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Like saving money? Like food? Course you do! Today I want to talk to you about how you earn cashback on groceries with the top shopping apps I’m about to share with you. ALL of these shopping apps are free to download and use, and will give you reimbursements when you buy products. Helping you save money on supermarket shopping! Today I’m going to share my top shopping apps as well as my favourite ways to maximise your returns from these apps.
Back in 2015, when I first wrote about earning cashback on your food shop, I wasn’t that committed to it. I had one or two shopping apps that I used, and I used them sporadically. Recently I have got back into using cashback apps. Partly to save money and partly to pick up items to donate to the foodbank – for free! I love being able to save money on groceries, and sometimes get to try new products for free too. Earning cashback on your food shop is a great way to help the household budget stretch a little budget – and I’ve had over £100 from just ONE shopping app. That’s quite a significant amount of money really!
Shopping apps are really simple to use. The basic gist is that you buy a product, snap a photograph of your receipt, scan the barcode of your product and you receive cashback. Sometimes you receive a % back on the product, 50% for example, at other times you receive a set amount of money, £1 for example. The best offers are the ones where you receive the full reimbursement, making your item completely free once you are reimbursed.
My top shopping apps to earn cashback on your food shop
This has to be my favourite shopping app! This is the app that I have received more than £100 from so far. For me, this has been a mixture of free products and items that were discounted, but I received the full reimbursement thanks to referral credits. As lots of my friends have taken my advice and joined Shopmium!
A quick look at Shopmium
As you can see there are a variety of supermarkets on Shopmium to make purchases from. There is also a barcode scanner, so you can check the item IN STORE to make sure it is the right item before you purchase it. This is what puts Shopmium above other shopping apps for me and is the number 1 reason I love it. Being able to check in-store means I never buy a wrong item and fail to receive my reimbursement.
Cashout with Shopmium: With Shopmium you receive your reimbursements as you request them. Earning cashback on groceries is super simple with Shopmium. I love it so much I wrote a stand-alone Shopmium review. For example, if you get £1 off a bag of roast potatoes you will receive that back within just a few days. I find that my offers are approved in one day and then I receive the cashback by the second day. Usually quicker!
Run by the people over at Quidco you can get some pretty sizeable cashback on groceries as there are some great products. As you can see in the screenshot below there are 40 offers on at the time of writing this. I find that Clicksnap often has good offers on beverages in particular. We’re a household that loves a nice alcoholic beverage so I try to check in to Clicksnap weekly for some new inspiration. They have offers available at a HUGE range of supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl, Ocado and Waitrose. This is fantastic as you can pick up something just about anywhere!
A quick look at Clicksnap
Checkout with Clicksnap: Payments over £1. Nice and straight-forward.
This is very similar to Clicksnap, and for this reason, you cannot use the same receipt on both apps. If you want to redeem an offer on both apps then ensure that you make two transactions to receive two receipts. You can earn cashback on groceries from both apps, but you just need to have two separate receipts.
A quick look at Checkoutsmart
Cashout with Checkoutsmart: You’ll find offers on at the same stores as Clicksnap pretty much and the cashout is the same. However, there are fees of 5% on cashouts £19.99 and under. Cashouts of £20+ don’t incur a fee, so it is worth saving up if you can.
When you download the Green Jinn app you can personalise the type of coupons you wish to receive. So if you’re a vegan you can avoid ticking fish, meat and dairy to try and avoid seeing irrelevant coupons. Then you simply choose your supermarket and look through the available coupons. You can only choose from Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose, which is a bit restrictive, but money for buying items you would buy anyway isn’t bad!
A quick look at Green Jinn
Cashout with Green Jinn: £1.50 via Paypal or Bank Transfer.
Now, this is a little different to the other ways to save money on groceries, and it isn’t necessarily one of my top shopping apps. Receipt Hog is a mobile app that allows you to upload photographs of your receipts, and they give you points in exchange. The data is sold, once it is made anonymous, to help supermarkets and other companies learn even more about purchasing decisions.
A quick look at Receipt Hog
Cashout with Receipt Hog: You earn points, these equal prices. 1,500 points = £5 Paypal or Amazon. 12,000 points = £50. So it is beneficial to save your points up, for a larger cashout, if you can.
I love being able to earn cashback on groceries. It is a great little boost to our household budget and makes our shop go a little further. Also, if I see an item that is heavily discounted, or free, that I wouldn’t use, then I pick it up for the foodbank.
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