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Make Money Using a Smartphone

I’m always on the hunt to make money using my smartphone.  My phone is always in my hand, so why not use to bring in a few extra dollars.  Smartphones have a ton of legit apps that you can use to put a few extra dollars in your pocket.  Most apps pay you through PayPal or Venmo once you have earned a certain amount of money.  Others reward you with gift cards as well.  If you are looking for a way to make some extra money, here are a few apps that you may find interesting.

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This is one of my favorite apps for making money.  If you love shopping at places like Walmart, Target, Amazon and more, then this is the app for you.  Ibotta gives you money back on select purchases made at the store. Rebates start at .25 cent and $15.00. Some items that you can get money back on are:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Milk
  • Paper towels
  • Tortilla chips
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Pet Food
  • Electronics and more

Once you earn $10.00 cash back, you can choose to be paid back through PayPal, Venmo, and a wide array of gift cards.  If you are thinking, $10.00 is a lot to earn and it might take a long time, you can be right and wrong.  Ibotta allows you to build a team.  You can refer your friends and when they redeem their first money back offer, you receive $5.00.  Ibotta also has bonus offers.  For example, they currently have a $1.00 bonus when you purchase 2 CLR Cleaning products. In my opinion this is one of the best ways to make money.  You have to shop any, so why not get some of the money back on the products that you purchase.

SOTG – Surveys on the Go

This a great survey app.  SOTG is a market research tool that pays you for your opinion.  Surveys range from: technology, entertainment, politics, sports, and more.  Surveys vary from .10 cents to the highest I’ve seen of $40.00.  Currently, only Android and Apple users can make money using this app.  I’m sure Windows and BlackBerry users will be able to take advantage of this opportunity soon.

To qualify for surveys, download the app and sign up. After you complete demographic information, you will receive a notification about new surveys that may be available.  Not all surveys will send you a notification so it’s important to check in and take a look ever so often.  Be sure to keep your location on with this app.  Some surveys are based on your location.  You may receive a notification to take a survey if you walk into a store.  Once you have $10.00 in your account you can request to cash out with PayPal.


Ebay has been around for an extremely long time. Now that everything is in the comfort of your hand.  You can now post items for sell from your smartphone.  If you don’t know what EBay is, here is a short overview.  It’s an online auction site.  If you have ever been to your local public auction or estate sell, this is every yard sale, estate sale, public auction, and garage sale all in one location.  People all over the world use EBay to sell their products or clean out some of the clutter in their home and make money in the same process.

With the mobile app, you can create a listing from your phone.  Upload photos, set your bids, and place items for sale easily from your smartphone.  For some, EBay has become their only source of income, they have been able to quick their jobs and create an online store from the comfort of their home.  Of course it is important to know that results may vary.

Strike! Real Money Bowling

I have this game on my phone right now.  It’s really fun and you have the opportunity to make money.  Just create a profile a make a deposit.  Play against different opponents.  When you win a match you win real money.  Play practice matches to earn money as well.  If you aren’t into bowling, they have other games that you can also play to win money.  Not only can you win money, but you earn tickets as well.  These tickets can be redeemed for gift cards or bonus money.

You can play as much as you want and win as much as you want.  You can withdraw any amount of money, but withdraws below $10.00 require a $1.50 processing fee.  You will receive a check in the mail.  Yes snail mail unfortunately, so if you really need it, be sure to plan accordingly.

Currently, these are three of the apps I have on my smartphone that I use to make money, but there are so many more.  It always best to choose the one that is right for you.  Choose based on your interest or things that you normally do on a daily basis.  US News and World Report has more information on other apps that you can use to make money from your smartphone.