Apps That Pay



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Loosely categorized and listed below are a number of smartphone apps I’ve come to use to make a few extra dollars.  Whether I am out and about running family errands, away from the laptop computer, or relaxing at home watching the game on TV, my smartphone is always available to add more change to my pocket.

All of the apps listed below are available for the iPhone.  Many have an Android counterpart (or plans to release one soon), but this may not be true for all of the apps.  Some of the apps pay in cash (usually as a deposit into PayPal or some other electronic payment processor), others pay with gift cards to popular merchants (including Amazon).

Every year Apple comes out with a new version of its iPhone and there are countless devices out there that run on the Android os. Rather than worry about how much your next new smartphone is going to cost, think about how much money that new smartphone can EARN for you and practically pay for itself!  From 2012 through 2014 my iPhone 5 paid for itself multiple times over just by using the apps below!  In late 2014, I upgraded to a new iPhone 6, also using just my earnings obtained from these apps!

I have received payment from most of these apps (a few I am still working toward my first payment).  You can see proof of those payments here.

Like the PTC sites, the trick here is to COME BACK EVERY SINGLE DAY and spend a few minutes with each app to earn maximum rewards.  The earnings don’t happen overnight, but they definitely add up over time when you stick with it!

Also, be sure to check out these Other Useful Apps!


I use all of the apps below on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.4.  Some may not work on Android or older versions of iOS.  I have indicated which apps are available on Android and other systems TO MY KNOWLEDGE.  I may have missed that in some of the app descriptions so do not rely solely on the brief summaries below if you don’t see your phone os listed.  Follow the app link just to make sure.  If the app isn’t available on your platform, send a request to the app’s support email to see if they have any plans to release a version for your phone!


Check-ins & Scanning

JingitFree Money from Jingit App! allows you to watch short ads for products and earn cash. You can also check in at your local stores and scan the barcodes of some of these products and take a quick 30 second survey to earn even more cash! Lastly, if you purchase the item and scan the barcode from your home, you can earn even more cash!!!

Although they used to pay in cash, the current payout method for Jingit is through gift cards. I signed up for Jingit in October 2012 and have earned over $119.00 since then.

Jingit works on both iOS and Android phones.

ShopalongFree Money from Shopalong App! is another mobile community that pays you to complete tasks at the stores you visit.  They may ask you to log your grocery shopping trips or shopping for special occasions.  I first joined the app in February 2014 when Shopalong was looking for users to log their Valentine’s Day budget and shopping plans.  Once the assignment is completed, Shopalong sends the task price to your PayPal account.

Since I joined in February 2014, Shopalong has paid me $25.00.  In my experience there have been no long delays in payment, I received my payment instantly!  But there may be delays in between shopping assignments.  When a new assignment is available, you will receive an in-app notification.  You must then apply for the job and you may or may not be accepted.

Free Money from Shopkick App! Shopkick and CheckPoints allow you to check in at local retailers and earn money by scanning barcodes of select products.  As the points accumulate, you can exchange them for a wide variety of store gift cards.  If you have young children, you can turn a shopping trip into a scavenger hunt game.  My eight year old loves to go shopping with me and often asks if we have any scans to do when we frequent certain stores.  We often swap back and forth between the CheckPoints and Shopkick apps while browsing the aisles at our local Target, Walmart, and Kroger.

Free Money from Checkpoints App!For some quick bonus points, input the code “luke35” after downloading CheckPoints. I’ve earned over $394.00 using CheckPoints and over $436.00 using Shopkick both since January of 2013!

Just to make you aware, some of my earnings are the result of referring other users to CheckPoints and Shopkick, but you can do the same to increase your earnings as well!  Shopkick has both iOS and Android apps.

Free Money from BeClub App!

BeClub gives you opportunities to check in at local stores and complete mini missions and product scans to earn BeDollars to exchange for rewards and merchandise.  You can also earn BeDollars simply by playing games like Fruit Ninja. I am new to BeClub and there isn’t a specific ratio of BeDollars to actual cash value that I can report just yet.

I joined BeClub in late March of 2015 and have earned 18 BeDollars so far.  By way of comparison, I can currently exchange 75 BeDollars for a 12 month subscription to popular magazines or 20 BeDollars for $8.00 off any event ticket from  From the web site images, it appears that popular store gift cards might also be a cash out option, but I do not see any of those available to me at the moment.

