If you are one out of five people in the world that own a smartphone, are you using it to its full potential? Among the great features and tools smartphones are equipped with, they also have the ability to make you easy money. While this money won't necessarily pay the bills, it provides a great supplement for shopping, dining, and other entertainment.
5 Ways your Smartphone Could be Making you Money Right Now
Smartphones have so many great features and apps that can make life easier. One feature you may be missing out on is the ability to make easy money with simple apps.
The main mpoints app is called "Mplaces" and you get points for checking into nearby businesses, easy polls, and opening prize boxes on the map. There are also well over 25 mpoints game apps where you play easy tap games and get points for completing achievements. Points earned are exchanged for a wide variety of gift cards that you can choose from. This is one of my favorite rewards' apps because mpoints gives you all the opportunity to earn that you could ask for. The work is up to you. Taking full advantage of all the mpoints apps can result in about 2,000 points a day, which quickly add up to the $5 payout for 12,500 points.
Checkpoints is another app that rewards you for simply checking into nearby businesses. Coins can also be earned for watching movie trailers and scanning product barcodes at the grocery store, no purchase necessary! One way I maximize my earnings is by taking full advantage of my home wifi connection. Before I go to bed, I set my phone on silent and turn on the movie trailers. They play one after the other automatically and allow me to gain hundreds of points while I sleep. The payouts are easy to reach and gift cards can be redeemed in amounts from $1-$500. Use the referral code cwebb34 and you'll get a 50 point bonus (and help me out as well).
If you are going to shop online, you might as well get paid for it. Swagbucks offers rebates for virtually almost any retailer, as well as travel agency sites. To me, there is nothing more rewarding than getting a $50 rebate on a plane ticket. Swagbucks also offers many ways to earn, such as participating in surveys, playing games, completing trial offers, and much more. You can even earn by printing off coupons and redeeming them at the store. Unlike mpoints and checkpoints, this site can be accessed on mobile and desktop. You earn points referred to as "swagbucks" that can be exchanged for gift cards.
While swagbucks offers rebates for online shopping only, shopkick offers rebates exclusively for shopping offline. Using these two apps regularly ensures that you always get money back for shopping at retail stores. Shopkick awards "kicks" for walking into retail stores and also offers a free rewards card that can be linked to your credit or debit card in order to get money back for purchases. In some stores, it is also possible to earn "kicks" for scanning specific barcodes. "Kicks" are exchanged for gift cards.
Ibotta gives rebates for grocery shopping. Between swagbucks, shopkick, and ibotta, you have the ability to get rebates on any shopping trip. Nothing is more rewarding than getting paid for purchases you have to make. An awesome feature on ibotta is you can get rebates on almost any brand. Before your shopping trip, you can scroll through the app and unlock grocery items you intend on buying by watching a video or doing a poll. Then we you get home from your shopping trip, upload the receipt and watch the money appear in your account. Like the other apps mentioned above, account credit can be exchanged for gift cards.