In the past, if you wanted to make some extra money, you’d take a part-time job or maybe do something like babysit or mow lawns. But making money in those ways meant that you had to be on someone else’s schedule which wasn’t always convenient when you already had a regular job and other responsibilities.
Trim app – a platform you can download from Google Play store – searches ways for you to save money fast on everyday expenses like groceries and utilities, negotiates internet bills, finds you better car insurance, etc. This is one to help you get more money fast for you without you doing a whole lot of things to get started with.
Your phone is with you 24/7 so why not use it and your spare time to increase your bank balance? You can with these 17 money making apps.
It’s Never Been Easier
The internet has given us countless ways to make money that we can do on our own schedules, whenever we have extra time.
And a lot of these ways don’t require much time at all, just a few minutes here and there when you’re eating lunch at work or watching television in the evening.
Using money making apps also don’t typically require much effort either, and some of them will pay you for things you’re already doing like food shopping or shopping online.
And the best kind of money is money for doing (almost) nothing.
So whatever you need extra money for, to pay off debt, to save for retirement, or just to blow on something fun, there are apps out there that can help you do it.
Do you have strong opinions? If you do, Survey Junkie will pay you for them. Companies want consumer’s opinions to help them improve their products and services.
Before the internet, companies would gather this information using focus groups, but now they can get the same information using online surveys through sites like Survey Junkie.
For each completed survey, you’ll earn points that can be redeemed for cash via PayPal or gift
Want to get paid for your opinion? Survey Junkie lets you share yours to help brands deliver better products and services. After creating your profile, they'll start matching you to online surveys you can take anywhere.
Prize Rebel is similar to Survey Junkie; users can earn points for answer surveys, watching videos, and referring new users to the site.
Each completed task earns points, surveys pay the most, at 50 to 200 points. Each point is worth one cent.
Points can be redeemed for cash via PayPal or gift cards to several retailers.
We spend a lot of money shopping online. Drunks alone account for $30 billion of online shopping.
The average American buys $447.57 worth of stuff while drunk.
The amount people spent varied by drink: Gin drinkers splurge the most, spending an average of more than $82. Whiskey drinkers wound up spending almost $40.
Beer drinkers were the only other group to spend less than $40, and people drinking red or white wine spent about $42 and $46, respectively.
Don’t you love that this study even broke it down according to the preferred drink?! I have totally done this.
I bought Guy Fawkes masks and was going to use them to single-handedly take down the church of Scientology.
It was red wine, so I guess I spent $42. I don’t remember cause I was drunk.
Whether you’re drunk or sober, you can save money online shopping when you use Ebates.
Ebates has partnered with more than 1,800 stores, and when you use their portal to shop with a participating store, you’ll earn cash back.
Some of the recent deals include up to 10% back with Amazon, up to 14% with Bloomingdale’s, and up to 8% back with Sephora.
Every quarter Ebates will send you a check or deposit your savings into your PayPal account.
Swagbucks is similar to Ebates, a shopping portal that gives you cash back. One Swagbuck is equivalent to 1% cash back.
There are hundreds of participating stores and retailers. Some of the recent deals include 10% back at Walmart, 12% at Macy’s, and 5% back at Best Buy.
If online shopping isn’t your thing, there are other ways to make money with Swagbucks including watching videos, taking surveys, doing internet searches, and playing games.
Your cash back can be redeemed for cash via PayPal or gift cards.
Shopkick is a receipt scanning app. You’ll earn points, called Kicks, when you buy eligible items, scan the receipt, and upload it to the site.
There are other ways to earn Kicks, and some of them don’t even require you to spend any money!
You can shop through the Shopkick portal, enter certain stores, and scan barcodes on selected items.
$1 is 250 Kicks. Receipt scanning earns 100 to 500 Kicks, walking into a store is usually worth 25, and scanning barcodes will earn between 15 and 50.
Your Shopkick points can be redeemed for gift cards from stores like Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Just 500 Kicks will net you a $2 Amazon gift card!
Of all the apps to make money on this list, ShopTracker is probably the easiest. The app tracks your Amazon purchases for market research.
Each month you’ll receive a short survey. For answering the questions and having the app downloaded, you’ll receive a $3 Visa gift card every month.
That’s all there is to it. You can earn $36 a year for about 15 minutes of your time.
There are coupon codes out there for just about anything you want to buy online, so an excellent way to save money is to search for one before you make a purchase.
But it can be a lot of trial and error. There are a lot of codes that are already expired or don’t work for whatever reason so this little exercise can be frustrating.
