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Looking for a way to make some extra money?  The answer is in your smartphone.  By downloading the right apps, you can earn money for posting on social media, shopping online, playing games and much more.  The apps won’t make you rich but you’ll earn enough to treat yourself to something nice.  All of the following apps can be downloaded for free and most are available on iOS and Android.


Get rewarded for doing the things you normally do online.  Swagbucks’ members accumulate SB points for shopping, watching videos, searching the web and answering surveys.  SB points vary per activity.  When you shop online, you’ll earn points for every dollar spent plus gain access to coupons and special offers.  SB points can be redeemed for gift cards from places like Target, Starbucks and Home Depot or you can choose to get cash back from PayPal.


Slidejoy pays you for having advertisements appear on your lock screen.  Whenever you unlock your phone, you’ll be shown a trending news story or promotion.  You can then slide right to ignore the ad and go to your home screen, slide left to find out more information, slide up to see more news stories or slide down to check your notifications.  Every day you will earn Slidejoy Carats which can be redeemed for gift cards to various retailers, cash to your PayPal account or a donation to charity.  Slidejoy is currently only available to android users.


Have some books you want to sell?  BookScouter helps you get the most money for your items by comparing buyback offers from multiple vendors.  Just scan the barcode or enter the ISBN, select the highest offer and ship your books for free.  Once the vendor receives your package and determines it’s in acceptable condition, they’ll issue your payment.


Get up to 40 percent cash back when you shop online at one of Rakuten’s 2,000 participating retailers.  Simply download the Rakuten app and start your shopping trip through them.  It’s that easy.  Every three months, you’ll receive a cash back payment via check or PayPal.  You can also choose to donate your earnings to your favorite charity, organization or family member.


Ibotta lets you earn cash back on purchases by submitting a receipt or linking a loyalty card from one of their participating retailers.  Before you head to the store, complete small tasks such as watching a video or answering a survey to unlock cash back rebates.  After you buy the featured items, verify your purchases by scanning the product barcodes and submitting a picture of your receipt.  If you prefer to use your loyalty card, simply scan the card or enter your phone number.  Within 48 hours, your cash will be credited to your Ibotta account.  Once you’ve reached the $20 minimum, you can withdraw the cash with your PayPal or Venmo account.


Planning a trip to the mall?  Download Shopkick before you go.  You can earn kicks just for walking into participating stores, more for checking out items, and additional kicks for making a credit card purchase.  Once you’ve accumulated enough kicks, they can be redeemed for gift cards from your favorite retailers.

Field Agent

Want to help companies better serve their customers?  Download the Field Agent app, create a profile and find jobs near you.  As a Field Agent, you’ll be asked to go to a specific store and complete tasks such as display checks, price checks and consumer surveys.  Each job must be completed in less than 2 hours and typically pays between $3-$12.  When you’re ready to cash out, your money will be sent to your PayPal account.


Get paid to mystery shop at businesses in your area with the Mobee app.  Just locate a nearby mission and start when you enter the store.  Each mission consists of 5-10 questions about your experience.  For every successful mission, you’ll earn points which can be redeemed for cash or gift cards.


Have a lot of followers on social media?  Let Cosign help turn your posts into cash.  The process is simple. Take a picture of a must-have item then let your followers know where you found it and how much it costs using the Cosign app.  Once you share the tagged photo on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, you’ll get paid every time one of your followers likes, wants or buys the tagged items.  Depending on the item, you can earn up to a 35 percent commission.  Once your commission totals $40, you can request to be paid by check, PayPal or retailer gift card.