We’re a happy app-loving group here at Brit + Co. From apps that help you shop a yard sale better to ones that help you narrow your mystery diagnosis and even apps that help you with your gluten-free diet, we love making life easier via technology. But when technology is combined with making a little extra cash on the side, well, we can’t refuse. All you need is a few extra minutes on your Smartphone and you’ll be able to replenish that daily latte fund!
1. Foap: Calling all amateur photographers! You can now earn $$ from your epic Instagram shots. Just upload your pictures for $10 ($5 of which comes back to you) to big name brands like Mastercard, Hyatt, Volvo and more. Other users can give you feedback on your images, helping everyone become better photographers, and in turn making more money.
2. Ibotta: With this app you can shop online, submit your receipts and get discount offers all in one place. You can answer questions and watch videos for coupons and cashback offers for places like Macy’s and even the grocery store. You can also link your loyalty cards to the app to get even more rewards. Cha-ching!
3. Swagbucks: If an app claims to have given out almost $100 million in gift cards and cash back, we’re definitely listening. In exchange for your shopping habits, coupons, web searching, surveys, video watching and more, you can get gift cards to places like Target, Starbucks and Walmart. Remember that latte habit we were talking about?
4. Receipt Hog: Take pictures of your receipts and get cash back. Seems simple enough, right? That’s basically it. In exchange for your receipt information, you get access to even more things like paid surveys or “hot slots” (we hope this is as weird/cute as it sounds), all accumulating up to Amazon gift cards and cash via Paypal.
5. Pact: With a tagline like “Earn Cash for Living Healthy, Paid by Members that Don’t,” you might be a little put off. But you are in control of your own accountability with this app ’cause you get to decide how much you’ll pay out to others if you don’t meet your fitness goals. Losing money is almost as motivating as earning it!
6. Viggle: With this app, users “check in” to a TV show or music in exchange for gift cards to places like Best Buy and GAP. Or, if shopping isn’t your end goal, you can stay within the app and get access to even more TV shows, music and such with your credits. Basically, it’s like getting paid in TV to watch TV.
7. Mobee: Remember those days where you’d go to the mall and look for mystery shoppers? Well, now you can be one. Mobee pays you to shop and dine at your favorite places in return for feedback. It’s different from Yelp in that you have to answer specific questions in more of a survey form. So you don’t get to totally spill your guts, but you could make a few dollars off of places you already visit.
8. Field Agent: Companies like Unilever, Coca-Cola and Walgreens use “Field Agents” to pay users to do audits — fact finding and data gathering — or research on certain businesses. You collect feedback, photos, audio, video and more for the companies. Have 30 minutes to kill somewhere? You can even search for jobs via maps.
What do you think? Are money-making apps worth your time? Let us know in the comments!