I really do hate shelling out money for apps. $2 here, $5 there… what if there were apps that paid you money in the same way… $2 here, $5 there in YOUR pocket instead. It really does add up!
** These apps are aimed at making making money. If you want to check out apps that save money, you can check out the 12 best money-saving apps here. **
So here's how it works, simply download the apps, register and then you can be on your way to earning rewards. Most of these involve taking surveys, searching online, or just sharing your opinion on products and services. I'm a big fan of a few survey sites in general (but not all of them) as they allowed me to buy Christmas presents a couple years when finances were really tight, and I see these apps as an improvement on this.
It's SOO much more convenient to use the app on your smartphone than it is to have to be on your computer. Think about it… how often are you sitting around, and you whip out your phone out of habit and putz around? What if you spent just a few minutes here and there throughout the day and completed a couple surveys? Or searched online? Since you would be doing nothing productive anyway, you might as well earn some Amazon gift cards out it, am I right?
So here are my favorite apps that will PAY YOU:
This is the BEST one in my opinion. It's very well thought out… the developers clearly understood that your time is valuable and you don't have time to search for surveys that you will be approved for. You will instantly see surveys you can take, most pay $1, some pay more and they are pretty quick. The smartphone integration honestly makes it a really smooth process. Plus – the payout threshold is only $10, so you can cash out quickly and often!
How about an app where after you download it, you literally do NOTHING. It just runs in the background, and you go about your day. You are then eligible for random drawings of prizes for doing absolutely nothing.
I love Swagbucks. But when you can earn rewards while you're on the bus, in the waiting room, or just putzing around, it's even better. Another reason that Swagbucks is awesome is that it's not a one-trick pony. There are many ways to earn rewards – search online, watch shows, take surveys… and many more.
Sign up for Swagbucks
4. Inbox Dollars
There are many ways to earn rewards with Inbox Dollars. It's mostly surveys, but there's also this cool wheel you spin to win cash instantly. That adds a bit of fun and randomness to the app. The payout threshold is $30, so not as great as Quickthoughts, but it's definitely worth giving a try.
Download Inbox Dollars for iOS
Download Inbox Dollars for Android
Like I said – you won't get rich, but it can definitely become a nice Christmas fund or if you want to save up for some nice item that's not in the budget… or even pay down some debt.
And it's nice to get paid once in a while for using your smartphone, instead of you paying for stuff.