Mobile Apps That Pay You to Walk
Some of the best money to earn is when you can do it for free. For example, there are a few online companies that pay you to walk around your home, neighborhood, etc. Below, are a few apps we suggest trying out to earn money for going on a walk.
1. Gigwalk
Gigwalk is a great app if you enjoy going on walks in the city and around local businesses. The signup process is pretty straightforward, all you have to do is download the app, enter your profile information, as well as your PayPal information for payouts. Although Gigwalk is free to use, PayPal charges fees for processing your payouts from the company.
To use the app, log in, and when you see a job posted, accept it, and finish the assignments that are sent to you. Some tasks may be easier to complete than others, which is why you can make $3 and up for every task completed successfully.
2. Postmates
Postmates is an app-based delivery service that uses a network of couriers that deliver from local stores so that they don't need to offer their delivery services. However, if you live in the city, you can sign up to be a walking courier.
Sign up is relatively easy, all you have to do is create an account, connect your bank account, and get a background check. Once it comes back positive, you'll get a welcome kit in the mail, with an insulated bag and pre-paid card for deliveries.
On the app, click "live" to make yourself available for deliveries. When you get a delivery sent to you, all you have to do is "accept" to start the delivery.
Your earnings accumulate the base pay for the total trip; you also get paid per minute during the delivery, per mile for the distance of the trip, bonuses, tips, and any extra money you get paid during high demand. Fortunately, you get to keep 100 percent of tips, but you only keep 80 percent of every delivery. Usually, Postmates couriers make around $15/hour, and earnings are sent to your bank account four to seven days after you complete the delivery.
3. Walgreens Balance Rewards
With the Walgreens Balance Rewards card, you can earn points that you can redeem in-store simply by walking. If you aren't a member yet, you can join online or through the Walgreens app. Then, allow the app to connect to your phone or devices, such as Fitbit to earn an automatic 250 points. From then on, you'll earn 20 points for every mile you walk, bike, or run. You can earn up to 1,000 points every month.
Every time you earn 5,000 points, you get a $5 Walgreens coupon, which you can use in-store or online. However, when you're shopping in-store, let the cashier know you have redeemable points so you can save money during checkout. But, if you're shopping online, you can redeem points using the drop-down menu. Just make sure you don't wait too long to redeem your points, they expire after a year, or in six months if your account is inactive.
4. United Healthcare Motion
If you're looking for new ways to save on medical expenses, United Healthcare Motion has your back. This company will send you a $55 credit for a fitness tracker that they'll ship to your residence. As long as you and your partner are enrolled under United, you can both earn up to $1,095/year using the fitness trackers. However, there are three goals that you have to meet every day:
• Frequency Goal: 500 steps under seven minutes six times a day
• Tenacity Goal: 10,000 steps a day
• Intensity Goal: 3,000 steps under 30 minutes.
5. Charity Miles
Believe it or not, you can benefit a charity by walking. With Charity Miles, all you have to do is sign up, enable the app to run on your phone as well as notifications. Then, simply choose a charity from the 37 that they suggest, such as St. Jude Children's Hospital and Stand Up to Cancer. The app uses motion sensors and GPS on your phone to measure the distance you walk. Using Charity Miles, you can earn up to $0.10 per mile you bike and $0.25 per mile you walk, jog, or run.