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Honey will take the frustration out of searching for coupon codes. It’s a browser extension that finds valid codes when you get to the check out page on more than 30,000 online shopping sites.
All you have to do is install the extension, sit back, and start saving. And a penny saved is, of course, a penny earned. Honey can save you more than pennies.Honey
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You do your research to find the best item at the best price and pull the trigger. And then. You see the damn thing on sale a week later! Very frustrating but Earny can help.
When an item goes on sale after you’ve purchased it, you might be entitled to a refund of the difference either from the store or from the credit card you bought it with.
But it’s kind of a pain to go through the process of getting the refund so even if we know it’s available, we can’t’ be bothered.
Being bothered with getting the refund is what Earny is all about.
However, sometimes a phone call or a form is required to receive this refund.
Did you know you can make money by going out to eat?Well, you can when you make your restaurant reservations through Seated.
Each time you complete a reservation, meet the required spending minimum and upload your receipt to the App, you’ll get up to 30% back in the form of gift card for Amazon, Lyft, Starbucks, and Nike.
Seated is currently available in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Austin, Denver, Providence, and Seattle.
Some 45% of Americans go on a diet each year and most of them give up after just a few weeks.
But money is a great motivator so why not get paid to lose those extra pounds? That’s what HealthyWage does.
There is a calculator on the HealthWage site. Enter how many pounds you want to lose, how many months it will take, and how much money you want to bet per month on yourself to do it.
Enter your gender, height, current weight, and waist circumference. Based on this information, you’ll see how much money you will win if you meet your goal.
I put in some fake numbers (I don’t have weight to lose) and my winnings after my bet would be $169.40 which would be a 56.33% return on my investment in six months.
There aren’t many investments that give you that kind of return and you get to control whether you win or not. Pretty cool!
Do you have a collection of old electronics like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers cluttering up your house?
A lot of us do and while that’s better than tossing them in the garbage (when these items end up in landfills it pollutes the environment with contaminants like lead and arsenic) getting money for them is even better.
Gazelle lets you turn those items, working and non-working into cash and gift cards!
Find your device on the site, answer some questions about it and Gazelle will give you an offer. If you accept, you can print a prepaid shipping label and send it off.
You can be paid cash via PayPal or a paper check or with an Amazon gift card. If you take the Amazon option, you’ll get an additional 3% on the price.Gazelle
Gazelle pays you cash for tech gadgets you no longer use without any fees (even if it's damaged). Get paid via check, Amazon gift card, or via PayPal. Answer a few questions about your device, and Gazelle sends you a free, pre-paid shipping label.
If you have stuff to sell but don’t want to ship anything, Craig’s List was your best option because the buyers are local.
But if you’ve ever sold stuff on CL, you’ve probably dealt with your share of flakes and maybe even downright creeps.
OfferUp lets you sell locally, but you can see profiles of potential buyers which includes ratings by other sellers and their transaction history.
You do also have the option to ship items so while selling locally is more convenient, selling nationally gets you a much bigger pool of potential buyers.
All you need to do is take a photo of your item, upload it to the site, write a description, and name a price.
You can sell nearly anything on OfferUp including household items, books, cars, and even event tickets.
OfferUp is free for both sellers and buyers, but the site does offer paid options that help your items get more notice from potential buyers.
If you have clothes you don’t wear or like to shop at thrift and discount stores; you can make some good money selling on Poshmark.
You need to have an eye for fashion though; not everything sells well. Peruse other “shops” on Poshmark to get an idea of what’s hot.
You set your prices, and again, you can look at other seller’s pages to see the going rate for things. You can access your earnings whenever you want; there’s no minimum.
The money is deposited into your checking account, or you can opt for a paper check. All sales under $15, the commission is a flat $2.95. For sales over $15, Poshmark gets 20%.
Remember when VCRs first came out, and they were costly but after, a few years you could get one for like $10? Yeah, how come that hasn’t happened with stuff like cable and wireless?
I pay more now for my combined cable and internet than I did a couple of years ago. Sucks man.
If you feel like you’re paying too much for cable, your cell phone, satellite TV and radio, internet and home security system, Billshark can get you a better deal.
Billshark will negotiate lower rates for these services, and they have an 85% success rate. The average customer who gives them two bills to lower saves as much as $1,500!
I’ve used the service twice, and it’s saved me about $400 per year.
Since Seated is inexplicably no longer available in New Orleans (please come back, all we do down here is eat and drink!) Trim is my favorite app to make money or save money as it were.
Did you sign up for a free 30 day trial of something? Do you have a Pandora subscription you don’t use?
