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The Best Secret Shopper Apps to Earn Extra Money

A list of the legitimate mobile apps that will help you earn money performing secret shops, store audits, and simple tasks.

In the past 30 days, I tested legitimate secret shopping apps and earned $224.75 in 4 hours and 15 minutes. In hourly terms, I earned $54.16 per hour.

  • FieldAgent – $123.30 (most available shops)
  • GigWalk – $56.00 (made in 1 hour)
  • EasyShift – $7.70 (only a few shops available)
  • Mobee – 3675 points ($36.75) including bonuses

If you included the time I was stuck in traffic or the time I sat in the car too nervous to do an audit (this happened a few times), I spent an additional 2 hours and 15 minutes. Adding that time to calculate an hourly rate, I still made $34.58 per hour.

I paid no tolls and mileage amounted to about 108 miles. I either walked to the stores, stopped at the mall on my way to a friend’s house, or went to the big box retail store in the same strip mall before going to the movies.

During the test, I made sure I wasn’t going out of my way to complete secret shops. I was only taking jobs that were relatively close by or in the path of any destination I was going to. In hindsight, I could have made more if I drove an extra mile or two. However, my goal was to see how much I could earn if I didn’t change my lifestyle.

I was using 4 apps and sometimes different secret shops were available with each app at the same store or multiple shops within the same strip mall. It helped maximize return. I completed 38 audits meaning I earned $5.76 for each one.

Again this amounted to $224.75 in earnings for 4 hours and 15 minutes of work time.

How much you make can vary greatly and the amount of time can be significant. An audit I performed at a Walmart took me 35 minutes to complete, but I earned $14. While an audit of the Advance Auto Parts across the street took 8 minutes and earned $6.

Don’t game the system. Use it to earn money. When you do secret shops and audits you must read the description and follow it completely. Incomplete or false audits will not be paid and may cause your account to be suspended.

Of the 38 audits I completed, only one was rejected. I challenged the result and I was informed I incorrectly answered a question based on a photo I submitted. However, the company eventually decided to pay for the audit.

Knowing how legitimate these apps are in helping you earn extra money, you can be more intentional and create a plan to maximize earnings.

So how can you earn extra money with your phone using secret shopping apps?

My goal for this research was to share legitimate and non-scam ways to earn extra money using mobile apps. This was my criteria:

  • Earn money performing secret shops, audits, or store tasks with no purchases required
  • Must be a mobile app available for iPhones and Androids
  • A company established for at least 2 years
  • A large number of available shops and audits
  • Easy and quick payouts

I also wanted to determine how helpful customer support was for any issues that arise from mobile app bugs, in-store issues, or payout problems. These companies were responsive and offered solutions and answers.

Best for Variety and Quantity

  • Very easy account setup and can reserve jobs for two hours
  • Find audits, shops, and other tasks locally
  • Quick turn-around time for audit approvals
  • Transfer money earned into your bank account in 2-3 days
Best for Highest and Quickest Payout

    • Very easy account setup
    • Find audits and shops locally
    • Apply for jobs up to 24 hours in advance
    • Once audit is approved, payout is immediate and sent to your PayPal account
Best for Planning 

  • Simple account setup
  • Find audits locally and apply for “shifts” with a scaling payout
  • Completed shifts approved within 48 hours
  • Payments made 2-3 days from approval directly to PayPal account
Best for Gamification

    • Easy account setup
    • Find local audits and shops. You cannot reserve shops in advance.
    • Earn points redeemable for gift cards or cash
    • Get additional points by completing bonuses and getting badges.
    • Review of your shops takes longer about 3-5 days than other apps.

Bonus: Get 300 points ($3.00). When you join use code “DST5” and get your first 300 points.

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Jason Vitug

Jason Vitug is founder at phroogal, creator of the award-winning project the Road to Financial Wellness, and author of the bestseller and NY Times reviewed book, You Only Live Once: The Roadmap to Financial Wellness and a Purposeful Life.

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