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Best money making apps: 4 apps that pay you

Best money making apps: 4 apps that pay you
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If you have a smartphone and are looking to make some extra cash, then it’s worth investigating some of the best money making apps currently available.

Given the amount of time most of us spend using our smartphones in any given day, wouldn’t it be good if we could earn some money while doing so?

Well, the good news is that you can. But before you start thinking about giving up your day job, it will be important to manage your expectations. The money you earn won’t be enough to live on. However, with perseverance, you can earn enough for some modest birthday presents, which can’t be bad.

Here are four of the best money making apps available in the UK.

1. Swagbucks

One of the best-known money making apps is the Swagbucks app. It has a survey site, a shopping site and its own search engine.

You can earn cash with Swagbucks in a number of different ways. These include using the Swagbucks search engine when doing your own personal searches, watching videos, playing games and shopping. The most cost-effective way of earning money on Swagbucks is by filling out surveys.

When you complete tasks, you earn ‘Swag Bucks’ (SB). You can choose to have your SB converted into cash and paid into a PayPal account, or converted into gift vouchers. You can earn up to 150 SB per day and 600 SB can get you a £5 Amazon voucher. Initial registration will give you extra SB.

2. Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog is probably one of the best money making apps in terms of simplicity. It pays you to upload photographs of receipts.

Coins are earned by uploading receipts from a variety of retail outlets. These include supermarkets or corner shops (including cash and carry outlets), pharmacies or chemists, pound shops and pet shops. The app also allows you to earn extra coins on a slot machine by scanning receipts from other outlets. You can earn ‘hog slots’ by uploading receipts from clothing suppliers, office suppliers, electronics stores, home furnishing stores, books shops and sports shops. It’s worth checking the Receipt Hog website to get the full list of retailers.

The app does not accept handwritten receipts, invoices, cinema tickets, online receipts or delivery notes. The receipts can come from you or anyone in your household, but they must be uploaded to the app no later than 14 days after the transaction date. You can upload up to three receipts from the same retailer with the same transaction date.

Depending on the size of the purchase you can earn 5 to 20 coins per receipt, up to a maximum limit of 100 coins per week. When you reach 1,000 coins, you can get a £3 Amazon voucher, and you need to earn 1,500 coins to earn a £5 cash pay out.

3. Roamler

This is one of the best money making apps in terms of earnings, but the tasks can be more time consuming. This is because with Roamler you are paid to perform and complete tasks around your town or city. These tasks could be anything from taking photographs to completing surveys to mystery shopping.

You start at level 1, where you receive your training on the basics of how Roamler works. You will have three tasks to complete, one of which is paid. Once you complete the three tasks successfully, you can proceed to level 2, where you get more paid tasks. Payment will depend on the task, but you can earn around £14 for a 30-minute task.

While this is a great little earner, there is one snag. You can’t simply download the app and sign up, because you have to be invited. You need to get a secure code from an existing user or you can request one from the social media site.

4. BeMyEye

BeMyEye is one of the best money making apps if you’re into mystery shopping. The app pays you to undertake specific shopping tasks in your local area.

BeMyEye works with big brands that want to know how their products are being promoted in specific stores. So they will ask you to undertake tasks including taking photographs of stock, making notes or answering questions. You might also be asked to conduct short interviews with shop staff and you may have to buy products for which you will be reimbursed.

Depending on the level of difficulty, you will be paid £1 – £10 per task into a nominated PayPal account. The app is very popular, so jobs do get allocated quickly.


Think of the money you could earn using these money making apps as the icing on the cake rather than the cake itself.

If you are in urgent need of extra income, you might be better off looking at other alternatives, such as a second job.


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