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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 it is a fantastic way for you to earn some extra cash just for 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.
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.
Today I want to talk with you about Shopmium, which has to be my favourite of all of the shopping apps at present.
How to download Shopmium
Once downloaded if you use my personal referral code, KMHMUEAV, you can get an item completely free right away. As of June 2021 this special offer is for a free tube of Pringles.
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.
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.
One allows you to check the item you’re going to purchase is the right one (by scanning the barcode) and the other allows you to request your reimbursement.
To do this you need to purchase the item and keep your till receipt. You’ll be asked to scan the item again, to confirm you’ve bought the right one, and then upload a photo of your till receipt.
It allows you to take multiple photographs, to ensure that all of the data is captured, and then your request is submitted. Within 1-2 days you’ll receive your reimbursement to your Paypal account.
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.
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.
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’ve had around £100 of reimbursements now and whenever I refer a member the £3 that I earn sits there. This goes towards the cost of discounted offer items and helps to make them free, so be sure to refer your friends!.
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 safe with a 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. I love to save money on food shopping.