Making money while you spend money. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, it’s no longer only a possibility while you’re counting sheep.
There are so many new online platforms for making money while shopping. App creators know the power of cash back, rewards, and points when it comes to other successful tried and true platforms. There are always new up-and-coming companies out there that are taking different spins on the online commerce pay-to-shop idea.
Here’s the 411 on the new apps on the block. We found 10 online platforms for making money while shopping that you need to know about.
1. Checkout 51
Checkout 51 is an innovative online platform for making money while shopping. You simply scan your receipt through the app, and then the app will let you know which items you’ll get paid for.
This app is product based, so it doesn’t matter where you bought it, only that you bought it. If your receipt shows an item that Checkout 51 supports, you’ll get paid!
Not only is it a receipt scanning app that you’re familiar with, it’s a free app that shows you the offers for your favorite stores every Thursday.
Offers will look like this:
Get cash back on all sorts of trusted brands like Suave and Stonyfield. You’ll never have to worry about throwing your money away.
This app works for you! Easily check your account balance and claim your free money once your balance reaches $20.
Oh, the dreaded worry of retirement money. Does your 401(k) stress you out just thinking about it? Don’t get caught not saving up for your retirement planning.
If you’re worried about your 401(k) or 403(b), you can actually save up for it while shopping online. You can shop at your favorite stores and even bars and restaurants.
Through EvoShare, you can receive up to 30% cash-back towards your retirement funds instead of just getting it out of your paycheck. Earn money that will go toward your retirement plan!
EvoShare partners with companies that want to encourage employee contribution toward their 401(k). Companies that pair with EvoShare offers their employees this rare opportunity to save while spending.
EvoShare has expanded to over 10,000 online and local merchants, so chances are your favorite stores are on that list.
Why not take advantage of something that will let you benefit from the money you’d be spending anyway? This way, you won’t have to feel so guilty when you eat out!
Drop is another fantastic new online platform for making money while shopping. It’s a “consumer-led” platform that focuses primarily on user experience. Drop has over 1 million members and is still growing.
It’s easy to use. You link your debit card or credit card up to the Drop app and have points add up automatically with every purchase. Just pick five stores you want to earn points from and watch the benefits roll in.
This free-to-join platform is targeted towards millennials who want to earn freebies and rewards while shopping at their favorite stores. However, there is no age limit to signing up with Drop. You just need to be older than 16.
Drop works in points, meaning you’ll get different points depending on the store you buy from. In exchange for shopping at these retailers, you’ll earn gift cards to places like Old Navy or Starbucks.
1,000 points equal out to $1. 10,000 points will get you a $10 Amazon gift card to spend on what you please.
Drop is receiving a lot of attention. BetaKit listed Drop as one of the 11 Canadian tech companies to watch for in 2017.
Online shop and feel good while doing it. Dealspotr offers opportunities to earn while you browse through up-to-date and accurate promo codes and discounts.
Dealspotr’s main mission is to save you money (something they accomplish through crowdsourcing their coupon curation), so it only makes sense that the platform has an awesome cash back feature.
Dealspotr is a community-based coupon sharing website, which means that the shoppers are the ones in control. And the deal sharing community is so strong and provides such accurate information about their coupons because Dealspotr offers serious perks.
Every time you share a deal, edit a coupon, mark a promo code as “not working,” or participate in deal posting projects (see below), you’ll earn points, which can be traded in for an Amazon gift card.
This process of becoming a deal curator is simple if you use the Deal Posting Projects tool. It will show you stores that offer the highest payouts for each promo code you add. It’ll also let you efficiently add, reactivate, and edit available coupons the most effectively.
Become a part of a community that wants to provide the best deal sharing site possible. Plus, you can be paid while doing it! In the image above, you can see users testing, validating, and editing promo codes.
Once you’re done, click “Complete This Store,” and wait for the free points.
It pays to help make Dealspotr the useful money saving platform that it is.
Next up is Mobee, a secret shopper app that’ll earn you money to shop – in secret!
You get to test products and make reviews about them as well as the customer service. The information you give will be used to let the company know what they can improve on.
Participating stores offer a set of “missions” that you can embark on to earn points. Mobee’s logo is a bee and “bee” is in their name, so think of these missions as little worker bee missions you’re making money on!
Once you’re done, you answer a short set of questions about your experience.
Your reviews and comments matter. Not only will you be making money, but you’ll be doing something extremely helpful for the company you’re working with.
