Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small amount of money at no additional cost to you.
So you’ve got a great deal on a tablet and you want to make it work for you. Luckily, there are plenty of apps available that can turn your new purchase from lavish expenditure into a money spinning device.
When I buy anything like this: tablet, laptop or phone I like to try and find a way for it to pay for itself. That way the purchase feels justified and I can replenish the pot that the money to pay from it came out of.
With that in mind, here are my favourite apps for you to download on to your tablet.
If you are like me you are constantly finding things around your house that you can sell. Having the app ready to go on your tablet makes it easy to list items and manage these.
This app is loaded with everything from surveys to games that can make you money. Complete one of the offered tasks and you’ll earn Swagbucks. Get enough and you can turn this into cash. I use Swagbucks when I’ve got a few spare minutes, like when I’m waiting for the kettle to boil or feeding my children.
From the same company YouGov, that does current affairs surveys, YouGov Pulse is an app that runs in the background of your tablet. In exchange for retrieving information about how you use your device, including web searches, you get points in your YouGov account. 5,000 points gets you £50.
Rather than storing all your receipts in your purse/wallet forever you can use this app to snap pictures of them. This picture is then used as market research to look at how people spend their money. Again, you gain points and these points can be exchanged for either money or vouchers. (Sign up with my referral code and get an extra 200 points: 2T28CJN4)
This one is for when you are out and about. Upload pictures of job adverts to this app and they will give you points. These points are then converted into Amazon vouchers. The plus side to this one is that there is no minimum payout.
Quidco is my favourite cashback site. Cashback sites work by you going through this site first before visiting and purchasing from a website. Quidco will make some money from the company for referring you and they pass some of this money back to you.
Making this part of your online shopping routine can see you saving loads on your purchases. Not only that but if you use it for switching your bills you can get even bigger payouts.
Top Cashback is very similar to Quidco. It is listed here because it is always worth checking the two as sometimes the amount they pay out will vary. Or they may offer a site that Quidco does not.
Again, a cashback app. But this one allows you to get cashback on purchases from Amazon, which the other two do not. However, there is a twist. KidStart app is for saving the cashback for your child, grandchild or other chosen kid.
If you want a way to save money with minimal effort then this app is a must. Chip connects to your bank account and works out how much you can afford to save. It then does this for you without any input from you. A simple idea and a great app.
If there’s a code out there to get you some money off then it is likely that you’ll find it on this app. Search for what you want to buy/where you want to buy it from and it will tell you if there is a discount code available. You can then use this to get some money off.
Technically for this one, you are going to need the Facebook Messenger app. This clever little bot sits in your Facebook Messenger app and is linked to your bank accounts. You can then interact with it like you are talking to your bank manager. It will keep you up to date with your money whenever you want.
Another one that you will need Facebook Messenger for and similar to Cleo. The difference here is that it comes with both savings and investment opportunities. You can set Plum up to automatically take money from your account and invest this is the stock market.
Yolt allows you see all your bank accounts in one place. If you are the sort of person who (like me) has several accounts on the go then this could be very handy. It also has tools to help you monitor your spending and set budgets. A very clever and useful app.
Then take a look at this post on how to Make Money Online From Your Sofa.
Disclaimer: Remember the information you read here does not represent advice. Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you. Read the full disclaimer here.
This is a collaborative post.
Looking After Your Pennies is an eco-friendly personal finance blog written and managed by Charlotte Jessop.
I write on a variety of topics including frugal lifestyle, eco-friendly living, money making ideas and generally how to make your money go further.