Start by shopping
One of the easiest ways to make money with your smartphone is to do what you normally do when you go to the store: go shopping. Except with these apps, you can actually make money with your smartphone.
Earn cash back on things you buy anyway. Here’s how Ibotta works:
- Before you head to the store, open the app and complete a few tasks to find offers for your favorite products and brands.
- Next, head to the
- Once you’re done, take a picture of your receipt to redeem the offers you selected.
You’ll be credited with your cash back, based on the activities you completed ahead of time. Ibotta is compatible with PayPal and Venmo, and it also provides the option to claim gift cards.
Offers range from 25 cents to $1 or more. You have to prepare ahead of time, but depending on the items you purchase from your grocery list, it’s possible to get between $5 and $50 back at the store each month. Get your friends and family
You won’t get direct cash back with Shopkick, but you can earn points to redeem for gift cards at your favorite retailers. Shopkick even offers Amazon gift cards. That’s a plus for me since I do a lot of shopping on
You don’t even have to actually buy anything to benefit from Shopkick. Just walking into a partner store or scanning certain items can help you earn points. According to the company, Shopkick users have earned $68.5 million in free gift cards since 2009, when it was founded. You can
3. Receipt Hog
Snap pictures of your receipts to
The coins you earn aren’t worth a whole lot in terms of cash. A receipt adds about 10 coins to your account. You can get extra coins for using the app and “leveling up.” I only go shopping about once a week, though, and rarely go to more than two stores. So, I might get 20 coins per week from shopping.
You could use the app’s prize wheel and complete challenges for extra coins. In the end, though, it takes a lot of coins to get cash: