10 Apps & Sites For Easily Earning Rewards

10 Apps & Sites For Easily Earning Rewards

The internet has made it easier to make money selling your stuff, but you may not know all the other ways you can earn rewards (including money) without selling a thing.

Not long ago, I wrote an article all about how to sell your items online. Now it’s time to talk about the many different ways you can earn money, gift cards, and items through different apps and websites.

There are a lot of different apps and sites that ask you to take certain actions to earn points or build up a cash total. In this article, let’s take a look at some of the most well-known, established, and tested ways you can earn rewards with just a little effort.

What can you earn?

Depending on the app or site that you use, there are many different things you can earn. Some services let you use your accumulated points to choose from certain branded items. Others might have you use your points to get discounts and promo codes. Many let you choose gift cards and, in some cases, actual money.

What do you have to do?

Different apps and sites ask for different actions. With some rewards services, you’re asked to watch or interact with sponsored content or surveys. You might need to exercise to earn your points, or you could get your rewards by getting rebates on purchases you were already going to make anyway.

What should you watch out for?

The idea of earning rewards for things you either already do or things that are relatively simple is very appealing. Because of this, there are some services that may very well be scams, as well as ones that just don’t work as well as they claim they will.

Before you start using a rewards app or site—including the ones listed in this article—look a little closer at it to make sure it’s actually as good as it appears. Consider doing some of the following things:

  • Make sure to read the reviews on an app’s page so you get an idea of how satisfied other users are
  • Check to see how many downloads an app has (too few might mean it hasn’t been well-tested yet)
  • Do a web search with a phrase like “is [this app] legit” or “is [this app] a scam” and look for credible sites discussing the service
  • Read the app’s or site’s fine print to make sure there are no catches
  • Look at the service’s app or site to make sure it looks professional and well-maintained

Remember: never give your personal information (like your bank information) to a service without researching it first to make sure it’s safe and secure!

At the time of writing this article, all of these apps and sites appear to be legitimate, but some formerly popular apps (like the now-deleted Pact app) have later been found to be untrustworthy. It’s important to check for the most recent reviews and news.

10 apps & sites you can download and visit now

Now that we’ve discussed how some rewards services might work, what you can get from them, and how to look out for scams, let’s look at some apps and sites you can try! These are just ten rewards apps and sites that can earn you money, items, and other rewards.

Achievement

Achievement is an app that rewards you with money for doing things that manage or improve your health. It uses monetary rewards to encourage you to keep track of your eating habits, walk more, get more sleep, and other various health-related activities. You simply connect one of the health apps you already use (like Samsung Health, Fitbit, or Garmin), then build up your points for your activity. 10,000 points can be redeemed for $10, and you can earn as much money as you want, with no maximum. Once you can redeem your points for money, they’ll be sent to you using PayPal or a direct deposit to a bank account.

AppTrailers

This app rewards you with points for watching trailers. The trailers are for other apps, as well as other entertainment videos. You can also earn points by doing quizzes and playing trivia games. Once you have enough points built up, you can redeem them for gift cards or money sent through PayPal. They offer gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, and iTunes.

Charity Miles

This app is different from most of the other apps on the list. If you enjoy helping good causes, you can use this app to earn rewards in the form of donations to the charity of your choice. If you already donate to the cause, you can give even more using this app, or you can use it as the sole means of donating. With Charity Miles, you earn money for a charity by running, walking, or biking. After opening the app and starting to track your distance, with each mile you complete, you add more money for your charity. There are many different charities to choose from, including well-known ones like Habitat for Humanity, American Diabetes Association, ASPCA, and World Wildlife Fund.

Ebates

Ebates is a well-known rebate service that pays you back for some of the purchases you make. If you’re already planning on purchasing something, this is a way to get some money back. When you buy from different stores online through Ebates, you can earn money. You can search through Ebates for certain stores, certain items, and more. There are also some rebate offers that are in-store only. Once you find something you want, you can see how much of a rebate you’ll get. After your order is verified, you can get your money through a check or by PayPal payment.

Google Opinion Rewards

This app from Google offers small amount of money for taking surveys. As soon as there’s an available survey, you’ll be notified. There are all kinds of different surveys you might take. You can earn as much as a dollar for a survey, though most of them seem to be closer to ten cents each. If you use the app with Google Play, your money is given to you as Google Play credit, while iOS app users have their money transferred with PayPal.

