Boost Your Income: 15 Apps That Pay You Real Money

If your anything like me, you spend more time on your phone than you do on anything else. Right?

I bring you my TOP 15 apps that pay you real money.

I mean, although I’m a mummy to 4 beautiful children, I’ll still find myself holding my phone along with them like it’s my baby. If it’s not googling recipes, or brainstorming ideas for you lovelies to right my next post on, then I’m always looking for ways to make some extra cash on the side.

But, did you know there are money making apps out there that can earn you money for every little thing you do on your SmartPhone or mobile device?

Ways to make money using apps did you say?

Yes, you heard that right! So why not use your phone to earn alittle extra KERCHING!

There are many apps that pay you for iPhone and Android devices that will pay you real money to perform certain tasks.

To take the guesswork out of the whole process, of course, I don’t want you facing scams (check my post here on how to be wary of scams). I have compiled a list of the TOP 15 apps that pay you, that pay cash or free gift cards.

Keep on reading to discover their earning potential and how they can help you earn fast cash in your spare time. Luckily, 2023 has more apps that pay you than ever before.

BEST Apps that pay you in 2023!


Survey Junkie is a survey taking money making app. You can download the Survey Junkie app to take surveys, try new offers or participate in focus group discussions and get paid for it.

Survey Junkie is free to join and 100% legit. They normally give out points redeemable for free gift cards or PayPal cash.

Focused group discussion can take 30-45 minutes to complete, these are however, their highest paying surveys that can earn you up to $50 per survey

Once you have downloaded the App from App store/Play store, you can then start building your profile. When you fill out your profile, it will ask you a series of questions to find out your interests, personality, and experience. Survey Junkie will then match your profile with surveys that you qualify for, giving you an easy way to make some extra money in your free time by completing simple tasks.

Additionally, Survey Junkie offers a bonus program, called Branded Elite, where you can earn even more points. These points can be redeemed as direct deposits, gift cards to popular retailers, or donations to charity. With Branded Surveys, another popular survey site, you can also earn PayPal cash and gift cards for sharing your opinion. And you can cash out at just $5, which is possible to reach in a day if you grind out a few surveys.

Below are 2 more apps that pay you, using the same method as survey junkie.

Swagbucks is another app that offers cash rewards for completing online tasks, playing games, filling out surveys, and more! You join for free and then earn Swagbucks points by doing simple tasks. Then, you can redeem your Swagbucks points for gift cards or cash—yes, cold hard cash—via your PayPal account.

Opinion Outpost is another platform where you can get paid for taking surveys and sharing your thoughts on your favorite brands. It’s a great way to earn PayPal cash or gift cards by providing your honest feedback and helping improve products and services through surveys, product testing, reviewing advertisements, diary studies, and more.

For every survey you complete, you will earn virtual points redeemable for PayPal cash or gift cards.


Vindale Research is one of the trusted and reliable survey apps that pay you top amounts in their industry. You can earn up to $75 per survey.

In addition to the survey money, you get a free $1 welcome bonus that’s credited to your account immediately when you sign up.

Vindale Research is an awesome app that allows you to take surveys on the go. Walking, sitting on the bus, in the park, the world is your oyster.

You can also become a product reviewer for Vindale research. They give you the product to review for free! Who doesn’t love a freebie? I know I certainly do.

They add surveys on a daily basis. The database is huge. They’ve paid out over $6 million to their participants worldwide. Pretty impressive.

Key research via surveys is vital. Businesses want to know what their consumers require and via surveys they get their answers. So you can imagine by partnering with one of these LARGE companys they would be paying to get YOUR REAL consumer feedback.

Our answers can change tomorrow!

Vindale Research would emerge as one of the best money making apps emerging into 2020. They simply love a payout!.

Another reason to love Vindale Research is because they pay cash via PayPal or through a check, unlike other survey sites that prefer using the points system. Paypal is trusted and is easily usable around the world.


