Did you know that you can actually make some extra cash on your phone for things you're probably already doing?
I'll admit I was skeptical when I first heard about making money on your phone with apps and games. However as I did more research (and eventually signed up), I learned that these apps and games were actually legitimate! Here are a few of my favorite - and completely free - ways to make extra cash on your phone.
Cash Back Apps
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Ibotta is one of my favorite ways to make extra money each week on things like groceries and everyday shopping. Once you've gone shopping, go on the app and check to see if there are any rebates for the products you bought - it's really simple to use and often time there will be quite a few generic cash back offers. Sometimes there's even offers for free products! I've been using the app for almost a year and a half now and have already earned an extra $251.
Rakuten (formally eBates)
This is the app that I make the most money on, especially during the holidays! Before you shop online, go to this app (on your phone or on your computer - they also have a Google Chrome extension to help notify you of deals). Search for the store you're going to shop and it'll show you how much cash-back Rakuten will offer you. Simply click the link and you'll be brought to the retailer website to shop! Once you shop, you'll get an e-mail a few days later confirming the amount you've earned and once every 3 months Rakuten will send you a check. Get an extra $10 when you sign up using this link!
I love shopping at Target and Target Circle is one of my favorite ways to save. Target Circle (or formally known as Cartwheel) is an app you can download to get extra savings on products. You can also earn cash-back in the store if you don't have the Target Red Card! I also really like that these coupons can be stacked with my Ibotta savings above. The only downside to Target Circle is that you need to add all deals to your list before you check out - so this can make trips take a little longer (which isn't alway a bad thing to me)!
Did you know that you can actually get paid to go shopping or out to dinner? I've been paid to go out to dinner and drinks with my husband, ask some questions on high end watches, and just check to see if certain signs are visible in stores. While there are a few apps out there that offer mystery shopping, my favorite one is iSecretShop.
The sign up process can take a little bit because you do have to read and go through different agency policies. Once you complete that you're able to sign up for a bunch of different mystery shops. You can search through the app for different shops available and if you like one you can select a time and sign up! You'll get an email from the shop manager on anything to be aware of (for example, for one of the dinner ones my husband and I did we had to sit in a certain area, order an appetizer, 2 entrees, dessert and drinks) and then once you complete the shop you'll have to answer some questions. If it meets all the shop criteria you'll be sent a payment through Paypal within a few days! Shops can range from being really detailed (the restaurant one was my most detailed) to super quick ones like calling a store and asking a question.
I'll admit while this is a fun way to make money, you won't make as much as the other ones on this option.
This is a solitaire game where compete against others on who can get the best score. The games are timed and the quicker you solve the game, the higher the score you get. They also have competitions where you can win anywhere from $20 - $5,000+ on games. I do this app more for fun than actually making money, but I did win a bracket tournament and got $20 last week! If you use this link you can get an extra $10 credit on your account with a deposit.
Similar to Solitaire Cube, the goal of this game is to get a higher score than your opponent by getting more bingos. You have 2 minutes a round and play Bingo continuously on 2 cards. I just started playing this game and it's definitely addicting! If you sign up with this link you'll get an extra $10 credit on your account with deposit.
Do you have any favorite apps I missed? Let me know in the comments!
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