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ReceiptPal Review: Scam Or Legit Receipt Scanning Cash Back App?

ReceiptPal Review: Scam Or Legit Receipt Scanning Cash Back App?
Jason Wuerch Nov 6, 2014
Want to Earn Some Extra Money?

ReceiptPal is an app that’s been around for a while, claiming to pay users for taking pictures of their receipts.

In this ReceiptPal review, we cover whether it’s a scam or legit, how it works and how much you can actually earn in cash back taking pictures of your receipts – from any retailers.

What is ReceiptPal?

ReceiptPal is a smartphone app that rewards you for uploading store receipts to their app or by submitting e-receipts via email.

The points that you earn can be exchanged for donating to charity or Amazon gift cards or other various offers.

The ReceiptPal team collects your receipt data anonymously and develops market research to help stores and brands create better promotions and products. No information will ever be shared with a third-party, so you can be assured that your information is safe.

What is the Earnings Potential?

Every time you submit 4 receipts you earn 100 points.

The more rewards you save before you cash in, the more value you’re going to get for them. For example, you can exchange 350 points for a $1 dollar gift card or 17000 points for a $100 gift card at Amazon (equivalent to 170 points for $1 dollar).

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By saving for the highest redemption offer, you can more than double your point value.

When you start using ReceiptPal, the max you can submit is 20 receipts per week which refreshes every Monday. The more you use the app, you will slowly be allowed to upload more and more receipts each week.

Receipts usually take 24 hours to process, and out of all of the times that I’ve submitted a receipt, only one was rejected because the receipt I scanned was too blurry. I re-submitted the receipt and eventually received my points.

Receipts from any store are accepted, even including e-receipts. When you buy something online, simply forward the e-receipt to receipts@receiptpalapp.com.

ReceiptPal is currently available for both iPhone and Android. In order for receipts to be valid, they must be submitted within 30 days of purchase. make sure you capture the entire receipt.

How Do I Get Started Using ReceiptPal?

We on Frugal For Less will guide you how to use the ReceiptPal app in 4 easy steps.

1. Download the ReceiptPal app for iPhone or for Android.

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2. Start collecting your receipts. Once you have one, click on the camera button on the home  screen to upload.

3. Place your receipt face down so it’s easier to get a clear image. The receipt must have the store name, date, total, and items purchased for it to be valid. For extra long receipts, snap from a distance. Press the blue camera button at the bottom of the screen to take a picture. If it looks good, tap on send.

4. Receive your points within 24 hours. To claim your rewards, click on the “Rewards” button on the upper-right hand corner of your screen.

A great tip on saving time is to collect receipts for an entire week and then upload them all at once. This way, you don’t have to continuously reopen the app each time you make a purchase.

How Can I Earn Even More Money?

By registering your email address, each receipt that you submit will be entered automatically in their weekly sweepstakes of $250. That means each time you upload, you’ll be getting a free entry on top of rewards. Each drawing is help on Monday.

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Final Thoughts

While there aren’t any other ways to earn with ReceiptPal (currently no referral program), you can still get more savings by stacking your rewards with other apps.

Currently, Frugal For Less has articles featuring Ibotta and Receipt Hog, other smartphone apps that also reward you for saving your receipts and uploading them.

All-in-all, ReceiptPal is a great way for you to make some extra beer money or some cash on the side while enhancing your shopping experience. Let us know how much you’ve earned thus far in the comments below.

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 (20)

Instead of giving me gift cards, is it possible to receive actual cash? For example, could I link my PayPal account to ReceiptPal so I could be credited actual cash, rather than just store gift cards?

I downloaded receipt hog approx. 6 mos. Ago.at that time and since then, I have been,told by them,that they have a waiting list, which I have been put on. However, other people that I have talked to, have immediately been allowed to use their app. Someone told me that you can get to use the app. Immediately if you have a referral. Do you know anything regarding this? Do you have any suggestions in order to use it?

Hi Pat,

I know that at one point Receipt Hog had a waiting list. Not sure on the status as of now. As for getting in directly with a referral, I have not heard anything like this. I just know that as of now they’ve been more open and you should be able to use the app just fine without waiting.

I almost downloaded it but decided to take a look at the reviews first. Don’t like what I saw. This app is worthless. I know your review of this app is kid of old, but I wanted to let you know to please update your information on Receipt App. Their terms have changed drastically. Too many people having too many issues.

Hi Tamika,

I hate to say it, but you’re kind of right – at least to a certain extent. ReceiptPal has always worked great for me, but their earnings haven’t been the best. I remember when I first used it it was working quite well, but I’m sure things have changed.

Tamika is correct conditions have changed dramatically when I started using this app in 2016 it HAD $100.00 gift cards for Amazon for 17000 points. When I got close to that point rules changed, they did away with the $100.00 gift cards. Okay, change of plans, so I will just get 4 of the $25.00 gift cards right? Yes but instead of the 17,000 points for the $100.00, I had to have a total of 7,500 for $25.00 card X 4 = 30,000 points for $100.00!! I finally managed to get 4 of the Amazon cards but it took forever. Now they are spitting receipts back as being “invalid” for really stupid stuff that isn’t true so you end up wasting your time resubmitting some times you have to do it 3+ times to finally have them include it. For the person that wanted to know if you can get cash instead, the answer is no. Oh and also you USED to have a month to submit your receipts now it is within the week.

Hi Deborah,

It seems things have changed quite a bit with ReceiptPal. Thanks for updating us on your experience. This review is a bit old, but we will try and update it soon.

I was a faithful follower and then I redeemed a restaurant gift certificate what a scam. It’s more like a coupon. You redeem a 50 gift card but have to spend a min of 100 bucks.

I’ve downloaded and use ReceiptPal, but have found that I HAVE to register my email AND PASSWORD with them in order to “unlock” access to the sweepstakes and rewards. I’m not comfortable with giving them my email password. Does anyone else have a problem with this, or am I just being paranoid?

Hi Arthur,

I’m pretty sure it’s asking you for your email to sign-up and then for you to choose a password for your ReceiptPal account – not your email password.

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