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Let’s Talk About Receipts

Let me apologize ahead of time for the long post. As boring of a topic it may be for you, it’s actually profitable for me so I wanted to share a few points with you.

Let’s talk about receipts. You know that piece of paper that most of you either don’t take from the cashier or you just toss out right away. Do you know how bad I want to ask for your receipt? Seriously. It’s really awkward, so I don’t, but I’d like to.

If this is you, you’re literally throwing money away. Maybe not a lot, 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. That’s how I think when I use my gas rewards points every month.

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 scanning according to the instructions provided. They all seem to be slightly different.

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 also use cash back credit cards, shop through cash back apps, use promotional codes, and more. Subscribe to follow my adventures of saving money.


Here’s just three of the many apps that I use for my receipts, along with some basic info. The links provided to each site are my affiliate links. In most cases, we both may receive a bonus when you use them to sign up. For more information about these or the other apps that I use, go to the Scan Receipts page.

  • Coupons . com

A lot of people know of the site Coupons.com for printing coupons. Now you can also get cash back from your shopping trips. You would need to add the digital coupons for each store you shop at. If your store loyalty card is linked, you’ll automatically receive a payment via PayPal when you shop. Some stores you will need to submit a picture of your receipt.

  • Fetch Rewards

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.

  • Pogo

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 connect an account.

To see the rest of the apps that I’m using, visit the Scan Receipts page.


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My Favorite Extra Money Apps

I realize there is quite a bit of information on my site that may be overwhelming for some just getting started with these types of things. I thought I would focus on earning gift cards today and also showcase my favorite apps.


An easy fun start would be by playing games. As you play, the app tracks your gaming activity and you accumulate points towards gift cards. My favorite app is Mistplay. So far, I’ve made $120 from it.

Then you have your passive apps, ones that take minimal effort while you are multitasking. They may have other tasks like installing other apps, completing offers, surveys, and so on. My favorites include Giftloop ($40) so far, Lucky Money ($28), and MobileXpression ($75).

Surveys are a bit more involved. You can really make a decent amount of money with these. I have a hard time focusing so I fall short here. My favorites are Crowdtap ($40), and YouGov ($115).


For a lot more information about each of these app, please see the Extra Money page.


YouGov Survey Site

I just redeemed points for another $50 Amazon gift card from YouGov. This has been my third payout over the past year, for a total of $115.

I even missed several surveys, so I would have actually made a bit more than that since they are pretty generous with points

YouGov has been listed on my site for a while now, and I have written about it in the past. I just felt the need to share again, since it’s proving to provide a decent amount of extra money for the time spent on it.

If you are interested in trying out YouGov, please use my referral link. I will receive extra points, which I greatly appreciate.

Just so that you are aware, there are two apps. YouGov is the Panel app for surveys, which can also be done on a computer. YG Pulse is the app that runs in the background of your phone, automatically accumulating points.

Thank you!


Scan Receipts Moved

In an effort to declutter my site a bit, I moved the section about scanning receipts to it’s own page. There’s a lot of sites listed and information included, so I thought it was justified. As an introduction, update, or a refresher, I am including all of the apps that I have listed on the new page here.

I haven’t talked much about scanning receipts lately. Basically, for those of you that don’t know, I save every single receipt from everything. I scan them with several apps, and then log them in my budget spreadsheet. It takes very little time, and I get some money back, so why not? So far, I’ve received $175+ in cash back using the following apps, and a few more I haven’t listed yet. I haven’t updated that amount recently, and the amounts listed below do not include my current pending balances. Over time, I’ve learned to wait to cash out because the payout is usually higher.


These are the apps that I am currently using to scan my daily receipts. I’m using a Droid phone, located in PA, USA. Please use my referral links so that we both may receive an incentive. Thank you!

  • Coin Out
  • Fetch Rewards
  • Ibotta
  • Inbox Dollars
  • National Consumer Panel
  • Receipt Hog
  • Receipt Pal
  • Swagbucks

  • Coin Out:

I scan every single receipt through CoinOut, and also email them my digital receipts as well. They give you random amounts for each one, and there is a daily scan limit. You can earn a $1 incentive if you let your balance hit $20, which is what I’m working on now.

Besides scanning receipts, you can also shop through the app for cash back, enter a contest, sign up for offers, and more.

So far, I have received $23 back.

Please use my referral code: TAYT94E.

  • Fetch Rewards:

Fetch Rewards lets you scan receipts, and also checks your email for digital receipts.. They have a minimum cash out of 3,500 points, which is $3.

This has been great for getting cash back from my Amazon purchases. I just added my Giant Direct as well. I’ve cashed out $41 so far.

If you want to try them out, please use my referral code: E4HFT.

  • Ibotta:

With Ibotta, you add the offer on the app, then scan your grocery receipts and then the items that you purchased. You will get cash back added to your balance. They have a cash out limit of $20.

