Whether you’re in the process of getting out of debt or your budget is feeling a little too restrictive, earning extra money on the side is a great way to get over the hump.
Even if time and energy are in short supply, there are plenty of apps to help you sock away a couple extra dollars without leaving the comfort of your couch. You won’t earn enough to buy your dream house, but even a little bit of extra breathing room can go a long way.
Here are a few to check out:
Pact (Android, iOS):
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is tough. Pact wants to up the ante and get you to stick to your eating and exercise goals by allowing you to earn cash rewards for following through. You decide your goal and what you’ll pay other members of the community if you don’t reach those weekly milestones.
Nielsen Homescan (Android, iOS):
Your purchasing habits and opinions are valuable, and plenty of companies are willing to pay for them. Nielsen Homescan simply requires you to scan the barcodes of items you purchase and answer questions about various products. Points are accumulated with each activity and can be cashed in for various rewards. (Note: You must first sign up to be a Nielsen panelist.)
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Field Agent (Android, iOS):
If you don’t mind putting in a little extra leg work, complete one of Field Agents many tasks in your area and receive compensation in the form of cold, hard cash. Jobs include everything from checking prices at your local grocery store to auditing displays at a hair salon.
Receipt Hog (Android, iOS):
Receipt hog wants to peek at your receipts, and they are willing to pay for the privilege. Simply take a snap shot of your receipts and agree to take a few surveys and you can redeem your rewards for Amazon gift cards or cash via Paypal. You might even win a free shopping trip in the process.
Swagbucks (Android, iOS):
Swagbucks is really a one stop shop when it comes to earning and saving money online. If you shop at one of their many affiliated retailers you can earn cash back and receive valuable coupon codes in the process. In addition, take paid online surveys and agree to watch specific online videos (i.e. movie trailers, etc.), and you can earn gift cards and cash.
Snap by Groupon (Android, iOS):
Sick of clipping coupons? Snap will send money your way for grocery purchases you’ve already made – no coupons required. Simply take a photo of your receipt and you’ll receive rebates for items on that week’s deals list. It appears that the rebates start at $.25 but can go as high as $4.
Perhaps the easiest way to earn a buck, Slidejoy wants to pay you just for using your phone. Once you sign up, the app will display ads and news stories specific to you on your lock screen. Slide up to move on to the next and slide right to go to your home screen. Every time you check your phone, you’ll be earning rewards.
App Trailers (Android, iOS):
If you want to stay on top of the latest apps hitting the market and earn rewards in the process, check out App Trailers. Simply watch 30 second videos plugging up-and-coming apps and earn rewards that can be redeemed for gift cards or cash deposited into your PayPal account. See an app you like? Download it for even more rewards points.
Viggle (Android, iOS, Windows):
Talk about earning money while sitting on the couch — Viggle simply wants to know your TV and music tastes. Receive points per minute you watch your favorite shows or listen to music and earn additional points for taking polls and answering trivia questions. Points can be cashed in for gift cards, music downloads and more.
Do you have a favorite app for earning extra cash? Let us know if we missed any!