As a stay at home Momma I feel there must be some resources I have that can make money while at home. Just a little extra for our fun days and family outings you know? After a ton of research and trial and error, I have come into some great resources that have turned out to be legit. With the technological advancements with smart phones, a great opportunity to make technology work for the average person has opened wide. Here I have listed my top 3 apps that make money. For real, you make real money. After months and months, over a year to be honest, of using apps that claim to pay you to use them, these 3 have proved to be legit apps that make money.
The Ibotta app is my favorite by far. I have been using this app for a while now and I think I might be addicted. It is so very easy to use. Ibotta pays you to shop for your groceries and house goods and clothes. How cool is that! It is totally legit. You choose from many grocery stores like Safeway, Walmart, Sam's, Fry's, Target. Some others like Walgreens, Family Dollar, and PetSmart. As well as clothing from Aeropostale (spend $40 and get a $5 rebate), home goods from Home Depot, and Military Commissary. Or restaraunts like Chili's, Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday (right now: spend $15 get a $5 rebate) and more. All you do is go here, create an account, unlock all the rebates you will use.
When you redeem your first rebate within 2 weeks, you get $10. The more rebates you redeem, the more cash rewards you get. You can not only build your cash with rebates but also with a team. For everyone that you refer, you get $5 and they help you build up to monthly levels. There are many levels you can achieve. You get to the levels by the amount of rebates your team unlocks and saves each month. They are about an extra $2 each that you get.
The first month, while trying to figure it out, I received $32 after grocery shopping just twice with my $10 for my first rebate. The second month, with one team member and grocery shopping three times, I earned $57.50. The months to fallow I have been up into the $60 range. All of these rebate amounts solely on groceries and I only shop at three different grocery stores (Sam's monthly, Walmart bi-monthly, and Safeway weekly). The months get better as you go because the app seems to customize the rebates according to what you unlock. I have not had the need to redeem any rebates for clothing or restaurants or other things yet but when I do I know my rebates will go up. I have heard of people getting rebates of upwards of $200+ a month with Ibotta.
How you prove that you bought the item is simple. You choose "verify rebate" and then select the store you shopped at. Next, choose the rebates you used at that particular store. If the receipt has a barcode on the bottom, you scan it and your done. Once the receipt is verified (within 24 hours) the cash is in your account. If there is no barcode, like at Safeway, then you scan the barcode on the unlocked rebate item that you purchased there and then take a picture of your receipt. You can also scan an item in the store to see if there is a rebate available it as well. And an area where you can create your own shopping list so it is all done in the one app.
You don't have to put in any personal information on Ibotta so there is no scare for lack of security. This is one reason why Ibotta was appealing to me, I don't trust an app with my personal information. With a $20 minimum you can transfer your cash into either your PayPal or venom. Or with a minimum of $25 choose a gift card from places like Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Sephora, Starbucks, and more. You truly will love Ibotta.
I have been using Shopkick the longest. It has been covered in Forbes and Time Magazine. The cash earned is different than Ibotta, you turn your kicks into gift cards like Fandango, Walmart, Target, Sephora, Nike, Barnes & Noble, and Game Stop. Gift cards are still cash in my eyes, free money. I think this is a great app, super great for college students, as a way to earn things they may not have the available cash for like Christmas and Birthday presents for parents ;) This is a great app because it shows you deals, aka coupons, and sale items in different stores as well as earning money for what we do all the time, shop! You just go here to download the app, create your account, then look for deals and stores for kicks near you. Shopkick is one of the easiest sights to navigate through. Just opening the app daily will give you 1-3 kicks.
Oh, I almost forgot, if you save up your kicks you can use them to buy large items. They can get big like flat screen t.v's, Coach bags, Beets, tablets, Tiffany & Co, even a Vespa!
With Shopkick you can earn more kicks by inviting friends. When they use your referral code, link mine above, you receive 50% of their kicks earned in the first month. I got almost 600 when my sister signed up;) You can also fallow Shopkick Instagram page for chances to win $ and prizes. They also give out bonus kicks during big shopping times like black Friday. I live in a rural area, a good hour to the stores, so my kicks are not as high as they could be. No worries, I don't mind, I still love the app. But my sister. Oh man, she lives in the city and has made off like a bandit with Shopkick.
3. Google Opinion Rewards.
Google Opinion Rewards is an app that links right to your google play account, sorry Apple and Window users, it's only for android. You can download it here. You are given money for opinion surveys. These surveys last maybe 5-20 seconds. They range from 1-5 questions. You get any where from $.10-$.49 (or at least that is what I have gotten) depending on the survey. This doesn't seem like much but they add up. I have earned $22.16 over the last few months. The cash is good for up to a year before it disappears.
My brother, who is a huge computer super smart person, told me about this app. The surveys range from "did you visit any of these stores in the last week and what would you rate it" to "do you shop for your families groceries" to politics to sports. I am sure it differs on the person as to what they ask. Sometimes they ask what your household income is, I am paranoid and I don't like this question, so I either choose the 'choose not to answer' option or make it up. Sorry, but I do.
Now, the difference between Google Opinion Rewards and the Shopkick and Ibotta app is you spend your money in the play store. You can not withdraw the cash or get gift cards. I love this idea as I am not the person to spend my money on apps and games. But earning it this way to get a super cool upgrade packet fro my son's off road game, I can do that. There are instances from time to time too when I come across a neat app that will come in handy dandy and boom, I have my google play credits to use. You know those annoying adds on the free app that you just love? Wee, for $.99 of my google rewards to stop the annoying adds, I will do that too. Those games and apps can nickel and dime ya but not with Google Opinion Rewards, they have you covered. (No I am not an affiliate, I just thought that sounded catchy)
What I like to spend my credits on is movies. That's right, movies I can watch on my phone while we travel. I have a Samsung Note so my phone is huge;) And good music. My kids then connect to my google play and have all the music they want and I can control what they download. Oh yeah, win for Momma!
I hope that my endless search for legit 'pay you to use' apps pays off for you like it did me. Please do let me know how much you get;) And if you come across some great ones too. Have a fantastic day you guys!
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)