Besides scanning your receipts, you can also get cash back from online shopping and buying gift cards.

I’ve earned $43.35 so far from this app. I’ve seen others making a lot of money back, if you do this right.

Now that I’m a lot more active with Ibotta, I’m inviting everyone to join my team for even more savings. You can use my referral link, or referral code “N32FQ“. When you do, I receive $10. We then work together towards more cash bonuses. Thank you!

  • Inbox Dollars :

Inbox Dollars is now taking 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 slightly 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 since I just cashed out $25 from here.

  • Receipt Hog :

Receipt Hog has a minimum cash out of 1,000 coins, which is $5. Keep an eye out for an occasional survey too.

I’ve made $30 back from this one so far.

There is no referral information to share. Last I checked, they weren’t taking any new members.

  • Receipt Pal:

You can scan most receipts with Receipt Pal. They also have sweepstakes that you automatically get entered in. They also give you bonus entries.

So far, I have cashed out $35 in Amazon gift cards.

If you sign up, please use my referral code: PPTWMPZJ

  • Swagbucks:

Swagbucks has a section each for clothing, Hallmark, and everyday receipts. They need to be scanned within 14 days.

I’ve made $14 so far, but I’ve heard people making a lot more.

Swagbucks is also on the Extra Money page, listed under Surveys.


For any updates on Scanning Receipts, please see the new page.

More information like this, can be found on the following pages: Financial Talk, Savings Tips, Extra Money, and Freebies.


Thoughts On Inbox Dollars

I just cashed out another $15 Amazon gift card from Inbox Dollars. That makes $45, since I started using this site in 2019. My first payment of $30 was in February of 2020.

For me, it’s been very slow to accumulate. This is because I rarely do a lot of the tasks. Inbox Dollars pays you to take surverys, watch videos, read emails, shop, complete offers, and more. But, I feel like it’s still worth it as a passive app.

If you try it out with my referral link, I’ll get an incentive. Thank you!


Year End Stats Coming

I’ll be doing my end of the year calculations soon, where I will figure out what apps and sites have been the most profitable. It will help me to determine what is worth my time to continue using.

All of it is very time consuming, regardless of what is being done. It also gets overwhelming. That’s added anxiety that I don’t need. So, I try to limit it any way I can. Not to mention, there’s only so much time in a day.

I’ll share once I have the data. I also want to do some year end assessments of some of the companies. In the meantime, I’ve been cleaning things up a bit across the site. I may be making a few more changes.

Stay tuned for updates.


Year End Take On Mobile Xpression

I downloaded Mobile Xpression in November 2019. According to their site…

Once a week, I click on the app. It opens a browser. I click continue, then collect five points. When you accumulate thirty points, you can trade them in for a $5 digital gift card to Amazon, Dunkin Donuts, and more.

In one year, I’ve made $65 on this app. Just from clicking a few buttons once a week. That’s not bad at all.  This is one app I’m definitely going to continue using.

There’s no referral information, I just really wanted to share, since Mobile Xpression is one of favorites.


Crowdtap

I have been using Crowdtap for about two and half months now. I just added it to the Extra Money page. They have an app and a site where you can take surveys. Most of them are quick with one question, and pay three points. Some are slightly more involved, but nothing like most of the other survey sites.

When you open the app, you’ll see what resembles a bingo board full of colored boxes. You click each one to answer a question, until you have cleared the board. Then wait a moment to see if you get any more. Once it’s completely cleared, you can check the site for more surveys.

So far, I’ve made $35 with Crowdtap. If you’d like to try it out, please use my referral link. Thanks!


For more like this, see the Extra Money page.


Another $10 From Receipt Pal

I just cashed out another $10 Amazon gift card. That’s $45 total now, just for scanning receipts.

Recipt Pal is one of the apps that I use to scan my receipts. This one is pretty basic. Just receipts, sweepstakes, and referring friends.

If you use my referral link to download the app, I’ll get 250 points. Thanks!


For more about Receipt Pal and similar apps, visit the Savings Tips page.


Cashback With Ibotta

I just got another $4 from Ibotta!

It was for my purchase of Nature Made Melatonin at Rite Aid. All I had to do was add the offer on the app, then scan my receipt and the item. It really didn’t take long. I’ve already made $43.35 so far with this app. I’ve seen others making a lot of money back, if you do this right.

I have to admit, I wasn’t using Ibotta to it’s full potential. I’ve been a member for years, but wasn’t using it. When I finally started to, I wasn’t paying enough attention or clicking all of the deals. I’m definitely regretting that.

Besides scanning your receipts, you can also get cash back from online shopping and buying gift cards. Gift cards are not just for holidays. You can buy them at a discounted rate to use for your regular shopping.

Now that I’m a lot more active with Ibotta, I’m inviting everyone to join my team for even more savings. You can use my referral link, referral code “n32fq“. When you do, I receive $10. We then work together towards more cash bonuses. Thank you!