Are you paying a monthly fee to a gym you never go to? You really should cancel them you know, they cost you money.
But you’re lazy(me too), and it’s a pain to cancel that stuff. But money. Trim is the personal assistant you need.
Trim goes through your credit card and bank statements and looks for those kinds of monthly recurring charges. When it finds one, it will message you asking if you want to cancel it.
If you do, Trim will cancel it for you.
Trim has saved me $70 a month, $840 a year! That’s a lot of money, and Trim put it back in my pocket.
We drill into your head over and over that you need to start investing. It’s the best way to grow your wealth.
If you still haven’t done it, Acorns might finally convince you because investing happens in the background every time you spend money.
The Acorns app rounds up to the nearest dollar for each purchase you make on a linked debit or credit card and invests that amount for you into a recommended portfolio.
You can make additional contributions too, but if you don’t feel ready for that, you’ll at least be investing something in the meantime.
LMM encourages everyone to invest in the stock market, but some of you are hesitant. Stocks are a great way to grow your wealth, but they aren’t without risk.
Bonds don’t typically make investors as much money as stocks, but they are less risky.
If you want to invest but aren’t ready for stocks, you’ll love Worthy. Worthy is an app that invests your money in bonds and pays a fixed annual interest rate of 5%. Do you know what the average savings account pays?
The average interest rate on savings accounts is a 0.08% APY, but many of the largest financial institutions in the U.S. pay low rates, around just 0.01% APY.
Investors can buy bonds directly on the site, schedule a recurring monthly purchase, or by rounding up purchases made on a linked debit or credit card (the same way Acorns works).
Not a bad deal! You can use the account as an investment account or just as a savings account with an awesome interest rate because you can deposit or withdraw money any time.
Plenty of Time
Americans spend nearly 24 a week online,an entire day each week! To say nothing of the amount of time we spend watching television. And I know what you guys are doing on there. You’re looking at cat videos and porn! Those are the reasons the internet was invented.
By no means are we suggesting you give up those habits, but you need to spend a few of those hours you’re online using apps to make money. You’re not going to buy a house earning money on these apps, but you’ll be surprised how fast the cash and gift cards start to add up.
So give it a try, the cat videos and porn aren’t going anywhere.
Do you ever find yourself browsing on your phone when you’ve got spare time? Many smart phone users do, I suspect. While wandering aimlessly on your phone can be a waste of time, you can browse productively.
Did you know there are smart phone apps that will allow you to make money fast with your phone? It’s true: you can put a little cash in your pocket while you’re doing everyday tasks on your phone. So, why not make some money as you browse?
Check out these smart phone apps and see if you can find a way to make yourself some fast money while doing things you do every day.
Make Money Fast with These Apps
Some of these apps are ones you may have heard of; others are not. Read the information about the apps listed below and how you can make some cash using them.
Rakuten is the app that pays you back for shopping online. Depending on which stores you shop at, you can earn up to 40 percent back on your purchases.
All you have to do is download the Rakuten app. Then, every time you shop online just do so through the Rakuten portal. Rakuten will give you cash rebates on your store purchases. Here are some of the over 2,500 stores you can get cash back from when you shop online through Rakuten.
- Walmart, Target and Amazon
- JCPenney and Kohl’s
- Macy’s and Nordstrom
- The Gap and Old Navy
- Garmin and Abu Garcia
- Specialty stores such as Crabtree & Evelyn
And hundreds more. Rakuten even offers discounts on hotel stays and other getaways. It’s free to join Rakuten, and as of this writing they’re giving new members a $10 sign-up bonus.
Rakuten sends you your cash earnings automatically. Every quarter they’ll send you a PayPal deposit or a check – whichever you request.
You might be wondering why Rakuten is giving you money for shopping. It’s pretty simple, really, Stores pay Rakuten a commission for sending you to their site through the Rakuten portal. Then, Rakuten splits that commission with you.
It’s a win-win for everybody. This is a great app for making money if you like shopping online.
The Rakuten app is available for Apple iOS and for Android, or you can get the browser extension for your computer to make saving money even easier!
2. Inbox Dollars
Inbox Dollars pays you money for a number of tasks. After you download their free mobile app, you can earn money by doing things such as:
- Shopping online and taking advantage of offers
- Completing surveys
- Watching videos
- Referring members
And more. Once you’ve earned at least $30 with Inbox Dollars, you can request payment. You can get a prepaid Visa card with your points, or you can choose a retailer gift card too.
The Inbox Dollars app is available for both Android and Apple.
Ipsos i-Say is a company that will pay you for your opinion. When you take surveys and share your opinion with the i-Say app, you earn rewards points.
