Apps That Can Actually Make You Money
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Apps That Can Actually Make You Money

How to make some quick cash right on your phone.

Apps are now a necessity. They are used for messaging, social media, entertainment, and now, making money. Some apps can be used to make money and potentially give you something extra in your bank account.

Taps for Money
This is an IOS app where you just tap a button for money. Advertisements pop up all the time, which can be annoying. Basically, you have to get to one million taps in order to get $15 in PayPal payments. If you do this while watching TV or relaxing, it's an easy way to make $15.

Unfortunately, you can only win the money once. So, once you complete the goal you can't win any more money. However, that's why I have more apps for you.

Fish for Money
This app is a fishing game. Again, ads are everywhere and annoying, but that's the only way the company can actually get the money to give to you. You have to catch one million "pounds" of fish.

What I liked about this app was that it was more interesting and game-like compared to the simple "Taps for Money" game. This game is easy and with steady playtime, it's easy to make $15. This game also only allows one reward per player, but don't worry, there are still more apps!

Ibotta
This app pays you for buying products you most likely already buy regularly. You are able to be rewarded for buying eggs, milk, and other things through this app. You can choose stores that are near you, and even explore new products.

You can get some cash back for things you were most likely going to buy anyway! All you have to do is take photos of the receipts to earn your money.

Field Agent
This one definitely sounds the coolest. The app uses your location to find 'assignments' near you. You will be paid to complete tasks around your area such as scanning barcodes, checking prices, and conducting surveys.

Jobs typically pay between $3 and $12 each, and you are able to cash out with PayPal or Dwolla accounts. This one may require driving to locations, so it is up to you to decide if it's worth the trip.

Movie Money
This app is another simple one, but like most, it also includes advertisements. This app makes you watch videos and or advertisements. You are able to watch ads for points that can be turned into a $5 payment to your PayPal account, or a $5 Amazon gift card. The amount seems low, but you can receive more than one reward with this one.

The bad part is, you are only allowed to watch a set number of videos per day, and each video is one point, so your points are limited. However, it's something easy to do on the sidelines while you are watching something more interesting.

iPoll
This is a survey app that can also be accessed on your computer. I prefer the computer mostly, but the app is great too. You complete survey after survey after survey to rack up money. You may not qualify for some surveys, but if you check in pretty regularly you can really stockpile some money.

I was able to make about $35 from taking surveys while also watching TV. It's easy and pretty straight forward, and gives you some consistent money.

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7 Apps That Will Improve Your Writing

Basically, how not to make your writing suck

Let's face it - writing is hard as hell for a lot of people. Even if you are a decent writer and don't tremble with fear at the thought of a research paper, you're still going to mess up sometimes. As a writer myself, I definitely have had my fair share of writer's block and cliches. But I have found some amazing apps to help improve my writing and they can help improve yours, too.

Draft
Manage your writing drafts more efficiently with this app. It has many user-friendly features. Collaborate with others without letting them overwrite your master copies. Approve or reject changes they make to documents. Compare drafts of previous work at the same time and see your progress. Use the built-in analytics software to generate reports about reader activity. Getting feedback on your writing from a staff of reviewers is also possible with Draft.

ILYS
Writer's block is no match for this app. ILYS helps users avoid the urge to over-edit. The goal is to write first and edit later. In addition to using a timer, you are only allowed to type and see one character at a time before the clock stops. Then you view what you have written and make changes. This helps ease the stress that often hits writers before beginning a writing assignment. Just go with the flow, and write whatever comes to your mind. This app can help you churn out more words than usual, too.

Plotbot
Plotbot is a good app specifically for those who want to write movie scripts or things of that nature. You can create and work on private screenplays by yourself, or invite others to get involved. If you are open to a wider collaborative team, share your screenplays publicly, and build a lot more connections. Leave all your formatting worries behind with this app - it takes care of everything. Now you can focus more on telling awesome stories with friends to help you along the way.