The BeClub is on iOS and Android systems.

ChameleonFree Money from Chameleon App! is another store check in app.  I only just started using it after Easter 2015 and have already earned over $10.00.  You get one point for every eligible store check in (limited to once per day for all eligible stores). Twenty points is redeemable for a $5.00 gift card (presumably at the stores on their check in list, which includes Target, Best Buy, K-Mart, Sears, Toys-R-Us, Macy’s, and more).

Sign up for Chameleon using this link and you will start off with a 5 point bonus — well on your way to that first gift card.  (I believe this app is only currently available for iOS).  (Chameleon has not been working properly for me for over a month and it may be on the way out.)

QriketFree Money from Qriket App! gives you the opportunity to win money by spinning a wheel.  You can earn spins each day by watching a limited number of ads.  The ads refresh at midnight and noon. Once you have spins available, pick your color and spin the wheel!

Qriket no longer has the same earning potential that it did a few years ago, but it still provides the opportunity to earn a little bit each week.

Qriket is based in Canada; therefore, these funds are paid in Canadian Dollars.  Upon request, PayPal will convert those to U.S. Dollars using current exchange rates. Since mid April of 2013, I’ve earned over $125.00 (that is the current U.S. Dollar value).  Qriket is available for both iOS and Android formats.


Free Money from LuckyDay App!LuckyDay is an app with a few no frills gambling-type of games.  Play slots, scratch offs, and lotto daily with the LuckyDay app. It doesn’t cost a dime to play, you are simply limited by the number of credits you have available. Each day you will receive new free credits to play your favorite LuckyDay games. If you login every day, you will  progressively earn more credits. Play the games to earn more credits or cash, with the chance at a large lotto jackpot worth between $10,000 and $100,000! Sign up and use the bonus code “3S4TBI6” [that is a CAPITAL “i” – not a 1] to get 5 bonus credits instantly! (Click on the gear icon in the app and enter the code “3S4TBI6” in the text box).

It is VERY important that you enter the above bonus code precisely in order to get your bonus credits so be sure to enter a CAPITAL “i” and not a “1”!!!

I joined LuckyDay in July of 2015 and have already earned $4.00 so far!

Grocery and Restaurant Purchases

Free Money from Groceries with ibotta App!iBotta gives you rewards for purchasing grocery items and select restaurant purchases.  Simply select the items you are interested in, buy the item(s) in a qualifying store (there is a LONG list of participating stores), and take a photo and upload your store receipt showing your purchase.  Voila!  Your cash will be credited shortly to your account!  Recently branching out from just grocery purchases, iBotta has now added the ability to earn credit from some restaurants and home improvement store purchases.  I’ve earned (or saved depending on your perspective) over $179.00 since mid April 2013 buying groceries and household items using iBotta.  iBotta is available to both iOS and Android users.

Free Money from Groceries with Snap App!Snap (an app from Groupon) works in much the same way.  You have to earn a minimum of $20.00 before you are able to cash out.  Just pay close attention to any special terms which may require you to purchase a particular item from a specific source.

I began using Snap in October of 2014 and I have earned over $10.00 with the app which can be downloaded on iOS and Android phones.

Free Money from Groceries with Checkout51 App!Checkout 51 is an app very similar to iBotta and Snap.  Buy specific grocery brands and get cash back after uploading your store receipt. I joined Checkout 51 in January of 2014 and have earned over $15.00.  This app requires a minimum of $20.00 before cashing out and only pays by check — no electronic options are available at the moment.  It is available for both iOS and Android.

Free Money from Groceries with Shopmium App!Another app in this same mold is Shopmium.  They offer rebates on various grocery and household items. Buy one or more of the products featured on Shopmium, snap a photograph of your store receipt and submit it to Shopmium.  Once verified, they will deposit funds directly into your PayPal account.  (They claim to be working on the ability to deposit rebates directly into your bank account, but I think I prefer the PayPal buffer in between them and my personal bank account).  I joined Shopmium in February of 2014 and have earned over $114.00 so far.  (For disclosure purposes, a portion of those earnings has been through referring other users).  If you sign up with Shopmium, please use my referral code “GUEAGFWT“.  I think you can still receive a FREE Lindt Chocolate bar offer if you use this code.

