5 Phone Apps to Earn Extra Money

5 Phone Apps to Earn Extra Money

     Having a little extra money is something we all could use and we all get into seasons of our lives where we need to squeeze every cent out of our paychecks to make ends meet. I know I’m in a major one right now as I plan my wedding (jeez, that’s expensive). I went on a massive search to find free ways to save and in the process found some pretty cool phone apps that help to supplement my stretched income.
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      First is Shopkick. This app is based on a points, called kicks. You get kicks one of three ways. The one I use the most is walk-in kicks. You walk into a store and you get a certain number of kicks just by doing that. There are also kicks for scanning specific products within the store. You don’t even need to buy the item to get this reward, just scan it. Then, there are certain stores you can get a kick for each dollar you spend (it requires linking your card to your account). You can redeem these kicks for gift cards or prizes (and there are some pretty great ones). It does take awhile to get enough kicks to redeem, but they are very easy to get. I usually get mine as I’m doing my normal shopping. I’ve even walked around the mall and gone into a store just to get the walk-in kicks! If you are interested here is my referral link.
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     Next is Checkout 51. This app is rebate based. You see certain products listed in the app, you buy the product, and scan the receipt. Then you get cash back for your purchase. Once you get over $20.00, you can cash out and they will send a check to you. This is another slow going app, often I’m only earning a dollar or so a week. But you can get money back by buying items you would have bought anyways or base your splurges upon what is available for rebate. I always have to tell myself “just because you can get a rebate doesn’t mean you need to buy it.” Which means that they have some pretty good rebates on there. Ibotta_white_lg
     Ibotta is a lot like Checkout 51. You see rebates, buy food or other supplies, and get money back by scanning in your receipts.You also need $20.00 before you can cash out, but the ways to cash out are much more diverse. You can funnel the money into your PayPal or get a gift card (I always get an Amazon one to fuel my eBook obsession.) I’ve noticed that Ibotta usually has a wider selection than Checkout 51, though you can only use it at the stores that Ibotta has partnered with (meaning no Aldi womp wah). I do enjoy the user interface and find it easier to wrack up rebates. If you’re interested, please use my referral code.

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The fourth is Swagbucks. I was really leery of this one for a while, but once I started using it I was hooked. You complete tasks in order to get points or swagbucks. These tasks range from watching a group of videos to answering a survey to shopping online. Each task you complete gets you a certain number of swagbucks. You can redeem them in the form of gift card codes send to your email. This is a really easy way to earn a little extra cash. It comes on an app and a website making it even easier to access. Here’s my referral link, if you are interested.

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     This last app doesn’t give you savings or rebates, but it does help you to find the cheapest gas in your area. GasBuddy show you the gas prices of area gas stations. You can either sort by distance or price. I use it to see what the lowest price is in my area and then I find the nearest gas station to me that has that price. It’s also helpful to be able to find gas stations on a road trip as you can see a map of all the gas stations in an area and find one close to the highway.

Getting extra cash is always a wonderful thing. Try any of these apps to help that paycheck go a little bit further. All of them help me to supplement my tight budget. What are your favorite ways to stretch your budget? Have any of these apps worked wonders for you?

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