Cliche Finder
As tempting as it is to use cliches in your writing, they only sound fluffy, not innovative. No one likes stale writing. Get rid of overused phrases with Cliche Finder. The platform is simple to use. Just add your writing to the text box and click "Find Cliches." All cliches will be bolded for easy identification and removal.

Hemingway App
This beloved app is arguably one of the best online editors out there. Its main purpose is to make your writing more readable. It checks for the complexity of your words and sentences. Adverbs and passive voice are also identified. Questionable areas of writing are highlighted and color-coded to fit their assigned categories. You can write and edit within the Hemingway App. A reading grade level will be given to you once you switch over to the editing process.

Word Counter
The previous app does count words, but the Word Counter app goes further. It counts words, sentences, paragraphs, pages, syllables, and more. Make your writing SEO-friendly by using the built-in keyword density checker. Its talk-to-type feature allows you to type words as you say them into a microphone. Edit your work by using the proofreader feature to hear your writing read out loud.

BibMe
When it comes to writing college papers, you know how much hassle citations can be. Save yourself time and effort with BibMe, an automatic bibliography maker. It auto-fills essential elements for complete citations. You can cite sources in APA, MLA, Chicago format, and more. This app even allows users to check for plagiarism, scanning millions of sites and papers online.

You don't have to settle for mediocre writing with these apps. Do yourself a favor and start downloading.

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Dating App Showdown: Super Extensive Edition

One app to rule them all.

Nowadays, there's a dating app or website for every specific interest you can think of, from the kinkiest to the most vanilla. A lot of these are niche sites, used only by a specific, targeted group of people, but there are also the in-betweeners.

Apps that target basically everyone looking to date or hookup. These are the apps that I'm going to be comparing today (because if I went into detail about niche sites, this post would never end). Now, on to our first contender!

Tinder:
This was the first app I thought to turn to when I wanted to start dating - and with good reason. Tinder is everywhere. A week ago I would have said it was the most superficial of the dating apps I've used, due to the extremely limited bio length and the fact that we all too often swipe based entirely on the first picture, but I now know that it's come to a tie with another app on this list.


Pros: If you're looking for a hook up, this should be your go to! The majority of guys on Tinder are looking for hookups (or at least open to them), and quite a few have no qualms about making that clear. There are obviously exceptions - one of my best friends was looking for basically anything but hookups on Tinder, and now she's dating a guy that she met on there.

Another plus is that I don't notice that many bots or fake profiles on Tinder. I'm not sure if this is just my experience as a female in a non-metropolitan area, but I've only come across maybe two profiles that seemed obviously fake.

Cons: Lack of responses. Some of my most clever messages have been left without their deserved response - and I've done the same thing to other people. Unless you're really picky with your swipes, you're likely to end up with more matches than you can manage talking to (as a female, at least. I can't speak for guys). So that one guy who had that fishing picture on his profile, but a witty joke in his bio that made me think 'might as well swipe right'... well, I have better people to talk to.

OkCupid:
I use OkCupid somewhat casually. I have the app and answer messages when I get one from someone interesting (and I actually have an ongoing conversation with one girl from Nebraska - nowhere near where I live, but it's nice to chat with her). I've even met up with someone from OkCupid, but I just use Tinder a lot more.

This is because I've found that Tinder is easier to use for hookups or casual things (what I'm looking for), while OkCupid lends itself more to finding longer-lasting connections for the following reasons.


Pros: What I love about this app is that you have a ton of opportunity to tell people about you before you even start a conversation. It has an extensive bio section with questions that you can answer to give people info about what you like and who you are, and in addition to that, there are the match questions!

I personally find that the 'match percentages' that they give you are absolute bullshit, but the good thing about this feature is that you can go in and look at potential conversation partners' actual answers to the questions.

