From one boss to another we all like to make money. Whether it’s by creating a business or doing small jobs, money can be found anywhere, you just have to know where to look. Of course, the best way to make money is passively because it requires little effort, and it allows you free time to do other things. How can you do this without spending too much time? Use your phone! Your smartphone goes with you everywhere, and there is no better way to make money than doing something you’re already doing.
With that said, I have a list of 3 solid apps (and I’ve tried a lot) that you should give a chance. I did include my referral codes for each app because they will reward you (and me) for using it, which really makes a difference in how long it takes you to redeem your prize. Now that all of that is out of the way, onto the apps!
1. CheckPoints (referral code: teenboss)
CheckPoints is not exactly a new app, but I haven’t come across too many people who use it. To earn points, you basically “check-in” to stores and businesses around you, then scan the barcodes of featured products to get extra points. You can also complete offers, watch videos, play games, and of course refer people to earn even more points. The best part is that you can go online and download the CheckPoints toolbar to your browser. This means that whenever you search for something you would get points. They will also reward you for online purchases through your favorite retailers. One of the newer features is that you can read articles or click through short slide presentations for points. Keep in mind, that a few points go a long way so 20 points everyday will eventually add up to 1000 points in a few weeks.
One thing I always did was tag along with my parents when they ran errands, so that I could “check-in” to stores that we passed by. Then as my mom shopped for groceries, I would go up and down the aisles scanning the featured products. Another easy way to get points is to sit in a set location (your house if you live close to stores), and just “check-in” to the stores that pop- up.
As for prizes, there are A LOT of gift cards from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Louis Vuitton, Home Depot, and so many more. You can get Shell gift cards (for all of you drivers), Southwest, American, and Alaska Airlines gift cards, which saves a lot of travel money. Plus, you can get gadgets like Beats Headphones, the XBox One, Samsung Galaxy, and sweepstakes to win other prizes. Overall, you have a lot of choices and if have a particular prize in mind you can always redeem a gift card from Amazon and buy it there.
I did include my referral code, which does give you 50 extra points (at this time) but please be weary of those trying to say they have a hacked code. Most of the time they do not work, and they WILL get your account suspended or terminated.
2. Mobee (referral code: NZXM)
Mobee is a fairly new app, that is very similar to CheckPoints. To get points you accept a ‘mission’ and go to a restaurant or store (from my area it is mostly restaurants), take a picture of the establishment, buy something and take a picture of your receipt. Next, you would answer a brief questionnaire within the application. Once everything is approved, you will get your points. It really is that easy, and these are places that you probably already go to like Starbucks, McDonalds, Macy’s, etc.
The missions around my area are all about the hospitality, so that might be different depending on where you are. Missions range from 100-400 points and I believe every 100 points equals $1. This means that the 400 points mission is really $4, which is a pretty good. Lets say you order, for the sake of the example, a $4 drink at Starbucks. If you take a picture of the business, your receipt, and answer the questionnaire you’ll be done with the mission by the time they finish making your drink. Of course, if you tag along with someone and they let you take a picture of their receipt, you just gain that $4. Either way, it’s a win-win situation. Give it a try!
ReceiptHot is another easy way to make money, doing something you already do. It requires no extra effort, all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt. Depending on the amount you spent at each store, you earn 5, 10, or 15 coins. You can submit 20 receipts a week with a maximum of 3 per day, and the receipt can be no older than 14 days old. If you are in a situation where you have more than 3 receipts in a given day, just hold on to it and submit it the next day to get the maximum number of points. When you meet the 20 receipt threshold, you can still submit receipts but they will only be worth 5 coins, regardless of the amount you spent at that store. When invite others (**hint**), you receive a certain number of ‘spins’ for the “Hog Slots” game where you can win 100 coins, 100 dollars, or a refund of your last trip.
There are only 2 prizes: a PayPal gift card and a cash payout, which seems like a pretty good deal to me! Now, when you redeem your first $5 prize (either the PayPal gift card or cash) at 1000 coins, you also unlock the second level. The second level has the same PayPal gift card or cash option, but you can get $10 for 1,800 coins which means you save 200 coins. The third level prizes will cost you 3,200 coin for a $20 prize, and the fourth will cost you 4,500 coins for a $30 prize. While, you could just stay at the first level and continue to get the $5 at 1000 coins, you save a lot more coins if you continue to move up to the fourth level where you save more coins. Like I said before, the coins add up quickly and for something that takes you less than 30 seconds to do, it is worth it.
I really like all 3 of these apps, and am always looking for more ways to earn money. If you have any comments or suggestions let me know! Be sure to follow me on Twitter @teenboss101 to stay up to date with more ways to make money!