Ibotta

Ibotta is a rebate app that can be used to earn real money or gift cards. If you shop at any of the stores they have listed, you may be able to accumulate a high enough balance to get real rebates. You can use the app to get rebates on items you’re already buying, or you can use it as a way to find out about more products you want to try. You can find available grocery stores that you can add to your favorites, then look through the categories to find items you’re interested in. To add some products to your list, you might have to watch a short ad or answer a poll. After you’ve bought some items currently available in the Ibotta app, you use your receipt to add your rebates to your account. Once you have $20 racked up, you can have the money transferred to you in several different ways, including PayPal and Venmo. Or you can get gift cards to places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart.

iPoll

iPoll offers rewards for performing activities like reviewing products, visiting certain stores, and more. All of their activities are typically based around learning your opinions on certain brands and products. Some of these activities could include recording a video or taking photos. Once you’ve performed an activity, you can earn rewards like money transferred through PayPal, gift cards, and entry into a cash drawing.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks rewards its users for doing a number of different things. Swagbucks users earn rewards for taking surveys, watching videos, searching online, playing games, and buying certain items for a rebate. Once you have enough points, you can either have the money transferred via PayPal, or you can get a gift card. Gift cards are available for many different outlets, including Walmart, Amazon, and Bath & Body Works.

Sweatcoin

This app hopes to encourage people to exercise more by offering rewards. The app acts as a step counter. The more you walk, the more “Sweatcoins” you earn. You can then use these Sweatcoins to purchase rewards. Rewards include actual products (like Apple products), as well as services (like exercise classes) and events. You can even choose to donate your Sweatcoins to a charity.

Walk for a Dog

Walk for a Dog by Wooftrax is another app that gives a different kind of reward: the knowledge that you’ve helped an animal-based organization. This app doesn’t specifically give you a reward, instead letting you donate money to your favorite organization that helps animals. Whenever you walk your dog, you simply use the app to track how much you walk. This builds up activity for the organization you’ve chosen. After a certain period, all the funds raised are given to the organizations people chose. If you don’t have a dog, you can walk a shelter dog or a friend’s dog. Or since the app simply follows you as you move, you can walk without a dog (though walking with a dog is much more fun).

Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

Hello again! It’s time for my Tech Spotlight. In this series, I scout out great tech-related finds and share them. Each week brings three new tech products you can find on Amazon right now. This week, I’m talking about a device for cyclists, a wireless keyboard, and a wi-fi enabled Roomba vacuum.

Have a look at this week’s items before heading over to Amazon for a closer look!

Beeline – Smart Compass Navigation for Bikes

Beeline is a product meant to make routes easier and more fun for cyclists. If you ride a bicycle, Beeline can improve your experience.

This item is a GPS device that helps you find routes and get from one point to another using one of its navigation styles. Cyclists can use Beeline to get a bicycle-friendly route to their destination. They can also choose to input their destination and use the device as a compass, letting it point cyclists in the right direction and find their own unique path.

Beeline attaches easily to a bike’s handlebar. It’s made to resist water and shocks, be easy to view in sunlight, and last quite a while on one charge (up to 30 hours when being used or a month when not in use). This means you can ride in just about any elements without worrying about the device.

This device works through its accompanying app. In the app, you can track rides and distance, add places to your favorites, share your information with other people, and more.

Beeline makes it easier to navigate on a bike with its small and easy to use device. If you bike, take a closer look at the details on Amazon!

UHURU Wireless Full-size Keyboard and Cordless Mouse

This keyboard and mouse from UHURU offers a different design and an easy, wireless way to use your device.

The keyboard does not feature the typical square or rectangular keys. Instead it uses rounded keys that are clearly separated from one another, making them comfortable and easy to use. They also make the keyboard look vaguely vintage, like old typewriters with rounded keys. And there are a dozen hotkeys for you to easily navigate to things you use regularly. The mouse is designed to be soft and comfortable while also lasting a significant length of time. It can also be used just fine without a mousepad, eliminating the need for one on your desk.

This keyboard and mouse use AA and AAA batteries. Battery life is extended through the product’s power-saving design that allows a year or more of use before needing new batteries. And the keyboard and mouse work with many different devices, including Macs and PCs.

If you’re in the market for a new or better keyboard and mouse, consider this pair from UHURU!

