gig and discounts at companies like Waffle House, ZipCar and StoreX. You even receive a summary of miles driven so you can write them off for your taxes.

Watch Clark talk about Roadie in this video.

Estimated hourly earnings: $8

Be an on-demand secret shopper

EasyShift is a free app that lets you essentially be an on-demand secret shopper. You’re assigned “shifts” by product manufacturers who want people on the ground to go into stores and confirm that their merchandise is being displayed properly.

Estimated hourly earnings: $3 – $8

Search for unclaimed money in your name

This one will probably take you just 15 minutes or less!

Simply go to MissingMoney.com and punch in your name to do a database search of available unclaimed funds across all states. (Not every state participates.)

If you live in a state that doesn’t participate with this free site, there’s one more option for you: Unclaimed.org. This website is a clearinghouse for the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.

Estimated hourly earnings: Varies

Locate a lost savings bond

Maybe a grandparent bought you a savings bond when you were born and it’s been lost over the years. Here’s how you can track down lost savings bonds and get your money!

Estimated hourly earnings: Varies

Lower your student loan payment

Student loans are a burden for many people both young and old. Fortunately, there are ways to refinance your student loans, get on a better repayment plan or even possibly qualify for student loan forgiveness based on your choice of career!

Just pay attention to these caveats before you consider student loan forgiveness.

Estimated hourly earnings: Varies

Stop paying for insurance you don’t need

You can get insurance on almost anything — computers, phones, trips, your identity, your credit and even home warranties! But should you?

Identity theft insurance, mortgage life and disability insurance and home wiring insurance just scratch the surface of policies that aren’t worth the price.

If you’re paying for a policy on this list, call up the insurer and stop it today!

Estimated hourly earnings: Varies

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo is director of content for clark.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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