One of my favorite ways to earn extra cash is by scanning grocery receipts. Our budget is already pretty tight, and I want to make sure every dollar I spend goes a long way. After clipping coupons and looking up deals in the sales circular, I use my grocery receipts to earn cash back on ipurchases I was making anyway. By scanning and submitting your receipts in these apps and websites, you can earn cash and gift cards for every purchase. Taking just 5 minutes out of your day each week could lead to cash in your pocket.
There are dozens of apps out there that will pay you to scan grocery receipts. I’ve tried 26 of them, and have limited myself to just four. In my opinion, these are the best ones out there and the easiest to use. My favorites are Receipt Hog, Ibotta, Savings Catcher, and Checkout 51. They are all free to download right on your smartphone and they take less than 5 minutes to complete.
One thing to be aware of is that the data you submit is used for market research. This helps shape the type of products available to, and marketed to, consumers. You don’t need to worry about companies getting your personal information such as your name and credit card. This information is usually not on store receipts.
Receipt Hog is a receipt-scanning app that pays cash for grocery, drugstore, dollar store, beauty supply, gas, even restaurant receipts. All you have to do is open the app, take a picture of your receipt, and that’s it! It takes me less than 5 minutes to do an entire week’s worth of store receipts, plus they take all different kinds! It takes 1,000 coins, which is about 100 receipts, to cash out for a $5 Paypal or Amazon gift card. Each receipt gets you around 5 to 15 coins. While you won’t make your cash very quickly, it takes almost no time!
Ibotta gives you cash back each time you buy a specific item at a specific location. While there are rebates through restaurants and other stores, this works best on purchases at the grocery store. Products range anywhere from milk, to toothpaste, to Swedish fish. Ibotta has a huge selection, and is expanding which items you get cash back on. Ibotta uses the information you submit to influence retailers about products and brands they promote. This information is worth quite a bit of money to these companies. I have seen rebates as high as $3 for a single item on the app before. You can cash out through Paypal when you reach $5!
If you sign up through this link, you’ll get an extra $10 with your first rebate. Yay!
Checkout 51 gives you cash back by uploading your grocery receipts. While the app is similar to Ibotta, the selection of rebates is very small. Some of the items I’ve seen for cash back include milk, vegetables, cereal, olive oil, tomato sauce, and granola bars. To use Checkout 51, all you have to do is upload your receipt, then match the rebates to your receipt. I don’t usually have much success with this app, but every once and awhile I can get cash back on milk or cheese.
If you shop at Walmart even just a few times a year, it’s worth checking out. After you receive your Walmart receipt, scan the code using the Savings Catcher app, and it will compare prices to other retailers. If they find a cheaper price on a product you’ve purchased, you will receive the difference in cash back. While the cash back is limited to use only Walmart, you can find just about anything there. For a full review of the app, check out my post here.
While you certainly won’t get rich from using these apps, this can be a great way to put money away towards debt or even use it to splurge on yourself! They’re so easy to use and free to download, what have you got to lose?