Nowadays, you can actually fund your everyday activities or earn points toward merchandise you really want by downloading mobile apps and doing certain activities online using your phone. Here are some of the best ways you can earn money or free stuff using your smartphone and the apps you need to get started.
Play Games on Your Smartphone for Money
Cash in on your free time by downloading apps that pay you to play games on your mobile phone. Some are casino-type games, while others are recreational. If you like the idea of making extra cash gaming, try out these sites:
InboxDollars (also offers surveys, paid emails, and other moneymaking opportunities)
Give Your Opinion for Gift Cards and Cash
Swagbucks is one of the big players in the online survey industry, and they have a mobile app that lets you answer poll and survey questions on your phone.
Google Opinion Rewards provides credits on Google Play for simple opinion surveys and polls. Because the surveys are usually just one or two questions, the time commitment is minimal.
iPoll lets you fill out surveys on your phone in exchange for money. Some surveys require going to a local retailer and answering questions about the business.
Sell Your Phone Photos
If you’ve got an eye for photography and a desire to cash in on your shots, turn the images you capture into stock photography with the Foap app.
Spy on Stores
Secret shopping is a simple way to make cash with your mobile phone. Gigwalk sends cash to your PayPal account when you report on prices at specific stores or check a retailer’s shelves to see if a specific product is available that day.
Share Your Shopping Experiences
NCP lets you earn points- which you can trade in for merchandise- and enters you into cash sweepstakes for participation. The only thing you have to do is sign up and start scanning the barcodes of things you buy.
Ibotta is another popular app that lets you earn cash for tracking your shopping.
Sell Your Stuff Via Mobile Apps
Selling your old stuff is a time-honored way to make more cash, and now there are apps that let you handle the whole transaction from your phone. Snap a picture of the item you’re selling, upload it to the sale site, and cash in once someone decides to buy.
Here are some of the best mobile apps for selling old stuff online:
Letgo (general merchandise)
Bookscouter (used textbooks)
Tradesy (luxury brands)
CashinmyBag (designer handbags, shoes, and accessories)
Chairish (furniture and home decor)
Decluttr (tech, CDs, DVDs)
OfferUp (local sales of pretty much anything)
Get Paid to Check Out Local Store Promotions
Shopkick rewards points, which can be exchanged for gift cards, when you go to specific stores and scan specific products with your phone.
Rent Your Stuff to Others
GoBaby lets you rent out gently used baby gear, such as strollers and car seats, to parents in town temporarily with their little ones. The app makes connecting with parents who need this stuff simple.
Mine Money While You Walk
Bitwalking is an app that lets you earn a digital form of currency whenever you walk. This currency can be used to buy things online, traded with other users, or sold for real cash.
Get Paid to View Ads
Slidejoy puts ads on your lock screen and you get paid for having them there. You can choose to learn more about the advertized products by swiping left or accessing your phone functions normally by swiping right.
Make Your Mobile Pay in Multiple Ways
Rewardable offers a wide range of ways to make cash with your cell phone. Some of the options include paid surveys, pay for watching videos, secret shopper tasks you can complete locally, and cash-prize sweepstakes.