|A screenshot of my phone’s cashback folder. Aren’t I organised, I hear you say!|
I’ve been using cashback apps on my phone for a few years now (I think!) and I’ve figured out which ones I love enough to use every week, and which ones I come back to after a bit. I’ve been recommending them to friends since I started, but I’ve found that few people have actually taken up my advice. I understand that taking in a totally new concept can appear to be more trouble than it’s worth. But trust me on this one – these apps are simple to use, and they can be well worth it. At least, they are for us.
I give them an overall score of 3/5 on the faff scale, because you have to go a tiny bit out of your way to keep and scan receipts, but come on – it’s free food!
Here are the apps I’m currently using!
|A CheckoutSmart offers screenshot.|
|My current CheckoutSmart balance,|
and how much I’ve ‘made’ since starting.
The interface is smooth, and it’s been upgraded and improved since I first downloaded the app. The participating stores have increased, and you can now upload receipts from a very wide range of shops.
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.
When an offer has been redeemed, it disappears from the app. This is one of the areas in which it’s gained the edge over ClickSnap, which comes a close second.
What’s not to like? 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 can take a couple of months for me to get there, depending on how diligent I am with chasing offers.
|A ClickSnap offers page screenshot.|
|A Shopitize offer page screenshot.|
Shopitize is my 3rd runner up. I used this a lot more last year, but when they introduced ‘capped’ offers, my faith waned somewhat. I didn’t like the idea that I might purchase something and then find that by the time I could upload the receipt image, the offer’s quota might have been met by other, quicker users. That’s never actually happened to me, but that’s what put me off a bit. I still do use this app, though, and I’m glad to see discounts on supermarkets’ own-brand vegetables reappearing.
They’ve lowered their payout threshold from £5 to £4. I’m currently sitting at 25p, but I’ll get back up there soon!
I do struggle with the app’s camera sometimes – taking good pictures in low light using the flash has tested my patience beyond what it could bear on too many occasions. I’d probably have a lot more confidence with this app if that one thing were to improve.
|A Receipt Hog screenshot.|
I’m always on the lookout for new cashback apps, and I started using Receipt Hog a few weeks ago. This app accepts receipts from any store, not just supermarkets. Well, we won’t be getting rich (or fat) from this one, but I’m having a bash at it. I can’t say much more than that right now. I’ll review it in depth once I know more.
Uploading receipts is very easy thanks to the camera, and they’ve ‘gamified’ the experience with levels and a slots game, which, I’ll confess, I don’t like.
The good thing is, I’m finding a use for all those receipts that I’d just have chucked away – the bad thing is, I’m drowning in receipts now and Lord Balders is losing patience!
I had a pretty good system before but you know, things get in the way and all that. I’ll start filing them properly from now on, now that I’ve been told off.
Here’s my Receipt Hog referral code: swol9401
|A Shopmium offers page screenshot.|
I’ve only downloaded Shopmium today, but I’ve got high hopes. There aren’t as many offers as the others, and a new interface means something else to get used to, but I’ll give it a try later when we go to the supermarket. This app requires a barcode scan as well, which is another layer of faff but sure helps to remove the possibility of buying the wrong thing!They’re currently pushing their referrals program with a free bar of Green & Black’s chocolate (they know me so well) so I used a code to get that offer. Hopefully I’ll get both the chocolate and my refund today! My own referral code is: KHKCCFEQ