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Fetch Rewards Review 2020: Earn Cash Back Taking Pictures Of Receipts

Fetch Rewards Review 2020: Earn Cash Back Taking Pictures Of Receipts
Jason Wuerch Nov 12, 2017
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Here on FFL, we’ve already written a long list of receipt scanning apps. These free mobile apps pay you to purchase products that you buy on a daily basis and take a picture of your receipt. Now we’re adding a new app to the list called Fetch Rewards App.

Earn points each time you scan your grocery receipt and exchange them for real cash prizes. In this Fetch Rewards review we’ll cover how the app works, if it’s a scam or legit, how much you can potentially earn and whether it’s worth your time.

What Is Fetch Rewards And How Does It Work?

As mentioned above, the Fetch Rewards App is a free mobile app that gives you cash back for taking pictures of your grocery receipts. The main difference between Fetch Rewards and other receipt scanning apps is that it doesn’t matter where you buy your product.

For example, the most popular receipt scanning app Ibotta requires you to buy a specific product at a specific store. With Fetch Rewards, you’re only required to buy a specific product. As long as your offer appears on a receipt at any grocery store, you’re going to earn cash back for it.

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Keep in mind that since Fetch Rewards is a fairly new app that their offers might not be very abundant. However, they’re rapidly expanding, so you can be sure to expect them to have more offers quickly. Fetch Rewards is currently only available to US users.

Right now I currently have roughly 25 offers available. From what I’ve seen thus far, some of the more common items include beer, ketchup, mustard, jello, coffee, frozen foods and other common grocery items. I suggest scanning your receipt as soon as possible so that your offer doesn’t expire.

The reason that Fetch Rewards is able to pay you is because they use your receipt for market research. They take this information and sell it to companies so that they can use the data to help improve their products and services. All of this information is kept anonymous, so there’s no way they’ll be able to trace if back to you.

Register using the promo code HH3MN and earn a $1.50 bonus after scanning your first receipt.

How Much Can I Earn With The Fetch Rewards App?

Each time you scan your grocery receipt your given a specific amount of points. The amount of points you earn depends on the offers that are on your receipt. Have more than one offer? Scan your receipt and earn cash back for both of them.

A quick look at the app will show you that you can expect to earn anywhere from 250 to 2,000 points per offer. Since 1,000 points is equivalent to $1 USD, you can earn anywhere from $.25 cents to $2 per offer. If you have more than one offer per receipt, then it is possible to go over $2.

The points you earn can be converted into real cash prizes such as gift cards to popular retailers such as Amazon, CVS and Target. You can also choose to donate your earnings to the Red Cross. You need a minimum of 3,000 points ($3 USD) to cash out.

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Keep in mind that you have only 14 days from your purchase to scan your receipt. If you wait longer than this, it’s most likely that your receipt won’t be valid.

You cannot use the same receipt more than once. Receipts typically take up to a maximum of 48 hours to process. If you find that your account hasn’t been rewarded within 72 hours, contact their support team at

How Should I Take A Picture Of My Grocery Receipt With The Fetch Rewards App?

In order for your receipt to be validated, your receipt must include the store name, items purchased, date of purchase, total amount and store address. This may sound like a lot of information, but as long as you take a picture of your entire receipt you won’t have to worry about it.

Be sure to hold your receipt on a flat surface. If the image comes out blurry or skewed, they might have trouble reading your receipt and you may have to scan it again. For those that have an extra long receipt, not a problem. Fetch Rewards allows you to take multiple pictures of your receipts in sections if you need more space.

Keep adding sections until the entire receipt is captured. You’re only allowed a maximum of 4 pictures for your receipt. If you find that this isn’t enough, try zooming out to gather all of the information. In any case, just be sure to lie your receipt on a flat surface so it’s easy to read.

Earn Bonus Points

The points you earn per offer are called base points. Base points are received for each specific offer. You can increase your earnings by taking advantage of special offers and receiving bonus points along the way.

You can earn bonus points if your item price exceeds the app’s target price, and sometimes you’ll receive these points at random for completing certain tasks. For example, you may receive 200 bonus points just for scanning your receipt for the first time.

