How would you like to earn money by doing what you normally do, like going shopping?
There are a growing number of mobile apps that will pay you to snap photos of your shopping receipts and upload them. Why?
In some cases, the apps are managed by marketing firms that want to know what target customers are purchasing, in what quantity, and through which retailers. This information is highly sought after by consumables manufacturers, large grocers and retailers, and other marketers.
In exchange for your shopping information, you can earn money and/or gift cards. In some cases, you might also be asked to fill out an accompanying survey about your purchase; doing so will earn you additional cash. Other apps will request that you show that you purchased a given item in exchange for a small after-purchase discount on that item.
Here are the 10 money-making apps that you should check out:
This was one of the first rebate apps on the market and offers cash back on grocery, apparel, electronics, restaurant, pet, etc. purchases. The rebate amounts are fairly high (as much as $1.50) and work across a number of stores. Many qualifying rebates are brand-independent (e.g., $0.50 off any orange juice), while others require that you purchase a given brand at a certain store.
With this app, you submit receipt photos from stores that sell consumable goods like butter and toilet paper, as well as stores that sell non-consumables like clothing or tools. With the former, you earn coin rewards that can be redeemed for money or e-gift cards. With the latter, you enter a slots game that can earn you up to 100 extra coins.
With this app, you earn points for your receipts, which can be exchanged for gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, etc. There’s also a weekly $250 sweepstakes that you can enter. Any receipt from any merchant can be submitted through this app.
4. Snap by Groupon
Snap by Groupon has different cash back offers on groceries, including produce. The app is also retailer-independent, allowing you shop wherever you want for tomatoes, milk, etc.
Cash back offers range from $0.25 to $1. You can cash out once your account has reached $20.
This app offers you numerous ways to earn points on your shopping excursions, including mobile orders. You then redeem those points for cash or gift cards to places like Target, AMC, Redbox, etc.
Yaarlo focuses on local businesses and will award you double points if you purchase a gift card to a local business, for example. This is a great perk if you frequent a local hangout or live in a small town with few major retailers.
If you’re into organic, gluten-free, or non-GMO foods, then you should download and use BerryCart immediately. This app works with different retailers and pays you up to $2 back for purchasing items you’d find at stores like Whole Foods, Target, Kroger, etc. Your cash can be redeemed through a Paypal deposit or through gift card purchase.
This app enables you to purchase consumables at a given price point (e.g., $1) or at a certain percentage off. That can mean big savings for you if you purchase something that is normally $4.99, for example, and the app offers the item to you for only a dollar.
Shopmium also offers rebates on items that you might not normally see with other shopping apps, such as lip balm or cleaning products.
Perhaps best of all, you don’t need to wait to redeem your cash. Shopmium connects directly with your Paypal account, and redemptions are sent to your linked account as soon as you scan your receipt.
This shopping cashback app has been around for a long time and is split between offers from specific retailers and offers that are retailer-independent. The app is strongly focused on school supplies but also offer cashback bonuses on grocery items like milk, apples, cheese, etc.
9. Checkout 51
This app functions much like Ibotta and offers you cash back on receipts that you take pictures of and submit. Specific rebate items vary week to week but typically consist of grocery items, which can be purchased at any store. You need to have $20 in your account before you’re allowed to cash out.
This is one of the newer shopping apps and currently has a limited selection of items for which you can process a rebate. However, the app is quickly expanding its repertoire of merchants and items. It also offers occasional freebies.
With Shrink, you aren’t tied to stores and can redeem generic offers for bread, cheese, etc. The cash out process is easy and funds are sent to your Paypal account.
A few things to keep in mind…
When it comes to apps that pay you for your receipts, keep in mind that you can double-dip and upload a photo of the same receipt to several different apps. This is especially true if you submit your receipt photo for a generic item like milk or bread.
Also, because these apps require timely receipts, you may have only one to two weeks to upload your pictures. So don’t delay when submitting your receipts.