Replaying the first level was netting me 10,000 up to the first jack in the box and then after that you come to a rolly polly guy DON'T attack the big guy and let him spawn the little ones and charge your tongue attack and take out the little guys if or when your combo is full (after about 10) you will get 100 melee bonus each kill. They drop stars constantly for a while but then stop but you still get the melee bonus. 6 little guys per spawn so 600 every couple seconds the trick is not getting hit by the big guy rolling as well as not killing him. This should cut down the times you have to replay level one. Wouldn't be bad but the cut scenes are not skippable.