Shopmium can be found in both the AppStore and Google play

Free Money from Groceries with Berrycart App!BerryCart is an app in the same vein as the ones above, with one exception.  BerryCart focuses upon natural and organic food items.  As they state it in their own words: “you will NOT see products on BerryCart that have High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Sweeteners, or chemicals that you can clean your floor with.”  I joined BerryCart in late July 2014.  I’ve earned over $14.00 so far “buying healthy”.

Free Money from Groceries with Shrink App!The newest (to me) app in this savings area in called Shrink. Very similar in concept and form to the above apps, Shrink has given me $5.00 since I joined up in late February. Shrink requires a minimum payout of $20.00 and pays through PayPal, but also rewards generously for any referrals you generate.  So download Shrink here and start saving RIGHT NOW!!!

Free Money from Groceries with Savingstar App!SavingStar allows you to link up your shopper loyalty cards from dozens of grocery stores.  Approximately every week, electronic coupons are released by SavingStar which you have to activate.  Some have limited availability which may run out if you aren’t quick to select them.  You will pay full price for the items when you checkout, but provided you use you store loyalty card on checkout, you will receive cash credit in your SavingStar account within a few weeks after your shopping trip.  You can then request that money be deposited into your PayPal account once you’ve earned a $5.00 minimum, or you can request Amazon gift cards.  I’ve been paid over $109.00 from SavingStar since January of 2012.

SavingStar has both iOS and Android versions of the app.

ReceiptHogFree Money from Receipt Hog App! just asks you to photograph and upload your grocery store receipts for cash.  With each receipt submitted, you earn a few cents toward your payout.  You cannot scan gas station or restaurant receipts, but most grocery store, pharmacy, and supercenter store receipts are eligible for rewards.  (To avoid scheming the system, receipts dated more than seven days prior to submitting are rejected, and you may only submit receipts for items that you personally purchased).  Look for other ways within the ReceiptHog app to earn extra coins and reach your payout even faster!

I started submitting my receipts to ReceiptHog in mid April of 2013 and have earned over $191.00 so far! ReceiptHog is available to iOS and Android users.

ReceiptPalFree Money from ReceiptPal App! works on the same concept.  Photograph your store receipts and earn money. Submit four valid receipts and you will earn 100 points (roughly equivalent to 30 cents).  They do have restrictions on how many receipts you can submit each week to avoid users gaming the system.  You are paid in gift cards to Amazon or, or you may choose to donate your points to charity.

I joined ReceiptPal in January of 2014.  My store receipts have earned me over $60.00 in that time from ReceiptPal.  ReceiptPal will run on both iOS and Android phones.

Walmart Savings CatcherFree Money from Walmart App! (actually just a feature of the overall Walmart app) allows you to scan your Walmart receipts (it must be no more than 7 days old).  The app then checks circular ads from local retailers to find any advertised deals matching the items you purchased.  If they find a price cheaper than what you paid at Walmart they will pay you back the difference (on a Walmart e-gift card).

The Savings Catcher feature was added in August of 2014.  So far I have earned over $5.00 in credit.  I hope to accumulate additional credit as I continue using this app in the future.

App Video Trailers

Free Money from App Trailers!You can get paid to watch videos and phone app demonstrations right from your phone! If you have an Android or iOS device (including an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) you can download App Trailers to your phone and start making cash immediately simply by watching short video demos of various apps available for your device.

You will earn 5 – 25 points per video (most are under 60 seconds long) and you can redeem points for gift cards from popular retailers or PayPal credit. iTunes and Amazon credits are also available. As for the exchange rate, 10 points = $0.01. You can redeem your points for PayPal funds at the low minimum cashout of $0.50!

You can watch the same trailers over and over again for additional points and you can try to increase your points by completing a daily “scratch off” ticket. In my first week, I earned a quick and easy $5.00.  In total, I’ve earned over $60.00 from App Trailers since October 2012.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION that I learned the hard way.  Apparently you CANNOT transfer your App Trailers credit from one device to another when you upgrade, so be sure to cash out before you get the latest iPhone — otherwise all of your unredeemed earnings will be lost forever.

Locate the Referral Code box from within the app and enter wearjamie4 to earn a small additional bonus!!!  You can download App Trailers for either iOS or Android platforms.

Free Money from Instant Rewards App!Instant Rewards pays you to download apps and complete tasks.  I have earned over $3.00 using Instant Rewards.