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity

If you’ve heard of Roomba, you likely already know quite a bit about how these small, roving vacuums work. But you might not know you can use wi-fi to control the vacuum from anywhere at any time.

This Roomba is designed to vacuum up all kinds of different things on your floors. It doesn’t just pick up small debris, it can also pick up larger things. It can tell when an area is especially dirty, as well, and go over the area more thoroughly. It works on carpets and hard flooring, and it even has a special brush to knock debris away from walls.

This wi-fi capable vacuum also connects well with smart devices. You can use the connected app to control the Roomba whenever you’d like. If you’re away from home and need to run the vacuum, you can do it right from your phone. You can also learn more about your Roomba’s activities through the app. And if you have a smart assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, you can start the Roomba using a voice command.

The Roomba is a well-known and popular vacuum choice. Take a look at this wi-fi connected model on Amazon!

Want to Keep Up With Your Fitness? Try an App

Want to Keep Up With Your Fitness? Try an App

If you’re like a lot of people, you might have made a new year’s resolution to work out more. And like many of those people, you might have already stopped, or you might be on your way to slowly phasing out exercise. (I mean, it’s close to March. That’s a lot of exercising.)

Instead of dropping the workout, it might help to find an app that can keep you on track. Using an app can often make things easier and add a sense of being rewarded for progress. It can also just make things more interesting so you don’t give up on that additional exercise yet.

If you’re looking to improve your workout, stay on track, or just get started, here are some apps you can check out!

Official 7 Minute Workout (Android & iOS)
The 7 Minute Workout is pretty popular, and this app, from Johnson & Johnson, is the original. You take part in, you guessed it, a 7-minute workout. This encourages exercise because it’s so easy to find 7 minutes to spare. There are almost two dozen workouts to choose from, some longer than 7 minutes, the longest being just over half an hour. Exercises can range in difficulty, giving you a chance to set up a routine that works at your level. There are also video tutorials, reminders, and more.

Charity Miles (Android, iOS)
This app can keep you motivated to stay on top of your walking, running, and biking schedule. As soon as you start your session, the app keeps track of how far you’ve gone on foot or on your bike. The further you travel, the more money you raise for the charity you’ve chosen. There are more than 40 charities, including Habitat for Humanity, ALS Association, and World Wildlife Fund. Knowing you’re raising money for a cause you care about can help make sure you actually keep moving.

Couch to 5K (Android, iOS)
The Couch to 5K app does what it sounds like—it helps anyone, including those who aren’t particularly fit yet, get to a point where they can complete a 5K. By following the app’s plan and suggestions, people can become ready for a 5K in nine weeks. You get help from virtual trainers, log your exercise, track progress, listen to music, and more.

JEFIT (Android, iOS)
JEFIT is an app for anyone who likes to work out and wants to keep up with their training, progress, and goals. You can watch HD videos to learn from experts, set and meet goals, log your training, and more. You can also add friends who are also working out with JEFIT, and you can take part in challenges for a chance to win money.

Map My Fitness (Android, iOS)
Under Armour offers this workout app, which offers many free features as well as paid ones. For free, you can keep track of all kinds of different workouts, plan routes and workouts, and sync all your info with other apps and devices, including your Fitbit. There are also challenges that offer prizes to the winners. If you want to pay a little, you can add features like a personal training plan and no ads.

Nike Training Club (Android, iOS)
This app offers a range of features that help you stay on track, learn new techniques, and keep up with how you’re doing. You get your own personalized training plan, and you get suggestions based on what you typically do. You can keep track of your exercise, watch videos to learn new exercises, and even learn workouts from names you know (like Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo).

Strava (Android, iOS)
With Strava, you can keep track of your running and cycling progress. This app has a number of free and paid features. With the free version, you can track activity, join challenges, connect with friends to view each others’ activity, battle to reach the top of the leaderboards, and connect with other technology you use (like Android Wear). For a cost, you can also get coaching and feedback, as well as deeper analysis of your workout.

Yoga Studio (Android, iOS)
Yoga Studio is a highly rated app for yoga enthusiasts of any proficiency level. For a reasonably small fee, you can access many different video classes and hundreds of yoga poses. There are different lengths of classes available, so you can find one that fits your schedule. You can also track your progress, personalize your own video classes, keep a schedule, customize what your class looks and sounds like, and more.