How Do I Get Started With The Fetch Rewards App?

Getting started with the Fetch Rewards App is quite simple. However, in order to make sure you don’t miss a step, we’re going to walk you through the process in detail.

1. Register.

You can register for the Fetch Rewards App for free by clicking this link here. In order to setup a new account, all you need is to create a username or you can connect your Facebook account. When they ask for a referral code, type in promo code HH3MN to get a $1.50 bonus after you scan your first receipt.

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2. Browse offers.

You can browse current offers on the home screen once you log-in. Click on the offer to see how many times the reward can be claimed. Sometimes there may be specific requirements to earn your cash back, so be sure to read carefully.

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3. Scan your receipt.

When taking a picture of your receipt, make sure it’s on a dark, flat surface with plenty of light in the room. If the image comes out blurry, Fetch may not give you points if they can’t read your receipt. In order to make sure that you have all of their required information, just take a picture of the entire receipt to avoid any problems.

It can take anywhere from 24 – 48 hours to receive your points. If you have to wait longer than 72 hours, contact their support team.

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4. Cash out.

You need a minimum of 3,000 points ($3 USD) to cash out. Since you can earn anywhere between 250 points and 3,000 points per offer, you should be able to reach this amount quite quickly. Prizes currently include gift cards to popular retailers or cash donations to the Red Cross charity.

Each time you claim a reward, you’ll be given further instructions via email on how to obtain it. Rewards are usually given immediately and require you to enter some sort of gift card code upon checkout. These codes can typically be used in-store as well.

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5. Refer your friends.

Want to earn even more points with the Fetch Rewards App? Refer your friends for even more cash prizes. Each time you refer a friend that uses your promo code, you and your friend both receive a $1.50 bonus. Keep in mind that you’ll be given this reward once your friend scans their first receipt.

If you’d like to support FFL, please use our referral code HH3MN – we’d greatly appreciate it!

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What Are Some Other Popular Receipt Scanning Apps?

Just because you’ve ran out of offers with Fetch Rewards doesn’t mean you have to stop there. If you’re looking for more receipt scanning apps to give you cash back, take a look at the list below. All of these apps are 100% free to register and to use.

1. Ibotta

Ibotta is a long-standing veteran in the receipt scanning app world. They were one of the first apps of its type created and by far one of the most rewarding.

The best part about this app is that if you just want to give it a try, you can earn a $10 bonus after scanning your first receipt.

While they once started out as an app that only pay you for scanning grocery receipts, they’ve recently expanding to other items such as electronics, prescriptions, restaurants and more.

Not only that, but you can earn cash back by shopping through one of their partner apps such as Groupon, Walmart and others. Simply open the Ibotta app and click on one of their partners where you’ll be redirected to that store. Make the purchase and earn a bonus of anywhere between 1% – 10% in cash back.

With Ibotta, you’ll never run out of offers. Since they’ve been in the game for so long, they’ve partnered with hundreds of retailers, meaning you’ll have near 1,000+ offers to choose from. You need a minimum of $20 to cash out.

Read our full Ibotta Review

2. Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is the second longest-standing in the receipt scanning app world. While their offers aren’t as abundant as Ibotta, you can often find things you wouldn’t find on other receipt scanning apps.

The great thing I love about Checkout 51 is that they often have produce offers. It’s quite common to earn cash back on vegetables and fruits.

Offers are updated weekly every Wednesday at midnight. Since there aren’t that many offers available, I only check the app once each time it’s updated. You only need a minimum of $10 to cash out, and points can be claimed for a gift card of your choice.

Read our full Checkout 51 Review

3. BevRAGE

Note: The bevRage app is no longer in service.

BevRAGE was meant to stand out from other receipt scanning apps by giving cash back on just one type of offer: alcohol. Earn cash back when you purchase wine, beer or liquor at convenient stores, restaurants, or any other store.