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Cash Back From Receipts

If you know me, you know that I save every single receipt for every single thing. I record them for budgeting purposes. I also use several apps to scan them to get money back. It doesn’t take very long at all to scan them. The points add up and you can cash them out for a gift card or deposit.

A few key points in general:
Scan your receipts right away so they don’t expire.
Don’t crumble them up or they may become illegible.
For up to date information, see the app or site itself.

I have listed below all of the apps that I have successfully received money from.
This information can also be found on the Financial Tips page.


COIN OUT

Current Cash Out To Date: $22.79
This app allows you to scan pretty much any receipt. It gives you a random amount of money for each one. One receipt may get $0.01, while another gets $0.13. You can also email them your receipts for same day purchases. They have cash back for purchases and “badges” that you can click on for additional offers.
* Referral Code: TAYT94E
* Referral Link:  
https://coinout.com/referrals/new?r=TAYT94E

FETCH 

Current Cash Out To Date: $31
This app only lets you scan certain receipts via app. Offhand, I can tell you that it doesn’t accept take out like McDonald’s. When you used my referral code or link, we will each receive 2k points when you scan your first receipt.
* Referral Code: E4HFT
* Referral Link:
https://fetchrewards.onelink.me/vvv3/referralsocial?code=E4HFT

RECEIPT HOG

Current Cash Out To Date: $25
Receipt Hog seems to take every receipt. You get points, slots chances, and sweepstakes entries. It also scans your email for e-receipts.
Referral Info: Per RH, they discontinued referrals due to approaching max capacity.

RECEIPT PAL

Current Cash Out To Date: $25
This app also seems to take most receipts. Each card that is filled up equals 100 points. You also receive sweepstakes entries.
* Referral Code: PPTWMPZJ.
* Referral Link: https://app.adjust.com/oqlq9t9?label=PPTWMPZJ


Try them out and let me know what you think. I’m always looking for feedback, as well as information on any apps you have used.

YouGov Pulse

I’ve been working on getting more companies added to the Financial Tips page whenever I have a moment. YouGov Pulse VPN seemed to be a great one to add next. It’s an app that just runs in the background of your phone. Once in a while, I get a notification to reconnect it. Somehow my phone drops off. I think it’s because I have another similar app running so they are conflicting, but it hasn’t affected my earnings.

That’s literally all you need to do to accumulate points. I also receive emails on occasion to take a survey. They aren’t too lengthy and they pay out a decent amount of points. Since I’ve downloaded this, I’ve made $15. That’s pretty good since the most I do is a random survey.

Try it out with my referral link below and let me know what you think.
When you sign up and complete 4 surveys, we each get 2,000 points. https://today.yougov.com/refer/WktHlJgHs8IR26fxWx8YPA/

For similar apps that pay out, see the Financial Tips page.

Giftloop

This app has quickly become one of my favorites. You can make a few extra bucks doing quick tasks with little effort. The “coins” accumulate fairly quickly.

Giftloop has a continuous loop of screens that you swipe through. As you swipe, you come across several cat memes that you click on for 5 coins. In between the cats, there are also short videos to watch for 50 coins. You can complete offers, trials, install apps, take surveys, and more. They have a daily login bonus, along with other daily bonuses. For example, there’s a daily bonus for taking a survey. So, you get the coins for the survey itself, then collect an additional 750 bonus coins.

I have made $35 in Amazon gift cards since I’ve started using this app, near the end of last year. That’s not bad since I primarily just watch the videos, do an occasional survey, and collect my 5 coins whenever the cats pop up. Oh and I always have my phone set to collect coins whenever it’s charging. I would have cashed out more but I rarely complete the offers, apps, and trials. Since I’m really not testing out as many apps anymore, I think I will be using this one a little more often.

If you’re interested in trying Giftloop, use my referral link & let me know what you think: https://app.giftloop.co/r/93WYDMW.

For more apps like this, see the Financial Tips page.

MobileXpression

Per their site, “MobileXpression is a market research panel designed to understand the trends and behaviors of people using the mobile Internet.”

I love this app. I always brag about how easy it is to use and to make a few extra bucks. It takes very little time. You just install the app and let it run in the background of your phone. If I recall correctly, there is a security setting that you need to adjust for it to track properly. Once a week, I click on the app. It verifies that it is connected, then I collect my five points. That’s it. I’ve actually made $35 in Amazon gift cards, since the end of 2019. The amount would be higher, but when I first signed up I would always forget to click on it each week. Now I set a reminder for myself.

As much as I would love to provide a referral link or code, there isn’t any available. If you are interested in trying the app, I can send you an email. Although, I don’t know if there are any benefits for referrals. There is an affiliate program, but I haven’t signed up for it. You can also go to your app store, or their site to sign up at https://www.mobilexpression.com/About.aspx.

Try it out and let me know what you think, or if you have similar apps that you have used successfully. I am always looking for feedback.

For more apps similar to this, see the Financial Tips page.