Cell phones are not cheap. At an average of $85 a month for a smartphone, that’s almost a thousand dollars a year — not including the cost of the phone.

But some savvy people like Teresa Kannenberg are earning back some of those dollars by making money on their cellphone.

We caught up with Kannenberg as she grabbed a shopping cart and headed into Target, where she planned to make some money.

No, this mom doesn’t work at the store. Rather, she shops with apps that pay her back.

So far, she says, she has earned more than $800 in one year.

Her favorite? Ibotta. She’s the third top Ibotta earner locally.

I’ve saved over $450 just with Ibotta,” she said.

How does it work?

She buys items that are up for rebates, and are listed on the Ibotta app that week.

For instance, she says “you would go into Target, you would buy chips, and you would get 20 cents when you submitted your receipt.”

Other products give her a bigger rebate:

  • She’ll get 50 cents back on Ajax cleanser.
  • She’ll earn a dollar back on a pack of granola bars.
  • She will receive 75 cents back from buying Juicy Juice this week.

“You buy the items that are on the list, submit your receipt, and you get money,” she said.

How You Can Earn Money

So clearly, it’s no secret you can make money using various apps on your smart phone, but knowing which apps that will work best for you will only help increase your earnings.

We’ve found the top apps that will earn you cash, and organized them into categories so you can find exactly what apps will work for you. Even better, they are all free to download.

Smartphone apps that pay you to grocery shop

Most of the grocery store apps work by the products you purchase. If it’s something you’d already be purchasing, you can earn additional money back. Another way to earn money while shopping is by uploading your reciept to the app by snapping a photo. Depending on what you’re looking for, there’s multiple apps designed to save your money on everyday items you might purchase at your local grocery store.

Groupon Snap :  Snap gives you cash back on grocery purchases; no matter where you shop. Available on iPhones, Android devices and even computers, search for cash-back offers on the grocery items you need, then ‘snap’ a photo of your receipt to start earning.

Saving Star : This is another popular app to receive cash back. As a bonus, you can use it to get cash back when shopping online as long as you have an account and go through their website. is available on iPhones, Android devices and computers.

Favado : Favado helps shoppers stop overspending by notifying them when their favorite items are on sale. According to their website, Favado has money saving experts who hand select sales and coupons every week — in more than 65,000 grocery and drugstores nationwide.

Checkout51 : Earn cash by buying certain products at the grocery. Once your account balance reaches $20, you can request your money and they’ll issue it as a check. Available on iPhones, Android devices and computers.

Smartphone apps that are task-based

Gigwalk : Once you sign up to be a ‘Gigwalker’,  the app will offer you a variety of jobs, ranging from taking photos of businesses, answering surveys or answering consumer research questions. What jobs are available have a to to do with your location. The app pays per ‘gig’ and can range anywhere from $3 to $50. The more ‘gigs’ you take on, the better. It will allow you to build credibility and have access to higher paying jobs. Gigwalk is available on iPhone and Android phones

Field Agent : This app allows you to be the ‘eyes and ears’ for brands. Gathering audit data through mobile technology allows manufacturers and retailers to engage their customers while they are using their products. Provide user insights for various products and earn money along the way. Available on iPhone and Android phones

Zapdiddy : Available on iPhone

EasyShift : Find quick jobs at local stores and shops. EasyShift strives to offer work in almost all U.S. cities. Take photos of products, check prices, and review promotions. It’s as easy as shopping. Available on iPhone and Android phones.

Smartphone apps that will pay you to watch videos

Watch some videos and make some money. These apps allow you to watch anything from short videos to movie trailors. Like the other apps that allow you to earn money, some reward you in gift cards or directly deposit money into your PayPal account.

Perk TV : Earn points you can then redeem for gift cards by playing trivia games like Disney, Family Guy, Food, Pop Culture, Movie Quotes & more! Perk TV adds new games & giveaways each week. The more answers you get correct, the more points you earn! Perk TV is available on iPhone and Android phones

Swagbucks TV : Watch your choice of over 1,000 movie, DVD and game trailers, scenes, interviews and comedy clips. For each video you watch, you’ll earn ‘Swag Bucks’; which can then be

Source: Make money with your cell phone – Story

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