Apps That Pay You Real Money
Updated March 09, 2024

9 Apps That Pay You Real Money in 2024

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Yes, there are legit apps out there that pay you real money.

Here are our top 9 apps that pay you.

Download them all and see how much you can make!

1. Ibotta

Ibotta App Pays You

I use Ibotta to get cash back on groceries. All I have to do is buy items in the app like milk or eggs and then take a picture of my receipt in the app. With our family of three, we earn about $20 a month with this app, which comes out to about $240 per year. Obviously if you have a large family and buy a lot of groceries you can expect to earn more.

Related: Ibotta Review: What Is Ibotta and How Does It Work?

2. GetUpside

GetUpside App Pays You to Get Gas

GetUpside is a cash back app that pays you for getting gas as well as for shopping at local grocery stores.  You simply link your credit or debit card to GetUpside, let GetUpside know where you’re going to shop, and then cash back is deposited into your account.  It’s actually one of the easier and user-friendly cash back apps on the market today.

Related: GetUpside Review: Is GetUpside Legit and How Does It Work?

3. Rakuten

Rakuten App Pays You

Rakuten gives you cash back on online shopping. Obviously the more online shopping you do, the more cash back you’ll earn, but if you spend $3,000 a year shopping online (sounds like a lot but only comes out to $250 a month) and get an average of 10% back per shopping trip through Rakuten (the actual cash back percentage varies by store) that would be an extra $300 per year back in your pocket.

Related: Rakuten Review: Still Tops For Cash Back

4. Swagbucks

Swagbucks App Pays You

I personally don’t use Swagbucks on a regular basis, but I have made some money with it over the years. However, there are people on Reddit to to make $216 – $420 a month with this app (which would theoretically translate to thousands of dollars a year). That said, I’m fairly certain that individuals like this are extreme outliers and $10 per month or $120 per year is a more reasonable expectation.

Related: Swagbucks Review: Is Swagbucks Worth It?

5. Mistplay

mistplay apps that pay you real money

If you enjoy playing games on your phone, Mistplay might be the app for you.  How it works is you go through the Mistplay app — at no charge to you — to download  mobile games from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.  As you spend time playing the games, you earn points that you can redeem for gift cards at Amazon, VISA, PlayStation, Xbox, Apple, Starbucks, and more.

Related: Mistplay Review: Here’s EXACTLY How Much I Made With Mistplay

6. Shopkick

Shopkick App Pays You

Shopkick (use my promo code LOGAN to get a $5 bonus) rewards you with gift cards for shopping in-store at places like Target and Walmart. I don’t make much with this app, but I tend to earn a $5 gift card every month or so, which comes out to about $60 per year.

Related: Shopkick Review: Is Shopkick Legit or a Scam?

7. Dosh


Dosh gives you automatic cash back on purchases at select retailers that you make on a credit card that you have linked to the Dosh app.  Once you have at least $25 in your Dosh account, you can transfer your cash back to your bank, PayPal account, Venmo account, or charity.

8. Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards App Pays You

Fetch Rewards is another cash back app. It functions similarly to Ibotta, though I’ve found that I generally earn less in it — about $10 a month or $120 per year. However, if you’re going to be saving your receipt anyway, might as well get rewarded twice.

Related: Fetch Rewards Review: Great Companion to Ibotta!

9. Respondent App Pays You

In my research, Respondent appears to be one of the few legitimate survey and research study sites out there. I have personally spoken with somebody who has made decent money with Respondent, and I routinely see of people earning over $300 a month with it.


Logan Allec, CPA

Logan is a practicing CPA and founder of Choice Tax Relief and Money Done Right. After spending nearly a decade in the corporate world helping big businesses save money, he launched his blog with the goal of helping everyday Americans earn, save, and invest more money. Learn more about Logan.

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5 years ago

Are these apps ones that have been tested by anyone responsible for this article’s publication? If so (and so it should be), we would like to hear about at least one experience and there we could see the reason for the subjects’ placement in the list, and find the experience we’re looking for maybe?

4 years ago

I’ve been scammed real money so am afraid to invest ?? most apps don’t really pay its 2019 ?

4 years ago

Try to download BuzzBreak in playstore

Keziah Noreen
Keziah Noreen
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4 years ago

yes Logan, you can even use my code: B08968843

3 years ago

thanks, and keep up the great work