It’s no secret that we love grocery rebate apps here at KCL, but did you know they don’t all offer cash back? So, I’ve written a brief list of the best grocery rebate apps that pay in gift cards and discounts on future purchases (and more). The best part? You can use more than one app on a single purchase to double, triple, or quadruple up rewards.
Take a look and see how you can get the most out of your next purchase, and download the KCL app to see more ways you can save.
1. Scan your receipts with Fetch Rewards and redeem them for online gift cards.
The Fetch Rewards app is free to download and super easy to use: You just scan your receipts after shopping and get points that can be redeemed for digital gift cards at stores like Target, Walmart and Amazon.
You can also connect your email address and Amazon account to upload any digital receipts you have. To rack up points quicker, you can make purchases from qualified brands and products, too.
What I really like about Fetch, though, is that they’re always adding new promos to earn a ton of points. Like when I first signed up, they were offering 3,000 points for successful referrals.
I totally roped in my sister and mom, who then started referring to their friends and co-workers. I got 6,000 points the first day from referrals alone, not including the other 700 points as a bonus for scanning my first receipt.
Referrals and bonus points aside, you can also stack Fetch with other apps and rewards cards. For instance, you can connect your Amazon account to Fetch and (if you have a Prime Visa card) get 5% back from your purchase plus the Fetch points.
Fetch recently ran a Love Beauty & Planet promo where you can earn 8X the points for purchasing any of Love Beauty & Planet’s personal care products with a valid receipt. If you bought any of their products on Amazon, you could get 5% back into your Amazon account, plus the extra 8% back in Fetch points.
These promos pop up weekly, and Fetch is constantly adding more vendors and bonuses. Keep a close eye on the deals so you can stack the rewards.
2. Shop through the Drop app and earn points for travel, dining, and more.
The Drop app gives you three ways to earn Drop points:
- Playing in-app games
- Taking in-app surveys
- Shopping through the app
The main selling point here is shopping, though. To collect points, you must connect your debit or credit card and make purchases through the app. Let me stress through the app. You have to tap “Show Now” on offers you want, which will direct you to the vendor’s website.
You can shop brands like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Urban Outfitters, Gap, Sephora, and a ton of others.
When you buy products, you get points per dollar spent, and the amount of points varies by retailer. Once you rack up 25,000 points, you can exchange them for $25 gift cards for restaurants, retailers, ride shares, theaters, and more.
Since you have to shop through the app to get a rebate for your purchase, using promo codes or other discounts could detract from or even cancel out your rewards, so this app is not ideal for stacking with coupons.
But, you still get receipts in your email for shopping through the app. Take advantage of this and upload any qualifying physical and e-receipts to apps like Fetch or Ibotta to score more cash back.
3. Earn points through the NCP app and redeem them for big purchases.
National Consumer Panel has their own app, the NCP app, that lets you scan your receipts for points in exchange for your personal shopping data, like what stores you visited and what you purchased.
It sounds alarming, but it’s not. You earn points by handing over your weekly shopping information, participating in online surveys, and entering special sweepstakes. The trade-off is the rewards you can earn: Anything from Samsung TVs to waffle makers are up for grabs.
The downside is that, because this app is all about siphoning your consumer data, you have to answer questions about your purchases. That means you’ll spend a minute or more answering their questions after scanning your receipt.
Still, there’s a ton of ways to earn points. Here are just a few innovative ways NCP rewards its members:
- Enter sweepstakes (one panelist each quarter can win $20,000 from their Grand Prix Sweepstakes)
- Survey points or prizes (choose survey points or redeem them for a monthly entry for a prize valued at $300)
- Gift points (you get 1,000 points automatically for signing up)
- Get 350 extra points if you successfully transmit your data every week for a month
- Anniversary points (1,500 points for your first three months, and 1,000 every quarter after)
My conclusion is that the NCP app does require some work on your end, but it’s truly one of the more rewarding apps if you play by their rules. Also, you can stack these offers with other rebate apps.
4. Redeem your points for cash or gift cards with CoinOut.
CoinOut works like the other apps in that you upload receipts and get points back that can be redeemed for gift cards.
What’s even better is that they’re now accepting e-receipts. To get points from a digital receipt, just forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have points to redeem, you can cash them out at PayPal (with a $10 minimum account balance) or deposit them into your bank account.
CoinOut is interesting in that you don’t have to “claim” specific products before your purchase; you literally can get money back from any valid receipt.