If you want to give Instant Rewards a try, enter  fOcNSIQua8ino as your BONUS CODE on the registration screen to earn a small bonus for signing up! (That is a <CAPITAL LETTER O> in the second spot)

FeaturePointsFree Money from Feature Points App! is a similar app for iPhones and Android phones that also pays you to watch video trailers for other apps.  Once you get the app, be sure to enter Referral Code 49GT6C to get an additional 50 point bonus!  You can supercharge your earnings by downloading and trying out some of the apps that you review.

Please note (VERY IMPORTANT) that FeaturePoints requires you to download at least one app every 60 days to keep your account and points active.  If you decide after trying it that the app isn’t for you, you can delete it from your phone.  But if you keep the app, you MUST do this a minimum of every other month to avoid losing your points.  Given the extra points you earn for downloading and trying an app, it really isn’t that much of a burden to satisfy this condition.  I’ve found a few apps I like using FeaturePoints, and some others that weren’t worth the space they took up, so I deleted them.  But I still got to keep the points they earned!

I started using FeaturePoints in late March of 2013.  I’ve earned over $256.00 since then.  FeaturePoints is on both iOS and Android platforms.

Free Money from App Joy and AppNana!AppJoy and AppNana work similar to AppTrailers and FeaturePoints, except there is some variation in other ways to earn points (or in this case to earn “Nanas”). This one takes a little bit of work to earn points, but once you make it to 15,000 nanas you can enter the code “t1795181” to add another 2500 points or nanas to your account.  (You cannot enter this referral code until you independently reach the 15,000 minimum on your own).  I made it to 15,000 about a month after downloading the app, but about three-quarters of that time, the app sat dormant on my phone as I forgot about it!

I’ve had AppJoy/AppNana since the end of December 2013 and have earned over $10.00 since then.

Watch TV and Listen to Music!

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.  There are many other opportunities to earn bonus points throughout the Viggle app.  Every day you can “check in” up to 20 times with music from your CD/mp3 collection, over the airwaves or Internet radio apps, or cable music channels, or anywhere else you are able to get a clear audio source.  You can earn 100 points per song (2000 points a day).  The only condition is that you only get credit for a song ONCE.  If you try to check in with that same song days, weeks, or months later you will most likely be denied.

You can also link up your Viggle account with the web site Wetpaint where you can watch multiple short videos about entertainment celebrities for easy points.  (Hint: you can watch the same video multiple times per day and maximize your Viggle points).

You can exchange your points for gift cards, merchandise, or even donate to charity.  The exchange rate of points to dollars varies depending on what redemption option you choose, but roughly 2000 – 2500 points equals one dollar in value.  At times, Viggle’s gift card availability has been an issue, but I’ve still earned over $465.00 in Viggle value since late July 2013.

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

Secret Shopping/Crowd Sourcing

For Secret Shopping and Crowd Sourcing made easy check out Field Agent, Easy Shift, Gigwalk, Zapiddy, Mobee, and Rewardable.  These iPhone apps regularly post secret shopping tasks for users to reserve and complete in a timely manner for a reasonable reimbursement.  Most involve taking photographs of products or displays in local stores.  These require stealth and discretion. While it is not illegal to do so, many stores have a policy against shoppers taking photographs in the store.

Free Money from Field Agent App!Field Agent has paid me over $787.00 since January 2013.  Field Agent is usually the quickest to pay you for your tasks.  When you see a task available on Field Agent, be sure to snatch it up quickly, but MAKE SURE that you are close enough and have no other pressing obligations because with RARE exception, you must complete any tasks reserved on Field Agent within TWO HOURS of the time you reserved it.  If you do not complete the task within that time window, you will lose the task and lose reputation points.  Also pay close attention to the instructions.  Field Agent has been known to reject an assignment if a required photograph is not taken “precisely” as requested — wrong angle, improper display, failure to include ENTIRE product section = all grounds for having a task rejected by Field Agent.  Field Agent is available for iOS and Android devices.

Free Money from Easy Shift App!Easy Shift has added over $1,085.00 to my pocket since January of 2013.  Like Field Agent, Easy Shift allows users to reserve shifts in advance of completing them, but they usually have a much longer window to complete.  On average you usually have about 23 hours to complete reserved shifts.  Some are longer and some are shorter.  The Easy Shift app also has a message board built right in where helpful users answer questions and discuss shift strategies. Although it is part of the Easy Shift app, the community also openly discusses many of the other apps listed on this page as well!  Easy Shift is available for iOS and Android devices.

