Spending money is much more enjoyable when you get rewarded for it, which is why I always use receipt apps when I’m out shopping. Receipt scanner apps are pretty straightforward, too. You scan receipts for money and then redeem them for online gift cards, actual cash or other perks.
You can double-dip with most of these apps, and you can also use manufacturers’ coupons, too. There are a couple of exceptions, though, but I’ll let you know which ones have restrictions.
I’ve covered the best (totally legit) receipt apps out there so you can keep shopping and saving.
1. Add cash back offerings in your Ibotta account after your purchases.
You can link your loyalty cards to Ibotta, but you won’t get credit for certain items if you don’t select them in the app beforehand.
To ensure you get your points, you should:
- Purchase your items
- Get your paper receipt
- Add Ibotta cash back offerings that match your receipt in the app
- Then upload your receipt to Ibotta
You can cash out through PayPal, Venmo or Ibotta Pay.
Note: Ibotta will automatically link to some of your loyalty cards — like Kroger, for instance — so you won’t have to snap pics of your receipts, but you’ll still have to load offers.
Our Ibotta coupons page is great for keeping up with the latest offers.
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2. Earn digital gift cards for purchases through Fetch.
Fetch rewards you two ways: For scanning any eligible receipt (including e-receipts) and for purchasing any eligible product — which you’ll find right on the Fetch home screen.
Once you’ve shopped, grab your receipt and open the Fetch app. Tap “Scan” to take a picture of your receipt and tap “submit.”
Accumulate at least 3,000 points ($3.00) and cash out to earn gift cards to retailers like Amazon and Target.
3. Clip fewer coupons with the Coupons.com app.
The Coupons.com app will have the same offers as the Coupons.com site, but instead of printing the coupon, you load the offer and then scan your receipt after the fact.
Coupons.com ties your account to a phone number which prevents you from printing more than two of the same coupon. Don’t plan to get extra offers by downloading the app and printing coupons.
4. Get freebies for new members with TopCashback.
TopCashBack is a free app that pays you back for purchases made online through select merchants.
You’ll not only get a rebate with every online purchase, but TopCashback also offers freebies for new members — like Clorox disinfecting wipes, drink tumblers, or Neutrogena makeup remover wipes. The offer will depend on when you sign up, but we’ll always let you know which offer is live on our deals page.
You can have as many TopCashback accounts per household as you like. If you’re an existing member, then tell your husband or wife, mom or dad, roommate, neighbor or anyone else about TopCashback, and perhaps they’ll share their freebie with you.
5. Choose your own offers with Checkout51.
Just like with the other receipt apps, you’ll need to download Checkout51 and scan your receipt through the app.
When you go shopping, browse offers available through the app and purchase them anywhere. Once your account balance reaches $20, Checkout51 will mail you a check (check their terms and conditions for more details)
The offers on Checkout51 are similar to Ibotta in that you purchase specific products to earn cash back — we’ll tell you which ones are the best on our Checkout51 page.
One of the best things about Checkout51 is their “Choose Your Own Offer,” which is typically $0.25-$0.50 off an item. I like to use my offer for things like bananas, which I can typically find for under $0.25, so I can get it totally free.
You can’t stack some manufacturer coupons with Checkout51, though, which is a total bummer.
6. Get in-store cash back offers with the Rakuten Ebates app.
Yes, you can get cash back with Rakuten for both online shopping AND in-store purchases if you download their app.
Just link up your credit card to special in-store cash back offers and get your hard-earned cash sent to you via PayPal or a paper check (all within the app).
PRO TIP: Taking a LYFT to go shopping? Get cash back for your rides exclusively through the Rakuten app.
7. Skip scanning your receipt with the Drop app.
Drop is similar to Fetch Rewards in that you can redeem your points for digital gift cards.
The difference is that with Drop, you link up your credit or debit card to the app and earn “Drop” points for your purchases at partner stores — no scanning required afterwards.
8. Redeem your points for actual cash with Dosh.
Dosh connects to your credit or debit card so you can earn points for shopping or dining out at thousands of retailers and restaurants.
The best part is that you earn actual cash back for your purchases, and you can either transfer your cash to your PayPal, donate it to a charity, or move it to your bank account.
Want to spread some Dosh love? You get $5 for every referral as long as they download the app and successfully link a verified card to their account.
9. Get cash back when your friends shop with Fluz.
The Fluz app pays you to shop by linking your credit or debit card to their app. When you make enough qualified purchases, you can redeem points for discount gift cards.
