Did you know that you can earn money just by shopping? It’s true! There are many companies who will give you FREE rewards like gift cards and cash for simply shopping as you normally do. All you have to do is upload pictures of your receipts and watch the rewards roll in! In this post I’ve rounded up the ten best apps for shopping rewards. Some are grocery store specific and others will offer rewards for a wide array of stores.
Ibotta is probably the most well-known of the shopping rewards apps. While I use the app for mostly groceries, they do offer cash back incentives on retail stores like H&M, Best Buy, and even Groupon! Here’s how it works:
You sign up for Ibotta by connecting it to your Facebook account. Then, you select which retail stores you’d like to see rebates for. Then the app will present a list of items that you can redeem for different dollar amounts. If you are buying the item, you click on the item and “unlock” the rebate. Then, after you go shopping, you upload a picture of your receipt and the rebates are redeemed to your account. You can redeem rewards for Cash (via PayPal or Venmo) or gift cards.
Shopkick is unique because while most rewards apps require you to buy something to earn rewards, Shopkick will give you rewards just for scanning items, or even just for walking into the store! They offer rewards on both grocery and retail stores.
Shopkick uses your location to come up with a list of eligible stores in your area. Once you click on the store, you can see how you can earn kicks: through walking in, through scanning items, through connecting your store loyalty card to redeem purchases, or by uploading receipts. Often, stores will offer more than one way to earn kicks. If you’re scanning items, you just have to find the item in the store and take a picture of the barcode. If you’re walking in, just turn on bluetooth, open your app, and then walk into the store. You can also add pictures of receipts. Then the kicks are automatically uploaded to your account! Kicks can then be exchanged for gift cards.
Checkout 51 is a grocery store exclusive rewards app that works very similarly to Ibotta. Unlike the previous two apps, rewards are not specific to stores. You simply decide which offers you want to take advantage of and then upload your receipt from any store you choose to shop at. Offers sometimes have restrictions like how many, what size, etc. I’ve found that the rewards on Checkout 51 tend to be lower than Ibotta’s, but Checkout 51 usually has more practical options for things you use regularly, like milk or toilet paper. Once you hit $20 in rewards, Checkout 51 will send you a check.
SavingStar is another grocery rewards app. It works very similarly to Ibotta and Checkout 51. Activate offers, then choose which store you want to redeem them from. You can redeem rewards no more than three days after the offer expires. I like SavingStar because the rewards are often for several dollars at a time instead of .50 cents here and there. Another thing I like about SavingStar is they always have a healthy offer of the week for a fruit or a vegetable. It’s pretty rare to come across fruit and veggie rewards so it’s always nice to have that option with SavingStar. You can withdraw cash after you reach $5 in rewards.
If you aren’t using Ebates already, GO DOWNLOAD IT NOW! This app is the easiest way to earn free cash! You can use Ebates on your phone or your desktop.
First, you sign up for an account with Ebates. Then you use their app/website to search on your favorite retailer’s sites and shop as you normally would. There are over 2,000 stores that qualify for Ebates rewards, including major retailers like Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, Kohls, and JcPenney’s. Different stores will offer different amounts of cash back. Coupons, promo codes, and sales are also offered. After you finish shopping, you’ll get an e-mail or a cell phone notification telling you your cash back has been applied. Every quarter, you will get a check or a PayPal transaction from Ebates. It’s that easy!
National Consumer Panel
This one is a little deceiving, because it’s not actually an app. But it is a rewards program, so I figured it could make the cut. The purpose of the National Consumer Panel, like many of these other apps, is to collect information about consumers and the way they shop. Simply sign up for the program and they will mail you a product scanner. Then, scan the product barcodes of everything you purchase. Each week you will send the panel the information you’ve collected from your scans. Rewards come in the form of “points” which can be redeemed for anything from their catalogue, like electronics, jewelry, home goods and more! The panel will also enter your name into sweepstakes to win cash, cars, and more great prizes! Sign up here.
Receipt Pal is another rewards app that offers rebates for not only grocery, but also for retail stores, restaurants, and online shopping. Simply shop how and where you normally would and then upload your receipt. Each uploaded receipt gives you 25 points. At 100 points, you can redeem your points for a prize. Each uploaded receipt also enters you into a sweepstakes for more great prizes. Be sure you scan consistently, because after 90 days your points will expire! The big drawback? They are only periodically accepting new recruits and are currently out of space. However, don’t give up because they open back up all the time. Keep checking!
Receipt Hog offers rewards on not just groceries, but also gas, fast food, electronics, pet supplies, clothing, and more! You may or may not be accepted into the program based on your location; I’m based in Boise, ID and I was accepted. You don’t have to shop at specific locations; just open up your app, take a picture of your receipt, and watch the rewards add up. You can also take surveys to help increase the amount of points you have. Rewards are redeemable for cash and gift cards.
Walmart Savings Catcher
Walmart has a commitment to making sure they are offering you the lowest price on anything you buy. Savings Catcher is there for times when their prices aren’t the lowest among their competitors. Upload your receipt and Savings Catcher will search through local weekly ads to check and see if anything you bought at Walmart could have been found for a better price at another store. Walmart then deposits the difference into an account that you can later redeem for Walmart gift cards. I know a couple who “found” so much money with Savings Catcher that they bought a TV with the savings! If you’re like me and you already price match at Walmart, this app probably won’t make you a lot of cash. But if you just walk in and shop like normal, there are great savings to be had!
Find & Save
This is a rewards program I was only recently introduced to. Find & Save connects to your Facebook account. You then select your favorite stores, mostly retail but also some drug stores and larger chain grocery stores. The app works on a “spend X and get X% back” formula. The app will send you a notification when you are nearby a store with a redeemable offer. This app works really well when buying big ticket items like electronics or furniture, or just for a big shopping spree. Upload your receipts to earn cash back. Rewards come in the form of cash via PayPal.Did you know there are many companies who will give you FREE rewards like gift cards and cash for simply shopping?Click To Tweet
These programs are so easy to use, and while you probably won’t get rich quick using them, they make an easy side hustle or a way to help pay down debt. So there you have it! My top ten shopping rewards apps. Do you know of any other great rewards programs? Leave them in the comments below!