Here are the UK cashback apps you need to reduce your food shop bill.
I’ve been using cashback apps on my phone for several years now, and I’ve figured out which ones I love enough to recommend to you. I’ve listed the apps I use every week, and which ones are more hassle than they’re worth (for me).
These apps can save you money if you make sure to combine them with common sense – only buying what you actually need, and not being tempted to buy something unnecessarily.
The process is simple – buy an item on offer (having made sure it’s the right one), upload a picture of your receipt within the specified time period and receive your refund via paypal or bank transfer.
1 – Checkout Smart
If you only have time and headspace for one, go for Checkout Smart.
Here’s why Checkout Smart is my favourite:
The customer service is great! Sometimes, things can go a bit awry with uploading a receipt or not being credited with the right amount. It’s real life; things happen. I’ve found that my emails are always answered quickly and when one purchase wasn’t immediately credited with the right amount, the difference was soon added to my account.
You have to wait until you’ve reached £5 to be paid (£1 for new customers) and then, there’s a 5% fee. If you want to make sure your ‘free’ purchases are absolutely free, then you’ve got to build up to a £20 payout. This put me off at first, but I’m comfortable with building up my earnings. It could take you anywhere between a few weeks and a few months to build up your payout level, depending on how much you shop and what offers you redeem.
2 – Clicksnap
Here’s why Click Snap is my runner-up:
It’s worth noting that you can’t get cashback for the same item using the same receipt because of the partnership between Click Snap and CheckoutSmart – if you want to take advantage of the same offer, buy your items separately and upload the receipts separately.
3 – Shopmium
4 – MySupermarket
5 – TopCashback
Don’t go there.
I started using Receipt Hog in 2016 and gave up on it that year. This app accepts receipts from any store, not just supermarkets. Uploading receipts is very easy thanks to the camera.
The issue I had was that I just didn’t trust that after the extremely long process of building up enough credit to cash out. Also, the experience was ‘gamified’ with a slots game, which is not for me.
This is another app that was recommended to me by a reader, but that I don’t use. It seems as though users have experienced the same kind of account blocking as Shopitize’s users, due to suspected fraud from receipts being used on multiple accounts. Because of this, I’m not keen to look into it any more.