If you’re like me, you take a lot of trips to the grocery store. It’s where they keep the food! 🙂
Seriously though, shopping for groceries was a lot easier when it was just adults. Now that we have three kids, we tend to turn grocery store trips into group activities and go a lot more often. While we do a lot of shopping at Costco (which doesn’t take coupons but does produce its own Costco coupon book of discounts), we do our fair share of quick trips to our local supermarkets.
In recent years, there has been a proliferation of coupons and grocery store apps.
Today, I want to share a few that have caught my eye for one reason — they pay you to take photos of your receipts.
(the best part about these apps is that the payouts stack with any discounts you might have gotten from the store or with coupons and you can scan the same receipt into multiple apps!)
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Ibotta is an Android and iOS app that gives you cash back on your purchases. It’s an app I’ve recently discovered and I love it.
Here’s how it works — you sign up for the app (you get a limited time $10 bonus offer with my link) and look through it for rebates. There are rebates for specific products and there are rebates for general ones. The specific ones are like $1 for Tazo tea. A general one is fifty cents for a carton of eggs.
To “activate” the rebate, you usually have to answer a 1-word survey, read a recipe, or some other task that takes less than a second.
After you make the purchase, you can cash in the rebate via receipt or loyalty card.
- For receipts: Download the app, then complete simple tasks in Ibotta to unlock cash rewards on products. Buy those items in a supported store (there are three hundred retail chains, movie theaters, restaurants, etc.), scan the barcodes, and submit a photo of your receipt. Cash deposits in 48 hours.
- For loyalty accounts: It’s just like with receipts except you don’t need to scan barcodes or submit a photo of the receipt, it’s all reported on by your loyalty card.
There are a lot of different ways to earn “bonus” rebates. If you redeem 5 rebates within 30 days of registering, you get a $2 bonus. There are product specific ones too, two rebates of Francis Ford Coppola Diamond or Director’s wines and you get an extra $1 on top of the rebates you already got for each purchase. You don’t need to activate bonus categories, you just get them.
You get paid via Paypal or Venmo with a $20 minimum and the payout is instant. There’s no waiting or processor, I got my first $20 deposit within a minute of requesting it. If you want, you can also convert them to gift cards to places like Amazon and Starbucks.
For a limited time, you can get $10 when you download the app with my referral and redeem a rebate within 7 days. (and then once you do that, you start unlocking other bonuses like $2 for redeeming 5 rebates)
2. Fetch Rewards
Fetch Rewards is an app that lets you scan your receipts and earn gift cards. You don’t have to clip coupons, check expiring deals, or pick offers ahead of time. Just scan a receipt and you get savings on the things you purchase. It’s super simple and one of the simplest ways to save.
The app lets you scan grocery receipts up to 14 days after you make a purchase and you still get all the points. You can convert the points to gift cards from hundreds of stores including Amazon, Chipotle, and others. It’s really easy.
There are also Fetch referral codes to help you get started with free points.
3. National Consumer Panel
National Consumer Panel, a partnership between Nielsen and IRi, collects consumer behavior information. (we mentioned them before but this is the main panel and not the app)
When you sign up, you answer a single survey to assess availability. You are issued a scanner if they’re available (or access to their mobile app). All you have to do is scan all of your purchases and you’ll earn rewards.
Besides scanning your purchases, you can earn rewards for answering surveys about shopping habits, meals, etc.
Shopkick is an app that will give you “kicks” when you shop, check in participating stores, and scan your receipts when you purchase items. You can also earn kicks in other ways, like watching videos on the app.
It’s run by Trax, which describes itself as a leading provider of computer vision solutions and analytics for retail, and Shopkick is headquartered in California.
When you join with our referral, you get 500 kicks when you sign up with our code (CARD584935) and earn 10 kicks (excluding video kicks) in 14 days. You can do that just by walking into (or really close to) a CVS.
Drop is a very simple rewards app that doesn’t require you to scan receipts, but rewards you for shopping just the same. Download the app, link your debit or credit cards, and then shop as you would normally. They will give you rewards based on the transactions they see, it’s as simple as that. No photos, no activating offers, just earn rewards.
BONUS. Receipt Surveys
Every look at the bottom of your receipt? Most of the time it’s an entry into a sweepstakes, which is OK but not something you’ll win on a regular basis.
Sometimes there promotional periods where the store is really looking to get answers – so they pay cash or offer a discount on your next purchase. It’s easy to always expect the sweepstakes and not read it carefully but next time you check out, take a quick peek. You might be surprised that they’d give you $5 off your next purchase just for answering a short survey!