You can use the points to get PayPal cash or to get a gift card to one of your favorite retailers. Bonus: you can also use your points to enter sweepstakes contests.
Sweepstakes prizes include items such as bicycles, luggage sets and more.
The i-Say app is available in Android and in Apple iOS.
Swagbucks is probably one of the most popular money-making sites out there. They’ve paid out over 285 million dollars to members so far.
With the Swagbucks app you can make money by doing various tasks such as:
- Taking surveys
- Searching the Net
- Watching videos
- Playing online games
And more. They’ll pay you for referring others to sign up as well. With the points you earn you can get PayPal money.
Or you can get gift cards to your favorite retailers, such as Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks and more.
The Swagbucks app is available in Android and in Apple iOS.
Ibotta is an app that’s provided an alternative to oft-cumbersome couponing. Here’s how it works. First, you download the Ibotta app onto your smart phone.
When you pull up the app, it’ll show you cash back offers available through your favorite stores. You click on the cash back offers you want to take advantage of.
For instance, you might see a cash back offer for $2.00 off your favorite nail polish brand. Or, you might see an offer for 50 cents off of a milk purchase. Click on the cash back offers you want, and then go shopping.
After you shop, you’ll scan your receipt with the Ibotta app. Ibotta finds the coordinating purchases for the offers you chose, and credits your Ibotta account.
When you want your cash back, you just request it via a PayPal or Venmo deposit. Or, you can use your money to get a gift card from Ibotta. Ibotta offers gift cards to your favorite stores, such as Walmart and Starbucks.
The Ibotta app is available for Android and for Apple iOS.
Shopkick is an app that will reward you with cash, simply for shopping. Here’s how it works. After you download the Shopkick app, you can earn rewards points (called “kicks”) in different ways such as:
- Walking into specific stores
- Making online purchases
- Scanning barcodes on certain products when you’re in a store
- Watching in-app videos
- Making purchases with your linked debit or credit card
And more. When you’ve earned enough points you can get free gift cards to retailers you love. Some of the retailers Shopkick gives gift cards to include Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon and Sephora.
The Shopkick app is available in Android and in Apple iOS.
Gigwalk will pay you money for becoming what they like to call a Gigwalker. Gigwalkers use the Gigwalk app to find and complete gigs (small tasks) in their area.
As a Gigwalker, you might take a picture of a restaurant menu. Or, you might be asked to write a review about a company.
Companies hire Gigwalk to learn how they can better serve clients and gain more clients. Gigwalk hires Gigwalkers to help give feedback to those companies. Each gig will pay you a different amount and take a different amount of time. New members start out getting smaller tasks.
As you get better at performing gigs you’ll be able to get approved to do bigger, higher paying gigs. In other words, you’ll have the opportunity to make more money with the site.
The Gigwalk app is available in Android and in Apple.
8. Field Agent
You can use the Field Agent app to make money by doing retail auditing gigs and mystery shopping tasks. Retailers hire Field Agent to help them make their businesses better. Some of the tasks you’ll do as an agent for Field Agent include:
- Doing price checks on items in stores
- Taking pictures of in-store displays
- Completing surveys
There are other tasks available too, depending on the area you live in and client needs for the retailers there. Field Agent will pay you via Direct Deposit to your bank checking or saving account.
The Field Agent app is available in Android and in Apple iOS.
9. App Trailers
App Trailers is an app that helps you earn money by watching video trailers. You might be asked to watch a video trailer of an upcoming movie.
Or, you might be watching a DIY video or a celebrity gossip clip. You earn points for each video you watch. Bonus: you can earn points for playing trivia games too. With the points you earn on the App Trailers app you can get cash via PayPal. Or you can get a gift card to one of hundreds of different retailers.
Some of the retailers they have gift cards to include Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and Groupon.
App Trailers is available in both Apple and Android.
Bookscouter helps you earn money by helping you sell used textbooks. Here’s how it works. First, you enter the ISBN barcode number of the books you want to sell.
Bookscouter will populate a list of booksellers that are willing to buy your books. The list will also tell you how much each vendor will pay you for your books.
After you agree to an offer price for each book, you pack the books up and ship them for free. Then you’ll get paid after the books are assessed for quality. Note that the books must be in the condition you said they were in when you requested a quote.
Bonus: Bookscouter will connect you with vendors that buy collectible and antique books too.
The Bookscouter app is available in Apple iOS and in Android.
Slidejoy pays you to have advertisements installed on your smart phone’s lock screen. When you see an ad on your phone you can swipe left to get more info, up to see another add or right to go to your home screen.
