This post will be of particular interest for iPhone users who use coupons, want to save (and earn) money and also want to scan things while they’re out on the town. I was initially looking just for a few ways to save coupons to my iPhone but was pleasantly surprised at both how far the iPhone scanning apps have come and that there were not only apps to save you money while shopping but also apps that will pay you for just walking into a store.
CamScanner, Scannable & Tiny Scan
A scanner app on your iPhone has the added benefit of being there whenever you need it compared to a normal desktop scanner. I was initially skeptical of how well these apps scanned in terms of quality, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with apps like CamScanner & Tiny Scan.
While CamScanner is free (with a paid upgrade available) and an excellent choice for those who need to quickly scan receipts or other documents, I did particularly like Tiny Scan for its ability to edit color saturation and to stitch together separate scans into one document. This is useful when you have to take separate scans but want the finished result to be one document. CamScanner is free while many of the features of Tiny Scan require the $2.99 upgrade.
Those who use Evernote and/or own a Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner will want to check out Scannable. It can scan directly to Evernote and can even control the Fujitsu ScanSnap itself.
MicroTasks & Mystery Shopping
Field Agent / GigWalk / EasyShift
Gigwalk is kind of like Fiverr (where your paid $5 to complete tasks) except you login using the GigWalk app and claim your gigs to be done in your local community. Most gigs pay between $5-$10.
FieldAgent allows you to claim tasks in your neighborhood, which you then have two hours to complete them. You have a Field Agent Score associated with your account so it pays to be patient: the higher your score, the more high paying gigs will be offered to you.
EasyShift is another easy way to make cash while doing gigs in your city. EasyShift seems particularly good for photographers – many tasks are of the “take a picture while at the store” variety and payment is made immediately through Paypal.
Saving While Shopping with an iPhone
Shopkick allows you to earn points when you walk into a participating store or scan products while in the store, all of which can be redeemed for gift cards. In theory that is: reception is spotty with this app and it has to be open when you walk into the store but it’s absolutely free to try.
Other coupon apps for iPhone and Android phones are hit and miss. Checkpoints seems scammy with their sweepstakes type offers, Jingit has gone downhill recently and Ibotta also has the same problem of not keeping up with enough good offers but it still seems many people like it. The basic premise is that you earn money by purchasing certain products that is then deposited into your PayPal account.