Earn a $1 bonus when you sign-up using promo code FRUGAL and scan your first receipt. The great thing about BevRAGE is that a lot of its offers are very generic. For example, I can earn $3 in cash back on any 24-pack type of beer no matter what the brand.

There are also location-specific offers, so be sure to type in your correct zip code when you first register. Offers are updated quite frequently, and from the first time I checked the app they’ve expanded immensely.

Read our full BevRAGE Review

Stack Receipt Scanning Apps For Even More Cash Back

The great thing about all of these receipt scanning apps is that they can be stacked. What this means is that you can use the same receipt for more than one app.

For example, let’s say there’s an offer with the Fetch Rewards App for $3 cash back on a 24-pack of beer. It’s possible that you’ll find this same offer on Ibotta for only $2. Once you’ve finished with Fetch Rewards, open up the Ibotta app. And once you finish with Ibotta, open up the BevRAGE app since you can earn $3 in cash back on any 24-pack of beer.

In order to maximize your earnings, go ahead and check out our list of receipt scanning apps. The only thing you can’t do is use the same receipt per app.

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What Are My Personal Thoughts And Reviews On The Fetch Rewards App?

The first thing I noticed about the Fetch Rewards App is that they are currently lacking offers. However, I understand this is quite common with new apps. Fetch Rewards is quickly expanding, so I expect to see more offers in the future.

While the amount you receive per offer with Fetch Rewards may not be the high, the amount of time you’re actually putting into the app isn’t that much. Opening the app and scanning your receipt usually only takes me around 60 seconds at most. Even at the lowest offer of $.25 cents, I’m still earning at a rate of $12/hour (and most likely more since all offers aren’t this low).

As for the receipts I’ve scanned, I’ve always received my points on-time. For this reason, I can conclude that the Fetch Rewards App is not a scam and is therefore legit. So far I’ve only cashed out for a $3 gift card. It took only a few hours to arrive in my inbox with instructions on how to use it.

The great thing I love about Fetch Rewards is their referral program. This is a great way to earn some extra cash, and by posting my referral code on Facebook I’ve already gotten 1 referral bonus. Posting a sign-up link with your promo code is a great way to get some extra sign-ups.

Final Thoughts

Using receipt scanning apps is one of the easiest ways to earn some extra cash as a side hustle. They take a short amount of time to use and can quickly add up. Just be sure to stack multiple apps to increase your cash back earnings.

Have you used the Fetch Rewards App before? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, and we hope you’ve enjoyed this fetch rewards review. Thanks for reading and happy frugaling!

Jason Wuerch

My name is Jason Wuerch and I'm currently located in Madrid, Spain running a personal finance blog called Frugal For Less. My goal is to help everyone and anyone willing to make and save money through easy and simple ways that don't require much effort. Just because you're frugal doesn't mean you have to give up life's luxuries.

Comments (49)

I don’t like being told what to buy to receive cash back. I don’t want to buy things, and then be stuck with things I don’t really need just to get cash back. It defeats the purpose. I’m spending money on things I don’t need. I like the sites that let you buy what you want, and then you get cash back for it.

Hi Debra,

The purpose of these types of the apps are to give you cash back for things that you already buy. With Fetch Rewards, I understand that it can feel like they’re forcing you to buy something just to get the cash back. What I personally do is buy products like I normally would first, and then check the app to see if there’s a matching offer. Sometimes if I know I’m buying something similar, and I know there’s an offer on the app I may change my mind (like buying a different brand for example). In any case, it’s not meant to make you spend money. Hope this clears things up.

After updating the app, referring out the App to several friends and people on a social network page, receiving points for the referrals and having 35,000 points on my account, I can’t log in to my account. I email support for a new password and get a message, my account has been deactivated due to use of invalid/fraudulent receipts. After several replies back for a better explanation and requesting a reactivation, I’ve sent an email to the email provided on the Fetch webpage. Here’s hoping for a resolution in my favor.

lesson to anyone thinking about the app…As soon as you get to a point to cash in for rewards, cash in, before the app crashes and/or you are shut out of the app for now reason of your own.

