There are so many ways to save money. Which is a plus. But it can be hard to determine which apps are for you, and which apps won’t fit your needs. Which is a bummer.
One of the questions often fielded in the SavEars is, “What do you guys think of _____ app?” Or, it’s popular cousin, “What are your favorite apps for earning?” In the spirit of filling our savings lives with more pluses and less bummers, I’m going on an app investigation! Every two weeks, I’ll be reviewing a new app here, in the App Spotlight. What will I be doing during those two weeks? Trying out the app, of course! I want to make sure that I learn the ins and outs of the app before I report back here to ya’ll.
This week’s app is….
What is it?: A brand of 11 different apps all under the “Perk” name, each unique app offers you ways to accrue points that can then be turned into gift cards.
The Perk app I had heard most about was Perk TV. Similar to what you would see on Swagbucks, Perk TV has you watching videos that are assigned a point value. When I signed up for Perk I discovered its 10 brothers and sisters, also earning apps, also fairly straightforward, but with vastly different earning potentials.
For purposes of science, I chose the three Perk apps that looked to have the highest earning potential for me personally. As the apps are all free, you can pick and choose which ones most appeal to you. Here is a brief rundown of each app.
Worth noting, while the apps are their own thing, all points you accrue go to the same place. So you won’t have 11 different balances; all 11 apps feed into your one account.
Perk TV: Run videos on your phone or computer, accruing points for each video watched.
Perk Pop Quiz: Answer trivia questions on your favorite topics to collect points.
Perk Screen: This app replaces your lock screen with ads. This one is available on Android only.
Perk Shopping: Similar to Ebates, you earn a percentage of cashback when you shop through this app.
Perk Search: Potentially earn points each time you search for something through this app.
Perk Browser: Similar to Perk Search, but with additional possibilities to earn for sharing with friends and shopping, as well as surfing the web.
Perk Scratch & Win: Use tokens and points to play digital scratch games where you win more tokens and points. The circle of life.
Perk Prize Mob: Ok, I barely get this one. You use tokens to bid on prizes, and if you’re the last person to bid you get a prize. But each time a bid is placed, more seconds are added to the time limit. But a great way to use up those tokens!
Perk TV Live: Like Perk TV, only used for actual live tv shows. The points lay in how many commercials you view during your program.
Perk Word Search: Just like it sounds. Do some puzzles for points.
Perk Wallet: Ok, another head scratcher for me. Use this app to redeem your rewards for your points because it has better rates than the main site. I think? No bonuses points or anything like that.
Who is it for?: Everyone. The Perk TV app, the easiest and most rewarding, is just watching videos. Anyone can watch videos. The other two apps I used, Perk Scratch and Perk Quiz are also very accessible, but not very high or quick earners, so that’s something to keep in mind.
There is a maximum of five accounts per household, so you and your SO can both be earning!
Where do I use it?: You can access the Perk “master” website on your computer or tablet, as well as phone. The apps are available for your smart phone. Found in the app store.
The main perk website has activities that are available only for the website, not on the apps. Things like surveys, deals, and daily list activities. The layout of the main site will look familiar to Swagbucks users. They’re very similar in design. Likewise, the activities on the apps are only available there, and not the website. I spent most of my time with the apps, though I did check in with the main page every few days.
When do I use it?: Whenever you want! Watching videos can be done while doing something else (ie prepping dinner, folding laundry) and I utilized Scratch and Quiz mostly when I had a few minutes to spare (waiting for the casserole to be done, waiting in the pickup line at pre-school…good apps for waiting.)
Why do I use it?: To earn points that can be traded in for gift cards. One thing to know: on Perk you can earn points or tokens. Points can be used for gift cards. Tokens can be used for…internal pride? I’m kidding. Mostly. The only thing it makes sense to use tokens on are the games on Perk Scratch. There you can earn points. The ratio is a little skewed. I just spent 50 tokens to win one point, for example. But, since I can’t find anything else to go with the tokens, it words out to a decent deal.
I believe that with earning apps, you’re going to get out of it what you put into it. Even so, this one seems like a relatively slow and low earner. I’ve been doing this for two weeks and I have 777 points. A one dollar gift card runs 1250 points. Five dollars 5000. If I keep up at this rate I can do a $10 gift card in 6 months. That might seem like nothing, but for a low workload, I’ll take it.
A bonus for folks who can’t get ncraves to work on Swagbucks: Perk TV is very similar, and those videos can be run on your phone or computer. I’ve taken to watching videos when I am doing surveys or other money making tasks.
One added perk (see what I did there?) is that the gift card selection is seriously varied. You’ve got all the usual suspects (Amazon, Nike) and some more unique choices (Kmart, Jiffy Lube) and a ton of restaurants.
Final Verdict: Recommended. Don’t expect it to be a main earner, but use it to compliment your other earnings. Use Kristin’s referral code to start off ahead of the game!
Think you’ll give Perk a try? Have you already? What is your reaction so far? Did you know there were 11 (!) separate apps? Tell me all about it in the comments.
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey three years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!