We all have busy lives, but some times there is still not enough time in the day after we get out of work to make all of the money we need to either make ends meet or maybe just for that extra bit of comfort that we would all like to have. Depending on what kind of time and resources you have, there are a number of useful mobile apps that can help you to make that extra bit of cash you would like to see show up in your bank account at the end of the month (or preferably earlier).
This is a convenient app for both Android and iOS for getting cash back every time you go shopping online. You can earn up to 40% cash back just for shopping when you do business with any one of their 1,800 participating retailers. Payments are made to you every three months via paper check or through PayPal. You can also have the money sent to a family member, organization, or charity. As an added bonus, you get up to $50 for referring two of your friends.
2. Surveys on the Go
This is an iOS and Android app where you can get paid just for telling companies what you think on a variety of topics, ranging from news, sports, entertainment, technology, and beyond. To get started, download the app and complete all of the demographic surveys they provide you with. The pay from these surveys ranges anywhere from between 25 cents to $5. It averages out to about $1 per survey. You can cash out through PayPal for every $10 you reach. The app will also notify you every time there are new surveys for you to complete.
This is one of the most commonly talked about money making apps. This is a ride share app that allows you to use your car as a means to drive people who request a ride to somewhere through the app for money based on how far you have to drive them. You can make up to $19 per hour on average (though in some states it is more) plus tips. You have the ability to set your own hours and availability. Even if you do not have a car, you can rent one through Uber. You must be able to pass a background check and have a clean driving record, however.
4. Money Machine
Through this Android exclusive app you can get paid just for doing simple tasks such as watching videos and downloading apps. New offers are made available every day. You can earn points that are then able to be cashed in through PayPal or traded in for various other offers. It is also possible to gain points for referring your friends.
This handy little tool is another app that gives you money just for the shopping that you already do online. It is a free app to sign up for that will scan your email inbox for any receipts. If Paribus finds that you have bought anything from any of the retailers that it monitors, it will keep an eye on the item’s price and aid you in getting a refund on your money should there be a price drop. Also, if your guaranteed shipment comes late, Paribus will give you a hand in getting compensated for it.
This app is a little different than the other on this list. Instead of surveys, cash back, or refunds, Acorns is actually for investment. The way it works is that you link a debit card/bank account up to the app, and then every time you go shopping the app will round what you spend up to the next dollar amount. For example, say you spend $2.79 on a loaf of bread. The app rounds it up to $3.00. That $0.21 is then put into your Acorns account and then invested in cheap stocks. You could hypothetically save up to $420 a year.
Shopkick is an Android and iOS available app that shows you popular products as well as rewards at popular retailers. It gives you kicks (aka points) for coming in the store. It gives you even more for scanning items and more yet for whatever purchases you make. Most of the rewards available are worth around 250 kicks. 500 is equal to $2. You can easily create an account and profile to be on your way to getting your kicks.
This is another service provider app. Unlike Uber though, instead of driving people around you shop for and bring their groceries to them. Through Shipt you can make on average between $15 to $25 an hour. With Shipt you also get to decide your own hours and availability and can take a vacation whenever you want. Like Uber though, you must be able to pass a background check and have a reliable source of transportation.