How many times have you declined a receipt when the cashier asks if you want one? “No thank you, I’ll just toss it in the trash anyway.” Although that’s very thoughtful of you for being conscious of the environment, those receipts could be costing you extra money. You might as well just set your cash on fire!
Okay, so I’m being a bit overdramatic, but saving your receipts and taking a picture of them with your phone can earn you some pretty sweet rewards. The following 5 cash-back apps can help put a little more dough in your financial oven.
Notorious for earning cash-back on your groceries, Ibotta can also be used to gain rewards on practically anything else you purchase. You can use the app to schedule a ride with Lyft or purchase some new headphones on Amazon.
Just download the app and take a photo of your receipt and you’re done. It’s as simple as that. You can even make your purchase through the Ibotta app to avoid an extra step. There is currently a $20 sign-up bonus when you create a new account and use the app 10 times within the first 14 days. You’re saving money already!
The cool thing about Drop is how easy it is to shop using your debit or credit card. Just link your card to the app and shop. With every eligible purchase, you’ll earn points that can be used for gift cards to some of your favorite places. Even if you just order food or bought some new clothes, you’ll still earn reward points.
They also have a neat “Try Something New” feature that lets you earn rewards just for testing something out that you’ve never tried before. In order to participate, you must create your account through the app and be a new customer for the particular offers.
Receipt Hog is one of the more basic but direct cash-back apps you can use. You simply take a picture of your receipt from ANY store and receive bonuses. There are a variety of rewards you can earn such as coins, which are redeemable cash rewards, spins to earn bonus coins or other unique prizes, as well as monthly cash sweepstakes.
You can redeem your coins for cash (1,000 coins for $5) or Amazon gift cards. If you’re an avid reader, you can use your coins for magazine subscriptions as well.
Although BerryCart offers a more strict or limited selection of redeemable purchases, it will reward you for your healthy shopping. It works at more than 100,000 stores across the country such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
In fact, BerryCart specializes in gluten-free, non-GMO foods, and other products that some of the other cash-back apps don’t feature. You’ll need to keep your itemized receipt and take a picture through the app in order to take advantage of its rewards.
The final cash-back app on our list works in a unique way. It rewards your online purchases by scanning your email for any receipts that you might have forgotten about. So make sure you read your “junk” email thoroughly so you don’t delete any cash-back opportunities.
Paribus will also use its email monitoring feature in order to get you a refund on previous purchases. If the tool notices that you bought an item from one of its retailers after a price drop, it will refund you the difference! Visit their site to see which retailers they monitor.