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10 apps that earn you money for doing almost nothing

Rewards programs are plenty these days with incentives that run the gamut from traditional free airline miles to the unique offering of a drone — complete with pilot lessons. What consumer doesn’t like a bonus for their effort? Unfortunately, while some programs are amazing, the majority fall flat.

Not surprisingly, many find offers out there a bit too good to be true, and steer clear. Tap or click to discover four apps that pay you for what you’re already buying.

But what if you uncovered rewards programs that offer a host of goodies, including cash, take little effort and are legit? Would you be willing to give them a go? Well, here’s your opportunity. We have 10 apps that will pay you for doing what you already do throughout your day.

1. Miles

Here’s an app that rewards you any time you are on the move, and it doesn’t matter the mode. That’s right; Miles gives you points for trips taken via plane, boat, train, bicycle or foot and, of course, cars — which includes ride-sharing like Lyft and Uber.

The points vary, depending on the transportation method, and are calculated automatically, which means you do have to enable location services before your trip.

Use your accumulated points for a host of prizes such as complimentary items, freebies and percentage-off savings at many popular retailers.

Note: rewards are subject to change.

2. ibotta

Get cash back in-store and online when you shop for groceries, clothing, home, travel and more with the free ibotta app. For groceries, link your loyalty store cards, pay with ibotta via linked bank cards or add offers before shopping, then submit your receipt. Combine all three of these methods to earn even more.

For online purchases, you can either shop with the ibotta browser extension (Chrome) or ibotta app. To withdraw your accrued savings, it must be greater than $20. You can also elect to transfer the money to your PayPal account or a gift card purchased through the ibotta app.

Note: Some retailers have a minimum purchase of $25 for gift cards.

3. Swagbucks

Who doesn’t spend time surfing the internet during the day? Why randomly scroll through social media or aimlessly browse websites, when you can earn a few dollars online with Swagbucks browser extension or mobile app?

While this app allows you to earn cash back for the everyday things you do online, you may wonder how you score “SB” points. There are several ways including:

  • Shop online
  • Search the web
  • Watch videos
  • Discover deals
  • Answer surveys

Exchange your accrued points for gift cards from popular retailers like Amazon, Target and Walmart. In addition, you have the option to transfer the funds to your PayPal account.

4. Nielsen Consumer Panel

Although known for its TV ratings, the Nielsen Consumer Panel wants your feedback on your grocery habits. As a panel member, your data can influence the shopping experience for you and other consumers in the United States.

When you use the NCP app to scan barcodes of purchased grocery items and share shopping data with the company, Nielsen awards you points, which are redeemable for merchandise, sweepstakes entries or gift cards.

If you are not interested in using the app, you can opt for a handheld scanner provided by Nielsen. You must become a panel member to download the app or receive the scanner. For more information on how to join, visit the Nielsen Consumer Panel website.

5. Shopkick

This app takes a unique twist to how you earn points. As is typical with this sort of shopping app, Shopkick gives you points when you purchase certain products and scan your receipts or shop online.

However, you can further earn points for merely walking into a brick-and-mortar retailer, watching product videos or scanning barcodes of specific products while in the store.

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Accumulate enough points and cash them in for gift cards from brands including Starbucks, Sephora, Target and AMC Theaters.

6. MyPoints

For over two decades, consumers have earned rewards with MyPoints. To earn points, simply do the following:

  • Shop online
  • Read BonusMail email offers
  • Share your opinion
  • Watch videos
  • Search the web
  • Print coupons
  • Discover content

This popular program is free to join and offers gift cards to brands such as Best Buy, Lowe’s, Panera Bread and many others. You also have the option to exchange your points for a prepaid Visa or deposit into your PayPal account.

7. Fetch

You can turn your grocery receipts into cash with the Fetch app. While many grocery cash back apps require you to scan products or search for offers, with this app you just take a photo of your receipt and Fetch does everything else for you.

Once you’ve earned enough points (min. 3,000), you can transfer cash to a prepaid Mastercard, Visa or store-specific gift card. Don’t worry, earning points is easy. You may receive a couple of thousand points on the purchase of one item or referral.

8. InboxDollars

Don’t want to bother with exchanging your points? Check out the free app InboxDollars, which offers you cash back instead of points, on a variety of everyday online activities. According to the InBoxDollars website, there are 14 ways you can earn, including:

  • Shop online
  • Complete online surveys
  • Watch videos
  • Redeem coupons
  • Read emails
  • Play games

InBoxDollars will even reward you for signing up. While there are several ways to earn with this app, you have to accrue $30 before you can cash out to a prepaid Visa, merchant eCard, or traditional check payment.

InBoxDollars offers an app for both Android and iOS; however, the iOS version only permits the user to take surveys. For complete access to all the InBoxDollars features, the company encourages members to visit its website InBoxDollars.com.

9. Seated

Any time you make a dining reservation, use Seated and you will earn a percentage (up to 30%) back in rewards that you can spend on brands like Uber, Sephora, Delta and Amazon.

How do you earn with the app? Select a restaurant from over 1,500 curated establishments, which you can sort by various filters such as location, cuisine and price.

You have the option to either book a reservation ahead of time or use the Seated walk-in feature. Once you finish dining, snap a picture of your receipt to receive your rewards.

10. Charity Miles

While this app won’t earn you any money, you can make some bucks for a worthy cause. Charity Miles allows you to log all types of movements such as walking, biking, running, skipping or dancing towards dollars for the charity you choose from the site’s wide selection.

The many well-known charities include those that make an impact for:

  • Children
  • Animals
  • Health
  • Education
  • Veterans
  • Environment

You can earn as an individual or gather friends, family or co-workers for a team effort. With Charity Miles, everyone wins.

RELATED: Tap or click to learn how to get Amazon to donate for you.

Not all rewards programs are legit or provide a simple way to earn money; however, these trusted apps can reward you or your favorite cause.

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