This can give you a lot of insight. I've rejected people on the basis of their answers alone. The match questions can get rather deep into different topics, and in my opinion opposite answers on some of the questions can reveal a fundamentally different worldview.

Once you answer a few match questions on OkCupid, you'll probably figure out what I mean.

Another big pro is that OkCupid tries to be inclusive of all sexualities and gender identities, and you can pick up to five of their sexuality options (which include asexual, questioning, and sapiosexual, among others) and up to five of their gender options (including androgynous, two spirit, genderfluid, and many more).

Tinder is kind of lacking in this regard. I don't think there's an option to alter your gender from what's on your Facebook profile, or to let people know your sexuality aside from explicitly stating it in your bio. And even if there is, I don't know where that option is, so they're failing somewhere.

Cons: I've found that there are quite a few fake profiles on OkCupid, either bots or scammers. A lot of the people who send me messages disable their accounts within a week - so many that it's not plausible that all of them just got sick of OkCupid.

I have fun with it though. There was one guy who messaged me three times, on three different accounts all with the same pictures a couple of weeks apart. He looked like a Jonas brother, and I told him the first time - and then just continued telling him whenever he messaged me.

There also aren't a ton of local options for me right now, being in a smaller city, but I feel like it has been growing since I started using the app.

Plenty of Fish:
I'm going to be honest here: I hate Plenty of Fish (not-so-affectionately known as POF). I re-downloaded it for the purpose of this post, to make sure I was remembering everything correctly, and as I look at that little fish icon I can feel the hatred in the depths of my soul. Luckily, it does have some pros that may make the app worth it for some people.


Pros: It has similar features to OkCupid, with one notable step up: you can securely call people through the app, without giving out personal information. It's honestly beyond me why anyone would use this, but I'm sure some people do enjoy being able to chat on the phone with potential dates before they go through it.

Maybe to help calm any nerves about meeting up with someone from a dating app?

You also get a lot of bullet point-type information, similar to a section of the OkCupid profile, but more spread out and taking up a lot more room. This could be a pro or con.

Cons: The app setup is horrid. It's pretty much the opposite of aesthetically pleasing and such a hassle to use compared to the OkCupid app.

This is the menu for the POF app (the shaded out area at the bottom is the profile pictures of potentials near me). You have to go to each individual section via this menu - and if you want to get to another section you have to go back to the menu page in between. There are better ways, POF staffers. Better ways.

See that bar on the bottom? That's the OkCupid menu. Always there. Always ready. You can skip between the five major tabs easily, and it combines multiple POF-equivalent sections into one tab. For example, on the tab shown, OkCupid 'likes' are bascially the same as POF 'favourites', which are contained into the same tab as people who 'visited you' - which is equivalent to people who 'viewed you' on POF.

OkCupid's app is just so much sleeker.

One bonus on POF is that in a cursory glance over people in my area, it seemed like there was an equal number of people looking for a longer-term relationship as those looking for casual relationships or hookups, so if you can handle the app you might want to add POF to your arsenal and take advantage of anyone who might be on that app but no others.

Bumble:
I started using Bumble for the purpose of this article, and in the couple of days I've been using it I'm not all that impressed. The idea behind it is awesome, I have to admit, but it doesn't work that well for me personally.

Oh yeah, and this is the one tied with Tinder for "most superficial". They both focus on swiping based on pictures, with only a limited profile (sometimes) given to help make the decision of left or right.


Pros: Females have to message first! It's a great idea, but I personally didn't like it. I enjoy evaluating the opening line of a guy - it can tell a lot. While I do start conversations if I have something in particular to say, the majority of my most meaningful Tinder conversations have been started by the guy.

For some people it's probably empowering to block guys from making the first move if you don't really want to talk to them, but if we were pickier with our Tinder swipes, we could create the same effect without the help of an app.

Another plus is that the guys on Bumble look a bit more genuine than guys on Tinder (just based on their profile images), probably because some of the really horrid fuckbois stay away because their lines wont work as well if the girl has to start the conversation.

