The ultimate guide to cashback apps

Cashback apps are a great way to save money on your supermarket shopping.  They regularly offer you free drink and food as well as money off at supermarkets. If you follow my Instagram or Facebook page you’ll always see photos of freebies I’ve bagged through cashback apps!

So, what are cashback apps and how do you use them?
Cashback apps allow you to claim money back on certain products that you buy in store or online. The apps all have slight differences, but pretty much work in the same way. You check out the offers on the app, go shopping and buy the products listed, take a photo of your receipt and get some or all of the money back!

The apps are all pretty straight forward, and most of them have a tutorial section.

How To Use Cashback Apps: 

1 – Browse the offers and find one you like!

2 – Check the amount you’ll be paid. If it says FREE you’ll get the full value of what you paid back, if it says £2 for example, that’s the amount you’ll get paid back.

Offers on CheckoutSmart

3 – Check which shop the offer is valid in.

4 – Check when the offer expires. Some run out pretty quickly so ensure you buy the product within the offer date!

5 – Buy the product.

6 – Claim your cashback by selecting the relevant offers and uploading a photo of your receipt (and scanning the barcode for Shopmium and Shopitize). Make sure you claim ALL the offers on your receipt.


7 – Check if you can claim the offer on any other apps – sometimes one product will be on 2 apps so you can claim cashback from both. CheckoutSmart and ClickSnap are the same company though, so you can’t claim for the same receipt on both. If they both have the same offer, and you want to claim twice, make sure you get a separate receipt to upload to each app.

8 – Wait for your receipt to be processed.

9 – Get paid! Your money will either go into your bank account, PayPal or your cashback app account depending on which app you’re using.

CHECKOUTSMART
Probably the best app for freebies. The offers are updated regularly but can expire quickly. Cashback is stored in your account – you can cash out straight away (but you’ll be charged 5%) or wait until you’ve got £20 to cash out for free. Money is paid into your bank account within 10 days.

SHOPMIUM
Good for trying new products and money is paid directly into your bank or PayPal within a couple of days. Has an ‘eligibility checker’ so you can scan the barcode in store and make sure you’re buying the correct product!

Sign up with code KHEYEFKU to get free Cornettos! 

CLICKSNAP
Powered by Quidco so cash goes directly into your Quidco account. Receipts are normally processed within a day or two.
For ‘FREE’ products it often offers a set amount – e.g £1.50 when you buy a particular loaf of bread. This means you’ll get £1.50 regardless of how much you pay, so if you can find it on offer somewhere for £1, you’ve just made 50p profit.

SHOPITIZE
Doesn’t often have freebies, just offers some money back on certain products. Offers are updated every Wednesday.
Need a minimum of £4 to cash out. Receipts need to be perfectly clear, not wrinkled and no shadows, and uploaded properly or they won’t be accepted.

GREENJINN
Can only be used in Sainsbury’s or Waitrose. Offers are updated weekly. Cash out after £1.50.

Important things to remember:

  • Always check the offer details. There’s no point buying it from ASDA if it states Tesco only, because you won’t get paid!
  • Make sure your receipt pictures are clear and not blurred, and that they have the date, time and store details on.
  • Check product prices on MySupermarket before you shop to get the most out of cashback offers.
  • Check you’re buying the right product! Make sure the pack size, flavour etc all matches the offer.
  • ClickSnap and CheckoutSmart are the SAME COMPANY so you can’t upload the same receipt to both!
  • DON’T BUY THINGS YOU DON’T NEED! Don’t get tempted to buy things you wouldn’t normally just because there’s 50p off! If it isn’t totally free or you weren’t going to buy it anyway, is it really a bargain?!
  • Scan your supermarket loyalty card to  grab bonus loyalty points!
  • Upload your receipts ASAP so you don’t forget or miss the offer deadline! Otherwise you won’t be paid.
  • Save your receipts until your cashback is confirmed. Occasionally you will be asked to upload it again – for instance if you’ve missed part of the receipt out of the photo or if it can’t be read easily.
The Ultimate Guide To Cashback Apps

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