It pays to keep your receipts! Earny uses the receipts you get in your inbox to make you money. Using those receipts, Earny searches for price drops on your purchases.
Many stores have price protection policies, which means if you can find it cheaper, they’ll give it to you for that price. Most people don’t take advantage of these policies because it’s too much of a headache to go and search out companies that might be selling an item you bought for less.
Thank goodness Earny is here to do the busy work for you!
Earny wants you to look at it as your personal assistant. Earny does all the legwork and makes sure you get the price check difference. After Earny does its thing, you’ll get a notification letting you know what kind of refund you’re getting.
You don’t have to worry about searching out the best prices on anything. Earny does all the work for you and makes sure you never have to overpay for anything. You deserve to buy everything at the lowest price possible.
According to Earny, the company has a “Ph.D. in comparative pricing.” Earny will check places like Best Buy, Carter’s, JCrew, Nike, Nordstrom, Walmart, Zappos, Bloomingdale’s, and more.
Earny has been mentioned in TechCrunch, Yahoo!, Forbes, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, The LA Times, and other publications.
Earn free gift cards by shopping! Shopkick is a new online platform for making money while shopping. Get paid to do your favorite thing!
Get rewards called “kicks” when you shop.
Redeem your kicks for digital gift cards that include Target, AMC, eBay, Sephora, and other major retailers.
There are a few ways you can earn rewards. You can scan barcodes of certain items, buy things with a specially linked card, or submit a receipt for your purchase. You can do this in-store or online at home in your pajamas.
With over 85k followers on Instagram and plenty of new users incoming, Shopkick is sure to have a bright future as a company.
8. Fetch Rewards
Though starting in 2015, this next company is still relatively new in the rewards world.
Fetch Rewards is a grocery store oriented platform that’s used to make money while shopping. Its simple process is making it a popular go-to for online money-saving apps.
How it works is easy. Just take a photo of your grocery store receipt and points will automatically be put into your account.
There are over 250 brands that you’ll earn money from when you purchase them. After you save up a certain amount of points, you can redeem them for gift cards to major retailers.
You can track how many points you’ll receive by what the offer states. For example, if the offer says you’ll get 20% back, and the price is $20, then you’ll get the answer of 20,000 points. You multiply the price you paid for the purchase by 1,000. So, multiply that 20% by the 20,000 answer you got, and then you’ll get the final answer of 4,000. Therefore, you will be receiving 4,000 points!
Stores that you can shop at to redeem points include Albertsons, Costco, CVS, Fred Meyer, Hannaford, Sam’s Club, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, and many, many more.
Don’t let your points expire! Points will disappear in 90 days if the account is inactive.
You’re on social media all the time anyway, so why not get paid for it? Get paid to shop by simply sharing your purchases with friends.
Become an influencer for your friends and make money by playing a part in the social media marketing world through CoSign.
This app is aimed at clothing and beauty retailers and well as food and tech. All you have to do is shop, tag your favorite brands in your photos, and then receive money if you follow or friend buys the same thing. The app tracks their purchase from your post and you get paid!
Once you hit $40 in your account balance, you can transfer the money you earned to your bank.
The amount you earn will depend on what your “influencer status” is. Naturally, the more followers or friends you have, the more you’re going to get back.
CoSign has been mentioned in Forbes, USA Today, Who What Wear, and AP.
Some of the brands that CoSign represents are Forever 21, Free People, Bloomingdales, and more. Shop your favorite clothing, tag, and get rewarded.
We’re ending with one more price check money saving app that’s been around for a little while, but still new in the game.
Paribus is a make-money-while-you-shop platform that lets you find out if stores owe you cash. It works similar to Earny in that it price matches other stores to make sure you aren’t paying more than you should.
Paribus uses a strong algorithm that determines whether or not a store owes you money. You don’t have to track your own receipts, Paribus does it for you!
You’ll be notified if you are owed money by the store. It’s that simple! Paribus keeps track of major retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, GAP, among others.
Paribus will even make sure if you’re owed money on a later delivery from places like Amazon or Walmart.
Without an app like this, you’re missing out on making free money while you shop.
Making Money While Shopping – Conclusion
Thanks to the boom of the tech world, consumers can now benefit greatly from the innovations made on the backs of companies that have been around for a while. These new (and relatively new) players in the online shopping money-making industry are rapidly changing the way we buy online.
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