About seven months ago, a friend asked me if I used the app Shopkick. You scan items in-store and earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards or merchandise. Now before you roll your eyes and say, yeah, it’s been around for a while…I just want to say that they keep updating and making it better and better.

Here’s how it works

  1. You walk into a store and open the app.
  2. Click on “find all nearby kicks” then tap on your store and the app will let you know how many kicks you can score for just walking in the door and by scanning items.
  3. When you tap on the bar code icon (it will have a number next to it indicating the number of possible points to earn), you’ll see a picture of the item to be  scanned. Simply touch the picture of the item and scan the barcode of the item in-store.
  4. Your kicks will immediately register, and below the picture it will show as scanned. Each item can be scanned once, but sometimes the very next day, they’re available to be scanned again! Also, occasionally a group of items will trigger a bonus score if you scan all of the items in the group.

Hot spots

My phone now pings and lets me know if I’m near a hot spot. My daughter uses it too and can’t believe that she gets free money to spend when she earns enough points. I love it because it doesn’t take much time, either. I think we all know our favorite stores—like the Target near my house—like the back of our hand. I’ll walk in and get my points, glance through the scans before I shop and hit the items as I pass them in the store. I love when I see an item on the shelf that’s turned so that the UPC is visible. Aha—another Shopkicker was here!  Sometimes another shopper and I will laugh as we realize we’re trying to find the same Shopkick item!

Earn points conveniently

This has just become second nature for me to grab points when I’m already doing my shopping. There’s no reason to even go out of your way to amass many points. And they have special days like Black Friday when more points can be accumulated. You can also attach your credit card and receive points that way as well.

My aha moment was earlier this week when my teenage daughter said, “How many points do you have now?” Hmm, how many indeed—I never really pay any attention.  She took my phone and said, “Wow!  You have enough for a $100 gift card to lots of places!” Really? Okay, for a stay-at-home mom on a strict budget, that’s like Christmas! So now my dilemma is, do I cash out? And if so, should I use it for household items or a splurge? Decisions, decisions…. In the end I think I’ll just keep collecting my points and in a few months I’ll wow my daughter again!

 

This is a guest post by Dawn from Winter Springs, FL.