Free Money from Gigwalk App!I’ve earned over $269.00 from Gigwalk since early 2013.  Like Field Agent and Easy Shift, Gigwalk assigns tasks to its members and pays a decent rate foe completion of Gigs.  Some Gigs allow an even longer reserve time to complete.  If a user fails to perform the Gig right on the first try (such as missing information or an incorrect photograph) Gigwalk will usually send a message and allow the user to correct the problem rather than rejecting it outright.  Gigwalk is available for iOS and Android devices.

Free Money from Zapiddy App!I joined Zapiddy in July of 2013 and have earned $127.00 to date.  Zapiddy is very much like the other three apps above with one very glaring exception.  You cannot reserve any jobs (although rumor has it this might change in a future app update).  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.  With each of the other three apps, you have a specific time in which you know the job will remain open.  With Zapiddy, you better jump on it right away when you see it!  Zapiddy is only available to iOS users at present.

MobeeFree Money from Mobee App! is another similar app, initially only offering jobs in a few major metropolitan areas, it has recently expanded to many other geographic areas.  A number of jobs have since occasionally cropped up in my general area.  I like to keep a close eye on Mobee when I am traveling because most of their jobs are relatively simple tasks and they give small bonuses when you complete a job in a new area over a certain number of miles from your prior jobs.

Perhaps Mobee has a few jobs in your neck of the woods?  You can download the app for iPhone or Android.  If you do get the app, please enter my referral code ‘DXQZ’ and you will get an extra 300 points — after completing your first Mobee mission! (Roughly equivalent to $3.00 depending upon which reward you aim for).  I joined Mobee in June of 2013.  So far I have earned over $183.00.  Mobee is available for iOS and Android devices.

RewardableFree Money from Rewardable App! is another app similar to those above.  The jobs I have completed on Rewardable have been geared more toward department stores asking me to document disorganized or empty clothing displays.  I only joined Rewardable in late 2013, but have already received $49.00. In my experience, completed tasks have been very promptly approved and payment to my PayPal account has been immediate on my request.  Enter referral code ‘TLUCAS3‘ when you download the app to get a bonus on your first job with Rewardable.  Rewardable is available for iOS and Android devices.

Free Money from Shelfie App!Have you ever been frustrated when you go to the local grocery store for a particular item and it is out of stock?  Now instead of getting frustrated, you can Get Paid!

Shelfie is an app very similar to the now defunct GapNSnap (see the retired apps below).  You earn Shelfie points when you snap a photo of a gap on the grocery shelf at your local stores. Users are asked to snap a photo of BOTH the empty shelf AND the shelf tag showing the unstocked product in their photos.

Each snap earns credit toward gift cards at Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and Sephora.  I found the Shelfie app in November of 2014 and have already earned over $15.00. Shelfie is available for iOS and Android devices.

Shelfie is currently on hiatus as of late April 2015, but should (hopefully) be returning soon with a revamped app.

Other Tasks

Free Money from gRate Friends App!With gRate Friends, you can rate up to ten businesses a day on a scale from 1-5 (actually using a sliding scale of frowning to smiling faces). Provide a brief review explaining the rating you provided and earn points toward redeeming for cash! It takes less than five minutes to submit your rating and you can track your points progress right from the app.

Enter referral code UGetPaid to join my team and make money giving your honest opinions! This app is available for both iOS and Android phones. When you register, be sure to enter UGetPaid as your referral code!

Each month you accumulate points for your business reviews. The conversion value of your points will vary from month to month depending on various factors (primarily the overall app-wide number of reviews and the number of businesses accepting reviews). At the end of the month your points are converted into a monetary amount. Once you reach the $10 minimum payment threshold, you will receive a payout. If you have not yet reached $10 in earnings, your earnings will be saved and rolled over into the next month.

I only just joined gRate Friends in July of 2015, so I don’t have any cash balance to report just yet, but have earned 32 points from my ratings.  I will provide updates as my earnings develop.

Free Money from Spare5 App!Spare5 is an app that presents short simple tasks for you to perform right on your phone.  So far, the tasks I have received involved tagging photos with keywords or judging a photos suitability for advertising a certain type of business.  Provide honest and thoughtful answers to a series of photos and get paid for a few minutes worth of effort.

