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How to earn money with apps

It may only be October, but the holiday’s are going to be here sooner than we know it, guys. I’m sure many of our wallets cringe at the sight of Christmas lights every year, so ease their suffering and prepare early! And no, that doesn’t have to mean working overtime and collecting lint-covered pennies that have been stuck in the couch cushions for who-knows-how-long. Your smartphone can be a source of income, and here’s three legitimate (and may I add, FREE), safe apps you can find in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store that make it possible:

Courtesy of Shopkick.comSHOPKICK

We’ve all seen those advertisements: “Want to get paid to shop? Click Here!” A tempting dream, but of course we know it’s too good to be true.

But Shopkick might just be the closest thing. This app allows you to “check in” to select stores (including Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and American Eagle) from your smart phone and collect “kicks”, which when added up translate into gift cards!

Pretty awesome, right?

And it doesn’t stop there. You can collect even more kicks by scanning barcodes in select stores and can even get kicks for purchases you make by syncing your credit or debit card with the app.


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You can easily make this app your best friend during a trip to the grocery store. Checkpoints, in a similar fashion to Shopkick, allows you to scan a variety items including ice cream, kitty liter and laundry detergent for points and coins. The points can be banked and redeemed for gift cards, while the coins can be used to play mini in-app games which give you the opportunity to win even more coins, including a jackpot of 100,000 points.


The premise is eImage courtesy of bubblews.comasy: watch trailers, get points, and redeem those points for gift cards or PayPal credit.

On select trailers, there even is the option to download the app (don’t worry, they’re free) for more points, and you can gain even more by leaving a tip on said app. For every 3 tips you do, you earn 500 points – essentially 50 cents.

It’s very easy to get $10 within only a few days of downloading the app by taking advantage of the offers and by getting tip bonuses, but after that earning points drastically slows down. But if you stick with it, then over time it’ll pay off – literally.

Have you tried any of these apps or want to know more? Leave a comment!

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