Looking to buy some stuff or just need extra cash? There are apps that reward you for little things like checking in, performing simple tasks, trying out apps, or taking surveys. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Appdango – Try it here
Rewards: Amazon, Best Buy, Facebook, Fandango, Home Depot, iTunes, Nike, REI, Sephora, Tango Card, Target, and Walmart gift cards, with PayPal coming soon.
How to earn: Earn points for installing apps. Some apps may require more interaction than others. Just remember that you don't have to install all the apps that you see, but the more you try, the more points you'll earn.
Notes: Some things aren't too good to be true. Appdango has a best rewards guarantee for its users: if you find a higher payout on a qualifying offer with a competitor, Appdango will match it at 110%. Apps are updated every 24 hours, so there's always something new. There are weekly competitions through Facebook and Twitter where you get the chance to double or triple your points. iOS users, don't fret – visit appdango.com using your Safari browser to join in on the rewards. If you have any questions, there's a quick support team. Check it out at appdango.com.
2. Shopkick – Try it here
A huge assortment of gift cards, as well as prizes like Beats
headphones and even a cruise vacation. Gift cards include Target,
Nike, GameStop, Old Navy, Starbucks, iTunes, and many more. Seriously,
Shopkick has the biggest and best rewards catalog you can find.
to earn: Walk through the front door of participating stores and scan the bar
codes of certain products inside. You can also get a ton of points
for referring friends to download the app. There are surprise points
buried within the app daily, too.
Notes: The granddaddy of all
rewards apps, Shopkick is easy to use, beautifully designed, and
always fun! I’m obsessed with it. It’s also something that few other apps can claim to be: extremely lucrative.
3. Viggle – Try it here
A rotating selection of gift cards. As of now, there
are cards from McDonald’s, Spotify, Barnes & Noble,
Sephora, Groupon, Redbox, Papa John’s, and many more.
How to earn: Check in to virtually any TV show that’s on right now. Tap the
check-in button, let your phone listen to your TV, and Viggle will
use an algorithm to recognize what you’re watching. Certain promoted programs will get you bonus points, and
DirecTV users get bonus points. You can also play trivia games during certain shows to earn even more points, or by playing fantasy sports during
Notes: Service can be a little spotty at times,
particularly during major events like the Superbowl or the Oscars, and
Viggle’s audio voodoo doesn’t always recognize every program on TV. You
get three tries to check in via audio; if Viggle doesn’t recognize your
program after that, it lets you type in the show’s title to
check in. But it works 90% of the time, and if
you have access to a TV all day long, you can rack up serious points pretty quickly.
4. AppTrailers – Try it here
AppTrailers offers a few different types of rewards. The only cash
option is PayPal and it’s the lowest amount, but you can also get paid
in Amazon, Starbucks, Best Buy, and other gift cards.
PayPal is the way the go because you can cash out with just 500 points ($0.50). Most of the gift cards are 5000 points ($5) or more.
to earn: One great thing about AppTrailers is that you can get paid for doing something you already do. You probably already
watch movie trailers on your phone. You didn’t get paid for
watching those trailers, did you? Well, now you can with AppTrailers. I
am a huge fan of getting paid for things I already do, so I really enjoy AppTrailers.
Notes: The biggest thing I look for with rewards apps is how easy the app is to use. AppTrailers is
extremely easy to use, and everything works, including watching videos, referring your friends, and cashing out points.
5. iPoll – Try it here
Rewards: Cold, hard cash.
How to earn: Participate in surveys at certain stores and restaurants.
Probably the best of the survey apps, iPoll just recently received an
attractive redesign. The only catch is that you have to be physically
at a retail or dining location in order to take the survey. Sometimes, there are only a few surveys available, but those who live in major cities should
have better luck. Most surveys offer around a $0.25 for your trouble,
but some of the better ones will pay up to $5.