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App-Happy Ways To Earn Easy Money

[Note: All, or at least most, links are my referral links. I'd appreciate you using them, but feel free not to do so! I'll never know... ;) ]

I've been asked a trillion times for referrals and tips for earning easy, free money. You can check out my not-quite-updated mystery shopping post here, and always stay on top of reading Hip2Save, because Collin Morgan is the best money-saving blogger I know! Aside from that, here are my favorite apps that I use regularly on my iPhone; feel free to add more that I haven't mentioned in the comments but please don't post your referral links for the same apps I have here.

If you're not using Swagbucks yet, you should be. Of course, there's an app for that, but I use it nearly exclusively on my desktop. The best value is to cash in 450 SBs for a $5 gift card, which I do consistently twice a month. The potential is there, if you want to put more time into it, to earn waaaaay more than that per month, but I rarely have the time anymore to do it.

How can you earn money on Swagbucks? Let me count the ways:

1. Searches - you won't "win" every time, but you can win 6++ SBs at least hourly.

2. You'll get 1 SB daily for having the toolbar installed, and I have never had a problem with malware.

3.You'll get 1 SB (sometimes 2) for taking the daily poll.

4. You'll get 2 SBs (sometimes 4) for doing the daily NOSOs (No Obligation Special Offers) - just click through until the end, where you'll need to put in a captcha to get the SBs.

5. Surveys - BIG potential here!

6. Watching videos

7. Shopping kickbacks

8. Printing, and using, coupons from the site

9. Playing games

10. PLUS LOTS MORE, so sign up on Swagbucks and get started already, will ya?!

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MyPoints has been around forever, and I've been a member almost as long. I've gotten hundreds of dollars in gift cards for Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, REI, different restaurants, and lots more. You can earn money MyPoints by signing up for the click-thru emails (all of them), and just clicking on the button at the bottom. That's the easiest way, but there are also coupon-printing and online-shopping kickbacks, surveys, games, and tons more. Check it out!

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With the CheckPoints app, you can earn rewards like Amazon GCs and other prizes by scanning products with your smartphone in various stores. The app will populate a list of stores that participate, like CVS, Walgreens, Target and Wal-Mart. You get CPs and, sometimes, coins for game-playing, for scanning each product, checking in a la Foursquare, playing games to bet on winning bigger pointage (I often do), and more. It's fun and easy to do while you're shopping, and the scans reset every day.

Use my bonus code: smellyann when signing up!

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shopkick is an app a lot like CheckPoints, wherein you earn prizes and gift certificates for scanning. They update the app quite frequently (too much so for my comfort, really), so I haven't learned the latest edition of ways to get "kicks" but I'm sure there are more. Oh, and you get HUGE kicks for walking in to stores like Old Navy, Target, and Best Buy when you have the app open on your phone near the designated transmitter thingamajobber.

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The ibotta app is another favorite of mine. You connect your PayPal account or can get gift cards to places like Starbucks, Redbox, and iTunes, and when you have the required amount (varies from $2-10 right now), they zip you your prize immediately!

To cash in, you need to load the list of offers and do various tasks like post to Facebook or Twitter, take little polls, and learn tidbits of information to add money to your bank for various grocery and HBA items. Then, when you purchase an item you've banked, you scan your receipt with your phone, scan the item, and submit. Within 24 hours, usually, you'll have the money added to your balance, which grows until you're ready to cash out for a reward. It's awesome, especially lately when they've been doing tons of offers for any brand gallon of milk, any brand of a carton of eggs, a loaf of bread, and so on. They even give cash back for going to the movies and visiting concessions, so look into it!

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Checkout 51 is similar to ibotta. You purchase the designated items, scan your receipt, and tick off the items you bought on the app. When you reach $20 banked, you cash out. Simple, right? I have only been a member for a week and have $3, but I haven't shopped too much in that week, so it's pretty great.

Not sure of my referral code, but use my email if it asks:

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Plink is used by connecting your credit or debit card to the app (can also be used without a smartphone) and shopping and eating out at more than 75,000 locations. When you click on my link, you'll get 300 points for joining. I used to use it a ton with my old PayPal account card, but it doesn't seem to work with PayPal anymore, and our regular bank card keeps blocking the app. Bummer, because I made a load of Amazon money from this app when we still lived in Virginia!

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Ride is an iPhone app you get just for being on-the-go with your phone in tow! (Hey, I'm a poet...) There are other, similar apps, but I only use Ride. Basically, it counts up the miles when your phone is moving, and rewards you for going places. Cool, right? Rewards include Amazon GCs, Papa John's, Starbucks, and more. 

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The Panel app is another one, connected to Ride, that "knows" where you are and gives you rewards for just being out and about, and also for taking surveys. It's simple and easy, and I can get an Amazon gift card every month or so. 

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The Wrapp app is pretty cool, in that you can give free gifts - and get them back - to others who have the app. Sometimes I'll get a $5 gift card to, say, Office Depot or some such, and it works like a dream. This is a really great app for giving little gifts that cost you nothing to send!

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And then there was Viggle. This app pays you rewards for watching TV and listening to the radio! How awesome is that?? You just check in by tapping on the big button when you're logged into the app, and it listens to what you're watching or hearing. You rack up points and cash in for cool rewards. Love!

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Zapiddy is an app that pays you for doing tasks like snapping pictures of sampling displays in store and stuff like that... I confess I haven't done any of their tasks or earned any cash yet, but that's because I keep forgetting to check the app! Right now there are no jobs in my area, which stinks, but maybe you'll have better luck?

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What are your favorite apps and ways to earn a little extra money by hardly doing a thing?