10 money-making phone apps you should try
WSFA - Apps for our smartphones and tablets often make life easier. But these apps actually pay you cash! Most of them require that you complete certain tasks in exchange for points, which can then be redeemed for money or gift cards.
We listed our ten favorite money-making apps here, along with descriptions and links to their websites. You will also find a link to each app's iTunes page where you can read reviews from users.
Ibotta gives you cash rebates for shopping at certain stores, buying certain products or eating in certain restaurants. Unlock the rebates in the app before you go shopping. When you get home, scan the product barcodes and/or submit a photo of your receipt. Rebates accumulate over time and can be redeemed via PayPal.
Receipt Hog is a similar app that rewards you for taking pictures of your receipts.
Ibotta iTunes page
Ibotta Google Play page
Receipt Hog website
Receipt Hog iTunes page
Receipt Hog Google Play page
Like Ibotta, Shopkick rewards you for making certain purchases or shopping in certain stores. But with Shopkick, you don't always have to buy anything. For some offers, simply walking into a participating store or scanning a certain product's barcode can earn you 'kicks,' which are then redeemable for retail gift cards.
Shopkick iTunes page
Shopkick Google Play page
Mobee pays you to review your favorite stores and restaurants. Once you are inside a participating store, you will be asked to answer 5-10 questions about product availability, cleanliness, customer service, etc. Accumulated points can be redeemed for cash, gift cards or prizes.
Mobee iTunes page
Mobee Google Play page
Becoming a member of Gigwalk, you agree to perform tasks ('gigs') for various companies. For example, you might be asked to take a photo of a certain product to ensure that it is in stock and displayed correctly at your local store. Rewards are payable via PayPal.
Field Agent is a similar app that also pays you to complete certain tasks.
Gigwalk iTunes page
Gigwalk Google Play page
Field Agent website
Field Agent iTunes page
Field Agent Google Play page
Users can accumulate 'swagbucks' by performing a variety of online activities, including searching, shopping, taking surveys, playing games, and discovering online content. The bucks can be redeemed for retail gift cards or cash through PayPal.
Swagbucks iTunes page
Swagbucks Google Play page
- App Trailers
Get paid for watching advertisements, including trailers for the latest movies and games. You get points for each time you sit through a trailer, which can be cashed out via PayPal or transferred to a gift card. (500 points = 50 cents)
App Trailers website
App Trailers iTunes page
App Trailers Google Play page
Foap is one of the most simple apps we reviewed. After taking photos with your smartphone, just upload them to the Foap app. If companies want to use your photo for marketing purposes, they pay you for it. Unusual action shots sell best.
Foap iTunes page
Foap Google Play page
This app is designed to provide financial encouragement for getting fit and losing weight. When you reach your weekly goal, you are paid by members who don't. But if you fail, you have to pay. You can set your own goal and choose how much money you are willing to wager.
Pact iTunes page
Pact Google Play page
Stash makes you money via investments. It's a great way for financial novices to get started. Choose from a set of portfolios that reflect your beliefs, interests, and goals.Then make small investments over time and watch your money grow.
Clink is a similar investment app, that allows you do invest as little as one dollar per day.
Stash iTunes page
Stash Google Play page
Clink iTunes page
Clink Google Play page
Letgo works like a classified ad, but in app form. It allows you to sell items you no longer need or want by simply snapping a photo. Once uploaded to the app, your item becomes visible to other members in your area. You and the buyer communicate via the app about payment and pick-up.
(For safety reasons, it's always recommended that you meet the buyer in a public place and bring a friend with you.)
Letgo iTunes page
Letgo Google Play page
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