You don't like to think about it, but between the upfront cost and the monthly data plan payments, your phone or tablet costs you a fair bit of money. Depending on which gadget and plan you pick, you can easily spend $1,000 or more over the course of two years.
What you might not realize is that your smartphone and tablet can make you money, too. No, we're not talking about selling your old phone when you get a new one or using it to run your own business, although both of those are good ideas. No, we're thinking of more everyday uses to save or make money. It's not as hard as you might think if you know about these apps.
1. Do tiny tasks for big payoffs
If you don't mind getting out and about, you can take small jobs around your city. These are things like verifying a display stand has been put up in a store, or the arrangements of products on a shelf. If you don't like to travel, some tasks can even be done from your living room.
Just grab Field Agent (Android, Apple; Free) and create a profile. Then do a few fast "screener" jobs that open up certain types of work. It could be taking pictures of your pet or the kind of beer you drink.
Once you're approved, you'll be able to take real jobs. These pay from $2 to $12 a task, which might not sound like much, but if you're already at the store or it's something you can do at home, it's no big deal.
Payments are sent through PayPal or Dwolla, so you will need a free account with one of them. Field Agent says it's paid out over $4.5 million to agents so far. Some of that could be yours if you get going now.
Another great app for this kind of work is TaskRabbit (Android, Apple; Free).