Swagbucks is one of the great apps that pay you to watch videos, take paid online surveys, search the web, complete trial offers or play games on your Smartphone or mobile device. (As mentioned above under Survey junkie)

For every task you complete, you earn “SB” coins in your Swagbucks account that you can redeem for PayPal cash, prizes or free gift cards.

Swagbucks has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. I also mentioned them in an earlier review that you can check here.


Another great App I love!

InboxDollars (or you can use InboxPounds if based in the UK)is another money making app that pays cash for reading emails, taking surveys, downloading apps or searching the web.

It’s a trusted company that’s been into existence since 2000. They’ve paid out over $10 million to it’s participants worldwide.

They have a FREE $ sign up bonus and have a similar earning system as to the Apps I’ve already mentioned above.

In all honesty there are over 1 million money making SURVEY Apps on the App store and web. However we can’t vet them all which is why the ones I’ve listed here are all tried and tested and true to what they claim.


This App MobileXpression app  makes you money when you use your devices. This app pays you for taking online surveys. Apart from surveys, they also pay you to have your app installed on your phone for as long as it takes.

Get the MobileXpression app installed for just one week and you will receive credits that you can redeem for a $5 Amazon gift card! How cool is that? 

We all love online shopping, so even knocking of a $5 from your total purchase amount is a big save. It can result in some savings towards your piggy bank or an extra meal out with family. So why not give it a try!


Rakuten is a cash back app that pays in many ways.

First off, like many other cash back apps, Rakuten will send you FREE money when you sign up as a member.

That’s right!

You will receive a $10 sign up bonus that you can transfer to your PayPal account or redeem for gift cards.

The second way to earn with Rakuten is by referring your friends. They have an amazing referral program that pays you $5 for every referral that signs up through your affiliate link.

Another way to make money with Rakuten is to use the cash back option.

Rakuten has daily deals, discounts and promo codes that you can take advantage of to save huge money from your online shopping.

Like I mentioned earlier, who doesn’t love online shopping? We all do it sometime either weekly, monthly or some even shop online DAILY! This is where Rakuten comes in.

Download and install the Rakuten browser extension so you can easily be notified of new deals and discounts.


Prices drop all the time. Have you ever purchased an item, only to find out a week later it’s been further reduced? Ahh bummer!

It’s happened to me, especially around the sale times, where I’ve baught something at 50% off but then it’s been further reduced to 75%, a week later. Wish I would have waited!

No need to worry about that now…Keep on reading why..

Paribus is a free money saving app that sends you refunds on stuff you purchase online from various retailers, including your favorite stores. If you buy an item for $500 and the price of that item drops to $400 later, Paribus will work hand in hand with the retailer and return the $100 back to you without you lifting a finger.

The Rakuten shopping app, an established leader in money saving apps, offers a similar cash back feature for online shopping.

They take 25% of the amount refunded, which isn’t bad considering you still would get 75% of an amount you probably never would have knew you could get!


When you sign up for a free Paribus account, it will scan your emails for any purchase receipts. You may have hundreds of receipts? that’s no problem.

Paribus has it under control.

You don’t even need to know that there is a price drop. You’ll just receive the refunds once the whole process is over. How cool is that?

Now if your anything like me and throw your receipts away? Next time allow the retailer to send you an email receipt instead, that way it can sit in your inbox without bothering you.

8. Uber

Apps that pay you to drive! Yes, My partner is teamed up with Uber too – it’s almost one of the main sources of income at times if I’m honest!

Uber is a widely known ride-share app that makes you money when you drive people around. Whenever customers are in need of a ride, they just go to the app and look for the next available driver. And, if you are available, you can take on side gigs and make your money.

They are a bit strict when hiring, ofcourse Uber is a taxi drivers App. But if your record is clean, you have the right vehicle and insurance, then you will get accepted in 24 hours or so. Expect to earn up to $30 per hour.


Food apps that pay you!

Another one my family loves – We basically love getting food to our doors, but we also enjoy delivering it.

Uber launched Uber Eats specifically for food deliveries.