I loved the fetch app. Within a few weeks it crashed on me. It wouldn’t let me scan a receipt. I hope they get it fix cause u really loved the app.

Fetch rewards is a struggling app with issues that need resolved. I have scanned many receipts and I have yet to have one processed correctly. Items that are obviously eligible for points are missed and I have to repeatedly re submit and correct the errors. The time and effort this takes to constantly check the receipts is not worth the small reward.

Hi Joni,

I personally haven’t had many issues with the app, but that isn’t to say that other people haven’t. Just make sure that the receipt is on a completely flat surface. If you aren’t getting points, try contacting customer support. And if you’re still frustrated (like it sounds), then definitely move on to other receipt scanning apps.

This happened to me just yesterday! I saw that they offered a 1000 point bonus on Kleenex Wet Wipes of 20 count or more. I went and bought such a box (I do need wet wipes, but it wasn’t necessary that they be Kleenex brand nor did I need them RIGHT NOW but rather for a trip to South America I’m taking in April where it’s the norm to put TP in the trash instead of flush it down and where public restroom stalls often have no TP.) and scanned the receipt, expecting 1000 points. Nope. Just 25. I attempted to correct this. They reviewed it and again awarded only 25 points. I put it under review again, and once again they awarded only 25 points. Now I’ve flagged it yet again. I also sent three messages detailing what went down and got no response. I know this is a SUPER white whine (and I’m not white!) but it’s still incredibly frustrating and it’s making me soured on the app.

Yes, it DOES require a certain brand. Read the FAQ! If it shows the Kleenex brand, it is ONLY for Kleenex. Read the directions in the help section if you still do not understand that they mean a particular brand and not just ANY brand of tissue. They currently only have Kleenex brand tissue for points. Please don’t complain when you didn’t even bother to look at the image provided in the offers section. The image is the item that gives you points. It’s YOUR fault for buying the wrong item and therefore not getting points. I’ve used Fetch for almost 2 years now. I READ so I know what brands give points. It’s clearly spelled out in the “brands” section as to what brands give points.

Oh, and stop with the rude and racist “white whine” bratty behavior. Saying things like that only makes you look stupid and mean and it doesn’t make you look cute and cool. I’m white and I don’t whine like YOU just did, just because I didn’t understand something. I know to take responsibility for anything I didn’t do, in order to make me understand how something works. YOU failed to carefully read how to use Fetch and YOU didn’t pay attention to detail. I did, and I never have a problem with not understanding what does and does not earn points. It’s called being smart enough to read the FAQ(frequently asked questions) and the HELP section to figure out how the app works and understand what brands will earn points. Again, it is very clearly spelled out what featured products of qualified brands each week will earn big points and and it is very clearly spelled out what brands earn points even if they aren’t featured as a special offer.

For example, Puffs is NOT a qualified brand that earns points, even though it is a type of tissue. So, when it shows a box of the Kleenex brand of tissue in the special offers section, you can’t buy Puffs and expect to get points for the Puffs just because they are tissues that look like Kleenex. You also can’t earn points for Puffs even if it isn’t in the special offer section because it isn’t in the list of brands that give points.

You KNEW FULL WELL the special offer read, “Kleenex wet wipes of 20 count or more.” If it was for the brand you bought, it wouldn’t have said that, and it would have been for the brand you bought. It’s crystal clear that Kleenex is what brand they meant, and it will say the word “Kleenex” in the list of brands that offer points. Kleenex isn’t a word that is universal for all brands, just because everyone uses that word instead of the correct term, which is “tissue.” If you don’t see the brand you bought in the section about what brands earn points, then it won’t earn points.

So, hopefully you get it now. Please don’t blame the app for your inability to read carefully what brands qualify for points.

Oh, and do check the racist drivel at the door next time you write a public post. It makes you look trashy and hateful. For the record, I LIKE most black people. It’s the ones like you who cause the problems. The most fun I ever had was working with an all black theater group when working as their drummer years ago. They were just plain fun to be around. So please stop with “white whine” mean girl behavior. Try to get to know people before saying mean things about them. There are whites I can’t stand and blacks I can’t stand, and it isn’t their color. It’s their behavior and attitude I can’t stand. People are just people. Some have class and are kind, and others aren’t. It’s just the way it is. Which do YOU want to be seen as?

