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Did you know that it is possible to receive cash back on items you buy during your in-store grocery shop? There are shopping apps that will reimburse you in full when you buy selected groceries. Best of all these shopping apps are completely free to use!
Shopmium is one such shopping app, and has to be one of my favourite if I’m honest! Using Shopmium is a fantastic way for you to save a little money while completing your food shopping. I have personally written about ways to earn money on your food shopping before. I have written about CheckOutSmart before also, which is another app that I use, although not as often as Shopmium.
Shopping apps are a way to earn yourself a little extra cash back. Basically, there will be special offers, such as receive a free bar of chocolate. You will visit the supermarket, buy the product in question and then upload a photograph of your receipt.
You will then receive remuneration for your purchase and you can cashout this money to your Paypal account. Usually, there are at least 10 offers on each of these shopping apps per week. Shopmium often has 50+ offers these days, and in 2022 there have been some fantastic offers already.
How to download Shopmium
Shopmium is an application for your mobile phone. You can download it from the iOS or Android stores. This mobile app is free to download and takes just seconds to register with. It is all very straight forwarded.
Once you have downloaded the app if you use my own referral code, KMHMUEAV, you can get an item completely free right away. As of March 2022 this special offer is for a free tube of Pringles. The offer hasn’t changed for a while, but have a nosy when signing up to see what you’re being offered!
All you need to do once you’ve signed up is buying the Pringles, you can even use the barcode scanner to check you’ve got the right item while still in store, and then you’ll be reimbursed in full, via Paypal, for your Pringles purchase!
I will also receive £3 credit once your membership is validated and you’ve had your first freebie too. This is a fantastic referral bonus so once you have installed this app be sure to invite your friends and family to join up, as it is a great way to get a little credit to go towards the % off or money off offers, to help make them free.
Be sure to join up via the app, not via the website to claim this offer.
How to use Shopmium
You buy an item, you snap a photo of the receipt and you then receive either a full or partial reimbursement for that item. It’s VERY straight forward once you know about it and start using the app.
When in-store open up the app. You will be able to see the supermarket you’re in on the list of available stores, click this and then you’ll see all available offers.
There may be free items and there may be discounted items too. Be sure to check the small print of each offer carefully.
Sometimes you can redeem multiple offers, and increase your discount. Other times you can buy an item and be reimbursed in full.
When you see an item that you’re interested in click on this. You’ll see at the top of the page what the offer is.
If you click the piggybank then you’ll see two options ‘request my cashback’ and ‘check a barcode’. Use the check a barcode option when in store to check that you’re purchasing the correct item. Use the request my cashback option once you’ve made a purchase a want to submit a photograph of your receipt.
Types of special offers on Shopmium:
‘Try for £X‘: This means you buy an item and then you’re reimbursed for the difference between the price you paid and the Try it for X price.
‘X% off‘: You’ll receive a reimbursement relevant to the % off the item. For example if you buy a £1 item, with 50% off, you’ll receive 50p back.
‘X off‘: You’ll receive a reimbursement of a set amount. 50p off. £1 off etc.
‘Buy X and get X% off‘: Buy 2 items and receive a 50% reimbursement. Buy 6 items and receive a 40% reimbursement etc. Often there will be different tiers to the discount. For example buy 2 items and receive 20% back, buy 4 items and receive 40% back.
‘Try for FREE‘: The elite of all the offers. You’ll be reimbursed the full price of the item (check the terms for any maximum permitted spend on the item.
Down the bottom of the app there is a little piggybank button. This allows you to check the item you’re going to purchase is the right one, by clicking ‘check a barcode’ and you can also use this button to ‘request my cashback’.
To do this you need to purchase the item and keep your till receipt. You’ll be asked to scan the barcode of the item again, to confirm you have purchased the right item from the listed offer, and then upload a photo of your till receipt. It’s really easy and the app shows you what to do!
It allows you to take multiple photographs, to ensure that all of the data is captured, and then your request is submitted. Typically within 1-2 days you’ll receive your reimbursement to your Paypal account. I’ve had payments faster than this but I am a ‘gold’ member, so that may help!
My opinion on Shopmium
I’ve found it great so far. There are usually free items most weeks, if not more frequent. This is a great way for me to try something new, or even get another item to donate to the food bank if it isn’t something that I’m interested in.
I have had almost £500 reimbursed as of March 2022, which is a figure I’m very grateful for! I think I did have an account previously but it was closed or I forgot the details, so my total may even be higher!
The discounted items are great too and I love that when you buy a larger quantity you get a bigger discount.
For example, there were Naked cereal bars on there, which are ideal for my daughter who has FPIES. These were 50% off when you bought 3 or more. This is something that we regularly buy at full price too, as it is one of the only safe snacks our daughter actually enjoys eating with her allergies.
You could buy 3 lots of 3, which I did, and save a huge amount of money. As these items are rarely discounted it was a great offer for us and allowed us to stock up. I was really grateful, but it is also great if you want to try something new without spending a small fortune!
I’ve never had a cashback request declined, but I always keep the receipt until I receive the cash just to be on the safe side.
I just clip them onto the front of the fridge with a little magnetic clip I bought from Ikea, so I have them to hand if I need them.
If you’ve enjoyed this post you may love making and saving money. If so, I’ve got a huge list of ways to make and save money that you may find helpful! Also, I’ve got these ways to save money on fruit & vegetables you may enjoy.