Spare5 issues payments to your PayPal account every Friday — provided that you have earned more than $1.00 since the last payout.  If you haven’t reached the dollar threshold, your earnings will carry forward until you hit that mark.  I joined Spare5 in September of 2014 and have already made over $278.00 so far!!

Mobile Surveys

Some survey panels are strictly web based and others are strictly smartphone app based (and some, like iPoll, Toluna, and MySurvey are both). This section is devoted to a few survey panels that are strictly mobile phone apps.  Because they are all fairly similar, there are no individual reviews here.  Each of these apps offer short opinion surveys, some also request on site reviews of local stores or businesses if the app detects you are in close proximity.

Free Money from Surveys on the Go App!     Free Money from App!     Free Money from Survey Mini App!

Surveys on the Go: I joined in October of 2012 and have earned over $55.00 to date and it will run on both iOS and Android. has paid me $15.00 since November 2012.

SurveyMini: member since September 2013 and earned over $68.00.  This panel is available to both iOS and Android users.

Free Money from Panelapp App!PanelApp asks you to complete surveys based on your current location in exchange for points. You can then redeem the points for sweepstakes entries or exchange them for gift cards or PayPal cash. I only joined PanelApp in May of 2015, so my earnings are not well established yet, but I will update as I progress to see if this is a worthwhile app to keep!  So far I have earned over $4.00 using PanelApp. PanelApp is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

Other. . .

1QFree Money from 1Q! is not really a survey app, but it is similar.  While a survey presents a series of questions that build upon each other, 1Q pays you a set amount to answer single questions.  The questions come at you at irregular intervals and you only have a limited window of time to answer a question once presented.  They pay you 25 to 50 cents per question and the pay goes IMMEDIATELY into your PayPal account with no minimum earning requirements to cash out.

This is still a new app for me, so I will expand the above explanation if I notice any changes or if my assessment is inaccurate.  I’ve only answered one question from 1Q so far, so I am making some assumptions on the above explanation.  I joined in March of 2015 and have earned over $7.00 so far.

Free Money from Perk App!Perk is a series of apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android that pay you to shop, search, browse, play trivia, and watch videos.  Not all apps are available to all platforms.  Once you sign up, you can check to see which apps are available for your device. Although the apps are separate, your points accumulate across all the Perk apps and can be redeemed for gift cards.  I found the Perk series of apps in late September of 2014 and have earned 66 cents.  The low earnings is essentially because I often forget to check in or find myself devoting more time to other apps.

Free Money from Mpoints App!

mPOINTS is not an app itself, but rather a collective payout source used by dozens of other apps.  Apps like craigslist,, and even game apps like Family Feud can be linked together on your smartphone through mPOINTS.  Watch an ad, view some listings on craigslist, check in on the word of the day and earn mPOINTS.  They can be exchanged for many different gift card options.  I started earning mPOINTS in November of 2013.  I already have over $374.00 earned.

The trick to maximizing your earnings with mPOINTS is to download 10-20 of the apps that participate in mPOINTS rewards and find out what the daily ‘tasks’ or ‘features’ are in each app that earn you points (they vary from app to app) and then max out your points each day.

Also a MUST HAVE is the mPLACES app where you can check in at up to 25 different retail or service locations in your area each day.  You can check in to multiple locations at the same time as long as you are within a certain distance (noted on the mPLACES map by the blue circle around your pinpoint location).  Most check-ins earn you 10 points, but keep watch for certain spots that will earn more.  Each checkin will produce anywhere from 1 to 5 gift boxes that will be placed randomly on the mPLACES map.  For 24 hours — other users can claim these gift boxes while browsing the map, so keep watch for the gift box icons generated by other users and snatch them up!  You can open one gift box every hour for bonus points and you DO NOT have to be in the gift box location to open it.  ANY of the gift boxes that YOU generate through check-ins are available to you after 24 hours assuming they went unclaimed by other users.  You then have up to 24 hours yourself to claim the bonus points.  DON’T LET THESE GET AWAY or you will be giving away TONS of points!

mPOINTS can be earned using designated iOS or Android apps; however, the apps that earn you points will sometimes differ between the two platforms.



RETIRED   These are 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…   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.  :-(   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.   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!   StockUpFree Money from StockUp App! (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.   Now GRAB your smartphone and GO MAKE SOME MONEY!!!

(Earnings updated July 31, 2015)



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