Update December, 31st 2016
We’ve compiled a top 10 list of the best smartphone apps that will pay you money for simply scanning your grocery receipts onto your smartphone. By using these apps, I’ve already earned a huge savings by taking a few extra minutes out out of my day each week.
See an app on the list that you disagree with or think is out of order? Let us know in the comments below.
Ibotta takes the #1 spot due to its variety in choices and its long-ranking history. Ibotta was one of the very first rebate apps available for grocery shopping. It ranks high due to the high rebate amount (sometimes over $1 for one product) and is constantly growing with new product rebates coming out every week. Most of the items found on this rebate are items that you would buy on a weekly basis, such as milk, yogurt, eggs, garbage bags, cereal sode and more. Ibotta is also partnered with many common retailers so you don’t have to worry about where you go shopping in order to get your rebate. Use promo code qFTVA to get a $10 bonus when you scan your first receipt.
Yaarlo is a fairly new app that we’ve decided to add to our list as of October 25th, 2015. Just like Receipt Hog and ReceiptPal, you get cash back each time you scan your receipt. Yaarlo claims that they’ll pay you anywhere from 1% – 2% cash back on your total purchase amount, but this isn’t usually the case. However, it’s normally a lot higher than the apps listed above. You must scan a receipt to the store that’s linked with Yaarlo, but you don’t need to worry as you’ll find a large variety of different retailers such as Target, Walmart, Subway, and some options that are local only. Use bonus code FRUGAL to get a free $1 bonus on sign-up.
The bevRAGE used to only be available in certain states, but as of August, 2016 the app works nationally to all users across the US. This isn’t your typical receipt scanning app – it gives you cash back specifically on alcohol. Earn cash back on beer, wine and liquor on purchases made at retail stores, restaurants and bars. A lot of their offers aren’t brand-specific. For example, you can get $2 in cash back off of any 12-pack of beer and $3 in cash back of of any 24-pack of beer. About half of the offers are state specific, so it’s important to let bevRAGE have access to your location or you won’t be able to see about half of the offers. Use promo code FRUGAL when you cash in on your first receipt for a $1 bonus.
If you’re a health-nut, then this app is for you. BerryCart offers you rebates on products with specific attributes, such as Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Soy, Organic and more. There’s even a filter meaning you can search for a product based on what attribute it carries. These items are less common, but BerryCart has you covered with a built in GPS of all of the stores near you where you can buy the specific product. Eat healthy and get paid. Use promo code 7xYw14Jb to get a $2 bonus when you scan your first receipt.
5. Checkout 51
Checkout 51 is incredibly similar to Ibotta. While Checkout51 may not have as wide of a product selection as its number one counterpart, it continues to grow and often gives out rebates for vegetables and fruits, something not common with most rebate apps. The app continues to grow and does a great job of updating its weekly selection with new offers. One great feature is that it caters to the holidays. Right now Thanksgiving is approaching, so you can easily find rebates on pumpkin pie ingredients using Checkout 51.
MobiSave is a product-specific receipt scanning app. It doesn’t matter where you buy the product, as long as your receipt is itemized and shows the specific product you’re redeeming. Not only can you get cash back on groceries, but on other products as well such as those that fall under the categories of beauty, household, baby, health and even prescriptions. The typical cash back amount with MobiSave is a bit higher than other apps on this list with a minimum of $.50 cents in savings. It’s not uncommon to find an offer that gets you a few bucks off of a specific purchase. However, the one downside is that they are quite limited on their offers, but they have grown quite a bit and are still expanding their selection. Refer a friend and you both get a $1 bonus when your friend scans their first receipt.
If you don’t have a specific product that falls under the Ibotta or Checkout 51 offers, then you don’t have to look any further than ReceiptPal. This app only cares about your entire receipt, not specific products. This means you can still earn cash no matter what you buy. The best part is that you can upload receipts from anywhere and still receive money in your ReceiptPal account, as it’s not limited to grocery shopping. The only downside is that each time you scan a receipt, the payout isn’t as high as our top two contenders.
8. Receipt Hog
Receipt Hog acts in a very similar manner to ReceiptPal. You can scan any receipt from any store and still receive cash back. The only downside is that it has to be from a grocery store. What makes ReceiptHog a little more fun is that the app comes with a small game called Hog Slots. Each time you upload a receipt or refer a friend you are given spins. You take a spin on the slot machine and have a chance to earn more cash and other prizes. ReceiptHog usually pays slightly better than ReceiptPal as well. Use referral code zuss1319 to get 5 free spins.
The Punchcard app pays you when you shop at popular retailers such as Subway, Starbucks or Target. Although it’s a fairly new app, you’d be surprised by the amount of stores there are partnered with, even if you live in a small town or city. Mom and pop locations are even offered on the app. Once you scan your receipt, you need to spin the Punchcard wheel to earn a certain amount of points. These points can be exchanged for cash prizes or gift cards to Amazon, CVS, Starbucks and other stores. You need a minimum of 5,000 points ($2) to claim a gift card. While you won’t earn a lot of money using this app, it includes a lot of stores that the others on this list won’t have.
Originally developed in France, Shopmium can save you a bundle on some of the more uncommon grocery items. This includes protein powder, olives, bagels, beef jerky and even 5-hour energy. It’s always a good idea to check with Shopmium on a weekly basis for those items you think you don’t have a chance at getting a rebate with. One great thing with Shopmium is that it’s retailer independent, meaning you can shop anywhere as long as you buy the product they’re looking for. Use referral code KKKFFCEX to get a Free Lindt Chocolate bar.
Last but not least comes the Walmart Savings Catcher. If you’re a frequent shopper at Walmart, this is the best app for you out of the bunch. After receiving your Walmart receipt, scan it to the Savings Catcher and it will automatically be compared to prices from other top retailers. If they find a cheaper price on a product that you purchased, you will receive the difference in cash back. The only downside? It’s limited to Walmart.
12. Snap By Groupon
Update: This app still works, but no longer serves as a cash back app. Snap now has retailer-specific promotions.
This app was originally called SnapSavings, but was later bought out by Groupon. Snap by Groupon is one of the few apps that offers cash back on produce, but doesn’t have as much variety as other rebate apps. The one thing I can trust about Snap is that each week they’ll usually have completely different offers from the week before, so always be certain to check back. Snap is also growing steadily, slowly increasing the amount of product offers that they have.
The best part about all of these apps is that you can stack the savings. For example, you can scan the same receipt on Ibotta, Checkout 51 and ReceiptPal, giving you a chance to save over $2 dollars on milk. Just make sure not to use the same receipt twice on the same app.
Check back for updates to our top ten list when new apps come out. Have any experiences with the apps above? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!