Although I haven't used it, I love the idea of making the app multi-purpose and allowing users to look for same-sex friends (strictly friends, I mean). I might end up using that feature considering most of my friends are out of town for the summer...

Cons: The pool of potential matches is very small compared to Tinder - my search distance on Tinder is 40km and I almost never run out of matches unless I'm swiping consistently for a couple of days.

On Bumble my search distance was auto-set to about 40km and I ran out of people after about 30-40 swipes. I upped the distance to 70km and haven't run out since, but now some of my potentials are from the neighboring cities which can be up to an hour drive away.

I also feel like having matches expire serves no good purpose for me. Quite frequently I swipe as a time waster, so the idea of matches made during my time wasting expiring before I have the chance to message them during my next time wasting session isn't appealing.

Spotlight:
Even though it's a lesser known app (and only available for iPhone right now), the premise behind Spotlight is simple: why pictures when you can do videos? Spotlight videos are similar to the videos you put on your Snapchat story - little glimpses into your life and what you enjoy doing - but utilizing those to tell people more about what you're like and who you are.

Like every dating app, there are some pros and cons to this.


Pros: The non-static nature of video really lets you see how someone lives their life. Sure someone can take a picture at the top of a mountain - but who knows, did they drive there and just get out of their car to take that picture? With video, they'd be showing you the journey and how much they liked (or did not like) that hike to the peak.

I love that there is also a version of the typical dating app profile as well - so you still get the Tinder experience of pictures and a short bio, but you also get a lot more than that. As you've probably realized from the rest of this post, information is key to me. OkCupid gives us that information in the form of a long and in-depth bio, while Spotlight gives it through videos.

Cons: This app definitely isn't for the camera shy. Some people would hate uploading videos of themselves. Hell, some people hate uploading pictures of themselves but you do what you have to do if you want to get people swiping right. Other people don't really want strangers to get such a deep look into their personal life, and I totally get that too.

It would also be a shift even for people who aren't camera shy. We're used to taking selfies and group shots and only putting those on dating apps. We can make our profiles look picture perfect, tailor them to get people to swipe right as often as possible. With video, that's harder.

You're never going to get a video where you look great in every frame (some angles are just bad, as I know all too well), and you're going to have to let your real self shine through a little more.

Now that I think about it, this probably isn't a con, because being yourself is likely to foster a lot more genuine connections than being the dating app version of yourself up until you meet in person. It'll be a shift regardless.

Then again, you'll probably have a lot of guys with videos of them doing dumb shit, which can be a total turn off. Sometimes I'd prefer to have met a guy in person before I learn that he's the type to have a drink poured on him from multiple stories up.

The only other obvious con I can think of is the amount of people using it. Spotlight is a relatively new dating app and doesn't yet have the user base of any of the other ones I've mentioned. I can see it having a good hold in large cities - but in smaller cities, you wont be able to use it as your primary app, as cool as the concept is. I would keep it around though, because I think their unique style of dating is going to catch on.

The Roundup:
Tinder - great for hookups, maybe not the best place if you're looking for long term (though it is possible!)

OkCupid - My personal favorite, it's good for long term and you probably wont have much trouble finding a hookup either, if that's what you want. Easy to find people with exactly the preferences/characteristics you're looking for in a partner (such as a non-monogamous relationship).

Plenty of Fish - My advice: don't. But if you want a backup to any other apps on here, it seems to be good for both casual and longterm relationships.

Bumble - Essentially Tinder with a feminist twist. You either like the feminist twist or you don't, and I personally did not. You could probably find longterm easier on Bumble than Tinder, but I have no evidence to support this. It just feels like that would be the case.

Spotlight - An up-and-comer that really gets you to tell your story in a way that you don't have to on other apps. Chances are you can find both hookups and long term on Spotlight, but I feel like the model lends itself to finding long term relationships or even just good friends.

