Sometimes, getting some extra cash is just a few taps away.
There are lots of apps out there that make it easy to earn money for completing simple tasks that won't require you to rearrange your whole schedule. Money-earning activities range from checking into the gym or TV shows you're watching to completing additional tasks, like scanning barcodes of items at stores or taking surveys.
Here's a list of 8 apps that could help you earn extra cash to add to your budget:
What you do: Browse the task options near you, select a job that interests you, and then complete it within 2 hours. Tasks may include visiting a store to do a price check or filling out a survey.
What you get: Each job pays an average of $3 to $12. Decide when to cash out and get cash distributed to your PayPal or Dwolla account.
When you get it: It takes 48 hours for Field Agent to process cash out requests.
What you do: Find cash back rebates on specific products, including groceries, clothing, and restaurant items. Receive cash back by taking a photo of your receipt and submitting it in the app.
What you get: Get cash back for the featured items you purchased. You can choose to receive your funds as cash (via PayPal or VenMo) or as gift cards.
When you get it: Once you reach at least $10 in earnings, you can cash out. Get cash deposited to your PayPal or VenMo account within 48 hours of cashing out.
What you do: Make a weekly goal for working out or eating healthy and stick to it. Earn between $0.30 and $5 each week, depending on the number of goals you reach.
What you get: Earn money for fulfilling your commitments. If you don't fulfill your commitments, you'll have to pay the users who did meet their goal.
When you get it: Once you've reached $10, you can cash out and get your money distributed via PayPal.
What you do: Earn points (called "kicks") for walking into a store, scanning specific products, and making purchases. Some stores you can use Shopkick in include Target, Macy's, and JC Penney, among others.
What you get: Redeem your kicks for gift cards.
When you get it: Some rewards will be delivered instantly, while others may be emailed or sent as physical mail.
What you do: Once you download the app, you'll be presented with news and ads on your phone's lock screen. You can choose to click on the ad or not - you'll earn money either way.
What you get: Receive points (called "carats") for unlocking your lock screen. Redeem carats for cash (distributed via PayPal), gift cards, or have the money donated to charity.
When you get it: Once you have earned 200 carats, you can redeem your points.
Available on: Google Play.
Surveys On The Go
What you do: Take simple surveys in order to earn cash.
What you get: Earn between $0.25 and $5 for each survey.
When you get it: You can cash out once you have earned at least $10. Money is distributed within PayPal, and payments are instant with an existing PayPal account.
What you do: Earn points (called "Swagbucks") by watching videos, shopping at specific online retailers, answering surveys, and completing other activities.
What you get: Redeem your Swagbucks for gift cards or get cash back from PayPal.
When you get it: It generally takes 10 days to receive your rewards after you redeem.
What you do: Check in to the TV shows you're watching and music you're listening to with Viggle and earn points. If you watch or listen to things that are currently featured on Viggle, you'll earn extra points.
What you get: Redeem your points for movies, TV, music, gift cards, and electronics.
When you get it: When you check into a show, you receive your points within 24 hours of the end of the show. To get your reward after you've redeemed your points, it can take around 14 days.