Here’s where Fluz gets interesting, though. Once you refer friends, you also earn cash back on their purchases. You can then redeem that cash through PayPal or your bank account. You’ll also get three vouchers for up to 35% cash back at various brands when you sign up through our link.
So, get busy creating your own shopping network and make some money!
10. Earn cash back and enter sweepstakes for your receipts with ReceiptPal.
With ReceiptPal, you’ll need to take a picture of your receipt — from any type of store — with your smartphone while on the app.
You can also connect ReceiptPal to your email and Amazon account, and they’ll upload e-receipts automatically.
Check this out:
New users receive five digital 100-point cards the day they join — you can fill these cards for points to get gift cards from your favorite retailers, like Amazon.
After your initial five, you get up to three new cards every Sunday at noon — five is the max you can have at any time, so how many you get depends on how many you’ve already filled up.
You can submit as many receipts as you want each week. Extra receipts you submit earn you entries into sweepstakes — you’ll earn two sweeps entries for every receipt!
11. Become a panel member and earn points through the NCP app.
To use the NPC mobile app, you have to first become a National Consumer Panel (NCP) member. Memberships are free and signing up is quick.
Once a member, you can access their app and scan barcodes for points, but you also agree to provide them with your personal shopping data, like what stores you visited, what produce you purchased, whether or not you used gift cards, etc.
While some of the data is transferred automatically, you may have to manually insert data for certain items yourself.
You must send in weekly “data transmissions” in order to get rewards, but you can also earn rewards for taking online surveys, joining special studies, or by entering sweepstakes (like their quarterly $5,000 giveaway).
Rewards range anywhere from gift cards to smart devices and even luggage, so it’s worth the hassle if you want to get expensive items way cheaper!
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12. Get money for receipts and for walking around with Shopkick.
You actually don’t have to scan receipts to earn money with Shopkick, but you’ll get more points if you do.
Earn points or “kicks” when you:
- Walk into stores,
- Scan product barcodes
- Upload receipts
- Make a purchase with your Visa or Mastercard
- Make an online purchase
- Watch in-app videos
Two-hundred fifty kicks equals $1 in gift cards to places like Walmart, Target, Starbucks, T.J.Maxx, Old Navy, Best Buy, iTunes and more.
You can cash out with as little as $3 in earnings, but Shopkick is actually how I earned a free $25 Target gift card.
13. Earn with loyalty cards or receipts with SavingStar.
You can get offers — like $1 back when you buy Fiber One cereal — two ways with SavingStar: Load offers to the app, or scan your receipt. If you choose to load offers from the app, you’ll need to make sure your store loyalty card is attached.
You can always just scan your receipt if you can’t — or don’t want to — link your loyalty card to the app. But linking SavingStar to my card means I’m less likely to forget to scan my receipt after the fact.
Once your account balance reaches $20, cash out to a bank account, PayPal, Upromise, Starbucks gift code, iTunes gift code or AMC Theaters gift code.
Note: You can’t stack SavingStar and Checkout 51 offers. Choose the best before you scan.
14. Earn random rewards with CoinOut — upload your receipt to find out how much you’ll get!
With CoinOut, you’ll get a random reward — between $0.01-$0.07 per retail receipt you upload. You can also earn by shopping through CoinOut for select online merchants.
Deposit cash-back earnings to your bank account, or redeem them as an Amazon gift card with no minimum requirement to cash out.
15. Earn money on fuel purchases with TruNow.
The TruNow rebate app is a little different because it’s exclusively for gas stations!
Trunow shows you where the cheapest gas is near you and then gives you cash back when you buy gas at that location. All you have to do is scan your receipt after you fill up.
You can use your rewards toward in-app purchases at full value, or you can take half the value of your rewards and cash out via PayPal. This means if you’ve earned $25, you’ll only receive $12.50 if you cash out through PayPal.
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16. Stock up on produce with Makeena.
Makeena is for use with healthier grocery choices and offers a ton of rebate offers on produce.
Most of these offers are for organic items, but sometimes there are offers for produce that don’t specify “organic.”
Some Makeena offers are only available for the first 1,000 people to claim, and you need to make your purchase before you can unlock an offer — so don’t dawdle in uploading your receipt. Earn 1,000 Makeena Exclusive Points (redeemable for $1 cash) when you use our referral link to sign up!
Cash out through Venmo or PayPal when you earn at least $20.
We’ve got tons of other produce coupons if these just aren’t enough.
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