Honestly, I love OkCupid. In-depth profiles turn me on to a person a lot more than just a couple of selfies and group shots on a barely-there profile (as is the case with Tinder and Bumble, and even POF in some ways). Sure, looks still matter, but not in the way they do on Tinder - you have a chance to highlight potential shared interests and activities on OkCupid in a way that you just don't on Tinder, with your 500 character bio.

But for now, while I'm not really looking for particularly meaningful connections, Tinder it is.

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The Broke College Student's Guide to Shopping At Target

Stay away from the dollar section.

Raise your hand if you shop at Target. OK put it down, fool. If you're a college student, chances are you're short on cash and would love to shop smarter.

Everyone who has been to Target knows about its mysterious power to make you buy everything BUT what you actually needed. Speaking as a long-time Target regular and self-proclaimed Coupon Queen, here are some ways to save on what you already buy at Target. I can't, however, reverse the magical Target power that makes you buy ALL the things. We're all doomed there.

Use Cartwheel

Target shoppers, stop right now and download the magical, free, Cartwheel app. It features TONS of coupons and discounts for things that you buy at Target, including groceries, household items, and clothing.

It's simple: scan the barcodes of items you're buying and hit "ADD" once the coupon pops up to save it. You can also browse all coupons by category and add them manually. At checkout, present your barcode to the cashier, and all coupons you've added will be deducted. Coupons range from five to fifty percent off. I've been using Cartwheel for two years and I'm almost to $300 in savings. Cha-CHING.


Use Ibotta

Another free app similar to Cartwheel, but you can use it at other stores too. You use the app to collect rebates when you purchase certain items. It's as easy as unlocking rebates, scanning the corresponding barcodes from your items, snapping a pic of your receipt, and hitting SEND. Done.

Rebates start at $0.20 to $0.25, and I've seen some go up to $10. Ibotta adds up your saved rebates over time, every time you send in a receipt. Once you amass $20, you can cash out using Venmo, or purchase gift cards to places like Amazon and Starbucks.

Buy Target-Brand Items

Brand snob (n.) - someone who purchases only a certain brand of a given item, even if other brands of the same product are cheaper.

Brand snobs, STOP and educate yourself. Target features several store-brand lines, including Archer Farms, Simply Balanced, and Market Pantry. News flash, these items are the same as name-brand, and they're CHEAPER.

The Simply Balanced line features a lot of great healthy and organic options. Hit Up & Up for everything from sandwich bags to cotton swabs, and Market Pantry and Archer Farms for your food staples. PS - Cartwheel always has tons coupons for Target-brand items. Just sayin'.

Bring your own bags

Fun fact: if you bring your own reusable grocery bags to Target, the cashier takes five cents off your total for each bag you bring. It's not a lot, but hey, that's a few nickels back in your pocket.

Get the Target App

Since you've downloaded two apps already, a third won't hurt. In fact, this app helps. A lot. It includes weekly ads, even MORE mobile coupons, deals and clearances, a handy shopping list and online shopping features, a search tool that shows you prices for anything in the store, links to Cartwheel deals based on the items you search...what more could you ask for??

Get a Target RedCard

This is huge. Apply for a RedCard (either the Debit or Credit option) and you automatically save 5 percent off your whole purchase every time you use it at Target. They're basically begging you to save money on everything you already buy. It's a no-brainer, and it's saved me SO much.

Boom. Now go forth and bask in the glory of your savings, at least until you see the clearance sale on throw pillows that you definitely 100-percent need.


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Best Apps That Will Help You Get in Shape

Who needs a personal trainer?

Getting in shape is hard work, especially when you're not lucky enough to have a personal trainer, nutritionist, or life coach. With the help of modern day technology you CAN get the help from fitness experts without paying the ridiculous price tag.

