Have you ever wondered how to continue funding your habits while trying to stay on a budget? Maybe you’re already on a tight budget but wish you could make a few extra dollars to treat yourself with something extra every so often. Or you’re saving up for something and need those last few dollars to get it.
I’ve been there.
Sticking to a budget is hard enough, but trying to stick to a budget while fighting frequent urges to splurge on something for yourself can make things even more difficult.
But what if I told you there were apps out there that could help you earn a few extra bucks a month doing simple tasks, during your downtime, from your smartphone?
Featurepoints has been around since 2012 and they’ve given away more than $5.6 million to their users. If you haven’t heard of this app you’re probably wondering…
What is FeaturePoints?
In this post, I’m going to go over what the app is, how you can earn rewards, what rewards are available, and if the FeaturePoints app is worth it.
Let’s get to it.
Featurepoints is a mobile and web app that lets you make money from doing various tasks. Once you earn these points you can redeem them for various rewards such as cash in the form of Paypal or a Visa gift card, PlayStation or Xbox store cards, and even Starbucks gift cards. Points you earn will vary based on the app and tasks you do so there is no set amount of points.
In FeaturePoints there are many ways you can earn points. You can read about them below.
The first way you can earn money is by downloading free apps. FeaturePoints will offer you a mixture of apps available from their sponsors to download for a certain number of points. To earn these points, all you need to do is click on the app inside of FeaturePoints to activate the action which then automatically takes you over to the Android App Store.
Once you download the app, launch the app and use it as you normally would. After a few minutes go back to your FeaturePoints account and you should be credited the app’s points. If the points don’t show up immediately they’ll usually show within 48 to 72 hours.
Each app has its own requirements to get the points which will show up before they take you to the app store to download it. This method is only available on the Android mobile app.
To earn points from surveys you need to first set up your account by taking a quick survey by answering questions about yourself. Doing this initial survey will provide other surveys tailored to the information you provided. To choose a survey, you need to choose a survey from their survey page on the web app or the survey section on the mobile app.
To set expectations, there’s a good chance you won’t qualify for quite a few surveys but it’s still worth it to try in case you do.
In any case, once you've completed your survey the points will be credited to you within a few days.
Another way to earn points is by getting cash back by shopping online. This works similarly to sites like Rakuten, formerly known as Ebates, or the Drop app. How this feature works is log in to your FeaturePoints account on either the web or mobile app and go to the cash back section of your account.
Once there, select from the many retailers available. Before the app takes you to the selected retailer’s site, a pop up will come up letting you know the percentage of cash back you’ll receive as well as what purchases are excluded from qualifying.
This can be a good method to earn quite a few points from cash back on purchases you would normally make at any online retailer that you already shop at.
Instead of receiving the actual cash back, it will instead be transformed into points and credited to your account.
Referring new users can potentially be the biggest way of earning a lot of points. Basically, when you refer your first two people to sign up for the app, using your link or referral code, you will receive 25% of the referred user’s points that they earn.
For example, if a user you referred downloads an app worth 250 points, that user will receive 250 points, and you will receive 63 points.
Once you refer three people to the app, you’ll then receive 50% of your referred users earnings. This feature lasts for the lifetime of your account.
Qualified points you’ll earn from referred users include:
You can potentially win anywhere from $5 to up to $100, from daily and monthly contests.
To enter these contests you'll need to earn tokens which are really easy to come by. All you have to do is go to the contest section and play the scratch off games. There’s a free Sugar Rush scratch game that will be the most cost effective method of getting tokens.
The Sugar Rush scratch game acts like a picture match. As long as you match up 3 of the same images in no sequential order, you get a token. The amount of tokens you receive are relative to the images that you get.
The last way to earn points is by participating in offers. These offers have significantly more points than the other methods mentioned but usually require you to sign up for a free trial or make a purchase.
Specific instructions on how to earn points will depend on each offer.
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FeaturePoints rewards you in either gift cards, cash or Bitcoin.
Gift card options available for grabs are listed below.