…it was in fact Kleenex brand that I bought. I’m saying the only reason I went out at THAT moment and LIMITED myself to the Kleenex brand was that it was the brand that was advertised. Holy shit, you’re making a ton of assumptions that are completely inaccurate. Chastise me for my use of white whine if you must but it is in fact a Kleenex brand box of wet wipes that I bought and didn’t get the credit I expected for.

…I bought Kleenex wet wipes. I bought Kleenex rather than another brand because I expected points. Read my post more carefully next time.

…I’m also not black, and I can’t be bothered to explain why “colorblind” racism is just as racist as “I hate x people” racism. I strongly suggest reading some of the works of TaNehisi Coates and others. Just google “colorblind racism” and go thence.
I concede that you could have misunderstood my comment to mean the box I bought wasn’t Kleenex brand, but you could have asked for clarification instead of immediately assuming that’s what happened and that I felt entitled to points that weren’t of Kleenex. They said Kleenex wet wipes and I bought Kleenex wet wipes and didn’t get the requisite points until I hounded them for it. It got coded as just another Kleenex product instead of the wet wipes that they WELL AND TRULY WERE.
Please consider these things in the future when you feel like ripping someone a new one over something they didn’t actually do but you just THINK they did, when at worst what they did was not be as clear as they could have been in their wording.

Kaoru is out to get y’all who misuse the Fetch Rewards app and don’t dare make any race comments before anyone gets offended. Kaoru represents Fetch em & Catch em rewards… are you even BLACK, K.P? Lmao how dare He assume you were!!
P.S. Will I be reamed for assuming She’s a guy?? Cause I think it’s my turn

After your long rant, about a guy having trouble with app, after he said he bought the required product.
I think you are the donkey butt now. ROFL
Every is sharing their experiences. Good and bad.
That is the real point here.
So, after all the app feedback, I have decided not to download the app.

I just found this app through a post on fb 2 days ago and I installed the app and went shopping without even checking the offers it had. My first receipt yielded me 4060 plus I received a referral bonus for signing up and for referring someone to the app. I have added a few more receipts which yielded a considerably smaller amount of points, but I love how with this app you gets points whether you purchased anything from the offers or not. I have a daughter in law that I’m sure would love the app because it is so easy and fast to use. In about 24 hours time, only buying what I was buying anyways, I am already almost to the $10 reward amount.

How anyone can interpret an app as forcing them to buy unwanted items is beyond my comprehension. I view these types of apps as offering higher % of return for specific items, many of which I DO buy anyway or a good comparison brand to try at or below cost of a planned item.

If the app offers offend you simply don’t use it.

I am new to this app and tried to scan my recipe and I get a message “ receipt is not eligible. Try again “ traid 10 more time different light, surface, same result.

I joined Fetch with my Facebook account and scanned receipts for a few weeks. Now it says it cannot get my info from Facebook. What should I do?

Fetch Rewards Referral Code: JU2RT
Receive a 2000 Point ($2 Value) Bonus when you sign up for Fetch Rewards W/ this referral code: JU2RT , AND submit your 1st grocery receipt!

Be sure to double check that you are getting points for all of your eligible purchases. I purchase Tropicana juice frequently, but because the product reads differently on each store’s receipt they often don’t credit me for it and I have to go back and manually correct it. It took me awhile to notice this, so I probably missed out on some points along the way.

This app is a waste of time and has a poor payoff scheme. You have to spend tons of time helping them interpret receipts because they don’t have good enough text recognition software and don’t have the layouts and/or SKU/UPCs from the specific retailers to do it themselves. Even then, there’s so few item offers that even have points available, and the tiny amount of points you earn for a regular receipt with no specific offers isn’t even worth the time to take the picture of the receipt.