UberEats allows you to deliver food to customers in exchange for extra pay. So, apart from driving people around, you can do food deliveries and earn even more money. 

You don’t have to partner with Uber driver App to do Ubereats, they are both different entities. The requirements for Ubereats is also much easier to pass and almost anyone can start earning money whilst delivering food. 


Have a car parked in your driveway that you hardly use anymore? I do!

Since going off on maternity I hardly use my car to go to work, simply because I now work from home. So this app is something I have considered.

You can make extra money by sharing your car with people nearby using Getaround. No driving is required with the Getaround app.

They are very flexible and you can choose how and when to rent your car. You can earn as high as $10,000 per year just by sharing your car.


As mentioned in an earlier post – for those asking – this is legit! Get paid for reviewing music.

You can literally make money online by reviewing music at Slice the Pie.

Slice the Pie is a paid music reviewing site that pays you to give honest feedback on uploaded music. You will earn cash on every review you leave.

They do this to help upcoming musicians to know what the crowd thinks of their songs. YOU GUYS are in demand.

Your reviews must be well thought out and in good English. They can be strict when reviewing your responses. Generic reviews will be rejected and you won’t get paid. 

Slice the Pie also has a referral program and you can earn money by referring others. You will receive a cash bonus every time they review music. More passive income oppurtinuties.

Like I say – Penny’s make Pounds!

This is another green light company that pays via PayPal twice a week.


Decluttr is a selling app that allows you to make money by selling your phones, tablets, DVDs, CDs, Blue-rays or video games. This site takes less weight items as opposed to larger items such as furniture.

Selling here is pretty easy. You just scan the bar-code of your items for sale and the app will tell you how much you can sell the items for.

One thing I love about this app is that shipping is free and you get your money within 2 days of shipping the products. Payments are via cheque or direct deposit into your bank account.


Are you a book worm and have so many books overloaded in your cupboard?

If you have a lot of textbooks or used books in general that you want to sell but no one is buying you can use the BookScouter app.

BookScouter is a free app that can give you access to over 35 book buyback vendors. This is a great opportunity for you to find the best vendors who will pay the most money for your books.

How this works is you simply enter an ISBN into the Search bar at BookScouter then you will see several offers for your books from various vendors. Choose a vendor that you want to sell your books to then go to their website to complete the transaction.

The next step is to pack your books and deliver them to your local shipping center. The vendor will receive the books and send you your payment. It’s that simple and easy.

If you read my post on how I lost 4kg in 3 days then you will love this. Get paid for losing weight! YES! It‘s a thing.


If you want to lose weight and make money at the same time, then I have some good news. HealthyWage will pay you when you set a goal to lose weight.

HealthyWage is one of the apps that pay you to walk. You basically determine how much weight you want to lose, join Healthy Wage then make a bet.

If you manage to lose that weight you get the exact amount of money you chose. This is a double win if you ask me. You get fit and make money at the same time.

If you want to know more about this money making weight loss app, check out Side hustle nation’s post where they explain in detail how it works.

People have won up to $10,000 with this challenge app!

15. EBAY

I saved the last till the best. Absolutly love the eBay app. It’s so easy to use and easy to navigate.

Ebay or even the online ecommerce world is one of the best apps that pay you very nicely.

Ebay is a platform for selling used and brand new items. Any item is allowed aslong as it’s not living ha!

I’ve used this app to list my old clothes, handbags, shoes, furniture, even brand new wholesale items such as earphones, makeup brushes, face masks etc.

Check it out here to start earning your way to money kingdom!

How much money can you make from using these apps?

The amount of money you can make from using apps that pay you varies greatly and depends on factors such as the specific apps you use, the time and effort you put in, and your overall strategy. Some people may only earn a few dollars a month while others may make hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

So what are you waiting for…GET STARTED WITH MONEY MAKING APPS that pay you, right away…

Do you know any other apps that pay you? other money making apps that I didn’t mention but you feel they deserve to be here? Leave a comment below and I’ll add them right away! 

Let’s help each other make money in every way we can.

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