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10 clever ways to earn extra money this summer

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10 clever ways to earn extra money this summer
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Though the economy is looking better these days, it never hurts to make a little extra money. Whether it's to help make paying bills a bit easier or just to bring in some extra spending money, it's never a bad idea to increase our income.

It seems like there are plenty of options for us to do just that, with all sorts of companies offering contractor-type jobs (Uber, Lyft, etc.) or part-time roles. But you may not want to drive around, and it's possible you don't have time for another actual job in your life.

That doesn't mean you are out of luck, however, as there are plenty of apps out there that will put some money into our accounts. The key is finding them, which is why we are here to help.

Here are 10 that will help you earn a little extra $$$


Taking part in surveys doesn't seem that bad, right? With iPoll, you provide basic information about yourself before receiving "missions" that will allow you to earn.

What do you earn? Well, you will receive all kinds of rewards, including gift cards, airline credits and other credits that can be exchanged for cash.

Download: iOS | Android


We all take pictures with our phones, but probably never thought we could make money from them. But with Foap, that's exactly what happens.

Just upload your photos to the app and sell them through Foap Missions to brands such as Bank of America, Volvo Group, Absolut Vodka and Pepsi. Your images will also be sent to Foap partners like Getty, providing another avenue with which to earn some money.

You create your own personal photo portfolio, and the photos can be uploaded directly from your phone. Every time you sell a photo you will get 50 percent of the commission, and every mission is rewarded with a prize that starts at $50.

Download: iOS | Android

Google Opinion Rewards

Google is trying to learn all it can, and therefore it wants to know what you think about ... stuff. With Google Opinion Rewards, you will be asked to answer quick surveys and get paid up to $1 for each one you complete.

Surveys typically take fewer than 20 seconds, and they ask about everything from hotel and product reviews to location-based merchant satisfaction questions.

Download: iOS | Android

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Field Agent

The best jobs are the ones we don't have to go out of our way to do, and with Field Agent, you get paid just for living your life. It gives you small tasks to complete while you are doing things like shopping in stores, running errands or maybe even just hanging at home.

You will be asked to take photos, answer some questions, provide opinions or complete other small tasks. Do it all accurately, and collect. Jobs tend to pay between $2-$12.

Download: iOS | Android



You're going to buy things anyway, so might as well get some cash back for the purchases, right? Ibotta helps you with that, either in-store or in-app.

All you must do is check Ibotta before you shop, travel, dine out or make any purchase in your favorite apps to see if there is a chance for you to be rewarded with money-back rebates. Chances are good, since Ibotta works with big-time brands like Best Buy, Lowes, eBay and Safeway.

Download: iOS | Android


With Mobee, you are just three steps away from earning. Well, four if you count downloading the app.

But once you do, open it up and pick a business on the map you will be presented. There are thousands of "missions" across the country at various retailers and restaurants. Then start a mission and answer questions while you shop and eat.

You will then earn points, and as you progress you will unlock achievements and level up. Finally redeem your points for gift cards and swag.

Download: iOS | Android

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Really, companies want to pay you to shop. Shopkick gives free gift cards for the shopping you already do.

Just open the app when you are at home, the grocery store or the mall and start earning points through daily challenges. Referred to as "kicks," the points are then redeemed for gift cards and products. Or, they can be donated to charity.

Download: iOS | Android


It can be tough to stay motivated when looking to lose weight, but DietBet wants to provide a little extra in the way of some money. The concept is simple in that you bet on yourself to lose weight with a group of other players and, if you meet your weight-loss goal by the end of the game the pot is split with the other players.

In all, 96 percent of players end up losing weight, and winners take home an average of $58.

Download: iOS | Android


Few of us like exercising, but what if we could turn our workouts into some money? That's the concept behind Sweatcoin, which converts your steps into currency that can be spent on goods, services and experiences from their marketplace.

You are also free to donate your "Sweatcoins" to partnering charities. Regardless of what you spend them on, you will get them by taking steps. It is all tracked via your phone, with every 1,000 steps being worth 0.95 Sweatcoin.

Download: iOS | Android

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Surveys On The Go

Companies all over the country want our opinions, and they are willing to pay to get them. What separates Surveys On the Go from other apps is that it pays out in cash, not points.

Just allow for notifications when you sign up and the app will invite you to take paid surveys when they become available, usually totaling a few per month. They will ask you to rate TV shows, movies, music and advertisements, as well as evaluate products, services and shopping experiences.

You may also be asked about current events, with all of the surveys needing just minutes to complete.

Download: iOS | Android

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