I personally pay no attention to what the special offers are. I just scan every grocery receipt. I’ve been using Fetch Rewards for a month and have 11,000 points. It takes a couple of seconds to scan the receipt and that’s it. At some point I will cash out and be able to have a free dinner out with my husband or buy a Christmas gift or two. That’s worth a few seconds of my time after I shop for sure. I literally take the pics of the receipt in my car after I shop.

Hi Leigh,

That’s definitely the right way to do it – this way you spend very little time and get a huge reward in return. Glad Fetch is working out for you!

I recently used the app and as soon as I got close to 10000 points,I received an email that my account was deactivated due to fraudulent referrals
I asked how and why
No response

Hi Karen,

I would try contacting the Fetch support team. They were probably just surprised that you were able to get a large amount of referrals so quickly.

I recently started using fetch rewards a few days ago. I love it. I went to scan another receipt today and it says that I have reached the maximum receipts receipts in 7 days which I have scanned 14 receipts. When will my time start over so I can scan the other receipts that I have from shopping today? Exactly how does this work. Is it that you can scan 14 receipts with a 7 day period from the first day you start, or does it go week by week?

This is my question as well just downloaded the app today and had a bunch of receipts from school supply shopping and the same thing popped up on mine

Hi Bethany,

I would wait exactly one week to try again and scan receipts. If you’re still having issues with the app, I would try to contact the Fetch support team.

I can’t get into my Fetch Rewards account to redeem my rewards
because my tablet can not load ios 10
How will I be able to redeem all
the points I worked so hard to get

You will need a new tablet or phone, if you can’t update your device. Also, you probably can login on another person’s phone or tablet, if they have Fetch. They can logout and you can login. You should contact Fetch first though, to make sure that’s ok and let them know about your problem.

After updating the app, referring out the App to several friends and people on a social network page, receiving points for the referrals and having 35,000 points on my account, I can’t log in to my account. I email support for a new password and get a message, my account has been deactivated due to use of invalid/fraudulent receipts. After several replies back for a better explanation and requesting a reactivation, I’ve sent an email to the email provided on the Fetch webpage. Here’s hoping for a resolution in my favor.

lesson to anyone thinking about the app…As soon as you get to a point to cash in for rewards, cash in, before the app crashes and/or you are shut out of the app for now reason of your own.

I LOVE this app. It’s simple to use, you’re rewarded just for shopping, even if you don’t buy any items offered. I have contacted customer support twice and received a response within hours. So far I’ve earned a $3.00 Panera e-giftcard, $10 Panera e-giftcard and I’m currently working toward a $20 Bed Bath and Beyond e-giftcard. I recommend it to anyone who will listen.

Be aware- points expire!!!!!I lost my points. They won’t give the points back. Not even as a one time courtesy.

Avoid Fetch Rewards. Its a scam. Will terminate you with no valid reason to avoid you cashing out. Waste of time.

At first I got more points depending on how much I spent on the receipt. After I redeemed my first $10 rewards at Target, all the receipts I have been scanning after have only been worth 24 to 25 points even if my receipt was over $100. Anybody experience the same thing?

Yeah. For some reason reason they changed how many bonus points a receipt can earn without a qualified brand or even with one. I haven’t cashed out before and so it’s not because of that. Now it’s a flat 25 points per receipt. No idea why. Maybe it was just easier to do a single bonus amount instead of random large or small bonus points per receipt.

One of the best cash back app for grocery receipts. You can use the same receipt in iBotta and Fetch Rewards app for more savings.

My referral code is J4RUW.

I love this app I got about 18,000 points just from referrals, I was going to let my points stack up but from reading the comments I’m going to pick a gift card or two so my points aren’t so high.

I haven’t signed up for Fetch yet. My question is these select products, is usually 1 item acceptable to qualify for points or do you usually have to purchase 2 or more of the same item? I buy what is needed and try not to stock pile since our family has gotten smaller. I would hate to miss a bonus opportunity because I was 1 short of a suggested deal.

Hi Maleta,

For most items all you have to do is purchase them one time. Just make sure that it’s on your receipt, and once that’s done go ahead and take a picture. You only need one item, but you can have multiple offers per receipt as well.

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