The minimum and maximum earnings per receipt are adjusted every day, and the amount you get back isn’t determined by how much you spent or what you bought — it’s randomized. That’s because CoinOut’s approved merchants determine how much to give back to customers.
You can totally stack your receipts with other apps, too, so make the rounds to maximize your savings!
PRO TIP: You might have picked up on this from the other tips, but you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re not scanning the same receipt at least twice to get more points.
5. Claim Rewards and redeem your points for gift cards at SavingStar.
SavingStar requires you to activate rebates in the app before buying products in store. However, the app is a little different from others in that all its merchants are either “Automatic-Savings Stores” or “Receipt-Scan Stores.”
At Automatic-Savings Stores, you have to link up a store loyalty card and pay with it to get your points for your rebate. At Receipt-Scan Stores, you can just upload your receipt after your purchase.
Here’s how it works in the app:
- Find rebates you like and activate them.
- Find stores near you to redeem your rebates.
- When selecting stores, look for either a “receipt-scan” or “store card” icon at the top and add it.
- Purchase your activated rebates.
You can only shop with a loyalty card at Automatic-Savings Stores, so you’ll get credit for rebates with no extra work on your end (I’d list out all 75 participating automatic-savings stores, but that’s more work on my end 😉 ).
For receipt-scan stores, you obviously have to upload your receipts manually. As you rack up points (there’s a $20 minimum), you can cash them out as Starbucks gift cards, AMC Theatres gift cards, or iTunes gift cards.
6. Walk into stores for points and redeem them for gift cards with ShopKick.
You can earn free gift cards with ShopKick. I’ll say it again: You don’t have to pay to earn points using ShopKick — but you totally can and save even more.
That’s because ShopKick gives you free ways to earn points, or “kicks,” like:
- Walking into select partner stores (10 kicks)
- Scanning barcodes of select products (between 5 – 50 kicks depending on the product)
- Watching in-app videos (1 kick per video)
You can also earn kicks by purchasing products with a linked credit card, shopping online through the app, or uploading your receipts.
You’ll get more kicks for actually buying select products, but you can scan to your heart’s content as well. For example, I can scan product barcodes at CVS and get up to 275 kicks, or scan my CVS receipt and get up to 2,500 kicks for buying specific products in store.
PRO TIP: Scan a product’s barcode in store, then purchase it and upload your receipt to stack more kicks!
Roughly 250 kicks equals $1. When you’ve saved up 500 kicks, you can redeem them for gift cards at stores like Target, Walmart, and Amazon. Here’s a quick breakdown of what kicks are worth:
- 500 kicks = $2 gift card
- 1,250 kicks = $5 gift card
- 2,500 kicks = $10 gift card
- 3,750 kicks = $15 gift card
- 6,250 kicks = $25 gift card
Like with the other apps, your receipt will stack with other rebate apps, so get shopping and save!
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7. Earn coins and cash them out for gift cards with ReceiptHog.
ReceiptHog‘s name is so accurate: They want all your receipts, and they’ll reward you for every one you upload. Seriously, they take receipts from anywhere, including gas stations.
Although it’s primarily a receipt scanning app, there are two other ways to earn:
- Spin the Hog Slots machine (apparently, receipts from electronic stores earn you extra spins)
- Monthly sweepstakes (for up to 5,000 coins)
Points awarded for receipts are based on how much you spent, and the amounts break down like this:
- Less than $10 = 5 coins
- $10 – $50 = 10 coins
- $50 – $100 = 15 coins
- More than $100 = 20 coins
Coins can be exchanged for actual cash, but also gift cards. Here’s a list of Amazon, Visa e-gift card, and PayPal redemptions:
- 1,000 coins = $5
- 2,900 coins = $15
- 4,300 coins = $25
- 6,500 coins = $40
What makes ReceiptHog stand out is how they gamify the process:
- You can earn “Hog levels” in the app. Levels are based on how frequently you upload receipts, and the more you level up, the more weekly bonus rewards you get (like spins or sweepstakes entries).
- You have a chance of becoming their “Daily Trip Winner” every day. If you’re lucky enough to win, your last shopping trip will be completely paid for in coins.
- The app also provides a leaderboard for winners (names are anonymous, but you can see the retailer and the total points earned for their receipt). For example, someone just won 12,800 coins (around $64) for a Walmart shopping trip.
Not too bad, ReceiptHog.
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