Did you know you could make money from your cell phone? Yes it’s true. There are many free moneymaking apps now. There are some apps that pay you to take surveys, watch videos or just to track your activity on your phone. My favorite moneymaking apps pay you for everyday purchases. Three of my favorites are Checkout 51, ibotta and Receipt Hog. All three of these apps are available for download from the Android and Apple app stores. I’m an Android girl myself. Side note: do any of my other Android users catch flack from your iPhone family and friends? I can’t be the only one.
ibotta was the first moneymaking app I ever downloaded and used. It’s also the one that I have made the most money on to date. With ibotta you first unlock rebates for items that are posted in the app. Then if you buy any of those items from specific retailers, you scan your receipt and the bar code of the item. And bam! Within minutes you get a rebate applied to your account for those items. Your money can be redeemed for gift cards or deposited in your PayPal or venmo account. I usually opt for PayPal deposits. The gift cards available change from time to time but currently Amazon, Target, Starbucks, The Gap, Applebee’s, JoAnn Fabrics and Old Navy are just a few that are available.
You can also earn money for referring friends. Each month they offer teamwork bonuses so anyone you refer or who’s a Facebook friend (if you choose to link your Facebook account) act as a team to accumulate a certain amount to earn an extra bonus. The bonuses are in addition to the regular rebates you get. There are also bonuses if you redeem a specified number of rebates in a certain time frame. Or if you buy multiple items in a specific category or specific brand. Here’s my referral link if you’d like to download the app: https://ibotta.com/r/myapg.
Checkout 51 is a little simpler than ibotta. If you purchase a product featured on the app you scan the receipt. That’s it. You don’t have to unlock the rebate first or scan the bar code of the product as with ibotta. And it does not matter which store you made the purchase. Checkout 51 rolls out a new list of products each Thursday. With this app you receive your money in the form of a check. Once you accumulate at least $20 you can request a check be mailed to you. So no need for gift cards, PayPal or venmo. I have found with Checkout 51 I don’t purchase too many of the items listed in app. So it takes a bit of time for me to accumulate $20. Also there are fewer bonuses than offered on ibotta and no teamwork component.
ReceiptHog is even simpler than Checkout 51. With ReceiptHog you simply take a photo of your receipt and upload it to the app. No specific products to buy or offers to upload first. For grocery receipts, you earn coins and all other receipts you earn entries into a drawing. There are limits to the types of receipts you can upload. Grocery, convenience, department, drug, liquor, home improvement, dollar, and toy stores and restaurants are acceptable. The app does not accept receipts for gas or services such as an oil change or haircut. And receipts must be uploaded to the app within 14 days of the purchase date.
If you upload grocery receipts for consecutive weeks within a month you earn spins on the app’s slot machine. The slot machine offers chances to win additional coins or even $100 cash. Once you accumulate a certain number of coins you can redeem them for either an Amazon gift card or PayPal deposit. Like Checkout 51 there are no bonuses or teamwork incentives. So accumulating enough coins for a reward does take some time. But you’re just taking photos of receipts you already have just laying around.
If you haven’t tried any of these moneymaking apps yet you certainly should. They cost you nothing and you can earn some decent pocket change. And if you use coupons and catch some items on sale, you can end up with some freebies. I will caution with ibotta and Checkout 51 to avoid buying items you normally wouldn’t just because of the rebate. I will admit I have fallen victim to this. There’s a bottle of coconut water in my cabinet to show for it. I hate coconut water but couldn’t pass up the $1 rebate on ibotta.
Do you use any moneymaking apps?