App Graveyard

Here you will find apps that have either stopped paying out, no longer exist, or still exist & pay out, but are too woefully slow to accumulate enough earnings to be worth my while… (Your experience may vary)

Should any of these apps resurrect back to active earning status, I will return them to the main app page.


Free Money from Zapiddy App!I joined Zapiddy in July of 2013 and earned $131.00 using the app through the end of 2015.  Zapiddy was a store task based app similar to Gigwalk, Easy Shift, and Field Agent with the exception that you could not reserve any jobs.  In other words, you could very well see a Zapiddy job available and go to that particular store to complete the job, only to have it disappear right out from under you without any warning.

In similar fashion, in early January 2016, Zappidy went away without any real advance warning, other than an email thanking users for their hard work.


Free Money from Viggle App!Viggle is an app that gives you credit for watching television.  Open the app when you sit down for a show.  It listens to your television and matches up to determine what TV show you are watching.  You receive one point for each minute that you watch!  It allow allows for quick access to the current Twitter buzz for the shows you are watching.  With some shows or movies, Viggle gives you the opportunity to earn more points by answering trivia questions about the show or subject matter.

Viggle has apps for iOS, Android, and Windows based smartphones!

WARNING!!! It appears that Viggle is dying a slow death.  I had over $500 worth of points saved up from using Viggle over two years.  However, I was accumulating points to trade in for higher end electronics, which no longer appear in the app as a trade in option.  Gift cards option were always ‘sold out’ and for awhile they were only offering t-shirts as a trade in option.  Worse yet, hundreds of questions/concerns posted on the Viggle Facebook page were wholly ignored and unanswered.  They have since entered into a partnership or merger with Perk, but I was never able to get that conversion of points to work. I think the app may still exist, but I moved on to bigger and better apps — jumping ship and forfeiting most of my $500+ in accumulated earnings.  🙁


Free Money from gRate Friends App!gRate Friends allowed you to rate local businesses on a scale from 1-5. In exchange for providing a brief review explaining the rating you provided you earned points toward a cash redemption.

Points accumulated monthly, with the points to dollars conversion value varying from month to month depending on various factors. At the end of each month, points were converted into a monetary amount. Once a user reached the $10 minimum payment threshold, an automatic payout was made to a re-loadable Visa debit card. Earnings under the required $10 were rolled over to the next month.  

I joined gRate Friends in July of 2015 and earned over $36.00 in a year and a half. But in February 2017, the app stopped working and the membership director sent out an email delivering the bad news that gRate Friends had shut down operations.


Free Money from Ride App! The Ride App gives you credit for traveling — like frequent flier miles for your smartphone.  Whether its your daily commute to work, or a cross country trip, you get credit for the number of miles you’ve traveled.  Using your smartphone’s internal GPS, the credits add up slowly as your personal odometer rolls along.  I earned $5.00 from this app over a 11 month period from late April 2013 through March of 2014.  Based on that payout rate, I decided that it was not worth it for me to keep and take up space on my phone.  I deleted the app after receiving my $5.00 Amazon gift card, but added that payment proof to the site for anyone who might still benefit from the app.  This app could be a goldmine for anyone who travels a lot or does any type of driving for a living.  If you link the app to your Facebook account, you can earn bonus points by adding your comments to some of the discussions on the page.


WinePaysFree Money from Wine Pays App! gave money for snapping photos of the wine list at local restaurants. Depending on the alcoholic beverage selection offered, you could earn up to $5.00 per menu that you photograph (most menus earned a minimum of $1.25 if you photo the menu cover and at least one wine page).  I joined WinePays in January of 2014 and made over $13.00 in about six or eight months.  However, when I opened the app in the fall of 2014 to submit a new menu, a message indicated that the app reached its initial goals and was no longer currently accepting new submissions.  The message says that they do plan to resume again in the “near future”, but it has said that for several months now — so I’ve moved this app to the retired list.  If they do resume operating and paying, I will return it to the active list.  I was paid in full for my past efforts even after WinePays went into hiatus.


Free Money from Mobile Rewards App!

Mobile Rewards has added over $27.00 to my pocket since December of 2012 just by watching videos and clicking through to get additional information about the items shown, tweeting the Mobile Rewards website link, and completing other simple offers through the app.   I lost access to the app a while back when doing a hardware upgrade and have been unable to reconnect.  The web page is also no longer available, so I think this one may have made it to the graveyard.


Free Money from Scantopia App!Scantopia was a favorite app of mine, offering the chance to win money by scanning various UPC codes of items in your own home. I started using Scantopia in late December of 2013 and earned over $104.00 by Mid-May of 2014! But on May 13, 2014, they announced suddenly without any warning that the prizes and promotions would stop on June 1, 2014.  It was fun while it lasted, but they apparently weren’t able to sustain their business model.


