5 Ways to Use Your Cellphone to Make Extra Money

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Think that your cellphone is just good for taking selfies and staying connected with friends and family members on social media? Think again! Cellphones are a prime opportunity to make extra money. While you won’t become rich by using your cellphone, you can definitely make at least an extra $50 a month, which definitely adds up over time.

Interested in beefing up your bank account? Keep reading to learn about 5 ways you can use your cellphone to bring in extra cash each month.

1. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is one of the most popular survey sites around. What many people don’t know is that the company also offers a mobile app that allows you to earn money on-the-go. With Swagbucks, you can earn points (known as SBs) by completing easy tasks. For example, you can earn points by watching short videos, playing games, taking surveys, and even downloading other mobile apps.

What’s nice about Swagbucks is that the tasks are quick and easy. You can earn points while sitting at home on the couch watching Netflix or when you’re waiting for the bus to head into the city.

Be aware that 100 SBs is equal to $1. As you earn more points, you can cash them out for rewards. Swagbucks allows users to cash out their points for money, which is sent via PayPal, or you can choose to redeem your points for gift cards to your favorite retailer.

2. Dosh

Dosh is one of the top cash back apps that rewards its users for shopping at participating retailers. You can also earn cash back by eating at certain restaurants or booking a hotel room. Unlike other cashback apps, Dosh is passive. After downloading the app, you’ll need to link your credit and/or debit cards that you use to make purchases. As soon as you link your first card you get a $5 cash bonus!

Dosh views your purchase history and will automatically reward you with cash back if you shop at a participating retailer. Recent reviews of the Dosh app prove just how beneficial and easy the app is to use.

Dosh’s network includes top stores such as:

  • Walmart
  • Nike
  • Sephora
  • Home Depot
  • Walgreens
  • Staples

You can also earn cash back by eating at restaurants like Wendy’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. You’ll even find cash back is offered at local eateries and even breweries in your area. Each participating retailer has a set cash back promotion. For instance, you’ll always earn 3% cash back on all purchases made at Walmart.

3. Paribus

While Dosh rewards you for purchases that you’ll make in the future, Paribus can help you to earn money on purchases that you’ve made in the past. Paribus is a free mobile app that looks at your purchase history to find lower prices.

The app searches through your inbox to find receipts and invoices. Paribus then compares today’s prices to what you paid at the time of purchase. If the app finds a lower price, it will alert you. From there you can start the process of earning a refund for the difference.

If you’re awarded a price difference refund, Paribus takes a small percentage of the refund and the rest is yours to keep. With this app, you can quickly figure out which retailers owe you money!

4. Pay Your Selfie

Most people take selfies to show off their newest makeup look or to share their day with friends. But what if your selfies could earn you cold hard cash? The Pay Your Selfie App is a free app that pays users for taking selfies.

The app is the only app that requires its users to submit photo-based responses. As a user, you’ll be responding to brand and lifestyle surveys. For example, you may be required to take a selfie at a local pub or with a specific product. Using the selfies that you submit, brands can dig deeper into consumer preferences.

You can earn up to $1 or more for each selfie that you submit. Once your in-app piggy bank reaches the $20 threshold, Pay Your Selfie will send you a check in the mail with your earnings. If you love taking selfies, this is the app that allows you to effortlessly make easy cash.

5. Foap

Not a fan of selfies but love taking pictures of other things, like your dog or a beautiful sunset? If you enjoy taking photos for fun, consider using the app Foap. Foap allows you to make money by taking photos. You’re able to set a price tag for each of the photos that you post on the app.

With good (affordable) photos in high demand, the opportunity to earn money on Foap is endless. All you have to do is upload your pictures and wait for interest. You may be shocked at how much your photos can make.


No matter if you want extra money for this year’s vacation or want to build your savings account, the five options above can help you to reach those goals. Make the time you spend on your cellphone worthwhile and profitable by downloading and using these apps on a daily basis.