How Your Smartphone Could Save (or Earn!) You Money

Smartphones give users the chance to make their lives easier through the many features and apps available. By taking advantage of some of those free apps, smartphone owners might be able to not only save some money, but to also make some money.

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Gigwalk

Students looking to earn some extra cash all on their own time should consider downloading Gigwalk and applying to become a 'gigwalker.' Companies submit tasks they want completed, which could include getting photos to verify parking regulations or taking pictures of restaurant menus. Gigwalkers choose which tasks they want to complete and get eight hours to finish the job and submit all of the required photos and additional details. With each successfully completed job, gigwalkers are able to build up their reputations and gain access to jobs that pay more. According to the Wall Street Journal, jobs could pay $3-$90 with the average being around $5.

Students who decide to become gigwalkers could pick out tasks near their campus or homes, making the jobs easier to complete. Since jobs are selected and not assigned, it also means students can tailor the work to their own schedules and interests.

Field Agent

Field Agent also gives users, referred to as agents, a chance to earn money by successfully completing tasks, which could pay anywhere from $3-$12. Once a job has been posted in the user's neighborhood, he or she will receive a notification that it is available. A task, for example, could require the user to take pictures of a store product and send in the photos along with the product's price. Another way users might be able to make money through Field Agent is by completing survey jobs.

Tasks created must be completed within two hours, which means it might not offer students much scheduling flexibility. However, the survey aspect means that even students who don't have the interest or time to go around gathering information could still be able to make money without having to go anywhere.

Shopkick

If you don't want to make money using your smartphone, you could still be interested in using it to save money. One of the features of Shopkick is that you can access the app as soon as you walk into participating stores to have reward points delivered right to your phone. The rewards can later be redeemed for things like gift cards. Additionally, you'll gain access to some discounts that are exclusively for Shopkick users.

Particularly if stores you go to frequently participate in Shopkick, this could be a great way to save money. The rewards help sweeten the deal because, even if you go to the store but don't purchase anything, you still get points just for visiting.

GeoQpons

Another app that can help you get discounts is GeoQpons, which sends daily coupons and information on deals to national businesses like H&M or Sports Authority. GeoQpons can provide you with the best of both worlds by giving you access to national and local business discounts. Preferring to patronize smaller neighborhood stores over bigger chains doesn't mean you won't be able to get helpful coupons or discounts. Other features of the app include being able to forward the deals to friends or being able to search for discounts or coupons to specific businesses.

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