Imagine if every time you reached for your phone, you could earn yourself a few extra bucks. Sounds pretty good, right? Really, everytime you turn around people are interested in making money online or other.
We thought so, too. Below, we’re highlighting five buzzed-about apps that promise to make you some cold, hard cash this summer.
But wait, there’s more! We also road-tested ’em, that way you know which ones are worth your time. Whether you’re standing in line at the grocery store or absentmindedly watching TV, these apps want to fatten up your wallet (and help you lock down that gorgeous, perfect-for-wedding-season dress you’ve been eyeing up all season!).
Platforms: iOS and Android
How it works: This app basically pays you for posting selfies. All you have to do is tag the brands you’re wearing, and if anyone clicks through to buy the products, you get a cut of the profit. Tag anything people can buy—makeup, jewelry, cute office products in the background—to up your chances of getting a hefty paycheck.
Money-making ability: This app works best if you have a sizable social media following—or are an expert hashtagger. Your cut of the profit will vary by brand, but users get paid every time they reach $40.
User experience: CoSign is super-easy to use and it’s beautifully designed, contrary to a majority of money-making apps that look clunky and outdated.
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows
How it works: The makers behind this app want to learn more about people’s media-consumption habits—and they’re willing to pay their users for intel. Users generate points by checking in when they’re watching something on TV and can earn even more points by engaging in “Viggle Live” discussions. With music, users generate points by identifying a song being played through the Viggle Music feature. You can also get points by “checking in” whenever you play music on your phone.
Making-Money ability: Viggle pays users in gift cards and prizes—not actual cash—but the prizes are pretty sweet. Some gift cards are for places you’d likely be spending your money anyway, like Starbucks and iTunes. Or, you can save your points and try to rack up big ticket prizes, like a cruise.
User experience: Raking up enough points to score the desirable prizes takes a lot of commitment, so using the app just once in a while really isn’t worth it. But if you get into it and actually enjoy the “Viggle Live” discussions and connecting with other users, it could be an easy way for you to earn some sweet rewards.