Nike Training
The Nike Training app is amazing. It's completely free and has an enormous amount of workouts that are easy to follow. Within the app, you can select your fitness level, your goals and it allows you to listen to your own music while getting cues from the trainer. This app is great if you're thinking about getting a personal trainer but don't have the $$$ for it.

MyFitnessPal
This is an app designed to help with your nutrition. It's basically a database with a huge list of foods. It can tell you the calories, carbs, fat, and protein from any food in its library and if the food you're looking for isn't in the library you can add it yourself. This app is free but the premium version is $8 per month. The app really helps you control your nutrition and food intake. It's similar to having a nutritionist for a little under $100/year.

Running
Running is an app by Nike. Again, the app is free and ad free, which is a nice bonus. Within the app you can choose how long or how far you would like to run. This app also has a sort of "couch to 5k" feature called Coach. You can choose a distance you want to work up to (5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon) and it creates a custom list of workouts for you to complete to work up to your distance goal. If you don't have a running partner or someone who is willing to train you for a 10k, this app is for you.

Fitbit (Proven useless without a Fitbit)
I highly recommend getting a Fitbit or any fitness watch with a heart rate monitor. Knowing your heart rate during a workout is really beneficial because it can calculate calories burned more accurately. The Fitbit app can tell you how many calories you burned during your workout, how many miles you ran along with your pace (if you were on a run but it can also be used for bike rides, rowing etc.) and it tracks your heart rate at every minute of your workout so you can view when you were working the hardest.

The watch-app duo really gives you the motivation to workout because you can see visuals of everything. Having a fitness watch is like having a life coach but they never insult you or talk back to you. It just gives you the facts and you take it as your incentive to reach your goal.

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15 Free Apps You Didn't Know You Needed

Free shit is great. What are you waiting for?

Need to study, organize, find free food, stay safe, learn CPR, or do pretty much anything else you can think of? There's an app for that. Here are 15 free Devon apps you didn't know you needed, but definitely do:

1. Quizlet: In between all the partying, working, and Netflix bingeing, it's easy to forget about classes. Quizlet lets you study on the go and get ready for all your big tests.
2. RescueTime: For every procrastinator who needs a reality check, this app tells you exactly how much time you're wasting on other apps and websites.
3. Self Control: Another one for procrastinators, this app lets you block other apps or certain websites for a specified time period so you can focus on studying.
4. My Study Life: Keep track of all your homework assignments, classes, exams, breaks, or whatever else you have going on!
5. RefMe: Citations are such a pain, but RefMe makes them easier. Just scan a barcode or paste a url to get a citation in almost any format you need.
6. Circle of Six: This app has a prewritten message that you can send to up to six contacts you choose with one push of a button in an emergency situation, and also has emergency contacts immediately available. It's meant to keep you safe on campus, or anywhere.
7. LinkedIn: It's not exactly Twitter or Instagram, but it's super helpful to have an online resume and be able to network on the go!
8. LunchBox: Find free food on campus, because it's free and anything is better than the dining hall!
9. Mint: This app can help you track just how broke you really are and keep all of your financial information in one place.
10. First Aid Offline: You won't be helpful in an emergency situation if you freak out, so be prepared. I like this app best because it works even when you don't have internet connection.
11. Between: You and your significant other can share pictures and videos and talk about whatever it is couples talk about. Best of all, you can keep it off Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, because everyone's probably tired of your sappy pictures and daily declaration of love.
12. TED: For the uninitiated, TED Talks are inspiring and motivational and interesting talks about everything from quantum physics to tying your shoes, so check it out!
13. Andie Graph: Finally a free graphing calculator on your phone! STEM majors understand the struggle.
14. Uber: Catch a ride, or give someone else a ride.
15. Sworkit: It's a workout app, filled with guided exercise routines (yoga? cardio?) between 5 and 60 minutes.

Use your phone for something more helpful than Snapchat and Instagram and you'll be on your way to being more efficient, healthy, and happy.