7 On Your Side tips for making money in a time of runaway inflation and rising consumer prices

NEW YORK (WABC) – Consumer prices are rising nearly 8% year over year, costing average families hundreds more per month. But how can you put all the green you lost back in your pocket?

7 On Your Side’s Nina Pineda has ingenious anti-inflations that can help you raise big bucks.

First of all, do you tend to overshare? Are you a person who likes to give your opinion on everything? If so, you can get paid for it.

“You could get paid anywhere from $25 to $500 for your time,” said consumer expert Andrea Woroch.

Woroch’s test conducted a session on “20/20 Panel,” and for two hours of participating in a virtual focus group, she won a $150 gift card.

“It can be as simple as joining a group chat to share your opinion,” she said.

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You can also get paid to review products online, review music, or simply take online surveys, and many different sites offer this.

“A website, Slice the Pie, will pay you to rate music, so I find it fun for music lovers,” Woroch said. “Then there are websites like Inbox Dollars, and you can take online surveys and earn points, which you then redeem for cash back or gift cards.”

Then, if you have cars in the driveway because you’re not going to the office, they could make you money. And if you commute, why not pick people up and offset your gas and toll costs?

Earn passive income on your parked car with vehicle sharing. Sites like Turo and Avail provide your ride and offer customer service. Depending on the car, you could be earning at least $20 a day doing nothing.

And while your cars are rolling, why not rent your parking space?

“Your parking spot is valuable and you can rent it by the hour through SpotHero,” Woroch said.

Many of us are going back to work and need someone to take care of this pandemic pup, so the next tip is pet sitting and dog walking. If you go for a ride anyway, you might as well get paid for it.

“Pet sitting through Rover.com, the site says you can earn up to $1,000 a month,” Woroch said.

Other side activities: Try virtual tutoring, grocery shopping, or run errands through services like Instacart or Postmates.

You can try online chat customer service. Indeed.com has hundreds of listings for representatives who can work from home.

And look in your garage. You can have things that people might want to rent instead of buying. Items like baby gear, including lightly used cribs and strollers, are becoming big business for families on the go.

“Check out BabyQuip.com,” Woroch said. “You can become a baby equipment rental business, like your own small business platform through the site.”

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Finally, look at your available space. Consider renting out a spare bedroom, or your entire home, through VRBO or AirBnB.

When you go on vacation, people are also willing to give up the house and rent out the pool.

“If you have a pool in your backyard, you can rent it by the hour or day through Swimply.com,” Woroch said. “It’s fun and unique, and it comes with confidence.”

And it’s a great way to make a splash with some extra cash.

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