I’ve been needing a new app. I didn’t want to download another game, and I’ve been curious about apps that claim you can make money by using them. After a bit of researching and browsing, I chose to download CheckPoints yesterday.

The premise of the app is that it allows you to earn points, the currency which you then trade in for rewards and prizes. There are a few different methods to earn points, but the main focus is on two; watching videos and scanning items.

The videos *cough*ads*cough only get you one point for about 2-3 minutes of video. I just connected my phone to our wifi at home, and let them run on while I played Ni No Kuni on my PS3. I did this for maybe an hour or two before work and got about 30-40 points.

Scanning items has a bigger payout, about 15-20 points per item. You check-in with the app, and it locates nearby businesses with scanable items. Bigger stores have more items, netting you more points, but even my local pharmacy and dollar stores had an item or two. I earned about 250 points from the store I work at. Working retail at a large chain store definitely helps, as I can easily scan something almost every day.

Other app features for points include:
Check-in – Check in at a nearby location
App testing – I havent tried this yet
Slot Machine – Gamble for the jackpot, 12 points a spin
Refer-A-Friend – Use BONUS CODE: LANIFEIBOR for double earned points the first two weeks!

So what can I get for my 300 points? Nothing. A $1 Wal*Mart gift card costs 340. Staying at this pace means in 10 days, I’ll have 3000 points, which kind of rounds up to the $10 gift card. I’m sure I could make $20-30 a month using this app. More so if I’m ambitious.
Oh, have I mentioned to use the code LANIFEIBOR for extra points when you download the app?

So far the app seems to be a good bet. I haven’t had any technical problems with it, even with my clunky old Galaxy S2. I would definitely recommend trying it out for yourself. And if you don’t like it after a day or two? Hey, at least you got a dollar in your pocket.


Why bother, Blogger?

  I have blogged in the past, mostly throughout my highschool years, and a little after, via Xanga. My writings were mostly just ramblings of how my day went, or who I did or did not like. Eventually I stopped writing, and gravitated more towards the Myspace/Facebook crowd.
  So why start it back up again?
  Kids, when asked what they want to do when they grow up, have the best answers. They want to be astronauts, or presidents. They have no limits or boundaries on their dreams. I was no different, I wanted to be a magician and a writer. Seeing as I know one magic trick with a rubber band, an illusionist is not a promising career choice.
  I can, however, write. Or I like to. I like it enough to write a novel. Tips for a great novel generally include practicing your craft. I will get plenty in while writing book(s) but I need something that won’t be worky, a place to dump the miscellaneous. Plus it’s encouraged to have a fanbase, so to speak, set up already when it comes to publication. Waving wands or beautiful assistants won’t do all the work.
  So what can you expect? Shenanigans of my 2 year old toddler. Musings of life, the universe, and 42. Book ideas, characters, excerpts. And just anything random.