Top 10 Free Apps That Pay You Money For Scanning Grocery Receipts (Updated)

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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.

1. Ibotta

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.

Click Here to Read Our Ibotta Guide

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2. Yaarlo

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.

Click Here To Read Our Yaarlo Guide

3. bevRAGE

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.

Click Here To Read Our Full bevRAGE Guide

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4. BerryCart

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.

Click Here to Read Our BerryCart Guide

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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.

Click Here to Read Our Checkout 51 Guide

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6. MobiSave

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.

Click Here To Read Our Full MobiSave Guide

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7. ReceiptPal

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.

Click Here to Read Our Receipt Pal Guide

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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.

Click Here to Read Our Receipt Hog Guide

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9. Punchcard

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.

Click Here to Read Our Punchard Guide

10. Shopmium

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.

Click Here to Read Our Shopmium Guide

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 11. Walmart Savings Catcher

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.

Click Here to Read Our Walmart Savings Catcher Guide

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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.

Click Here to Read Our Snap By Groupon Guide

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Final Thoughts

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!

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30 Comments

  1. Los smartphones tienen micrófono y sitio de memoria conque, ¿por qué razón no emplearlos
    como grabadoras?

  2. This article is absolutely ridiculous!! Not one single app is available in the money heavy Australia!!
    Why this is the case I have no clue, bring these to australia or create an article that appeals to those outside the US!!!

    • Maybe look at websites written in, and about, Australia then, mate.

  3. ReceiptHog is not limited to grocery stores! You can scan anything! I have scanned receipts from Subway, Arco, Disney store, JcPenney’s, Toys r us, And many many more. The more you scan the faster you earn.

    • And I know the rules say a valid receipt is only one that is printed from a register but… I snapped the itemized email confirmation of my online order and got coin (and a sweepstakes entry) for it. I had linked my email account so that Receipt Hog (in theory) can recognize online order confirmations but it apparently works manually too!

  4. Not 1 of these 11 are available for windows phone would be nice to use one

  5. Just an FYI Jingit and reciepthog are not accepting any new users and snap by groupon has been discontinued.

  6. Receipt hog isn’t just for groceries. I recently scanned a Kohl’s receipt and got credit for it.

  7. It’s really very complicated in this busy life to listen news on TV,
    so I only use world wide web for that purpose, and obtain the
    most recent information.

  8. Shrink is no longer available and requested that users cash out by Nov. 30, 2016. Sad day.

  9. none of the codes were valid & shrink does ot show up in google play store.

  10. Add job spotter to the list. Not a receipt app but as long as you are going in and out of stores it pays fifty cents for each help wanted sign.

  11. SavingStar is another one. It isn’t much but every little bit saved it worth it, right?

  12. Ibotta stands heads and shoulders above these, with Check-Out 51 and BevRage coming in distant seconds. Often, usually with alcohol, you can use all three.
    If you drink wine – Ibotta will save you a bunch of money.
    Receipt Hog is not very good – you’re capped at earning $0.55 a week and the slots never deliver more than $0.02 a pull.
    Yaarlo is ok – it allows for you to earn quicker, but minimum cash out amount of $25 means you’ll need to use it for about 6 months until you get anything out of it.
    And as someone mentioned, Shopkick should be on here and near the top of the list. If you have an hour to kill at a mall, you can easily compile $10-15 for giftcards.

  13. I use both Reciept Pal and Receipt Hog side by side, for a bit over a year. Receipt Hog can net me a just over $20 after a year and Receipt pal $50 for the exact same receipts! Think I’ll try some others also

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