Free Money from Peko App!Peko was a social game available for iOS and Android.  It paid users to socialize and play mini games against other users.  The game combined the concepts of a spinning roulette wheel and a slot machine (as well as a simplified clone of Candy Crush) to earn points.  I joined Peko in March of 2014 and in just six months of using Peko, I earned over $111.00. Unfortunately it shut down at the end of October 2014.  🙁


JingitFree Money from Jingit App! allowed you to watch short ads for products and earn cash. You were also able to check in at your local stores and scan the barcodes of some of these products to take a quick 30 second survey to earn even more cash! Lastly, if you purchased the item and scanned the barcode from your home outside of the store, you earned even more cash!!!
I signed up for Jingit in October 2012 and earned over $119.00 from then through 2015.  In late 2015, the offers simply dried up and none have ever shown up for me since then, so Jingit may be on the way out.  I was able to cash out in the middle of this dry spell with no problems or delays, so that at least was promising that they hadn’t completely abandoned their users. The app still ‘works’, but it has been completely dry for well over a year now.  I check periodically for any updates, but it is no longer an ‘active’ app for me.

Jingit work(ed) on both iOS and Android phones.


Free Money from GapNSnap App!

It pained me to move GapNSnap into the retired category as it was once my favorite app (back when it regularly put $40 a week into my PayPal account). But its favor fell drastically in July of 2014 when they revamped their payout system.  In October/November of 2014 the app stopped working and the company basically bailed on its users, leaving many (including myself) with earned points that could no longer be redeemed for gift cards.  GapNSnap paid me over $1,800.00 in cash and gift cards from August 2013 through July 2014!  It sure was fun while it lasted.


Free Money from Shelfie App!Shelfie was an app very similar to the defunct GapNSnap.  You earned Shelfie points when you snap a photo of a gap on the grocery shelf at your local stores.

Each snap earned credit toward gift cards at Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and Sephora.  I earned over $15.00 using the Shelfie app.  It went on hiatus in early 2015 and failed to come back after that.


Free Money from StockUp App! StockUp (formerly known as Price Spotting) paid you money to scan grocery products on sale at the store and enter the sale price and information. At one time they also had a few products designated on a weekly basis that earned cash even if they were not on sale.  Scan it.  Price it. Earn money.  It was that easy…   …until payments began getting delayed.  In March or April of 2015, StockUp moved from a payment based system to a sweepstakes system.  Rather than convert points to cash, you now turn in points for a daily raffle for $100 worth of groceries.  I used StockUp from January through June of 2014 and earned nearly $46.00 in that time. But I fell away from regular use of the app and stopped altogether when the payout changed to sweepstakes entries.


FanCakeFree Money from Fancake App! awarded points for checking in to televised sporting events.  You earned points by predicting winners and statistics in advance of the event.  You also earned points in game by guessing the outcome of a particular drive, inning, period, etc.  Points were then converted into gift cards or credits for various sporting event ticket purchases.  Unfortunately, FanCake left the show after the 2015 NCAA Basketball tournament with very short notice. From September 2013 through March 2015, I earned a $20.00 Amazon gift card and had $10.00 toward a second one, but then lost that when FanCake bowed out.   It is always a shame to see good (and fun) money making apps go under or stop paying — with or without warning, but there are still plenty of other apps above that can add dollars to your pocket.  And as I discover new and exciting (and most importantly, profitable) apps I will add them to the list, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back regularly and share it with your friends!


Free Money from BeClub App!

BeClub gave opportunities to check in at local stores and complete mini missions and product scans to earn BeDollars to exchange for rewards and merchandise.  You could also earn BeDollars simply by playing games like Fruit Ninja. BeClub never developed a specific ratio of BeDollars to actual cash value and its cash out options were not very enticing.  In just a few short months, the app stopped allowing logins and the web site went away.  So now BeClub resides in the graveyard.


ChameleonFree Money from Chameleon App! was also a store check in app.  They gave one point for every eligible store check in (limited to once per day for all eligible stores) and allowed you to redeem 20 points in exchange for a $5.00 gift card to some popular stores. I earned over $10.00 using it in early 2015, but the app was very buggy and sometimes would allow checkins to stores from across the street or parking lot and other times refused checkins while standing right inside the same store.  After several months of un-usability, I moved Chameleon to the app graveyard.


Free Money from Groceries with Shopmium App!Shopmium offered rebates on various grocery and household items. It was one of those “scan the barcode and photograph your receipt” apps that then deposited money into PayPal. I joined Shopmium in February of 2014 and earned over $154.00 over three years.  But in June of 2017, Shopmium terminated the app and began directing users to another couponing app.


Free Money from Instant Rewards App!Instant Rewards paid you to download apps and complete tasks.  I earned roughly $3.00 using Instant Rewards, but the app suddenly stopped working and I could no longer login to the app.  When I tried to use the forgotten password feature, I was told that there was no account associated with my email address.  Customer support was of zero help.  I would STEER CLEAR of this app, and many of the negative app reviews in the App Store seem to agree.


Free Money from the Yaarlo App!Yaarlo was another receipt scanning app that worked similar to the others.  Snap a photo of your grocery, gas, restaurant, and other receipts to earn credit toward gift card redemptions.

I joined Yaarlo in January of 2016 and I received $80.00 from them. But I had another $50.00 in earnings snatched away from me when the app just stopped working in July of 2017 without any advance warning that it was shutting down.  I actually submitted my request for the $50.00 while the app was still functioning, but my reward never arrived and the app stopped responding about a week or two after my request.