I Tried Three ¨Money Making¨ Apps So You Don´t Have To

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                                 Disclaimer: These apps are nowhere near  “get rich quick schemes” .

 

   Sometimes it can be hard to make money in high school especially if students don’t or can’t get a job. I mean students could babysit or sell their own stuff, but who really wants to do that?  Thankfully there is a way to make some side money with something that all high school students use:smartphones.

   Yes, you can make some money just by using an app on your smartphone, but for the most part the money flow is very slow. Take for instance the app Perk TV. Perk TV is a point based app which rewards you for watching videos on your phone, or for watching TV shows. Let me just say that earning points on this app takes as slow as the last five minutes of class. The app works by the user selecting a video to watch from an assortment of categories, and watching the video fully along with some advertisements. Watching a video can get the user anywhere between 1 to 3 measly points. So far I have only accumulated 16 points from watching 6 videos which sucks because you need at least 5000 points to get a $5 dollar gift card. In order to get $5 dollars added to your PayPal account you need at least 9000 points. If I keep using Perk TV at this rate I should get $5 dollars in my account by the time I´m 60. Don’t just take my word for it though. One very annoyed person´s review about the app reads ¨HORRIBLE!! DON´T WASTE YOUR TIME!!¨. The reviewer then goes on to say ¨This is either a horribly written app, or it’s done on purpose and is a total scam¨.  Perk TV gets a 3 out of 10 for me solely off the fact that getting points takes an unnecessarily long time to get.

   This next app is perfect for A.I kids who love to shop online while in math class (you know who you are). The app, Ibotta, in a nutshell is a cash back app that pays you for shopping online. Ibotta also gives you cash back for taking pictures of your grocery receipt from major grocery store brands. The user takes a picture of their receipt, and Ibotta matches the items on the receipt to cash back deals. After this you have to scan the items that the app found on your receipt in order to get the cash back. I could have gotten $1.50 back for buying Ritz crackers at Shop rite, but the picture of my receipt was blurry so I couldn´t qualify. By the time I found that my receipt did not qualify the offer had expire. Besides that I think this app is pretty neat. Users get paid back by shopping at their favorite stores, and unlike Perk tv it wouldn’t take forever to cash out. In order to cash out the user needs to make at least $20 back, and if a user shops online every now and then, and scans their grocery receipts, the money should come relatively quick. For me Ibotta gets an 8 out of 10.

   Technically Free My Apps is not an app, its a website, but I figured it was good enough to mentioned. Free My Apps is another point based system that rewards users for downloading apps listed on the website in exchange for points. Users don’t even have to keep the app on their phones they can just open the app for 30 seconds then delete it, and still get the points.  Points can be redeemed for gift cards from Amazon to prepaid Visa cards. Users can start redeeming their points for gift cards once they accumulate 1500 points. Since most apps on the site are worth anywhere from 50 to 800 points it would not take long for users to get a gift card. When I first tried Free My Apps I got my $25 gift card after a few weeks of being on the site. Free my apps gets a 9 out of 10 for me mainly because it doesn’t take too long to rack up points, and all users have to do is download apps.

   In all honesty, if A.I. students want to make a little extra pocket change with little effort I would tell them to try Free My Apps mostly because it won’t take a long time to get a gift card. However , if a student likes to shop whether in class or at home , Ibotta would be their best bet.

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