You get paid the same whether or not you accept or reject an ad. With the points you earn you can get a PayPal deposit. Bonus: you can choose to donate your money to charitable causes as well.
This is kind of a cool way to earn money because you earn simply by accessing your phone.
The Slidejoy app is available only in Android.
Decluttr is a site/app that will help you sell your unwanted items and earn cash. Here’s how it works. First, you enter the ISBN number of the item you want to sell.
Second, you choose whether to accept or reject the price quote Decluttr gives you on each item. If you decide to accept the offered quote Decluttr will give you a free shipping label.
After you pack and ship your sold items, Decluttr will assess them for condition. If they’re in the condition you stated they’ll send you your money via a PayPal deposit.
Decluttr will buy a wide variety of items, including:
- Smart phones, iPads, Kindles and other tech items
- Video games and gaming systems
- CDs and DVDs
The Decluttr app is available in both Android and Apple.
iPoll will reward you to tell them what you think about the products and services you use every day. When you answer questions about products and services you earn rewards points.
You can use the points you earn to get PayPal cash. Or you can get free gift cards for retailers like iTunes and Amazon.
Bonus: iPoll has a quarterly $10,000 cash drawing contest for members. And the iPoll app helps you take paid surveys wherever you are, as long as you have your smart phone with you. Of course, Internet access is required too.
The iPoll app is available in Android and in Apple.
Mobee will pay you for completing certain missions that can help influence product development. When you download the Mobee app, you might get assigned tasks such as:
- Answering a question about a store or display
- Making a small purchase (don’t worry – you’ll get reimbursed)
- Other store and location specific tasks
Some missions are super short (as in less than one minute long) while others take longer. You’ll earn rewards points for each mission you complete.
You can use the points you earn to get prizes and gift cards to retailers.
The Mobee app is available in both Android and Apple.
15. Tap Cash Rewards
Tap Cash Rewards is an app that will give you rewards points for trying free apps and games. You can also get rewards points for watching videos. You’ll even get points just for logging in each day.
Earn Money On App
If you reach VIP status you can earn even more money with different activities. You can use your rewards points to get PayPal money, Google Play credits, or gift cards to various retailers.
The Tap Cash Rewards app is available in Android.
16. Surveys on the Go
The Surveys on the Go motto is “Be heard. Get paid.”. The company pays users for their opinions about various topics and issues.
When you use this app you get to opt in to specific survey categories such as sports, entertainment or technology. You’ll be sent surveys based on the demographic information you provide, so be thorough.
All payments are sent via PayPal.
The Surveys on the Go app is available in Android and Apple iOS.
17. Google Opinion Rewards
Google Opinion Rewards will reward you for doing a couple of different tasks. First you can earn rewards for sharing your opinion.
That might mean taking surveys, or reviewing hotels or other retailers, or taking a merchant satisfaction survey. Or, you might answer questions that help Google improve their own products and services.
You can also earn rewards for sharing your television and Internet usage information with Google. With the rewards you earn you can get PayPal credit or Google Play credits.
The Google Opinion Rewards app is available in Android and in Apple iOS.
18. Snap (by Groupon)
Groupon’s Snap app helps you save money when you shop. After you download the app, you can search for money-saving offers. You’ll get digital links for shopping online, or you can use coupons in-store.
Groupon will send you a check once you’ve earned $20 or more in cash back savings. The Snap app is available in Android and in Apple.
The Paribus app will let you earn money simply by shopping online. When you give them secured access to your email inbox, Paribus will search for online receipts and shipping orders.
They’ll use that information to search websites of stores you’ve purchases things at. When they find that something you’ve purchased has gone on sale or been reduced in price, they’ll get you a refund.
Paribus contacts the store for you and does all of the legwork. You simply collect your refund. This service is totally free.
The Paribus app is available in Apple. They’re working hard on getting an Android app up and running.
There are so many apps out there that can help you make money fast. We covered several of the most popular money-making apps here. However, if you do some research you’ll find there are even more available.
You aren’t going to get rich with these apps, but they can help you bring in some extra cash.
If you’re looking to make enough money to potentially replace your 9-to-5 income, check out this article on money making ideas. There are many ways you can work from home and make enough money to live on.
Have you ever tried any of the apps listed here for making extra money? What did you like about them? What didn’t you like? Personally, Ibotta is my favorite app listed here.
I’ve been using it since January of 2018 and find it an easy way to earn a bit of extra cash. We’d love to hear about your experiences with the apps listed here. And about other ways you might be making money in your spare time.
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