Your cash options are limited to PayPal, a Visa Gift Card and Bitcoin. The options are self explanatory.
Is there a FeaturePoints hack to help get you even more points quickly to cash out for these gifts?
No. There aren't any hacks but here are a few tips to help…
Points needed for rewards will depend on which dollar amount you’re aiming for. In the case of a PayPal reward, the lowest payout starts at $5 which equals 3000 points. The highest payout will set you back a whopping 300,000 points.
Here’s a quick points chart for reference
Just a fun fact for you, 1 point you earn is worth $0.0016666666666667.
If money is what you're really looking for the only way to get cash is either PayPal or Visa gift cards. I usually prefer PayPal rewards because they seem more versatile in the way you decide to use it.
A couple of things to keep in mind. If you plan on getting cash prizes, all funds are in U.S. dollars. Also, in order to get the funds credited to your PayPal, you need to make sure the email you sign up for FeaturePoints with matches the email you use for your PayPal and that your PayPal account is in good standing for them to effectively credit your account.
If you’ve made it this far and are interested in signing up for an account, there are a couple of ways to go about it. Let’s start with the mobile app.
Either method you choose to sign up, you’ll be able to sign in to either mobile or web app using the same account.
FeaturePoints is sitting at a 4.3 stars out of 5 on the Apple App Store while the Google Play Store has the app at a 4.1 out of 5.
First I like that it's a nice way to earn an extra $5 to $10 a month. From my time using the app I've been able to earn points from online shopping to either get an Amazon gift card to purchase something I've been saving for or buy an extra lunch from Chipotle or even an extra cup of coffee from Starbucks.
I also like that it can be a nice bit of extra money to put in your savings account or to put in an investment through apps like Stash, Robinhood and Acorns.
Personally, I like using this app when I need a little bit of store credit for either PlayStation or for Xbox to get some sort of in-game content DLC, or to lower the price of buying a game digitally.
Which leads to the next thing I like.
I like the fact that there's a wide variety of rewards to cash in for. From the list mentioned earlier in this review, there’s something here for just about everyone.
Finally, it's easy to earn points in your downtime. Everyone's schedule is different, but it shouldn’t take much time to earn a few points. By the end of the month, you should have enough for a gift card.
With all of that being said, each person’s results will vary.
First off, your points can expire. Points that you earn in the app, whether in the mobile or web version of FeaturePoints, have an expiration date. So if you don't visit the app, download apps, or do any sort of activity for more than 60 days, your point counter resets to 0.
One of the biggest downsides is that the ability to download apps for points is only available for Android smartphone users. This wasn’t the case awhile back when I started using this app.
The reason they decided to remove this for iOS users is unknown but if I had to guess, the reason could be Apple’s strict App Store requirements.
This is mainly for people who expect to download apps and earn the majority of their points using this method.
Sometimes there can be a drought when downloading apps. If you're consistently downloading the apps to earn points you can run into situations where there won't be any apps to download leaving you to wait awhile before more opportunities come up.
This leads into the next drawback.
There may be times where you possibly won't be eligible for points. For instance, if you get repeat apps you’ve already downloaded, you won’t qualify to get those points again.
There will be times FeaturePoints can temporarily run out of Rewards. I've experienced certain rewards running out of stock when I'm finally ready to cash in my points. Restocking these rewards varies, sometimes it takes a few hours and sometimes it can take a couple of days.
This doesn’t happen too often but it is something you should be aware of.
The last drawback is that rewards and apps may only be available in certain locations. While the USA may have a wide variety of apps to download for points and rewards, other countries may not have the same rewards and apps available to get or as many apps to download for points.
If you made it this far and you’re interested in a cash back program but FeaturePoints doesn’t sound like it’s for you, I’ve listed some apps below that work in a similar fashion that you should check out.
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However, if you’re someone who expects to quit their day job and use this for full time income, expect to make an extra $100 to $200 every single month, or expect this to be a get rich quick opportunity, this app isn’t for you.