Let’s talk about receipts. I know, it’s an annoying piece of paper that most people don’t even take from the cashier. What if I told you that I’ve made hundreds of my own money back from my receipts. Maybe it’s not not a lot for each one, but it adds up. Eventually, it’s enough to pay for something you couldn’t afford before. Or maybe it will just be some extra pocket money. Either way, why not just take that receipt home and make some money off of it? Not to mention, with the cost of things going up these days, this helps to bring it back down.
Okay, I got you take your receipt home. Now what? It depends on the type of person you are. I constantly change my routine. You can either just scan them right away, or place them somewhere till you have a few. Once you are ready, open the app and start taking pics of your receipts according to the instructions provided. They all seem to be slightly different. It doesn’t take long at all.
I’ve tried most of them out and have a few favorites. Some of the apps let you link some of your loyalty cards, your email, or your Amazon accounts. I love this feature! Some let you forward receipts. There’s an app that makes you scan every single item purchased, which can be a bit much for me. Everyone is different so you may prefer that more than I do.
Oh, I know, it’s all just a pain in the butt, no matter what. Who wants to bother with all that for a few cents? If it helps at all for you to know this, I do the bare minimum. I have all of my accounts linked for automated savings. Otherwise, I miss deadlines, I forget, I get overwhelmed, and so on. I often don’t stick to things for very long. Yet, so far, I’ve made a few hundred dollars back and I still continue to obsess over receipts.
I don’t expect to go through any of what I did when I first started out. I’ve spent so much time and effort trying out apps to get my money back any way I can. Then I share all the information I can with you. Also, I don’t just submit my receipts. I use cash back credit cards, shop through cash back apps, use promotional codes, and more. Subscribe to follow my adventures in saving money. I can get out of hand and post share some of my follies along the way.
The following are a few of the apps that I use to submit my receipts. I’m using Google Play store, and located in the US. Please be sure to use my referral links so that we both may receive a bonus. Thank you!
*For the best results, follow the rules per each app. Pay attention to the timeframe you can submit. It’s usually about two weeks. Capture all of the required information. It helps to tap the screen to focus.
- Coin Out
- Fetch Rewards
- Inbox Dollars
- National Consumer Panel
- Receipt Hog
- Receipt Pal
For the Google Docs version, click here. It’s not completely updated at the moment. I’ll try to get to it soon.
I submit every single receipt to CoinOut. They just updated the app so you can connect your Amazon and email. They give you random amounts for each one. There is a daily scan limit.
Besides scanning receipts, you can also shop through the app for cash back, enter a contest, sign up for offers, take random surveys, and more.
Please use my referral link. My code is TAYT94E.
Mostly everyone knows you can use Coupons.com to print coupons, but now you can also scan your receipt for cash back. Some store loyalty cards can even be connected to your account. You would need to add the digital coupons for each store you shop at. If your card is linked, you’ll automatically receive a payment via PayPal.
Why not sign up, if you haven’t already. If you have, make sure you’re taking advantage of all the savings.
Fetch Rewards lets you scan receipts, and also checks your email for digital receipts. This has been great for getting cash back from my Amazon purchases. I just added Giant as well.
If you want to try them out, please use my referral link. My code is E4HFT.
With Ibotta has a slightly different process. First you add the offer on the app, and then scan your grocery receipts.
Besides scanning your receipts, you can also get cash back from online shopping and buying gift cards.
Inbox Dollars is now accepting receipts, but it doesn’t seem to work well for me. They are in a beta mode from what I was told.
This is also listed on the Extra Money page, under Surveys.
National Consumer Panel
National Consumer Panel is very different. Instead of scanning your receipt, you scan each of your items. You will need to enter things like the price, if there was a sale, total receipt amount, if you used a loyalty card, and method of payment. They also accept things that are unable to be scanned, like take out and Amazon purchases.
NCP also has surveys to complete either on the app or online.
I couldn’t find any referral information, but still wanted to share.
You don’t need to actually scan your receipts with Pogo. You can just link your Amazon, Walmart, PayPal, Walgreens, Target, and others. Every time the app picks up purchases, you’ll get a notification to claim your points. You can also take surveys, get location rewards, and more.
Try Pogo with my referral link or use my code 7ZWBV and we will both receive extra points. Make sure you connect an account in order to qualify. Thanks!
Receipt Hog accepts most receipts. Keep an eye out for an occasional survey too.
Try them out with my referral link. My code is por35884.
You can scan most receipts with the Receipt Pal app. They have sweepstakes that you automatically get entered in. You can connect multiple emails to be scanned for digital receipts. I also have my Amazon account connected.
If you try them out, please use my referral code: PPTWMPZJ
Swagbucks has a section on their app for scanning clothing, Hallmark store, and everyday receipts. They don’t take certain ones. I’ll have to double check.
Swagbucks is also on the Extra Money page, listed under Surveys.