Finally, the Apps That Pay You (Not the Other Way Around)

Updated 06/14/17
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We do everything on our phones, so when it comes to making some extra cash, why not do it on there, too? We've never been fans of making money by taking a survey or downloading apps that slow down our phone even more… so this new crop of health, shopping, and finance apps available on the App Store is just what we've been looking for. What's more, if you're not in need of the $$$, some even let you give it to the charity of your choice. Read on to see the top nine phone apps that actually pay. Scroll down and then download your favorites.



You earn money with Pact by following through with your goals for healthy eating or exercise. You get paid by other members who slacked off (just remember that you'll lose money if you do the same).

Cost: Free


The Achievemint app lets you connect to other activity-monitoring and health apps you're using, like Fitbit, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, and more. Every 10,000 points you earn following through with goals equals $10 that you can convert into cash or put toward merchandise.

Cost: Free

Charity Miles

Whether you decide to walk, run, or bike, the Charity Miles app tracks your exercise and lets you donate the money you earn to one of the 40-plus charities it works with (your choice).

Cost: Free



With Shopkick, you earn "kicks," or points, by walking into stores, scanning barcodes, and making purchases. All of your "kicks" add up, and you can redeem them for gift cards to your favorite stores. (Plus, when your friends earn "kicks," you do, too.)

Cost: Free


With Ibotta, you can get cash back on things you buy every week at the store, like milk and eggs. You'll get to browse deals tailored to you before you shop, and then all you have to do is clip the rebate and submit your receipt post-purchase. The best part is that you get real cash—not gift cards—and they'll even transfer it into your Venmo account.

Cost: Free


You've got to love an app that pays you to eat healthier. With BerryCart, you'll only be able to search for deals on organic, gluten-free, or non-GMO foods. The app will make you take a mini quiz to learn about the product, but once you snap a photo of your receipt, you'll get cash sent to you via PayPal (or in the form of a gift card).

Cost: Free



Okay, so Digit is kind of different because it pays you… from your own wallet. The app tracks your spending and puts money away into savings if you have extra. (You can always pull money out from your account if you need it). Here's to saving for your next big vacation.

Cost: Free to download, $3 a month after a 100-day trial


Final is a new type of credit card that allows you to protect your security to the 10th degree. Now you can create "virtual cards" so that if there's a security breach, your real account number isn't compromised. But the part we like is that you still receive 1% cash back on all your purchases.

Cost: Free


This cool app helps you find and cancel subscriptions you might not even know that you still have (and helps you navigate some pesky situations). Truebill saves users an average of $512 dollars a year… one reason you may want to download it right now.

Cost: Free

Do you have a favorite app that pays? Up next: how to organize your iPhone apps

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